What do you get with Amazon Prime?


What do you get with Amazon Prime? It’s a question that might well come to mind if you’ve heard the news of Amazon’s Prime Early Access sale coming this month. For the first time, Amazon will hold a second members-only Prime sale event in a year, making it more tempting than ever to become an Amazon Prime member.

But what do you get with Amazon Prime other than access to a members-only sale once – or now twice – a year? Well, read on to find out all the benefits of Amazon Prime along with the cost of Amazon Prime. Once you’re ready, be sure to follow our complete guide to the Amazon Prime Early Access sale if you hope to find a bargain. And remember that you can sign up for a amazon prime free trial (opens in a new tab) and always cancel afterwards if you decide the other Amazon Prime benefits below aren’t right for you.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a paid subscription service that offers a wide range of benefits – enough to win over 200 million Prime members, according to Amazon. The biggest perk is one- or two-day shipping on most items sold by Amazon, but there are a range of other Prime perks, as we’ll see below.

What do you get with Amazon Prime?

Although the cost of a subscription is not cheap, the Prime subscription offers many advantages. The exact benefits depend on your country of residence, but include
access to Amazon streaming services, discounts on delivery – or free delivery – and even discounts on purchases from other brands.

Two big benefits of Amazon Prime are access to streaming services First videowhich offers unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes, and Amazon Music. You also get free monthly PC games and a Twitch channel subscription via First game, you can borrow books from Kindle Lending Library and you get unlimited photo storage with Premium Pictures.

Prime members can also get discounts on other brand products, including 10% off select Whole Foods purchases and a discount on FreeTime Unlimited and other subscription services in the US. And if you have a smart device like an Echo smart speaker or a smart display, you can use Alexa voice purchases and receive notifications of upcoming offers on the products you want to track.

What are all the benefits of Amazon Prime in the United States?

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  • Free two-day shipping on eligible items and free same-day delivery to eligible zip codes. Amazon Day: Add items to be delivered on the day that suits you best.
  • Free Amazon Fresh delivery in select cities.
  • FREE Release Date Shipping on eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date to continental U.S. zip codes
  • FREE No-Rush Shipping to earn rewards for future purchases.
  • Prime Video: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes. You can also add subscriptions to Showtime, Starz, A&E, AMC, and other streaming channels.
  • Amazon Music: Unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime playlists and over 1 million songs.
  • Free games with Prime Gaming (formerly Twitch Prime).
  • Prime Photos: Unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive.
  • Try before you buy: Order up to six categories of clothing, shoes and accessories without paying upfront.
  • Prime Reading: Borrow books, magazines and more from the Prime Reading catalog. You can read them on a Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android.
  • Amazon First Reads: early access to download a new book each month for free from the Amazon First Reads selections. You can also purchase hardcover titles at exclusive prices.
  • Early Access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com

What are all the benefits of Amazon Prime in the UK?

  • Unlimited one-day delivery on millions of items available. Unlimited same-day delivery to select residential zip codes. Amazon Day: Add items to be delivered on the day that suits you best.
  • Grocery delivery: Same day grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh and Morrisons.
  • Prime Video: Stream thousands of movies and TV shows, including Amazon Originals exclusives. You can also pay to subscribe to third party channels such as Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV Hub.
  • Amazon Music: 2 million songs, ad-free.
  • Prime Gaming: Bonus game content and monthly Twitch channel subscription.
  • Early access to offers: 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals at Amazon.co.uk.
  • Alexa Voice Shopping: Shop millions of items with Alexa and reorder the things you use most.
  • Try before you buy: Order up to six categories of clothing, shoes and accessories without paying upfront.
  • Prime Reading: Unlimited access to over a thousand eBooks, magazines, comics and more on any device.
  • Amazon First Reads: Early access to one of next month’s new Kindle book releases.
  • Prime Photos: Secure and unlimited photo storage. Access your photos anywhere; view and share photos from your phone, tablet or computer.

How much does Amazon Prime cost?

An Amazon Prime membership costs $139/£95 per year or $14.99/£8.99 per month. There is also a Prime Student subscription which costs $69/£47.49 per year or $7.49/£4.49 per month for students with a valid .edu email address. We recommend that you start with a one month free trial (opens in a new tab).

What are Amazon Fireplaces?

Amazon Prime members can use Amazon Households, which allows two adults and up to four children to share Amazon content. Two adults in the same household can share several benefits of Amazon Prime, including two-day shipping, video streaming, and access to the Kindle lending library.

What products are eligible for free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime?

The majority of products sold by Amazon qualify for free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime, but very large items qualify for free standard shipping instead. Items sold by third parties through Amazon Marketplace are only eligible if the seller has chosen to offer them.

Can I give Amazon Prime as a gift?

You can. You can go Give the gift of Prime (opens in a new tab) on the Amazon website and add it to your shopping cart to gift a friend or family member a one-year Prime membership. Make sure the box “This item is a gift” is checked. You can complete the rest of the information during checkout.

What Kindle books can I borrow?

Amazon claims there are over a million books available in the Kindle Lending Library. To see if a book you want to read is eligible, simply search for it on your Kindle device, the Kindle app, or Amazon’s website, and see if the Prime logo appears next to it. If so, that means a Prime subscription lets you borrow the book for a month.

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What is Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video is the streaming video component of Amazon Prime. Like services like Netflix and Hulu, Amazon Prime offers unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows, including some exclusives. But it also allows pay-per-view rentals and purchases, including subscriptions to Amazon channels, such as HBO, Starz, Showtime, PSS Masterpiece, Magnolia Selects, Britbox and Acorn TV. You can subscribe to Prime Video without being an Amazon Prime member.

How do I sign up for Amazon Prime?

To sign up for Amazon Prime, simply visit the Amazon Prime webpage (opens in a new tab), and follow the instructions. If you later decide to cancel the subscription, go to your account and select Manage Prime Subscription. Click End Subscription if you’re a current subscriber or Don’t Continue if you’re on a free trial and don’t want to upgrade to a paid subscription.

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