A Simple Tactic to Save 75% on Sirius XM Radio Subscriptions

A little more than five years ago, we bought a brand new car (GASP! I know — how not frugal!).

We wanted a Toyota Venza and it was the first model year so no used cars were available. (see???)

If you’ve ever bought a new car within the last few years, you probably have a trial subscription to Sirius XM radio. I think our trial subscription was for six months.

SiriusXM is pretty great. You get high-quality audio, a bazillion different channels so you’ll always be entertained, and it’s available practically everywhere except if you’re surrounded by mountains or in a tunnel. It’s a solid service.

I just didn’t want yet another subscription and even at $10.99 for their lowest “Mostly Music” package. It was too much. Their $15.99 and $19.99 All Access are all reasonable prices (when our trial ended, it cost closer to $30 a month, and now the plan names have changed) given what you get but let me explain how easy it is to save 75%.

But… you should never pay full price for Sirius XM. Never. Ever.

SiriusXM is a prime case where negotiating your subscription rate will always save you money.

All you have to do is call in, threaten to cancel, and wait until they offer you their comeback offer.

The Best Deal: Here are the Cliff Notes to this post – to get the best deal, you have to call and threaten to cancel. They will then offer you the best deal. If they don’t, call back.

Or, you can take their current deal of 6 months of SiriusXM for $29.94. It is very close to the best deal I’ve ever seen and you don’t have to call to cancel. The “best” varies month to month but this deal for 6 months at $50 is close to the best – I haven’t heard of someone getting the absolute best in quite some time.

Table of Contents
  1. SiriusXM Standard Pricing: $4.99 per Month
  2. The Absolute Best Deal: 6 Months for $25
  3. What If You’ve Called Several Times?
  4. SiriusXM 25% Military Discount
  5. SiriusXM Promotions

SiriusXM Standard Pricing: $4.99 per Month

SiriusXM has a few plans but the basic one for your car is $4.99 per month for 6 months (new subscriptions only).

The tiers are (all these are plus fees and taxes, see offer details):

Plan NameTrial TermsRegular Price
SiriusXM Music & Entertainment$4.99 per month for 6 months for 140+ channels$17.99 per monthGet this offer
Sirius 3-Month Free Trial3 months free for every channel on your radio
plus streaming online and on the app
$22.99 per monthGet this offer
Streaming Platinum3 months for $1 to stream online or on the app$10.99 per monthGet this offer

After each promotion period, you’re automatically renewed at the regular price but there’s no contract so you can always cancel.

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The Absolute Best Deal: 6 Months for $25

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The best deal I’ve ever heard of is getting 6 months for $25. This isn’t that much better than the promotional offer they’re offering everyone.

All you need to say is “I love Sirius XM, I just can’t afford that price. Is there any way you can help me?” — and they will help you.

If they don’t, and some representatives won’t, you need to hang up and call again. You may have to do this a few times.

You must take note of when your promotional period ends because they will start charging you full price immediately. There will be no warning, it’s automatic renewal at the full price, so mark it on a calendar somewhere and set up notifications.

When the time nears, call them up again. Sometimes they’ll cut right to the chase and offer to extend the deal. If you don’t, cancel it and you’ll get a “winback” offer in a month or two.

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What If You’ve Called Several Times?

It could be a note in your account or just bad timing or luck, but if you’ve called a few times and they won’t budge – just cancel.

SiriusXM frequently will send a “winback” offer that is similar to the best price. They know that it costs them the same to run their service and each customer is just profit. They will attempt to win you back shortly after you cancel and you will just have to manage not having satellite radio for a little bit.

SiriusXM 25% Military Discount

If you are military personnel, which includes veterans, retirees, active duty, and reserves; you can get a 25% military discount. This is for the life of the subscription and you can call customer service at 1-866-635-2349 to learn more.

SiriusXM Promotions

If you only care about getting the very cheapest, then $4.17 per month is the cheapest.

If the price is less important (say, if you’re being reimbursed or it is a tax-deductible expense) and you want to take advantage of promotions, SiriusXM runs promotions periodically.

It’s really up to you.

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  1. Diver86 says

    I’ve played the renewal game for the last 20 years !!! I had a SatWeather too! EVERY YEAR, I had to call and quibble. BUT, for the last 3 years, they did not make me call or threaten. I told them 3 years ago I was tired of calling and playing the game. They must’ve tagged my account, because now I only do it through the chat. Bing bang bong renewed at same rate ($99 + tax/fees).

  2. John C Richards says

    appreciate your input on sirius/xm pricing, but what about multi vehicle discounts? I did not see that addressed

    • Andie says

      I quit my SiriusXM a couple of weeks ago. I got an offer 2hours ago for the platinum plan for $6 for 12 Months. I’m gonna hold out a bit more to what else they will offer.

  3. John says

    I just called and the $29.94 / 6 month deal was last year. No way they would give it to me. The new price is $36 and with taxes and fees it comes to $43.70. She first offered me a 1 year upgrade to platinum for $99 which is only $28 per year more and don’t have to call in 6 months, but I wouldn’t use platinum.

  4. Jaxx says

    Thanks for sharing Jim. My Sirius trial just ended and been trying to decide if I wanted to subscribe but the price, eek. With the six month deal, I’m sold!

  5. Legger says

    Hi Jim, Great article. I only wish I had seen this earlier this year (before my renewal) cuz I’m paying an outrageous amount yearly for my one vehicle. It just renewed on March 4, so just less than 2 months ago. I don’t suppose that it will do me any good now since they already billed me. Have you heard of anyone that got a refund?

    Keep up the great work!
    Legger

  6. Erika says

    I learned that one when I bought by 2012 Camaro. Then I decided to try it with other bills. I called Verizon wireless complaining that my bill is way too high and I want to cancel my 5 lines. I was put through to the retention department and boom they decreased my bill for that month down from around $600 to less than 200. But that was only for that month. However they found every way possible to cut all kinds of fees here and there and my monthly bill dropped by half. I shit you not. It isn’t always going to work but it’s worth a shot with any bills you have.

  7. KP says

    I do believe Sirius has caught onto the game. Today when I contacted them for my annual renegotiate-the-fee conversation (two days before my auto-renewal) I had an automated option give me an offer of $129.54 for a year of platinum. Last year that exact same plan cost me $174.49. I’m happy plus I never had to speak with a customer service agent.

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