Our guide to what’s on offer when you join Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is a one-stop shop for all of your modern material needs. Whether you’re looking for a same-day delivery of printer ink or to binge the latest season of your favourite TV show, Amazon Prime is a hub of convenience and cheap prices.
With its myriad offerings, it can be tricky to figure out what’s actually included with your Amazon Prime membership. We’ve summarised all the working parts of your Amazon Prime account so you can make the most out of your subscription.
If you’re on the fence about committing, Amazon offers a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime so you can get acquainted with the platform and its many merits. In order to avail yourself of the trial, you must have not been a member of Amazon Prime in the last 12 months. So if you’ve dabbled with the service in the past – lockdown shoppers, we’re looking at you – you may still be eligible for the free trial. Once the trial elapses, you’ll be charged £8.99/mth for Amazon Prime.
Simply head to Amazon Prime, click Start my free trial, and follow the instructions to unlock the free service.
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Faster delivery
When you order any of Amazon’s millions of products, you’ll get several unlimited free options for delivery as a Prime member. These include one-day, priority, standard, expedited and same-day delivery.
There are a few conditions, though. Products have to be specifically marked as eligible for one-day, priority, express and same-day delivery for you to receive those products within that timeframe, and non-Prime members must pay a fee starting at £4.99 to benefit from some of these delivery options, which you can use an unlimited amount of times.
Type of delivery
One-day delivery: Item will be delivered one day after it is dispatched. This is the default option for Prime members and is only available in eligible postcodes.
Same-day delivery: Item will be delivered the same day you place an order if it’s before the deadline listed next to the product. This option is only available in eligible postcodes.
Priority delivery: Item will be delivered two days after it is dispatched.
Expedited delivery: Item will be delivered one to three days after ordered. This option is only available in eligible postcodes.
Standard delivery: Item will be delivered within two to five business days.
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Streaming services
Amazon Prime is a titan of streaming, with more than enough Prime Video, Prime Music and Prime Gaming to tide you over until your delivery parcels arrive.
Prime Video boasts over 30,000 titles that any Prime member can stream for free: everything from blockbuster Amazon Originals like Daisy Jones & the Six and The Summer I Turned Pretty to modern classics like In Bruges and Triangle of Sadness.
You can stream them on multiple devices such as the Fire TV Stick, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, mobile phones and laptops. While connected to Wi-Fi, you can also download any titles for on-the-go watching.
Prime Music – free with your Amazon Prime membership – gives you access to over two million ad-free songs, unlimited skips and the ability to download for offline listening. However, if you’re a music enthusiast and are looking to bulk up your streaming abilities, you may want to invest in Amazon Music Unlimited – which is offering new users a free 30-day trial and costs £8.99/mth thereafter. This fee is in addition to a separate Prime membership, but you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck: an extra 98 million songs than what’s included in Prime Music, to be exact.
Prime TV Channels let users add TV, film and live action channels to their Amazon Prime subscriptions for a small fee. Examples include fan favourite and blockbuster machine Paramount+ (home to seven-time Emmy nominee Yellowjackets), which has a free seven-day trial and costs £6.99/mth thereafter, in addition to reality TV haven Hayu, which offers a free seven-day trial and auto renews at £4.99/mth.
Prime Gaming is included with Amazon Prime and Prime Video, offering a free monthly channel subscription to Twitch, plus extended broadcast storage (60 days as opposed to 14 days) and exclusive emoticons and chat colour options, for a more personalised experience. You’ll also be able to access select games and in-game content at no extra cost.
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Unlimited access to books and magazines
Prime Reading launched last year, and lets Prime Members read endlessly from a choice of over one thousand books, magazines, Kindle Singles, comics and more. The platform even includes children’s books in its roster. Reading materials can be accessed from any device including smartphones and tablets, so you won’t need a Kindle to avail yourself of the content.
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Exclusive access to Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day is an e-commerce behemoth: one of the biggest retail sales of the year, the sales event offers knock-down prices on reams of consumer technology, fashion and homewares.
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Anticipated to fall in the second week of July in 2023 (we’d hazard a guess that kickoff will be on 10, 11 or 12 July), Prime Day is not one to miss. Amazon Prime members get exclusive access to the Amazon Prime Day event (with some deals opened up to all Amazon customers).
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Amazon Fresh
You can also get FREE same-day food deliveries with Amazon Fresh as part of your Prime Membership. It’s only available for certain postcodes but this covers most of London and its outer areas. If you’re in an eligible area, it’s an impressive service that delivers fresh food, drink and household items from Morrisons, Booths and other loads of other independent retailers.
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Early access to sales
Prime members can always expect to be the first in line with guaranteed access to Amazon’s Lightning Deals 30 minutes before they open to the public. Lightning Deals – a promotion that offers a limited number of items for brief time periods – are also exclusive to all Prime members on Prime Day.
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Deliveroo Plus
Feeling peckish? Prime members get FREE Deliveroo Plus for a full YEAR thanks to Amazon. What’s included? Free delivery on any takeaway from Deliveroo worth £25 or more – which is basically any takeaway if you’re ordering for two people (or for one hungover person). With delivery costs sometimes creeping towards the £5 mark, if you’re partial to a takeaway, this bonus addition to your Prime Membership is a real winner. Simply head to Amazon’s offer page and click the Claim Now button to cash in on the deal.
What do you get with Amazon Prime: Cost
Once your 30-day free trial has elapsed, Amazon Prime costs £8.99/mth for a standard membership, or £95/yr (which works out at £7.91/mth). For the wealth of next-day delivery options, on-demand entertainment, downloadable tunes and delivery-fee-less takeaways that gets you, we’d say that’s a pretty robust deal.
Of course, students can cash in on an Amazon Student membership, which is a mere £4.49/mth or £47.49/yr (£3.96/mth). If you’re a London-based student, that’s cheaper than the price of a pint to have all your highlighters, printer ink and books zipped straight to your door. You’ll never miss a seminar again.