If one of your friends tells you I know of a great deal to save you money and make you money at same time, be very very very careful. It is true that you could be making money. Think of this program as Costco in large scale. That is you pay a fee to be a member and get goods at a discount. The limitation is that you only go to Costco and buy their products. If you are happy with that then there is nothing wrong, but Costco doesn't advertise they are concierge club and that they will get the products you like. Get Ahead advertises that they are a concierge club that caters to your needs and what you want. So no matter where you shop, they will reduce what you pay there. For my experience this was not the case. Now let me tell you about the process.
You can join the program by paying a fee. The fee covers referral charges for your friend who referred you and his friend that referred him to the program and the friend of the friend of your friend. Now the referral program only applies if you decided to select the business version of the program which is explained during last discussions when you are ready to sign and join in. The idea is if you want the business program you pay an additional fee for referrals you will bring and get paid in turn. So let's recap, there is a fee to join the program annually, there is one time initiation fee (referral for all the friends), and there is an annual business fee (to get paid for referrals) which is optional.
There is nothing wrong for getting paid for referrals and I encourage good and ethical referral programs. The issue I have is what I was advertised is not what I got with the service. This is not a concierge club in any shape or form. This is false advertising. I would be happy with the program if it was called discount referral programs. I would never have joined if I knew none of the places I frequent would not be considered in the discount program.