Referral Program and Offer Terms

Last Updated:  06/05/2019

All participation and referrals made through this program are subject to and governed by the following referral program terms and conditions as well as the specific card offer terms that corresponds with the invitation and referral link you use to invite your friends to participate.


Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
You can receive 20,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points ("Referral Bonus") for each new American Express Card application you refer resulting in an approved account, up to a maximum of 80,000 Bonus Points per calendar year.

To receive the Referral Bonus:
  • you must submit referral(s) by 03/10/2020, and
  • the referred individual(s) must apply online through your personalized link provided by American Express.

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This program is available online only to Basic Card Members. In order to receive a Referral Bonus, you must satisfy these Referral Offer and Program Terms and your Card account must not be canceled or past due on the date the Referral Bonus would post to your account and when you have qualified to receive the Referral Bonus.

Referral Bonuses.

  • The number of Referral Bonuses you can receive are limited, see your specific Referral Offer Terms for your annual limit.
  • Please allow 8-12 weeks for the Referral Bonus to post to your account after each referred individual is approved for a Card through the referral link you provide.
  • The value of the Referral Bonus may be taxable income to you, and we may be required to send you a Form 1099-MISC and file it with the IRS. You are responsible for any federal or state taxes resulting from the Referral Bonus. Please consult your tax advisor if you have questions about the tax treatment of a Referral Bonus.

Program Restrictions.

  • You cannot earn a Referral Bonus for an approved referral if the referred individual currently has the Card they applied for through your referral link. If two or more Card Members refer the same individual to apply for a Card, we will credit the reward to the Card Member whose referral link was used by their friend to apply for the Card.
  • Due to the confidential nature of the credit approval process, you will not be notified of whether we approve or decline any application(s) from individual(s) you refer.
  • This program intends for you to invite only your interested personal friends, family and known acquaintances to take advantage of the Card Offers above utilizing the referral link and sharing tools we provide.
    • Whenever and wherever you refer American Express to a friend under the Program, any additional statements you make, of which are not provided by American Express, about our Card products or the Referral Offer, must be
    • consistent with the content and materials we provide you and/or your friends,
    • truthful, accurate, factually supported, not misleading, and
    • reflect your honest beliefs, opinions, or experiences with your Card.
    • Any modification or efforts to bypass, manipulate, obscure or otherwise modify the delivery and accurate presentation of the referral link, sharing tools, content, disclosures or other materials and instructions we provide will be considered a violation of these terms.

Friends, Families and Acquaintances Only

  • When you invite a friend to participate in this program for purposes of earning yourself a Welcome or Referral Bonus, you must make sure your friend knows you could receive a reward from American Express if they are approved for a new Card.
  • You should not publish or distribute your referral links in locations where the audience is likely to include individuals you do not know or who may not be interested in an American Express Card.
  • To the extent you decide to post your referral link on any third party website or platform, such as a social media website, you must:
    • also comply with that third party’s terms of use and
    • make it clear to those who view your post that you will also receive a reward if they are approved for a new Card.
  • You should also be aware that by engaging in such activity on a third party site (1) you will be, at your own risk, subjecting yourself to those third party sites' privacy, security and consumer practices and policies which American Express does not endorse or control, and (2) that those third party sites may be able to tell, based on your activity, that you are an American Express Card Member.
  • You also acknowledge and accept that the friends you refer will be able to tell that you are an American Express Card Member.
Referring By Email
  • If you want to send the Offer to your friends by email, you must only use the email tool we provide. Emailing your friends the Offer outside of the provided email tool is prohibited and will make you ineligible for the Referral Bonus.

Please note, when using the email tool we provide:

  • unlike other offer sharing channels, we will be the sender of the emailed invitations to your friend,
  • we may disclose your name, email address and status as an American Express Card Member, and the fact that you will receive a bonus if they take advantage of the offer, in the emails we send to the individuals you refer, and
  • some of the individuals you refer may not receive a referral e-mail if they have previously "opted out" of receiving e-mail marketing communications from American Express.

Program Violations – Bonus Forfeiture, Termination

  • Any violation or abuse of this program may result in the forfeiture of the Referral Bonus and/or your termination or suspension from participation in this program.
  • American Express reserves the right to limit, cancel, or revoke Referral or Welcome Bonuses if American Express determines, in its sole discretion, that you have violated these terms and conditions, or if we restrict or close your account pursuant to our Card Member Agreement with you.

Additional Terms

  • If you have multiple Cards, please note that Offer Terms may vary by Card product.
  • Terms & restrictions of the rewards program, like our Membership Rewards® program, corresponding to your Card account apply.
  • To the extent different Referral Offer Terms are made available at a later time, you can only avail yourself of those specific Referral Offer Terms if you resend your invitation and your friend uses the new referral link you send to apply for the Card instead of the old link.
  • Separate Offer Terms apply to your friend’s Welcome Bonus offer.
  • Your Card Member Agreement governs all use of your Card and these terms and conditions here do not in any way amend, supersede, change or replace your Card Member Agreement.  Your Card Member Agreement includes important terms applicable to your use of the Card which continue to apply here. For example, your Card Member Agreement contains a “Claims Resolution” provision, with a provision regarding binding arbitration that affects your rights with respect to the use of your Card.  That provision applies to any disputes between us arising from these terms and conditions.  You can call the Amex number on the back of your Card to request a copy of your Card Member Agreement.

Changes to the Program or these Terms

  • American Express reserves the right to suspend, cancel, terminate or modify this program, these terms and conditions and/or any Offers made through this program at any time in our sole discretion.
  • You are deemed to be aware of and bound by such changes by your continued access to or participation in the program.
  • We will indicate that changes have been made by updating the “Last Updated;” date located above at the beginning of these terms and conditions. If you do not accept any such changes, your sole and exclusive remedy is to cease participation in the program.