Tracfone Discontinued $50 One Year Service Days Add On


In January 2019 I heave from a few of my readers that they no longer buy the $50 Tracfone One Year (365 days) Service. I added one to my account last September and so I know it was still available last September. so I checked both the my account of tracfone.com and in Tracfone’s My Account App on my phone and yes indeed the option was no longer there.


For those of you unfamiliar with this service add-on. Tracfone used to offer the option to add an additional 365 service days to your account for $50. This add on did not include any minutes, MBs of data, or texts, just service days. I loved this add-on for two reasons and I wrote about them in the past. First, many people have a huge balance of unused minutes on Tracfone and that balance keeps increasing because people would buy additional plans with minutes to get service days. See Add 1 Year of Service to Your Tracfone Account. Second, it was a great for people who want to use an iPhone or Android phone who only occasionally need phone service. See Expensive Phone – Cheap Cell Service

28 Comments

  1. Claudia | | Reply

    I JUST SUCCESSFULLY ADDED 365 SERVICE DAYS ON THE $49 PLAN, AND EXTENDED AIRTIME ON THE $9.99 PLAN. TOTAL CAME TO $64.24 WITH TAX. MIKE IS CORRECT, YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE CHECK OUT PAGE TO GET THE SERVICE DAYS OPTIONS. HOWEVER, THE WEBSITE IS A NIGHTMARE TO NAVIGATE.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      That used to be the case and still is for some customers. However for me and many others using BYOP smartphones that option is no longer present. I lost the option on three phones. It was disappointing. Thanks for the comment. That is how we figured out that customers with Tracfone bought phone’s still have the option.

  2. Mike | | Reply

    There maybe a wrinkle, that I saw on another website, that could possibly, change the options and results that some community people are getting . That is to not sign in on the TracFone site, until you have your selections in your cart, and you are ready to buy .
    Many have found out, you can select anything to get you to the checkout screen, where you can find and select under the heading: ‘More for your phone’ The 365 extra service days for $49.99 is hiding there . I got to the checkout screen using ‘smart phone plans’ and by using ‘basic phone plans’ and supplying my telephone # . Be sure to add “The 365′ item before you release the plan you selected, that got you to the checkout screen .

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Thanks for sharing. It did not work for the three accounts I tried. From what others have said is that if you bought your phone from Tracfone you can still find the option in the cart. but that they pulled the offer for those of us with BYOP phones.
      Do you buy your phone from Tracfone or is it BYOP?

  3. Alana Grover | | Reply

    I have a 365 day service extension card but I’m not ready to use it yet. My service is good until November when I plan to utilize the card. Will it still be good then? I guess I’m asking if it expires.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      As far as I know yes. I’ve never heard anyone tell me they had a card expire. I think you’ll be ok. If your service expires in November adding the card now should push your service days out to one year pas the expiration date, Not one year from the day you apply it.

  4. tristram | | Reply

    Thanks for all the info! It worked for me on June 15 2019. I have an old basic phone (BYOP, I think).
    I picked the $19.99/90days/60min plan. Entered my phone no. (but not my login password). It then offered 365days/0mins for $49.99. I deleted the $19.99, and was charged $49.99 + tax. 365 added days showed up immediately on my phone. Thanks!

  5. Chris | | Reply

    Your information was of such help for the past two years for me because if I remember correctly, Tracfone had increased the 365 day Smartphone plan to $149.00 at one point. One thing that lessened the blow of finding out that it’s no longer available, is that Tracfone periodically texts offers and one of them was quite nice for how I use my phone: 2.5 GB extra when buying a 365 day Smartphone plan. This was around Valentine’s Day. It’s expired but I’m hoping to see it around Father’s Day. Based on what they charge for 1 GB of data, that basically brings the $125.00 plan down to $100.00.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Thet may have a deal for father’s day. I’ll post if I see one…

  6. SSB | | Reply

    This thread has been very helpful to me. I was just able to add 365 days of service on my account for a 15 month-old iPhone SE that I bought from Tracfone. I followed the same sequence that others described:
    * I added 1000 texts to my cart for $5
    * At checkout, I had the option to add 365 extra service days for $49.99, which I selected
    * I deleted the 1000-text add-on for $5
    * I finished the checkout.
    * My account page shows my last day of service extended for a year.

    Thanks for the help. Hope this is helpful to others.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Thank you for sharing. Apparently some of us have lost this option, while others still have it. I am glad you were able to add service days, that was / is one of the best deals tracfone has.

  7. Mad De | | Reply

    This just worked for my sister, who has an LG Android with Tracfone. Like everyone here, she has LOTS of “time” left, but is running out of service days. In the past, we have always been able to purchase 365 extra service days for $49.99. Today, we were able to add a plan card to the cart, then the extra service days showed up. We added that as an option to the cart, deleted the plan she selected originally, and voila! She now has 365 extra service days for $49.99 plus tax. Unfortunately for me, I switched over to my daughter’s old AT&T iphone, and I am NOT able to get these extra service days on my phone, which is a shame, as I also have LOTS of minutes/text/data left and only need extra service days. Bummer. Thank you to everyone for the information!!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Glad to hear it still works for your sister. Seems like it still works for basic phones and their low cost Android phones. I really miss that add-on a great way to use up minutes or my fav was to keep a smartphone active when it doesn’t get used to often.

  8. Kitty | | Reply

    I used this service for the past few years. Now I’m not sure what options I have left. I did buy time but didn’t get the option for the 365 days of service.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Some readers have reported they still have the option. It appears it may still be available for basic phones and a selected set of low cost Tracfone smartphones. I checked three different phones I had set up, all BYOP smartphones none had the option any longer. Now instead of spending $50 per year to use up the remaining minutes you’ll need to pay $125 for more minutes and a year of service days. Very disappointing. I’m still looking for a way to see if I can get the option back.

  9. a l | | Reply

    it shows available in mine just like last year, on 2/25/19. put the cheapest card in then it showed below. i added it and removed the cheap card. done.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Great. The option was missing on three different accounts I manage. All had the option previously. Others reported it missing too. But, I’m hearing from other like yourself that still hsve the option. Best I can tell customers with BYOP smartphones lost the option, customers with basic phones and select android phones purchased from tracfone still have the option. Thank you for sharing. May I ask what type of phone you have?

  10. Bill Costa | | Reply

    Thanks to the tips here, I picked the lowest plan available for my fone, the 30/30 plan, and at check out I was able to add 1 year service days for $50. After adding that, I was then able to deleted the 30/30 plan that got me to the check out page. So I was able to get the 1 year additional service for just the $50 with no added taxes or fees. This is great for me since I still have 2851 minutes in the bank already.

    The last time I did this, I bought a whole year of service with minutes and also added an additional 365 days, so I was paid off for two years. But that didn’t really make sense given that I already had plenty of minutes. Just adding service days like this is good deal. That’s just $4 a month for mobile phone service! It will take me forever to burn up 2.8k minutes.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Glad to hear you were able to add the one year of service. I wish it were still available for me.

      • Bill Costa | | Reply

        Bummer. So it must be because I am still using an ancient flip phone which is grandfathered in some way. I’ll keep this possibility in mind before considering an upgrade. It would be nice to know for sure what determines the availability of this buying option.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          It has been suggested that it still works for older basic phone and a few of the least expensive smartphones they sell that use an older version of android. If you decide to update your phone consider adding an extra year or two before upgrading. The balance will carrier over.

  11. Gary C | | Reply

    Thanks for posting this. That’s a bummer. Too bad I didn’t renew it back in December, but who knew? I appreciate knowing that it’s not just that I couldn’t find that item on the Tracfone site.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Yea. I miss this option. Apparently some people with basic Tracfone phones still are able to get this add on.

      • Valerie Smith | | Reply

        I also just tried to add it for my son’s smartphone. Although it was not an option, I chose the lowest service card available and then upon check-out, I was allowed to also purchase the $49 card, which added 365 days in addition to the 30 days. So, 395 service days, 1gb data, 1000 texts for $75 with all fees.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Glad you got it. The option is missing from three different accounts I manage for family. By the way did you know, that once you are in the cart you can add the extra days at the bottom and then delete the plan from the cart so that you only pay for the service days add on…

  12. KL | | Reply

    Hi – FYI – the $50 1-yr service only option is still available on tracfone online (i just got it for my phone today) but it looks like it’s only for tracfone original phones (not a BYOB) – My android galaxy luna had the offer but my BYOP iphone did not

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi KL,
      Cool. Thanks for taking the time to comment and share that. I no longer have any tracfone phone active so I can’t see that from my account.

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