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Ashley Madison Cost of UK Membership & Review 2016

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Ashley Madison is the world leading dating website aimed at people in a relations…yes, they are an affairs site, which means they pretty much promote having an affair. Whilst some may object to their business model, the site boasts 27 million members worldwide, with that sort of reach they can’t be ignored!

Founded in 2001 under the infamous headline “life is short, have an affair” by some crazy marketing loon (Noel Biderman) in Canada, Ashley Madison has gone on to become the go to place if you are into that sort of thing, which by the sounds of it, a few people are!

So, I have jumped into the world of affairs to bring you the current Ashley Madison cost and unveil a short, non-biased review of the Ashley Madison site and experience. If I come across any discounts for joining the site, I will list them at the bottom to help any of you wannabe cheaters out there. Is Ashley Madison worth the money? Let’s find out…

Before we delve any deeper, for those of you wanting a ‘normal’ online dating site, we recommend taking a look at our eHarmony discounts page, for the best prices on our favourite dating site!

How Much is an Ashley Madison Membership?

Ashley Madison works differently to other dating sites in that the membership is billed by credits, not a monthly fee. You can purchase 100, 500 or 1000 credits and each ‘action’ on the Ashley Madison site requires a different number of credits; I’ve outlined the cost of each membership package below and also noted how much each action costs.

NOTE: Below charges are for men, women, you can join for free!

Ashley Madison Membership Costs

Membership Cost amount of credits price per credit
Introductory Membership £39 100 £0.39
Elite Membership £109 500 £0.22
Affair Guarantee Membership £179 1000 £0.18

Note: If you take the ‘affair guarantee’ membership, you will also receive 30 days free Priority Man status (see below for definition) and also your first 24 hours will include free, unlimited chat.

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Ashley Madison Credits

As you can see above, credits pretty much determine your activity on the site, I’ve listed below how much each action costs in credits, so you can gauge how much to purchase. As you’ll read, Ashley Madison is one of the more expensive dating sites and you can quickly go through a number of credits by contacting a few females.

action cost (in credits)
Contact a new member 5 credits
Send a message marked as priority 5 credits
Accept a collect message 5 credits
30 minutes of live chat 30 credits
60 minutes of live chat 50 credits
Purchase virtual gifts 20 – 60 credits

*Note – if a female contacts you (the man) first, then this is classed as ‘member initiated contact‘ and you will be free to contact them as much as you want without spending your credits.

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Membership feature free guest membership paid membership
Receive Winks YES YES
Send/Receive Photos YES YES
Add Members to your Favourites YES YES
Reply to Full Members YES YES
Perform Searches YES YES
Send Mail Messages NO YES
Initiate Chat Sessions NO YES
Send a Priority Message NO YES
Send Virtual Gifts NO YES

Additional Costs

Ashley Madison has a few additional features to help you stand out from the crowd.

  • Priority Man Status. This will enable your profile to be shown in position 3 of all search results and it will also be highlighted to draw more attention on the search pages. This feature costs £0.99p a day.
  • Discreet mobile access. Accessing Ashley Madison on your mobile phone via ASHMAD.com or mobile.ashleymadison.com will mean you can carry your membership wherever you are. This privilege will cost you £15, as a one off fee.
  • Virtual Gifts. You can send private virtual gifts to someone you admire. You can write a note with the gift and they range from 20 credits up to 60 credits.
  • Collect Messages. These are basically emails you receive from females who you haven’t contacted before, you will be charged 5 credits if you open the message.
  • Priority mail. This feature will mark your email as a priority and will go straight to the top of the female member’s inbox. You will also get alerted when the message has been opened
  • Fully Delete Profile. In order to fully ‘ghost erase’ your profile from the Ashley Madison site, you must pay a fee of £15. This Is obviously another money grabbing scheme. You can also pause and hide your profile for free if this is an option.

What Do You Get From Ashley Madison For Free?

As stated above, when you sign up t Ashley Madison you are able to send and receive winks & photos, Add members to your favourite lists, you can reply to any member and also perform basic searches in the Ashley Madison database all for free. The paid features are listed in the above table.

Ashley Madison Tips & Tricks

Having used the site a little, we have come up with a few tips to help you save some of your credits, as Ashley Madison does feel a bit more ‘money grabbing’ than the other sites we have used.

  1. Never accept collect messages. You get charged for accepting collect messages (definition below) and from what we have experienced, they are usually fake profiles, set up to take your credits. There is a higher number of men than women (shocking, right) on Ashley Madison, so I wouldn’t expect many women to be actively reaching out to men
  2. Never run out of credits. Always leave at least 6 credits in your account as this will allow you to talk to the members who you already have contact with. Once your account hits 0 credits, you are out of the game.
  3. Uncheck the ‘priority email’ option. Ashley Madison ‘helpfully’ checks this box so you get charged extra to send emails marked as ‘priority’!
  4. The Ashley Madison Guarantee. Ashley Madison offers an ‘affair guarantee’ with their top package, which can and is misleading. If you read the T&C’s, yes I have, then there are a few stipulations you must meet in order to be eligible to meet the guarantee, for example:
    • as stated, you must buy their top package
    • you must send messages to 18 different members for 3 consecutive months
    • you must send 5 gifts per month for 3 consecutive months
    • you must engage in at least 60 minutes of interactive chat for 3 consecutive months

    With this in mind. (I wouldn’t use the guarantee as a factor to determine which membership you will purchase)

Joining Ashley Madison & Using an Ashley Madison Discount Code

After reading the ins and outs of Ashley Madison you have decided to take the plunge? Below I’ve outlined the signing up process, which is fairly straight forward actually. You also have access to an extended profile where you can fill out what you are into (fetishes, fantasies etc) and what your ideal partner looks like – should be interesting.

The basic questions are just about you, so starting out and creating an Ashley Madison profile couldn’t be easier, here is an example of the extended questions that you can answer to attract the right partner.

Ashley Madison Questions

You’re prompted to add a profile picture, apparently profiles with pictures get 13 times more attention, adding a picture could be seen as risky. Ashley Madison offer a picture discretion feature, ‘Private showcase keys’ whereby your showcase photos are hidden until you give a member a special key, giving you an extra sense of security. I guess Ashely Madison is less based on match making so overall will requires less personal details from you. From my experience the site is also very image based, if you like the look of someone, you are going to want to get it on! Simples!

Ashley Madison Profile Page

Once completed, you can choose to buy some credits and you will be greeted by their payment page. You also have the option of adding the ‘discreet mobile access’ this seems like a scam to get more money from you, give it a miss and download the Ashley Madison Blackbook app, this is kept hidden and you should be safe using it.

Ashley Madison Payment Page

Below I have added in a section for Ashley Madison discount codes and promotions, if I have been able to dig up a promotional code then it will be listed below for you to use.

Live Ashley Madison Promotional Codes 2016

*£89 Off Ashley Madison Memberships* 
Sign up to Ashley Madison, complete the below form within 6 weeks and receive £89 off your membership

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Looking for an Ashley Madison alternative? Then head over and read our Illicit Encounters review

2 thoughts on “Ashley Madison Cost of UK Membership & Review 2016”

  1. How are things going with the payment without credit card so please let me know other options because I can’t get any response from your side and phone number so please let me know thanks

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