Our top tip is to head to refermehappy.com, an online matching service where ‘referrers’ and ‘friends’ are matched up to get referral bonuses from companies like Sky, Virgin and Direct Line. There are loads of rewards to be had in all sorts of areas:
Broadband – rewards from BE, IDNet, Plusnet and O2 Broadband
Food – rewards from Ocado, Tesco and Graze
Health and beauty – rewards from My Protein, Nicky Clarke and Kamigata
Holidays – rewards from Blue Chip holidays, Exodus and Round the World Experts
Mobile phones – rewards from 3 Mobile, Giff Gaff and T-Mobile
We’ve tried this out here at Moneymagpie and our verdict is a resounding thumbs up! Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Register
You need to register at refermehappy.com before you can start referring ‘friends’ for deals, or they can start referring you. This only takes a minute and it’s free (the cost of the site is covered by advertising). You’ll be sent an e-mail asking you to confirm your e-mail address. When this is done, you’re ready to go.
Step 2: Get referring
If you click on ‘Deals’ on the homepage you can search for companies you’re already signed up to. For example, if you’re a Sky member, go to ‘TV’, click on the Sky deal (£75 M&S, John Lewis, Boots or Tesco voucher when you refer a friend) and select ‘I want to refer someone for this offer’. Then submit your confirmation. You are now registered as a ‘referrer’ and refermehappy.com will send you an e-mail when they find a match for you.
With some companies you can refer as many friends as you like – think of all the cash you could make!
If your company offers a ‘refer-a-friend’ deal but it is not listed on refermehappy.com, you can tell them about it by clicking on ‘Submit a company or new offer’ under the appropriate category. As a reward you’ll be the first to be notified about new friends for this deal.
Step 3: Clinch the deal
For security purposes all communication from third parties is sent via a new e-mail address that refermehappy.com sets up for you. Never disclose personal information to individual referrers, especially not your bank details. Generally all you need is the name of the friend or referrer and their e-mail address when applying for these deals; all other information goes through the company itself.
If, having registered as a ‘referrer’, you are matched up with a ‘friend’ then the ball is in your court to secure the deal through the company. For example if you want to refer someone to sign up to Sky, go to the Sky ‘introduce a friend’ page and fill in the online application form. If the ‘friend’ joins up, £75 in vouchers should be on its way!
Step 4: Be a friend
Most of the companies on the website offer a cash reward for the ‘friend’ as well. If you’re thinking of switching your current account or your broadband providers for example, then it might be worth switching to a company that does referral deals. In some cases (for example with the gym and spa memberships) you can try out the new company before you switch.
If you do decide to join any company after being referred, refermehappy.com will give you priority for your own future referrals for that company.
Moneymagpie’s golden rule –
1. Don’t sign up to anything just so you can get the friend deal and then realise you can’t afford the monthly bills. Playing the ‘refer-a-friend’ game is pointless if you end up with a product that a) you can’t afford, b) you don’t actually want or c) isn’t right for you.
2. If you’re already thinking of switching, the deals listed on refermehappy.com could be for you.
Plusnet – Receive a discount off your monthly bill
Plusnet has consistently low prices for its broadband and they even cut your bills further if you refer your friends. You’ll get a discount off your monthly bill for every person that joins them on your recommendation, for as long as they’re a customer. There’s no limit to the number of people that you can recommend. In that case, you could try and get your broadband for free for life.
Bulb Energy offer you £50 for every friend you sign up – and they get a credit off their bill, too! Look out for their special promotional periods too, as your finder’s fee (and your friend’s reward) can go up to as much as £75.
Ocado – up to 20 vouchers
Invite a friend to Ocado and you’ll receive up to 20 vouchers by e-mail when your recommended friend joins and receives their third Ocado delivery. A minimum spend may be required to use the ‘Invite A Friend’ voucher, so make sure you wait until you need a big shop. You can recommend up to 20 friends.
To get your vouchers visit the Ocado ‘invite a friend’ page and fill in the form.
Health and Beauty
Local gyms often offer ‘refer-a-friend’ deals so do ask a member of staff or check their website.
littlewoods – £20 credit
Refer a friend to Littlewoods, one of the UK’s leading online retailers, and receive £20 credit on your account. You’ll need to refer your friend via your Littlewoods account and have to have their name and email address to hand. Your account will be credited once your friend has made their first order. They will also receive a £20 to use on a £45 order.
Nicky Clarke salonS – 25% off
When you refer a friend to Nicky Clarke Salons, you’ll both receive a 25% off your next visit. Simply phone them on 0844 884 2444, mention your friend’s name when booking your next appointment and ask your friend to complete this form.
TESCO – £10 clubcard points
Existing online customers can refer their friends to Tesco. Both you and your friend will receive either 1000 Clubcard points (the equivalent of £10 to spend in store) or £40 worth of Clubcard deals. You’ll receive your points once your friend has registered and placed their first grocery order.
Groupon – Get £6every timeyou refer a friend
Each day Groupon offers amazing deals on great things to do, see and eat in cities across the UK. It’s based on ‘group buying power’ – because it can guarantee businesses a minimum number of customers, it can secure amazing discounts for all kinds of things – from restaurants to football match tickets.
Previous deals in London have included £25 for top-price tickets worth £60 to see West End musical Blood Brothers, and £1 to watch films at any Cineworld.
Once you’ve signed up – it’s completely free – you can recommend as many friends as you like, and if any of them go on to sign up, you’ll get £6 for each one who does. The money will be credited to your account so you can use it towards your next purchase on the site.
Simplyhealth – £20 Amazon gift card & 1 month free for your friend
If you have health insurance with Simplyhealth you could bag a £20 Amazon gift card when you refer a friend. They will also receive one month free when they join. Complete the Simplyhealth form online.
Vitality Health insurance – £50 John Lewis voucher or Amazon gift card
Vitality Health offers ‘refer-a-friend’ deals too! Simply phone this number: Call 0808 252 7433 and have your membership number to hand. Or, you can fill out an online referral form. Then, Vitality Health will get in touch with your friend. If your friend joins, they will be in touch about your voucher.
You can recommend as many friends as you like as long as they are aged over 18 and are a UK resident.
Just go to three.co.uk/refer-a-friend and sign up. You’ll be sent a unique referral link and share with your friends. If they sign up you’ll both get credited within 3 months.
Sky – get £75 vouchers each
Get a £75 pre-paid MasterCard when you introduce a friend to Sky TV. Once your friend has joined, their services have been installed and active for 30 days, you’ll receive an email to claim your reward. You’ll have 90 days to claim your reward before it expires.
Virgin media – £50 credit per friend
Just as with Sky, if you refer a friend to Virgin Media cable services, both you and the friend get a bonus. In Virgin’s case this is £50 off your bill and free installation for your friend. Once the friend has paid their first bill Virgin will credit the referrer’s accounts with £50. You can connect as many friends as you like.
foreign exchange (forex)
Do you know a friend or relative that needs help making an international money transfer? Or do you know someone who’s moving overseas and hasn’t sorted out their finances yet?
Well… if you refer them to MoneyCorp and they trade £2,500 within 90 days of opening an account, they’ll send you both £75 credit to their international payment account to say thanks. You can refer as many people as you like including friends and family. Both you and your friend will receive your reward within 30 days. The offer is only open to Referrers 18 years of age or over.