Soccer fans: How to avoid paying full price for MLS Season Pass

Soccer fans: How to avoid paying full price for MLS Season Pass

MLS Season Pass, Apple’s revolutionary approach to live football streaming, is now available for the 2023 season. I’m here to implore you not to pay full price for it.

The regular MLS Season Pass price is $15 per month or $99 for the entire season. Apple TV+ subscribers, however, get a discounted price of $13 per month or $79 for the season. So the best way to save on the MLS Season Pass is to temporarily sign up for Apple TV+ first. Even a free trial should be enough to secure a $20 discount on the full football season, in which case you can safely cancel both services to avoid automatic billing upon renewal.

MLS season pass holders shouldn’t bother with any of this, as the Season Pass is included for free with season passes. (If you’re a ticket holder, just keep an eye on your email for that season pass offer.)

For everyone else though, the Apple TV+ subscription loophole is a great way to get the service for less, and another example of finding smarter ways to save money on the cut of the cord. Read on for detailed instructions.

What is the MLS Season Pass?

MLS Season Pass is the result of a 10-year agreement between Apple and Major League Soccer. It provides access to all MLS games, both in-market and out-of-market, without interruption. This includes the MLS Cup playoffs and the League Cup.

The subscription also includes a five-hour live show for Wednesday and Saturday games, live streams of MLS Next and MLS Next Pro games, and an assortment of behind-the-scenes TV series.

As I wrote about last year, it’s a refreshing change from how sports streaming usually works. Instead of airing the coverage on a slew of streaming services and cable channels, Apple and MLS are putting comprehensive coverage in one place.

How to Save $20 on MLS Season Pass 1. Get your Apple TV+ trial

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Assuming you don’t already have an active Apple TV+ subscription, your first stop should be Best Buy or Target. Both retailers are offering three-month free trials for Apple TV+, available to new subscribers and returning subscribers. (Note that the latter requires a free Target Circle membership.)

If you’ve already taken advantage of one of these offers, consider asking a family member to sign up instead. You can then share Apple TV+ and MLS Season Pass subscriptions by setting up Apple Family Sharing.

If you don’t qualify for those three-month trials, you’ll instead have to hand over $5 for a one-month Apple TV+ subscription, which will still net you a savings of $15. You can sign up through the TV app on your iOS device or on the Apple TV website.

2. Cancel Apple TV+

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However you sign up for Apple TV+, be sure to cancel immediately after doing so:

Like most other streaming services, Apple TV+ gives you the full trial even after you cancel, and yes, you can still sign up for the MLS Season Pass at the discounted rate during the trial period. Only now, you won’t be automatically charged at the end.

3. Sign up for the MLS Season Pass

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Now that you’ve activated Apple TV+, you’ll be eligible for $20 off a full year of MLS Season Pass. To subscribe, use this link or click the “Subscribe on Apple TV” button on the MLS website.

At this point, you should see the MLS Season Pass full season discounted price of $79. If not, make sure you’re signed in to the same account you used for your Apple TV+ subscription.

Note that if a family member has signed up for Apple TV+, they will need to sign up for the MLS Season Pass through their own account, which they can then share with you through Apple Family Sharing.

4. Cancel MLS Season Pass

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Do you remember my advice about immediate cancellation? This also applies to the full season of the MLS Season Pass you just paid for. If you cancel now, you’ll avoid being automatically billed for the service next year, and you’ll still have access for the entire 2023 season.

On iOS: Follow this link to your subscription page or go to iOS Settings > Your Name > Subscriptions > Apple TV+, then cancel service.
On the web: Visit the Apple TV Settings page and scroll down to the “Subscriptions” section at the bottom. Click “Manage” under Apple TV+ to cancel.

At this point, you’re ready to enjoy a year of great American football at a discounted rate, with no automatic billing at the end. Hopefully, the same discount loophole will apply in 2024.

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