American Express temporarily remove the opportunity to refer people for cards and earn bonus points

American Express used to offer the ability to refer anyone you gave your own personal referral or recommendation link to a range of their products – earning you bonus points in the process. The best bonuses to be found were in the Membership Rewards card range.

You needed to hold a card of the same ‘currency’ as the one you were recommending – so a Qantas American Express would only be able to earn referral points for Qantas branded cards, and likewise for Virgin and Membership Rewards cards.

It has been a great way to earn some top up points for people in the know, who others turned to advice – you could send them off to apply for a product you recommended, with your referral link, and often with a higher bonus for the applicant than otherwise publicly available AND some bonus points in your pocket too.

Quite a few people recently have emailed me or commented noticing that I’ve pulled some of the American Express card offers down over the last week or so – these were run through the referral scheme which was taken offline for ‘maintenance’ a couple of weeks back. I was waiting to see if it returned – which it hasn’t – although Amex are convinced through their customer service channels and social media that it should be back up ‘within a month’.

I don’t have any other insights to this action by Amex and why they may have taken it, but I felt it was worth giving you a heads up on the removal of the program for the immediate future, and the lack of offers now available through my referral.

Hopefully it will come back with a bang in a month and with an updated range of offers and products available – OR the program is going to fade into oblivion. Obviously I hope the former, but am prepared for the latter.

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American Express temporarily remove the opportunity to refer people for cards and earn bonus points was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by Keith