[Disclosure: Emily and I get a commission for the link to the American Express cards in this post. But you can get 5,000 extra points if you already have the cards and refer others via the American Express referral program! We always tell you about the best offers, even if it means we don't get a commission.]
I logged into my account and found that we would get 5,000 extra points for referring others (who eventually apply and get approved) for both the Premier Rewards Gold card and the Starwood hotel card!
However, these may be targeted and not everyone may get the referral offers. I wasn’t able to refer anyone using my business account, but I did get a referral offer for 2 of my personal cards.
Refer A Friend Bonus
Last year, you could earn 5,000 extra points for referring folks to the American Express Starwood hotel card.
Now you can get 5,000 extra points for referring folks (who eventually sign-up for the card and get approved) to the American Express Starwood and Premier Rewards Gold card! Some folks are also getting referral offers for the American Express Platinum and Blue Cash Preferred cards.
The current offer on the Starwood hotel card is for 25,000 points, but there is usually a 30,000 point offer in the summer. The current offer for the Premier Rewards Gold card is 25,000 points, but there have been previous offers for 50,000 points.
You can send a referral to friends and family for the 25,000 Starwood points offer using American Express’ Refer a Friend link for personal cards and earn an extra 5,000 points per referral!
The 25,000 point offer is the best available offer where your friend gets 10,000 Starwood hotel points after the 1st purchase and 15,000 Starwood hotel points after spending $5,000 within the first 6 months.
And you can get up to 55,000 points per calendar year for referrals! So you earn 55,000 Starwood hotel points if you refer 11 friends and if they get approved.
How To Send A Referral And Get 5,000 Points
Link: Personal Card Referral
Link: Business Card Referral
Step 1 – Log In To Your American Express Account
Step 2 – Select Card
Select which card you’d like to refer and click “Continue”
Step 3 – Enter Your Friend’s Name & Email Address
Enter your friend’s name and email address.
The page defaults to 5 names and email addresses. But when you click the “+” on the man icon below line 5, you can add 6 additional names , for a total of 11 referrals.
Your first and last name will be populated on the form along with a generic email message.
However, you can also add a personalized message to the email.
How To Get 5,000 Bonus Points For Yourself
1. You Have An American Express Card And Know Someone (Partner, Family, Friends) Who Wants To Sign-up
If you have an American Express personal or business Starwood hotel card, you can refer your friends and family for the 25,000 point offer and get extra points for every successful referral.
2. You Don’t Have An American Express Card, But Know Someone Who Does
If you don’t have an American Express card, but know someone who does, you can have them refer you.
You won’t get the 5,000 points referral for being referred to the, say, Starwood card. But once you get your card, you could refer others (partner, family, friends, etc.) for the Starwood card and get 5,000 points for each referral.
If your partner has a Starwood card, he or she can refer you so that you get an extra 5,000 points for the family!
3. You & Your Partner Don’t Have an American Express Card, but Each Want one.
In this scenario you and your partner or friend both want, say, the personal American Express Starwood card.
One person can apply for the card using the link to the 25,000 point offer. And then you can refer your partner!
You can earn extra American Express points when you refer friends and family for select American Express cards.
We lose our commission, but you benefit by earning more American Express points when you refer family and friends for select American Express cards!
And then refer your friends and family for the extra points!
But remember that not all cards qualify and we don’t know how long this referral offer will last.
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