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Use Netflix Account Holds to Save Money

Geek Tip: Put Netflix on Hold For Travel or Budget

Whether you've lost your job or are just trying to be more conservative because of the recession, everyone could use little tips for saving money.

Did you know that you can put your Netflix account on hold if you need to? Maybe things are crazy but you don't want to outright cancel, or maybe you're planning a trip and don't want to waste the money.

To put your account on hold, just go into "Your Account" from your Netflix homepage. Under "Your Plan" in Account Information, just click "Put on hold."

Make sure the day you set it up is the day that you want the hold to start, and pick your reactivation date. Also make sure that all of the DVDs they've sent you have been sent back.

sh1nob3 sh1nob3 6 years
You can run streaming 25-28 days 7$ and pro-rate to 8 dvds for like 5$ more leaving them time to ship them. Put your account on hold day 29. Receive and watch the 8 cd's for up to 1 week then return them. You have paid 7$+5$ for 28-29 days of streaming and 1 week with 8 cds or less for 1-7 even. Then before your hold resumes cancel your account. You can also do any plan for 28-29 days and then put it on hold so you can still access your queue during the hold to research and get the movies you want in place slowly, then cancel your account before it comes off hold and charges you, this takes patience but hold isnt completely useless.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Darwintron, wow! I had never expected them to hold my payment for their service. I mean, I am still a subscriber and still have all my information in their database so I think it makes sense that I would still be charged. Everytime I've used their "hold" option I did it because I was moving and didn't want discs to get lost. Even though I wouldn't be getting their movies for two weeks, I fully expected to continue paying for the service. No offense, but if it worked the way you suggested, they would absolutely lose money! Then anyone could just put their account on hold until they felt like renting a movie! I don't blame them for not adapting that awful model.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
huh - i didn't know about this and it makes a LOT of sense. granted it's really not that much money out of my pocket but i have noticed that there are months that i just don't watch movies and could use that $20 back for something else
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I was soooooooooo happy when Netflix implemented this! I remember even in 2005 (i think) they didn't have it and I suggested it because I didn't want to cancel and lose my queue when I moved, but I was afraid that I would lose a disc with the address transition (and didnt have time to watch it anyway). I've definitely used this several times.
kimchimei kimchimei 8 years
I've done this a lot, sometimes consecutively so i don't have to cancel and lose my queue.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I didn't know that I could do that. I've put Netflix on hold for a year b/c I was travelling a lot and didn't want to bother putting it on hold and then reactivating. This is good to know.
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