Free trial periods are a handy way to test out whether you really want to pay for a streaming service — or to simply binge-watch every season of a particular show and then bail.
Many standalone streaming services like Netflix offer free 30-day trials, but it’s possible to double (or even triple) the life of this free period if you really want to avoid paying for a subscription. Even Amazon’s 30-day Prime trial can be extended with a little bit of effort.
There’s no tried-and-true strategy that applies to every service other than creating a new account with a different email and billing info (more on that in a minute), but you may be able to finagle a longer free trial simply by asking for one.
For example, you can reach out to customer service at Netflix or Amazonand say that you didn’t get to take full advantage of your trial period, and could they offer you another one? They want your business, so they …