How to get a Spotify yearly subscription (save over $32)

I always try to keep my monthly subscriptions to a bare minimum to save money. Working from home, Spotify is one of those things I have running almost 24/7. In 2020, I listened to over 62,000 minutes of music. Synthwave especially helps me write and gets my creative juices flowing. Check out below how to get a Spotify yearly subscription and save over $32 a year.

Get a Spotify yearly subscription

Apple Music lets you buy a yearly subscription. Spotify only lets you subscribe per month. But the great news is that they do accept Spotify gift cards. You can buy a 12-month Spotify Premium $99 gift card on Amazon and effectively get a year subscription.

Breakdown

  • A Spotify Premium subscription normally costs $10.79 a month with taxes (this might vary based on your location). So over the course of a year, this comes out to $129.48. Let’s say you previously used a card with perhaps 2.5% cashback on the $129.48. So $129.48 – $3.23 = $126.24.
  • A Spotify Premium 12-month gift card costs $99.00. This equals a savings of $30.48 per year. I also didn’t have to pay tax on the Amazon gift card.
  • But it doesn’t stop there. I also used my Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card to get 5% cashback on the purchase of the gift card. So $99.00 – $4.95 = $94.05.

$126.24 (Spotify Premium Monthly) – $94.05 (12-month Gift Card) = a total savings of $32.19 per year!

Note: You can do this on an account that you’re already paying for, it will simply extend your account subscription. It doesn’t work on Spotify Family or Student Plans.

I have done the following trick for a couple years now and it always works great.

Step 1

Go to Amazon, and buy the Spotify Premium 12-month gift card. This is a physical card that is mailed to you with a code on the back. According to Amazon FAQs, this also works for Spotify accounts outside of the US. It took about 5 days for my card to arrive in the mail.

Spotify Premium 12 months gift card from Amazon
Spotify Premium 12 months gift card from Amazon

Step 2

Log in to your Spotify account and head over to “Redeem.” Enter in your premium code and postal code.

Spotify redeem your code
Spotify redeem your code

Step 3

You will then see a confirmation. Click on “Redeem Code.”

Spotify redeem code
Spotify redeem code

Important: Make sure to type the 0 (zero) and O (letter O) correctly, otherwise you might get an invalid error. Try swapping the characters around. They don’t do a good job distinguishing between them on the card.

The 12 months are then added to your Spotify subscription.

Spotify premium purchase
Spotify premium purchase
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Summary

For you heavy Spotify premium users out there, hopefully this little tip will help you save some money! I only wish I had found this sooner, as had been paying Spotify monthly for years.

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Let us know below in the comments if this was helpful.

Brian Jackson

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16 thoughts on “How to get a Spotify yearly subscription (save over $32)”

  1. Yes, very helpful! Question: I see that PayPal also offers a Spotify gift card and lists 3 different price options. However, I’m not certain that it does the same thing as Amazon’s.
    More information is needed on the page.

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    • Hey Mike,
      There are definitely some other places to get Spotify gift cards. I prefer Amazon because I can get an additional 5% cash back using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card.

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  2. I think this is great advice. I bought the $99 Spotify gift card from Amazon and the card received was invalid. Spotify did not help me at all. The best Amazon could do was replace the card. The second card I received was also invalid. Again Spotify did not help me. I was finally able to get a refund from Amazon and I’ve given up trying to use a gift card to obtain Spotify service.

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    • Hey Elliot,
      Make sure to type the 0 (zero) and O (letter O) correctly. I typed one wrong and it also said invalid the first time. I switched the characters around and worked fine. They don’t do a good job of distinguishing the two. I’ve done this trick for years, and works great. My brother also just bought a gift card for Spotify and it worked fine.

      Hope that helps! I’ve also added a note about this to the post above.

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    • Yes, it will work with existing accounts. I already had been a Premium Spotify subscriber for years when I started this trick. You don’t have to cancel anything, it will simply extend your account subscription. Hope that helps!

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    • Hey Mona,
      I actually mention this in the post above. It doesn’t work on Spotify Premium Family or Student plans. It only works on individual Spotify Premium plans. Hope that helps!

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  3. It works! I purchased the annual Spotify gift card from Bestbuy. I received a digital gift card in less than 20 minutes by email.

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  4. Hi great post. I want to buy the physical 12 month annual Spotify gift card because I can’t find the 12 month $99 online at Target just in the store. I would prefer to get the email version they have for the 1 month and six month version because they email you to code to redeem. I have two questions is the code on the physical gift card hard to read like a prepaid cellphone reload card code that is covered in gray metallic tape that you scratch off and then can possibly scratch off the redemption code altogether? And I want to use my 5% Target Redcard discount can I buy the Spotify gift card using my Redcard discount and do you have to pay tax on the gift card in the Target store?

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    • Hey Sean,
      Yes, the back of the card is a scratch one. It would be really hard to scratch off the redemption code, you shouldn’t have any issues. I just use my car keys to scratch it off. I’m not sure about using your Redcard discount. I don’t shop at Target. I’m pretty sure there isn’t any tax though on gift cards. That goes for any retail store.

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    • Hey April,
      Correct, this doesn’t work on a family or student plan. It’s only valid on the premium plans.

      Reply

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