Your recruit gets their bonus straight away. You have to wait a while for yours. Read on for full info:
When a new recruit activates one of your affiliate SIM cards to join giffgaff, they receive £5 bonus credit within 24 hours of adding their first topup or goodybag (it's usually instant).
For your first recruit, you get:
500 payback points; plus you also get
£5 airtime credit if they activate the SIM within 6 weeks of your own joining date. This is added to your account about a week after they join.
For your 2nd-15th recruit, you get:
500 payback points
Payback points earned one month are added within the first 14 days of the following month, and can be redeemed twice per year, the next being June 2019.
From your 16th recruit you become a Super Recruiter. You get nothing when recruits activate their SIM, instead getting a reward for them topping up / buying a goodybag for a 2nd and 3rd time if these are made within 120 days of their join date.
The following do not qualify for activation bonuses / payback:
SIM cards bought from retail outlets or ordered directly from the main giffgaff website;
Previous members returning to giffgaff and reusing an account