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 Black Friday 2020 deals
Amazon has launched “Early Black Friday deals” until the 30th November 2020. At first look it just seems to be the kind of things you’ll see in the usual daily deals selection.
That means it could offer something you need at a decent price (I’ve spotted a Canon lens at a great price) but don’t expect anything massive just yet.
Black Friday itself isn’t until Friday 27th November, so the dates above suggest Amazon will start the bigger offers on Friday 20th November.
Amazon device discounts
Some of the early offers include £20 off Kindles and between 33% and 40% off Fire TV sticks and cubes. These could be cheaper still on Black Friday so if you don’t need one right now it’s probably best waiting. But if you need them now then there are still good discounts.
You can also get cashback on these devices of around 2.4% or 2.5% from TopCashback and Quidco – and if you’ve never used either before there are additional bonuses of £15 or £17 available. More on these here.
Amazon gift voucher and top-up offers
There are some decent offers throughout the year to watch out for.
£10 credit if you have a Mastercard
If you have a Mastercard and make it your default payment method on Amazon you could get £10 credit. You need to check if you are eligible here, and if you then add your card by the 8th November 2020 you’ll get the credit, which can be used until 30th April 2021.
I’ve taken advantage of a similar offer in the past so wasn’t eligible this time around.
£20 or £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 usually get a £10 gift voucher. It’s been increased to either £20 or £30.
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.
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. The last offer I saw in August 2020 was £5 off when you buy £80 of gift cards.
If nothing is displayed, it could mean it’s ended or you’re not eligible. These deals are often extended or return after a short absence.
£5 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 £5 added. It’s only for anyone who hasn’t topped up their account in the last 36 months. Again, this deal can come and go, so it’s worth checking.
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.
£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
There are lots of ways to save on Kindle books, but 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 and other key devices I’ve benchmarked a good price based on the deals I often see. I’d aim to pay:
- under £60 for an Echo 3rd gen (rrp £89.99)
- under £30 for an Echo Dot 3rd gen (rrp £49.99).
- under £25 for a Fire TV stick
- £90 or less for a Kindle Paperwhite
If you’d rather not shop at Amazon then do check other retailers as they often price match the bigger discounts.
However there’s a huge range of new models for Echo speakers and Fire TV sticks in October. This means we’ll see older models massively reduced, plus there will be offers during Prime Day and Black Friday.
3rd generation Echo for £54.99
One of the replaced Echo speakers is the main one, and this third-generation model (released in 2019) is available for £54.99 from BT. It’s a decent price if you don’t mind an older version, bearing in mind the new 4th generation has an RRP of £105.
Amazon sales and coupons
Black Friday 2020
The Black Friday week of deals is at the end of November (in 2020 it’ll be the 27th), but the sale starts before this and carries on after.
You need to have a Prime membership to get early access to 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 2020
Prime Day was delayed in 2020 and took place in October rather than the usual July.
How good are Prime Day and Black Friday on Amazon?
In 2017, 2018 and 2019 there were some great offers on Amazon tech on Prime Day and Black Friday 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.
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.
It can take time to set up the account but you should be approved in around three days.
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.