If you want to enjoy all of the benefits that Amazon has to offer AND save tons of money, then you should consider getting an Amazon Prime membership. You might be under the impression that it only provides free 2-day shipping or other delivery-related benefits, but the perks don’t end there.
There are so many additional gains that make Amazon Prime worth the price. I’ve taken inventory of everything made available to invested Prime members, so you can have a quick and easy guide to one of the most rewarding membership clubs in the world. We’ll explore some of the more commonly known benefits before going into others.
Amazon Prime costs $119 per year, or $12.99 per month, for a membership. If you’re a student, it will cost you $59 per year or $6.49 per month. You can cancel your enrollment at any time by going to the “Manage Prime Membership” web page and clicking on the link marked “End Membership” to begin the simple process.
Let’s count the ways you could benefit from joining Amazon Prime.
1. Save with Free Shipping
You will get free two-day shipping for all purchases you make through Amazon Prime. It is available in most areas of the United States, and there is no limit to the kinds of items that apply for free shipping on Amazon.
When you checkout, just make sure to select the Amazon Prime option, and you’re all set to receive two-day free shipping. In selected cities, free same-day or one-day shipping is available if your order is at least $35.
You must place your orders before the cut-off time for them to be eligible for Amazon Same-Day or One Day shipping. The cut-off time is usually 12 p.m., meaning you have to order before that time if you want your package as soon as possible. But if you don’t order within that time, then you will get your delivery on the next business day.
With the same-day delivery option, when you order any item(s) before 12 p.m., your package(s) will be delivered by 9 p.m. This service is available 7 days a week, barring holidays.
By clicking the “Prime FREE Same-Day” or “Prime FREE One-Day” icon before or after selecting any items for purchase, you can be sure that you’re getting what you need quickly, and find out just how worth it Amazon Prime really is.
You can also purchase items over $35 with one click via the product detail page. All you need to do is click the “Buy Now” option and your purchase will be processed instantly for delivery through Amazon Prime.
2. Receive 2-hour Shipping using Amazon Prime Now
Amazon Prime Now offers 2-hour delivery on eligible items for all Amazon Prime customers. All you need to do is just enter your zip code, turn on Prime Now, and add the listed items to your cart.
Amazon Prime Now will deliver things, such as housewares, groceries, electronics, gifts, seasonal items, and more, in 2 hours by using a local courier service. It will not only deliver to private residences, but also to workplaces or hotels.
They deliver from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., 7 days a week.
Amazon Prime Now can be used for no extra cost if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Just download the Amazon Prime Now app, for the easiest way to make purchases with a 2-hour delivery time.
3. Get rewards for choosing No-Rush Shipping
By using the No-Rush Shipping option, you can get orders delivered to your address without any urgency and you will receive rewards or discounts for future purchases in Amazon for selecting this delivery method.
This is useful for when you don’t need your packages within one or two days, or don’t need your orders to get delivered without any delay. If you don’t need to worry about the delivery time, or when you can wait for three to six days for your product(s), then it would be worth it to go for No-Rush Shipping.
The reward points you get from No-Rush Shipping can be redeemed on Prime Pantry Essentials, the Kindle Store, Prime Video, and more, using your Prime membership.
4. Pre-order using Amazon Release Date Delivery
Release Date Delivery is for those who want to pre-order certain items on Amazon using Amazon Prime. The items that are made for Release Date Delivery include video games, books, music albums, movies, and other exclusive releases.
You have to choose the “Release Date Delivery” option at checkout on qualified items if you want your orders delivered before 7 p.m. on the same day the product becomes available for purchase.
5. Watch anything with Amazon Prime Video
With Amazon Prime Video, you can stream any digital movie or television show on any internet-capable device connected to Prime Video. A lot of the content is complimentary with your Prime membership, but things like new releases and popular franchises can also be bought and stored permanently in your Video Library to be watched at any time. You can also purchase channel subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Starz, and other entertainment networks, by using Amazon Prime Video.
The devices able to support Amazon Prime Video include almost anything that can stream media, such as smart TVs, Blu-ray players, Amazon Fire TV, cable boxes, smartphones, tablets, and so on.
You would have a larger collection of movies and TV shows including Goliath, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Americans, and more in Amazon Prime Video when you subscribed to Amazon Prime. This benefit alone can save you a lot of money, making a membership with Amazon Prime totally worth it, especially if you have a thing for digital entertainment.
6. Listen using Amazon Prime Music
Amazon Prime Music has LOTS of songs for you to listen to, and provides sliding lyrics for their listeners to follow along with. Their library has a list of over 2 million songs for you to download and listen to offline, so you don’t have to worry about data usage at any time.
If you’re the kind of person who likes constant access to music styles from across the globe, then you will find that having an Amazon Prime membership is worth it to be able to explore more collections in one place than you can find just about anywhere else.
Amazon Prime Music can be integrated with devices and home systems, such as the Amazon Echo, so that you can control your music player(s) by using voice commands. You can listen to songs ad-free in Amazon Prime Music, which is a great bonus when compared to platforms like Spotify, that charge monthly fees for benefits like this.
Amazon Prime Music can be used without any extra cost if you are already a member of Amazon Prime.
7. Store your photos on Amazon Prime Photos
With a subscription to Amazon Prime, you can have Amazon Prime Photos at your fingertips, which provides you with unlimited storage for all of your high-resolution, digital pictures. You can automatically save your photos to the server using the free Amazon Prime Photo mobile app, and a Fire TV device can be used for viewing your collection using voice commands.
The difference between Amazon Prime Photo and other storage applications, like Google Photos and Apple iCloud, is that Amazon Prime Photo keeps the original image, without any compression, so that you can use those true images for future use. You can access the photos or files from any of your connected devices.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then you will get 5 GBs of storage free to start, when using the Amazon Prime Photos option.
8. Read millions of books in Prime Reading
Prime Reading is an online library where you can select reading materials from the millions of books and magazines available in their registry. You only need to have an Amazon Prime membership to access the library, making it well worth it in my book.
When you find a novel or magazine that you want to read, just click the “Read for Free” button to download it. But more importantly, you must also have the Kindle app already downloaded in iOS or Android, or a Kindle e-reader, or Fire tablet, in order to read what you’ve chosen.
By using Amazon Prime, the audible narration is available for Prime Reading books, so you can listen to stories or articles while you’re cooking, exercising, cleaning, or any other time you need to be hands-free. Plus, you can continue from where you left off when you’re switching between reading and listening.
9. Shop for clothes, or return them, using Amazon Prime Wardrobe
Without needing to buy anything first, you can try on eligible clothes, shoes, and accessories using Amazon Prime Wardrobe, making this one of the best benefits Amazon Prime has to offer its members.
Your order will arrive in 4 to 6 days, and you can try out the items you’ve picked for 7 days from the time your order arrives. You can return what you bought if you don’t like the item(s), or you can keep the item(s) with you and Amazon will charge you for what was kept.
Amazon Prime Wardrobe is available for Amazon Prime members without any extra cost, and is definitely worth it for those who like to try before they buy.
10. Play games using Twitch
Amazon Prime is worth it because it provides Twitch capabilities to its customers without any additional cost. Twitch is the world’s leader for video games and gamers, and members get access to new games, every month from Twitch.
You will also get free 2-day shipping (in the United States) on all purchases of official Twitch merchandise. A Prime Exclusive chat badge and free channel subscriptions are available for those using Twitch through Amazon Prime.
So, get your Twitch membership by becoming an Amazon Prime subscriber today.
11. Get exclusive savings with Whole Foods Market
With Whole Foods Market now being a part of Amazon Prime, you can shop for the most organic ingredients and foodstuffs with discounts, deals, and exclusive savings you get simply for being a Prime member. You can save on what you want from Whole Foods by using the QR barcode in the app, or your mobile number, at checkout.
You will even get an extra 10% off with specified yellow sale signs.
With Amazon Prime, 2-hour delivery is also available from Whole Foods Market stores in selected cities, and you can get 5% cashback on all your food items by using an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa. This perk can make an investment into Amazon Prime worth it because you can lead a more health-conscious life without breaking the bank.
12. Order meals with Amazon Restaurants
Amazon Prime is worth subscribing to, and not just because it can help bring prepared food right to your doorstep with their platform, Amazon Restaurants. You can order from a variety of foods available in Amazon, after entering your zip code and discovering what can be delivered in your area.
You can call the restaurant and order food, or you can order the items through the Amazon Restaurants app itself. When your order is placed, you can track its progress by using the icons displayed in the app map as it moves towards you. There is also a number provided that connects you directly with the courier, so you can call and track your order that way, if you prefer.
13. Pre-order the books you anticipate most using Amazon First Reads
Amazon provides avid readers with sneak-peeks to certain books before they are released to the public. Amazon First Reads also allows you to download one free book each month, from a selection of six editor’s picks.
Via Amazon Prime, every month, you will be given information about the new titles that will be published in the weekly Prime newsletter, and be able to make your choice from there.
14. Collect cashback using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card
“Earn rewards everywhere you shop” is the slogan for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, and they mean it. You don’t need to pay any annual credit card fees and no foreign transaction fees to use their card. You just need to have an Amazon Prime membership to be eligible for the Amazon Prime Rewards card.
It’s another way to save and know that Amazon Prime is worth it for your pockets in the long run. As an added perk, new signees receive $70 in Amazon gift cards the instant they’re approved for an Amazon Prime Rewards credit card.
With Amazon Prime, you will get 5% cashback from Whole Foods Market, 2% cashback from restaurants, gas stations, and drug stores, and 1% cashback on all other purchases you make with your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card.
For every 100 points redeemed, you will receive $1 credited towards your next purchase, and shopping with your reward points is a very easy task.
There is no minimum requirement for the reward points you can use while buying any items via Prime membership, meaning that you can use them for all or part of your purchases when checking out. Additionally, when you pay for anything, you need to select the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card as your payment method to have your reward points apply.
Once your points have been applied to the purchases, you can see the total amount deducted with the value of your redeemed points. Then, you only have to pay the remaining amount after the deduction, if there is one.
By using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, you’ll also get other perks like Baggage Delay Insurance, Lost Luggage Reimbursement, Travel and Emergency Assistance, Zero Fraud Liability, Auto Rental Damage Waiver, Roadside Dispatch, Extended Warranty, Purchase Protection, Travel Accident Insurance, access to the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection and Concierge Service, and more.
15. Buy perishables using Amazon Fresh
Amazon Fresh is a grocery delivery service that Amazon offers to its customers in select cities. Amazon Fresh provides you with perishable items, needing extra packaging and safety, delivered right to your doorstep. Plus, they have a huge list of groceries and household products to select from.
After a 30-day free trial, Amazon Fresh can be used for an extra $14.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership, making joining up worth it to save you both time and money on trips to the grocery store. Looking toward the future, Amazon Fresh has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service for their deliveries, meaning that soon all cities will be experiencing the convenient services provided by Amazon Fresh.
16. Shop for family products in Amazon Family
By using Amazon Prime, you will be able to use Amazon Family, which gives your family offers, coupons, and age-based recommendations while shopping on the platform. You can receive up to 20% off on diapers, baby food, toys, and other family-related products. Also, you will get a 15% baby registry completion discount when you use the Amazon Family package, and 15% off everyday products that are eligible for their Subscribe and Save program.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can access Amazon Family without any extra cost.
17. Get unlimited songs from Amazon Music Unlimited
Everything that is available in Amazon Prime Music can be instantly accessible to you by subscribing to Amazon Music Unlimited. With a subscription, you will have a library of more than 50 million songs that you can enjoy, or cancel, at any time you like.
Your songs are always ad-free, with an option for offline-listening, and unlimited skips. You can also connect your Amazon devices with Amazon Music Unlimited, to keep your life hands-free.
What differentiates Amazon Music Unlimited from Amazon Prime Music is the collection of songs. Amazon Music Unlimited comes at an additional cost of $7.99 per month or $79 a year for Amazon Prime members.
18. Shop non-perishables in Amazon Prime Pantry
Prime members can take advantage of Amazon Prime Pantry if they want to shop for groceries, household items, and non-perishables on a daily or weekly basis in select cities. Prime Pantry offers low prices and exclusive savings on all inventory it provides for subscribers. You can even save $6 per order when you buy five qualifying items using your Prime Pantry membership.
Those who use Prime Pantry receive free shipping on all orders that are at least $10 or more. If you purchase items under a total of $10, then you will be required to pay $5.99 for the delivery charge.
If you don’t take the Prime Pantry membership, then you will need to purchase at least $35 worth of goods to be eligible for free shipping. If your purchase is under $35, then you will be prompted to pay $5.99 in delivery fees.
As a note, if you’re already a member of Amazon Fresh, then you won’t need to sign up for Amazon Prime Pantry at all. Amazon Fresh offers the same benefits of Amazon Prime Pantry at the maximum level. Though Amazon Prime Pantry provides you with unlimited options of non-perishable items to select, you can’t get perishable items from it.
You can get your Amazon Prime Pantry subscription by paying an extra $4.99 a month when you’re an Amazon Prime member.
19. Listen to popular audiobooks in Audible
Amazon Audible gives Prime members access to a TON of audiobooks performed by world-class talents from around the world. Each month, subscribers are provided with 3 free titles. One title is an audiobook and the other two are Audible originals.
You will get 30% off on any additional audiobooks, with 7 free listens to start, for using Amazon Audible. You can listen to your audiobooks wherever you are, using the free Audible app, and you will never lose any audiobooks when you switch devices.
You can try Amazon Audible free for 30 days, but after that you have to pay $14.95 a month to keep your subscription through Amazon Prime. You will get to listen to your favorites, hear great first listens, and find the latest releases on Amazon, making Prime well worth it.
It’s possible to share all of your amazing Amazon benefits with the whole family by using Amazon Household, which can add two adults, and up to four teens and four children to your plan, if necessary.
Digital content, Prime delivery, Prime Video, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, free books, unlimited listening to Audible Channels, early access to Amazon Lightning Deals, and more can be shared through Amazon Household.
Teens can purchase products with parental approval on the order, by using a simple text response, and teens can enjoy the other Prime perks on their own if the parents are Prime members.
Children will not be able to shop, due to app permissions, but they can enjoy reading on Kindle or watch Fire TV with parental controls.
Anyone can find the worth in an Amazon Prime membership, at a rate of $119 per year or $12.99 per month. If you’re a student, remember that you only need to pay half that amount, which means you’ll only be paying $59 per year or $6.49 per month. You will get all of the above benefits with little to no extra cost and you can cancel your Amazon Prime membership at any time.
An Amazon Prime membership has TONS of value for its customers and without subscriptions, you will find it harder to save on your daily and weekly purchases, especially online. From small snacks to full-course meals, from dresses to electronics, you can save much, MUCH more by becoming a member of Amazon Prime. It is worth the expense many times over.
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