Just last night we covered Amazon is raising its prices for Prime’s annual membership from $99 to $119. Well, if you want to keep that $99 price before it goes up, here’s how.
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Though an increase of $20 isn’t the end of the world, it’s still something that came as a shock to many. To combat that, here are methods that should allow you to keep your $99/year Prime membership, as long as you’re willing to put up a little money up front.
First, you’ll have to cancel your current Prime membership. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your benefits. When you go to your Prime account management page and click through the cancel buttons, when you get to the end, you’ll be notified that canceling your Prime membership leaves benefits active until your membership ends.
You’ll need to cancel your subscription using the “End on<insert date>.” Once that’s done, you need to go and buy some Prime gift memberships. These are $99 right now, as it’s the standard cost of Prime.
Just be sure to pick a date that will be after your current Prime membership ends, and then you’ll be good to go. Once your current benefits end, you just open up that gift you bought yourself, and away you go. It’s like Christmas, but saving money!
If you choose not to redeem the extra Prime benefits once your membership ends, you can easily turn that gift into a $99 Amazon gift card to use on purchases.
This isn’t a perfect solution, as you have to put more money up front than usual, but this is a way to save some extra money in the long run by avoiding the $20 increase Amazon will soon start charging.