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:
- Amazon gift voucher and top up offers, including:
- Amazon sales and offers, including:
- Amazon Prime offers, including:
- 30-day free trial every 12 months
- Trick to get six months free Amazon Student for everyone, then £39 a year
- £10 off £40 spend for all Amazon Student members
- Free movie rental
- £5 off your first Amazon Prime Now purchase over £20
- £1 free Amazon MP3 or video credit
- Amazon Prime Day / Black Friday deals – Big deals every July and November
- Amazon delivery tricks including:
Amazon gift voucher offers
You can get a free £5 when you top up your Amazon account by £100. It’s only valid once per email address, so you need to check you’re eligible via the link below. Then once you have the credit in your account it’s valid for 10 years.
Zeek is a handy app and website to get a little money off someone’s unwanted gift card, and Amazon occasionally features.
Though the discount is usually only a couple of quid, this is a must buy for first-time users of the app as you can save an extra £3 with the code CLEVERCASH. There’s a minimum spend of £30.
At the moment there are quite a few £100 Amazon vouchers. They don’t have a discount, but the code above will save you 3%.
If Amazon codes aren’t available, have a look at the other retailers including John Lewis, iTunes and ASOS.
So this is a bit of an odd one, but there’s presumably a market for people who don’t have a debit card but want to shop on Amazon with cash. To launch a new service that allows you do to this, Amazon are giving £5 credit the first time you do it.
Here’s how it works. Get a barcode from Amazon Top Up. You then need to take it to a participating shop (either show it on your phone or print it out) and get them to scan it. Top up by at least £20 and you’ll be emailed the £5 credit.
Though you can spend your top up on anything, the £5 can only be spent on items sold by Amazon, not a third party. The credit will also expire on 30th November 2017, though your top-up will last 10 years.
Offer ends 31st October 2017
Amazon discount codes
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.
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.
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 month but you can get a free trial every 12 months – so time the trial for when you are buying big or have something you’re keen to watch.
Since anyone can get an NUS card, even if you’re not a student, 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, but even if that happens you’ll be able to get student discounts at hundreds of other retailers.
There’s also a special deal running until 12th November where anyone who is an Amazon Student member gets £10 off a £40 spend. The personalised code can be found in your NUS Extra account. You need to log in to see it. It can only be spent on items shipped and sold by Amazon, not third parties or Amazon Warehouse.
If you used the trick above to get Amazon Student then you can also grab a free movie rental, worth £4.49. The credit expires 31st January 2017, and the deal ends December 2017.
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 NOWFIVE to get £5 off. Min spend is £20 – 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 last year and bought some nice gin – though sadly I’ve been informed by a few readers that the deal now excludes booze.
If you’ve got Prime, instead of selecting next day delivery, look for free no-rush delivery. It’ll take three to five days, but in return, you’ll get credit to spend elsewhere on Amazon.
Right now it’s £1 to spend on MP3s, Kindle books, digital movies and TV shows and apps.
You can get a £1 credit per delivery, so order things separately rather than together to get the most credit.
Prime Day – Amazon’s biggest sale – happens each year around July 11th or 12th (Amazon’s birthday), while the Black Friday week of deals is at the end of November.
You need to have a Prime membership to get the best deals, but the 30-day trial will give you that.
In 2017 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, standmixers, booze, DVD, clothes and much much more.There are also hundreds of special Lightning Deals. You can see some of the 2016 deals here.
However 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..
These little tricks will give help you save money on delivery if you’re shy of the £20 minimum order.