UPDATES:
  • Added one year of free Prime membership through CIT Bank Money Market Account. 
  • Added free Amazon Prime membership through Citigold Account Package. 
  • Amazon Prime members get a free year of GrubHub+. Registration for the promotion is required. See below

Amazon Prime
offers several key benefits for Amazon shoppers, ranging from discount deals to Prime Music, Prime Video, Prime Reading, and more. If you love shopping with Amazon, getting Amazon Prime Membership is a no-brainer. You will benefit greatly from what Prime membership offers, deep discounts and free, fast shipping on things you buy from Amazon.

The only downside of Amazon Prime is that membership is not free. A prime membership plan is not crazily expensive if you often shop on Amazon. 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 you usually buy off Amazon with crazy fast and free shipping options. In addition, you also have access to Prime Insider, which keeps you up to date with shopping news and tips. You can also access 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 to becoming an Amazon Prime member.

    [New Benefit] Free GrubHub+ Membership

    • You receive one year of Grubhub+ membership (normally costs $9.99 per month, a savings of $120 with your Prime membership).
    • GrubHub+ offers the following benefits:
      • Free unlimited delivery on orders of $12+ (taxes, fees, and gratuity are not included) at participating restaurants. 
      • Access to elite Care. 
      • Donation match when you donate your spare change. 
      • Exclusive perks and rewards with every order and more
    • GrubHub+ auto-renews after your free one-year membership is up, so remind yourself to cancel before that. 
    • Registration for the promotion is required (link below). 
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Delivery benefits:

    • You receive fast and free shipping from two-day to one-day and same-day delivery with no minimum purchase. 
    • 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 events such as Prime Day 2021, which 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 and jewelry, and pay only for those items 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, TV shows, and 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 you must first be an Amazon Prime member to get one of these Prime credit cards. 
    • 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 an Amazon Prime membership cost?


    The plan for Amazon Prime membership costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year. You save $40.88 with the annual plan. 

    However, there are ways 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 only to get a free Prime membership seems slightly aggressive. Still, if you are already a Metro by T-Mobile customer or plan on switching or getting a prepaid phone plan any time soon, you can look into Metro, which is part of the T-Mobile phone company. Their unlimited $60/month plan comes with complimentary Amazon Prime membership. That saves $12.99 per month for the Prime membership, which reduces your Metro prepaid plan from $60 to about $47 per month. (Starting February 28, 2022, Monthly prime membership increases to $14.99 from $12.99 per month). 

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

    Free Amazon Prime With Vodafone Mobile Plans (UK)

    The UK site for Vodafone offers 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 entirely familiar with Vodafone (UK), so please check it out for more details here

    Free 30-day Trial Amazon Prime

    If you have never had Amazon Prime, you can try it out 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, 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 here 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. However, managing different Amazon accounts and payment information seems like a lot of work. 

    To try Amazon Prime, simply do the following:
    • Go to the Amazon Prime page.
    • Click on Try Prime free for 30 days.
    • 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 reminders and cancellations, see below.

    Free 30-day Trial Amazon Prime
    Try Amazon Prime Free For 30 Days

    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. 

    You must have a .edu email address to sign up for this offer. If you do not have one, you can still apply, but verification is required, 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 reminders and cancellations, see below.

    Free Amazon Prime With Citigold Account Package

    Citi Bank offers Citigold Account Package clients up to $200 in rebates annually on selected memberships and subscription purchases, including the Amazon Prime membership. The Citigold account package requires a lot of money ($200,000+ in eligible linked deposit, retirement, and investment accounts) to remain the client. It may be too much to become the client simply to get the Prime membership, but this is an option if you already are a Citigold account member. Moreover, Citi often has a cash bonus promotion if you open the Citigold account package and complete certain required activities, and you can earn up to $1,500 in cash bonus

    Go to the Citi subscription offer's page and scroll down to see the participating merchants, including Amazon Prime

    Free One Year Amazon Prime With CIT Bank

    CIT Bank offers a year of Amazon Prime membership when you open a Money Market Account with them. The money market account comes with a 1.40% APY and is FDIC insured. 

    Here's the promotion in detail:
    • Open a Money Market account using the promo code AMZN22.
    • Fund your account with at least $15,000 within 15 days.
    • Keep a minimum balance of at least $15,000 for 60 days following the 15-day funding period.
    • Within 30 days following the end of the review period, if you've fulfilled the requirements, you will receive an email with your Prime membership code.
    • The offer has no end date.
    • Direct Link to the Offer

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

    Suppose you are doing the Amazon Prime free trial and do not want to continue your membership after your free trial is up. In that case, 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 cancel Prime 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, simply click on End Membership if you wish to end or cancel your Prime 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

    Buy the Gift of Prime to Avoid Membership Price Increase

    Amazon can decrease, increase, or keep the Prime membership cost. Starting February 18, 2022, Amazon decided to increase its Prime membership from $119 to $139 per year. 

    If you enjoy Amazon Prime, you can secure the current $119 annual Amazon Prime membership for years if you'd like. Therefore, when Amazon decides to raise the membership fee to $139 on February 18 or in the future again, you will still be paying the $119 Prime membership fee. Here's how:
    • Buy a $119 gift of Prime for a 12-month membership
      • Gift of Prime functions like a gift card for Prime membership. 
      • You can buy as many gifts of Prime as you want. 
      • You can ONLY buy one gift of Prime one at a time.
      • Each gift of Prime membership does not expire. 
    • Have the gift of Prime emailed to yourself, and make sure you are well organized to keep track of each one. 
    • You must go to your Prime settings to end your membership for this to work. See the instruction above on How to Cancel Amazon Prime Free Trial & Amazon Prime Membership?
    • After the end date that your Prime membership expires, go back to your email, click on the gift of Prime link, and follow the prompts to successfully enroll in Prime again for another year at the cost you paid for the gift of Prime membership in step 1. 

    Discounted Prime Membership With EBT Cardholders

    EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer, 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, which is a 50% saving! 

    Use Amazon Gift Cards to Pay for Amazon Prime

    Amazon allows customers to pay for Prime using Amazon gift cards. Technically speaking, this is not a completely free method to get Prime membership. However, there are times that you may receive Amazon gift cards as presents, or you buy Amazon gift cards to meet specific needs. Those include earning bonus credit card reward points on the Amazon category or meeting a minimum spending requirement to get a nice credit card sign-up bonus

    Save Prime Membership With Amazon Household Sharing

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

    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. However, remember that payment methods are also being shared if you use the Amazon Household feature with a roommate or a friend. 

    You can read up for more information on Amazon Household and Prime sharing

    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 targeting Amazon purchases. 

    For example:
    • Spend $200 or more on Amazon.com and 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 free Prime membership, it can save you money by getting statement credits or bonus American Express Membership Rewards (MR) points back from American Express.