My favorite time of year…summer…and time to renew the Sirius XM radio subscription. It boggles my mind how Sirius XM deals work, but for some reason nobody ever wants to give you the straight answer when you talk to them. So here is how I get the best Sirius XM deals.
Every June I get my “time to renew” email notice. I don’t have auto-renewal, because that only signals to Sirius XM that they can charge your credit card whatever the going rate may be. Bad idea! A quick look online, from the link in the email that says “a special renewal offer” shows a staggering monthly price of almost $18.00. WHAT?!?! I can subscribe to Pandora and plug my phone into my car for half that price. Thanks but no thanks.
Calling customer service gets us a little movement on the price. I know they have deals, I know I can prepay for 5 or 6 months and get a much better rate than the website advertises. I ask the rep what Sirius XM deals they have going on and am given one price of $25 plus fees/taxes bringing the total to about $28 for 6 months. Wow I just got 6 months for a 1 1/2 times what their website said. A normal customer would probably give up here, and to be honest this wasn’t a bad deal, but I knew they had better.
A little background real quick, I currently had a 5 month Select Plan for $18.00 plus fees/taxes. For budget reasons, and I really don’t want to spend more on a radio service, I wanted to keep the exact same plan and pricing. So while the $25 plus fees/taxes for 6 months was essentially the same price, it was not the price I was ready to pay today. Hey a bucks a buck and I wasn’t ready to spend $8 more for one extra month.
I asked to speak with a supervisor. After a brief 15 minute hold the gentleman came on to inform me that there were currently no other deals. I asked for some details about this 6 months for $25 Sirius XM Deal to see what level of service. At this point I was debating whether to fight for a better deal, but I wanted to know if I was getting an All Access plan or the standard Select plan. I really could care less as I only ever use the Select stations anyway, but hey I am here to get the best deal possible.
After going back and forth with the “supervisor” for probably close to 15 minutes we were no where closer. It was at this point I wanted to see if this was truly their best deal. I asked him if I were to cancel my subscription, what would be the “please come back to Sirius XM deal” they would send me in a few weeks in the mail. The brief pause was really the only answer I needed, but he proceeded to say he didn’t know what they would offer. BINGO! I knew there was a better deal for the taking.
Time to cancel my subscription. I asked him to go ahead and cancel my subscription. He didn’t even argue or try to keep me as a customer. Five minutes later, no active Sirius XM subscription and the radio has been deactivated.
Let’s Get the best Sirius XM Deals
After about a 10 minute wait, I logged back in to my Sirius XM account online. The message that I had no active radios quickly popped up with a link to “Let’s see what specials we have for you”. Perfect! Click the link and low and behold, now I have completely different pricing available.
Were the deals that much better? Not really, but they were different and the one I wanted was front and center. But what I wanted was right there at the top, 5 months for $18 plus fees/taxes. There were one or two other Sirius XM deals available, but nothing I wanted.
Long story short, you want the best Sirius XM deals, cancel your subscription when it is up for renewal, wait a few minutes after canceling, log in to your account online and presto the best Sirius XM deals are ready and waiting for you.
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