Bad news for Amazon Prime fans: since 2014, you’ve been paying $99 a year for Prime but that price is about to jump to $119. That means you’ll be paying an extra twenty bucks for the same Prime services starting in the very near future. As of May 11th, new Prime members will be paying the increased fee. When the calendar hits June 16th, existing Prime members have to pay the higher rate. There’s a way around paying the extra bucks, though, and if you act quickly you can keep your price at $99 for at least the next year.
Here’s How You Save Money
There’s a loophole in the system. While you can’t change your renewal date or renew early, you CAN gift yourself Amazon Prime at the current price of $99/year. Amazon lets you set the date the gift will be sent and it doesn’t appear to be breaking any rules to gift Prime membership to yourself. So here’s what you do:
Click here and Give the Gift of Amazon Prime to yourself.
Check your renewal date by clicking “Accounts & Orders” then “Your Account” then the rectangle that says “Prime.” On the Amazon Prime screen, The renewal date is where it says “Next Payment” below:
Go back to the gifting page and go through the purchasing process for the full year membership at $99. Set the date the email will send to a day or two before your renewal date (make sure to turn off auto-renew or it’ll renew at the higher rate!).
Purchase the gift membership and wait until it’s time to renew and then redeem your gift.
Can You Do This Forever?
My guess is that you won’t be able to do this indefinitely. Right now, though, it does appear that you can send yourself a gift membership from any time now until the end of 2019. Since my renewal date is in October, that means I can do one $99 renewal in 2018 and another in 2019. That means I’m saving myself $40 by paying for the renewals right now. Not bad, right?
I actually went through this back in 2014 when the price jumped from $79 to $99 and it worked perfectly. Hopefully you’ll find the same success!
Also, just FYI, I get a referral credit when you click on my Amazon link, so thank you very much for that! Happy Priming, friends!