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Like other issuers, American Express has long offered a referral program to encourage you to recruit new cardholders. This is a great way to earn some extra rewards with very little effort — all you have to do is get a friend or family member to sign up for a card with the link you provide, and you’ll earn some points or miles while they’ll be rewarded with an often-hefty welcome offer.

Of course, those you refer will still need to be approved for a card, but you don’t have to spend anything or take any further action to earn the extra rewards. Just note that there’s a maximum number of points or miles you can receive for referring people per calendar year — for example, with the Platinum Card from American Express, you’re capped at earning 55,000 points per year.

Here are some of the current Amex referral offers:

Points limits and terms apply

Card What You Get What a New Cardholder Gets
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
10,000 Membership Rewards points 15,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 in three months.
Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express 10,000 Membership Rewards points 20,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 in three months.
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 10,000 bonus miles 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months + a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months. Additional 10,000 bonus miles after spending another $1,000 in the first six months.
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express 10,000 Membership Rewards points 25,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first three months.
Hilton Honors Card from American Express 15,000 bonus points 75,000 bonus Hilton Honors points after spending $1,000 in the first three months.
Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express 20,000 bonus points 85,000 bonus Hilton Honors points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 10,000 bonus miles 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first three months + $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express 75 Reward Dollars $200 back after spending $1,000 in the first three months.
Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express 75 Reward Dollars $250 back after spending $1,000 in the first three months.
Platinum Card® from American Express 15,000 Membership Rewards points 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months.
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit® Card from American Express 7,500 Starpoints 25,000 Starpoints after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

Bottom Line

If you know any friends or relatives who would benefit from some extra Membership Rewards points or rewards in a program like Hilton Honors or Starwood Preferred Guest, the Amex Refer a Friend program is a great way to spread the points and miles love while also boosting your own account balances.

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