The Best Amazon Prime Benefits You Don’t Know About
The popular online wisdom holds that Amazon is evil and you should stop giving them your money. Yet some 76.6 million households in the United States use Amazon Prime, so either the message just hasn’t gotten through to some of us, or we’ve resigned ourselves to our fates. And if you’re going to make a deal with the devil, you may as well get the most out of it as possible—which is why it’s worth knowing about all the benefits of your Prime Membership beyond the environmentally damaging, economically damaging (but oh so convenient) two-day shipping.
These services range from various perks for the delivery of food, a variety of forms of entertainment, and even storage space for your digital memories. Here are nine non-shipping benefits of a Prime membership you may know about.
Grubhub+. As of July 6, 2022, all Amazon Prime members are now eligible for a free, one-year membership to Grubhub+ (and it works for Seamless+, too). A Grubhub+ membership includes unlimited, $0 food delivery fees on orders over $12, as well as perks and rewards such as free food and order discounts. To activate this deal, go to amazon.com/grubhub and follow the instructions.
“No Rush” Delivery.Amazon Prime members can elect to get a discount on many orders by choosing “No Rush” delivery at checkout. No Rush delivery helps Amazon prioritize their fastest deliveries for customers with more urgent needs (when you really need that egg timer by tomorrow). A little patience can net you a few bucks off a future movie rental, or other perks.
Try Before You Buy. If you’ve bought clothes online before, you know it’s an imperfect process. Until your package arrives, you have to hold your breath, praying the item looks and fits the way you want it to. The Amazon “try before you buy” program takes some of the hassle out of the process. With this perk, you can try on eligible clothing items, shoes, and accessories before you actually have to pay for them. Amazon gives you seven days to try the items at home, and only charges for the items you end up keeping.
Unlimited photo storage/5GB video storage.Just because all of your photos are digital now doesn’t mean you don’t need a space to keep them. Prime members are entitled to unlimited, full-resolution photo storage, plus 5 GB video storage. This allows users to share and access all your photo files on desktop, mobile, and tablet. Plans for additional video storage start at $1.99 per month and can be canceled at any time.
Amazon Music Prime.It’s not quite Spotify or Apple Music, but an Amazon Prime membership comes with a free Amazon Music Prime subscription, including access to over two million songs, thousands of playlists, podcasts, and curated stations—and no ads. You can also download songs to listen to offline. (There’s a paid tier too—granting you access to some 90 million songs—starting at $8.99/month, or $3.99 if you have an Alexa-enabled smart speaker.)
Amazon Pharmacy. When using Amazon Pharmacy, Prime members can potentially get lower prices on medication. Prime members can save up to 80% on generic medication and 40% on brand name prescription medications when paying without going through insurance (the discounts cannot be combined with an additional insurance plan). Also included with Amazon Pharmacy for Prime members is the option to pick your prescription up at one of over 60,000 pharmacies, should you need it that day.
Free books, magazines, and audiobooks. Included in an Amazon Prime membership is a program called Prime Reading, which allows members to access thousands of books or magazines for free. The service lets you download and read up to ten books at a time, and many Prime Reading books coming with the benefit of Audible narration. You can use a Kindle or Amazon Fire tablet to access the benefit, or download the Kindle app to your iOS or Android device.
Prime Video. You know about this one. Prime Video is Amazon’s streaming service. It’s where you can watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or The Wheel of Time or that new Lord of the Rings show or lots of other shows you probably have never heard of, because Amazon is even worse at promoting its content than Netflix.
Sharing your Prime benefits. You can access some of the aforementioned benefits of an Amazon Prime subscription without actually paying for an Amazon Prime subscription, as Amazon is shockingly relaxed, if not actively encouraging, when it comes to customers sharing their accounts. To share your account with someone, you simply just add them to your “household” by following this prompt. The only rub is you have to agree to share payment methods. If you don’t want to go that far, you can at least share the free shipping benefit only with one other account.