Amazon Prime is an extremely useful subscription to sign up for. Even for a semi-regular online shopper, not having to pay delivery fees often makes up the cost. There’s also the added benefit of access to Amazon Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Books, and quite a few other services. With Prime Day just around the corner — on July 15 and 16 — there isn’t a better time to sign up for Amazon Prime.
Unfortunately, it’s not the most affordable, with pricing starting at $12.99 per month or $119 for the year in the U.S.. The good news is that there are few legitimate ways to get Amazon Prime for free. Not many of these are long-term solutions, but you can take advantage of these offers to shop to your heart’s content during the Prime Day event.
Here’s how to get Amazon Prime for free!
Get a 30-day free trial
Amazon offers a 30-day free trial to check if Prime is the right fit for you. If you cancel your subscription within a month, your credit card won’t get charged. After you cancel your subscription, Amazon sometimes extends the free access, potentially giving you a two-month free trial. Also, if you haven’t signed up for Prime in a while (around a year or longer), you may be able to sign up for the free trial again.
Be it for one month or two, the duration works out perfectly for those hoping to get some Prime Day shopping done. If you sign up now, the Prime Day sale will fall during the free trial period. Apart from free delivery, Prime members will also get early access to popular deals. Plus, there will also be a slew of Prime-exclusive products.
Get Prime for Students
As the name suggests, this is a subscription plan that is only for students. You won’t be able to find a workaround easily to game the system either. Amazon requires proof of your status as a student — you will need to have a .edu email address (doesn’t have to be the primary account email though). In some cases, you may also have to provide transcripts, a college ID with an expiry date, or other documents to verify your status as a student.
Prime for Students is a fantastic plan to sign up for if you can. You get a six-month free trial instead of just 30 days. After the 6-months are done, the regular subscription plan is available at a 50 percent discount — $59 in the U.S. Prime for Students is also available in Canada, the U.K., and other European markets.
Get the right mobile plan, internet connection, or credit card
One of the ways in which network carriers, broadband providers, and credit card companies attract customers is by bundling a slew of offers with premium plans. A free, usually year-long, subscription to Prime is one of the extras that you can get. Here are some examples of companies that offer Amazon Prime for free.
- The Sprint Unlimited Premium plan, priced at $80 per month, comes with a year-long subscription to Amazon Prime. You also get access to Tidal and Hulu.
- Metro by T-Mobile’s highest-end subscription will set you back $60 a month. However, you also get Amazon Prime access and 100GB of cloud storage on Google One.
- Vodafone is offering an Amazon Prime Video subscription for up to two years for those who sign up for the annual Red Entertainment package. Keep in mind, this is only Prime Video and not the full Amazon Prime package — so no free delivery and other offers.
- Similarly, EE is also offering up to six months of free Prime Video access. You can avail this offer if you are on a pay monthly, 12-month SIM only, or tablet plan.
- Airtel customers who have a postpaid mobile plan of 499 rupees (~$7) or higher, or a 1,099 rupees (~$16) or more broadband plan will get a one-year Amazon Prime subscription for free. Vodafone Red subscribers who have a 399 rupees (~$6) plan or higher will get a free Amazon Prime membership.
This is a list that is going to keep changing (and we’ll keep updating this page). Network carriers are going to keep adding or removing Amazon Prime as a bundled offer. There aren’t any credit cards that currently come with a Prime subscription right now. However, there have been options in the past, and there will likely be in the future.
These are just a few ways in which you can get Amazon Prime for free! Unless from a network carrier, ISP, or credit card company, there aren’t any legit long term solutions though. What the free trials offer is a way to find out whether the service is worth the money.