Fans of online shopping know that Amazon Prime Day traditionally takes place in July. But in 2020—a year in which nothing was normal—the sale was moved to mid-October. This year, Amazon threw another curveball by announcing that the sale will take place on June 21 and June 22. So if you don’t have Amazon Prime, how to sign up is likely the first question on your mind considering the sale is just days away.
The two-day event is one of the biggest sales events of the year, and discounts are only available to Prime members. Thousands of items will be on sale for 48 hours, with some deals as goods as Black Friday “doorbuster” sales. In other words, you definitely want to be signed up ahead of June. Prime members also get free one- and two-day delivery on many items throughout the site, free access to Amazon Fresh grocery shopping and countless perks that include tons of free entertainment through Prime Music, Prime Video, Kindle eBooks, Amazon Photos and more.
If you’re not currently a member, signing up for Prime is easy, and in many cases will come with a free trial—30 days or more—so you can experience all the benefits of membership without the pressure of paying up front. Below, find everything you need to know about how to join Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime: How To Sign Up
The simplest way to become an Amazon Prime member is by going to the Amazon Prime sign-up page and filling out the required information. If you’ve never shopped on Amazon before, you’ll have to start by creating a free Amazon account. From there, Amazon will offer you a 30-day free trial of Prime once you enter your credit card information. After the 30 days are up, you’ll automatically be charged for membership, though the exact amount depends on which plan you choose. Of course, you can also choose to cancel and avoid paying any subscription fee after your free trial is over.
What Are The Amazon Prime Membership Options?
There are several Amazon Prime membership options, and each has a different fee. That means you can find a plan that suits your needs and budget. For example, you can choose whether you’d like to pay annually or monthly.
If you’re a student, there’s a Prime Student plan that includes a 6-month free trial, and if you are a qualifying recipient of government assistance, there’s a discounted plan for you as well. To see all the plans, visit Amazon’s Prime signup page and then click the various plan links under the “Try Prime” button at the top of the page.
How Much Does It Cost To Be An Amazon Prime Member?
Most people subscribe to the classic Amazon Prime plan and pay the annual fee, which is $119 per year. You can also subscribe to Prime monthly and pay $12.99 per month, which will cost you almost $37 more per year than the annual plan, but the up-front outlay is much smaller.
Qualifying students can take advantage of a 6-month free trial, after which Prime Student costs $6.49 per month. And for those with an EBT or Medicaid card, Prime membership is available for $5.99 per month.
Can You Shop Amazon Prime Day 2021 Without A Membership?
As mentioned above, because Amazon Prime Day is exclusive to Prime members, you can’t shop Amazon Prime Day without a membership. But if you’re not interested in paying for a full membership, you still have a couple of options:
- If this is your first time with an Amazon Prime subscription, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to gain access to the sale, and then cancel the membership before the 30 days is up.
- If you have a family member who is an Amazon Prime member, you can ask if they’ll add you to their Amazon Household. This will allow you to enjoy all Prime benefits, including access to Amazon Prime Day.
Is Amazon Prime Worth It?
Amazon Prime membership comes with a huge number of benefits that make it totally worth it in our book. Some of the perks include:
- Depending upon the items you’ve ordered, Amazon Prime shipping includes free two-day shipping, free same-day delivery, Prime Now (free 2-hour delivery), free release-date delivery on eligible pre-order items, free no-rush shipping and Amazon Day, a weekly delivery day for all items purchased throughout the week.
- Streaming benefits include Prime Video unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, Prime Music unlimited access to millions of songs and hundreds of playlists, and Prime Gaming access to free games and in-game content. You also get access to an exclusive library of songs from Amazon Music.
- Amazon Prime shopping benefits include exclusive savings at Whole Foods Market, Amazon Fresh free grocery delivery, Prime Pantry for household products and Amazon Family deals and discounts on diapers, baby food and more.
- You get access to Prime Wardrobe, which allows you to try on clothes at home before you buy them.
- Amazon Prime reading benefits include Prime Reading digital catalog access for books, magazines and more, and Amazon First Reads early access to download new books.
- Because Amazon owns Audible, you get a selection of audiobooks exclusively for Amazon Prime members.
- Amazon Photos offers unlimited cloud storage for your photos.
- Prime Exclusive deals, discounts, promotions and coupons.
- The ability to share your membership (and membership benefits) using Amazon Household.
Can You Give Amazon Prime As A Gift?
Yes, you can. You can gift someone three months of Prime for $39 or a full year for $119. Just visit the Prime Gifting page to send the gift membership.
Can I Get A Discount On Amazon Prime?
Amazon doesn’t offer discounts on memberships, but it does offer special Amazon Prime membership options for students and qualifying customers with an EBT or Medicaid card.
How Do I Get A Free Amazon Prime Account?
To get an Amazon Prime membership for free, simply sign up for the 30-day free trial and be sure to cancel before getting charged when the 30 days is up. Alternately, you can access Prime member benefits for free by being added to an Amazon Household.
How Do I Cancel Amazon Prime?
To cancel your Amazon Prime membership, open Amazon in a web browser and move the mouse over “Accounts & Lists” at the top of the page. In the dropdown menu, choose “Prime Membership.” Then, on your Prime page, click “Update, cancel and more” and follow the instructions to cancel your membership.
Early Prime Day Deals To Shop
If you’ve already signed up for Amazon Prime, you can start shopping early Prime Day deals that are happening right now. Check out eight discounts across the retailer’s tech, home, fashion, beauty and other categories below.
Save $52 On Apple Airpods Pro
One of Apple’s best-selling devices, these wireless headphones have a noise-cancelling mode for shutting out the world and a transparency mode for when you don’t mind a little background noise. They come with three differently-sized silicone tips for a more custom fit in ears of all shapes and sizes and are sweat- and water-resistant.
Take 31% Off This High-Quality Knife Set
This three-piece knife set by Zwilling comes with a 4-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife and an 8-inch chef’s knife. All crafted in Germany, these pieces are made of a “special formula of high carbon steel,” per the brand, that won’t stain and is hard to dull. These knives, used by professional chefs, are lighter than you might expect but just as strong and sturdy as you’d hope. Shoppers say they make the perfect gift for the home chef in your life.
Get $351 Off This Self-Cleaning Robot Vacuum
Yes, this Roomba model is super pricey, but it’s totally worth it. What sets this one apart is the fact that it essentially cleans itself thanks to a home base that allows the robot vacuum to automatically empty out what it picks up off the floor. You have to clean out the base once every 60 days or so, but other than that you can let the Roomba do its thing. This model also boasts 10 times the suction power of the previous one.
This Facial Cleansing Device Is 15% Off
Skincare lovers know that it takes more than just your hands to effectively cleanse your face each day. That’s why tools like the Foreo Luna 2 deserve a place in your bathroom cabinet. Just read some of the hundreds of five-star reviews from customers who can’t live without it.
Snag These Ray-Ban Sunglasses For 30% Off
Just in time for the bright and sunny days of summer, these Ray-Ban sunglasses are currently 30% off at Amazon. The unisex aviator design makes them easy for anyone to wear and the UV-protective coating on the lenses keeps eyes safe. Shoppers say they’re stylish and lightweight, and the classic design can’t be beat.
Save Over $200 On This Smart TV
Thanks to Amazon’s early Prime Day deals, this 55-inch smart TV is over $200 off. The Sony X85J features MotionFlow XR and a fast 120Hz refresh rate that helps fast motion in sports and action movies appear without blurring. It also features Google TV, which allows you to stream Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and more.
This Best-Selling Dutch Oven Is Almost Half Off
A quality Dutch oven that’s designed to last a lifetime, like this one from Lodge, is a kitchen must-have. Made from chip-resistant, porcelain-enameled cast iron, this colorful cookware come in different sizes—but we like the six quart option for making everything from soups and stews to braising ribs or baking bread. It’s rare to find one of these Lodge ovens on sale, so we recommend taking advantage of this deal while you can.
Get 34% Off These Flattering Levi’s Jeans
Finding the perfect pair of jeans is a treat, and finding them on sale is even better. These Levi’s come in so many possible wash, length and inclusive size combinations, there’s bound to be a pair that fits you just right. Just note that the sale price varies depending on which combination you choose.