Amazon Prime Fees Are Rising. Here’s How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership

Amazon Prime will soon cost $139 a year, $180 for those who pay monthly. If you’re a subscriber, maybe it’s time to rethink your relationship. Here’s a step-by-step guide to canceling Prime.

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If you know how to take full advantage, the perks of having an Amazon Prime membership are vast. They include free two-day (or less) shipping, unlimited music and video streaming, and unlimited photo storage. The benefits of Amazon Prime have attracted approximately 200 million members worldwide. But it’s not for everyone. Say you’re a current Prime member but don’t place enough orders to benefit from expedited shipping, thought Amazon Prime Day 2021 was a dud, or if you don’t regularly use the other exclusive perks, it may be time to cancel Amazon Prime – especially with the annual fee rising 17% to $139 yearly ($180 if you pay monthly) on March 25 for current subscribers; that rate is already in effect for new members.

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Bob Niedt

Bob was Senior Editor at for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.