Amazon Prime Day 2019: Start Date, Best Deals and More
Get ready, Prime members. Amazon Prime Day is rapidly approaching. The self-proclaimed retail holiday offers a smorgasbord of Black Friday-like deals on just about everything including laptops, tablets, and essential accessories.
Prime Day deals are exclusive to Prime members. (You can sign up for a free 30-day trial here). Although Amazon hasn't announced a precise date yet, rumors indicate it Prime Day 2019 could start July 15.
Moreover, the event has rapidly grown into a massive 36-hour deals buffet and could surpass 48 hours this year. Although the online shopping extravaganza is still weeks away, we're counting down the days to Amazon Prime Day 2019 by giving you a full rundown of what you can expect.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2019?
Amazon hasn't officially announced the date of this year's Prime Day, according to a report from RealHomes, it could take place on Monday, July 15. That's the same day the first Prime Day event was held. However, in the past, Prime Day has typically kicked off during the second or third week of July.
Last year, for instance, Amazon Prime Day 2018 took place on Monday, July 16 whereas Amazon Prime Day 2017 kicked off on July 10. In its earlier years, Prime Day 2016 was held on July 16 and the very first Prime Day took place on July 15, 2015. Amazon usually makes its Prime Day announcement late June to early July so we should know the exact date and time of Amazon Prime Day 2019 within the coming weeks.
What time does Amazon Prime Day 2019 start?
Amazon is based on the West Coast and the start time of Amazon Prime Day 2019 could occur at any time in the morning, afternoon or night. Throughout its four history, Amazon Prime Day start times have been sporadic:
- 2015 Amazon Prime Day start time: 2:59am ET on Wednesday, July 15 (24 hours)
- 2016 Amazon Prime Day start time: 2:59am ET on Tuesday, July 12 (24 hours)
- 2017 Amazon Prime Day start time: 9:00pm ET on Monday, July 10 (30 hours)
- 2018 Amazon Prime Day start time: 3:00pm ET on Monday, July 16 (36 hours)
- 2019 Amazon Prime Day start time: TBD
Can anyone shop Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals?
Unfortunately not. Amazon Prime Day deals are open to Amazon Prime members only. However, if you're not a Prime member, Amazon offers a free 30-day Prime membership trial as an incentive. We recommend waiting a few days before you start your free trial, that way you can shop Prime Day deals using your trial membership.
- Sign up for Amazon's free 30-day Prime membership trial
If you're a college student, you can also sign up for a Prime Student membership to shop for deals on Prime Day. Prime Student costs $59 per year (50% less than a traditional membership) and offers many of the same perks. What's more, students get a 6-month Amazon Prime free trial instead of just 30 days.
What Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals can I expect?
Prime Day is generally an excellent time to purchase Amazon branded hardware. This includes everything from its Echo devices to its Fire Tablets. Expect some Amazon devices to start from $19 to $49. We'll likely see discounts on some of its newer smart home devices including its new Echo Dot for kids and new Fire 7 tablets.
We've also seen some of the best laptop deals of the summer during past Prime Day events, so expect to see price cuts on premium gaming laptops, Chromebooks like the, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops. As a result, Prime Day is a good time for parents and students to grab some early back-to-school laptop deals like the HP Chromebook 14.
Last but not least, Amazon is now an Apple authorized retailer, which means we're bound to see some excellent MacBook and iPad deals on Amazon Prime Day. In fact, Apple's entire iPad family has been on sale regularly this year at Amazon, and we expect to see significant discount on all models once Prime Day rolls in.
If Amazon's Prime Day preview sale on the Lenovo Yoga 920 is any indication, expect to see solid deals on some of today's best 2-in-1 laptops. What you probably won't see many deals on are business laptops. Simply put, Amazon doesn't have a strong history of offering deals on systems like the Lenovo ThinkPad.
What other Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals can I expect?
Last year, Prime members were able to bag a $10 Amazon credit for spending $10 or more in-store at Whole Foods. This was our favorite Prime Day deal because we were able to use our $10 credit to drop the price of other Prime Day deals.
For instance, the Echo Dot dropped from its sale price of $34.99 to just $24.99 with our Whole Foods/Amazon credit. Likewise, the Fire TV Stick dropped to just $19.99 after our credit, which made it the best deal of Prime Day. We expect that $10 credit to return again during Amazon Prime Day 2019.
We also expect to see discounts on Prime Now's 2-hour delivery service, especially for first-time Prime Now shoppers.
How do I find Lightning Deals on Amazon Prime Day 2019?
Lightning Deals are ultra-fast deals available via Amazon's "Today's Deals" page. On Amazon Prime Day, however, all Lightning Deals are exclusive to Prime members only. The deals will be available for a short period of time only, so you must select "Add to Cart" to claim the Lightning Deal you want. Once added to your cart, a countdown timer appears letting you know how much time you have left before the discount expires.
Due to the time sensitive nature of Prime Day Lightning Deals, it's a good idea to watch them before they start. To receive mobile alerts when a Lightning Deal is about to begin, download and install the Amazon app to your smartphone or tablet and turn on notifications.
How fast will my Amazon Prime Day deliveries arrive?
Amazon's Prime Air drone is still months away from its public debut, but Prime members can still expect their Prime Day orders to arrive quicker than ever. Amazon announced its expanding its one-day delivery service with no minimum purchase required for Prime members.
Amazon's one-day shipping service is currently available in more than 10,000 cities as well as outside of the continental United States including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Keep in mind, however, that FedEx recently announced it's not renewing its domestic FedEx Express contract with Amazon. In a company statement, FedEx said it plans to broaden its services across the e-commerce market. That said, FedEx will still make Amazon deliveries, but not via its FedEx Express service. It's unknown how or if this will affect Prime Day 2019 shipping.
How do I shop on Amazon Prime Day 2019?
Like Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day is an online shopping event. So when Prime Day arrives, simply come back to this page and we'll show you the day's best deals. Amazon will also have a Prime Day hub you can visit at Amazon.com/PrimeDay. If you prefer mobile shopping, you can download the free Amazon mobile app for Android and iOS to shop Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals on your phone or tablet.
Already own a Fire HD tablet, Echo smart speaker or any other Alexa-enabled Amazon device? If so, you can summon Alexa to help you find Amazon Prime Day deals and shop hands-free. Just remember, Alexa will give you any deal it finds, both the good and bad ones.
What's more, you can support your favorite causes when you shop on Prime Day or any other day. Shop from Smile.Amazon.com and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to the charity of your choice.
Are there cash back bonus rewards for Amazon Prime Day?
Absolutely. Prime members who sign up for an Amazon Store or Amazon Store Credit Builder card receive 5% cash back rewards on their purchases. What's more, Amazon Store card holders can spread out card payments over the course of up to 12 months. Best off, there's no annual fee.
Should I expect any hiccups on Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day 2018 had a rocky start. Just minutes after the sales began, Amazon's website suffered a 15-minute outage. Amazon was able to patch things up quickly, but as with any major online holiday, be ready for anything.
Will other retailers offer deals on Amazon Prime Day?
Yes. Not to be outdone, big retailers like Best Buy and Walmart offer tempting discounts to counter Amazon's Prime Day deals . We'll be scouting for and covering Anti-Prime Day deals from competing retailers here too, so be sure to keep checking this page on Prime Day next month.