Hidden Perks of Amazon Prime

Paying $139 for Amazon Prime? Don't Miss These Perks

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Don't Miss Out

Best known for free two-day shipping on an unlimited number of orders, Amazon Prime has steadily added perks since its introduction — including Prime Day, the annual sale event for members going on July 12-13. Like seemingly everything else, though, Prime has gotten more expensive: Amazon added $20 to the price of an annual subscription, raising it to $139. Many shoppers may be questioning whether the Prime Day deals and other perks justify the higher price. Here's a rundown of lesser-known Prime benefits to help you judge for yourself.

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Grubhub+ Membership

Prime members can now sign up for a free, one-year Grubhub+ membership. It includes unlimited $0 delivery fees from restaurants on Grubhub throughout the year. Additionally, Grubhub+ members get access to various member-only perks and rewards. 

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Whole Foods Pickup

Historically, Prime membership granted customers free two-hour delivery on Whole Foods orders over $35. Alas, those days are over. Amazon started charging a painful $9.95 delivery fee nationwide — prompting members to sue the company. But there are still other Whole Foods benefits on offer. Prime members continue to get free pickup on Whole Foods orders over $35, as well as discounts like 10% off select items.

Related: Top-Rated Products to Shop on Amazon This Month

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Buy With Prime

This recently unveiled program opens up Amazon Prime shipping to certain third-party retailers, allowing Prime members to complete purchases on the retailer's site and still have them fulfilled through Amazon. The upshot: Prime members aren't subject to the retailers' normal shipping charges and can instead enjoy the free shipping offered through Prime. Right now, the service is available by invitation only to select Amazon merchants, but Amazon plans to make the service more widespread in the future.

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Amazon Luna

This gaming service debuted back in 2020, but on an invite-only basis as Amazon tested it further. But now it's available for everyone, and Prime members get free digital games with their Prime subscription. Each month, at least five new free games are added to the Prime Gaming library. You can also get free in-game content that would normally cost you money, along with a free subscription to a Twitch channel each month. 

Related: I Tried Amazon Prime Wardrobe and Here's What Happened

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Amazon First Reads

Prime members are automatically registered for Amazon First Reads, allowing them to download and read select book titles a month before the release date for free or at a reduced rate.

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Unlimited Photo Storage

Unlimited Photo Storage

That's right, unlimited. And there are free apps available to help upload photos to the cloud. Prime members also get 5 GB of storage space for videos and other files. Members who have run out of room on other cloud storage services — or don't have a backup at all — can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Amazon Key

Until recently, Prime customers could get their packages delivered to their parked cars, but Amazon killed the program, which was part of Amazon Key. But if you're cool with Amazon having access to your garage, it will still deliver packages there if you have a MyQ smart garage opener — a service ostensibly offered to help customers avoid porch pirates, but one that has raised obvious issues about giving a stranger access to your home. 

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Membership Sharing

Even seasoned Prime members may be unaware that another adult living in the same household can be added to the membership and access many of the benefits from their own account. One catch: Payment must be made from the authorizing member's credit card. That may be no big deal if the benefits are shared with spouse or a partner, but it could get a bit dicey with, say, a roommate.

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Prime Video

If you haven't already stumbled across it, Amazon's Prime Video service has not only thousands of TV shows and movies you can watch for free, but you can also find content original to the site, such as "Bosch" and the Emmy-nominated superhero parody "The Boys."

Amazon Prime Day Deals

Free Same-Day Delivery

Free two-day shipping is the most talked about benefit of Amazon Prime, but members also have the option of free same-day delivery in select locations and on specific, qualifying items with a $35 minimum order. 

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Early Access

Amazon gives Prime members an early crack at its limited-time "Lightning Deals" — though inconsistent application have some users expressing skepticism. Officially, Lightning Deals are good only while supplies last and could mean the difference between scoring a deal and missing out.

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Amazon Kids+

Prime members get a discount on Amazon Kids+, formerly Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a service that offers books, movies, shows, apps, and games designed for kids 3 to 12, with no ads or in-app purchases. After a one-month free trial, Prime members pay $5 a month vs. $8 a month for non-members.

Kindle Lending Library

Prime Reading

Prime members (and people who share their membership) get unlimited access to a rotating selection of ebooks, audio books, magazines, and even comics. Books can be read on on any device with the Kindle app installed. 

Related: The Bestselling Book on Amazon Every Year Since 1995

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No-Rush Shipping

While opting to get your package more slowly may not seem like a perk, Amazon sweetens the deal by offering a reward or instant discount to make patience more of a virtue.