Increased Referral Offers For Referrer On American Express Cards (Up To 30,000 Points/$125)

Update 9/9/20: More people targeted for the higher bonuses.

Update 9/1/20: Some of the cash referral links are now up to $125 (typically $75 or $100). basefifty noticed this on their Blue Cash Everyday and I’m seeing the same. Not nearly as good as some of the points offers, but good to know.

Update 8/13/20: Some referral links are now showing a 30,000 points referral for referring a friend (friend gets the regular signup bonus being offered and you get 30,000). This is a new high as previously 25k was highest. Remember, there is a 55,000 annual limit per card. Hat tip to reader GL and to ThomGault

Original Post:

The referral bonus on the American Express Gold card has increased for some people to 20,000 points for the referrer (ht to noahmateen). This is YMMV as some people are still seeing 10,000 or 15,000, hopefully it’ll change over for everyone. The maximum per year is still 55,000 points.

The American Express referral program allows referring from any Amex card to any Amex card. When referring, the key is to refer FROM the card that gives the highest bonus, irrespective of which new card the friend is going to sign up for.

A lot of cards offer the referrer 10,000 points or $100 per referral; some cards offer even less. The Business Gold Rewards card has offered 20,000 points (not sure if that’s still current), and some were getting 20k on the Business Platinum as well at one point.

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Post history:

  • Update 8/6/20: Some are seeing now increased offers. Not sure if anyone is getting 25,000 now, but some who were previously only seeing 10,000 points for referrer are now seeing 15,000 or 20,000 on various cards. Hat tip to Milestalk
  • Update 5/7/20: Some people seeing up to 25,000 points per referral on select cards.
  • Update 5/1/20: More people seeing 20,000 points per referral on select cards. Also, some are seeing 15,000 on cards that were previously 10,000. Hat tip to manageroftheyear
  • Update 4/14/20: More people seeing 20,000 points per referral on select cards.
  • Update 3/1/20: agilehumor reports an increase on select cards that the referrer gets 20,000 points per referral. It’s marked as Special Offer For You with a white star. (Now that Amex keeps pushing the referral bonus up and down, I guess the referral amount will be based on the time that the new member signs up.)
  • Update#2 on 2/20/20: It seems that they changed the referral bonuses for the referrer so that different people are getting different offers on each card. For the future, keep that in mind by checking your various cards AND different people (e.g. yourself and your spouse) to find the best offer before referring. Some cards people are seeing more than prior, other cards people are seeing less than before; there’s some good and some bad here.
  • Update 2/20/20: In addition to the increased Gold card referral which some are seeing (below), there’s also a report of an increased offer for the referrer on the Green card from 5,000 to 10,000 points. Personally, I still see 5,000.

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Vadim Mialik

I had 20k on my Rose Gold, that jumped to 30k and then in a week or two down to 25k so if you get 30k you may want to act on it, I missed the 30k opportunity and referred at 20k and 25k not 30k, but if I get one more it won’t matter since I’ll be at 55k but still u may want to act fast

Vic
Vic

just save the link

DayTradeIt
DayTradeIt

Very confused:
“The American Express referral program allows referring from any Amex card to any Amex card.”

Can you clarify how exactly this works?

I can only generate referrals for the cards I have. My friend then uses a particular link.
I don’t see how they can use a link from Gold to apply for BCP

Wayne
Wayne

DayTradeIt After you send your friend the referral link they click on the link and it takes them to the offer you sent them. At the bottom of the page your friend was sent to is a link where your friend can click on to see all cards with a referral offer. That page shows all available cards with your referral. I hope this makes sense?

DayTradeIt
DayTradeIt

Wayne Thanks for the clarification! I didn’t notice the option to switch to “all cards” at the bottom of the page.

So if I refer my friend from Platinum to BCP, and he applies for BCP, I will get referral bonus for Platinum??
Sounds too good for Amex

Vadim Mialik

Yeah it has worked this way for a while now

HG
HG

9/10/2020 clawback on AmEx referral points

Monica
Monica

Got 30k . Amex gave me 30k for the 1st referral and then 15k for the 2nd referral even though the max is 55k. Asked Amex but basically said they are correct and there is nothing they can do. WTH

JohnFromATL
JohnFromATL

Any chance you had a 10K referral earlier in the year?

Parker
Parker

I got my gold card 2 weeks ago and have been waiting for a higher bonus to refer to P2. Still at 10k. I’ve tried the app, website, incognito login. I’m wondering if I’m just too new.

Parker
Parker

I’m still waiting. I’m thinking about pulling the trigger regardless in two weeks. I hope I get the offer.

Jags
Jags

Gold 30k now reduced to 25k.

Ross
Ross

Got 30k on gold but it was for the 35k points with statement credit offer. Pretty sure there was a 75k gold card signup bonus recently so I’d feel bad referring somebody when I know they can get a better offer themselves

JohnFromATL
JohnFromATL

Keep in mind, the user can sign up for any card with your referral link. So if they want an Amex or Hilton card, you should still refer from your card with the best referral bonus.

Matthew
Matthew

Got it on my Gold but I max out the 55,000 MR cap already.

HJ
HJ

I had $125 for BCP for a while now as well.

ParkMan
ParkMan

I just got my gold yesterday and want to refer my wife– only getting the 10k.