What is Amazon Prime?
Membership benefits, prices and more
If you see those Amazon vans driving around and wonder why they keep going to your neighbor’s house, it’s likely because they are an Amazon Prime member that gets fast and free shipping, sometimes the same day – and a host of other benefits!
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- Free 1-day shipping: Some items are eligible for next-day delivery with no minimum purchase (cut-off time for eligible orders varies by zip code). Filter items by “Get it tomorrow” to see which items you can receive by 9 p.m. the next day.
- Free 2-day shipping: for all our Texan moms!
- Free same-day delivery: We have some big Amazon warehouses in the DFW area. With some items, you can get delivery on the same day they were ordered. Same-day delivery is available without a Prime membership at $13 per item. Prime members get same-day delivery for free on qualifying orders over $35.
- Free release-date delivery: For all those hot new releases, Prime members can have eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date.
- Free no-rush shipping: Members who select no-rush shipping — which delays delivery on orders — can earn rewards to use on future purchases.
Other free delivery perks include Amazon Day, which allows you to order items throughout the week and select up to two days to get everything delivered in fewer boxes.
In some zips, you can get eligible items delivered inside their home with Amazon’s Key Smart Lock Kit (currently paused due to Covid-19), or inside their garage with Amazon’s Key Smart Garage Kit.
You can monitor the delivery through the Key by Amazon app, and get notifications about packages while the delivery is in process.
Extra deals and discounts
In addition to Prime Day itself, Prime members are eligible for Prime Early Access, which gives them 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon, which typically last 4 to 6 hours.
Beyond Prime Day deals, members get access to deals and discounts through Amazon Family, like 20 percent off diapers, baby food and more through Subscribe & Save, and 15 percent off eligible products from baby registries.
Prime members can also get free 2-hour grocery delivery through Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh.
In select cities, you can order food and household items and receive items within two hours, or on another date and time you select.
Streaming and entertainment
- Prime Video: you get unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes. As a standalone streaming service this saves you $9 a month.
- Amazon Channels: You can watch HBO, Showtime and STARZ through their Prime membership for $5 to $15 a month each without a cable subscription or additional apps.
- Prime Music: Prime Music offers members access to over two million unlimited, ad-free songs, as well as playlists and stations.
- Amazon Music Unlimited: You can get discounted Amazon Music Unlimited monthly plans, and they have access to exclusive annual plans. (Now through June 22, Prime members can get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free, while non-Prime members can receive three months free.) Part of Amazon’s Prime Day campaign in 2021 includes performances from Billie Eilish, H.E.R. and Kid Cudi.
- Prime Gaming: Prime members have access to free games, in-game content and a free channel subscription on Twitch.tv every month.
- Prime Reading: Access over a thousand books, magazines and more, which you can download onto your Kindle or Fire tablet, as well as read through the Kindle app. Prime Reading includes books with Audible narration, too — Kindle’s proprietary Whispersync helps you pick up where you left off while reading across devices, and Whispersync for Voice allows you to switch between listening to an audiobook and reading on your Kindle. Other reading perks include Amazon First Reads, which gives members early access to a new book for free every month.
- Kindle Unlimited – upgrade for 3,6 and 12 month plans. *Unlimited reading from over 1 million ebooks *Unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks *Read on any device *Membership plans are also giftable!
Other Perks that you probably didn’t know about!
- Amazon Photos: A Prime membership gives you unlimited photo storage on Amazon Drive for you and the members of your Family Vault — this is especially notable as Google Photos ended its free storage plan on June 1 this year.
- Prime Wardrobe: Get seven days to try on the clothing at home and only get charged for the items you keep — this includes shoes. Additionally, Prime members in select regions can pay an additional monthly membership fee to receive a monthly styling service, Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe. You can “try before they buy” eligible items across women’s, men’s, kids’, baby clothing, shoes, and accessories. Try up to eight items at home and pay for only what you keep.
- Amazon Elements: With a Prime membership, you have access to the retailer’s exclusive line of everyday essentials, ranging from vitamins to baby wipes.
- Amazon Pharmacy: Get free two-day delivery and can take advantage of savings offers when you fulfill subscriptions with Amazon Pharmacy.
If you are not a Prime member yet, what are you waiting for? Get a 30-day Trial to test it out, just in time for Prime Day!