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Switched to DirecTV from Charter (cable) and Got $300 – Great DirecTV Promotion!

October 1st, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

THIS BLOG POST WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN SEPTEMBER 2013. IT IS BEING EDITED SLIGHTLY AND REPOSTED DUE TO POPULARITY!

I’m writing this blog post to help others who are researching switching from cable TV (such as Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox, or Bright House) to a satellite dish provider (such as DirecTV or Dish Network) for their television and entertainment needs.

DirecTV Promotion for $200 Gift Card

After being a Charter Communications customer for cable TV for the past 9 years, I decided to give DirecTV a try. This decision was not an easy decision, but I got tired of having to call Charter every few months to discuss the increases in my bill. I started to get very upset at them when they refused to reverse a late fee due to an expired credit card on file with their autopay. I reentered the new payment information on time, but didn’t see the fine print about it taking 45 days to update (what’s up with that?). Then, after coming off of a 2-year agreement, my bill went up 40%. When I called to ask about it, they said they could bring it down part of the way. When I checked online, they didn’t. I’ve tried the game where you threaten to cancel cable TV service for satellite and they transfer you a retention specialist for the best deal ever. This time, instead of calling once again to get the billing issue straightened out, I listened to a friend and looked into DirecTV.

I researched both DirecTV and Dish and ultimately selected DirecTV because of recommendations from friends who have it, initial pricing, and DirecTV’s new Genie whole-house DVR service. Sure, Dish has the Hopper, but the Genie sounds great. The whole NFL Sunday Ticket for free this season was not a big selling point for me. The free movie channels (HBO + STARZ + SHOWTIME + CINEMAX) for 3 months will be nice. We’ll have to set a bunch of movies to record on the Genie DVR, as we’ll discontinue those channels when the promotion expires.

I received a link from a friend offering a $100 referral bonus for each of us. This comes by way of a $10 bill credit for 10 months. That’s great, who doesn’t want to save money? My referrals from 2013 have expired, so if you appreciate this information please use my referral link (current as of October 2014): http://refer.directv.com/a/clk/1fht6Z 

I searched and searched for a variety of other promotions and I found several – most would have amounted to an extra $5 per month for 12 months or a gift card for around $100. The morning that I was thinking of calling, I opened my mailbox and there was a Hallmark greeting card from DirecTV. It offered a free $200 VISA prepaid gift card – no promotion code or coupon code is needed. That sent me over the top. I called 1-855-567-1737 and was still able to give my neighbor’s account number for the $100 referral bill credit for each of us. I signed up for the “XTRA” package. SEE http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/cobrand/visa-200-gift-card for current promotion as of October 2014!

Here’s the catch (not really a big deal for me): if I would have signed up online using the link http://refer.directv.com/a/clk/1fht6Z it would have been $5 less per month for 12 months and free shipping on the equipment but then I wouldn’t have been able to get the $200 VISA gift card. So, it is really like a $113.45 bonus after the $60 online discount ($5/mo for 12 month) and $26.55 for equipment shipping.

I was skeptical, at first, about calling the 1-855-567-1737 number as I wanted to order online. I know there are a lot of DirecTV brokers out there and wasn’t sure if this was an official DirecTV number. The customer service rep gave me a confirmation number and an account number. I went to www.DirecTV.com and was able to login to my new account immediately. That confirmed that it was legit in my mind.

Here’s the info from the mailing I got. They didn’t ask for any sort of promo code, so you will be able to use it too (this was the September 2013 promo):

“BEST OFFER EVER” - $200 BACK (VISA GIFT CARD)

  1. ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE $29.99 for 12 months
  2. CHOICE PACKAGE $34.99 for 12 months
  3. EXTRA PACKAGE $39.99 for 12 months
  4. ULTIMATE PACKAGE $44.99 for 12 months
  • FREE INSTALLATION
  • FREE GENIE HD DVR UPGRADE
  • FREE HBO + STARZ + SHOWTIME + CINEMAX (for 3 months)
  • FREE 2013 NFL SUNDAY TICKET

DirecTV requires 24 month agreement (the price will go up after the 12 month promotional pricing expires).

For $200 Gift Card, Call 1-855-567-1737  (remember, you can’t sign up online for the $200 VISA gift card)

During sign up, please mention the friend referral and request the $100 bonus ($10/mo for 10 months). My referrals from 2013 have expired, so if you appreciate this information please use my account information:  my account number is: 47381164 - my name is Jonathan Meersman  (they may wish to confirm that).

If you’d prefer to sign up online and get the $5 per month discount instead of the $200 VISA gift card, please use this link with my referral if you appreciate this information:  http://refer.directv.com/a/clk/1fht6Z (current as of October 2014)

REFERRAL LINK: http://refer.directv.com/a/clk/1fht6Z
MY ACCOUNT NUMBER: 47381164
MY NAME: Jonathan Meersman

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  1. September 24th, 2013 at 19:50 | #1

    Please reply if it works for you. Good luck and enjoy your DirecTV!

  2. Luis Serrano
    November 28th, 2013 at 13:44 | #2

    Thanks for the referral and info! Enjoy your 10$ off that I got you :)

  3. Josh E
    December 4th, 2013 at 13:31 | #4

    It worked for me… except they did not let me use a referral account number

    • December 4th, 2013 at 19:39 | #5

      I heard from someone else that this happened. Before installation, he called DirecTV Customer Service at 1-800-531-5000 and mentioned that they “forgot” to give the “Refer a Friend” account information when they signed up. It worked. It is worth a shot as it will give both you and I an extra $100 off ($10 off per month for 10 months). My account number is 47381164 if you want to try. Thanks!

      I got my $200 prepaid VISA about six weeks later. All good.

  4. J.LOPARDO
    December 4th, 2013 at 21:19 | #6

    I’m on hold now trying this!
    I see someone did it today!!
    whoohoo so im hoping all goes well.

  5. Karri
    December 13th, 2013 at 08:42 | #8

    Thank you! you just saved me and yourself $$$$

    • December 29th, 2013 at 07:08 | #9

      Thanks Karri! I appreciate you using my referral code and was happy to save you money as well!

  6. Jess
    December 25th, 2013 at 11:19 | #10

    This guy probably doesn’t have to pay anything for the next 5 years with everyone using him as a referral , help a family member or a friend out. Not this complete stranger whose trying to come up on $$$$

    • December 29th, 2013 at 07:12 | #11

      Actually I’m only set for 10 months because DirecTV only allows 10 active referrals at one time. Some people are appreciative of the information that they received from a complete stranger. While helping others save $300, it is true that I’ve been able to benefit from a few. Nobody is forcing people to use my referral code. I’ve received a number of emails from folks thanking me for the information, indicating that it worked, and telling me that they actually used the account number of a friend or family member. They were able to figure that out.

  7. January 3rd, 2014 at 20:15 | #12

    Thank you for the referral, I don’t have any friends with DirecTV but was able to use your link and save more. Here is my link to share:

    http://refer.directv.com/a/clk/20d7mX

    • February 5th, 2014 at 14:02 | #13

      Thanks Anthony! Now that I’ve maximized my savings for 10 months, I’ve included your link for others who stumbled across my post. Maybe someone will click your link. Good luck.

  8. david
    January 17th, 2014 at 13:33 | #14

    I used to work for directv. please make sure you call the # on the flyer not the website to get this deal.you can combine it with the refer a friend credit you can use my Acct# it’s 38375636 . The # on the flyer is 1855-567-1737!

    • February 5th, 2014 at 13:59 | #15

      I’ve maximized by referrals thanks to this post and changed to add the friend who originally referred me in the first place. Maybe someone will use your account number from here too. Good luck.

  9. Elizabeth
    February 5th, 2014 at 10:38 | #16

    I was wondering if anyone has tried this recently, because we are thinking about switching to DirecTV and would like to save as much money as possible for everyone. Thanks!

    • February 5th, 2014 at 13:57 | #17

      Yes, I received an email from someone with the past several days indicating that it worked. With the NFL season being over, I’m not sure if that will impact this promotion with the NFL Sunday Ticket.

      We have been very happy with change and have no plans to ever got back to Charter. The quality is great. The system is easier than Charter’s (i.e. no duplicate HD / non-HD channels and a guide that makes sense). We love the whole home DVR. We’ve only had a few very brief storm-related outages – certainly nothing like the days of no service, or pixelated service, that we’d experience every few months with Charter.

      And, thanks to the many people who have found my post and saved money for themselves, I’ve also maximized my savings. The $10 credits for ten months X ten active referrals means $100 off our bill each month. But our bill isn’t anywhere near $100, so the credit amount keeps growing. We use that for movies and an extra sports package. So, if you can find a way to get referrals, it will pay for the service. When Charter called recently asking that I switch back and offering a new promotion, I said that they would have to pay me to take their service – as that is essentially what happens with DirecTV thanks to their referral program. I also explained that they put themselves in that position by refusing to honor their 2-year pricing that they guaranteed.

  10. Stephen
    February 18th, 2014 at 14:42 | #18

    Order yesterday $200 visa offer. Install tomorrow. Tried the friend referral today and they said I can not combine the visa and friend Refferal together.

    • February 18th, 2014 at 14:50 | #19

      Congratulations Stephen. At least you got the $200 offer. I heard from one other person that they would not also do the $100 referral. I suggested that, after the order was setup but before the installation, to call the main DirecTV number at (800) 531-5000 and ask that they add that referral as well – just say you forgot when you placed the order. It worked for them. I’ve heard from many people who have said that both did work for them, so this is unusual.

      That call might save you another $100 ($10/mo for 10 months) and help my friend (or any friend of yours who has DirecTV already). My friend’s account number is: 41326845 – my friend’s last name is Logterman (they may wish to confirm that). Let me know if this works.

  11. Myles
    February 23rd, 2014 at 13:35 | #20

    It worked for me! Just got dish and love it. Received an email saying my reward card is on its way. Please feel free to use me as your referral. Use promo code 061390 for the extra $100 (use the name Myles). You can use the DirectTV phone number 1-877-741-9878. Enjoy!

  12. Christa Castillo
    March 8th, 2014 at 11:58 | #21

    When does the gift card show up?? I’ve signed up and they said they would send me a $100 gift card but I have yet to see it or even heard anything about getting it.

  13. Shawn Borba
    March 18th, 2014 at 11:32 | #23

    It worked great, I just signed up for DirecTV and got FREE Installation, FREE Genie HD DVR Upgrade, (FREE HBO+STARZ+SHOWTIME+CINEMAX for 3 months) $10 off my monthly bill for autopay & paperless billing, $10 off monthly for bundling my internet with DirecTV, $10 off for friend referral per month…
    DirecTV #
    1-888-795-9488
    You can use me as a friend referal as well to help save you some money!
    Account # 2973460 and my name is Shawn.

  14. C. K.
    March 19th, 2014 at 16:38 | #24

    Just found your website today. I’m hoping to make this work for me.

    Last Friday Time Warner installed basic cable 39.95 and 14.99 internet. The internet does not work and the tv wouldn’t work this morning. The deal went from 55.00 to 95.00 before the guy left. I’m a new widow and told him I couldn’t afford that.

    Time Warner seems to be crooks. Please tell me exactly what I need to do. It will cost me a “penalty” of 100.00 at the apartment for putting the dish on the bldg because Time Warner has a deal with them. But I think it would be cheaper for me.

    I appreciate your help.

  15. April 15th, 2014 at 10:27 | #25

    It worked for me too today! I signed up and got a $150 gift card plus the choice package. Please feel free to use my referral ( Irene Mugo) and I will appreciate it very much since I do not have friends who want to switch to direct tv. Call 1-855-567-1737 and Enjoy!

  16. cr8zycajungal
    May 1st, 2014 at 08:48 | #26

    @Anthony I am using your referral code today! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Jorge Almirall
    May 8th, 2014 at 10:38 | #27

    Sweet! Just signed up and got the $200 gift card plus the $100 referral bonus. Shawn, you should see the credit show up at some point. Here’s my account# 9668484 if anyone new would like to pass it backwards(?).

  18. Hector
    May 14th, 2014 at 19:59 | #28

    @cr8zycajungal

    It worked for me as well, if your willing to help me out as well my account number is 9617206. Enjoy your savings. Hector

  19. Joshua Nelson
    June 5th, 2014 at 12:52 | #29

    I don’t usually believe blogs, but I did try this and it is legit. What you have to do is call 1-855-567-1737 – this is the only number that works to my knowledge. Say you heard you get a Visa Reward Card for starting service, which is down to 150$, and they will confirm this is available. Then state your friend referred you and he said that you could get more money off your bill. They asked me for the friends full name – I think they are getting tougher about this because everyone is doing it. I used a friend that I knew in the area with direct TV as I wasn’t sure if the accounts above were maxed out. Below I provided my information, which should definitely work since I just got service at the start of June.
    When they ask about the friend tell them the following:
    My name: Josh Nelson
    Account Number: 6229263
    Location: Rochester Area

    You definitely get free Genie upgrade, NFL Sunday ticket free and HBO, Cinemax and Stars for 3 months as well.

    Thank you Jon for publishing this forum you saved me 250 dollars and got me better service than TWC, you’re the man! I wanted to continue to pay it forward!

  20. dalia ortiz
    June 7th, 2014 at 11:27 | #30

    Use me as a referral acct # 4087350 last name Ortiz

  21. Chris Absher
    June 7th, 2014 at 17:21 | #31

    Josh Nelson- I used your account for a referral. It worked on my end so you should see it show up. Thanks to you and thanks to Jon for this blog.. Please people continue to pay it forward.. I would really appreciate it. I just ordered service on June 7, 2014
    My Account # is 6317541
    Name: Christopher Absher
    Location: Kingsport TN

    Thanks to everyone on here and please send me some referrals

  22. chris absher
    June 10th, 2014 at 09:22 | #32

    Josh Nelson – I used your account. It worked on my end it should be on yours. I signed up June 7 2014. Please continue to pay it forward.

    Account # 6317541
    Name Christopher absher
    Location kingsport TN

    Thank josh and thanks Jon for the post hopefully I can get some people to use my account I would definitely appreciate it.

  23. Mahajan
    June 16th, 2014 at 16:39 | #33

    Totally works…now for my account info ;)

    Account no- 12854294
    Name Mahajan

  24. Kristie Coaly
    June 23rd, 2014 at 14:46 | #34

    This works! Thanks Joshua Nelson. I saved $10 a month for 10 months. I also got the $150 Visa Reward Card for starting service. My account number for the referral is 26331098 and my name is Kristie Coaly.

  25. Ryan G
    June 25th, 2014 at 22:35 | #35

    Agreed! Just did this and it worked great! $150 Visa Gift card, plus $10 off for 10 months for the friend referral. I have no referrals as I just signed up today, so my account will work for the refer a friend. Give them account number# 22267973. / name Ryan Gunther.
    Also got free Genie HD/DVR 3 rooms, NFL Sunday ticket MAXX, all premiums free for 3 months, and No $ down. thanks, and hope it works for everyone else

  26. Thomas Gray
    June 29th, 2014 at 00:58 | #36

    It worked for me and my referral online code is
    http://refer.directv.com/a/clk/1S5l3C
    If you click on that link we will both get $100 bonus!

  27. Tony Scott
    July 10th, 2014 at 12:46 | #37

    Thanks Josh@Joshua Nelson

  28. July 14th, 2014 at 23:18 | #38

    So someone signed up using my referral link and save me $10 a month for 10 months :-)
    Thank you whoever you are…
    Anyone else want to use my link please do… We both get $100 and I would really appreciate it here is my link
    http://refer.directv.com/a/clk/1S5l3C

    Thank you and let’s start saving
    Thomas Gray account number 10251171

  29. Yueyang Chen
    August 18th, 2014 at 14:35 | #39

    My account number is 15215665. Name: Yueyang Chen. You can give my account number when you call Directv to get your $10 off per month!

  30. Yueyang Chen
    August 18th, 2014 at 23:46 | #40

    I finally decided to switch to directv after 6 months terrible experience with xifinity TV. Directv has much more HD channels and it is cheaper!! I got referred from a friend account number 15215665 and when I called Directv I gave my friend’s account number and we both get $10 off for each month. Feel free to use this code when ording your new service from Directv. GOod luck everyone!

  31. Patricia
    August 25th, 2014 at 22:41 | #41

    Bingo! Thank you so much for the referral link. Very much appreciated.
    Patricia

  32. Jennifer Curran
    August 29th, 2014 at 09:55 | #42

    Hi all,

    Just did this and it worked great for me too! If anyone needs a referral code, the account number is 7395085. Thanks and good luck!!!

  33. Thomas Gray
    September 7th, 2014 at 02:54 | #43

    Woo hoo :-) thank u John

    I don’t usually believe stuff like this either but decided to do a google search on the phone number and then went ahead and ordered Directv and got the visa gift card and also got the free NFL Sunday ticket
    All you have to do is call 1-855-567-1737 –
    Say you heard you get a Visa Reward Card for starting service, which is down to $200 and they will confirm this is available. Then state your friend referred you and he said that you could get more money off your bill. They asked me for the friends full name I have provided my information below, which should definitely work since I just got service at the start of June.
    When they ask about the friend tell them the following:
    My name: Thomas Gray
    Account Number: 10251171
    Location: Branson Missouri

    You definitely get free Genie upgrade, NFL Sunday ticket free and HBO, Cinemax and Stars for 3 months FREE :-)

    Enjoy and let me know how you get on and let’s all keep paying it forward.

  34. John S
    September 10th, 2014 at 12:49 | #44

    Just signed up and it worked for me. Thanks and here is my act # 22775358… thanks again!!

  35. Jesse
    September 11th, 2014 at 12:22 | #45

    Was able to use Josh Nelson’s account for refer a friend. I saved $100 over 10 months and glad to save him $100 over 10 months. Hopefully someone else can ‘pay it forward’. The name on the acct is Jesse Chettle. I’m in Gunnison, Colorado. And my account # is 5007836.

  36. Ashley r.
    September 15th, 2014 at 19:22 | #46

    Hello everyone I am interested in signing up so I am curious if these promos still work, all I have been able to come across is a $100 gift card, does anyone know of any others promos? Any info. Would be super helpful and if I do sign up I will gladly use someone’s friend code. Thank you for your time.

    • September 15th, 2014 at 19:58 | #47

      Yes Ashley. I hear from people all the time that this still works, although, last I heard the VISA promo may be down to $150 instead of $200. You have to call the number in order to get the VISA, clicking the links will only give you the $100 savings.

      To answer your other question, the friend referral works by giving both you, as the new customer, and the person who’s account number you provide $100 savings. This is done as $10 per month for 10 months. They will only allow up to 10 referrals at the same time. Since I’ve maxxed out all of my referrals, my friend’s account number is: 46961305 – my friend’s name is Lori Griffiths

      Good luck! Please come back here are let us know how it worked for you.

  37. Ashley r.
    September 15th, 2014 at 19:24 | #48

    Oh also does any one know how the friend referral program works. Thanks again.

  38. Jen Caudillo
    September 20th, 2014 at 04:59 | #49

    Hey this worked for me today and I also received the $100 visa gift card!!! Awesome!!! So glad I saw this before ordering!!! I love this pay it forward to strangers :)
    Name: Jen Caudillo
    Acct# 22951585
    Location: Kearney, Ne.

  39. freddy b
    September 22nd, 2014 at 14:12 | #50

    Awesome! Thanks for this! Tell your friend Lori to enjoy her $10 credit!

  40. Fredrick Williams
    September 22nd, 2014 at 22:04 | #51

    Hi Johnathan,

    Thank you so much for posting this DirecTV referral information on your website, I really appreciate it my friend. I just signed up for the DirectTV Ultimate Package today September 22, 2014 using Christopher Absher referral code by calling 1-855-567-1737 and got the visa gift card ($150, the $200 visa card is not being offered no more) and FREE INSTALLATION FREE GENIE HD DVR UPGRADE FREE HBO + STARZ + SHOWTIME + CINEMAX (for 3 months) FREE 2014 NFL SUNDAY TICKET

    Tell them you heard you get a $200 Visa Reward Card for starting a new service account, and they will confirm if this is available to you but your probably going to get the $150 Visa Card which is still an awesome deal. Then state your friend referred you and you along with your friend will get more money off your bill ($10 a month for 10 months). They asked me for the friends full name so to pay it forward to someone else looking to get all the free bonuses when starting a new DirecTV account, here is my information below so you can do so….

    When they ask about the friend that referred you, tell them the following:

    DirectTV Phone Number – 1-855-567-1737

    My name: Fredrick Williams
    Account Number: 15796076
    Location: Lake City Florida
    You definitely get free Genie upgrade, NFL Sunday ticket free and HBO, Cinemax and Stars for 3 months FREE. and the Visa Gift Card for $150 maybe if your lucky $200 :-)

    Enjoy and let me know on here if you used my information and let’s all keep paying it forward.

    Kindest Regards,
    Fredrick

  41. Tiffany
    September 24th, 2014 at 15:13 | #52

    Hoping someone will use me for a referral bonus. Just click the link and enter my account number to save us both $100.

    Tiffany… Account #27178565
    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/referral/referralProgram.jsp?lpos=footer

    Also the $200 Visa promo is still on, but I called to get it in addition to the referral bonus.
    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/cobrand/visa-200-gift-card

  42. Ben Mannino
    September 24th, 2014 at 15:51 | #53

    @Ashley r.

    Hi Ashley, I just ordered service today and originally forgot to ask for the friend referral discount. I called back a couple of times and finally got a helpful rep who did apply the discount. They will ask you for your friend’s name and account number. Some have mentioned they might ask for their location as well. I gave them Josh’s info from this blog and there are many others as well. From what I understand, they only allow a certain number of referrals, so I’m not sure what happens after you reach the maximum. My account is brand new and I would appreciate any referrals to get us both a discount. My name is Ben Mannino, account number is 5070713 and I live in the Atlanta area. Good luck!

  43. Shelly
    September 24th, 2014 at 20:33 | #54

    My account number is 32451630 Name Julius Rivers. Let’s help each other save some money!!!!!

  44. Ryan
    September 25th, 2014 at 19:28 | #55

    Thanks Jonathan it worked!! My name is ryan Blake and my account # is 22332331. Please pay it forward everyone!!!!!! This is a great thing!!

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