8 Ways to Get Hulu for Free

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Television watching has changed so much over the last decade or so. There are so many different streaming services out there now that can really add up in price if you sign up for all of them. So…why not get Hulu for free?

Hulu is one of the best ways to watch TV without cable. This service currently has three different plans available, ranging in price from $6.99/month – $64.99/month.

These plans include streaming access to lots of current and former television shows and movies, plus Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale, Only Murders in the Building, Nine Perfect Strangers, and more.

Ways to Get Hulu for Free

Yes, it’s possible to get Hulu for free! Some of them require a little bit of finagling, but you should be able to use one of these methods to get a free subscription to Hulu.

1. Sign Up for a Free Trial

The easiest and most obvious way to get Hulu for free is to sign up for a free trial. This is available to both new and eligible returning subscribers and is a great way to see if Hulu is right for you.

You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of their basic plan, but I recommend signing up for a free 30-day trial of their no-ads plan to really get the most bang for your buck.

The difference – besides the ads, of course – is that the basic plan will renew for $6.99/month if you don’t cancel, and the no-ads plan will renew for $12.99/month.

It is super easy to cancel anytime online before your trial ends without your card being charged.

Having been a Hulu subscriber for years now, I cannot speak highly enough of the no-ads plan. It saves me and my husband so much time as we’re bingeing shows at night. That extra $6/month is worth it for us!

Pros

  • 100% free
  • Good way to try out the service
  • Multiple options to consider

Cons

  • Only lasts for 30 days
  • Need to wait until eligible if a returning subscriber

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2. Share Someone’s Plan

People have mixed opinions about whether it’s OK to share logins to streaming services, but Hulu does allow for multiple accounts on each plan.

You can create up to six profiles (all with the same login) and stream on up to two devices at the same time. (Note that Hulu Live TV plans can only be used on one device at a time.)

This can be a little tricky to navigate, especially if multiple people want to watch at the same time. Additional screens beyond the first two streaming will get a “too many screens” error.

But the distinct profiles allow you to save your own favorite shows and viewing history without messing up other people’s information.

There is an option with Hulu Live TV to pay extra ($9.99/month) to get unlimited streams, but that plan is already expensive…so it might be difficult to find a generous friend or family member that pays that much.

Pros

  • Free (or you could offer to split the tab)
  • Lasts as long as you keep paying
  • Can create your own profile under an existing account

Cons

  • Limited screens can stream at the same time
  • Might create some tension with the person you’re mooching from

Utilize an Existing Subscription

Before you try other ways to get Hulu for free, you’ll want to check your existing services – especially cell phone plans – to see if you already qualify for a free Hulu subscription.

3. Spotify Premium Student

If you have a Spotify Premium Student account, you’ll have access to both Spotify and ad-supported Hulu (a $6.99/month value).

Spotify Premium Student is available to students at supported colleges and universities that can verify their status through SheerID.

Students who qualify get a 50% discount on an individual Spotify Premium subscription, which means students currently pay just $4.99/month. You’ll get a 50% discount for up to 4 years and will need to renew your status every 12 months.

Another perk of this special offer is that it includes access to SHOWTIME Streaming Service which is normally $10.99/month. (Wow!) SHOWTIME includes shows like Billions, Shameless, and Homeland as well as movies.

$4.99/month is already less than the normal price for ad-supported Hulu. Plus, you’ll be getting on-demand playback of ad-free music that you can play anywhere – even offline.

Pros

  • Value of Hulu is more than paid for by the Spotify Premium price
  • Get unlimited music streaming and SHOWTIME
  • Works for existing Hulu subscribers

Cons

  • Works for the ad-supported plan only
  • Only available to students for 4 years total

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4. Verizon Unlimited

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, check your plan. Customers who have an eligible Verizon Unlimited plan get The Disney Bundle included for free!

The Disney Bundle is a $13.99/month value that includes Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+.

Log in to your Verizon account and go to your Add-ons to sign up for your free bundle.

Please note that the qualifying Verizon Unlimited plans are more expensive. The Get More Unlimited plan is currently $80/month, and the Play More Unlimited plan is currently $70/month.

If you’re not already enrolled in one of these plans, it’s probably not worth upgrading just to get the $13.99/month savings on The Disney Bundle. But if you are already signed up, this is a nice perk you might not have known about.

This is a limited-time offer that is available until midnight on 5/31/22. You have until then to add or change to a qualifying Unlimited plan and enroll in The Disney Bundle.

Pros

  • Included as benefits in your cell phone plan
  • Access to Disney+ and ESPN+ as well as free Hulu
  • Works for existing subscribers

Cons

  • Need to subscribe to a more expensive cell phone plan
  • Only works for ad-supported Hulu

5. Sprint Unlimited

Sprint may have merged with T-Mobile, but Sprint Unlimited customers can still get Hulu for free as part of their plan.

This is the ad-supported plan so is a $6.99/month value.

To get started, click Activate Now and sign in to your Sprint account. Choose the phone you want to enjoy Hulu on (one per account), click Change service add-ons, then choose Hulu. Follow the link on your phone and complete setup.

It appears that T-Mobile has eliminated this offer for new customers since the merger, so you’ll only get free Hulu if you are an existing Sprint Unlimited customer. Bummer!

Pros

  • Included as benefits in your cell phone plan
  • Works for existing subscribers

Cons

  • Ad-supported Hulu only
  • Not eligible for new Sprint/T-Mobile customers

Earn Free Hulu Gift Cards

You can also get Hulu for free by earning free Hulu gift cards. Yes, it’s possible to get free gift cards without having to beg for them for Christmas or your birthday!

Use your free Hulu gift card to pay for a Hulu subscription for as long as you can. (Quick tip: Browse the Hulu subscription discount offers we’ve listed near the bottom of this post to maximize your gift card’s value!)

6. Microsoft Rewards

If you’re a PC user, you can sign up for Microsoft Rewards to earn points for completing simple tasks on your computer.

Answer the daily set of short quizzes and trivia, or watch videos, rent movies, or search via Bing to earn points.

Once you’ve earned enough points, you can cash them out for free gift cards to Hulu and other retailers. A $25 Hulu e-gift card is currently worth 28,000 points.

Pros

  • No payment or other subscription required
  • Use your gift card to pay for the Hulu level you want

Cons

  • Can take a long time to earn enough points
  • May need to switch to the Edge browser to earn points more quickly

7. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is another way to earn free Hulu gift cards to help pay for your subscription, and it’s super easy to use. It also doesn’t take nearly as long to rack up points in your account.

The quickest and most no-brainer way to earn Swagbucks is by shopping through Swagbucks. To do that, you’ll need to start your online shopping from the Swagbucks homepage.

You can also download the SwagButton browser extension and activate the cashback offers at various retailers.

When you shop through Swagbucks, you’ll earn Swagbucks for each dollar spent, depending on the retailer. Some retailers have special offers that give you increased Swagbucks for a short time.

You can also earn Swagbucks by signing up for special offers, watching videos, answering survey questions, playing games, and more. I even use Swagbucks as my default search engine!

If you’re wondering about point redemption, a $25 Hulu gift card is currently worth 2,200 SB and a $50 Hulu gift card is worth 4,600 SB.

Right now, you can get a 1000 SB bonus ($10 value) when you sign up for Swagbucks!

Pros

  • Completely free
  • Lots of different ways to earn
  • Signup bonus for new accounts

Cons

  • May take a while to earn enough SB for a free gift card
  • Search engine results aren’t always the best

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8. Fetch Rewards

Another cashback app that gives free Hulu gift cards as a reward is Fetch Rewards. This app rewards you for scanning your grocery receipt – weird, but true!

You’ll earn points for every receipt you scan and upload, as well as extra points for buying products from 250+ partner brands.

My favorite way to earn is with eReceipts – no scanning and submitting required! Fetch Rewards scans my online shopping from my email and Amazon account and rewards me that way.

A $25 Hulu Plus gift card is currently worth 25,000 points on Fetch Rewards, and a $50 gift card is currently worth 50,000 points.

Pros

  • 100% free
  • Rewards you for doing something you already need to do – shop for groceries and household goods!
  • Easy to earn with eReceipts

Cons

  • Limited time in which receipts are eligible for scanning
  • Can take a while to earn enough points

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Get a Discounted Hulu Subscription

If these methods don’t work for you for whatever reason, no sweat! There are several ways to get a Hulu subscription discount and save off the normal price.

9. Hulu Student Discount

Yes, Hulu offers a student discount! Eligible students pay just $1.99/month for the ad-supported plan (normally $6.99/month).

Students will need to sign up and verify through SheerID. You’ll get the student rate for as long as your student enrollment status remains verified (automatic re-verification is performed annually).

10. The Disney Bundle

We mentioned The Disney Bundle earlier in this list as a benefit for Verizon Unlimited subscribers, but you can also just pay for it outright.

The Disney Bundle includes Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu (ad-supported) for $13.99/month. If you want the no-ads version of Hulu, you’ll pay $19.99/month.

If you were to subscribe to these three services separately, you’d pay $7.99/month for Disney+ and $6.99/month for ESPN+. By bundling, you’re basically paying for just Hulu and ESPN+ and getting Disney+ free.

I wouldn’t sign up for The Disney Bundle just because, but it’s worth a mention if you’re already signed up for two or three of these services.

11. Hulu Black Friday Deal

We don’t know for sure that Hulu is going to offer a Black Friday deal, but they have for the last few years so we’re keeping an eye out for this year’s deal.

In 2018 they offered their ad-supported plan for just $0.99/month for a full year, and in 2019 and 2020 they upped it to $1.99/month for a full year.

No word on what the plan is for 2021, but we’ll be watching! Even if it’s $2.99/month this year, that’s still over half off the normal monthly price.

12. Discounted Gift Cards

The last resort to getting a discounted Hulu subscription is by purchasing a discounted Hulu gift card. Once you receive your gift card, you can add it to your Hulu account to pay for your subscription. Easy!

The best ways to purchase discounted Hulu gift cards:

Sam’s Club: If you have a Sam’s Club membership, you can buy discounted Hulu gift cards online with free shipping. They also have an e-card option with digital delivery. You’ll only save about 4-5%, but a discount is a discount, right?

Target: Sign up for a Target REDcard to save 5% on most purchases, including non-Target gift card purchases. They do have Hulu gift cards! You can get a Target REDcard in either credit card or debit card form.

Raise: Buy and sell discounted gift cards at Raise.com, including Hulu gift cards. All gift cards come with a 1-year money-back guarantee, so don’t worry about buying a gift card from another person.

If there aren’t any Hulu discount gift cards currently available, you can typically earn cash back at Raise.com for buying full-price gift cards through them.

Summary

I’ve used Hulu for years as a way to keep up on my favorite shows as well as watch exclusive originals and movies. For me, the monthly subscription cost is worth it.

But why not get it for free, if you can? We hope that at least one of these ways to get a free or discounted Hulu subscription works for you. Happy streaming!

Have you used any of these ways to get Hulu for free? Please comment below to share your experience!