In addition to the first three money saving discounts on Y DNA tests from Family Tree DNA, there’s yet another way to save even MORE money:
- Holiday Sale Prices on all products – listed here
- Free 111 marker upgrade with Big Y – described here
- Why the Big Y Test? – discussed here
- Weekly coupons – listed on everyone’s personal page and I’ll be sharing mine weekly – see below
- Join a project (for those who have not yet Y DNA tested)
Yes, you can save even more money by joining a project.
How does that work?
How Can I Save More By Joining A Project?
The free 111 marker upgrade with a Big Y test requires you to test or have tested at some level before you can order a Big Y test.
That means anyone who has tested even at the 12 marker level can purchase the Big Y and obtain the 111 upgrade for free.
Outside of a project, customers can only order a minimum of a 37 marker test – because that’s really the minimum informative test today. Typically a 12 marker test would only be useful to rule out a possible match. But in this case, in order to purchase the Big Y for someone who has never tested before – the 12 marker test is suddenly VERY useful.
By joining a project, you can still purchase a 12 marker test and that reduces the Big Y bundle price yet again.
For people who have not done any Y DNA testing, this is an unbelievable value.
Joining A Project
To find an appropriate Y DNA project to join, go to the main Family Tree DNA page and type the surname of the man to be tested into the “Search your Surname” box.
I typed Estes.
You will then be shown various projects where the project administrators have listed Estes as one of the surname that is of interest to their project members.
I’m clicking on the Estes project, because Estes men should join the Estes project. (You can join other projects later.)
You can see that the 12 marker Y DNA project is showing as an available purchase option for $59, above.
By clicking the orange “order now” button, you can order the 12 marker test for $59, further reducing the cost of testing.
You will automatically be joined to this project, and you can join other projects later.
It’s a Little More Complicated – But Not Much
Since the Big Y is only an upgrade test – meaning you must take any Y DNA STR test before ordering the Big Y – this means that your Y DNA test must be registered to your account before you can order the upgrade.
In Family Tree DNA lingo, this means that your order must be entered into a batch. Orders are batched at the end of the day every Monday and Wednesday, so if you will be able to upgrade to the Big Y as soon as your STR panel test, Y12 in this case, is batched.
Now, the challenge is of course that the Big Y coupons could be long gone by the time your order is batched. You might need to order the Y12 this week, then wait until next week and hope you’re quick enough to find a Big Y coupon.
This strategy, even though it is slightly more complicated, will save you $$.
How much money, you ask?
The savings with this approach is even better. You can save a total of $424 as compared with purchasing these products individually. And the projects will love having additional people join. This benefits everyone, because projects are the best sources for help with your results.
There are at least some $50 Big Y discount coupons available as well as $25.
After your results are back, please be sure to join the appropriate haplogroup projects too. A haplogroup designation is part of what you receive when you test. The haplogroup project administrators are experts in their particular haplogroup – and what that means to you!
Every Monday Family Tree DNA issues Holiday Reward coupons between now and the end of the year. If you (or someone) uses your coupon to purchase something, Family Tree DNA issues you a second Bonus Reward.
- First, I’d like to give a big shout out to my cousin, Jim, who contributed his coupons in addition to mine, below. You can see from the sheer number that we’re both seriously genetic genealogy addicted.
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