The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Simplemost may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.
The rate hike means subscribers to the service — which gives users access to a vast on-demand video library, free Kindle books, free shipping and more perks — will pay $119 for an annual subscription, which is up 20 percent from the previous $99 price tag.
Luckily, there are still some ways you can get the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership without forking over $119 to the “Jeff Bezos vacation fund” or stealing a friend’s login information.
Listed below are some of the best ways to save on this popular service.
1. Sign Up By May 11
According to The Washington Post, which is also owned by Amazon’s CEO Bezos, the rate hike goes into effect for new Amazon Prime subscribers on May 11 and for current subscribers on June 16. This means you can still sign up for a new — or renewed — Prime subscription for $99 a year if you act quickly.
2. Opt For A Monthly Subscription
Paying for an Amazon Prime subscription on a month-by-month basis, rather than yearly, means paying $12.99 each month, which is a yearly spend of $155 for the service. But if you are someone who knows they will only use Prime a couple months out of the year — such as at Amazon Prime Day, around the holidays or when one of Amazon’s original series drops new episodes — then you might want to simply pay the $12.99 monthly fee a couple times a year and cancel before it automatically renews.
3. Be A Student
Obviously, enrolling in college simply to get a discount on your Prime subscription is a ridiculous idea. But in case you weren’t aware, people with an email address that ends in .edu are able to get Prime free for the first six months.
After that free trial ends, those subscribers get the service at half the typical annual cost for four years. So, if you’re in school and haven’t signed up for a Prime student discount, get on it!
4. Perfectly Time Your Free Trial
Anyone who isn’t a student can get a free trial of Amazon Prime for 30 days. If you mainly do your online shopping in the winter, start your free trial in late November and reap the benefits for the entire holiday season — just be sure to cancel it before you get charged.
5. Sign Up For Video Only
Amazon’s Prime’s on-demand video service is one of its best perks. The movie selection is often better than Netflix and many of its shows have struck critical gold, including “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” If you only use Prime for the entertainment value, be sure to sign up for a Prime Video-only subscription, which costs $8.99 per month. That adds up to about $107 per year, which is a little less expensive than the new annual price of a Prime subscription.
6. Claim Your Government Assistance Discount
People who have an EBT or Medicaid card from the U.S. government can get an Amazon Prime subscription for $5.99 per month. That price only adds up to about $71 per year, which is obviously a great deal on the full service. This discount lasts for four years, but eligibility must be proven every 12 months.
7. Ask Another Member To Share
Amazon Prime subscribers are able to share their plan with one other adult through the Amazon Household option. If you join someone’s Amazon Household, you get all the benefits of a Prime subscription, but to be eligible you must add a personal payment method to the shared account, such as a credit card.
Does Amazon’s price hike make you reconsider getting or renewing a Prime account?