Amazon is raising the price of Prime to $119 a year, previously $99

By on April 26, 2018


Going into effect on  May 11, 2018 for all new customers, Amazon will be raising the yearly price of Prime from $99 to $119.  This increase of $20 per year will impact existing customers starting on June 16, 2018.

The last time Amazon Prime’s yearly price increased was four years ago, specifically April 2014. The price rose from $79 per year to $99. The number of Amazon Prime subscribers around the world recently surpassed 100 million people.

Earlier this year, Amazon raised the price of monthly Prime from $11-a-month to $13-a-month. The new yearly cost at $119 is still cheaper than month-to-month service, which would total over $150 per year.

Tip: You can share your Amazon Prime account with other members of your household. Specifically, Amazon Households can contain up to ten members. That includes two adults, up to four teen profiles (available for ages 13 through 17) and up to four child profiles (suggested for ages 12 and under).

Here are some of the benefits of an Amazon Prime account:

  • Free 2-day shipping on Amazon’s catalog of products (includes free release-date delivery / two-hour delivery when available)
  • Access to Amazon Instant Video for streaming of TV Shows / Movies / Original Content.
  • 1 free book rental from the Kindle Lending Library each month.
  • 30-minute head start access to Amazon Lightning Deals during November.
  • Unlimited streaming music on Amazon Prime Music.
  • Unlimited Cloud storage for photos using Prime Photos.
  • Free Video Games from Twitch each month
  • 5 percent back on all Whole Foods purchases (requires Amazon Prime credit card)

About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!


  1. tseiming

    April 28, 2018 at 10:22 am

    The last time they rolled out a $20 increase in 2014, many of us were able to avoid the rate hike for the first year by gifting ourselves a prime membership that would activate on the same day that our current one expired. The trick was to turn off the auto-renew. I’m not sure if auto-renew can be turned off nowadays, but I suppose you can cancel the night before your self-gift kicks in.

  2. Doug Dingle

    April 27, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    What would help me is if my Prime account was also valid on Amazon.UK when I order things there for my grandkids. It is not. Amazon UK refuses to recognize my Prime membership.

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