There aren't many ways to sugar-coat it: Match is a dating service that's a little on the pricey side, but it may be worth it if you find that special someone. So in this tutorial, we're going to go over how to make sure that you get your money's worth out of it.
Signing up for Match.com is free, but most of its more useful features will be locked unless you have a paid subscription. In order to get the most out of the service, and to access all of the great features of the site, we would recommend choosing one of the paid membership options. We’ll go over each plan below.
As you can see in the chart above, for example, a free membership allows you to:
However, without a paid subscription, you can't do any of the following:
So, if you're really interested in using Match and making the website work for you, then consider getting a paid subscription.
Bundle plans are a little more expensive, but they give you a couple of extra features.
As you can see here, your pricing options for bundle plans are:
Basic plans don't offer the extra features that bundle plans do, but they're a bit less expensive.
As you can see here, your pricing options for basic plans are:
If you don't think you're going to be using Match for very long (or much longer, if you've been using it for a while), then there is also the option to get a basic subscription for one month. However, at $39.99, it's the priciest option in terms of money-to-time.
Match offers free trials of their paid memberships so you can try it out and see if it’s worth it for you to pay for. We’ll show you how to get a free one-week trial of their premium membership.
The next page you'll see is just a confirmation of your subscription purchase. Congratulations! You now have a free 7-day trial that lets you communicate with your matches to your heart's content! Just make sure to cancel it before it expires, or else you'll have to pay for the subscription plan that you chose!
If you purchase a paid subscription and are not able to find a good match within the first 6 months of having a paid membership, Match will give you 6 months of their premium service for free. Check out our article about Match.com’s guarantee to learn more about the details, rules and regulations.
Now, you may have noticed that we put the total cost of each subscription plan (minus taxes, interest, etc.) next to its monthly rate. There is a very good reason for this:
YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THE FULL DURATION OF ANY SUBSCIRPTION PLAN ON MATCH.COM, EVEN IF YOU CHANGE OR CANCEL IT.
Even if you change or cancel your subscription while in the middle of it, you still have to pay for the remainder of that subscription. You won't be given a refund for the time you don't use, or plan on using under a different subscription type. The reason we mention this has to do with one of the most common complaints that former users have about the website:
MATCH AUTOMATICALLY RENEWS YOUR CURRENT SUBSCRIPTION PLAN AFTER IT EXPIRES, UNLESS YOU CHANGE OR CANCEL IT.
Once your plan is done, the service automatically gives you a new one of the same type, and you have to pay for all of it unless you've changed or cancelled it well in advance. They even say so on the page where you select your subscription:
These two points, taken together, mean that you have to be VERY careful with when you decide to change or cancel your subscription. If you aren't, then you can get stuck having to pay for and use up a whole other instalment of your previous type of subscription before you can start the new type of subscription that you changed it to. Or worse, if you decide to stop using Match, you can get stuck paying for a subscription to a service that you aren't even using anymore!
The moral of the story is to be both vigilant and proactive when it comes to paid subscriptions and billing. Know when your subscription starts and ends, and if you get the urge to change or cancel it, make sure that you do so well in advance of your subscription's expiry date.
Match is a very large and popular website (as we have mentioned), and so it will take time for its customer service team to find all of your necessary information and process any changes. So make sure to give them plenty of notice when you want to change or cancel your subscription in order to avoid getting locked into a deal that you want no part of.
That’s all the information you need to know about how much Match costs!
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