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8 Ways to Get Amazon Prime Membership for Free or at a Discount [2021]

Prime Day 2021 event starts now! Happy shopping!

Amazon Prime
offers several key benefits for Amazon shoppers that range from discounts, deals to Prime Music, Prime Video, Prime Reading, and more. If you love shopping with Amazon, getting Amazon Prime Membership is a no-brainer because you will benefit a lot from what Prime membership has to offer you along with deep discounts and fast free shipping on things that you buy off Amazon.

The only downside of Amazon Prime is that membership is not free. Prime membership's plan is not crazily expensive if you shop on Amazon a lot. However, if you are still hesitant to pay for the Prime membership, here are a few ways to get the membership for free or at a discounted price. 

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    What is Amazon Prime? 

    If you are new to Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime is a membership program that offers you benefits and deals on things that you normally buy off Amazon with crazy fast free shipping options. In addition, you also have access to Prime Insider which keeps you up to date with shopping news and tips. You also have access to Amazon entertainment services such as Amazon Original series, movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, and more. 

    What are the Prime Benefits?

    There are several valuable benefits for becoming an Amazon Prime member.

    Delivery benefits:

    • You receive fast free shopping from a two-day delivery to one-day and same-day delivery with no minimum purchase amount. 
    • Free two-hour grocery delivery. 
    • Free two-day prescriptions delivery. 

    Shopping benefits:

    • You receive exclusive discounts and offers on Amazon items available only to Prime members. 
    • Receive exclusive discounts at Whole Food Market both in-store and online. 
    • Receive access to Prime Day event such as Prime Day 2021 that offers significant savings and discounts on items sold on Amazon.com
    • Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com
    • Get 20% off family items such as diapers and baby food when you have five or more subscriptions. 
    • Have access to Prime Wardrobe to try on clothing items including shoes, jewelry and pay only for those items that you'll keep. 

    Specific shops benefits:

    • Free standard shopping on all Shirt.Woot purchases.
    • Free two-day shipping and next day shipping at shopbop.com
    • Free expedited shipping on all Zappos orders. 

    Streaming & digital benefits:

    • You get exclusive access to Prime Video for popular movies and TV shows along with Amazon Original series. 
    • You get access to unlimited Amazon Prime music and podcast episodes. 
    • Access to Prime games. 
    • Unlimited, full-resolution photo storage, backup, and sharing. 

    Reading benefits:

    • You get unlimited access on any device to eBooks, magazines, and more with Prime Reading. 
    • Download free new releases before the official publication date with First Reads. 
    • Receive discounted 4-month print magazine subscriptions for only $0.99 each. 

    Amazon credit cards benefits:

    Please note that to get one of these Prime credit cards, you must be an Amazon Prime member first. 
    • The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card earns you 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Food Market. 10% back on select products and 1% back on all other purchases. 
    • The Amazon Prime Store Card earns you 5% back every day on Amazon.com
    • The Amazon Prime Secured Card earns you 2% back on Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, and more. 

    For more details on Amazon Prime benefits, you can access information here

    How much does Amazon Prime membership cost?

    The plan for Amazon Prime membership costs $12.99 per month or $119 per year. You save $36.88 with the annual plan. 

    However, there are ways out there to get Amazon Prime for free or at a discounted price. See below:

    Free Amazon Prime With Metro by T-Mobile

    Switching cell phone companies just to get a free Prime membership seems a little bit aggressive to me, but if you are already a Metro by T-Mobile customers or plan on switching or getting a prepaid phone plan any time soon, you can look into Metro that is part of the T-Mobile phone company. Their unlimited $60/month plan comes with complimentary Amazon Prime membership. That's a saving of $12.99 per month for the Prime membership which reduces your Metro prepaid plan from $60 to about $47 per month. 

    If you stay on the qualifying Metro plan forever, that's like getting Amazon Prime membership free forever!

    Free Amazon Prime With Vodafone Mobile Plans (UK)

    It appears that the UK site for Vodafone is offering entertainment plans such as YouTube Premium, Spotify Premium, and Amazon Prime all included in their on-contract and sim-only mobile plans. I am honestly not quite familiar with Vodafone (UK), so please check it out for more details here

    Free 30-day Trial Amazon Prime

    If you never had Amazon Prime, you can try it out free for 30 days. After 30 days, Amazon will automatically charge you for the monthly membership unless you remember to cancel before your free trial is up.

    If you do not wish to continue your Prime membership, be sure to set a reminder on your calendar or through the Amazon Prime setting (more below) to remind you via email 3 days before your free trial is up to cancel your Prime membership. 

    For those that have tried Prime in the past, you can still continue checking to see if you are eligible to try Prime again. It is unofficially known that Amazon lets customers have an Amazon Prime free 30-day trial once every 12 months, so keep checking as you never know! 

    I also have seen reports indicating that you can use a different email address to sign up for an Amazon account to get multiple free trials, but that seems like a lot of work to me to try to manage different Amazon accounts and payment information. 

    To try Amazon Prime, simply do the following:
    • Go to the Amazon Prime page
    • Click on Try Prime
    • Follow the Amazon site to finalize your trial. 
      • Please note a credit card is required to try Prime, but you will not be charged during your 30-day trial period. 
      • For Prime or Prime trial reminder and cancellation, see below.

    Free 6-month Trial Amazon Prime & 50% Discount For Students

    If you are a student, you can get Amazon Prime free trial for 6 months. After that, you pay for your Prime membership at a 50% discount off Prime's plan. 

    To sign up for this offer, you need to have a .edu email address. If you do not have one, you can still apply but verification is needed and it usually takes 3-5 business days to complete that process. 
    • Go to the Amazon Prime Student page
    • Click on Try Prime Student
    • Follow the Amazon site to finalize your 6-month free trial for Amazon Prime. 
      • Please note a credit card is required to try Prime, but you will not be charged during your 6-months trial period. 
      • For Prime or Prime trial reminder and cancellation, see below.

    How to Cancel Amazon Prime Free Trial & Amazon Prime Membership?

    If you are doing the Amazon Prime free trial and you do not want to continue your membership after your free trial is up, it is recommended that you have a way to remind yourself to cancel your membership before your trial ends. 

    The process to end your Prime membership's free trial and to cancel Prime altogether is the same. To do that:
    • Go to Prime in your Amazon account or click here
    • On the top, you should see Manage Membership. See the screenshot below. 
    • Click on Update, cancel and more, then check the box under "Remind me before renewing
      • Amazon will send you a reminder via email 3 days before your free trial ends to allow you to cancel your Prime membership before they automatically charge you. 
    • On the same page, if you wish to end or cancel your Prime membership, simply click on End Membership. Amazon will prompt you to confirm your decision. If you still want to cancel, click on the Cancel My Benefits button. 
      • Please note that while your Amazon Prime membership is canceled, your Prime membership's benefits are still good until your next billing cycle or when your free trial is up. 

    Cancel Amazon Free Trial & Amazon Prime
    Cancel Amazon Free Trial & Amazon Prime

    Discounted Prime Membership With EBT Cardholders

    EBT stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer. It is a government-assisted program that issues welfare payments in the form of an EBT payment card. If you are an EBT cardholder, you can get Amazon Prime at a discounted price of $5.99 per month. That is a 50% saving! 

    Use Amazon Gift Cards to Pay for Amazon Prime

    Amazon allows customers to pay for Prime using Amazon gift cards. While technically this is not a really free method to get Prime membership, there are times that you may receive Amazon gift cards as presents or you buy Amazon gift cards to meet specific needs such as earning bonus credit card's reward points on Amazon category or meeting a minimum spending requirement to get a nice credit card's sign-up bonus, etc. 

    Save Prime Membership With Amazon Household Sharing

    Amazon allows Amazon Prime account to share Prime benefits with one other adult (18 and up) in the family. A household consists of two adults and up to four teens and four child profiles that may link in a household. 

    The following Prime benefits can be shared:
    • Free Prime Delivery benefits
    • Streaming access to Prime Video
    • Free books with Prime Reading
    • Amazon Photos and album sharing
    • Free books with Amazon First Reads
    • Unlimited listening on Audible Channels
    • Early access to Amazon Lightning Deals

    With this Amazon Household Prime Sharing, you can save some money on Prime Membership by having only one adult in the family pay for the membership for the whole family. Keep in mind that if you use the Amazon Household feature with a roommate or a friend, payment methods are also being shared. 

    For more information on Amazon Household and Prime sharing, you can read up here

    Save Prime Membership With Amex Offers

    This is another way to get an Amazon Prime membership at a discounted price. From time to time, American Express cardmembers can take advantage of Amex Offers that are specifically targeting Amazon purchases. 

    For example, one of my Amex credit cards is targeted for the following:
    • Spend $200 or more on Amazon.com, get 1,000 Membership Rewards points. Up to 3 times. 
    • Get +7 Membership Rewards points per eligible dollar spent. Up to 2,000 points on Amazon.com

    While this method does not give you Prime membership completely free, it can save you some money by getting some statement credits or bonus Membership Rewards points back from American Express. 

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