Referral Programs are a lot like affiliate marketing. In affiliate marketing, you get a commission when you refer someone to a product or service, in referral programs you refer a friend and you both get something out of the transaction. Give $10 get $10 is a very common referral reward. Being that I live in New York City, I’ve been spoiled by referral programs. Many companies try things out in big cities before they move to other markets. I’ve done many referral programs and received lots of free meals, free rides, Broadway Shows and other cool things.  My refer a friend top referral programs list is not just for NYC, in fact, most of them are available worldwide.

What are the best referral programs?

These are some of my favorite referral programs in no particular ranking order. If you don’t use these services, please feel free to sign up through my links as they are referrals links themselves. Furthermore, you can then refer your friends.


refer-a-friend-drop-boxDropbox lets you sync your files between all your devices. Save files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road. Everything you keep in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices. There is a free version and a paid version with more online storage. I use the free version myself. Get up to 16 GB of more free Dropbox space! Invite your friends to join Dropbox, and for each one who installs Dropbox they with give you both of you 500 MB of bonus space.

Sign up for a free Dropbox account today and get and extra 500 MB of storage.


Whether an apartment for a night, a castle (yes you can rent a castle) for a week or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions. A single user in China led to thousands of signups and hundreds of bookings in a single month. When someone signs up for Airbnb with your link, they’ll get $40 in travel credit. After they take a trip, you’ll get $20 in credit.

refer a friend Airbnb

Sign up for Airbnb today to get your $40.


What started as an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas is now changing the logistical fabric of cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, they use technology to give people what they want, when they want it. Refer a friend and they get a free ride and you get a free ride up to $15.

Uber refer-a-friend

Sign up for Uber today and get a free ride.

Amazon Prime  & Prime Student

Get $5 when you refer friends to join Prime. Get $10 for referring students. Students get 6 months Free and 50% off after the that. I’ve been using Amazon Prime for over a year and love the 2-day free shipping, music streaming, and their original shows. If you get 20 people or 10 students a year to signup your Amazon Prime membership pays for itself. Awesome.


Sign up for Amazon Prime today and start your 30 Free Trial. Prime members also enjoy exclusive access to movies and TV shows, ad-free music, Kindle books, original audio series and unlimited photo storage.

Amazon Prime for Students

– Get six months free, then 50% Off. No Coupon Code Needed.


Amazon is offering a FREE Six-Month prime membership for students who sign up for an Amazon Student account.

refer-a-friend-free-amazon-prime-studentAmazon Student will get you 2-day shipping on all of your orders.  Normally teachers can get this too  – You DO have to have a .edu address to qualify.

After the 6 month period, you will pay a discounted rate for Prime of 50% OFF.  As a Prime Student, you get FREE 2-day shipping, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon music, Prime Photos & More.

If you get 20 people or 10 students a year to signup for Amazon Prime, your membership pays for itself. Awesome.

Sign up for Amazon Prime Student today and start your 6 month Free Trial. Prime members also enjoy exclusive access to movies and TV shows, ad-free music, Kindle books, original audio series and unlimited photo storage.



evernote-referral-programRemember Everything! Inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture, and share your ideas across any device. Their referral program relies on a point system. Refer friends to Evernote and earn points to redeem for Evernote Premium. When your friends get started, they’ll get one month of Premium too.

Discover what a new kind of note can do for you.

Sign up for a Free Evernote account today!

Give $7 Get $7. lets people order online from their favorite local businesses and the ones they’ve yet to discover. With the best restaurants, wine and spirits shops, grocery stores, and laundry and dry cleaning providers, they are working hard to have every corner of the neighborhood covered.  38+ cities and more on the way in the US and abroad.

Sign up for today and get $7 


More Referral Programs to Come

That’s all for now. If you have any good referral programs you use or know about feel free to leave them in the comments.

I will update this post with more referral programs so be sure to bookmark this page.

Talk to you soon,


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Cathy · May 30, 2017 at 7:58 am

Hmm, this is interesting. So I assume whoever that promotes the product/service will need new users to utilize his/her unique referral link, right?

How do they go about doing it? Can it be used directly like on a friend-to-friend basis? Can it be shared on social media without having to risk facing penalties?

It would be great to know as an alternative to the proper affiliate programs. Thanks Greg.

    Greg · May 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Cathy, Yes you get a referral link and you can share them on social media, text message, email and so on.

sam · May 11, 2017 at 3:33 am

Thanks Greg, I just signed up for DropBox & the free Amazon Prime for students.

    Greg · May 11, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Your welcome and thanks for the comment.

Kurt · May 10, 2017 at 2:59 am

I really like the Amazon Prime & Prime Student refer a friend program and they get Amazon Prime for free.

Mark · May 10, 2017 at 12:00 am

Great Information. These are very cool referral programs.

Paul · April 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Hi Greg, I love the idea of Refer a Friend. It’s also good to find something out of the ordinary online. It never ceases to amaze me the variety of websites I stumble upon. Love the layout. Up until now, I didn’t know what Airbnb was! Cheers, Paul

    Greg · April 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for the comment Paul.

Wenda · April 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

I had no idea. Seriously no idea that “refer a friend” could be so lucrative. Thanks for this great post, I’m definitely going to bookmark your site to come and for more! Is there a trick to finding the “refer a friend” opportunities? I mean, do companies generally list them in their sitemap or at the bottom of their screen (like affiliate marketing and partner programs)?

    Greg · April 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Wenda,

    You normally can find the refer a friend programs after signing up for the service or google a company name and add referral program after the name.
    Hope that helps,


Mikekiss87 · April 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

I had no idea about these referral opportunities. Thanks for the information.

    Greg · April 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Your welcome Mike.

Riaz Shah · April 19, 2017 at 1:17 am

Hey Greg,
I use Uber before and they pay pretty well if you are a driver but if you’re a rider and you refer, you’ll only get free rides.

But if you were to register yourself as a driver, then you can access the cash prize which is worth even more. It’ll take a few days and there’s no payment needed, totally worth the wait 😀

    Greg · April 19, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Thanks’ Riaz. I’m not a Uber driver or signed up to be one so I didn’t mention it here. Thanks perhaps I’ll add it.

Paulina · April 19, 2017 at 12:48 am

I am familiar with most of the programs you described here, but still I don’t usually refer friend to these. I think it’s because I simply forget that I can get something out of it… I usually just tell them about the app or website and then they go and sign up, (now that I am writing this I feel a bit silly 🙂 that I have been telling my friend about airbnb for example but not sending them an invite from my account).
Thanks for the great post! I will try to remember now to send links to my friends after I tell them about a new program.

    Greg · April 19, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Thanks for the comment. I normally tell people about these services then tell them I’ll send them a link and that seems to work.

jeffrey16201 · April 19, 2017 at 12:14 am

Interesting programs you can earn money by referring people to these programs, some of the programs I have heard of and some I have not heard of.

How is these programs working for you, how long have you been doing this type of referral? I don’t know a lot of people who would be interested in these programs personally, how does one get referrals when they don’t have people they know to refer to these programs?

    Greg · April 19, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Thanks for the comment.

    The best way to referrals is word of mouth. I normally tell people about these services then I’ll send them a link and that seems to work.

JeffWA · April 18, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Hi, Greg,
Being a member of WA, I am familiar with several of the referral programs that you mentioned in your article – Amazon, (of course) Dropbox, Uber as well as AirBnb.

I was not aware of a few programs that you mentioned – Evernote and the one that I found interesting the Delivery site

As you live in NYC, the article mentioned that Delivery is currently in 38 cities in the U.S. However you stated that the site is expanding. I loved the idea of being able to order food from restaurants, grocery stores, liquor establishments, dry cleaning, etc., this appears to be an idea that will take off. Plus the fact that you get money for referring a person to join based on your membership.

It’s one of the positive things made available because of the Internet which grows daily.


    Greg · April 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for your comment Jeff. Hopefully will be in your area soon.

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