Starting on March 25, existing subscribers will see the annual membership jump from $119 to $139 when it comes up for renewal. For monthly subscribers, the cost is rising from $12.99 to $14.99.
These rates go into effect for new subscribers a bit earlier, on Feb. 18.
However, a little ingenuity can help you avoid the new prices and save you some cash. An article in Mashable says you can do an end run around the higher fee by sending yourself an Amazon Prime gift membership.
Such a membership costs $119 right through March 24. Mashable explains:
“And since you pay that price in full, up front, and can activate it whenever you want, theoretically, one could buy a $119 yearly membership today and start using it months after the price hike goes into effect. You can even send yourself multiple gifts (if you don’t mind a hefty upfront cost), making it possible to avoid the $139 fee for some time.”
The Mashable article has step-by-step instructions for how to pull off this trick.
If you decide not to gift yourself in this way, you soon will pay a lot more for Amazon Prime. If that news makes you question the worth of belonging to Prime, read the following articles to help you decide what your next step should be: