Amazon Black Friday Starting Now! Plus, Your Ultimate Guide to Maximize Savings

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Even though it’s turkey day (Happy Thanksgiving everyone!), Amazon has started its real Black Friday sales a day early. While new offers will pop up every day, there are some great ones today that you won’t want to miss. But, before you you go shopping, you’ll want to make sure to read this ultimate guide to stack your savings. In fact, you can get as much as $80 off your purchase just by using the right credit card.

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How to Get Amazon Prime

You absolutely do not need Amazon Prime to shop at Amazon, but some deals will be limited to those with a prime membership. You’ll also receive free shipping, where some items will only ship for free if you meet a certain spend threshold. If you do not have a Prime membership, your best bet is to sign up for a free trial as it will give you 30 days of free prime access.

However, if you want to purchase a full membership, there are a few days to get a discount off of the normal $139 yearly cost. Or, if you happen to have a student e-mail address, you can get an Student Amazon Prime membership for half price or a free 3-month trial membership. There is also a good chance that we will see a Black Friday deal on membership — like we have in the past.

Amazon Device Deals

Many Amazon devices are up to 70% off. You can look at the entire list here, but we listed out some of our favorite deals as well:

Top Deals for Thanksgiving Day

Amazon Prime Day Credits, Promotions and Coupons

Reload your gift card balance

Add funds to your gift card balance and you can earn an extra $1w when you load $100. This bonus offer is only valid for your first reload.

Activate your Amex Offers

If you have an American Express Membership Rewards earning credit card, check your Amex Offers to see if you were targeted to earn an extra 5 points per dollar spent. If so, this is a great opportunity to earn an extra 10% return on your purchase (up to $500 spent), as long as you value your points at 2 cents apiece.

Spin the wheel

On a daily basis between Nov. 21 and Nov. 28, 022, you can spin a wheel on the Amazon app and earn up to $20. The credits must be redeemed through the app within 7 days of winning. I won $20 on the first day, but nothing on Day 2.

Use your American Express points

If you are an Amex Membership Reward cardmember, you might be in luck! Currently, Amazon is offering a promotion where you can receive 50% off your purchase, up to a $80 savings. This is a targeted offer, so you’ll have to check your account to see if you’re eligible. You also might find a different offer as well. For example, I was targeted only for a 10% off offer, up to $10 in savings. To take advantage of this offer, you only need to use 1 point.

You’ll want to make sure your American Express card is first linked to your Amazon account. You can then check to see your offer here.

Use your Chase points

Similar to American Express, Chase is also offering a promotion to save money at Amazon, but it’s not as lucrative. Targeted cardmembers can receive 50% off, but the cap is either $10, $15 or $20 in savings. I personally was targeted for a $10 savings.  The only difference from the Amex promotion is that you must use 100 points, instead of a single point. When making your purchase, put in .80 cents to get to the 100 point mark.

You’ll want to make sure your Chase Ultimate Reward card is first linked to your Amazon account. You can then check to see your offer here.

Chase Sapphire Reserve — 80,000 point bonus

For a limited time, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is offering 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on the card within the first three months. Points can be redeemed towards travel through their booking portal, or you can transfer points at a 1-to-1 ratio to many different loyalty partners. When booking through the travel site, 80,000 points equals $1,200 towards travel. Offer expires Nov. 30, 2022.

Chase Sapphire Reserve benefits:

  • Earn 3x points on travel and dining (book through Chase Ultimate Rewards and earn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals and 5x points total on flights).
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • $300 annual travel credit each account anniversary year.
  • Up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck.
  • Receive airport lounge access with Priority Pass Select.
  • Points don’t expire and there’s no limit to the amount of points you can earn.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Apply here.

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1 year ago

You say that there are a few days to get a discount on Prime membership. When and how?

1 year ago

This is awesome. Thank you. Saved me $100!

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