How to Get TracFone ( Tracphone ) Airtime Minutes at Half Price

Unfortunately, TracFone has discontinued the refer-a-friend program, and I am therefore no longer able to sell the half-price minutes described on this page. I'm leaving the page here just in case TracFone ever brings back the refer-a-friend, but it doesn't look likely.


In the meantime, the best way to save money on TracFone airtime is to use promo codes, and I do my best to keep up with them here:

TracFone promo codes




TracFone airtime minutes are somewhat expensive, and almost every TracFone owner is looking for ways to get an airtime card on the cheap. You probably bought your TracFone in order to save money on your cell phone usage, so it just makes sense that you're interested in getting TracFone minutes as inexpensively as possible.

If that's you, then you've come to the right place. You want cheap TracFone minutes? Well, how does as low as half-price sound? "Too good to be true" may be your first thought, but stay with me here and keep reading to learn how my half-price TracFone airtime plan works.

As you probably know already, when your refer a friend to TracFone, both you and your friend get 100 free minutes when your friend activates their new phone. I get a steady stream of refer-a-friend requests through my website, and I already have plenty of airtime stored up for my phone and my family's phones.

Since I don't need the extra airtime for now, I came up with the idea to make the 100 minute airtime codes available to other TracFone owners at $15 each, with a maximum order of 4 at a time. Here's the price schedule:

1 airtime code = 100 minutes = $15
2 airtime codes = 200 minutes = $30
3 airtime codes = 300 minutes = $45
4 airtime codes = 400 minutes = $60

(Sorry, but I can't offer a volume discount, because I barely get enough airtime codes to go around as it is!)

These airtime codes would each add 100 minutes to your TracFone and extend your due date 60 days like a normal airtime code. Please remember, though, that even a normal TracFone airtime code will not extend your due date past 120 days from the current calendar date.

Also, these codes are good for at least a year, so you don't necessarily have to redeem the airtime right away.

The main difference between these airtime codes and a normal airtime card is that these will only work on your phone, and they will each only add 100 minutes to your phone no matter what TracFone promotional programs you are enrolled in, such as the double-minute plan, or promotional codes you use, such as the ones in the coupon book that probably came with your phone.

OK, so let's say that "John Doe" wanted to take advantage of this offer from me. What I would do is use the ESN or IMEI (serial number) from John's phone when submitting my referrals for new TracFone customers. Then several days later when I receive the email from TracFone with an airtime code specifically for John's phone, I would forward it on to him.

Technically, John actually wouldn't be paying me for the minutes, but would in essence be paying me a service fee for obtaining the airtime code for him through one of my referrals.

The way I see it, it's a win-win-win-win: Tracfone gets a new customer from the referral, the person referred gets 100 free minutes to go with their new phone, John gets TracFone airtime minutes for his phone at a substantial discount, and I get some extra cash for all of my time, trouble, and expense of maintaining and advertising the website and doing the referral.

The first question I always seem to get is: "Is this legal?"

I've looked over the terms and conditions for the TracFone refer-a-friend program, and I can't find anything that would suggest my plan is against their policies. It seems like it would be all the same to TracFone, because they are getting a new customer either way. They don't care who gets credit for the referral, and I'm not pretending that I'm a TracFone employee, and I'm very upfront about what I'm doing. I'm quite confident that we're OK on the legal and moral side of it.

Some people are correctly hesitant to give out their ESN, but I don't think that should be a big concern. First, I give my word that I will only use an ESN to submit the referrals to get the airtime codes, and nothing else. Second, if you go to a retail store that sells TracFones and look on the bottom of the TracFone plastic packaging, you will see that the ESN is printed right there for anyone to see.

If it were possible to do malicious things with someone else's ESN, it seems like criminals could just go around to the stores and copy the numbers from the bottom of the packages.

My plan wouldn't really make sense for someone that is signed up on TracFone's double-minute plan, because they are already essentially getting their minutes for half price.

Also, this plan is not for you if you need a new TracFone airtime code ASAP. Even under the best of conditions, it takes 2 or 3 days for me to get the airtime code from TracFone after submitting a referral. Usually, however, it takes a new TracFone customer a few of days to actually buy and activate their phone, and then it takes a couple more days for TracFone to email the airtime code to me. So count on it being at least a week or so before the airtime codes actually make it to your inbox.

All of that assumes that you are #1 on my waiting list to get the minutes. I only get so many referral requests per day, and the demand for my half-price minutes is often greater than my supply. That means that it will likely take 2 to 4 weeks for you to actually receive the airtime codes.

Don't worry, though, I won't expect you to pay for the airtime until I actually have the codes and am ready to send them to you. Since the codes are good for at least a year, you can buy some now and just hang on to them to use when you are closer to your TracFone's activation due date.

So let me summarize how this would work:

  • You fill out the form below so that I know your ESN and the number of TracFone airtime codes that you want.
  • I use your ESN to submit some of my referrals.
  • I let you know when the airtime codes come in, which can easily take 2 to 4 weeks.
  • You pay me for the airtime codes.
  • I forward on to you the TracFone email(s) that contain the airtime codes.
  • You have at least a year before you need to redeem the airtime codes to add the minutes to your TracFone.

Here are some important points to consider that I want to make sure you understand before ordering:

  • Since the airtime codes will only work on your TracFone, I cannot offer any refunds.
  • These airtime codes will only add 100 minutes to your phone, and will not get doubled or expanded.
  • It can take a week or more for me to get these TracFone minutes to you, but may take longer depending on my waiting list.
  • I will never distribute your email address to anyone.
  • I will only use your ESN to submit the referrals for your phone on the TracFone website.

If all of this sounds like something you would be interested in, then the first step is to fill out the form below.


Normally, there would be a form to fill out here, but like I said earlier, TracFone has discontinued the refer-a-friend program, and I am therefore no longer able to sell the half-price minutes described on this page. I'm leaving the page here just in case TracFone ever brings back the refer-a-friend, but it doesn't look likely.

In the meantime, the best way to save money on TracFone airtime is to use promo codes, and I do my best to keep up with them here:

TracFone promo codes



If you're not quite ready to buy more airtime at the moment, just store this email away and get back with me when you are ready. Of course, feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about how this would work.

Thanks!