For a long time, the Starwood American Express credit card has offered a referral bonus for existing cardholders that refer new people to the card. The referrer earns 5,000 points if the application is approved. Unfortunately it was always the “watered down” version of the sign-up offer that the person referred was offered, for 10,000 points after the first purchase. The normal offer was for 10,000 points after the first purchase and 15,000 bonus points after $15,000 in spend within the first six months.
Fortunately they have changed that now, and the application sent when referred offers the full 10,000 points for signing up and an additional 15,000 points when spending $15,000 within the first six months.
Still not quite as good as the recent offer for 30,000 points after $1,000 in purchases, but I don’t think that offer is valid anymore.
It goes without saying that if anyone is looking to sign up for the best credit card out there, you’d be doing me a huge favor by letting me refer you — firstname.lastname@example.org. 😉