Published on May 26th, 2016 | by Chuck270
PSA: Old Discover Referral Links No Longer Work + Share New Referrals Here
New Discover Referrals
An astute Reddit member noticed that Discover referral links have changed.
The old Discover links started with “popularmedia” in the URL. The new links are just a five letter/number code that looks like this: http://refer.discover.com/s/a1bcd. There may also be an addition of, “?share_id=1234567891234567891”. (The same share ID can be used over and over.)
According to a Discover rep, the old links won’t work to get you the $50 referral credit, at least not automatically. Not sure if the new member will get the $50 bonus either.
Find your new Discover referral link in your login: go to Rewards >Refer a Friend and there’ll be an option to send an email (it goes instantly) or share via Twitter or Facebook. You might also see the link directly in the login.
Under the new system, there is no way to track referrals as it worked in the old system.
If you did use the old link or if you referred someone using the old link, and the bonus doesn’t post automatically, I’d think you have a case to request the $50 manually. Hopefully, they’ll be able to track it internally and credit both of you the $50.
Getting a Second Discover Card
Many of us are now nearing the end of our year of double cashback from Discover and are considering applying for a second Discover card now; each person can have two Discover cards, but only after you had the first card for 12 months. We wrote more details about the timing of double-cashback in the post Doubling of Discover Portal Cashback – How Long Do We Have?.
However, note that a Reddit member says that you won’t get the $50 bonus when signing up for a second Discover card; only your first Discover card gets that bonus.
Also, the referring member will apparently not get any bonus either for referring an existing cardholder to a second card: “Existing Discover cardmembers…are not eligible referrals.”
Referral Offer Terms
Terms for Referring Member
- $50 per referral
- Max 10 referrals per calendar year
Terms for New Member
- $50 bonus after making a purchase of any amount within three months
“You will receive a $50 Cashback Bonus referral reward if your friend applies for the specific offer you send via the link provided and is approved by December 31, 2016. Maximum 10 referral rewards ($500) per calendar year. You are not eligible to refer a friend if you have a Discover® Business card, Discover® Business Miles card, Essential by Discover® card, Escape by Discover® card, Miles by Discover® card, or Discover it® Miles card. Your account must be in good standing to receive your referral reward. Each eligible friend will receive a $50 Cashback Bonus after making a purchase within three months of opening a new Discover account. Existing Discover cardmembers and those who have opted out of receiving marketing communications from Discover are not eligible referrals. You will not be notified whether a specific referral was approved or declined. Please allow up to 5 weeks for Cashback Bonus to post to your account after each referral is approved. The Cashback Bonus you receive may be taxable to you. Please contact your tax advisor. Offer may not be combined with any other introductory offer.”
You can share your link in the comments. But you must follow these directions carefully; otherwise, your comment will be removed. This is to minimize the volume of referrals in the comments.
- Retweet this tweet first (make sure you retweet the linked tweet)
- In the comment form, there is a section for a website. Put the URL of your Retweet there (this helps us verify that you’ve retweeted it)
- Post a comment (once) with your referral link or your email address to refer
If you’re thinking about signing up for this card, please consider using one of the referral links found below. It will get you a $50 signup bonus offer (doubled at the end of the year), and it will help another DoC reader get a $50 referral bonus. Please leave any specific talk of monetary compensation off the site. You can leave an email address and mention that you have an email offer to make.