Posted by Chuck on January 26, 2020
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Published on January 26th, 2020 | by Chuck

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American Express Business Gold Cardholders Get a 25,000 Points Bonus for Referring Friends to Any Card (Ends 2/5)

Update 1/26/20: E-mail has been sent out stating this will end on 2/5. Reminder not to self refer. Hat tip to Commyende.

We posted earlier about a new signup bonus for the Amex Business Gold card. Readers commented there that the bonus for the referrer FROM the Amex Business Gold card has increased to a whopping 25,000 Membership Rewards points.

Other points-earning cards earn either 10k, 15k, or 20k. This 25k offer is a new high and super generous. It still caps at 55,000 points per year, limiting this to just two referrals where you’ll get the 25k.

To review how Amex referrals work, see New Universal American Express Referrals Program, Now Crosses Over to ANY Card). Briefly, you can refer a friend from any Amex card to apply for any Amex card. The new signup bonus for those signing up for the Amex Business Gold card can be had regardless of which card your friend refers you FROM. And the increased 25,000 bonus is for existing Business Gold cardholders who refer a friend to apply for an Amex card, regardless of which card the friend wants to apply for.

 



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Kristina S
Kristina S

Sweet, I’m going to refer myself to this! 25k MR here we come!

Naga
Naga

Don’t do that … Self-referral bonuses are clawed back and you may also be shutdown if repeated …

UA
UA

There may be a subtle distinction here.

I’ve quite a few datapoints indicating that self-referral bonuses have not been clawed back and others that have.

The difference in my limited datasets is that those who have experienced clawbacks have used self-referral to earn a bonus of sorts when they were not eligible for the sign-up bonus on the card itself.

Whether this is representative or not is, of course, debatable.

Anonymous15
Anonymous15

I did it 3 times and did not get clawed back. Btw, I spend $30k across cards and made 5 legit referrals. It may be a factor

Brian C 🐕

Sarcasm?

MPE
MPE

idiot

JT
JT

Don’t forget to refer yourself!

JB San Diego
JB San Diego

LoL!!

I am only laughing bc my account is still alive! Seriously, no more for me!

Tbone
Tbone

nooiice just self-referred for the no annual fee aspire! in your face @mex!

V8
V8

Don’t do that…Amex can close your account if you do self referral

az
az

Don’t forget to refer your spouse.

TW
TW

You know, blasting the fact out there to EVERYONE that you can get the full referral bonus regardless of the card someone signs up for.. This seems like a great way to have Amex close this loophole and make it so you’d only get the referral mentioned for that specific card.

For example, right now the Bus Gold is 25k for referring someone but the Amex Green is 5k, if someone signs up for the Green using your Bus Gold link, you’re going to get 25k (as you’ve announced to the world). I can’t imagine Amex is truly intending on people using the links in this manner, and calling it out is highly likely to get it shut down (or they’ll fix it so you’ll only get the advertised 5k instead of 25k, depending which card the referral signs up for).

Guess everyone should refer as much as possible until this inevitably gets fixed.

Pointz
Pointz

I CAN imagine. And better, I can see. Open referral page and Amex specifically writes this on referral page: refer and you will get this bonus regardless of the card they sign up for

JT
JT

They actually did this on purpose so that Amex vets carrying Plats with hefty annual fees wouldn’t scare away their friends. You sound pathetic.

simplicity
simplicity

is there a way to check where you’re holding in 55k?

JT
JT

Chat

TomT
TomT

Use the Amex site to see points earned on your BGR one month at a time:

Click Explore Rewards
Click Points Summary
Set Card to Business Gold Rewards
Set Status to Earned
Click through each month and add up “BGR xxK MR Pts/Refer” entries

Pointz
Pointz

Will referral link work after I close the account? I want to generate referral link and close the account. I have othet MR cards

Brian C 🐕

no, your account needs to be open to receive the bonus

Pointz
Pointz

Thanks

Anon
Anon

Does up/downgrading a card reset the referral limit?

Leslie
Leslie

AMEX points suck, i have nearly 300K but no decent redemption options…….all partners including Aeroplan/KLM/Delta etc are ridiculous partners with enormous taxes on business award redemption which sucks and kills the deal……….

kcihtred2
kcihtred2

schwab?

DP
DP

When I clicked the “refer” link on my Amex Gold biz a moment ago, I got:
“Your Card is not eligible to participate in this campaign. Please refer to the FAQs for a list of eligible products at this time.”

Things like that have me feeling extremely sour toward Amex. No warning. No call. No email. Nothing in the mail. Just sweeping negative changes that none of their reps can explain. I guess they don’t even let them in on the “top secret” algorithms that make decisions.

When I got 4 new tires put on my vehicle, the small business informed me they didn’t take Amex cards. I looked in my wallet: Amex, Amex, Amex, Amex, Amex…and my bank debit card. Luckily, the wifey had her Citi Double Cash card (authorized user on my account).

When I’ve communicated my frustrations to the Amex Executive Office, and mentioned closing some/all of my 12 accounts, they stated, “That’s your choice.” Pretty sobering reality.

As a business owner, I do not see the profit/gain in treating customers in such a way. Like Doctor of Credit, I believe there is no limit on the value each customer should get for their hard earned money.

Fully support businesses like SoFi that aggressively reward new customers and referrals. Would love to see them expand into the consumer & business credit card markets.

DP
DP

2 1/2 months later…still the same story more or less. “You are not eligible to access this referral offer at this time.”

Thankfully, I saw a post the other day about SoFi launching a new credit card. Karma at work.

H
H

When does this expire?

Brian C 🐕

Can anyone with this card confirm if they are still seeing the 25,000 point referral option to refer others?

Jarai
Jarai

Lol

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

When I log in to Amex, I’m only seeing a 10K referral bonus for the gold (and I do have the Amex Gold card). I did receive an email exhorting me to refer someone for the Blue Buziness Plus card and receive a 15K referral bonus.

How to trigger the 25K bonus for the Gold?

Steve

This is about Business Gold, not personal Gold.

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

Ahhhh…missed that. Thanks.

Rob

Are the referral offers themselves better than public offers or are they just juicing up the bonus for the referrer?

Dailybread
Dailybread

Some offers are better than public offer. For example, the Business gold referral offer is 75k MR (50k/5k + 25k/5k) while the public is only 50k/5k (or even less)

jakefromstatefarm
jakefromstatefarm

Not sure if we are allowed to share referral link.

Dante3k
Dante3k

What would be the new value for referral from gold biz?

Dailybread
Dailybread

Most likely back to 20k

t

back to 20k when I checked today 2/9

William Charles

15k/20k probably

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