Amazon.com has announced that they are increasing the Amazon Prime membership price from $79 to $99 annually.
Amazon.com made the announcement on March 13, 2014, indicating the increase would take place in 7 days, so it looks like on March 20th, you’ll have to pay $99 to join Amazon Prime.
Sign up for Amazon Prime now if you’ve been thinking about it, before the price increase goes into effect.
Just remember that if you use the 30-day trial period, they may charge you $99 if you decide to join and make your first membership payment after March 20th, so you might want to skip the free trial period altogether and just pay your annual fee right away.
How To Save $20 Off Your Amazon Prime Renewal
If your current Prime membership is set to auto-renew after March 20th, you’ll be stuck paying the new $99 membership fee when it renews.
However, you can cancel your auto-renew, send yourself an Amazon Prime Gift for $79 to arrive on the day after your membership expires, and save $20 in the process.
1. Visit the End Prime Membership Page and select “End Membership.”
2. On the next page, choose “End Later” to end your membership on the given expiration date.
3. Purchase an Amazon Prime Gift for $79 and choose to have it delivered the next day after your current membership expires.
That’s it. You’ll save $20 over having your membership auto-renew at the $99 rate.
I was able to use my Amazon gift card balance toward the purchase, and with $1.56 tax, the total came out to $80.56.
Amazon sent me this email today:
“We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing.
The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on May 10, 2014.
Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years.
Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million.
We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.”
Learn more About Amazon Prime if you are interested.