The king of online shopping offers the most significant amount of products online. With their Prime option, you’ll be able to get these products in hand in less than two days. This much you already know. But what you don’t know is that there are many ways to get even more benefits from your Prime account that you may have missed along the way.
How to Maximize Your Amazon Prime Membership
Recently, Amazon released a fantastic Credit Card, in partnership with Chase, to offer 5% cash back on all of your Amazon purchases. Have a Prime account? The annual fee is suddenly waived, and you’ll have access, based on credit, to this card. Don’t be surprised if they up the ante on some offers, for example, if you have the card, you can get an extra 10% cash back on an Amazon Fresh order (this deal may or may not exist depending on season). Bypassing a deal like this is hard!
Forget the other cloud storage options with costly limits. If you have a Prime account, you’ll have access to Amazon’s Prime Photos with unlimited storage!
Like trying new things? Prime Samples offers a buy one, get one free option for packed samples. For example, you could try a box of new coffee pods, exploring different flavors and options. By taking on the box, you’ll be rewarded with a similar box of the same kind.
Prime Reading is an underutilized function of the Prime membership. Not to be confused with their Kindle Books and retail option. Prime Reading is a category, focused on Amazon’s own effort to show you some great reading choices, including several audio versions that are included with your membership.
Are you the type who feels a bit safer when you can pick up your orders, rather than have them delivered? Amazon Locker is for you! With your Prime account, you’ll have access to this function. Order your products, or even return your products in a given locker. Many options are coming to your city so keep your eyes peeled.
For those who like to get their movies, games, and other products on the same day as launch, you’ll be happy to know that Amazon has this covered as well. Release-Date through your Amazon Prime account allows you to pre-order and achieve same-day release date delivery.
8: Twitch Prime
For those who are unfamiliar with the Twitch platform. Twitch is a game streaming service, allowing fans of games and influencers to connect through a social platform. Twitch Prime is an additional service that gives you ad-free viewing, along with free games and several discount offers.
Product pricing on Amazon is never stable, so if you are looking for a particular product, you can add it to your Wish List and see price changes. You can wait for a deal to happen when you select the available option. Go even further with price changes, with up to 120-day price change protection through Paribus and research price changes through a site called CamelCamelCamel.com.
Through the Amazon Assistance Chrome Extension, you’ll be able to add products through other sources and be notified of Wish List price changes. Plus you’ll see price comparisons from other websites, making shopping a bit more efficient!
10: Whole Foods
Amazon acquired the grocery chain to bring more presence in the food division. With Amazon Fresh, a home delivery option for groceries, you’ll have access to decent pricing and convenience with excellent delivery times on your schedule. What is interesting is that Amazon now has several Whole Foods products listed within Amazon Fresh, providing unparalleled quality and value to their Fresh program. Other unique Whole Foods perks:
- Scan Your Unique Prime Code at Checkout to Save
- 5% Cash Back if you have a Visa Prime Card (see #1)
- Extra 10% Yellow Sale Signs (In-Store)
Though not as famous as some competitors, this free add-on boasts a wide selection of original TV Shows and Movies. Watch original series like the highly rated Bosch, or the Black Mirror competitor Electronic Dreams. Amazon also has stepped up its game on older Television programming with TV Shows like “Chuck” and the “Twilight Zone.” You’ll also be able to stream the media on many platforms including Apple TV, XBOX, and Roku. For many looking to cut costs, Prime Video carries enough to replace some tv streaming apps.
12: Bonus Perks
There are several more add-on benefits for Amazon Prime users. They didn’t make our list due to added cost, convenience, or availability.
- Prime Now: Get items on the same day
- Prime Music: Two million songs included with your Prime Account
- Prime Pantry: Similar to Amazon Fresh, you’ll be able to buy several grocery related products for either an added cost or a small flat shipping fee
- FreeTime: Give your children access to thousands of educational movies, apps, and more
The List is Growing Too!
Amazon will likely increase pricing to their Prime Memberships over time, but that doesn’t mean they won’t improve perks and benefits like those listed above! Check back here to find additional ways to use your Prime account.