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6 Ways to Earn Amazon Credits NOW for Prime Big Deal Days

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Every year around Amazon Prime Day, Amazon offers a few ways you can earn Amazon credits on select purchases. Though the sale officially ended July 12, you can use these same tactics for Prime Big Deal Days (happening on Oct. 10 -11 this year).

Historically, Prime Day credit offers start the week before and run through the day before Prime Day. And this is true this time around because deals are live now. That said, it can be tricky to get them to apply to your account, thanks to specific terms and conditions. So I went ahead and read the fine print so you don’t have to. Here’s how shoppers took full advantage of these early Prime Day deals.

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1. Get a $150 Amazon gift card when you’re approved for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. (Available now)

If you’ve been thinking about signing up for an Amazon credit card, this offer certainly sweetens the deal. While originally slated to end July 13, it’s been extended so Amazon Prime members can still cash in on this offer. There are a few caveats though.

You must be a Prime member and logged into your Prime account when you apply for the card. If you sign up for Prime afterward, you won’t get the deal. On the flip side, if you cancel your membership after you apply, you can still qualify for the gift card. You don’t have to add this offer to your account like with the previous gift card deal.

But, you only get the gift card after you’re approved. You can easily check if you qualify beforehand by filling out their pre-qualification form. That way, you can have some certainty going into the application. Once you do apply, it only takes about 15 seconds to get a decision. Yes, seconds. All in all, it’s a pretty quick process.

Lastly, this only applies to new card members. You can’t get the offer retroactively; if you signed up before the deal was announced, you’re out of luck.

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2. Get $10 in Prime Day credits when you add $100 to an existing Amazon gift card. (Available now)

person removing amazon gift card from box

This deal was also highlighted during Prime Day, but is actually still available! For this offer, you don’t even have to be an Amazon Prime member. All you need to do is reload your pre-existing Amazon gift card and add at least $100 to the card. Just note that it has to be your first time reloading your gift card in order to get the promotional credits. You can also only use this deal once so there’s no infinite money hack. (Though how cool would that be?).

Lastly, the most you can make is $10 from this deal. Even if you reload the gift card for more than $100 all the way up to the $2,000 limit, the promo credits are capped at $10. With that in mind, I recommend taking the gift card you purchased for yourself in our first tip and reloading it with no more than $100. That way, you get the maximum amount of Prime Day credits for the least investment, and you can spend all that money on your account.

TIP: Buy a $50 gift card, get the $5 promo credit, and then once you’ve spent that, reload it with $100 to get the extra $10. You’d get $165 for just $150!


3. Shoppers who uploaded their first photo to the Amazon Photos app got a $15 Prime Day credit. (Available now)

a prson on a laptop looking at amazon photos

Through July 7, eligible Amazon Prime members got an extra $15 in promotional credits. (In case this rolls around for October Prime Day, you can check your eligibility on the offer’s landing page.) If you don’t qualify for it, then it’ll tell you at the top of the page. But any Prime Member who had never downloaded the Amazon Photos app before or uploaded a picture to said app qualified.

What is the Amazon Photos app? Well, it’s basically a cloud storage service for all your device’s photos. You can back up all your memories through the app so if something happens to your device, your pictures aren’t lost.

So here’s what shoppers did to cash in. First, they downloaded the Amazon Photos app. It’s totally free to download and is available on desktop, iOS, and Android devices. From there, they simply signed in using their Amazon accounts and began backing up their photos. Once they completed all that, shoppers got their promotional credits within four days.

While this deal is over, we’re anticipating it to make a comeback for the next Prime Day. This offer’s Prime Day credits can only be used on Prime Day purchases. And they expired once Prime Day officially ended. You also had to use the $15 credit on purchases of at least $30, not including gift cards. And as with the other deals in this post, you could only cash in on this offer once.


4. Get $6 in Prime Video credit when you spend $30. (Available now)

Just note that you can’t combine this offer with any other offers. This offer is a one-time use and expires at 11:59 p.m. PST on Oct. 13, 2023. Here are a few new releases you might want to consider:

  • Barbie (Rent $24.99) (Buy $29.99)
  • Elemental (Rent $5.99) (Buy $19.99)
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (Rent $19.99) (Buy $29.99)
  • Blue Beetle (Rent $19.99) (Buy $24.99)
  • Retribution (Rent $19.99) (Buy $24.99)


5. You may get $5 in promotional credit when you buy a $50 Amazon gift card.

This offer happened during July Prime Day, though we don’t have any word on whether it’ll repeat for Prime Big Deal Days.

So how did shoppers get this offer on their accounts? First and foremost, this was a Prime Member exclusive offer. You couldn’t get promotional credits without a Prime membership. You also had to specifically add the deal to your account otherwise it wouldn’t apply to your purchase.

For similar deals this fall, when you go to the offer’s landing page, there should be a yellow button that says “Activate this offer for your account.” Click it and it’ll apply to future purchases through the day before Prime Day.

Another thing shoppers needed to note is that the most they could earn was $5. If you sent a gift card for an amount greater than $50, you still only earned $5. And you could only redeem the offer once per account, so there was no way to double up on the deal.

So what contributed to that $50 minimum? Only the amount actually loaded onto the card. Shipping and handling, gift wrapping, and other fees didn’t count toward that amount. With that in mind, e-gift cards offer the best bang for your buck since they don’t have those packaging fees.

My advice? If a similar deal pops up this fall, send yourself a $50 Amazon e-gift card. That way you can use the gift card balance for your Prime Day purchases, while still getting that extra $5.


6. Check out other ways to get promotional credits besides Prime Day offers.

a cellphone with the billing on amazon on screen

There are definitely tons of ways to earn Amazon promotional credits outside of Prime Big Deal Days deals. For example, you can get $5 if you add your Venmo account as your default payment method on Amazon.

And, of course, be sure to check out our post with even more evergreen ways to earn (and use) promotional credits. From opting for No-Rush Shipping to submitting receipts back to Amazon, there are plenty of easy hacks for free money.

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