How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

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How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

If someone would ask me what Prime membership benefits I love and enjoy the most, then my answer would definitely be Prime Reading, Prime Video, First Reads, Prime Video Channels, Amazon Music Prime, Amazon Photos, and Prime Gaming — by no mean in a particular order.

Thanks to those Prime benefits I have been able to save some money that I would otherwise have spent on magazine subscriptions, ebooks, video, music, games, photo storage, and other streaming services.

Of course, when you are a Prime member, they are not the only seven benefits that you can enjoy because there are obviously a lot more benefits to enjoy, from Amazon Family, Amazon Kids+, Free Titles at Audible, Amazon Key, Prime Wardrobe, Amazon Books, to Prime Member Deals at Whole Foods Market and more. I am pretty sure that more and more new Prime benefits will be added in the near future.

What is not to love about Prime membership? Well, it is the fact that Amazon does not currently allow you to pay or renew your Prime membership using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance. It is quite disappointing if/when your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance is more than sufficient to cover your Prime membership for the next few years.

Is there any way around it? Thankfully there is, although you won’t be able to pay for or renew your Prime membership directly and automatically, you can actually use your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance to buy the Gift of Prime, redeem it yourself and enjoy it as your own Prime Gift Membership.

Important Amazon’s Policy: Sign-in Required

Note: Due to Amazon’s recent policy, viewing the Gift of Prime page will require a sign-in. In other words, the Gift of the Prime page will only viewable when you are signed in. If you are not, you will be prompted to sign in using your Amazon.com account or create your Amazon account, in order to view the Gift of Prime page.

Let me also remind you that the Gift of Prime is currently only available, and can only be redeemed on Amazon.com (US).

Alternatives to Prime: Prime Discounted, SNAP EBT Enrollment and Prime Student

Before I go any further, please note that when you have one of the following two Prime memberships, you might not want to use your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance to pay for your Prime membership because you would otherwise lose your discounted rates:

  • Prime Discounted is a Prime membership for qualifying customers with an EBT or Medicaid card. After your trial ends, customers who verify with a valid EBT or Medicaid card receive access to all Prime benefits, just $5.99 per month. Click here to start your 30-day Free Prime Discounted Trial.
  • SNAP EBT Enrollment: Any Amazon customer who adds their SNAP EBT card, can shop deals and SNAP-eligible groceries. Free delivery available on order over $25. No Prime membership required. Click here to start your SNAP EBT Enrollment.
  • Prime Student is a Prime membership created for college students. After your six-month trial ends, your Prime Student membership makes you eligible to receive 50% off regular Amazon Prime and access to all Prime benefits. Click here to start your 6-month Free Prime Student Trial.

What you need to know before paying for Prime membership using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance

Using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance to buy the Gift of Prime for Prime Gift membership is certainly an interesting alternative for two types of Prime members:

  • You are currently a regular Prime member and your membership will end within a few days.
  • You are currently enjoying Prime membership using the 30-Day Free Prime Trial, your trial will end within a few days, and you want to become a Prime member.

It is recommended to buy the Gift of Prime 1 – 2 days before your membership or your trial ends to make sure that you receive an email with details for redeeming the Gift of Prime in your inbox without any delay, which could lead to possible disruptions of your membership.

  • If you want to become a Prime Gift Member using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance without 30-Day Free Prime Trial, please read Update 1 below.
  • If you want to give a Gift of Prime membership to someone else (as a gift), please read Update 2 below.
  • If you are already a Prime Gift member (gifted to you by someone else or gifted yourself previously), please read Update 3 below.
How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance

To be able to buy the Gift of Prime using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance, cancel your current Prime membership, and become a Prime Gift Member, please follow these following steps thoroughly:

Step 1. Go to Amazon.com, sign in with your Amazon account, and check your Manage Prime Membership page to find out when exactly your Prime membership will end.

Step 2. Go to the Gift of Prime page, and select the Gift of Prime for 3 months or 12 months, and click the Add Prime to Cart button (see image above).

Please note that due to Amazon’s recent policy, viewing the Gift of Prime page will require a sign-in. So, you just need to sign in using your Amazon.com account or create your Amazon account if you are new to Amazon.

How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Step 3. Go to your Cart page on Amazon.com (checking out the Gift of Prime on the Amazon app is not currently available) and click the Proceed to checkout button, and you will be directly prompted to the “Choose gift options” page (see image above). Enter your own email address (the same email address used for your Amazon account and your Prime membership) into the Recipient’s email box, and your preferred delivery date (see image above).

Please note that my delivery date shows “December 20, 2020” because I was purchasing it on December 20th, 2020, which was 1 day before my 4th year of Prime Gift membership ended.

Step 4. Optionally you can personalize your gift message with a reminder when you will want to redeem it for your Prime Gift membership, etc, otherwise, leave it as a default message (see image above). Click the Save gift options button to continue.

How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Step 5. Review your order. Double-check and make sure that the recipient’s email and the delivery date are correct. On this page, you can see that your Amazon Gift Card Balance is attached to your credit or debit card (see image above arrow 1.) — meaning that if your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance is less than the Gift of Prime’s price (plus applicable taxes), then you will be automatically paying the remaining amount with your credit or debit card.

So make sure that you have more than enough balance in your Amazon.com Gift Card to pay for your Gift of Prime. Alternatively, you can reload your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance with your credit, debit, or pre-paid card.

At this point, you also have the option to add a gift card, promotion code, or voucher by entering the code and click the Apply button (see image above arrow 2.).

Furthermore, on this page, you can also confirm that you are indeed paying your Gift of Prime (plus applicable taxes) using your Amazon.com Gift Card entirely (see image above arrow 3.) when you actually have enough balance. Click the Place your order button to finish your order (see image above arrow 4.).

Please note that it will take about 5 – 30 minutes until you receive an email from Amazon Prime with details for redeeming the Gift of Prime, in which you are the recipient.

Once you have received your email with details for redeeming the Gift of Prime, the next step is preventing your credit card from being charged on the day that your membership or your trial ends by canceling the membership altogether.

How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Step 6. Go to your Manage Prime Membership page, and click the End Membership link to cancel your membership.

Please note that Amazon obviously doesn’t want to lose you as a member, so you will be prompted with several options before you are finally able to cancel your membership. Just keep clicking the End Membership and Continue to Cancel buttons until you get a confirmation email about your cancellation.

Once you have received your cancellation email, it is time to use your Gift of Prime, which you have been gifted yourself, for your own Prime Gift Membership.

How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Step 7. Go to your inbox and open the email with details to redeem your Gift of Prime. Click the Start enjoying Prime button to redeem your Prime Gift Membership (see image above).

How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Step 8. Verify your account information. You’ll be prompted with “You are signed in with yourname@youremailaddress.com, etc”, and click the Continue button to confirm that you would like to use that Amazon account for your Prime Gift Membership.

Congratulations, you are now a Prime Gift Member and your membership is set to expire on XX.XX.XXXX (depending on your Prime Gift Membership date). You can set your membership to automatically continue by updating your membership setting on your “Manage Prime Membership” page.

Please note that by clicking the “Continue Membership” link, your card or another card will automatically be charged and your membership continues until canceled. Or you can leave your membership setting as it is and pay your future Prime membership manually using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance with the Gift of Prime again.

Updates and Revisions

Update 1: If you want to become a Prime Gift Member using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance without 30-Day Free Prime Trial, just repeat the following steps:

  • Go to Amazon.com, sign in with your Amazon account, and follow steps 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
  • Skip step 6 because you obviously do not have to end your membership if you are not yet a Prime member.
  • Follow steps 7 and 8.

Update 2: If you want to give a Prime Membership to someone as a gift, just repeat the following steps:

  • Go to Amazon.com, and sign in with your Amazon account and follow step 2.
  • Follow step 3. Pay attention to the “Recipient’s email” box. Enter the gift recipient’s email address correctly. If you don’t know or you are not sure about the gift recipient’s email address, enter your own email address and then forward the redemption email to your recipient later on.
  • Follow steps 4 and 5. The recipient will receive an email with details for redeeming the Gift of Prime when you entered the gift recipient’s email address (see step 3).
How to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Update 3: If you are already a Prime Gift member, whether your Gift of Prime was gifted to you by someone else or gifted yourself previously, and you want to buy a new one for yourself, just repeat the following steps:

  • Follow steps 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  • Skip step 6 because if you are already a Prime Gift member, your credit/debit card will not be charged and Prime Gift membership will automatically end. What you should pay attention to is which date your Prime Gift membership will actually end. For instance, my previous Prime Gift membership would end on December 21, 2020. So I bought and received my new Gift of Prime on December 20, 2020. I waited until December 21, 2020, which’s the day I was no longer a Prime Gift member and my Prima page turned into the “Get Started” page (see image above), and then redeemed it myself.
  • Follow steps 7 and 8. Enjoy your Amazon Prime Gift membership.

Please note that when you are already a Prime Gift member, you will not be able to redeem your newly bought Gift of Prime before your previous Prime Gift membership has completely ended.

If you have any comments or questions about how to pay for Prime membership using your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance, do not hesitate to leave your comment in the comment section below. Thanks.

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30 Responses

  1. Mark Haugen
    | Reply

    hi,
    i wanted to know if it is advisable to purchase the gift of prime now and wait to use it in the next 18 days.

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      Of course, you can purchase the gift of prime now and use it in the next 18 days. Just make sure to remember when your (current) membership is going to end and follow the steps. Good luck.

      • Mark Haugen
        | Reply

        This is the error message i get when i tried purchasing the gift of prime for one year: Amazon Prime (One Year Membership) is not available for you to purchase because you have selected an ineligible payment method. Please delete the item to continue

      • Mark Haugen
        | Reply

        Hi,

        I have enough gift balance to take care of the total amount but i still get this error: Amazon Prime (One Year Membership) is not available for you to purchase because you have selected an ineligible payment method. Please delete the item to continue .

        Please what can i do?

        • Lia Belle
          | Reply

          It’s a common issue so I’ll copy-paste my reply to another reader who experienced the same issue with this error message, “Amazon Prime (XX Membership) is not available for you to purchase because you have selected an ineligible payment method. Please delete the item to continue” for you, and you should try the followings:

          a. Make sure that you have your credit or debit card on file. Note that Amazon will charge your gift card first, and then your credit card (if necessary) for ALL purchases.

          b. Close your browser window of that important error message page above, and go back to your Cart page. Your Gift of Prime should be there. If not, then go back to the Gift of Prime page, select 3 months or 12 months, and click the Add Prime to Cart button.

          c. Follow step 3 of this blog post. Do not change your payment method (read step 5 thoroughly), otherwise, you’ll get the same error message above.

          I hope, it will help. Thanks.

  2. Peter Schindler
    | Reply

    Thank you for your article. I’ve followed your steps exactly and yet, when I want to “check-out”, I get this message: “Amazon Prime (3 Month Membership) is not available for you to purchase because you have selected an ineligible payment method. Please delete the item to continue”. The 3-month prime member ship is USD38.97; my gift card balance is far higher than this.

    I’ve tried the 12-month as well; same result. And I’ve tried both with with “30-Day Free Prime Trial” and without.

    Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      Hello Peter, thanks for your question, and please refer to updated and simplified steps 3 – 5 of this blog post. Let me know if you need some further supports. Thank you.

      • peteraschindler
        | Reply

        Dear Lia, thanks for your reply, but no luck…I would like to send you the screen prints, but don’t think am able to do this here…
        You can email me privately if you have, if you like. Would very much appreciate the help.

        • Lia Belle
          | Reply

          Assuming that you get this important error message, “Amazon Prime (XX Membership) is not available for you to purchase because you have selected an ineligible payment method. Please delete the item to continue” after you changed the payment method? In this case, then you should try the followings:

          a. Make sure that you have your credit or debit card on file. Note that Amazon will charge your gift card first, and then your credit card (if necessary) for ALL purchases.

          b. Close your browser window of that important error message page above, and go back to your Cart page. Your Gift of Prime should be there. If not, then go back to the Gift of Prime page, select 3 months or 12 months, and click the Add Prime to Cart button.

          c. Follow step 3 of this blog post. Do not change your payment method (read step 5 thoroughly), otherwise, you’ll get the same error message above.

          I hope, it will help. Thanks.

          • peteraschindler
            |

            Thank you for your advice; I will try.

  3. DAVID CARROLL
    | Reply

    I have applied for gift of prime for myself to start 12/12, My current membership is set to renew on 12/13, If I cancel my current membership on 12/12, what will happen to my remaining gift cards?

  4. Dr. Disney Wizard
    | Reply

    My Prime Plan is Monthly $5.99, a SNAP/SSI benefit discount rate. Using this method I loose the discount rate and pay regular full price. Just a note of warning. I’m delighted that a pint of blood donated to the American Red Cross resulted in a choice of $10 gift cards, which I choose Amazon, and the recent http://winr.wiza.fun Entercom Radio win
    Yours is a brilliant solution for rack rate membership with your Amazon Gifts.

  5. Sun
    | Reply

    My prime expire today9/13.and i just redeemed my gift of prime yesterday9/12.and why i see one transaction activity added on my balance today. It look like i just redeem Amazon gift card .do you know why that happen? Thank you

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      It sounds like that you didn’t actually redeem it but added it back to your balance because yesterday (9/12) you were still a “normal” Prime Member. You simply cannot redeem it when you’re still a member. If you had waited until it really ended today (9/13) then you would have been able to really redeem it as your own Prime Gift member. Please refer to my updates down below the post and comments, which also explain why this happens.

  6. Leslie
    | Reply

    Thanks for this great advice. I’m still slightly confused. I received the email that I have my new gift of prime today 2/6/19. My membership expires in 2/7/19, tomorrow. Should I cancel my membership today so it doesn’t automatically charge my credit card? Then I can renew tomorrow when membership ends? I’m just not sure what time my old membership ends and don’t want them to charge my credit card instead use my gift to myself membership with my amazon gift card. Thanks so much. I feel like an amazon dummy! Leslie

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      To prevent your credit card from getting charged, you can cancel your regular (*regular means credit/debit card) Prime membership today 2/6/2019. Keep in mind that you won’t be getting any refund for those remaining hours of your membership (until 2/7/2019). And then, you can redeem your Gift Prime membership right after your have cancelled your regular membership.

      Good luck and don’t hesitate to contact me again if you require further info.

  7. Brian
    | Reply

    Will all of my albums, songs and movies be lost if I cancel my Prime membership to pay with my gift card?

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Your albums, songs, and movies that you paid for will never be lost if/when you cancel your Prime membership.

      You borrowed content using Prime will, however, be lost (well, because they are obviously not yours, to begin with), but you will, of course, be able to borrow those content back as soon as your Prime (Gift) Member has been activated. Hope, it’ll help.

      • Beth
        | Reply

        This is a great post. I’m looking to do exactly this. My question is about your purchase history, shopping cart, etc. Will they be the same if I cancel and renew with the gift card?

        • Lia Belle
          | Reply

          Nothing is going to change after canceling and renewing it with the Gift of Prime. However, please bear in mind that ebooks and/or magazines you borrowed using Prime Reading (included with Prime membership) will be automatically be returned when you canceled.

          Obviously, you could borrow the same ebooks and/or magazines if they are still available with Prime Reading when you’re back being a Prime (Gift) member.

  8. Alana
    | Reply

    Thank you for the tips!

  9. Craig Reilly
    | Reply

    My Prime expires tomorrow and is set for No Renewal. I purchased the gift of prime last week. The Gift email came in this morning – 1 day before expiration. I tried to apply the “Gift of Prime” and the only option is to convert to a Gift Card. Perhaps they have figured this trick out?

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      Your Prime expires tomorrow means that you’re now still a member — that’s why your only option is to convert it to a Gift Card. Just ignore it and apply your “Gift of Prime” tomorrow – right after your Prime is expired. Good luck and let me know how it works out for you.

  10. LC
    | Reply

    I only have 3 days remaining on my Prime membership, and I’ve cancelled the renewal, but when I try to redeem my gift membership, it keeps telling me I already have Prime and trying to force me to redeem the Prime gift for a $99 gift card. There is no option to decline the gift card and continue. Am I going to have to wait until my membership completely ends?

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      It sounds familiar. It’s okay to decline the offered Amazon Gift Card of $99, and if you don’t see any option to declain or if you don’t see a decline-button to do so, just click the Amazon homepage to continue shopping on Amazon.

      You will have to wait 3 days until you can redeem your own Gift of Prime. Please read my “Update 3” of this blog post for further reading.

      I hope it helps. Let me know if you have any other question. Have a great day!

  11. Melissa
    | Reply

    I used your info to gift prime to myself…I got the information on the purchase… But not the email for the gift of prime so I have no way to accept the gift of prime. Please help

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      Hi, there. I understood that you haven’t received an email from Amazon Prime with details for your Gift of Prime?

      I would recommend the followings:

      1. On Amazon, go to “Your Orders”
      2. Go to “View order details” and then on “Purchase details” check if it indicates “Delivered” or not, and check if the “Recipient’s email” contains your correct (not misspelled) email address or not.

      Let me know if it helps. Thanks!

  12. Marcia Russell
    | Reply

    If you end your membership to activate the Gift Of Prime, will all your info be lost? We have photos on Prime plus LOTS of other content. Will all that be lost?

    • Lia Belle
      | Reply

      Hi, thanks for you question. Assuming that you are a regular Prime member (paid for with your credit/debit card) and you want to buy the Gift of Prime for yourself, correct?! My answers:

      1. Your info on your Amazon.com account such as your addresses, your payment methodes, etc will not be lost. They are saved on your account and will not be affected at all – unless you make some changes yourself.

      2. Your content including photos will not be lost. Let me remind you that all of your content that you have paid for or got for free on “Manage Your Content and Devices” are yours to keep. In addition, all Amazon customers get 5GB free space (Amazon Drive) for photos and other content whether they are Prime members or not.

      The only logical disruption that you will experience during the transition (from ending your regular Prime membership to activating your Gift of Prime) is that you will have no access to Prime Music, Prime Video and other Prime benefits. Those benefits will be resumed as soon as you have activated your Gift of Prime.

      Just make sure that you have received your Gift of Prime in your email-inbox BEFORE you end your regular Prime membership. The activation itself takes only a few seconds to complete.

      Good luck and please don’t hesitate to contact me again.

      • Jenny
        | Reply

        I am a regular Prime member (paid for with my credit/debit card) and I want to buy the Gift of Prime for myself. When I cancel my current membership and activate Gift of Prime will my gift card balance remain the same? Thank you for confirming.

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