If you’re counting down the days to Amazon’s annual Prime Day – or in this case, Prime Days – we’ve got you covered. Prime Day this year starts next Monday, June 21 and runs through Tuesday, June 22.
In years past, we’ve seen some great deals on Prime Day for travel gear, electronics, as well as everyday items you can save on. We’re expecting more of those massive sales this time around – plus there are some money-saving tricks you can use to take Prime Day savings to the next level.
Here’s how we recommend getting ready to bargain hunt – or even start your shopping a little early.
Try Amazon Prime for Free
It should be no surprise that Prime Day specials are only available to Amazon Prime members. If you haven’t pulled the trigger on an Amazon Prime account just yet, here’s your chance to try it out for free.
Amazon is currently offering a free 30-day Prime test run to new members. Just sign up and you’ll be eligible for all those Prime Day specials.
Prime normally costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year, which can easily be worth it based on your shopping habits. In addition to Prime Day access, you’ll get free one- or two-day shipping on almost any order, Prime Video streaming service, special deals at Whole Foods, and much more.
Shop Early Prime Day Deals Now
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get early access to some exclusive deals every year.
You’ll find hefty discounts on some Amazon (and Amazon-equipped) products, like saving 25% on an Amazon Echo Show 5 for just $59.99. You can also snag several great TVs at steep discounts, like a 43-inch Toshiba 4K UHDTV equipped with Amazon Fire for $239.99 – $110 off!
Prep for the Travel Deals
Every year, we scour the Prime Day deals for the best travel accessories – and 2020’s Prime Day delivered in a big way. Our fingers are crossed for an equally exciting Prime Day 2021! These were some of our favorite Prime Day deals from last year:
- 40% off the Trtl travel pillow, a fan favorite selling for just $24.
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones – some of the best noise-canceling headphones for travelers – were on sale for just $199.
- A great pair of Sony wireless noise-canceling headphones for $88 – more than 50% off!
- 60% off one of our favorite travel backpacks from eBags
- $50 off the Kindle Paperwhite, one of the best e-readers
- Big savings on luggage, portable travel adapters, wireless charging devices
…and much more!
Use Credit Card Points to Unlock Big Savings
American Express and Chase have ongoing promos allowing you to save even more at Amazon by applying just a single credit card point to your purchase.
- Save 20% to 40% on your Amazon purchases by using an Amex Membership Rewards point. Read more about this promo here.
- Use a single Chase point on your Amazon purchase to save 50% for up to $15 off. Read more about this Chase promo.
Rack up Some Amazon Credits
Spending on Prime Day is much easier when you’re using free credits, right? And cheaper too.
Amazon has added a handful of ways to quickly earn some credits for your Amazon account, allowing you to stack credits with Prime Day discounts and save even more. Check them out:
Shop Small Businesses to Earn $10 Off
Spend $10 or more at select small businesses between now and Sunday, June 20, and you’ll earn a $10 credit to use during Prime Day. Check Amazon’s dedicated page for this promo to find a list of all the businesses that qualify. Make the purchase, and you’ll get an email confirmation with a promo to save $10 on Prime Day.
Earn Another $10 Installing Amazon Assistant
Just for installing Amazon Assistant – a web browser plugin that helps compare prices – you’ll get another $10 credit for your Prime Day purchases.
Use the Right Credit Cards
Make the most of your purchases on Amazon Prime Day by using the right card. You’ve got a few options.
For starters, there’s the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express – and it might just be the best card for shopping at Amazon, period. That’s because you’ll get 20% back on Amazon.com purchases in the first six months of card membership (for a total of up to $200 back.) Plus, you’ll earn a $150 bonus after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the card within the first six months. And there are plenty of other bonus categories too, like 6% cashback at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 spent each year (then 1% back), 6% back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions, and 3% back on taxis, rideshare, parking, tolls, and at U.S. gas stations.
Best of all, the Blue Cash Preferred Card has a $0 annual fee for the first year, then $95 (see rates & fees).
Click Here to learn more about the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express.
Another solid option for making Amazon purchases than the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card. Depending on when you applied for the card, you could earn as much as 3% cashback on your first $20,000 of spending for the first year of card membership. Otherwise, you’ll earn a solid 1.5% cashback. And best of all, the card has no annual fee.
If you hold the Chase Freedom Unlimited card in conjunction with either the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve card, you can transfer the cashback you earn into Chase Ultimate Rewards points. That’s why we always suggest pairing a Chase Freedom Card with a Sapphire Card.
Click Here to get more information on the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card.
Another great option for your Amazon Prime Day spending is the Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express. The card also does not have an annual fee (see rates & fees) and earns 2x Membership Rewards points for every dollar you spend up to $50,000 annually. It earns 1x point per dollar after that.
Click Here to get more information about the Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express.
Amazon Prime Day is just a week away. And if last year is any indication, there should be some sweet deals.
Get ready to make the most of it!