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How To Get Amazon Prime For Free And Shop Prime Day 2021
Amazon Prime Day kicks off soon, and you need a Prime membership to partake. Here's how to get a free trial and discounted memberships.
Amazon Prime Day 2021 kicks off June 21 and 22, offering over two million deals for Prime members globally. But what if you're not already signed up for Amazon's member-exclusive deals--is there a way to snag the discounts without committing to Amazon's annual $119 fee? The answer is yes, and in fact, Amazon makes it incredibly easy for people to try out Prime without spending a dime, just to shop the best Prime Day deals. If the sale is all you care about, you can take advantage of Amazon's 30-day free trial and variety of membership options.
While you might be signing up for Prime just to shop during Prime Day 2021, the membership cost after your free trial ends is worth it for many. Amazon Prime members get free one- to two-day shipping on thousands upon thousands of products, which is a major perk for those who like to shop online. You also get Prime Video, Amazon's streaming service that's loaded with great TV shows and movies. Gamers can snag free games and loot each month for popular games via Prime Gaming, too.
Not much time is left before Prime Day 2021, so here's what you can do to get Amazon Prime for free or at a discount. Plus, check out our Amazon Prime Day hub for all the best deals and more guides.
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. With Prime Day on June 21 and 22 this year, there's less than three weeks to go until the big event, so you're in the clear to claim your Prime free trial at any time in order to shop during Prime Day.
After your 30-day trial ends, you'll be charged $119 for an annual membership or $13 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 $59 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.
Switch cell phone providers
Cell phone service providers often offer perks when you switch to select plans. If you're looking for a new service provider, MetroPCS by T-Mobile has a great offer. New customers can get a free year of Amazon Prime when they get the $60 unlimited MetroPCS plan. That's a solid price for unlimited service, too. Metro is a prepaid plan, so you aren't locked into any contracts. The downside to Metro is that while it uses T-Mobile's network, it doesn't offer HD streaming and speeds can be a bit worse than those on traditional T-Mobile plans.
Use credit card reward points
While not exactly free, credit card reward points feel free. There are endless credit cards out there with cash back rewards, including the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature. 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 will be even more beneficial than usual this month. During Prime Day, Amazon will up the cash-back percentage to 6%, so you'll get even more reward points. Also, from June 7 to June 20, Amazon will give you a $10 credit toward Prime Day if you spend $10 on products from select small businesses. You'll also get 10% cash back on purchases from small businesses (Amazon Handmade, Amazon Launchpad, etc.).
The catch here is that you already have to be a Prime member to subscribe. That said, right now you do get a $150 Amazon gift card upon approval, which more than pays off the price of Prime immediately (the bonus is normally $100). The purchases you make on Prime Day will probably wind up paying off a decent chunk of future membership costs too, since you can use reward points to re-up your Prime membership. So, if you're looking for a new credit card and plan on spending money at Amazon regularly, the Prime Rewards Visa Signature card is a good option.
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. College students pay $59 per year for Amazon Prime after their six-month free trial. Those on government assistance (EBT) can get Prime for $6 per month.
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