It’s time for a really simple PSA post. Don’t get too excited! It is dealing with Switch Online after all; one of the least flashy online services (you get what you pay for!).
As of now until May 10 at 11:59PM PT (so specific!), Nintendo is running a promotion that grants you extra Gold Points (read: gold can be redeemed on the eShop as cash) for Switch Online subscriptions. Specifically, 12-month plans.
If you get an individual membership, it’s $19.99, and you’ll be granted 200 Gold Points. If you’re aiming for a 12-month family membership, that’s $34.99, and 350 Gold Points. As a reminder, Gold Points roughly equate to one cent per one gold.
Normally, you earn them through buying digital stuff (which nets you 5% back), or physical games (1% back). Annoyingly, Gold Points expire after 12 months on the last day of the month they were earned. If you need an explainer, you can find one here.
That’s it, it’s basically a few bucks off the price of a 12-month membership, and not really “a few bucks off” so much as “you have funny money/gift card cash to spend on the eShop now.” This should barely be considered a promotion, but it’s something to be aware of nonetheless.
Source: Destructoid PSA: Nintendo is offering bonus Gold for Switch Online memberships