We all know some of the basic benefits of Amazon Prime, like how it offers free shipping and access to Amazon video. But did you know an Amazon Prime membership offers many more benefits you probably didn’t even know about – from Dash Buttons to diaper discounts, to everything you can do, read, watch, and save on with Prime…etc. Amazon frequently makes changes to its Prime membership program, so this post keep up with all the major Amazon Prime Benefits available.
What Is Amazon Prime?
When Amazon Prime launched in 2005, the $79 yearly fee gave members two-day shipping on select items. Amazon has since expanded to video, audio, and even food delivery, and the subscription service — now $99 per year in most cases and with more than 66 million members — offers a lot more perks. Is Prime membership worth it? Below is a guide to what a Prime membership includes, so you can decide if it’s right for you.
How much does Amazon Prime cost?
Amazon has three Prime plans available now. You can get all the benefits listed above with the $99 Annual plan or $10.99 Monthly plan. There’s also a Prime Video-only plan for $8.99/month.
You can also buy an Amazon Prime gift membership for either the full annual plan or a 3-month plan for $33.
Note: The minimum order size for free 2-day shipping without a Prime account is $35.
Amazon Prime Benefits
1) Free 2-Day Shipping
Over 1-million items are currently available for 1-day delivery with a service called Amazon Prime Now that is included in the cost of a Prime membership. This should be the best-known perk of being a Prime member is the offer of free 2-day shipping on eligible items. However, please note that this doesn’t apply to all items, but it does work for a large percentage of items sold on Amazon.
Free shipping counts for huge savings, and it’s an added bonus that you are able to receive an item within 2 days. If you typically spend $5 for shipping on an item without a Prime membership, you would only have to buy 20 items a year for a Prime membership to be worth the cost just to cover shipping. That isn’t even considering any of the other benefits Prime has to offer!
Same-day delivery is available seven days a week in the following markets: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles metro area, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, Washington, DC, as well as San Diego and Tampa Bay.
Need it faster? You can pay $7.99 to have it delivered in one hour. According to CNET, the items that Amazon is focusing on for Prime Now are items that “consumers tended to need more urgently, including HDMI cables, batteries, water filters, baby wipes, deodorant and last-minute travel items such as sunscreen and towels.” Delivery in 2 hours which is pretty amazing.
2) Coupons in Return for No-Rush Shipping Program
If you don’t need an item within 2 days, Amazon Prime members can select FREE No-Rush Shipping and receive an order discount or a promotional reward towards a future purchase.
For every order where you select No-Rush Shipping, you’ll receive an immediate discount or a promotional reward.
- An immediate discount is automatically applied to your order at checkout.
- A promotional reward is automatically applied to your Amazon.com account once the package ships.
The discount or promotional reward applies only to the type of item indicated in the offer at checkout.
Click here to know more about No Rush Shipping
3) Prime Now
If you live in an eligible city, you have the option of even faster delivery with Prime Now. Prime Now offers household items and essentials you need every day plus the best of Amazon, with FREE 2-hour delivery. Probably the best feature of this is the ability to order perishables, such as milk.
Prime Now is an expanding service, but as of now, it is only available in 29 cities in the United States.
4) Free Release-Date Delivery
If you’re a gamer or movie-buff, Amazon Prime offers a feature that allows free delivery of items on their release date if you pre-order. You can now skip the long lines, pre-order now and get it on release day!
Be among the first to get new video games, books, music, movies and more on their release day. Choose Release-Date Delivery at checkout on qualified items, and your package will be delivered on the release day by 7pm. Prime members receive FREE Release-Date Delivery on eligible orders.
Click HERE to learn about Release-Date Delivery
5) Prime Video
While probably the most popular side Amazon Prime benefit, I had my membership for over 2 years before I knew about the Prime Streaming option and it’s definitely worth using. Thousands of TV shows and movies are available for viewing, at no extra cost, with new titles being added all the time.
The number of shows and movies available for free is astonishing. New releases are updated often, but may cost a few dollars to watch. But still, considering this is included in a Prime membership, I think Prime Video is a great addiction to Prime services.
In fact, I was able to ditch cable entirely and only pay minimal for Prime Video and Netflix. If you’re looking to cut the ties to your cable company and save money, Prime Video can be considered a huge asset.
You can also stream in your computer’s web browser, Fire phone, Fire TV, tablet, Fire Tablets.
6) Prime Music
Everyone and their mother is trying to get you to pay for premium music streaming services, but you’re probably already paying for one without realizing it. Prime Music gives you unlimited, ad-free access to Prime Playlists and over a million songs. You can even download songs for offline playback.The service is simply called Prime Music and can be accessed via the Prime Music app (Free for iOS and Android) or the Amazon website.
Once you log-in to Prime Music, all of the songs you have ever purchased from Amazon will automatically be added to your music library. Next, you’ll have the ability to search, find, and add over 1 million songs to your library as well. Most songs will be free, and some by the same artist will only be available if you pay for them.
It was very surprised that many new albums and singles are available to listen to for FREE. Yes, it is free! Once you’ve added music in your library, you can play songs whenever you want and aren’t bound to a shuffle feature like the free version of Spotify.
It also beats the free version of Pandora as you have an unlimited number of skips and can play any song in your playlist, including songs you just listened to.
The ad-free feature is a huge plus and something that makes Prime Music a no-brainer for existing members. Amazon clearly makes zero money directly off their music service, currently anyways. What they plan to do with it in the future remains to be seen. But for now, enjoy the free music.
Click HERE to learn about Prime Music
7) Kindle First
Remember back in the day when Amazon first came out? Remember how it was pretty much just a bookstore? Amazon stays true to its roots with its books offeripang for Prime members.
If you use a Kindle First, you’ll get a free eBook every month. And Prime just rolled out its new Prime Reading program, which offers Prime members to pick from 1,000’s of books, magazines, Kindle singles and more, and read them all for FREE via Prime Reading. You also have the option to pay $9.99 a month for a Kindle Unlimited eBook subscription. And the best part is you don’t need a Kindle device to make it happen. Just download the Kindle app for iOS or Android and start reading anytime, anywhere.
Also, If you own a Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet, or Fire phone, you can borrow one book from the Lending Library every month. There are no due dates when you borrow an ebook, but the available titles may change from month to month, so keep an eye on it. You can’t view the entire lending library very easily, but there’s a simple trick to get around that. As a Prime member and Kindle owner, you’re also eligible for the Kindle First program, which gives you a free “editor’s pick” book every month. That’s two free books a month you could be reading!
Click HERE to learn about Prime Reading
Click HERE to learn about Kindle First
8) Audible Channels
For those of you who enjoy podcasts and audio books, you’ll love Audible. An Amazon Prime membership now includes unlimited access to podcasts and audio from Amazon-owned Audible. The service previously costs $5 per month and is now completely free. All that Prime members need to do is download the Android or iOS app and start tuning into Audible Channels right away at no additional cost.
Some of the top audio content includes cool stuff from The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Charlie Rose, and The Onion, among others. The best part is that you’ll listen ad-free forever.
Related article: Amazon Audible Free Trial & Free Audiobooks
9) Dash Buttons
What is Dash Button? They’re Wi-Fi connected devices that allow you to purchase specific items for your home with Amazon’s Prime services. I’ll admit, I was skeptical of the Amazon Dash buttons at first as I wa not sure what’s the overall benefit. They seemed so unnecessary, but oh, how my mind has changed.
If you’re not familiar, Amazon offer’s Dash buttons, which are buttons for certain household products. Once you run out of a product, you simply press the button and Amazon will order and ship you more of the product.
For example, If it’s the middle of the week and you’re running out of toothpaste, just press the Button and your order will arrive in just 48 hours.
We all have those little things we always forget to buy. For me, I love using this for bottled water, disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, toothpaste, pet supplies, sandwich bags, dish detergent, napkins, coffee, trash bags, multivitamins, chips, jerky, energy drinks, cough medicine, feminine products, paper products, and more. They have everything short of express food delivery or plumbing services.
The Dash buttons themselves do cost a nominal amount ($4.99), but Prime members get that money credited back to them after their first press.
Click HERE to learn about Dash Buttons
10) Early Access to Deals
As with Amazon Prime Day this past July, Prime members will get 30-minute early access to Black Friday deals, too. These are awesome, but very short-lived, deals on an array of products. Most deals are only open for a few hours max, so having early access to deals before the product runs out is a huge advantage.
If you’re not already a member, now’s a good time to sign up for a 30-day free trial, so you can actually snag that deal on a 4K TV or Xbox One console or pair of Bluetooth earbuds before it runs out. In true Black Friday fashion, you should expect many deals to sell out just minutes after going live.
11) Twitch Prime
With Twitch Prime, Amazon Prime members now have an online community where gamers can get together.
Twitch is considered a social video platform designed specifically for “gamers, video game culture, and the creative arts.” All ad-free which is cool.
Also, when you use Twitch you’ll get access to cool monthly freebies. For example, as of this writing they were giving away an “Overwatch Golden Loot Box” along with five free loot boxes. For anyone into gaming, Twitch offers free access to their game streaming service. For gamers, there’s the new Twitch Prime, which offers ad-free access to Twitch’s game streaming service.
Click HERE to learn about Twitch Prime
12) Prime Photos
Amazon Prime Photos Has An Incredible Secret Feature Photographers Will Love! Prime Photos is an awesome feature that gives you absolutely free and unlimited photo storage. if you have Prime Photos with your Prime subscription, or you’ve paid the yearly fee (it’s only $12 for just photos, by the way, a bargain for unlimited storage) then you can simply upload as many images to your drive as you like and they won’t count against your storage allowance.
If you’re a photographer though, the really great news is that Amazon allows you to store both jpegs and raw files. My SLR produces jpegs of more than 10mb, and the raw counterparts are as much as 50mb. You can share this feature with up to 5 people, making it the perfect way to organize family photos. It is accessible on the web, via Android, and on iPhone, so it is incredibly easy to upload photos to Prime.
Click HERE to learn about Prime Photos
13) Prime Pantry
As a prime member you can get all of your grocery, household, and pet care shopping done online. There is a flat delivery fee of $5.99 for each order, but you can buy as much stuff as you can fit in a box. If you plan your shopping ahead of time, you can definitely get your money’s worth.
Prime Pantry is a service available for ordering large, bulky pantry items, like bottled water, multiple boxes of cereal, and soda.
Due to the large size and weight of these items, they typically are not eligible for free shipping under Amazon Prime. However, if you regularly use any of these pantry staples, you can still have them delivered straight to your door.
Click here to learn about Prime Pantry.
14) Amazon Fresh
In August 2007, Amazon ran a beta test in a limited service area for their new grocery and delivery service, Amazon Fresh. Amazon Fresh delivers groceries to customers’ doors and also provides a pickup service from select retail locations. They will allow you to enter in your entire grocery shopping list and they will mail your groceries to you by the next day. They’ll leave it in insulated coolers if you’re not home.
Prime members can get the benefits of Amazon Fresh for an additional monthly membership fee of $14.99. Shoppers can browse perishables, household products, and gourmet specialty items from the dedicated Fresh page. (More on product offerings below.) It is worth it to you if you’re in a major time crunch or if you live in a rural area. They are high population locations that are great for offering widespread exposure to a potential Amazon seller and their products.
Most recently, the US postal service partnered with Amazon Fresh to increase the delivery area by allowing orders to be dropped off at a specified USPS locations within a service area and delivered quietly to the customer’s doorstep before sunrise.
Click HERE to learn about Amazon Fresh.
15) Shareable Membership
The official rules from Amazon regarding sharing a Prime membership are actually more flexible than you might think. You are allowed to share a membership with one other adult living in the same household, whether that’s your spouse or roommate, or other.
Prime does store your credit card information for easy ordering, so consider who you trust having access to that information. If you trust whoever you live with, you can split the cost of the Prime membership. $50 per person is a steal!
Click HERE to learn about Shareable Membership
16) Amazon Mom
If you’re a new parent, or just a caretaker, Amazon Mom should be one of the best Amazon Prime benefits for you! It is a free program for Prime members that lets you save on product subscriptions like baby wipes. You also get a 20% discount on select diaper subscriptions. If you’re a parent, you don’t need me to tell you how awesome that is.
Click HERE to learn more about Amazon Mom