The price of Amazon Prime is going up – from its current rate of $79 a year to $99 annually. Amazon Prime for Students, a program for college kids, is going up from $39 a year to $49.
(Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime for Students offer free two-day shipping and free streaming video.)
But there are ways to get around the price hike.
If you’re due to renew before April 17, you’ll pay the old rate of $79, or $39 for the student service.
New members who sign up by Wednesday, March 19, get the $79/$39 rate as well.
And SlickDeals.net offered a slick workaround to avoid the price increase by buying a gift membership for yourself that begins the day after your current membership ends. (You’ll have to buy the gift membership by March 19 as well.)
Amazon Student is a free membership program that provides six months of free, two-day shipping on most purchases, no minimum order required, and other special discounts. After six months, students can sign up for the service for a special discounted rate of $39, (regularly $79), and get the added bonus of free streaming movies and television. You’ll need your school’s .edu email or other proof of student status to sign up. Find information at amazon.com/student.