There are many benefits to Amazon Prime, but some aren't heavily promoted, so you may be missing out.
In case the Super Bowl commercial and accompanying jingle didn’t clue you in, there is more to Amazon Prime than simply free two-day shipping. And while the chorus line points out a few of the additional benefits, there are even more perks than could be squeezed into that minute-long spot, some of them more heavily promoted than others. As such, we thought it was a good idea to make sure you knew about everything you have coming to you.
Free two-day shipping
Still Prime's main selling point, you get free two-day shipping with no minimum on most orders. Ordinarily, one needs to spend at least $35 to get free shipping. Even then, it is standard shipping which takes twice as long.
No-rush shipping credit
What if you don't need your order in two days? Amazon provides an incentive for letting them take their time getting your order out the door. Depending on what you buy, you could get a digital credit towards an eBook, MP3, or movie, or a credit towards a Prime Pantry order.
Guaranteed Delivery (which can result in free Prime)
But what if you really, really do need your order in two days and it takes longer? Amazon will give you an extra month of Amazon Prime for free. The only catch is that you have to ask. See also: How to Get One Extra Month of Amazon Prime for Free
What if you really need your order right now? If you happen to live in one of the 21 cities where Prime Now is available, you can get most items delivered the same day, and many items as soon as within two hours.
Streaming music, movies, and television shows
The most promoted of its secondary benefits, a Prime membership gives you access to millions of songs and thousands of movies and television shows — including Amazon original programming (Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, etc.).
Unlimited cloud photo storage
If you're like some people I know, your phone quickly fills up with photos. Then, this perk will be especially lucrative. Your Prime membership allows you to store all your photos in the cloud, freeing up your memory for taking even more photos. This was a big perk until Google decided to offer the same thing (with better search tools) with Google Photos.
Free Kindle eBooks
Like a virtual public library, Prime gives you access to more than 500,000 eBooks. You can borrow one book per month and there's never any late fees. Note: This feature only works for Kindle owners, not Kindle app users.
Early access to deals
Ever miss out on one of Amazon's amazing lightning deals? With Prime, you get a 30-minute headstart over the rest of users and that could make all the difference between scoring a lucrative deal or not.
Prime-only prices and coupons
In addition to getting a headstart on lightning deals, a Prime membership also gives you access to deals to which you wouldn't otherwise be privy. In the past few months, we've seen an increase in the number of these Prime-only prices. Additionally, we've also seen a recent uptick in the amount of clippable coupons being available only to Prime members.
Especially when it comes to buying large quantities of household items, Prime Pantry is an big added bonus. For just $5.99, you can have 45 pounds of groceries delivered to your doorstep.
For those with infants or young children, Prime's Amazon Family perk can be a godsend. Diapers and other items are 20% off when ordered with Subscribe & Save (which can be cancelled at any time), saving you money and a trip to store for this necessity.
And like a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, one of the best things about Prime is that you can share nearly all the perks with another member of your household. Choose wisely.
What do you think? Were you aware of all these benefits? Do you think they're worth $99 a year?
Stephen Slaybaugh is a senior features writer at dealnews. Republished with permission.