Posted by William Charles on November 20, 2018

Published on November 20th, 2018 | by William Charles


[YMMV] American Express: 3 Months Of Amazon Prime For Free

Update 11/20/18: Deal is back and valid until December 31st, 2018.

The Offer

Direct link to offer, e-mail subject line is ‘Exclusive offer from American Express: 3 months of Prime’

  • American Express has sent out an e-mail offering three months of Prime for free.


The Fine Print

  • This is a limited time offer and only valid in the United States.
  • Offer is available by invitation only, is non-transferable, is not redeemable for cash, and may not be resold.
  • Membership will automatically renew at $119 plus applicable taxes per year after the expiration of the initial 3-month Prime membership. View the Amazon Prime terms at
  • Prime memberships redeemed through a Prime gift code or promotional code are not refundable.
  • Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the promotion at any time.
  • Offer limited to one per customer and account.
  • Offer may not be combined with other offers.
  • This promotion ends on the earlier of (a) 11:59PM PST, 12/31/2018, (b) the time at which 115,000 customers have redeemed the offer, or (c) when Amazon elects to end the promotion.
  • If you violate any of these terms and conditions, the offer will be invalid.

Our Verdict

Keep in mind that it will automatically renew at $119, so remember to cancel if you don’t want to keep prime. It’s also limited to the first 160,000 customers so might be wise to redeem sooner rather than later if interested. Getting Prime for free now is great as we are going into Prime day and there are a lot of Prime only days. We recently did a post discussing how to maximize a new Prime account so I’d recommend reading that. The best deal is the 20% off when you use a single Membership Rewards point, for some this is showing without Prime for others they needed to become Prime members before it worked.

Hat tip to reader Yasir

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Hey, in the pic. It has the persons name still in it. You may want to block out the persons name. Just got wanted to give you the tip.

thanks for all you do.

Keep up the good work

0/3 for me.

This subsequently provided at least two (2) additional [presumably targeted] offers (for me):

1) Install the Amazon App, choose “Prime” from the menu, get a $10 Amazon Credit (valid on a $20+ purchase placed through the App for items sold DIRECTLY BY Amazon, exp Aug 31, 2018)

2) Buy a prime item BEFORE prime day + a prime item ON prime day, receive a $10 Amazon credit (credit valid on items sold DIRECTLY BY Amazon, exp Aug 31, 2018). Unsure whether the items you must purchase have to be sold DIRECTLY BY Amazon.

There’s also a Whole Foods promo:

Aditya Shrivastava
Aditya Shrivastava

Care to elaborate on #1?
I don’t think I understand it.

If you’re eligible for the offer, after you become a Prime member, AMEX should email you details of the promo. You literally:

a) Install the Amazon Shopping App on a phone or tablet

b) Launch the app, login to Amazon w/ your account that now has Prime active on it

c) In the App itself, click on the “Menu” button (3 horizontal lines in the upper left hand corner of the app)

d) Click the “Prime” menu option

e) At that point you should receive a notification inside the app itself that a $10 credit will be automatically applied to your next Amazon purchase of $20+ so long as it’s placed within the app itself and so long as the item(s) being purchased are sold directly by Amazon.

If you’re eligible for offer #2, you can check the status of it by visiting:

I purchased something, then a few minutes later decided I didn’t want it, so cancelled the order. The link above claims that I’ve met the first part of the Prime Day offer (i.e. placing a prime purchase BEFORE Prime Day). I’ll nonetheless place another order BEFORE Prime Day to ensure that Amazon has no grounds to reject the $10 credit.

Aditya Shrivastava
Aditya Shrivastava

Thanks for the detailed post. I didn’t get any email whatsoever but was still targeted for 3 months of free Prime as well as for offer # 2. For offer # 1, I don’t see a “Prime” menu option:

See if there’s an updated version of the Amazon app available for your device. My menu options (from top to bottom) are:

Departments >
Fire & Kindle >
Your orders
Wish List
Today’s Deals
Gift Cards
Subscribe & Save

Aditya Shrivastava
Aditya Shrivastava

That was it! I have the menu option now but it seems like I’m not targeted. Thanks for all your help though! 🙂

I think the point of the offer was to entice people to install the Amazon Shopping App. Since you already had an older version installed, it makes sense that you weren’t targeted for this particular offer.

I got the same two offers. But I am not sure what prime item is. I ordered some stuff sold by Amazon, but none of them triggered the second offer. Do you know what to buy to get the second offer?

The second offer requires two (2) purchase on two different dates. The first purchase has to be completed BEFORE Prime Day. The second purchase has to be completed ON Prime Day (which is what, July 16th?)

Since you’ve made a Prime purchase now (BEFORE Prime Day. presumably for an item sold directly by Amazon), you need to make a Prime purchase ON PRIME DAY (also presumably an item sold directly by Amazon) to receive a subsequent $10 credit that must be used up by Aug 31, 2018.

how do i get this email if i unsubscribed to amex marketing emails a while ago as i do not like marketing emails coming to my address?

You can’t. You chose not to receive emails so you won’t be targeted for anything. Can’t pick and choose.

What you can do is setup a folder called “Amex Marketing” and then add a filter rule to put all emails from certain addresses in that folder. Every 6 months or so, erase all the messages in the folder, without even reading them. But when something like this comes up, you can check the folder to see if you got the email.

I wasn’t expecting to be targeted for this to be honest so was happy to see the email just now. I immediately signed up for it just to make sure I get in. The timing could not be even better with Prime day coming up.

I received this offer by email, but it’s only for new Prime customers. It won’t let me redeem since I already have Prime.

I don’t have Prime but I once did. It won’t let me take advantage of the offer.

It’s definitely NOT for NEW Prime customers. I’m a FORMER Prime customer (last had it sometime late last year) and was able to take advantage of the TARGETED emailed offer I received.

Should have said:
It’s definitely NOT LIMITED TO NEW Prime customers …

Works for anyone who clicks the link and doesn’t have prime. You may need to link your AMEX to Amazon first.

I’ve tried that. Doesn’t work

It worked for my non prime account .

Dansdeals has a post with the link. I didn’t get the email, but got the 3 months free anyway by clicking on the link.

My Prime membership had just ended (waiting for some big purchase to renew using a “Gift of Prime” purchased for $99), and this offer worked for me. So definitely not just for new Prime members only. Thanks!

Direct link to 3 month offer worked. I have had an offer for one month free that I hadn’t used, but 3 is better than one. Thanks.

Thanks. Had let Prime lapse a year or so ago. Figured I’d take this before starting up a 12 membership i have waiting in the wings.

Is this dead. I received the email, but cannot activate.

Is this dead? I tried yesterday (I received the email invitation), but no go.

Any one else seeing “Start Prime Membership” button disabled once we click the direct offer link? I also received the email directly and the button remains disabled by clicking the email. Any thoughts? Thanks!

I wish it worked but unfortunately the “start prime membership” stays greyed out. I did a 30 day trial last year and cancelled before the 30 days was up. On the App it says that “you are no longer a prime member” so even though I didn’t pay for prime, I am not considered a new member if I try to sign up for the deal. Sucks

Sign up for another Amazon account and use the offer on that account.

I tried this and it did not work. Was this just a suggestion or did it work on a brand new account for you?

It worked for me in the past.
Maybe they have become more strict now.

Thanks for this. I already did a 30 day free and then an additional 30 day free extension this summer. I was approved for this 90 free trial. I think why I was approved was a recently used a new Amex for an Amazon order.

Just worked for me , thank you! -38.97

Really hope we get a new round of 20% off Amex promos for BF…

Just canceled my yearly membership on 11/18! Great timing. The link worked! Yahoo.
Thanks doc!

Same here. My 1 year (which I previously bought with the $50 amex credit) was set to renew 11/20. I cancelled on the 19th. I just came back today to see what other deals still work (since the ibotta deal is expired) and was surprised to see this. Now I don’t have to worry about it until February.

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