Amazon Prime Price Rises Soon: How to Save Money Before Costs Rise

Amazon announced some surprising news about its Prime membership program earlier this month.

The US monthly fee will go from $12.99 to $14.99, with the annual subscription going from $119 to $139.

The online retail giant says the price increase is due to “continued expansion of Prime member benefits as well as rising wages and transportation costs”.

The price change takes effect February 18 for new Prime members and March 25 for current members (on their renewal date).

Fortunately, there are several ways to beat the price increase:

Option 1: Register before February 18

All new Prime members will be required to pay the price increase on February 18 and March 25 for those currently enrolled, on their renewal date. But, there is a way around this.

Sign up here before February 18 for the $119 annual subscription and save $20. You’ll get a 30-day free trial first, along with other perks like fast shipping and early access to offers.

Option 2: Treat yourself to the “Gift of Prime”

You can treat yourself to the “Gift of Prime”, which is the Amazon Prime version of a gift card. If you have an Amazon gift card handy, you can also use that for the purchase.

To purchase “Gift of Prime”, enter your own email address as the gift recipient during checkout. Make sure to manually cancel your subscription a day before it expires for this to work.

What is Amazon Prime? What’s included with a Prime Membership?

Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives users access to services and benefits not available to regular Amazon customers.

An Amazon Prime subscription includes the following:

Is Amazon currently offering deals?

Yes. Here are some great deals to shop right now:

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Nicolette Accardi covers the online shopping industry, writing about commerce, daily deals and tips. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter: @N_Accardi.

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