Amazon Prime is a service used by millions of Americans. In 2014, they increased the membership fee from $79 to $99. And, they are set to have another increase in a few weeks.
Amazon will increase the annual fee for Amazon Prime to $119, effective May 15, 2018. For current members, the renewal fee will increase on June 16, 2018.
WHY IS AMAZON INCREASING THE COST OF AMAZON PRIME?
Amazon has had additional increases in shipping costs and streaming fees. That means the fees are being passed along to consumers.
IS AMAZON PRIME WORTH IT?
It seems many people think Amazon Prime is only about free shipping. But, it offers so much more than that. Amazon Prime members have access to the Kindle Lending Library, music and video streaming, photo storage and so much more! If you are new to Prim and are not sure it is right for you, make sure you learn all of the Amazon Perks you will get with your membership.
IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN LOCK IN THE $99 FEE?
UPDATED 4/27/18 at 1:55 pm: It appears Amazon has since changed this and if you gift it, you will gift at $99 rather than $119. Bummer!
If you are a current Amazon Prime member whose membership will renew after the increase, you can still lock in one more year for $99. 1. Log into your account and check out your Amazon Prime expiration date. Click on Your Prime from the grey menu bar. From there, click on Manage Prime Membership (you may need to log in again). You will see the date you will be renewing listed in the sidebar and the rate you will be charged. 2. Purchase a Prime Gift Membership for just $99. Set the delivery date for the date AFTER your membership expires. For example, if it expires on July 15, 2018, you will set the delivery date to July 16, 2018. Enter your own email address as the recipient’s address. Finalize your order. 3. Go back into your Amazon Prime account and turn OFF auto-renew. Under the side screen, click on End Membership. Click on Continue Membership and check the Remind me three days before my membership renews. You can also click on End Membership, and your account will remain in effect until your membership period ends. 4. The day after your membership expires, you will receive an email which includes a gift membership. Simply follow the instructions to apply it to your account. That’s it! A simple way to ensure you get just one more year at the lower rate of $99 rather than $119!! Make sure you share this with your family and friends so that they too can save!!!