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Extend Amazon.com Student Prime for One Year from Today! OR get one if you know someone with a .edu!

Phaenon 3,922 February 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM in Other
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#1501
Quote from movingincircles View Post :
worked for me. just did it 2 minutes ago. here's what I did:cancelled prime on my current account
signed up for a BRAND NEW amazon account (using a gmail account).

click the link to enroll in student prime
followed other people's suggestion and changed a letter in my e-mail address to a capital letter.
got a confirmation email and clicked the link!


some (probably irrelevant) details:
I cancelled my student prime at school, and remote desktop into my house computer to create the new account (and enrolled in prime).
The time difference of when i cancelled and when i enrolled is <2minutes (so no need to "wait" for cancellation).
If you were just going to create a brand new account then there is no need to cancel the prime membership on your current account. Adding prime to a new account is not a problem. The issue is trying to extend the membership on your current account.
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#1502
So same .edu address, same Amazon account, but changing one lowercase letter to a capital letter on the existing .edu doesn't work anymore? Can anyone confirm? I'm getting confused... Don't wanna cancel my Prime unnecessarily.
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#1503
The lowercase/capital trick DOES NOT work anymore!
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#1504
made another amazon account with gmail

tried to authorize through my edu email

never even sent it to me. i think this has been fixed
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#1505
Quote from weo1234 View Post :
made another amazon account with gmail

tried to authorize through my edu email

never even sent it to me. i think this has been fixed
I just canceled my student prime membership and received the confirmation email fine (I used a different .edu account from my original one). But that didn't do the trick yet.

I got on chat with the first line as "Student Prime not activated" and a "Sarah" came on. She saw my message and just left the room. (Probably knew what's going on) Mad meh, at least she didn't waste my time by denying me the reactivation. Tried again with a gentler subject: "Prime signup did not work" and an "Umesh" appeared. Within 5 minutes he reactivated my prime.

Apparently the trick is to get a CSR with a non-conventional name, they appear to be more lenient Stick Out Tongue
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#1506
Quote from justbarelymovin View Post :
So same .edu address, same Amazon account, but changing one lowercase letter to a capital letter on the existing .edu doesn't work anymore? Can anyone confirm? I'm getting confused... Don't wanna cancel my Prime unnecessarily.

Does NOT work, you can attempt a chat with a CSR. The first blew me off, the second reactivated and extended it for me.
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#1507
Oh, you guys ROCK! Just got mine extended until May 26, 2012 by doing the chat thing. Whee
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#1508
Quote from *whee* View Post :
Oh, you guys ROCK! Just got mine extended until May 26, 2012 by doing the chat thing. Whee
Did you cancel and then chat, or did you keep your account and prime membership active and just ask for an extension?
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#1509
I want to us my son's edu to get this but will they keep sending him Amazon promo emails? Can you change your email address to your personal one or does it have to be the edu address?
Thanks
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#1510
I am guilty of not reading the last few pages of this thread. I canceled my membership, then signed up with a few letters capitalized. It did not work, and said my prime membership was canceled.

I contacted customer support, the first guy named Anthony said it was only a one year deal. The second customer support person, Pryinka, fixed it.

I just said that I was unable to activate my prime membership.
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#1511
I tried @alumni.indianna.edu and got :


Please use a current .edu e-mail address. Alumni addresses are not eligible.

booooo....
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#1512
Glad I don't have to worry about this. Just started grad school and got a new university email.
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#1513
Today at 9:57 am PDT

Me:accidentally cancelled student amazon prime
Haritha:Hello, my name is Haritha. I'll be happy to look into your question.
Me:hello Haritha
I accidentally cancelled my amazon prime student account
Haritha:I'm so sorry about that. Would you mind if I put you on hold for one or two minutes while I check that?
Me:sure, thank you
Haritha:Thanks so much for waiting.
Me:no problem
Haritha:I'm sorry you accidentally canceled your Amazon Prime Membership. As an exception, I've reactivated your Student Membership. You're welcome to use the benefits.
Me:thank you so much
sorry about the trouble
Haritha:You're welcome. Is there anything else that I can do for you today?
Me:no, everything is great now
Haritha:Thanks for visiting Amazon.com. We hope to see you again soon.
Me:thanks for all of your help Haritha
you have a good day Smilie
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#1514
Is this an incentive to start school again :p ?
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#1515
As others have described, here's how to successfully extend your Amazon Prime Student membership for another year:

(1) Cancel your Prime membership. It sounds crazy, but you won't regret it.

(2) Chat with an Amazon CSR, tell them you accidentally canceled your account, let them know when your account would have ended and that it should be good until then. Then ask them if they can reinstate it for you.

(3) Enjoy another full year of Amazon Prime Student for free!

The trick is, you may have to talk to several CSRs before they fix your problem. I spoke with three different people in a time-frame of around 25 minutes.

The first person told me that because my membership ended in June that he couldn't help me.

The second person told me that once you cancel, your membership cannot be reactivated, but that he would send an email to their Amazon Prime team to see if they could make an exception and that I could expect an email from them shortly.

Both responses are simply not true and I never received an email.

The third person I spoke with extended my Prime membership until May 2012! Big Grin

It may take some time, and seem hopeless at some point, but keep at it and talk to as many people as you have to until one of them bites the bullet and hooks you up. They have the power to do it, but the problem is most of them just don't want to.

My conversations went like this:

Me: Amazon Prime Student
Amar: Hello, my name is Amar, I'd be happy to help you with your question.
Me: Hello, Amar, I've accidentally canceled my Amazon Prime Student account.
It should be good until June, can you reinstate it for me?
Amar: I'm sorry to hear that you accidentally canceled your Amazon Prime account.
I've reactivated it for you.
Me: Thank you Amar, I really appreciate your help!
Amar: You're welcome, [name].
Bye.

Best of luck!! Big Grin
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