Discover card welcome offers don’t tend to be very generous which is partly due to the fact that they don’t have an annual fee.
They do offer a referral program though which usually offers a $50 bonus for both the referrer and the person being referred. Discover has – presumably temporarily – increased that bonus to $100 for both parties. There’s no large spend requirement to earn that $100 bonus as it’s awarded after your first purchase.
In addition to the $100 welcome offer, the Discover It Miles card earns 1.5% on all purchases which gets doubled in the first year, making it a 3% credit card for your first 12 months of card membership. The $100 referral bonus isn’t awarded as “miles” though, so that sadly doesn’t get doubled at the end of your first year.
At the bottom of the application form is the following wording:
You will receive a $100 Statement Credit after making a purchase within three months of account opening. You must apply through your friend’s referral link and be approved by December 31,2020 in order to be eligible for the $100 Statement Credit offer. Offer may not be combined with any other introductory offer. Promotional award will be applied within 8 weeks.
It’s not clear if you’ll be able to generate referral links for this $100 offer through the end of the year, so it would be worth generating a link now in case the referral offer gets reduced as it looks like links generated now will be valid until December 31.
If you’re in 2 player mode, you can earn a total of $200 with this offer if one of you already has a Discover It Miles card – $100 for the referrer and $100 for the person being referred.
When generating a referral link, Discover lists the following exclusion:
Existing Discover cardmembers and those who have opted out of receiving market communications from Discover are not eligible referrals.
That makes it sound like the referrer won’t receive $100 if the person being referred is already a Discover cardholder. We don’t believe that’s enforced though, but let us know in the comments below if you have experience suggesting that this exclusion does get applied.