Switched to DirecTV from Charter (cable) and Got $300 – Great DirecTV Promotion!
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.
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)
- ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE $29.99 for 12 months
- CHOICE PACKAGE $34.99 for 12 months
- EXTRA PACKAGE $39.99 for 12 months
- 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