Ashley Madison is a Canadian online dating service targeted at married persons looking to have an affair with someone else or just about any individual who wants to have affairs and hookups. The platform prides itself on privacy and ensuring everyone feels safe in a judgment-free environment. However, while it is free to create an account, it costs some ‘credit’ to do other things like sending a message.
Ashley Madison was designed to charge you certain credits for everything you do on the site. While they provide you with the service you need, these charges help developers maintain the network as well as provide profits.
Ashley Madison Credits and Plans
- Basic plan: 100 credits cost $59. This means that credit costs $0.59 under this plan
- Classic plan: 500 credits cost $169. That means that credit costs $0.34 under this plan
- Elite plan: 1000 credits cost $289. This means that credit costs $0.29 under this plan
How to message on Ashley Madison without paying
Following any of these suggestions allows you to send and read messages on Ashley Madison for free.
Option 1: Gender rights
The app is entirely free for women. They are not charged for any activity on the website. So, if you are a woman looking to use this online dating service, you can message on Ashley Madison without paying a dime. But if you are a man, you are expected to pay a certain amount for credits that allow you to send messages.
Option 2: Get a promo account
Create a new account on this site. As a new customer, you have a welcome bonus that allows you exclusive access to the services for a 30-day free trial period. Normally, at the end of your free trial period, you will be required to buy credits to send or receive messages.
Take this offer and send an unlimited number of free messages daily for the next month. Others go one step further by opening a different account at the expiration of this trial period to enjoy these benefits free of charge for another month.
Option 3: Signup for a premium plan but end your subscription within a month
This looks similar to the trick above. The difference is that you outrightly subscribe to a premium plan on Ashley Madison. Your credit card will be charged, but here is the trick: the premium plan will give you a full refund if you cancel before the end of the month.
This provision was made to show how much they are concerned about user satisfaction. Use this provision to your advantage by canceling your subscription before the end of the month. You get to send free messages while your money remains intact.
Ashley Madison’s cost per message
Each time you send a message on Ashley Madison, it costs five credits. The same number of credits is charged each time you open a message sent to you by another person. These credits are sold in bulk, depending on your plan.
How to spot bots on Ashley Madison
Because Ashley Madison allows users to distort their profile pictures for privacy purposes, some use fake profiles (women in most cases) to lure men. Fake profiles and catfish accounts have often been used to expose cheaters. There are several ways to spot bots on Ashley Madison.
Step 1: Most women don’t message first
As true of any dating site, the moment a woman puts up their profile, they get overwhelmed with messages from various guys. But if you get a “Hi” or “Hello” followed by “Free to Chat?”, understand that real women don’t do that. Ladies are usually not the first to initiate these kinds of conversations, even if they want to. In reality, women get so overloaded with messages that they may not have the time to open them all.
Step 2: Suggestion to meet up too soon
Even if you message first and the conversation is progressing too fast, be careful because you just might be conversing with a catfish account. A real woman will never be too quick to suggest meeting up in person, especially on the first day of chatting.
Step 3: Less talk about personality
Everyone wants something in a man or a woman. For example, some women don’t want any guy below 5’6”, while some men prefer African-Americans. Each person’s preference is always evident in the first few questions they ask you. But if you are on Ashley Madison and the person you are chatting with doesn’t look concerned with personal preference, you may be chatting with a bot account.
How to use Ashley Madison
It is free to sign up and create an account. You don’t have to put your credit card details as long as you are using the basic version. This version allows you to browse through profiles, fill in your details, check out the features of the account, and view users living in your area. As a woman, you can send and receive messages, but as a man, after the initial free message, you need to buy credits to continue the conversation.
Apart from sending and receiving messages, you can live chat with a user. For this, Ashley Madison charges you 50 credits for the first hour, 30 credits for the second hour, and 20 credits for the third hour in case you have a whole lot to discuss. Again, it is worth mentioning that this is free for any female user on the site.
You can send virtual gifts to impress someone. Depending on the kind of gifts you want to send, it might cost you between 20 to 50 credits.