The one thing better than an Amazon gift card is a free Amazon gift card. Here are eight ways to score free Amazon gift cards.
If you’re anything like me, you’re used to seeing “Amazon” on your bank statement. Those boxes with blue tape are a mainstay on my front porch, delivering everything from vitamins and electronics to my son’s last pair of soccer cleats.
Now, you can even order groceries through Amazon Pantry. And you can get on-demand items within hours with Amazon Now. The ability to order milk and eggs to my front door has made Amazon even more valuable in my home, which is why I’m always looking for ways to snag free gift cards to the site.
You can find free Amazon gift cards in a number of places online. Here are a few we’ve come across and what you have to do to earn those gift cards:
1. Go to the Source
The best place to get free Amazon gift cards is, interestingly enough, straight from Amazon itself.
The site regularly sends targeted offers to current- and potential-Prime subscribers. Earlier this month, for example, they offered a free $10 gift card if you sent someone a $50 gift card via text. (Just send it to your spouse if you’re not feeling generous!)
They also offer promotions like “spend $25, get $10” and the like. These are most often found in their grocery and personal care/health sections of the site. I’ve also taken advantage of reload offers, where I can load my Amazon account with a gift card and receive a bonus (usually $5) in the process. Check their gift card section online to see if any current offers are listed. Be sure to check back regularly.
If you shop online, print coupons, read emails, take surveys, or play games, you can earn free Amazon gift cards through MyPoints.
The site is incredibly easy to use. You simply have to sign up and the choose how you want to earn points. This can be through taking advantage of special shopping offers, watching featured videos on the home page, or using apps like Coupons.com to save on your grocery bill.
Right now, they’re even offering 100 points a day for using Coupons.com. That’s an easy way to earn 3,000+ points in a single month, just on one money-saving task alone!
When you complete any of these tasks, you’ll earn a set number of points. Once your account reaches a certain point, you can redeem these points for gift card rewards. Options range from restaurant and apparel shops to… you guessed it, Amazon.
Simply earn 480 points to redeem your first gift card. The more you save up, the further your points will go towards bigger rewards.
3. Credit Card Rewards
If you use a credit card that offers cash back (why wouldn’t you, after all? It’s free money!), you might be able to snag Amazon gift card offers with your earned rewards. Sometimes, you can even get bonus redemptions with certain partner companies–on occasion, Amazon is one of them.
Check out your credit card company’s rewards portal to see where you can redeem your points. If they offer a bonus ($25 gift card for $20 in rewards, for instance), this is an excellent way to make your free money go even further.
4. Online Surveys
Depending on how quickly you can fly through online surveys, it’s possible to make a decent return on your time. Sometimes, the return comes in the form of Amazon gift cards.
Companies like MintVine, Crowdology, and Univox will pay you for your time and effort, offering you daily survey opportunities and various reimbursement options. You can pick and choose the surveys that most apply to you and your family, and also sort them according to length and earnings.
Check out this page if you want to see a list of survey companies that offer Amazon cards as a payment option.
5. Get an Amazon Credit Card
This is in the same area as number three above, but getting an Amazon credit card is another good way to earn Amazon-specific rewards.
The Amazon Prime Rewards Signature Visa® is a great cash back card, especially if you spend a fair amount on Amazon.com. It offers a $70 Amazon gift card bonus right off the bat, as well as 5% back for every dollar you spend on the site. There is no annual fee, and you’ll also earn 2% cash back at drug stores, restaurants, and gas stations, and 1% back everywhere else.
There’s no minimum redemption amount, so you can start using earned rewards whenever you’d like. And, of course, you can use rewards on Amazon.com, just like you’d use a gift card.
6. Ibotta and Shopkick
If you aren’t using apps like Ibotta and Shopkick to earn free money when you shop, you really should start. Last year alone, I earned almost $200 from Ibotta on the things I was already buying. And I got a $20 gift card from Shopkick just from checking into stores I was already visiting. It’s easy. It’s free. And you can earn yourself some money for Amazon (or anywhere else).
Ibotta sends you cash rebates for things you buy at certain stores. You can also go through the site to buy on Amazon.com and earn credit that way. Once you’ve accumulated enough earnings, you can cash them out through Paypal or opt for free gift cards (like those for Amazon.com).
Shopkick rewards you for visiting, checking in, scanning items, and buying from certain stores. Points earned vary by store and by “task,” but it’s easy to earn points without spending a penny. When you’ve earned enough, cash them out for partner gift cards at stores like Target or, of course, Amazon.
7. Check Your Health Insurance
When is the last time you actually visited your health insurance company’s online portal? Of course, you can view your recent claims, deductible information, and order new cards. But often times, you can also find valuable offers.
For example, I logged in last month to my portal through Innovation Health. In their customer info section, I saw an offer for a free $50 Amazon gift card if I would just watch a 10-minute video. The video was on making healthy choices (food, exercise, etc.), which benefits my insurer. But in the end, I scored an e-gift card to Amazon.com.
Not all providers will offer promotions like this, but it’s definitely worth checking!
8. Trade It In
Looking to de-clutter the house and make some money in the process? The Amazon Trade-In Program might be the perfect answer.
You can go to the Trade-In Store to search for items that may be eligible for trading, whether you purchased them from Amazon or somewhere else. If you find a suitable offer, accept it, follow the directions for shipping, and wait. You’re on your way to earning an Amazon gift card for those items you may not even use anymore.
Amazon has quickly become a household name, known for delivering the things we need most at competitive prices (and lightning-fast!). This means that finding ways to earn free Amazon gift cards is not only fun, but budget-friendly.
Have you snagged a free gift card, to Amazon or elsewhere, using another method? Share it below!
Updated December 2, 2017 and originally published November 21, 2017.