Amazon Prime is probably best known for two things: free two days (itch: a day!) Shipping and Netflix style streaming. It's definitely worth the benefits, especially considering the relatively low $ 1
Here's a look at every advantage that comes with Prime – along with a few Amazon services you might have thought were included, but actually cost extra. (Don't have a subscription at the moment? You can sign up for Prime here, even if it's just to get a 30-day trial.)
The complete list of Prime perks is surprisingly long. Let's start with everyone's favorite: fast, free shipping.
Free overnight shipping: Initially, Prime provided a fantastic freight upgrade: Free two-day delivery on many, if not most, of the Amazon's physical goods – even if it's just one item, and It only costs a few dollars. ($ 3 HDMI cable, some?) Earlier this year, the benefit got even better:. Not busy? When you get to the checkout, look for a "no-rush delivery" option, which can cost you a small credit (usually $ 1) that can be used for digital purchases: e-books, movie rentals, and so on.  Free Release Date: Suppose you pre-order a new book from your favorite author or a hot new technology product. As a Prime subscriber, you receive that item on the exact day it is released – not a day or two later. Only certain items are qualified, of course.
Free Two Hour Delivery: Prime Now taking things hyperlocally, delivering whole foods and other goods in just two hours – free if you spend at least $ 35, $ 4.99 if you don't. In addition, Amazon completely offers Wholes Foods discounts for Prime subscribers (see below).
Free (or flat-rate) grocery and household items: Toilet paper, dog food, shampoo, your favorite cereal – Prime Pantry will deliver these and other items (pretty much anything that doesn't require refrigeration). But to get free shipping (and it comes shipping shipping, not one or two days), you must spend at least $ 35. Spend less and shipping goes $ 5.99 per order. You can also upgrade your Prime Pantry membership to $ 4.99 per month, but the only benefit of doing so is getting free shipping with a minimum of $ 10 instead of $ 35.
Alexa offers : Do you own Echo, Fire tablet or other Alexa-compatible device? If so, say these magic words: "Alexa, what are your appointments?" She will rattle off a list of pretty random prime exclusive offers, pause after each one to ask if you want to buy it. It's certainly not the most effective way to shop – especially if you choose to jump online to make sure the deal you get is actually a good one – but it's a Prime Perk all the same.
5% cash back with an Amazon Prime card: How do you score even better deals on Amazon? Sign up for one of the company's credit cards; Each offers 5% cash back on almost any Amazon purchase. It's the Amazon Store card, which is only good on Amazon and offers interest-free financing on various purchases. (Right now you can also get a $ 60 gift card when you sign up.) Then there is the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, a more traditional credit card that gives you money back for non-Amazon purchases as well.
Excluding discounts on Whole Foods: Afteryou can now score exclusive benefits and discounts. If you shop in the store, look for prizes marked "Prime", so just open the Amazon app on your phone and blink the QR code at the checkout. While in it, you use the former Prime Rewards Visa to net an additional 5% cash back.
Instant reorganization with Amazon Dash buttons: Initially, Amazon sold physical buttons that you could use to reorder various household items (paper towels, detergent, coffee pod, etc.). But the Dash buttons are now exclusively virtual, meaning you can access them on your computer, mobile device, Echo Show ($ 230 on Amazon) or Samsung Family Hub. Functionality remains the same: A push button automatically reordering individual products.
Early Access to Lightning Deals: Amazon's Lightning deals run for limited time or while supplies last. If you are a Prime subscriber, you will have access to these deals 30 minutes before non-subscribers.
Access to Amazon items: It is perhaps the most "meh" of all Prime benefits, Elements An exclusive Amazon store filled with "premium" vitamins, protein powders and other supplements, as well as baby wipes .
Completion discount: Do you have a baby? If you used Amazon to create a gift registration register, you will receive an additional 15% discount on remaining items on the list (ie items that were not purchased for you).
Prime Wardrobe: This exclusive Amazon gives you seven days to try qualified clothing, shoes and accessories at home, then send back for full refund of items you don't like.
Unlimited video streaming: Prime Video is similar to Netflix, offering movies, TV shows and original content. It is available on almost all mobile devices and streaming devices, along with most gaming consoles and smart TVs. In addition, many TV shows and some movies,the same as with Netflix. Here is our interpretation of
Limited music playback: Amazon Prime Music provides unlimited free access to a song library filled with over 2 million tracks. You can stream them to different devices, but songs can also be downloaded to your phone or tablet for offline listening. Prime Music should not be confused with Amazon Music Unlimited (see "What is not included in Amazon Prime," below), which offers a much larger library but costs extra. Prime subscribers get a break at the price, though.
Unlimited Photo Storage: Like Google, Amazon Prime offers subscribers unlimited storage for photos for photos. For most, this means using the Amazon Drive app to upload photos from phones and tablets, but there is also a desktop app (for Windows and Mac) that can archive images from your hard drive. In addition, Prime Photos gives you 5 GB of storage space for documents and videos.
Free eBooks and Magazines: As part of your Prime subscription, you get access to Amazon Prime Reading, which – as a lending library – lets you borrow up to 10 titles. Capture: This particular library offers a relatively small selection, so don't expect many new titles or bestsellers. But the magazine selection – which rotates quite often – can be decent. At the moment, for example, you can get Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Living and Men's Health, to name a few.
Free eBooks, part 2: It's called Amazon First Read, and it works like this: Every month, Amazon editors are steering up by a dozen yet to be released books and giving Prime subscribers the opportunity to choose one of them – free. And it is for the holder too; You do not just borrow the book.
Free audio channels: Amazon owns audiobook service Audible. Audible Channels is one of Prime's best-kept secrets – a small selection of audiobooks only available to Prime members (and only available for streaming, if you want to download one, you need to buy it). But when you talk about secrets, these books are kind of hidden: To find them, you have to venture into the audio application on your phone, then tap the channel icon and scroll down until you see Audiobook collections.
Free PC Games and Extras: Hardcore players know everything about Twitch, which lets users see and share game videos. Prime subscribers who link their Twitch and Prime accounts can get free games and in-game loot. (To access the former, you need the Twitch desktop client.)
Odds and ends
Membership sharing: Do you share a household with another adult? Then take advantage of Amazon Households to share many of your Prime benefits with that person. Households also allow up to four teenagers (13-17 years) to create their own shopping and streaming profiles.
Amazon Prime also lets you add premium video subscriptions – HBO, Starz, Showtime and so on – to Prime Video Umbrella, but it's really just a convenience: You get no discounts to purchase these subscriptions separately.
What's not included in Amazon Prime
There is a terrible lot of Prime goodness. However, a smash of Amazon services is not included in your subscription – and a few services have disappeared. For example,. There is no more free 6 month Washington Post subscription, either. Here's a look at what costs extra – and how much extra.
Amazon Fresh: It doesn't seem that Amazon Fresh – a grocery store that runs the Amazon ownership of Whole Foods – will continue much further, especially in terms of limited availability (still only a smashing of regions) and $ 14.99 monthly fee.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited: A subscription service explicitly designed between 3 and 12, strengthens FreeTime Unlimited's child-friendly apps, e-books, games, movies, TV shows, and other content. Compatible with Kindles, Fire Tablets and Fire TVs, it includes parental controls for things that set time constraints, adjusts content filters, and crawls images taken with the tablet. You do not need to have a Prime subscription to get FreeTime Unlimited, but it is cheaper: $ 2.99 per month for one child or $ 6.99 per month for up to four children. If you don't have Prime, the service costs $ 4.99 and $ 9.99 respectively.
Kindle Unlimited: The Kindle Unlimited – $ 9.99 a month – seems to be expanding on the e-book, digital magazine and audiobook content already included in your Prime membership. It's not really clear how much more content you get, so be sure to sign up for a trial first. (As happens, Prime subscribers are currently eligible for a three-month trial at no cost.)
Music Unlimited: Amazon's answer to Apple Music, Spotify and the like gives you access to around 50 million songs – significantly more than you get from Prime Music. If you already have a Prime subscription, add Music Unlimited costs $ 7.99 per month – a few dollars less than the competition costs. But a family plan makes it $ 14.99 a month, whether you are a Prime subscriber or not, and it doesn't represent any savings over the competition. In fact, you may want to investigate if Amazon Music Unlimited is a good deal for you before you add it to your account.
Originally published October 18, 2016.
Update July 9, 2019: This article is updated regularly, as new benefits are added to Prime membership and others expire.