How To Get Amazon Prime For Free Ahead Of Prime Day 2022

Amazon Prime Day 2022 is July 12-13, and you have to be a Prime member to shop the massive sales event.


Amazon Prime Day 2022 is officially here, running today and tomorrow, July 12-13. It's likely to offer the best deals you'll find outside of Black Friday, but in order to take advantage of that--and the sale will be extensive, far outpacing the size of competitors--you'll need to be an Amazon Prime member. Earlier this year, Amazon raised the price of an annual Prime membership to $139, while a single month will run you $15 (which would work out to $180 for the year). Fortunately, if you're interested in a Prime Day 2022 deal but don't want that membership fee to offset the savings from those discounted prices, you have some options to get an Amazon Prime membership for free (or at least at a drastically discounted price).

Below, we've outlined how you can get Amazon Prime for free. For more on the big sale, check out our Amazon Prime Day hub. And if you're looking for specific deals, take a peek at our roundups of the best early Prime Day deals:

Sign up for Amazon Prime's free 30-day trial

If you've never been an Amazon Prime subscriber, the simplest thing you can do is sign up for a free trial . Amazon offers 30-day free trials to new members.

After your 30-day trial ends, you'll be charged $139 for an annual membership or $15 per month--whichever billing option you choose when you sign up.

Sign up for the Prime Student free trial

Students with an active university email address can sign up for a free six-month Amazon Prime trial . After the six-month trial ends, students pay $69 per year for Amazon Prime benefits.

Use Amazon Household

If one of your family members has an Amazon Prime membership, you could ask to get added to their account. Amazon Household lets up to two adults and four kids share the benefits of Prime across multiple Amazon accounts for no extra charge. The catch here is that you have to agree to share payment methods, so there has to be a high level of trust between Amazon Household users.

Use credit card reward points

While not exactly free, credit card reward points feel free. And if you're a lapsed Prime member who currently isn't eligible for a 30-day free trial, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card may be a good option. This card, which can be used anywhere Visa is accepted, gives you 5% cash back on every purchase you make at Amazon. You can then use the rewards points to buy items on Amazon.

The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card gives you a $100 Amazon gift card when approved, which pays off the bulk of an annual Prime membership. Couple that with the 5% cash back on every purchase at Amazon, and the cost of a Prime membership could be paid off by the time Prime Day is over.

Amazon also offers a standard Amazon Rewards Visa card for non-Prime members that features 3 percent back on purchases made at Amazon. You also get a $50 Amazon gift card when approved for this card. But if you're looking for the best bang for your buck, you'll want to go with the Signature version.

Select groups get discounts on Prime memberships

As mentioned above, some people are eligible for discounted Prime memberships directly through Amazon. Those on government assistance (EBT) can get Prime for $7 per month.

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