There aren't many ways to sugar-coat it: Match.com is a dating service that's a little on the pricey side. 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.
As you can see in the chart above, for example, a free membership allows you to:
Create a profile
Search for matches
Sign up for real-life dating events
See if anyone is interested in you or likes your profile or photos
See if anyone has sent you an email or "Wink"
However, without a paid subscription, you can't do any of these things:
Read or send any emails to anyone
Make secure phone calls to anyone
Chat with anyone using instant messaging
View the profiles of anyone who's interested in you
So, if you're really interested in using Match.com 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.
Email Read Notification -- This will send you an alert whenever one of your matches reads an email from you for the first time.
First Impressions -- This adds extra priority to your profile so that it is more likely to show up as a match for people who are new to Match.com.
Highlighted Profile -- This just adds some extra colour to your profile so that it's more noticeable in lists.
As you can see here, your pricing options for bundle plans are:
3 months at $25.99 per month ($78.97 total)
6 months at $21.99 per month ($131.94 total)
12 months at $19.99 per month ($239.88 total)
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:
3 months at $21.99 per month ($65.97 total)
6 months at $19.99 per month ($119.94 total)
12 months at $18.99 per month ($227.88 total)
If you don't think you're going to be using Match.com 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.
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.
That's right -- 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. Match.com won't give you 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 Match.com users have about the website:
MATCH.COM AUTOMATICALLY RENEWS YOUR CURRENT SUBSCRIPTION PLAN AFTER IT EXPIRES, UNLESS YOU CHANGE OR CANCEL IT.
Yup, once your plan is done, Match.com 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.com, 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 on Match.com. 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.com 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.
To learn how to change your subscription to a different one, see our How to Change a Match.com Subscription tutorial. For how to cancel your subscription, see our How to Delete a Match.com Account tutorial.
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