Use bespoke codes to give friends a discount and earn you some extra cash or credit.
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Since you’re reading my blog, you’re no doubt already pretty savvy and like to use codes and offers to save some cash when you get the opportunity. You might not have realised it, but some of those codes were likely to be “Refer-a-friend” offers where whoever gave you the code also got a discount.
It’s usually a win-win for you and your mates. If you already use or shop with these companies it’s an easy opportunity to help out your friends and earn you a little extra too.
However, there are a few things to watch for.
- Some of the rewards you get for referring a friend will have a minimum spend, possibly prompting you to spend money you hadn’t intended to part with
- These won’t always be the best companies to use, both in terms of price and quality
- You and your friend might be able to get better discounts a different way
Where to get refer-a-friend bonuses
It’s actually surprising where you can find these schemes. From your physiotherapist through to shops like Habitat and Glasses Direct it’s possible to get discounts for you and your friends.
The key is to check in your apps and accounts to see if there are unique codes for you to share. Or if you want to signup to a new service, see if any mates can refer you.
I’ve listed below the schemes I use, and a few others which could be great to explore. If I can share my code to get you a saving it’s below, then once you’ve signed up you can share your own codes with your friends.
Banking refer-a-friend picks
Nationwide – £100 each
If you bank with Nationwide, you and your friend can both get £100 cash through a referral. The FlexDirect is a decent account too as you can earn 5% interest for the first year. Sadly I can’t share this one on the blog, but if you know me just shout and I’ll send you my code!
Santander – £50 Amazon voucher each
Recommend a mate to switch their bank account to Santander and you’ll both get £50 in Amazon vouchers. There are better switching offers out there for them though. However, existing Santander account holders who are recommended by a friend and move another account over into the Santander one can claim the reward too. This one ends 18th June 2019.
TSB – £75 each
Until 30th June 2019, switch to a TSB Classic Plus account with a referral link and you and your friend will both get £75! You’ll also get 3% interest on savings up to £1,500. Again, if you know me, shout and I’ll send you a link!
American Express – around £25 each
This varies depending on which card you have. With my Amex Platinum Cashback card it’s £25 for both the referrer and the friend, with others it’s Amex or Avios points. Again, this can only be shared with friends and family.
Tandem credit card – £10 Amazon voucher
My back-up cashback credit card for when I can’t use my Amex, Tandem offers 0.5% back on purchase – and new users can get a £10 Amazon voucher using a friend’s referral link. Here’s mine!
Tesco credit card – 1,000 Clubcard points
Tesco offers a similar scheme to earn 1,000 Clubcard points or £10 Tesco gift card each if you refer it’s credit card or insurance policies.
Monzo – £5 each
This bank doesn’t require you to switch your old account over – you just need to make a transaction with your new debit card. Do that and you both get a fiver.
Chip – 1% boost on your interest
Chip is a savings app where it automatically moves money from your current account to a savings account. I’ve been using it for a few years and it’s a good way to save. The basic interest rate is 1% (though I’ve an exclusive code – CLEVER3 – to start you at 3%), but for every friend you refer, you both get an extra 1% (up to 5%) It’s available via iOs or Android.
Bill refer-a-friend picks
Sky TV – £75 each
If you get a mate to subscribe to Sky you both get a £75 prepaid Mastercard. Great for you, but they might be able to get a better deal through cashback sites.
Virgin offers £50 each, though your friend will definitely be better off with cashback deals.
Mobiles – up to £40 voucher each
If you get your mobile with Three you can both get a £25 Amazon voucher through its refer-a-friend offer.
Gas and electricity – between £20 and £50 voucher
You can get vouchers or credit if you get a friend to switch their energy supplier, including EDF, Ovo and First Utility. Of course, the key here is to get your friend to compare prices first, and they might get a better cashback deal via sites like CheapEnergyClub.
One that does look good is via Bulb, as you both get £50 which is usually better than cashback rates.
Money saving apps and websites refer-a-friend picks
AirBnB – £23 for you, £34 for them
You can get your friends £25 off their first stay and £9 off an experience, and in return you £23.
Topcashback & Quidco – Up to £20 for you
I’m a big fan of sites like Quidco and Topcashback. The latter is best for referrals as there are sometimes £5 incentives for friends, though most of the time it’s just you who will benefit. Premium members get £7.50 for every friend who signs up and earns £10 in cashback, and there are offers that increase it to £20.
However, new members are usually better off signing up on their own and earning up to £17 of free cash.
Shopmium – Freebies for them, £3 credit for you
This supermarket cashback app gives new users a free bar of chocolate (at the moment it’s Lindt) when they use a refer-a-friend code. In return, you get £3 credit on the app. Frustratingly you can’t cash this out. Instead you get the full cashback when you buy one of the featured products.
Do you use any other referral schemes? Share them in the comments below