The cost of Amazon Prime will go up from $79 to $99 on March 20th for new enrollees. Amazon had said previously to stockholders that they would hike it to as much as $119, which I said at the time would be a real stretch to pull off. Luckily that didn’t happen.
The student rate will go up from $39 to $49.
Amazon will seemingly still allow you to share Amazon Prime between 5 relatives even at different addresses. Amazon Student can’t be shared.
For existing members the new rate will go into effect on April 17th. If your renewal is after that point you’ll be paying the new $49 student/$99 rate. Some people have been emailed that they will be able to renew one last time later in 2014 at the lower rate, so there’s some confusion there still.
Prime members get:
-FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
-No minimum order size
-Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video
-Read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
Will you be renewing for $99 instead of $79 later this year? Hit the comments!Amazon offers free shipping with $25+ orders or get free 1 day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you up to 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student. EBT/Medicaid Cardholders can save on Prime Membership here.