1. Anyone can get a free month of Amazon Prime 2-day shipping.
I like to know what I’m getting into before plunging in feet first, and Amazon Prime’s free 30-day trial period is perfect for that. It includes free 2-day shipping, Prime movies, music, and more. Once membership kicks in, it’s $99 per year.
2. Amazon Prime members get free unlimited photo storage, which normally costs $12.
I love accessing Amazon’s free unlimited photo storage from anywhere and any device just by signing in to my Amazon Prime account. While it’s free to Prime members, non-members must pay $12 a year.
Amazon also allows Prime members to share this perk with someone in their household. Best of all, you can automatically upload and access any new photos you take on your phone via the Amazon Photos app, then delete them from your phone’s storage. More storage space on your phone = a faster functioning phone!
3. College students get a free 6-month trial of Amazon Prime Student.
If you’re a college student, you get six months of Amazon Prime Student for free! All you need is a valid .edu email address and proof that you’re taking at least one class. After that, membership is only $49 a year for free 2-day shipping, unlimited Prime music and movie streaming, and special offers just for students.
4. Prime members can make money by not rushing a shipment.
Not in a big rush to get your Amazon item? Get a $5.99 Prime Pantry credit each time you pick no-rush shipping during checkout. These credits can’t be stacked (unfortunately), and can be used toward your next Prime Pantry purchase or while browsing on your Kindle device for MP3 music, books, and Prime Videos.
Get extra perks by signing up for Amazon Family, formerly Amazon Mom. Best part? It’s completely free to Prime members. Exclusive perks include 20% off diapers and additional discounts on related items. Create a child’s profile to unlock even more savings!
6. Amazon shoppers can get money back when there’s a price drop.
Keep track of your Amazon purchases in case the price drops—Amazon now allows you to get a refund on the difference, good for seven days after your package is delivered.
Paribus is an excellent tool to track price drops on your online purchases (available for both Prime and non-Prime members). Once a price goes down, Paribus basically files a claim on your behalf to get a refund for you. I’m all about less work and more money!
Learn more about Paribus and Amazon price adjustments here.
7. Amazon will extend your Prime membership by one month if your package arrives late.
While Prime is pretty efficient and on time, like life, things don’t always go right, and your package may arrive late. If this happens, make sure to hit up customer service and let them know. Go here, input your number and an Amazon rep will call you in five minutes to discuss your issue. Remember, you’re paying for a $99 subscription to get guaranteed 2-day delivery. In most cases, Amazon will extend your Prime membership by a month.
8. Prime members automatically get the same commercial-free music that would cost up to $10 a month on Spotify.
With more than a million songs and albums, Amazon Prime Music lovers have the luxury of an ad-free service at no extra cost. Pandora charges $4.99 a month for the same type of service while sites like Spotify and Apple’s streaming music services cost $9.99 a month.
9. Prime members can fill a 45-pound box of pantry staples for a flat fee of $5.99 with Prime Pantry.
Prime Pantry is an exclusive service for Prime members that allows you to shop for groceries and household products online. Basically, fill up a box for a flat fee of $5.99 on top of product prices. It’s delivered right to your home—a great option for someone with a busy lifestyle.
10. Prime members can stream videos on a bigger screen with anAmazon Fire Stick.
With over 3,000 channels, apps, and games, Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39.99) gives you access to so many subscriptions and streaming services you’ll be breaking up with your cable provider in no time. Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, including Amazon original programs and, as I mentioned already, over 1 million songs with Prime Music. Fire Stick is portable, and if you have Netflix or Hulu, throw it onto your Fire Stick and head over to a friend’s house (Wi-Fi needed) for an evening of entertainment on the big screen!
11. Prime members can earn $5 every time they refer friends and family.
Spread the Prime word by sending this link to friends and family. Once they join and make a purchase of at least $10, you get $5 towards your next Amazon transaction.
12. Amazon offers free one-day or SAME-DAY delivery to Prime members in select metro areas.
Amazon Prime members living in certain U.S. cities get free same-day or one-day delivery for orders more than $35 (pay $5.99 for orders less than $35). When you order by noon, your package will be delivered by 9 PM, seven days a week. Order after noon, and get FREE one-day delivery. A non-Prime member would pay $8.99 per order plus $0.99 per each item.
13. Splitting Prime memberships isn’t allowed, but existing shared accounts are grandfathered in.
Once upon a time, Amazon allowed you to share your membership with up to 4 people, but that’s changed. New rules mean you can share your Prime member benefits with another adult in your household, and you have to submit credit card information from both people. Still, the free 2-day shipping alone adds up and is worth the cost. Word on the street is those who have already shared their Prime account with more than one person are grandfathered in.
14. Prime members get one free book every month with theKindle First program.
Amazon Prime members have the joy of receiving free Kindle books through the Kindle First program. Get one free pre-released book per month. This translates into happy reading for the book lover in all of us!
15. Amazon Prime members get access to Lightning Deals 30 minutes earlier than non-members.
Amazon Lightning Deals are exactly that: great deals that go as fast as lightning! Get on these because they go as quickly as they come. Prime members have the added advantage of Prime Early Access—a benefit that gives members first dibs on the low prices available on two of Amazon’s discount services: Lightning Deals and MyHabit.com.
All these benefits for only $99 a year? Yes, please!