This past February, Amazon Prime increased membership prices for new enrollments, with monthly plans now costing $14.99 while annual ones are $139. The last time the online retailer increased its membership pricing was in 2018, when an annual membership went from $99 to $119.
Despite these periodic price increases, Amazon does pack many perks into its membership. Such examples include free same-day or one- to two-day shipping on millions of items, plus access to Prime Video, Prime Reading, photo storage and Amazon Music.
There’s no reason to pay the full membership price out of your own pocket, though. Keep reading to learn how to get free access to Amazon Prime or cover the cost of a membership.
6 Ways To Get Amazon Prime for Free
Not all of these options will be available to everyone, but some should be accessible to most. These ideas won’t necessarily provide infinite access to Prime for free, but they can help cover monthly or annual membership fees for a certain amount of time.
1. Get a Free Amazon Prime Trial Membership
Anyone who has not had an Amazon Prime membership during the previous 12 months can sign up for a free 30-day trial membership. Amazon does require credit card information to start the free trial. If it’s not canceled within 30 days, the card on file will be charged for the monthly or annual membership, depending on which was selected during the sign-up process.
Students are eligible for a six-month trial Prime membership, courtesy of Sprint. After the six-month trial, students receive half off their Prime membership. They can get the $7.49-per-month rate for four years or until graduation, whichever comes first.
2. Earn Cash Back With an Amazon Credit Card
Amazon currently offers three cards that earn cash back on Amazon purchases. Cash-back rewards coupled with a sign-up bonus in the form of an Amazon gift card should more than cover an annual Prime membership.
|Card||Sign-Up Bonus||Cash-Back Rewards|
|Amazon Store Card||$60 Amazon gift card||
|Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card||$50 Amazon gift card||
|Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card||$100 Amazon gift card||
3. Use Rewards Points From Other Credit Cards
Several credit card issuers now allow cardholders to use rewards points to shop on Amazon, including American Express, Capital One and Discover.
Also, Discover it Cash Back cardholders can earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in Amazon purchases from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 of this year.
Depending on how many rewards points are earned and used on Amazon purchases, cardholders just might offset the cost of their Prime membership.
4. Switch Your Mobile Carrier
Anyone who signs up for a $60-per-month unlimited prepaid phone plan from Metro by T-Mobile gets a free Prime membership. A little math will determine whether switching makes sense, but Metro’s website states that the Prime membership is free as long as the $60-per-month prepaid plan is active.
5. Use Free Amazon Gift Cards
The Amazon Trade-In program also pays for used electronics, video games and more in the form of Amazon gift cards.
6. Share Prime Benefits via Amazon Household
Amazon Household lets users share certain Prime membership benefits with one other adult and up to four teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Splitting the membership cost makes it much more affordable, but everyone must share payment methods for Amazon purchases.
The only way to get a free Amazon Prime membership is by signing up for a plan with Metro by T-Mobile or a trial Prime membership. But these other tricks can easily cover the cost of a membership, so it is like getting Amazon Prime for free.
If one of these ideas alone won’t cover the membership cost, using a combination should. You can use your cash-back rewards to pay for half and earn enough free Amazon gift cards to cover the other half. Or you can use Amazon Household to split the membership cost with someone else and have your cash-back rewards or gift cards easily cover the rest.
Information is accurate as of April 29, 2022.