Tesla’s New Referral Program: Earn Points to Get Tesla Merch

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Today, Tesla updated its referral program once again. Instead of the previous cash bonus for buyers and referrers of Tesla solar panels and Solar Roof, now both the Tesla customer who makes the referral and the new customer who signs up for a Tesla solar power system get credits of “Points” in the program. As of June, 2023, each referral earns 9,000 points for referrer and a $500 cash discount to the buyer. This was previously 6,000 points but was increased in late 2022 to 9,000 points. These credits can then be redeemed in the Tesla shop for merchandise.

UPDATE (May, 2023): Tesla Cars (Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y) are eligible for the referral program again. Use this link to get Reward Credits when buying a Tesla car or solar power system:

For more details on car referrals, check out our more recent article: Tesla Updates Referral Program to Include Cars Again.

Not all items in the Tesla store can be redeemed for points but there is a decent selection of useful gear and swag here. A standard Tesla wall connector (Level 1 or level 2 home charging station) costs 5,500 points. This normally sells for $425 in the shop. Color panel matched wall chargers and the J1772 version of the wall charger are also available for more points. You can also get Tesla T-shirts, Tequila glasses and the ever-popular Tesla “Short Shorts.” You can also trade 4,800 credits for 2,000 Supercharger miles. So if you were previously active in the referral program and your free supercharger miles have all expired, this may be a way you can acquire a few more free miles. You can also swap reward credits for car upgrades such as the acceleration boost (40,000 credits), Enhanced Auto Pilot (120,000 Points), and even Full Self-Driving (240,000 points).

Any existing Tesla customer is eligible for the referral program. Each customer gets a unique referral code which you can share with friends or family. The buyer must follow a referral link to provide the referral code in chat or over the phone when ordering a Tesla solar power system or Tesla car in order to get the referral bonus. Once the solar system is approved and installed, or the referred car is delivered, both the referrer and the buyer will see the credits appear in their “Loot Box” in the Tesla app. The loot box is also where you can check your credit balance and share your referral code. You can access the loot box by clicking the treasure chest icon in the top right corner of the Tesla app.

At present, the referral program bonus includes all Tesla cars currently in production except the Cybertruck (Model S, 3 X and Y are all eligible for Rewards) as well as both solar panel systems and the Solar Roof. We expect the Cybertruck to become eligible for the referral program once production ramps up. In order to qualify for a referral code, you can own either a Tesla car, a Tesla solar system or both. You can even use your own code to buy a solar power system or car from Tesla and still get Reward Credits.

Tesla Loot Box Screen Shot - January, 2024
In the “Loot box” in the Tesla app, you can see your current balance of Reward Credits and redeem these credits for Tesla merch, upgrades and Supercharger miles.

Also, since January 2021, Tesla solar panel and solar roof systems now require the purchase of at least one PowerWall or PowerWall+ battery pack for stationary storage. This makes the system more expensive than it was previously, without the battery requirement, but it also means your Tesla solar power system will allow you to stay powered up even in the result of a grid outage or blackout. If you are a Tesla customer and have friends or family who have not yet gone solar or bought an EV, send them your referral link to sign up. They’ll thank you next time the power goes out (and when they see their lower electric bills).

If you are considering purchasing a Tesla solar panel, solar roof or EV yourself, and have a friend or family member who already owns a Tesla car or a Tesla solar system, be sure to ask them for their referral code or referral link before you place your order. Referral codes cannot be added after the order has been placed. If you don’t have a friend or family member who is a Tesla customer then feel free to use my code so we can both get the Reward credits:

Here’s the link (the referral code is embedded in the link):

If ordering a Tesla solar roof or solar panel system in store, over the phone or via chat, then use the code below.

Tesla Referral Code: Christopher55570

If experience is any guide, it may take several months for any solar orders to be approved and installed so you may not see these credits appear immediately. But be patient and you should see the credits appear once the system has been activated. Reward credits for car purchases are credited to your account once the buyer takes delivery.

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