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Amazon Prime Day is coming — here’s what you need to know about the internet’s favorite sale

June 16, 2022
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This summer has brought a lot of price increases and expenses. Today, however, that burden will lift a little thanks to Amazon unveiling details about its annual Prime Day sale.

The unofficial Amazon holiday will start at 12 a.m. PST on July 12 and run through July 13. However, as has been the case in previous years, Amazon will begin offering some deals early — with some dropping on June 21. So, now’s the time to budget and prepare.

To receive the discounts on selected Prime Day items, you must be a Prime member. Currently, a regular membership costs $139 per year, while a student membership costs $69 per year; you can also sign up for a two-day free trial. Alternatively, you could opt for a monthly membership, which costs $14.99 per month for regular members and $7.49 per month for students.

If you don’t use Amazon much, the cost of joining may negate any future savings on Prime Day. However, if you’re already a Prime member or you want to become one, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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How to preview Amazon Prime Day deals

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You can preview deals on Amazon’s website or app then enable push notifications so you know when the Prime Day sale starts. Since quantities are limited, this is a great way to help you snag those products you’ve had your eye on.

How to score the best deals on Amazon Prime Day

The best way to make sure you increase your chances of getting a given deal is to watch an item and sign up for notifications if it becomes a Prime Day deal. You can do so by using the mobile app or desktop assistant, asking Alexa or just staying glued to your computer during the sale — though we strongly suggest the former options.

Typically, Amazon heavily discounts its own products such as Fire Sticks, Fire TV, Echo and Echo Dots during Prime Day, too. Fortunately, these deals typically last throughout Prime Day, so there’s less of a chance these products will run out.

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How to get a $10 credit

From June 16 through July 13, Prime members can earn stamps for completing certain activities; by watching Prime Video, listening to Prime Music, using Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited and purchasing a product that is Prime-shipping eligible, a member would earn four total stamps which they can then exchange for a $10 credit. Members also have a chance to win awesome experiences and Amazon gift cards when they shop with small businesses.

How long do Amazon Prime Day deals last?

You’ll need to be ready to act quickly when a deal starts. Most items will have a limited quantity available for the Prime Day deal price, and when they’re gone, well … they’re gone. Since there are likely thousands — if not more — of people getting these notifications, be ready to add your desired product to your cart as soon as you see it go on sale.

The main Prime Day event will last about 48 hours.

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Which credit card is best to use for Amazon Prime Day purchases?

Whenever you make an Amazon purchase, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck — and that means using the right credit card to earn points for future travel. We rounded up the best credit cards to use for Amazon purchases, which you’ll want to keep on your radar.

This year, Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature cardholders can earn an extra 1% back on Amazon and Whole Foods Market purchases made on Prime Day, yielding a 6% total return. If you don’t already have this credit card, you can get a $200 Amazon gift card upon approval, an extra $100 than is normally offered.

Related: A $200 Amazon gift card and 10% back on purchases: The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

The information for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

(Photo by Eric Helgas/ The Points Guy)

How to save money on Amazon purchases

Prime Day or no Prime Day, we have some tricks up our sleeve to help you save money on Amazon purchases. For starters, you’ll (typically) want to save your hard-earned points for future travel, check your credit card offers and use coupons when available. You may be able to maximize Amazon gift card purchases using credit card rewards to get a 10% return, too. While not all tricks will lead to Prime-level savings, every little bit helps.

Related: Gas prices continue to surge as summer travel begins: 5 ways to save at the pump

Bottom line

While Prime Day can be a way to save some of your hard-earned cash, it also takes some work on your part to get the most out of the day. With these strategies in mind, you’ll be ready to go by the time the sale rolls around in a few weeks.

Stay tuned to TPG for more tips on maximizing your Prime Day purchases.

Additional reporting by Samantha Rosen, J. Scott Clark and Michaela Barrett.

Featured image by Getty Images/Tetra images RF
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
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    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

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  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more