If you purchases a new car recently, chances are it may have came with a free trial of Sirius XM. Sounds great, huh? Especially since it typically 6 months of free service.
Pretty good way to get you hooked and soon after, you will have to pay for the service for it to continue!
Not a bad thing, but there’s definitely a way to reduce what you pay. Because is $10.99 – $20.99 a month worth the service? That’s up to $250+ per year spent using the service.
Even if you cut down but a fourth or even half, think about what more you could do with those savings!
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What is Sirius XM?
Sirius XM is a satellite radio service that is used in car – in addition, you’re able to stream using your tablet, computer, or phone with a select subscription.
Sirius XM offers commercial-free music, comedy, live sport, news, and talk entertainment via satellite for your tablet, car, and phone all at the convenience of your fingertips!
You’ll get access to numerous channels that consists of music, news, comedy, sports talk, and more!
Three Subscription Tiers for SiriusXM:
- Premier Streaming: You get the basic subscription will give you 80+ channels of great music, but doesn’t give you sports, comedy channels, or online streaming.
- Select: You get over 140 channels of music, sports and comedy but no internet streaming to stream in the car. Get commercial-free music channels, exclusive artist-dedicated music channels, 24/7 comedy channels, & a selection of play-by-play channels.
- All Access: You get their top of the line option with every one of their 140+ channels in-car & 200+ channels to online stream from your phone, tablet, or computer.
Helpful note: You’re able to manage your Sirius XM account 24/7 online. You’re able to get in touch with SiriusXM customer service at 1-866-635-2349 from 8AM – 10PM ET Monday-Friday (8AM – 8 PM ET on Saturday & Sunday).
How To Negotiate The Best Sirius XM Deal
Below are steps you can take to help lower your service bill.
To start off, research the current Sirius XM promotions going on and decide which plan best suits your needs and wants. Then you’ll be able to use this as a negotiating factor. Now, simply call and ask for the retention department.
Once you’re on the phone with the retention department rep, start mentioning how much you enjoy and love the service and want to continue the service, but you feel like you’re not okay with the price you’re paying.
This is when the rep may throw a few offers out to you. Keep an open ear for the offers, but definitely do not accept the first offer. Deny the first few offers.
Be sure you have a calculator so you can divide the offered price with the number of months to find out how much you’ll be paying monthly.
In summary, the offer you should get is 5 months of service for $25. This is the lowest offer possible that you can get. Once you receive this offer and accept, the rep will go over some terms & conditions along with some disclosures. Now you can enjoy your service without having to pay full price!
Now, if you come across a rep that does not offer that deal, stand your ground. Do not give up and simply try again a few minutes after hanging up.
Thank the rep for their time and call back and follow the same procedure again until you get the offer. If you end up not receiving the offer, simply cancel the service and you should receive offers via email/mail to become a member again.
Those offers may even be lower than what the reps offered you – once you get offered a deal that you are happy with, sign up again! Hope you the best of luck in receiving the best deal possible!
Helpful note: It’s a good idea to take note of your expiration date. If you do not, your subscription plan will renew at current price (probably more than you are willing to pay). Set an alert & mark it on your calendar. That way, you can contact Sirius XM to negotiate to get the best deal again. If you do not receive the offer you desire, simply cancel the service. Then, wait for new offers to be presented to you via email or email. Contact the billing department and ask them to remove your card from their file (you have the right to do so), so you will not be charged automatically after your promotional offer has ended.
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Marky D says
Thanks to everyone for all of the tips. I called in to 866-649-6222, told the automated system that I wanted the retention department. Told the rep that answered that I really like the service, am interested in the Select Package for $4.99 for 12 months. Told them that I had a friend that had just renewed and that the Sirius customer service representative was able to adjust the price of the service to make it where it was a flat $60.00 for 12 months which included royalty fees, etc. She put me on hold for a few minutes, came back and said they would make a 1 time courtesy adjustment to give me the service for $60 all-in for 12 months. Took less than 10 minutes. We had cancelled our subscription 6 months ago and have been waiting for them to beg us to come back and they asked plenty, but with the help that I found on this site, I felt like this was the best option at the best price with the least hassle. I’ve already set up a reminder to cancel the service or try and get this same deal 362 days from now. Thanks again everyone that posted before me and I hope I can help some others get a good deal in the future!
I got this deal as well, but asked about the streaming service, which they added for no charge. One year of car service and streaming on my phone for $60 is probably the best deal I’ve ever gotten from XM in all the years I’ve had them.
Larry Morgan says
I tried to get the royalty fees waived like several comments mentioned. However, they wouldn’t do it. Also, they weren’t willing to throw in 3 extra months of a “free trial” like one comment mentioned. After they offered their so-so “deals,” I said “I guess I will just have to cancel.” They said fine, so in 3 days I’ll have to adjust to local radio again.
Got the select on 3 vehicles for 1 yr each – $60/vehicle. That seems pretty reasonable for the service.
Just called in and told them I wanted the mostly music package for $50 for the year. She couldn’t do that but offered me the select for $30/6 months. I told her to make it $60/year and I’d take. She checked and couldn’t do that but threw on a three month trial so I ended up with 9 months of service for $36.16 with taxes and fees. Best part is that my credit card expires before the service renews so I don’t have to worry about automatic renewal!
Ron Ravolta says
Thats true only if you dont continue to keep an existing account at your bank. If you are issued a new credit card with the same financial institution, Your new account # will automatically be billed . Yes your new account number as this IS A RE-ACCRUING CHARGE to the same bank card company. Be Careful !!
Chris Silvester says
$38 and change includes all fees and tax for 6 months. $30 for the select plan + fees. Initially they wanted $126. I set a calendar date for 6 months minus a couple days to renew.
March 3, 2019 – SUCCESS!
Thanks, e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e ! I called to “cancel” my S-XM ‘Select’ subscription which would have renewed for $240 PER YEAR. I told them I will not be renewing because of price. ‘She’ replied to me, “I don’t want you to have to pay that much, either.”
She offered $100 PER YEAR but I was flat disinterested.
She tried again with 6 MONTHS for $5.99/MONTH PLUS FEES & TAXES. I was still disinterested. I decided to hold out for NO TAXES NO FEES AND $5.00/MONTH. She put me on hold, briefly, and accepted.
She deducted the remaining balance on my current account which would have expired in April.
I was so pleased with the outcome I told her, “That’s such a good deal, I would like to add another vehicle at exactly the same rate.” Done!
Gotta run. I’m off to mark my calendar…
First offer: 5 months for 30-ish bucks. Second offer: 5 months for almost 40 bucks
While I’m on the phone with the rep, I’m scrolling through the comments for “wins” from other posters.
I agreed to $60 for six months all access, and video access with free third gen echo dot. WIN! Marking my calendar NOW to play the game again in 6 mos.
Matthew Menzel says
All -Access for 6 months with 3rd Gen Echo Dot. 64.71 (50$ + taxes and royalty fees).
Keith S says
I just got All Access for 6 months for $64.33 (that’s is the final total with fees and taxes). Includes streaming and a free Amazon Dot speaker. They sent me a code in an email to apply at checkout on Amazon. Sure enough it brought the total down to $0.00. Its on the way (2 1/2 week leadtime though).
Otherwise it was $104.37 for XM Select for 6 months, which is less channels and NO streaming. So I should be getting the difference credited back to me
Just spent 7 minutes on the phone, and got the 6 months for $30 with the fees it came to 36.16 and the auto renew is $101.92 – but I will call back in 6 months and go through the haggle all over again. Thanks for all your info!
Just got of the phone with Sirius and got a $60/year all taxes and royalties included. They had to adjust my base price down but it all worked like dream. Paid with a debit card with no repeat transactions
How did you do the NO repeat transactions?
timothy c porter says
I just got one year for $72.84, but i forgot to ask about using my app. AND i need to remember to cancel before the auto renew date in a year
Received an invoice from my yearly subscription for $232.94. Using the tips provided by the article and user postings I renewed at an annual fee of $70.98. Thanks to Danny and all the folks that posted here. My total time invested on the phone was about 15 minutes.
I just called Sirius and followed MW. I got an email bill with the same amount due: $232.94. I explained I was not going to pay that much because I saw on line that someone had just posted on Feb 8 saying they paid a total of $70.98. The rep then tried to sell me a package for $109 plus 34.91 in fees and I said no way I want to pay 70.98. Then the rep comes back and says O K if you pay with a credit card we will wave the invoice fee (?) and charge you the $70.98. I said you have a deal. Took about 10 minutes.
I tried hard to get this but couldn’t get past $38.00 all in for 6 months. I figured it was close enough and I will go through this again in 6 months.
I want to ask if you think I can get the 6 month deal after I get a three month free deal? Am I better off just jumping in at the 6 months for the 25.00? I am a new subscriber, just installed it this morning. Any advice is appreciated!
Signed up for the “only available” 6 month plan at $36.35 ($29.94 + $6.41 fees and tax), then read these comments more closely. I called back and had to play the “cancel it” game for another 42 minutes but ended up with a 12 month plan at $60 total. Decided I would spend the time now instead of haggling through it again in six months. Thanks for the info and thanks for those of you who posted. Let’s see how it goes in 2020.
Said I wouldn’t pay the $233 invoice for 1 year of XM Select. Rep offered 1 year for $109 + fees + tax. Then offered $99 + f + t. I asked for the $60 promo but she persisted in saying it is no longer available. Offered 6 months for $30 + f + t, which I accepted. $39 all-in for 6 months – much better than what I had been paying, although I have to do this again in 6 months.
Wendy S Pederson says
I couldn’t get them down to the $100/year + Echo dot without fees, but I did get them to honor it with fees. Since they were trying to charge me $300 for All Access for a single radio before that, I’m calling it a win. After 33 minutes on the phone (while at work), it was all my anti “may I speak with your supervisor” my former retail-worker heart could handle.
Just got off the phone with Sirius and the dreaded renewal phone call for my radios. I asked for and got my car radio with select plan for 1 year for the $60 + the fees. I tried hard, but they would not budge to drop the fees and taxes. I also have a home radio with all access. I asked for the $100/year promo with the free Echo Dot, and was told the $100 annual plan did not include the dot. After more working with them, I ended up with an All Access for 6 months for $50 that DID include the free Dot. Again I did have to pay the fees and taxes for a $62 total. The only downside to the 6 month deal is that I will have to call again in July 2019 (I already marked my calendar).
I was doing the 5 month deals but read here about the one year for $60.00. They gave me that deal and after I told her ” I read online that you are giving one year for 60 dollars and waiving the royalty fee ” they gave me that deal. I’ve had this page bookmarked for a couple years now and it’s made a dreaded call much easier. Took about 10 minutes, Sunday 2:30 pm. Thank You
I called and explained the current bill was too high for the decline in programing with Lou Simon no longer hosting the Sixties on Six Satellite Survey and Ken Merson was way worse. Now Ken is gone poor Dave Ethel is doing it from his home in New Jersey! Also I complained about the Sirius XM application on my Sony Blu-Ray player and superimposes the lettering on top of each other so you can not read the song title. The lady sent me to the technical department where I lodged my complaint and she sent me back to Customer Care where I haggled them down to All Access for $99.00 a year.
@ Brian – we share the same saved bookmark, and I just worked it the same as you – thanks for reporting as it gave me courage.
I don’t even have to think for a second to recollect my most horrible “customer service” experiences – Sirius/XM period. Because it’s not just one time but EVERY YEAR for 13 years!!! I consistently get no straight answers and the real price is whatever can be negotiated. I completely dread the call every year yet this year, thanks to Danny, I was prepared. I don’t know you Danny, but I love you.
My call is usually 1 hr or more and results in my being told I “have” to pay the dang $11 royalty fee + $14.95/month and some convoluted “lead” car nonsense + other fees + minutia that brings the bill to $225+ every year.
After going straight to the resolution number, I was asked “what will you do if you don’t get a lower rate?” (trick, stock question), I told them I would cancel, of course (although I admittedly enjoy Sirius despite the worst customer service/non-transparent pricing in history) and then I was placed on hold, 4x. Came back with 4 different offers, but I held firm (Brian you are my hero) until we finally reached the $60/year Danny said was there for the taking if we just all hang tough. Did I mention THEY CAN WAIVE ROYALTY FEES? Anybody remember the ploy several years ago that Sirius used to get people to act quick by saying those were going UP? I asked then if they could waive and they said was a mandatory “government fee.” I say now “class action.”
Bottom line, $62.01 /yr x 2 for 2 cars. I am so relieved. Thank you again, Danny & Brian – I cried when my 10 min call was over. I don’t ever have to be tortured by Sirius again now that I know what the REAL pricing is.
Danny, I called the Sirius/XM Retention Team number per your instructions, after receiving a $300 annual fee charged to my credit card, in addition to the monthly charge of $49.68 for our four (4) radios in use! (NOTE: That’s approx. $900 per year!). I have been a Sirius/XM radio user since 2006.
Was routed to the call center in Manila and spoke with ‘Ralph’. I explained to Ralph that I wished to CANCEL service for my 4 radios effective today, and demanded a refund of the $300 fee charged to my credit card. Ralph said “….we would like to offer you a 12 month promotion to retain you as a valuable customer. We will offer you a 12-month promotion of $5.99+taxes+fees = $7.83 per month x 4 radios = $31.32 monthly. We will also refund your credit card the $300 annual fee charged within the next 2-3 business days. We have also WAIVED all music royalty fees for next 12 months. If you do not cancel your service prior to 1/23/2020, your service rate per radio will be $19.04 + fees effective 1/23/20…).
HELL YES, sign me up! Instead of being charged $900 for the next 12 months, I will only be charged $31.32 monthly (approx. $1 per day) or $375.84 for 1-year, a savings of… wait for it….. $524.16
Thanks again Danny! You saved me a BUNDLE! Happy New Year
Randy C says
Tried it today. Took 8-10 minutes. Got “All Access” car & streaming services + a free Amazon Echo Dot for a one year cost of $100 all in (all fees, royalties & taxes included). My renewal was due in a couple of days for $320+. What a savings!
Just renewed today (12/26/18).
Got 1 year for $60 for each car; no ‘music royalty fee’.
I didn’t know they would waive this and they did without blinking.
I’d been renewing for 5 months at a time (with the royalty). Thanks for the info that they would waive it.
john baker says
Best money saving deal ever! Cancel Sirius FM and use an old iPod or cell phone as your music server. You have control of the music you hear and can update as needed. I put most of my entire iTunes library on a 64GB iPod. Subscriptions for entertainment will drain your pocket book, and there’s plenty of entertainment available for free. Just like the good old days!
ND Gal says
Great for you! Wouldn’t work for me. I have close to 1KB of music, and I listen to stations that introduce me to new music, plus talk radio & pop-culture talk radio.
Isn’t it great we can all find things that works for us as individuals?
Sandy ONeil says
I just spoke with a retention specialist. I was able to purchase 6 months for $39.30 . That is better than $104.16. Thank you for the monologue to work out a deal.
Benjamin Brown says
Hi. My one year promo of $5.00 per month was expiring today and I was facing an increase up to $15.99 monthly. I really only listen to a handful of channels and told the retention rep that. They first offered me a price of $10.99 monthly and when I repeated that I did not find that price worthy of my limited listening, the rep then offered me another year at the $5.00 a month rate, which I gladly accepted. So for another year I’ll have access to all the channels and pay the $5.00 a month rate, $60.00 for the entire year. It’s an excellent deal at the daily rate of 0.16 cents a day!
Edd anderson says
Just got off the phone and spent about 13 minutes and got 1 year $60.00 tax tag and title, I asked them to wave the $11.08 royalty fee to keep it at $60.00 so it wouldn’t be $71.08 after taxes and royalty fee. So they charged me $71.08 but credited me $11.08 for the grand total of $60.00 and I payed it all at once on my debit card. It’s just a game you gotta play to get a deal.
Thanks for the tip! I folowed your advice and went from a total of $232.94 for 12 months to a total of $29.76 for 5 months. Just have to remember to do this again in 5 months or it goes back up.