Amazon Prime is best known for promising two-day shipping on many of its products. You may have even heard of “Prime Day” or taken advantage of an Amazon Deal at some point.
If you’re considering becoming a member of Amazon Prime, many advantages come along with your enrollment. You’ll score discounts at Whole Foods Market, you’ll get quicker shipping times on most Amazon products, and of course, you’ll have access to Amazon’s streaming and music platforms with tons of movies, TV shows, and songs to choose from.
But there is so much more available, and whether you’re considering membership or already paying the $139 annual fee, we’ve found 6 of the best lesser-known, but fantastic features that come with Amazon Prime.
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Why Get An Amazon Prime Membership?
Amazon Prime members can take advantage of Amazon Photos. Amazon Photos offers unlimited storage for Prime members, along with 5 GB free for video storage. Plans for more video storage start at $1.99 a month and go up to $6.99 per month for 1 TB, or 140 hours of HD video.
You can access your photos on the Amazon Photos App available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. You can also use devices like a Fire TV, Echo show, or Fire tablet.
Amazon Photos also offers prints, photo gifts, and cards with free shipping for all Prime members. Try Amazon Photos to order your next family vacation photo book, or make cards for any occasion using your own uploaded pictures.
2. More delivery day options
Almost anyone who has heard of Amazon Prime knows about 2-day shipping. While shipping times can always vary, many cities and states offer more delivery options than just 2-day.
If your order is over $35 of qualifying purchases, your same-day Amazon delivery is free for Prime members. Delivery is only $2.99 if your total is less than $35, and thousands of items qualify.
Check for items that are eligible for delivery “Today” as you’re shopping on Amazon, and select Same-Day Delivery during checkout. Check your zip code to see if your area offers same-day delivery.
Amazon Delivery Day
Choose which days you prefer to have your packages delivered for free with Amazon Day Delivery. You can choose up to 2 days (except Sunday) and make that your preferred option for delivery. Then as you shop throughout the week, those packages will come together in fewer shipments, using few boxes, and come on the days you know you’ll be home to get them inside faster.
Share your Amazon Prime account with your whole family for free. You can use Amazon Household to manage who in your family has access to your Prime benefits, which of course includes more than just shopping. Your household can stream content, use Prime Gaming, and of course get quick delivery all within one prime account.
One Amazon Household allows up to two adults, and up to four teens and four children to use your Prime account. You also have control over the settings for each of these accounts.
Teen Logins let them stream and shop on their own Amazon account, and you approve purchases with a simple text. Children can be added to Fire Tablets and Kindle e-readers. Children are not able to shop, and the content they can see is completely controlled by you.
Amazon is making it easier to avoid waiting in lines to pick up those prescription bottles. Amazon Pharmacy accepts most major insurance plans and offers low prices on medication, free delivery with Prime, and 24/7 on-call pharmacists.
Once you’ve provided your list of current medications, you can enter your insurance information and the prescriber’s name if applicable. Then Amazon Pharmacy offers you upfront pricing, and supply options of 30-days, 90-days, and 6 months. With your Amazon Prime account, shipping is free and fast.
If you shop on Whole Foods, Amazon gives Prime members an extra 10% off on sale items at their physical stores. Be sure to download the Whole Foods app on your phone and log in with your Amazon Prime account. When you’re ready to checkout, scan the code and you’ll receive your discount. Additionally, you can also receive a 2 hour delivery of your Whole Foods groceries as noted here.
While many credit cards come with perks, Amazon Prime offers both credit cards and perks for many users paying with credit card.
Shop with points
If you have a qualifying credit card (includes American Express, Chase, Discover, and more) you can link up your card to your Amazon Prime account for extra benefits. Earn credit card points, and pay for your Amazon purchases using your points. Select Pay with Points while checking out.
Amazon credit card
Amazon offers 3 different credit cards that allow you to earn extra points when shopping on Amazon or at Whole Foods. These cards earn you money back (up to 5%) depending on where you shop and have different options whether you want to finance or build credit.
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