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300k Amex points in 3 months
First things first…this post is geared to give you a guide as to how I’ve earned a ton of points so you can too. It’s not geared around making massive purchases, but rather a combination of referrals, Rakuten, and Amex Offers. Of course, I have an advantage over readers because we generate traffic that helps us with earn referral bonuses, but all of those posts also allow you to participate as well. Let me walk you through how I’ve strategized and, of course, on posts like this you’re welcome to add your referrals in the comment section. The future is very uncertain right now, and many of you won’t be adding cards to your wallet, cutting down on expenses, and
American Express Referrals – 220k Amex Points
I have a total of 6 Amex Cards. 5 of those qualify for referrals, 4 give me points ( 55k max )and one gives me $550 in statement credits. The other is an old Amex Mercedes Platinum and for whatever reason it won’t allow me to refer – I have a plan to swap it out for a different Amex at some point so I’ll earn an additional 55k by year’s end.
How you can earn too
I have multiple posts that are updated regularly with the latest Amex Referrals Offers. Sometimes these are bigger than the public offer. To be clear…I make money when you sign up for a credit card that refers you via CardRatings, our partner, but on referral posts …we get points, but then also include you. I’d assume I’m losing out on potential revenue by doing this, but I also want you to have the opportunity to get the most bang for you buck. The site has turned into a business, but at the same time, I want you to know your options and feel like this is a way to promote multiple offers concurrently.
How it works with our site:
We have dedicated referrals pages for multiple Amex cards. At the beginning of the year those are populated with Monkey Miles links. I then push my family and friends through, and then I put your links in the body of the article. This is either at random, or I will offer the placement as a prize for participation in a promo. I did this in early Feb and one of our readers was able to max out 2 cards worth of referrals in about 2 weeks. Pretty quick. Readers are also encouraged to leave their links in the comments section of those pages and those readers’ links get quite a bit of traffic. Here are links to those pages.
- Amex Gold
- Amex Platinum
- Amex Green
- Amex Business Gold
- Amex Business Platinum
- Amex EveryDay Preferred
- Amex Aspire
Amex Offers: 16k+
So far this year, I’m off to a good start with strategizing how to earn a healthy amount of points via Amex Offers. I regularly post about these and they can be quite lucrative. If this is something you aren’t taking advantage of, I’d highly suggest reading our overview and regularly checking your offers to see if you can take advantage.
Rakuten – 75k+
I suppose I shouldn’t count my chickens, but these points were earned during this quarter; however, they won’t hit my account til Mid May. This is a significant increase over last quarter where I earned roughly 20k, but was due to a combination in heavily using Rakuten, referrals, and also taking advantage of a 90% offer on Lifelock ( That alone earned me over 26k points ). Of those 75k, over 38k of it was on my own spend, and then the rest was via referral here, Youtube, Instagram, etc.
If you’re unfamiliar with how to set your account up for Rakuten – read this article here.
And all of this is done so we can continue to fly like this:
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