From Amazon vouchers and free trials of Amazon Prime to flash sales and tricks for free delivery.
Let’s face it, Amazon is probably the one website that most people will use at some point each year, so it helps to have a voucher or discount stored up. Here are the best deals at the moment. Read on, and use these quick links to get an idea of the offers I’ve found:
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Amazon gift voucher and top-up offers
There are some decent offers throughout the year to watch out for.
£30 Amazon voucher when you open up an Amazon Platinum credit card
New applicants who are successful in getting one of Amazon’s Platinum credit cards will get a £30 gift voucher. It’ll be instantly added to your Amazon account. Plus you’ll be able to spend immediately on Amazon while you wait for your card. You’ll earn 1.5% back on Amazon purchases if you have Prime, 0.75% if you don’t. You’ll only get 0.25% elsewhere, so I wouldn’t use it at other shops as there are better options.
£5 voucher when you set Mastercard as your default payment
If you have a Mastercard and make it the default payment method for 1-Click orders on your Amazon account you could get a free £5 Amazon voucher. This is account specific, but it’ll tell you on this page if you are eligible. Offer ends 31st December 2019. The voucher will automatically come off your next purchase but expires 31st March 2020.
Free credit when you top-up your account or buy a gift card
It’s worth trying even if you’ve used a similar promotion. However you can normally only qualify once every couple of years. Check the offer is displayed when you click through. If not, it could mean it’s ended or you’re not eligible. At the time of writing the current deal will end on 31st January 2020 – though it’s often extended.
£6 extra when you top up by £80
Similar to the gift card promotion, here you top up your Amazon account and get some extra credit added. The promo value changes. At the moment it’s top up by £80 and get £6 added. It’s only for anyone who hasn’t topped up their account in the last 36 months.
2% off digital gift cards
There’s a great trick where you can save 2% off on digital Amazon gift vouchers, and there’s no limit to how many you can get.
* I’ve been told by a reader this has ended though I don’t have Kids Pass to check. Do let me know if you can still find this on the app or website*
Amazon Prime offers
Amazon Prime is Amazon’s big membership scheme. I’ve got it thanks to the deals listed below and use it a lot for free delivery and to stream film and TV. You can learn more in my comprehensive Amazon Prime review.
Get a 30 day free Amazon Prime trial
You know the drill here. You get free next day delivery, Amazon Prime Instant Video, access to Amazon Prime Now and loads of other goodies. It’s normally £79 a year but you can get a free 30-day trial. You used to be able to do this every 12 months, but it’s recently changed to once per account. You can always try your luck (you never know), but if you’ve not yet taken out a trial, I’d wait until you’ve a lot of spending coming up, or a big sale such as Prime Day or Black Friday (more on these below).
Get free Amazon student for six months, then £39 a year
If you have a student card you should also be able to join Amazon Student. This is essentially Amazon Prime. You get six months free, then 12 months half price. It’s possible Amazon might ask for additional proof you are a student
Prime Now – buy five save £5, buy 10 save £10
There’s an array of food, drink and cleaning items on Prime NOW in this multibuy offer. Buy five qualifying items and you’ll get £5 off, and buy ten to get £10 off. Don’t assume all the products are a decent price, though it looks like there are some good reductions before you even add the extra discount. Bear in mind there will also be a delivery charge which looks like it’s £3.99. Ends 30th September 2019.
£10 off a £50 Amazon Prime Now order
Amazon Prime Now offers one or two hour delivery via the Amazon Prime Now app.
If you’ve got Amazon Prime (you can get a 30-day free trial) you can use the service, though it’s not available in every part of the country. Eligible cities include London, Liverpool, Sheffield and Glasgow.
Once you’ve got Prime and found out if it’s available where you live, use the code PRIMENOW10 to get £10 off. Min spend is £50 – though you can buy gift cards.
Amazon Prime Now has less on offer than the normal online store but does have groceries.
I used this when it launched and bought some nice gin – though sadly I’ve been informed by a few readers that the deal now excludes booze.
Free Kindle book every month
Prime members can also nab one of six titles every month for free. There’s normally a mix of genres and once you pick your book you can send it to your Kindle.
Amazon device deals
There are offers most months, so if it’s at full price you should wait. For the Echo speakers I’ve benchmarked a good price based on the deals I often see. I’d aim to pay:
- under £60 for an Echo (rrp £89.99)
- under £30 for an Echo Dot (rrp £49.99).
- under £30 for a Fire TV stick
- £90 or less for a Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon sales and coupons
Black Friday 2019
The Black Friday week of deals is at the end of November (this year the 29th), but the sale starts before this and carries on after.
You need to have a Prime membership to get the best deals, but the 30-day free trial will give you that.
I’ll list the best Black Friday deals in November on my Black Friday deals page.
Prime Day 2019 deals
How good are Prime Day and Black Friday on Amazon?
In 2017 and 2018 there were some great offers on Amazon tech on Prime Day such as the Amazon Echo (47% off), Amazon Fire TV and Kindles. You could also try additional Prime services such as Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Dash for far less than normal. There were also decent offers on TVs, stand mixers, booze, DVD, clothes and much much more. There are also hundreds of special Lightning Deals. You can see how my 2018 purchases fared over the next 12 months and whether they really were bargains. Black Friday 2018 however wasn’t as good, even though there were deals to be found.
With both sales it’s important to remember that not all the deals are the best price. Some are simply old stock that needs clearing, while other items are often as cheap throughout the year. I’d recommend using uk.camelcamelcamel.com to see the price history before making any purchase
Amazon Business offers
Every now and then there are offers such as £50 off for new Amazon Business users. I’ll update here as and when.
My top Amazon money saving tricks
I’ve written a separate article about how to save even more money at Amazon, including the following:
Hundreds of coupons to use at Amazon
This page lists loads of coupons you can use to save at Amazon. You “collect” the voucher and the discount is automatically added to checkout. When I added this there was a typically random collection of products including chocolate, WD40 and hair straighteners.
Get free delivery every time
These little tricks will give help you save money on delivery if you’re shy of the £20 minimum order.
Amazon discount finder
Use this tool to refine your search for a bargain. Use the box “keywords” if you’re looking for something specific, eg NOW TV, Echo, Kindle and so on.