How to Get Free Minutes on a Tracphone

By Marshelle Church

TracFone is a prepaid wireless cell phone provider that provides the option to pay-as-you-go with no contract. You can own a TracFone without any credit or background checks and there's no monthly phone bill. TracFone users buy minutes for their phones by purchasing prepaid cards from the TracFone website. Both existing and new TracFone users can get free minutes when purchasing airtime through the official TracFone website.

Step 1

Visit the official TracFone website at and click the "Activate Phone, Add or Buy Airtime" link.

Step 2

Choose from the current promotions. For example, "Double Minutes for the life of your TracFone" will give you 800 minutes when you pay for 400, and is valid for future purchases as well. You can also receive 20 to 50 free bonus minutes when you add time online.

Step 3

Select the number of minutes that you would like to add to your TracFone and enter the "Quantity" in the box provided. Enter the promotional code of the "Offer" you chose in the box provided.

Step 4

Enter your TracFone cell phone number or you cell phone's serial number in the box provided and click "Continue" to add your purchased time along with any free, bonus minutes.

Step 5

Wait three to five minutes before your new airtime is available on your cell phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • TracFone users can add time directly from their cell phone, but in order to receive free minutes, you should add minutes online. Always search for Promo codes before buying minutes. Purchase a "Double Minutes" card for the best value.