Reduce how much you pay for your Netflix subscription.
It’s one of, if not the, best film and TV streaming services with a great range of shows to watch. It’s also one of the cheapest – if you choose the most basic tier.
Though it’s rare to find deals to save money on your Netflix subscription, it is possible to pay less. Here are a few ways to save.
Netflix price increases
As of 10 March 2022 Netflix has hiked prices for new and existing customers.
|Tier||New Price||Monthly / Annual Increase||Number of streams||Picture quality|
|Basic||£6.99||£1 / £12||1||SD (480p)|
|Standard||£10.99||£1 / £12||2||HD (1080p)|
|Premium||£15.99||£2 / £24||4||4K|
Read more about the increases to Netflix. plus my take on which is the best value for money.
Watch Netflix for free
Sadly Netflix stopped the free trial in the UK in late 2019, though there are occasional offers.
It also briefly had a page with a limited selection of content you could watch without an account, though this comes and goes.
At launch it included:
- Murder Mystery
- The Two Popes
TV (1st episodes only)
- Stranger Things
- Grace & Frankie
- Our Planet
- Love is Blind
- When They See Us
- Boss Baby Back in Business
BT: Netflix, NOW and Freeview box (expired)
*It looks like BT has pulled this offer 24 hours early*
This offer from BT for new and existing customers with BT Broadband is pretty good. For £6 a month for two years you get:
- Basic Netflix (rrp £6.99 p/m)
- NOW Entertainment (rrp £10 p/m)
- A BT TV Box Pro box to record free-to-air programmes (similar boxes sell for £180 or more)
Over the two years you’ll pay at least £144 (prices will go up in March each year by inflation plus 3.9%). You can upgrade to Netflix Standard or Premium if you want.
And you do need to factor in the cost of the broadband on top – BT might not be the cheapest deal which could undo some of the savings.
Chromecast and Netflix bundle (expired)
For the combined price of £89.99 you’ll get the new Chromecast and six months Standard Netflix.
The Chromecast is Google’s streaming device. You plug it into your TV’s HDMI and use it to stream film & TV. This new version comes with a remote control, but you can still use your phone or computer to share screens to your TV.
This offer gives you the value of six months Standard subscription, where two people can stream at the same time and you get HD quality. The Google website lists this as the new price (£9.99 a month) providing £59.94 credit for Netflix.
Since a full-price Chromecast costs £59.99, you’re essentially paying £30 for that credit.
You can use the credit on the other tiers. So if you had the basic £5.99 option it’d last for ten months. If it’s the pricier 4K version it’d only cover just over four months of your subscription.
The offer ends 31 December 2021 and it’s open to new and existing Netflix customers.
There’s also an extra 10% off (so £80.99 in total) if you get a code via the myvouchercodes website until 26 September 2021.
50% off your first two months (expired)
This offer seems to have ended now, but it’s worth checking to see if it returns. It could be you see an offer when others don’t!
New users can save 50% when they first sign up to Netflix. After the first two months at this discounted price you’ll pay the full price for the level you’ve chosen.
It’s possible you’ll see a different offer, such as buy one month, get a second free. It works out you’ll pay the same amount overall, but do let me know what you see.
Netflix money saving hacks
Switch your subscription level
There are three levels of Netflix. The basic package costs £5.99, but you don’t get HD and you can only stream on one screen at a time.
If you do want HD and two have two screens usable at the same time this standard package is £9.99.
The premium package is £13.99. For this you get 4K quality (if the content you want to watch is actually available with that version) and you can stream or download to four devices at the same time.
Personally I think most people will be happy with the first two options and very few people will get the full benefit of the top tier. Switch and you could save yourself between £3 and £6 a month. The figures in this infographic are from before the mid-December 2020 price increase, but they give you a good idea.
Pay direct to Netflix
There is an option to bundle Netflix with Sky, BT TV, TalkTalk and Virgin Media. On the whole I’d avoid this. Here’s more on the best ways to pay for Netflix.
Share your subscription
Officially you can split your subscription with anyone at your address, which can really cut down the cost each month.
Technically it’s possible to do the same with others outside your household, though Netflix could decide to clamp down on this in the future.
If you do split this then make sure you’re clear with friends and family who is paying what and how they’ll pay the main account holder.
Pay with a cashback credit card
You can use a cashback credit card to earn money back on your subscription. We’re not talking huge amounts here, but even the 1% from American Express will add up.
Discounted Netflix gift cards
I’ve not seen one of these for a long time, but in the past I’ve been able to save 4% at CD Keys and more at the now-defunct Zeek.
A work around might be to buy a discounted gift card for a different retailer such as Amazon or Tesco. Technically it’s not always allowed, but you might be able to then use that gift card to buy a Netflix one.
If I spot any new offers I’ll share them here.
Try a different streaming service
Netflix is great, but there are other options with plenty of content – and plenty of deals. So pause your subscription for a month or two and try out free trials from the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Disney + or get dirt cheap passes for Sky channels via NOW TV. Here’s my guide to the latest offers.