29 useful Amazon Prime benefits that go beyond free 2-day shipping

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  • Being an Amazon Prime member will cost you $119 a year (less if you're a student or you have an EBT or Medicaid card). 
  • These 29 Amazon Prime benefits prove it's an online membership worth having, whether you need to have products delivered quickly, enjoy streaming entertainment, or like saving with exclusive discounts. 
  • You can experience all the benefits with a free 30-day trial of Prime to see if it's worth it for you. 

At $12 a month, an Amazon Prime membership offers many convenient benefits, making it a great investment for its price. 

A regular Amazon Prime membership is $119 a year. Students not only get 50% off Prime memberships ($6.49/month), but also enjoy exclusive discounts. They can get a free six-month Prime trial here. Meanwhile, Prime is also discounted ($5.99/month) for qualifying customers with an EBT or Medicaid card

With cheaper competition like Walmart+ entering the scene, you may be wondering which, if any online membership, is better for you. More than 150 million subscribers worldwide evidently think Prime is worth it, but if you're still on the fence about buying a membership, we've rounded up its many benefits below.

You might even already have Prime but aren't using it to its full advantage, in which case this list will be a nice refresher for all the benefits you should know about. 

Below are the 29 Amazon Prime benefits you should know about.

Free two-day shipping on over 100 million items
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The best-known perk, Amazon Prime's fast delivery service is convenient and applies to just about anything you'll need from the site. Just look for the Prime logo as you shop.

Free same-day shipping on over 3 million items and one-day shipping on over 10 million items
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Check your zip code to see if same-day and one-day options are available near you

Same-day shipping: With no minimum purchase, you can order eligible items before noon and get them by 9 p.m. the same day. Orders placed in the afternoon arrive the next day.

One-day shipping: With Prime Free one-day delivery, there's no minimum purchase for eligible items to be ordered by the afternoon and get your items by 9 p.m. the next day. 

Amazon Day scheduled deliveries
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Learn more about how Amazon Day works here

Amazon Day, available as a delivery option when you check out your shopping cart, allows you to choose any day of the week (except Sunday) to receive all of your orders at one time. Most items that are eligible for Prime's free two-day shipping and are shipped by Amazon can be ordered with Amazon Day.

You're not locked into Amazon Day for all your future orders. Whenever you check out, you can still choose whichever delivery option works best for your situation, whether that's tomorrow or in a few days on your designated Amazon Day.

Access to Prime Day
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You have to be a Prime member to get access to the estimated million deals offered every year on Prime Day.

Every year, Insider Reviews covers the best Prime Day deals worth shopping. Expect Prime Day 2020 to arrive in October. See the deals you missed from last year's Prime Day here.

Amazon Fresh grocery delivery
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Shop groceries at Amazon Fresh

Amazon Fresh is now free to use with a Prime membership (it previously cost an extra $15 a month). It lets you skip the long grocery lines by shopping online and picking a delivery window that's convenient for you.

As long as your order total is more than $50, you'll get free delivery. Thanks to the Whole Foods acquisition, organic foods and Whole Foods' 365 brand products are all readily available. 

Free two-hour delivery on household essentials with Prime Now
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Check your zip code to see if Prime Now is available near you 

Tens of thousands of everyday household items, grocery essentials, and Amazon products can be delivered to you in two hours or less, in select US cities. Delivery windows generally span from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., though some extend to midnight depending on the city. 

Prime Pantry household and grocery essentials in everyday sizes
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Shop household essentials from Prime Pantry

Prime Pantry, now free and included with your Prime membership, lets you shop thousands of household essentials, many of which are not available elsewhere on Amazon. Pantry-exclusive coupons save you even more money on these items. Customers receive free shipping on all orders of $35 or more or pay a flat $5.99 shipping fee for each order they place.

As a non-Prime member, you can still order through Prime Pantry, but a $5.99 shipping fee on each order will apply.

Free Prime Video streaming
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Stream movies and TV shows on Prime Video

Start your free trials of Prime Video channels

Stream from a large library of movies and TV shows for free, including Amazon Originals content, and rent the latest releases for low prices. Prime members can also subscribe to over 100 channels (and only pay for the channels they want), including HBO, Showtime, and CBS All Access

Free Prime Music streaming and discounted Amazon Music Unlimited
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Listen to music on Prime Music

Start your 30-day free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited

Prime Music lets you listen to 2 million songs ad-free and on-demand, while Amazon Music Unlimited ($7.99/month) expands the library to 60 million songs and lets you download them for offline listening on any device. 

One free Kindle book a month through Amazon First Reads
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Pictured: A Drop of Midnight, free with Amazon First Reads, available at Amazon

See this month's Amazon First Reads picks

Get free, early access to one Kindle book from a selection of editors' picks each month or shop the hardcover version for $9.99 or less. Available genres include contemporary fiction, thriller, science fiction, and memoir. 

Twitch Prime live video streaming and viewing
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Connect your Twitch account on Amazon

Twitch is primarily used to watch video gameplay but hosts many other types of live streams, including talk shows and cooking shows. Prime members get ad-free viewing, a free Twitch channel subscription, discounts on pre-order box games, and a Prime-exclusive chat badge.

 

Gourmet snacks from Happy Belly and Wickedly Prime
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Pictured: Wickedly Prime Coconut Toffee Roasted Cashews, $19.01, available at Amazon

Shop gourmet food from Happy Belly and Wickedly Prime

Happy Belly sells nut and trail mixes, spices, and cage-free eggs while Wickedly Prime sells chips, nuts, popcorn, soup, sweet spreads, tea, and more. 

Amazon Key in-home delivery
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Check your eligibility and buy a Key Smart Lock Kit

Note: As of 5/26/20, In-Home Delivery is paused until further notice, due to concerns related to the coronavirus. 

Available in select cities and surrounding areas, secure in-home delivery on millions of eligible items is possible with the Key Smart Lock Kit, which can also be used normally to schedule home access for guests, friends, and family. 

On delivery day, you'll get a notification in the morning with a four-hour delivery window for when the driver will arrive at your home. Right before the driver arrives, you'll receive an "Arriving Now" notification and can optionally watch the delivery live through the Amazon Key App. 

Amazon Key in-car delivery
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Check your eligibility for Amazon Key in-car delivery

Note: As of 5/26/20, In-Car Delivery is paused until further notice, due to concerns related to the coronavirus. 

You can also get Amazon packages securely delivered right into your vehicle when it's parked at a publicly accessible area. As of February 2020, it works with:

  • Model year 2015 and newer Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Volvo vehicles and requires an active connected car service plan, such as OnStar and On Call
  • Select Ford 2017 and later model year vehicles equipped with FordPass Connect
  • Lincoln 2018 and later model year vehicles equipped with Lincoln Connect
  • Select 2018 or newer Honda vehicles equipped with an active HondaLink Remote Package
  • 2019 or newer Acura RDX equipped with an active AcuraLink Remote Package.

Similar to in-home delivery, you'll be able to track the delivery status in real time. 

Amazon Key in-garage delivery
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Check your eligibility for Amazon Key in-garage delivery

Yet another option is garage delivery. You'll need the Amazon Key app and Smart Garage Kit to get packages delivered directly to your garage, with the same safety precautions in place as the other Key delivery services. 

Eligibility for garage delivery depends on your garage door type and zip code. 

Free release-date delivery on new video games, books, music, and movies
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Pictured: Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch, $59.99, available at Amazon

Be the first to get your hands on highly anticipated releases. Pre-order the item, then select free two-day shipping at checkout. You'll receive your new release by 7 p.m. on the release date. Prime members may also enjoy an additional 20% off the list price on certain items.  

Prime Wardrobe clothing try-on service
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Try Prime Wardrobe

Learn more about how Prime Wardrobe works here

Prime Wardrobe lets you try on and purchase new styles with little hassle. Choose up to eight items across the women's, men's, children's, and baby clothes, shoes, and accessories categories. Then, you'll have seven days to try them at home and decide what you want to keep. Check out online, then return your unwanted items for free using the resealable box and prepaid shipping label. 

If you want a more personalized experience, you can try Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe, which costs $4.99/month. 

Prime-exclusive fashion brands
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Shop the best Amazon Prime-exclusive women's fashion brands

Learn more about 6 under-the-radar Amazon Prime clothing brands every woman should know

Amazon has several in-house fashion brands, some of which are exclusive to Prime members. Whether you're looking for stylish yet professional business attire, casual loungewear, or swimwear, you'll find an affordable Amazon label for it. 

Prime-exclusive unlocked phones
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Pictured: Moto G 6, $149.99, available at Amazon

Shop unlocked phones

Unlocked phones offer more freedom and flexibility since they're not tied to specific phone carriers. The prices for these LG, Moto, and Nokia phones are reserved for Prime members. 

A rewards credit card with no annual fee or foreign transaction fees
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Apply for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card gets you: 

  • 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market 
  • 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores 
  • 1% back on all other purchases 

You'll get a $70 Amazon.com gift card instantly upon approval, and you can redeem your points on Amazon as well as for cash back, gift cards, and travel. 

Free online photo storage on Amazon Photos and free delivery on Amazon Prints
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Get started with Amazon Photos

Order prints and make personalized photo gifts at Amazon Prints

You can save and share unlimited photos across desktop, mobile, and tablet, and share unlimited photo storage with up to five people. You'll also get 5 GB for videos and files. Amazon Photos comes pre-installed on Amazon devices, so you can also view your photos from your Fire TV and Echo Show. 

After you turn your photos into prints and other photo gifts through Amazon Prints, you get free standard and expedited shipping.

Exclusive deals and discounts
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Shop Prime-exclusive deals

Only Prime members get deals on certain products and Amazon services, such as free delivery on restaurant orders, savings on dog and pet food, and rotating deals on the latest movies and TV shows through Prime Video. 

30-minute early access to Lightning Deals
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Shop Lightning Deals at Amazon

Learn more about how to get a Lightning Deal on Prime Day

Lightning Deals are called so for a reason — they're only available for a few hours and can be snatched up quickly before the expiration time. Prime members get an extra 30 minutes to shop deals before they're officially open. Just look for the "Prime Early Access" label as you shop the page. 

Free standard shipping on Shopbop, East Dane, and Woot!
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Shop clothing at Shopbop and East Dane, and shop flash deals at Woot!

The shipping benefits extend past Amazon.com. Shopbop is an online destination for luxury and designer clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories, East Dane is its menswear counterpart, and Woot! is an Amazon-owned startup that hosts daily flash deals on discounted products. Log in with your Amazon account on these sites to get your shipping perk. 

 

Free Prime Reading books, magazines, and comics
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Read books with Prime Reading

Prime members can choose up to 10 titles at a time from more than 1,000 options. The title will be available to read on any of your devices via the Kindle app and some books also come with Audible narration. 

Shared Prime benefits with the whole family through Amazon Household
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Create an Amazon Household

Learn more about how to use Amazon Household to keep gift purchases a secret

Two adults and up to four teens and four child profiles may link in a 'Household,' allowing everyone in the family to enjoy Prime benefits like free shipping, Prime Video, and Prime Photos and share content like ebooks, audiobooks, apps, and games. 

Another benefit of linking accounts is that adults can approve orders before they're placed (for teens) and set parental controls on digital content (for kids). 

Rewards or discounts if you choose free no-rush shipping
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Learn more about free no-rush shipping rewards

If you can wait a few extra days for your order to arrive, you can either earn rewards on future purchases or receive discounts immediately. Rewards are automatically added to your account once your free No-Rush order ships and they are automatically applied to qualifying orders as well. 

Discounted Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
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Start your 30-day free trial of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited offers unlimited access to 13,000 kids' books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. For Prime members, it's $2.99/month for a single child or $6.99 for a family of up to four children. Parents can set controls like time limits and content filters, and personalize the experiences of each child profile. It's available on Fire Tablets (books, videos, apps), Kindle eReaders (books), and Android phones and tablets (books, videos). 

Prime Book Box
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Sign up for Prime Book Box

Prime Book Box is a children's book subscription that delivers two hardcover books or four board books to kids up to 12 years old. The book selections are popular reader favorites or Amazon Book Editor-approved, so your child can enjoy both classics and new releases.

Parents can handle preferences like delivery schedule and preview the book options (or let them be a surprise). Each box costs $19.99/month (your first box is $16.99/month) and all boxes ship for free. 

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