Prime Early Access Sale: What You Need to Know and Deals You Can Get Now

Did you miss out on July’s Prime Day? Well, Amazon is not about to throw away the chance to make even more money ahead of the all-important holiday shopping season and will hold a second Prime Day in October called the Prime Early Access Sale(Opens in a new window).

July’s Prime Day was “the biggest Prime Day event in Amazon’s history,” according to(Opens in a new window) the company. Prime members bought over 300 million items, or 100,000 items per minute. You don’t have to wait until Oct. 11 to save, though. Amazon already has a few deals you can grab right now. Check them out below, and then read on for more information about the Prime Early Access Sale.

Prime Early Access Deals You Can Grab Now

Even though the official sale hasn’t started yet, we gathered some of the best Amazon deals available now. Amazon usually adds a nice variety of daily deals(Opens in a new window) called “top deals” each day at midnight PT. (We also have offer our own curated Daily Deals(Opens in a new window) page, too.)

Below are the official deals from the Prime Early Access Deals page. We expect Amazon to show more deals as we get closer to Oct. 11, including Amazon device discounts:

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $0.99 + Amazon Music Unlimited


If you want an unobtrusive Echo device on the cheap, Prime members can grab a third-gen Echo Dot for $0.99 when they sign up for an Amazon Music Unlimited. Pay $9.98 at checkout, after which your music-streaming subscription will renew at $8.99 per month. That Echo Dot costs $39.99, so you’re saving $30 with this deal. (Note that this isn’t available to those who are currently signed up for Amazon Music.)

Echo Studio With Echo Sub Bundle

Amazon Studio

With surprisingly robust Dolby Atmos-compatible directional audio, Amazon’s Echo Studio delivers just as much power as smart speakers that cost twice as much, making it PCMag’s Editors’ Choice for smart speakers. The Echo Sub, meanwhile, provides much-needed sub-bass to Echo speakers. With this deal, you can get them both and save 25%.

3 Months FREE of Amazon Music Unlimited 

3 Months Free

Amazon is offering three free months of Amazon Music Unlimited(Opens in a new window) and its library of 90 million+ songs. Your trial includes offline listening, spatial audio, and HD music options on select songs. You will be billed $9.99 ($8.99 for Prime members) per month after the trial unless you cancel.

What Is Prime Day?

Prime Day is a savings bonanza available to members of Amazon’s Prime service. It started in 2015 as a celebration of Amazon’s 20th anniversary, billed as a “one-day only event filled with more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members around the globe.” That first Prime Day wasn’t exactly a huge success. The company’s stock of sale items quickly sold out and wait lists filled up immediately, leaving people with few options. The following year, Amazon seemed to get its act together a little more, and fellow retailers like Walmart stepped in with rival sales.

When Is Amazon’s Second Prime Day 2022?

graphic with the prime day dates

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Amazon’s fall Prime Day is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11-12 and it will run in 15 countries: Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and the US. It comes just three months after Amazon’s first 2022 Prime Day, which was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12-13, 2022.

When Does Prime Day Start?

In recent years, Prime “Day” has become a two-day, 48-hour event. Look for deals to begin at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 11. And some of the deals, particularly those on devices Amazon makes itself, will probably stick around after the officially conclusion of Prime Day for a day or two, so keep an eye out if you fail to click buy on day one or two.

How Does Amazon Prime Day Work?

This being Prime Day, you’ll need to be a Prime member to get the best bargains. If you’re not, it’s free to join for 30 days(Opens in a new window), after which it’s $139 per year (or $14.99 per month). Once you’re signed up for Prime and signed into your account, the Amazon website and apps will display Prime Day prices, and you can add to your cart and check out like you normally would. (You can always sign up for a monthly account and cancel later, if that’s your thing.)

Will There Be Prime Day Credits?

Credit offers from the first Prime day

Credit offers from the first Prime Day
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In advance of the first Prime Day, Amazon offered shoppers a number of ways to earn credits that they could apply to Prime Day purchases, and it’ll likely do the same in October. In July, it served up credits for watching certain content on Prime Video, trying Amazon Photos, and more, so stay tuned.

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What Will Be on Sale for Prime Day?

echo devices

Amazon’s Echo lineup

This being an Amazon sale, you can expect the company to discount its own line of products, from Kindles to eero mesh devices. Some of the best-selling categories worldwide for the first Prime Day were Amazon Devices, Consumer Electronics, and Home, Amazon says. Specifically, people were eager to snag deals on Fire TV, Echo, and Blink devices.

For the Prime Early Access Sale, Amazon is promising an 80% saving on select Fire TV smart televisions to start, plus deals on brands including Philips Sonicare, Hasbro, iRobot, KitchenAid, Samsung, and Lego.

How Do I Shop on Prime Day?

You won’t be at a loss for ways to shop on Prime Day, from the main website and Amazon’s apps to the Alexa voice assistant. There will probably be time-limited Lightning deals, as well as savings at Amazon-owned businesses like Whole Foods. Ahead of the fall event, Amazon is also suggesting that shoppers create deals lists with Alexa, which will notify people up to 24 hours before the item goes on sale. You can also set up personalized deal notifications based on search and view history, Amazon says. For more, we have a full rundown on shopping tips for Prime Day, so check that out.

How Do I Maximize Savings During Prime Early Access?

 Amazon Prime Credit Card

We recommend signing up for the Amazon Prime Credit Card(Opens in a new window) with no annual fees. You will need to be approved and have an eligible Amazon Prime membership. But then you can earn up to 5% back on and Whole Foods purchases, 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and select drugstores, and 1% back on most purchases using the Prime Card.

During Prime Day and major shopping events like Black Friday and Prime Day, we saw up to 25% back on select brands and purchases. Amazon product pages usually show the amount you will earn back when you sign on and link your credit card to your account. This is one of our favorite credit cards for travel since there are no foreign transaction fees. Please check the Prime Credit Card page for further details, terms and agreements.