17 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Not Know About
An Amazon Prime subscription gives you unlimited free two-day shipping, but unless you’re ordering a lot of packages, that benefit may not be worth the $119 fee. The good news is, however, a Prime membership delivers a lot of perks, especially if you’re interested in reading, watching movies, and ordering household goods.
Read books for free
One of the best Amazon Prime benefits for big-time book readers is a trio of free reading products: Prime Reading, Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and Kindle First. Prime Reading gives Prime members open access to thousands of free books and magazines each month, from Harry Potter to InStyle magazine. You can even browse these titles and download them to your device for long flights or Internet-free zones.
Kindle Users can access Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and borrow one book per month with no reading deadline. Prime members also have access to pre-released books through Amazon’s early access program, Kindle First.
Prime Reading is available on any device, but the Lending Library and Kindle First are only available on Kindle, Fire tablet, and Fire phone. Find out more ways to read books online for free.
Download videos for offline viewing
For movie buffs, downloading for offline viewing is one of the best Amazon Prime benefits. Prime members on Fire tablets, Fire phones, Android phones or tablets, and iOS devices can download specially-marked Amazon Prime videos (current options include Creed and Mother’s Day) to their device and watch them later. The time period you have to view a download varies by title, and not all Prime videos or shows can be downloaded.
Long flight ahead? You can download multiple titles. When you reach your account’s maximum, just delete something you’ve already seen, and you’ll have room for the new flick. Don’t miss these Amazon hacks to save money while shopping online.
Free the Washington Post subscription
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, bought the Washington Post in 2013, and as a benefit, all Amazon Prime members receive a free one-month digital subscription to the national newspaper. (Without Prime, the cost is $9.99 per month.) If you decide to keep taking the paper after the free trial period, the subscription renews at just $3.99 per month.
Enjoy Prime Music and Prime Video subscriptions
Like Spotify, Prime Music is an ad-free and on-demand music streaming service, included in your Prime membership. The more music you play, the better Prime Music will be at selecting your preferences and building playlists that might interest you. For an additional $7.99 per month ($79 annually), Prime members can also subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited and gain access to over 50 million songs. Without a Prime membership, you could expect to pay $9.99 per month for access to Amazon Music Unlimited. You can also stream this service on the Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot for in-home entertainment.
Likewise, Prime Video is a virtual warehouse of great TV shows, movies, and award-winning original Amazon Studios content. With Prime Video, you can stream shows or movies to your Kindle, Fire TV, laptop, and more.
Store photos for free
If you’ve ever experienced a computer or phone crash that wiped out years of photos you had meant to back up, you already know the importance of a cloud-based storage option where you can safely stash your treasured files. Amazon Prime members receive unlimited photo storage with up to 5GB of storage for videos and other files in Prime Photos. You can also invite up to five friends and family members to share storage in your Family Vault, and anyone in the group can order prints directly from your digital photo albums. Here’s how to spring-clean your phone and make room for more photos.
Have access to premium streaming channels
Amazon Prime benefits continue in the TV and movie entertainment division: Prime members can connect to third-party stand-alone streaming subscriptions for premium services, such as Showtime, CBS All Access, Cinemax, and Hallmark Movies, on Amazon Channels. With Prime, the first 30 days are free. After that, prices vary per channel.
Get same-day delivery with Amazon Prime Now
As if free two-day shipping wasn’t good enough, Amazon Prime benefits are even sweeter for people living in 100 cities serviced by Amazon’s Prime Now delivery option. This service offers free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods, and they’ll even pick up items from local stores, restaurants, and businesses to bring to you for a small delivery fee. Prime Now deliveries are made seven days a week, from early morning to late evening. Check out the weird story behind Amazon’s name.
Free grocery delivery with Prime Pantry
Do you have staple grocery items you buy month after month? Toiletries, snacks, household cleansers, and more are all available through Amazon’s Prime Pantry. One of the best Amazon Prime benefits for busy people, Prime Pantry lets you fill a box full of grocery staples for a flat $5.99 delivery fee. Prime members who spend $35 or more receive free shipping—or you can pay an additional Prime Pantry membership fee of $4.99 per month to guarantee free shipping on all orders.
Some Pantry items qualify for coupons or discounts, and those will display on the item’s page so you don’t miss them. In the end, you may get a better bargain and certainly skip the trip to the store with Prime Pantry purchases.
Get better deals with Subscribe & Save
If you’d like to turn your Prime Pantry orders into automatic deliveries, Amazon offers Subscribe & Save, a subscription service for all sorts of home goods, from toiletries and cleaning products to snacks and beverages. Save 15 percent when you select five or more products for scheduled auto-deliveries. You select the frequency of your orders, and each month, Amazon sends you a reminder email so you can choose to cancel or skip that month’s shipment.
Jump-start savings with Prime Early Access
Amazon’s everyday Lightning Deals are a chance to score big savings on books, electronics, and more—and many are teased 24 hours ahead of their sale start. With a Prime membership, you get a 30-minute early access window to these big sales (those that will be available through Early Access will have a badge with the product details.) One of the best Amazon Prime benefits is Prime Day, an entire day of big savings exclusively for Prime members. Most Prime Days occur in the summer, but keep an eye on the Prime Day homepage for the next event. Don’t miss these really strange things you can buy on Amazon, by the way.