Just recently Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders stated that 100 million people are paying for their Amazon Prime globally. This is the first time the company has shared their Amazon Prime subscribers.
This is great news for Amazon as there are more people signing up for their Amazon Prime they are also gaining the trust of the public. For those that are signing up for Amazon Prime, they are there to take advantage of the free two-day shipping and keeps people into the Amazon ecosystem.
Here in this article we will outline all the benefits of Amazon Prime and free perks so that you get more value out of your annual membership.
1. Free Same-Day
Ever since Amazon launched the Prime membership some cities and towns are eligible for free same-day delivery. Prime members in over 8,000 cities and towns can get delivery as fast as today on over a million items with qualifying orders over $35. You can check out to see your ZIP code is eligible right here. (https://www.amazon.com/Prime-FREE-Same-Day-Delivery/b?ie=UTF8&node=8729023011)
2. Getting Paid For No-Rush
There are some immediate discounts and promo codes that can be used in the future if you choose no-rush shipping option. You can choose this option if are in no rush of receiving your items, and they typically arrive within six business days, rather than the standard two days for Prime members. They typically giveback a $5 credit onto your account towards purchases on Prime Now or Prime Pantry.
3. Prime Membership
You can share your Amazon Prime membership with your roommates, family members or friends. Remember that there is a catch, this can only be shared with one other adult in a household, as your Amazon Prime account is linked to your bank account or credit card. If you have roommates that have an Amazon Prime account ask them to purchase few items on your behalf.
Amazon came out with something really cool for their Prime members, it is called the “Dash Buttons” in which they are the shortcuts to quickly find and reoder your favorite products on Amazon’s mobile app and website. Dash Buttons are available for tens of millions of products that ship with Prime. And Dash Buttons are free, so you can add as many as you want. It cost initally $4.99 however Amazon will refund that money back toward the first order.
5. Unlimited Photo Storage
For all Amazon customers Amazon offers 5 GB free storage and unlimited photo storage with Prime members. This offer is called Amazon Drive, in which it offers secure storage for your photos, files, videos, music, and more. Allows you to back up your files to the cloud and know that all your documents are safe. Once your files are uploaded you can access them from your computer and allows you to free up your space.
6. Prime For Students
Students are eligible for a discounted rate in whiich they can sign up for free for the first six months with a .edu email. After six months it costs Amazon Prime Student $49 a year, and the paid upgrade comes with unlimited streaming of Prime Music. Even for those that are taking one course at college, Amazon will offer you at the student rate.
7. Free Music
Why would you want to pay for Pandora, Spotify or Apple Music when you can listen to beautiful music for free with your Amazon Prime account. Amazon Prime Music offers over two million songs, always ad-free and on-demand included into your Amazon Prime account. Sure the music library isn’t as deep as it’s competitor however understand that Amazon is doing their best to increase their music listings. If Amazon’s free playlists and stations aren’t as deep as those of competing streaming services, you can always upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited, in which it features tens of millions of songs including new releases, runs $7.99 a month for Prime members ($9.99 for non-members).
8. Prime Video
Similar to Netflix, Amazon also offers their own original series at no additional charge. Take advantage of watching free movies and TV series via Amazon’s streaming service. You can also download movies and TV shows to your mobile devices for later viewing.
9. Benefits with Alexa
If you own one of voice-activated digital assistant from Amazon such as Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, your Prime membership allows you to place orders through Alexa. All you have to do is call out Alexa and ask to order few items, example, “Alexa order me two new lightbulbs” and lightbulbs will arrive on your doorstep two days later. Remember that shipping is free for Prime members, and Alexa is already aware of your Prime status. You can ask Alexa for any deals that Amazon is offering and learn about Alexa-only discounts.