Amazon Prime is best known for two things: free two-day shipping and Netflix video streaming. These are definitely worthwhile perks, especially considering that the $ 119 annual fee is relatively low, but prime membership is more than just shipping and streaming. A lot more.
Here's an overview of all the benefits of Prime – along with a few Amazon services that you may think are included, but actually incur additional costs.
The full list of prime benefits is surprisingly long. Let's start with the favorite.
1. Free two-day shipping (or better)
Many, if not most, of Amazon's physical goods will be delivered to your door in two days, provided you live in the adjoining US states (sorry, Hawaiian). What is particularly noteworthy is that there is no minimum order quantity: even if you buy a $ 5 HDMI cable, it will arrive in 48 hours. In fact, some ZIP code residents can enjoy same day delivery at no extra cost, as long as the order is at least $ 35.
No hurry? Very often, you can choose to forego a two-day delivery for a credit that can be used for digital purchases (e-books, rentals, etc.). Find this option on the checkout page where you select your shipping option.
. 2 Free Delivery
For example, suppose you're ordering a new book from your favorite author or a hot new tech product. As Prime Subscriber, you will receive this article on the exact day it was published, not two days later. Only certain articles are of course entitled.
. 3 Free 2-Hour Delivery
Prime Now takes things hyper-local and delivers groceries, restaurant food and other items in just 2 hours – or within 1 hour for an additional $ 7.99. At the moment Prime Now is only available in a handful of cities.
. 4 Free (or all-inclusive) delivery of groceries and household items
Toilet paper, dog food, shampoo, your favorite cereal – Prime Pantry delivers these and other merchandise (pretty much anything that does not require refrigeration) for free. However, you must order at least five "qualifying" items, otherwise the shipping fee is $ 5.99.
. 5 Alexa Offers
Do you own an Alexa compatible device? That can be anything from ato to a Fire Panel or . If so, say these magic words: "Alexa, what are your offers?" She'll drop a list of pretty random prime-exclusive deals and wait after everyone to ask if you want to buy it. It's certainly not the most efficient way of shopping – especially if you go online to make sure the deal you get is actually a good one – but it's a prime perk anyway.
. 6 Delivery of Restaurants
Amazon is currently testing the delivery of restaurants with the promise of easy ordering, real-time delivery tracking and no menu surcharges. It is offered in 30 US cities and 20 more worldwide; Use your zip code at the link above to see if it's available in your area. If so, Prime subscribers will receive a free delivery within two hours of ordering.
. 7 Whole Foods Benefits
Afteryou can now receive exclusive perks and discounts.
For the first inhabitants of Austin, Texas; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Cincinnati and Dallas can now– though this requires Prime Now membership. Amazon and Whole Foods plan to add more cities in 2018.
If you own an Amazon Prime credit card, you can now.
Even without this card or Prime Now membership, Amazon Prime subscribers can receive "special savings and benefits in the store," even though Amazon has not announced any details on the subject.
. 8 Unlimited Video Streaming
Prime Video is similar to Netflix and offers movies, series and original content. It is accessible on virtually all mobile devices and most streaming sticks and boxes.
In addition, many TV shows and some movies.
. 9 Limited Music Streaming
Amazon Prime Music offers unlimited, ad-free access to a song library with over 2 million songs. You can stream them to different devices, but you can also download songs for offline listening to your phone or tablet.
Prime Music should not be confused with Amazon Music Unlimited (see "What's not included with Amazon Prime?"), Which offers a much larger library (Spotify) but costs extra. Prime subscribers, however, get a price brake.
10th Unlimited Photo Storage
Similar to Google, Amazon Prime offers its subscribers unlimited storage for photos. For most users, this means using the Amazon Drive app to upload images from smartphones and tablets, but there is also a desktop app (for Windows and Mac) that can archive photos from your hard drive.
In addition, Prime Photos offers 5 GB of storage space for documents and videos.
11. Access to Amazon Elements
Designed primarily for parents, Elements has a range of baby products that meet a range of quality and transparency standards.
12th Access to Amazon Dash
You may have come to know Amazon's small product brands, which allow you to rearrange various consumables (such as paper towels or detergents) with just one press of a button. Each button costs $ 4.99, and each product order costs whatever it costs, but you'll need to be a Prime Subscriber if you ever want to use Dash.
. 13 Early Access to Lightning Deals
Amazon Lightning deals are limited in time or while supplies last. If you are a Prime subscriber, you will be granted access to these offers 30 minutes before non-users.
fourteenth One Free E-Book Per Month
Your Prime subscription entitles you to access the Kindle Owner's Lending Library, which allows you to read an e-book per month and read this book on a Kindle eReader -Tablet. The catch: this particular library offers a relatively small selection; Do not expect many new titles or bestsellers.
15th A Free E-Book Per Month, Part 2
It's called Kindle First, and it works like this: Each month, Amazon editors curate six books yet to be published, giving Prime subscribers the opportunity to choose one of them – for free. And it is also for fortresses; you do not just lend yourself to the book.
sixteenth Free Books and Magazines
Amazon's new Prime Reading feature differs from the Lending Library in several important ways. First, it's not limited to Kindles: you can access the catalog of free ebooks on phones, tablets, and anything else that's capable of running a Kindle app. Second, the selection not only includes books, but also a changing selection of magazines, comics, travel guides, Kindle Singles, and more.
17th Free Washington Post
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns the mail, so it should come as no surprise that there is a deal: a free six-month digital subscription, followed by a reduced monthly rate of $ 3.99 ($ 9.99). , You can read the paper on your PC, a Fire tablet, or any of the various Washington Post apps (available for Android and iOS).
18th Free Audiobooks
Like Prime Reading for audiobooks, Audible Channels for Prime (worth $ 60 a year, according to Amazon) gives you unlimited access to a selection of original audio and selected audiobooks. Keep in mind that these are limited to streaming. You can not download them to listen offline.
19th Free Games
Hardcore players know everything about Twitch, which allows users to watch and share game videos. Now, thanks to the recent inclusion ofyou can play some of these titles instead of just watching them.
At the time of going to print, for example, you could get five free games (including the super hot indie title "Superhot") worth over $ 100. And next month promises five more, including Telltales popular stories from the borderland.
All you need is a free twitch account that has been "activated" for Prime and the Twitch desktop client.
20th Exclusive Telephone Discounts
In the market for a new phone? See if it's available through Prime Exclusive Phones, which offers a rotating range of popular models that usually cost less than what you would pay elsewhere – and which are often sold for even less.
At the time of printing, these models included the LG V35 ThinQ ($ 650 at Amazon.com) ($ 650) and G6 Plus ($ 450), Moto Z3 Play ($ 527 at Amazon.com) ($ 450) and G6 ($ 300) and Nokia 6 ($ 229 at Amazon.com) ($ 149). They are all unlocked.
Until recently, Prime Exclusive phones were saddled with a small hook: Amazon ads on the lock screen. Thankfully,(earlier and current models), though you still see an Amazon widget in the operating system. It is however easy to remove.
21st Benefits and Benefits
With Amazon Prime, you can add premium video subscriptions – Starz, Showtime, and so on – to your Prime Video screen. (Unfortunately, you will not receive any discounts compared to purchasing these subscriptions separately.) As part of the Amazon Family, you can get 20 percent off diaper purchases with Subscribe & Save and 15 percent off eligible products in your Baby Registry. And if you speak of family, you may extend your membership to an additional adult who lives in your house.
What's not included in Amazon Prime
That's a terrible amount of prime goodness. However, some of the Amazon services are not included in your subscription. Here you can see what costs extra – and how much extra.
Although Prime offers both food and local supplies, Amazon Fresh, which is currently only available in a few regions, is not covered by this umbrella. Rather, the service is a separate unit that promises delivery the same day or the next day from local grocery stores.
Recently, Amazon eliminated the $ 299 up-front fee for a Fresh subscription. Now it costs $ 14.99 a month, though you have to be a prime subscriber to get it. (19659087) Kindle FreeTime Unlimited
FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service designed specifically for children ages 3 to 12, curating kid-friendly apps, ebooks, games and movies, TV shows, and more. It's compatible with Kindles, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, and includes parental controls such as setting time limits, adjusting content filters, and reviewing photos taken with the tablet.
You do not need a Prime subscription to get FreeTime Unlimited, but it's cheaper: $ 2.99 per month for one child or $ 6.99 per month for up to four children. If you do not have Prime, the service costs $ 4.99 and $ 9.99, respectively.
Kindle Unlimited appears to combine Prime Reading and Audible Channels to aggregate them as a stand-alone service. This gives you access to a limited library of ebooks, magazines, and audiobooks that you can access on desktop and mobile devices.
But math does not make sense: Kindle Unlimited costs $ 9.99 a month, the same price you would pay for a full-blown Amazon Prime subscription.
Amazon's response to Apple Music, Spotify and the like gives you access to "tens of millions" of songs – far more than you get from Prime Music. If you already have a Prime subscription, Music Unlimited costs $ 7.99 a month – a few dollars less than the competition. However, a family plan makes it $ 14.99 a month whether you're a Prime subscriber or not, and that does not mean any savings over the competition. You may want to investigatebefore adding it to your account.
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Originally posted on October 18, 2016.
Update, August 21, 2018: This article is regularly updated as new benefits are added to prime memberships and others expire.