6 Brilliantly Slick Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

December 2, 2016 by Kyle

(Updated 11/14/17) Aside from the obvious 30-day free Prime trial, there exists some highly clever ways to get free Amazon Prime. Even the most loyal Amazon shoppers have no idea many of these hacks exist. From credit card and cell phone companies offering a free Prime membership, to Amazon themselves giving you a free Prime extension in certain circumstances, these slick tips will keep you from forking over $99 for a Prime membership for years to come.

6 Brilliantly Slick Ways to Get Free Amazon Prime

Get 1 Free Month of Prime if Package Arrives Late

Amazon Live Chat

If you’re a current Prime member, and your package doesn’t arrive within the 2-day guaranteed window, you need to start holding Amazon’s “feet to the fire”. This is also true if you pay the shipping upgrade for 1-day delivery (see above chat session).

In many cases, when this happens, Amazon will extend to you 1 free month of Amazon Prime as a peace offering. The free month won’t kick in until your current Prime membership expires, which is way cool.

To make it happen, simply contact Amazon customer service and politely explain the situation. If they won’t give you a free Prime extension they should at the very least give you a $5 credit added to your account.

See Also: 7 Amazon Prime Benefits You Probably Had No Idea Existed

30-Day Free Trial Expired?

Amazon Live Chat

Out of curiosity, I started a live chat session with Amazon and asked how many free 30-day Prime trials a user was eligible for.

I figured they’d say one per email address or one per mailing address.

Much to my surprise, she confirmed that you can simply open a new Amazon account after your 30-day free Prime trial expires and “then try the Prime on that account”.

You’ll need a different email address to open a new Amazon account, but that’s not a problem for most shoppers.

The Amazon rep also informed me that if you don’t renew your Prime membership after your trial period ends, they’ll typically email you another free trial opportunity after a certain amount of time.

Buyer beware on this one. This loophole surely won’t last very long and has the long term unintended consequences of Amazon raising the cost of their Prime membership and offering poorer customer service overall.

BTW, before you ask, my wife’s name is Aimee and her name is on our Amazon account. 😉

Snag Free Prime With Sprint Cell Plan

Another smart way to get free Amazon Prime is to check out Sprint wireless.

They recently launched a new cell phone plan that includes a free 12-month Amazon Prime membership. The plan is called the Amazon Better Choice XXL plan and is available to both new and current Sprint customers.

If you’re already with Sprint, or considering switching providers, it’s definitely a great way to get Amazon Prime for free.

According to Sprint exec, Roger Sole, “Combining America’s fastest LTE network with Amazon Prime’s array of quality entertainment is an amazing benefit for our customers.”

Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. Visit www.sprint.com/plans, call 1-(800)-SPRINT1 or go to the nearest Sprint store to sign up for Sprint Better Choice XXL with Amazon Prime included.
  2. After signing up for Sprint Better Choice XXL data tier, the customer will receive a text message with an activation link to complete Amazon Prime registration.
  3. Once registration is complete, the customer can immediately begin to enjoy all the benefits of Amazon Prime.
  4. Customers can also access preloaded or downloaded Amazon apps for easy access to Prime content on compatible smartphones.

See Also: 4 Ways to Get Free Shipping at Amazon (Without Paying for Amazon Prime)

Some AmEx Cards Come with Free Amazon Prime

If you’re looking to open a new American Express card, are you aware you may be eligible for a free year of Amazon Prime?

The AmEx card that looks especially promising is the Blue Cash Everyday Card as it has no annual fee and offers an awesome 10% cash back on all of your Amazon purchases for the first 6 months.

Call AmEx to check on your eligibility and then just click here to redeem your promotional code that will give you 1 free year of Amazon Prime. If you’re already a Prime member, Amazon will automatically start your free year once your current Prime membership expires.

Update 8/28/17: Unfortunately, American Express no longer has ANY cards that include an Amazon Prime membership.

Join Amazon Student and Score 6 Free Months of Prime

As many of you know I’m a huge fan of Amazon Student. I think it’s a real no-brainer for college students.

Who wouldn’t love a free 6-month Prime trial and a slick way to cut down significantly on your entertainment and digital reading costs?

To qualify, all you need is an Amazon account, a .edu email address, and be enrolled in at least one college course located within one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.

What exactly will you get? Every thing that comes with Prime EXCEPT Prime Music and the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

Once your 6-month trial expires, you’ll have the option to sign-up for Amazon Prime only $49 a year for up to 4 years.

See Also: Amazon “Prime Student” Hacks (Plus a Free 6-Month Membership)

Skip Prime Altogether and Still Score Free Shipping

Perhaps the best way to get Amazon Prime for free is to simply not fork over the $99 annually and still get free shipping.

Guess what? Amazon already offers free shipping on $35 or more, ($25 on books) a threshold that’s much lower than most online retailers. Many of which require you to spend $75 or $99 to qualify for free delivery.

Clever Hack Alert: If your Amazon order falls just short of the minimum order required for free shipping, simply add a “pre-order” item to your cart to get over the hump. You’ll get your entire order shipped for free and then you can cancel your “pre-order” item before it gets shipped and not be charged.

Don’t do this too often or you run the risk of Amazon catching on and making you pay for the pre-order items, or worse case, cancelling your account.

Use TopCashBack to Get $15 Off Prime

OK, I realize this tip won’t get you Amazon Prime for free, but $15 off your Prime membership is nothing to laugh at.

When you use the cash back website TopCashBack, and purchase Prime, you’ll get a free $15 Amazon gift card. So basically you get 1-year of Prime for $84 instead of $99 for a couple minutes of your time.

Definitely worth it, especially if you can use TopCashBack to get money back on all of your online shopping moving forward.

It’s worth noting that this offer excludes current Prime members as well as Amazon Student members.

Bonus #1: Apply for Amazon Prime Rewards Visa

The new Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card pays you 5% back via reward points on all of your Amazon purchases.

So basically if you order at least $165 from Amazon every month, this Prime Rewards card will pay for your $99 annual membership every year. This card is a no-brainer if you fall into this category.

Bonus #2: Score a Free 2-Month Prime Trial

A couple days before your free 30-day Prime trial is set to expire go into your account and cancel Prime.

Amazon will then ask you if you want to try another 30-days for free. Just click “Yes” and you’re good to go with Prime for another 30 days.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever found a way to get free Amazon Prime for an extended period of time? If so, let me know your strategy in the comments below.

By Kyle James

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25 Responses to “6 Brilliantly Slick Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free”

  1. Amazon Customer on December 6th, 2016 8:01 am

    Unbelievable that you suggest things like opening back to back trials based on a single discussion with most likely an offshore holiday temp customer service rep. You cannot possibly be that unintelligent to see that it’s abusing the system but you see, those of us that actually DO pay wind up paying for your abuse……

    When they raise my Prime membership cost yet again, this is why.

    When they think twice or even fail to give me a credit or make something right when I call in a month from now and ask why that genuinely important shipment is late, this is why.

    When they change the pre-order system to pre-charge my card early, this will be why.

    There’s nothing “slick” about advertising a couple loopholes that cost those of us that pay. It’s freeloading and I for one hope Amazon finds a way to identify those of you that do such blatant things to abuse the service and ban you for life from Amazon – I’d be curious to know if you couldn’t shop at Amazon ever again in your life if then maybe you would consider using common sense and acting responsibly in your blog posts.

  2. Kyle on December 6th, 2016 12:13 pm

    I’m just telling it like it is. I’m sure Amazon will close this loophole in the near future, and as my article suggests, I was very surprised with what I was told. Personally, I wouldn’t do it, as it’s more hassle than it’s worth and has unintended consequences. But for me to somehow be the morality police and tell others what they should and shouldn’t do is not my job.

  3. Eric on December 6th, 2016 5:55 pm

    Honestly, there is a name for this in the world of Cybersecurity, “social engineering”. Claiming that you are not the “morality police” is like saying “well yeah, I bought those minors alcohol, who am I to tell them not to drink it? That’s their decision”.

  4. Kyle on December 6th, 2016 9:08 pm

    What you’re suggesting is illegal. What I talk about in this article was told to me by an Amazon employee.

  5. Henry on May 11th, 2017 3:00 pm

    Regardless of the topic, great reply Kyle. 🙂

  6. Lola on February 9th, 2017 9:40 am

    I have been scammed by one of Amazon’s sellers that was listed on their site AND I paid through Amazon and they still won’t help me out, so if I really need to buy something through Amazon due to the best price, I have no qualms scoring a round their system and getting it for free. I played fair and they didn’t so maybe if they ever scam you, you will change your opinion but don’t go blindly bashing others.

  7. BCD\'s mom on February 24th, 2017 4:37 am

    He didn’t say to lie about the late shipment! Obviously Amazon would know you are lying in most cases being there is tracking on pretty much everything now….

  8. Gabe on April 12th, 2017 4:01 am

    Amazon screw entire countries out of millions in unpaid tax… so yeah if I can screw amazon like they screw my country I’ll scam them out of free stuff as much as I can.

  9. Amazon Customers Mom on June 17th, 2017 7:46 pm


  10. Phrederica on December 6th, 2016 9:05 am

    Get some stupid man to pay for it.

  11. Brett on December 6th, 2016 4:52 pm

    I’ve read that Clever Hack Alert before, and I have to say it has never worked for me. I’ve preordered a book, DVD, or CD, at least 3 times in the last year and a half. The preorder has always been 4-8 months before the release of the item. I’ve always legitimately wanted the preorder. In each case, I never met the free shipping threshold (I do not have Prime), so I’ve added other stuff I wanted to make up the difference. And, every single time the entire contents of my order remained on hold for the full duration until the preordered item was released. There’s nothing more disappointing than waiting 6 months for a can opener! (Especially since, once it does ship, they don’t all arrive in the same box necessarily..)

  12. Mary on December 7th, 2016 12:23 pm
  13. Anon aa on December 6th, 2016 7:11 pm

    I have an existing Amex card and called to ask if there was a promo I could use to extend my prime membership and they said it was a promo for new amex cards only.

  14. Hans on December 7th, 2016 8:09 am

    That’s what I was just told as well.

  15. Dave L on December 9th, 2016 11:15 am

    I quit Prime almost a year ago. I find that many items can be ordered from 3rd party sellers with FREE shipping, no matter what the order total. I just ordered some mechanical pencils for $13 and got free shipping. This is not always the case though. I plan on adding up my shipping costs after a full year to see if it totals more than $99.

  16. Carol Y on December 10th, 2016 5:18 pm

    Maybe the cost of the ‘free’ shipping is included in the price?

  17. Nicholas on May 1st, 2017 10:35 pm

    It’s included. I’ve searched for the same items without using Prime and every single time I found the item for a lower price, usually $4+ less. I concluded that people are actually paying shipping in the price of the item

  18. Kyle on May 2nd, 2017 6:33 am

    Interesting Nicholas. Did the items include free shipping or did shipping costs make it a wash?

  19. jeannette on January 12th, 2017 12:08 pm

    I’m nor impressed with the ‘Hack Alert” art of this post. It is duplicitous, immoral and it games the system. That is not OK

  20. BCD\'s mom on February 24th, 2017 4:34 am

    Ok, for those who are complaining this is wrong to do, why did you even bother reading the article if you had no interest in how to get/scam a free memberships? Just to come on here and write negative comments and bash others? Also, what if someone doesn’t use Amazon much except to order things once in a while but the shipping is a lot. What if they don’t use any of the other MANY features Prime has to offer except the free shipping? Why pay $99 just for the free shipping? This is when the numerous free memberships come in handy. Not to mention, the Amazon rep even told the customer how to get another free one. If they felt it was so wrong and forbidden they would leave it at “No, only 1 free month with your account.” No other suggestions or ideas.

  21. Sheryl on March 4th, 2017 4:45 am

    People do not realize that unless it is “illegal” there is nothing wrong with enjoying a few perks that you were smart enough to squeeze through the loophole to get! First of all don’t think they won’t get you if they have the chance to legitimately do it. Secondly, prime is not a bad thing to have.

    If it were shipping only, I would definitely cancel it; however, I have amazon prime fire tv stick and watch a very large amount of movies and series both old and new for free. There is shows that you can rent and watch that are not included on prime but they don’t rope you in to any subscription fees. You simply purchase a 39 dollar amazon tv stick and plug it in to the wall and usb port on your tv.

    Just depends on how addicted you are to your own tv and the convenience of it. Actually it is a great way for someone living on a limited income to have at least some of the luxuries such as cable that so many take for granted.

  22. Violet on May 1st, 2017 8:46 am

    Thanks Sheryl,
    I’m one of those people who’ve had to discontinue my cable due to the exorbitant costs. I can only pay for the internet so this is a great tip!
    P.S. I don’t miss TV commercials at all, lol!

  23. Sandra S on March 4th, 2017 4:29 pm

    This information is really helpfully informative thanks. How do I save the whole article for later

  24. Ayantika Sen on April 3rd, 2017 11:56 am

    thank you its working

  25. Mai on June 29th, 2017 2:40 pm

    Not sure if this is still going on but I received my first year of Amazon Prime free when I signed up with Frontier for my internet service. 🙂

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