Don't worry, this isn't a sponsored post, this is just me sharing my experience with Sirius XM, and how to not get price gouged by this company.
Do you have Sirius XM in your car? I think a bunch of people tend to since it seems to come standard with new car purchases (and then they offer you free 3 or 6 months to get you roped in).
When it comes to renewal, do these things to reduce your rate. You should NOT be paying $200 a year for this service!!
1) Set a reminder in your phone a day or two before your account is going to expire.
These people automatically bill and hope that you don't notice. And it is NEVER with a promotional rate! This way, you avoid anything being pro-rated at the old rate even if you update your service.
2) Ask them what promotions they offer. If they tell you $99 for 6 months (at the most basic package), basically tell them where they can stick it, because that's ridiculous. At this point, tell them you want to cancel. They'll go through their rigmarole about not wanting to lose a customer. Blah blah blah. Let them process it and put you through to their "supervisor" who is the only one who can complete the cancellation (insert my big eye roll emoji here)
3) When the supervisor comes on the line, explain to him/her that you aren't going to pay X amount when you know someone who pays $99 for a year subscription and more than just the basic package (and you do--ME!) and if they can't offer you that price, then you'll cancel.
Magically the gates of Heaven open, angels sing, and those mysterious promotional rates re-appear and get added to your account! Amazing how that happens!
4) On the off chance that this doesnt happen (it's been about 5 years since they haven't offered me anything), be ok with cancelling. Likely, it will only last a few days, before you get emails and phone calls with those magical offers that no one could find before.
And that's it! You just saved yourself almost $100 on your XM subscription!