There are two main ways you can earn "referrer credits":
- Ask people/friends signing up to fill in your username in the "Referrer" field on the signup screen when they sign up;
- Go to the Advanced screen, then the Referral Status screen to find an affiliate URL. This is a URL you can put on your website, blog, or give to friends. When people click on it and then sign up, your account will automatically be used as the referrer account.
The payment depends on the level the user you refer signups up as, or upgrades to:
- Guest: no credit
- Member (legacy): $0.75
- Full: $3.00
- Enhanced: $6.00
- Premier: $15.00
There's currently no credit being paid for Lite accounts, or any Family or Business accounts. This may change in the future, and if it does, we will make sure any existing referred signups will be noted and paid accordingly.
Referrer credit payments are made at the end of each month, so don't expect credits to appear immediately after someone signs up.
If a user upgrades later, you'll earn the difference in credit for their upgrade. For instance, if someone you refer signs up as a Full, then at the end of the month you'll get $3.00; if a few months later they upgrade to Enhanced, you'll earn another $3.00 (i. e., the difference between the Full and Enhanced referrer payments).
You can see how many users you referred at each level by going to the Advanced screen, then the Referral Status screen. Due to privacy reasons, we can only show the number of users at each level; we can't tell you their account names.
Referrer credits are added to your account pool, and so act just like money you've added to your account. If you've earned enough credits to cover the thing you want to buy, just go to the appropriate screen and buy it.
If you don't have enough credits, and want to upgrade, just go to the Billing & Plan screen. Any extra money you need will automatically be calculated, and can be charged to a credit card.
If you've earned over $50 of referrer credits, we're happy to pay the credits to you as cash; the only problem at the moment is actually getting the cash to you. While credit cards are an easy way to pay for goods/services, we can't actually pay money back onto a credit card. At the moment, the only way to be paid out is if you have a PayPal account; in that case, we will happily pay cash to your PayPal account. Just contact us through the FastMail support system with details of your FastMail account name, your PayPal account name, and how much you'd like paid out from your account pool.