Amazon Prime: Non-Official Guide

Amazon Prime is a service provided by Amazon that currently (in 2017) has 80 million subscribers. Membership cost $99 per year or $10.99 a month and is like being a part of a special club at Amazon, where you can save on a ton of items…

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But that’s not the only benefits you get when you subscribe to Amazon Prime. Most of the 80 million Prime Members probably don’t even know all the amazing perks that you get with an Amazon Prime membership.

In this guide, I am going to show you all the amazing Prime perks you may have not known about, as well as some other great ways to get great deals on Amazon.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime Cost

Amazon has a number of different pricing options you can choose from. If you are a student you can sign up for Amazon Prime Student and get 50% off your Prime membership. All you need is a .edu email address and you can sign up as a student. Here are all the current pricing plans for Amazon Prime:

Membership Type Price
Monthly $10.99
Yearly $99
Student Yearly $49
 Prime Video (monthly) $8.99

Note: All new Amazon Prime members can receive a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.

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Benefits of Amazon Prime

Joining Amazon Prime has a ton of great benefits whether you’re thinking about joining or you are already a member, there are always more ways to save with Amazon Prime.

Shipping Benefits

Having access to free two-day shipping is one of the greatest benefits of having an Amazon Prime membership. Get your items in 2 days or less with eligible Prime products on the contiguous U.S.

But there are many more shipping benefits that are also available. In Here is a table of the Prime Shipping Benefits:

Shipping Speed Amazon Prime Member Price
Two-Day Shipping Free
Same-Day Delivery Free on qualifying orders in certain cities. As low as $5.99 on most other orders. Learn more.
2-Hour Delivery Free in eligible zip codes through Prime Now
One-Day Shipping Free on qualifying orders in certain cities. Learn more. Otherwise, price varies by item size and weight – as low as $2.99 per item
Saturday Shipping Price varies by item size and weight – as low as $7.99 per item
No-Rush Shipping Free
Standard Shipping (4-5 business days) Free
Release-Date Delivery (on qualifying items) Free

Prime Membership Sharing

You may have not known this but you can actually share your Amazon Prime membership with another adult in your household to receive the same Prime benefits.

Simply sign up for Amazon Household and your whole house can enjoy the benefits of Amazon Prime. To start using Amazon Household, head to the Amazon Household page and link your children or spouses accounts.

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Not only do you get to share your Prime Membership benefits but you also get a few more extras with a Amazon Household plan. You also get:

  • Earn 2% rewards every time you reload your Gift Card Balance with your checking account
  • 20% off diapers subscriptions and a 15% off Baby Registry completion discount, compliments of Amazon Family
  • Prime Fresh members can share their Fresh delivery benefits
  • You can also create a family library to share books, apps, and games with the other adult in your Household on their Amazon devices and media apps.
  • Household adults can manage parental controls with Amazon FreeTime for children and use multi-profiles on Amazon devices to personalize your device experience.

Prime Pantry

The Prime Pantry from Amazon is a virtual pantry that you can fill up with Prime Pantry eligible items. You will know if they are eligible when they have the Prime Pantry icon like below:

amazon prime pantry

Each pantry can hold up to 45 pounds worth of items. Fill up your pantry with as much or as little as possible up to 45 pounds and get flat $5.99 delivery if your pantry when you are ready.

You can save a ton of money on shipping and coupons using the Prime Pantry for your everyday, household items.

Make sure you check out the Prime Pantry coupon section to get the biggest deals on your Pantry items.

Photo Storage

Amazon provides a very power photo storage area where you can organize, search and share photos with your friends and family.

You can get up to 5GB of free storage if you are a non-prime member and you can get unlimited photo storage if you have a Prime Membership.

Not only can you collect and save your photos, but you can order prints, cards, books, calendars and more… right from your Prime Photos account.

With Prime Photos, you can browse photos easier than ever. See photos of the same people that are grouped together automatically so you can find pictures of you and your favorite people.

amazon prime photos

Prime Photos benefits are available for:

  • Paid Amazon Prime members (Amazon Prime, Amazon Student, Amazon Fresh).
  • Prime 30-day trial members.
  • Adult members of an Amazon Household with shared Prime benefits.

Prime Music

Amazon Prime members also get access to Amazon Prime Music which features over 2 million songs on-demand and an ad-free platform. Curate your favorite playlists or choose from pre-made playlist by music experts.

Prime Music is the most basic music package you get with Prime but they offer 3 other packages that will cost a little extra but come with more songs and services.

Plan Description Price
 Prime Music  Over 2 million songs, always ad-free and on-demand  Included with Prime
 Amazon Music Unlimited Echo Plan  Tens of millions of songs on a single Echo, Dot or Tap.  $3.99/mo
 Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Plan  Tens of millions of songs on one account, on all your devices.  $7.99/mo or $79/year
 Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan  All the benefits of the individual plan for up to 6 family members.  $14.99/mo or $149/yr

Prime members can play Prime Music on compatible devices that support Amazon Music, including:

  • Amazon Echo
  • Amazon Music for Web (
  • iOS devices
  • Android smartphones and tablets (v.4.0 and above)
  • Fire phone
  • Fire tablets
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Fire TV Stick
  • Sonos devices
  • Bose SoundTouch systems
  • PC & Mac computers

Streaming Video

When you sign up for an Amazon Prime membership, you also get access to thousands of Prime Video titles at no extra cost. Prime Video is always adding new titles and movies that are included in your Prime membership.

amazon prime video streaming

You can also sign up for Amazon Channel Subscriptions where you can purchase certain channels like Starz, Showtime and HBO, for a small monthly fee.

Prime Video is available for:

  • Paid Amazon Prime members
  • Amazon Prime 30-day trial members
  • Amazon Student six-month trial members
  • Members of an Amazon Household with shared Prime benefits

Note: Amazon Video is available on hundreds of devices—including TVs, Blu-ray players, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, computers, and Android and iOS mobile devices.

Prime Lightning Deals

amazon lightning deal example

Amazon Prime Lightning Deals are a part of Amazon’s Deal area where you can find thousands of discounted items. Lightning Deals are time-sensitive discounted items that can be up to 90% off!

Lightning Deals are time-sensitive so its important to make your order quick if you find a deal you like. It could also run out of stock before you have time to buy it so you must watch out for this too.

When a lightning deal is ready, you will see:

  • The item featured in the Amazon Deal
  • The discount amount and final price
  • A percentage bar that shows the amount of claimed deals
  • A timer showing how long you have until the lightning deal is over
  • An add to cart button if there are available items

Note: When all the promotional discounts for a Lightning Deal are held by other customers, you will see a Join Waitlist button and the status bar will show that 100% if the promotional discounts are currently being held in other customers’ Carts or have already been used to purchase the deal.

In this case, you will have to join the lightning deals wait-list.

Prime Early Access Deals

Early Access Deals is a feature that gives Amazon Prime Members 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals. This allows Prime members to get the first chance to get the best deals on

Prime Early Access deals range from 5-80% off and can be almost any item on Amazon from headphones to clothes.

To find the early access deals, click the Today’s Deals link in the top menu and then Select the Prime Early Access Deals link on the left menu of the Today’s Deals page.

Note: All deals are available while supplies last. Prime membership doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to purchase a particular deal, and it’s possible that a deal could sell out before the end of the early access period.

Amazon Prime Now

Prime Now is a newer benefit added to the Prime Membership plan that allows you to get free 2-hour delivery on select items and a set amount of zip codes in the USA.

Amazon Prime Now offers thousands of household items, restaurant delivery and even local store shopping in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle.

amazon prime now service

Prime Now offers 25,000+ items across 25 categories, including household items, groceries, electronics, gifts, seasonal items, and more. Plus, get restaurant and local store delivery in select cities.

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Delivery is available from early morning to late evening, 7 days a week in select zip codes. Head to Prime Now and enter your zipcode to see if you qualify for Amazon Prime Now. To become in a delivery drive for PrimeNow check out our Amazon Flex Guide.

Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day is Amazon’s newest and now most popular online Shopping holiday. On Prime Day, Amazon Prime  members get access to hundreds of thousands of amazing price cuts, discounts and free trials. Prime Day is actually held on different dates each year but its usually around July 10, 11 and 12th. It last about a week but the prime of the deals are on Prime Day.

On Prime Day, Amazon often offers free trials of all their services like Prime, Audible, Alexa, Music and movies. You can receive a free 30 day trial of these services or get great discounts if you are already subscribed to them.