Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so you automatically get a free subscription to Twitch Prime. You’ll have to create an account on Twitch and link it to your Amazon Prime account. One of the bonuses being offered is a free year of Switch Online! It even stacks for existing members. I just went through the process and it took a few moments and I had to register a credit card with Nintendo for it to go through. Don’t worry you can cancel automatic Switch Online renewals if you want after the fact. It worked great. It adds 3 months to your online membership and then you get the remaining 9 months by clicking a link they’ll e-mail you after you’ve been a member for 2 months. I imagine this is to prevent a bunch of people from immediately cancelling to keep the free online. Here’s the official PR for more details:
Twitch Prime and Nintendo are teaming up to offer Twitch Prime members up to a full year of the Nintendo Switch Online service.
Starting today, Twitch Prime members can claim three free months of Nintendo Switch Online when they visit twitch.amazon.com/nintendo. After 60 days, they can come back to get another nine months of Nintendo Switch Online, for a total of 12 months. Those who already have a Nintendo Switch Online membership will have these additional months added to their existing Nintendo Switch Online membership. Twitch Prime members have until Sept. 24, 2019 to claim their three months of Nintendo Switch Online, and until January 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine months.
“We’ve teamed up with Nintendo to bring members up to a full year of great experiences on Nintendo Switch,” said Ethan Evans, Vice President, Twitch Prime. “Gaming is better with Twitch Prime— members already get free PC games and in-game loot for blockbuster games, a Twitch channel subscription, and more every month, plus all the benefits of Amazon Prime.
A Nintendo Switch Online membership provides a variety of features for the Nintendo Switch video game system, such as online play and Save Data Cloud backup for compatible games, a collection of classic NES games with added online play, a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games, and special offers.*
In 2018, Twitch Prime offered members more than $3,000 worth of content, including more than 70 free PC games and in-game loot in 20 blockbuster games. Plus, they enjoy all the benefits of being a Prime member—including unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Prime Reading, Amazon Photos; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, deep discounts at Whole Foods Market, and unlimited free two-day shipping on more than 100 million items.
*Persistent Internet, Nintendo Account age 13+ and compatible smartphone required to use app. Data charges may apply. Online play, Save Data Cloud backup and Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app features available in compatible games. Not available in all countries. The Nintendo Account User Agreement, including the Purchase and Subscription terms, apply. nintendo.com/switch-online.
Offer only available in select countries. Nintendo Account linked to Nintendo Switch console required. Active Twitch Prime account age 13+ for two consecutive months required to claim additional 9-month Nintendo Switch Online membership at no extra cost. Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership holders are not eligible. A credit card or linked PayPal account required for users age 18+. Nintendo Switch Online membership will automatically convert to a 3-month membership for $7.99 US for 3 months unless automatic renewal is turned off any time up to 48 hours before the end of the initial 3-month membership. Three-month memberships must be redeemed by September 28, 2019 and nine-month memberships must be redeemed by January 28, 2020.