Update, 03/19: Today is the final day to lock in cheaper years of Prime! The price will be 25% higher tomorrow.
Originally posted on 03/18:
Last Thursday I wrote a post about locking in $79 Prime for an extra year.
Here’s some more info about that option:
You can buy as many Prime Gift Subscriptions as you want for just $79 via this link.
Why would you want as many as you want? Because they never expire!
The truth is that you can even have them all delivered to you right now and you can file them away in a folder in your email. They will always be good for a full year of Prime and they will never expire.
When you send yourself a gift year of Prime you will get an email with a special link that instantly gives a year of Prime to whatever account opens the special link. The gift of Amazon Prime isn’t auto-renewing like regular Amazon Prime is.
Just set your Prime not to auto-renew as I showed here. Then buy as many gifts of Prime as you want to lock in the $79 rate. Whenever your subscription ends you can click on the special link from the email and activate another year of Prime.
You can use it for yourself or give it as a gift in the future to anyone else.
What happens if you click on the special link when you still have an active Prime subscription? It will ask you if you want to convert the Prime subscription into a $79 gift card.
If you paid tax for the Prime Gift then you will also get the tax back as a gift card.
If you have gift card funds locked in one Amazon account and you want to transfer the funds to someone else you can buy Prime gift subscriptions with your gift cards and send them to another Prime account. That other account can then turn them back into gift cards in their account.
While you can’t pay for auto-renewing Prime with a gift card you can pay for the Prime gift subscription with your Amazon gift card balance. You can buy Amazon gift cards at any office supply store with your Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, and the Chase Ink Cash Card card to earn 5 points per dollar!
If you have Amazon gift cards and Amazon Prime you really can’t lose by buying a number of Prime gifts for the future. Either you can save them up for cheaper Prime for years to come or you can always convert them back into $79 Amazon gift cards if you just want to use the funds to buy things sooner!
March 19th is the last day to lock in $79 Amazon Prime, though Amazon can change the Prime gift rate at any time!
So, how many will you be buying?