Amazon is celebrating its five wins at this week’s Emmy Awards by holding a sale on Friday for Amazon Prime memberships. They’re offering subscribers a year’s worth of Prime benefits for $67 (and to sweeten the deal, they’re also throwing in a free drone). The deal is only open to new subscribers, but here’s how you can take advantage of it.
Or rather, here’s how I am going to try to take advantage of the sale on Friday.
Edit: Nope. It didn’t work, alas.
While this offer is open to new subscribers, it should be possible to buy a gift subscription and give it to yourself. The trick is to schedule the delivery for a future date.
- You need to turn off the auto-renewal for your existing Prime membership, and then
- Buy a gift Prime membership and schedule it to arrive in your email inbox the day after your current membership ends.
This trick has worked before back when Amazon raised the price of Prime form $79 to $99, and I think it’s worth a shot.
You can manage your existing Prime membership here. Look in the options on the left for one that mentions ending your membership. Start there.
And on Friday you can try to buy a Prime membership as a gift here. Be sure to set the gift to arrive the day after your current membership ends, and yes you should be able to send it to the same email address as the one tied to your Amazon account.
I think this is worth at least a few minutes of my time. Is anyone else going to give it a shot?
P.S. I’ll revisit this post on Friday and update it with news of my success or failure.