Amazon Prime Day 2018 begins on Monday 16 July at midday. It’s one of the most popular sale events of the year, with deals on thousands of products across its entire catalogue. In order to take advantage of Prime Day deals, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member or an Amazon Prime Student member. Here, we explain how to get Amazon Prime for free.

Amazon Prime began as a next-day delivery service. Customers could pay a fixed fee for a year of unlimited next day deliveries on qualifying purchases from the store. It has rapidly become much more than that, adding TV and music streaming services that rival Netflix and Spotify among a whole host other features (all of which you can read about here).

However, if you’re not sure you’d use the additional features but are desperate to get your hands on the exclusive Prime Day deals, you can get Amazon Prime for free.

If you’ve never signed up for Amazon Prime, you can take advantage of the 30 day free trial, which will cover the whole of Prime Day if you sign up now. You can sign up for the free trial by clicking here.

If you are absolutely certain that you won’t want to continue with Prime beyond that 30 days, remember to cancel your membership (find out exactly how to do that here). Otherwise, it’ll cost you £79/$119 for a year or £7.99/$12.99 per month.

If you’ve signed up for Amazon Prime before, even if it was just the free trial, you might still be able to bag the free trial again. Amazon lets customers have a free trial once every 12 months, so check when your last one was - you might be in luck!

Check whether you’re eligible for a free trial on the Amazon Prime page.

We’ll be sharing all of the best Amazon Prime Day deals (some of which have started early) in our Prime Day hub, and we've got our pick of the top ten available to browse below.

You’ll also find French Prime Day deals here, Spanish Prime Day deals here and US Prime Day deals here. Happy shopping!