4 Referral Programs that Pay Off

You don’t have to go door-to-door to get treats this Halloween—in fact, you don’t even have to leave home at all. We’re talking about the wonderful world of referral programs. These friend-fueled freebie factories offer rewards just for spreading the word about companies you love. Here are four programs so good they’ll give you goose bumps.

U.S. Cellular Referral Program

Through our Refer-a-Friend program, you get a $50 promo card for every friend who activates a Smartphone with U.S. Cellular® mobile service. And when they sign up, they get a $50 promo card too! Even better, you can refer as many people as you want, and earn up to $550 every year. You and your friends will get great savings and a strong signal in the Middle of Anywhere—you’ll need it where these next programs may take you.


Spread the word about this bohemian hotel alternative and you could find yourself a free place to stay. Pass along a $35 coupon to new users, and you’ll get a $35 credit when they book their first stay. Want to earn more? If they become a host, you earn an additional $75. And Airbnb doesn’t cap your earnings until you hit $5,000 (yes, a five with three zeros!), which means you can earn some serious sharing economy cred and cash.


This ride sharing app has one of the most well-known referral programs around. Pass along your personal promo code and every new user who takes their first ride will earn you a $5 credit. That new rider on the other hand? They make out like a bandit—$20 in free trip credits. Sounds to us like they owe you a ride.


This mortal enemy of Uber may offer the same service, but the rewards are a little bit sweeter. Refer a friend and you each get a free ride. Lyft even has loyalty incentives—like getting free Starbucks just for taking rides in the morning, between 5 and 10am. We’ll have the Pumpkin Spice Lyft, please.

Put these rewards programs together and you have everything you’d need for a nice little getaway: a place to stay, rides around town, and nationwide coverage keeping you connected along the way. So the only question now is, who are you going to invite?

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