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Amazon Prime Amex Offer Testing
The other day we covered a brand new and exciting Amex Offer for Amazon Prime. As part of this offer you can get 5,000 Membership Rewards points for a Prime subscription. Depending on how you value Membership Rewards, that amounts to a 50-75% discount on the $99 cost.
Following the emergence of the offer, many people looked to figure out how to maximize it beyond their own Prime account. Let’s take a look at what works and what doesn’t.
Obviously signing up for Amazon Prime or renewing your Amazon Prime subscription works to trigger the offer. This is a great way to save a ton on Amazon Prime, especially if you already are a member. If you are not, considering all of the value that Prime adds, I personally think it is a great deal.
But what if your Prime account recently renewed? That is what happened to me. My Prime account renewed on September 16, so I was less than a month in. While I was upset at first, thankfully I was able to take advantage.
First I went into my Prime account settings.
Then I clicked the dreaded link to “End Membership”.
I wasn’t sure what would happen, but after clicking through I was told I would receive a refund of about $92 if I cancelled. This was fine since I had used the service for about a month. I then cancelled, waited about 10 minutes and started my subscription back up again. Minutes later I received the, “Great News” email from Amex confirming the offer had been redeemed..
Amazon also has a way of gifting Prime to someone else. The kicker with this method is that if the person you gift Prime to currently has Prime then they will get the value of your gift in the form of an Amazon gift card.
So basically the theorized method was this:
- Buy a Prime gift subscription.
- Give it to yourself or a family member who is a Prime Member.
- They/You get a $99 gift card
- You get the points from the offer.
Unfortunately this DOES NOT WORK. As a test I bought a gift subscription, but unfortunately it just codes as a normal Amazon.com purchase. Here is my Prime membership purchase right below the Prime Gift purchase.
In order to trigger the offer the purchase needs to code as Prime and gift subscriptions don’t seem to.
The good news is you can get this deal on your Prime Membership and maybe can work out a deal with family/friends for their membership if you have multiple offers. Unfortunately the “gift hack” doesn’t work, which hurts a bit for people like me who have this offer on many cards.
Have you taken advantage of this offer? Share your experiences in the comments!
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