Amazon Prime launched in 2007 in the UK and two-years earlier in the US. It8217;s now available in multiple countries around the world and millions of people have signed up to receive a swathe of benefits. Not least early access to bargains during Black Friday and Prime Day sales.
However, it can be a little confusing as to what it actually offers. There are so many small deals and services attached to Prime membership that even if you are a subscriber already, you might not realise what you get.
Here8217;s a rundown so you can see what Amazon Prime has to offer.
What is Amazon Prime?
How much does Amazon Prime cost?
In the UK, Amazon Prime membership costs either £7.99 a month or £79 a year 8211; with the latter making more economic sense at the equivalent of £6.58 a month.
In the US, Amazon Prime membership costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year. A Prime Video-only account costs $8.99 a month.
In both regions, you can try Prime membership for free for the first 30-days. If you cancel within that time, it doesn8217;t cost you a penny. You will be charged after the 30 days are up if you don8217;t cancel.
- Try it for 30-days for free on Amazon.co.uk here
- Try it for 30-days for free on Amazon.com here
What do you get with Amazon Prime membership?
Amazon Prime membership covers several key services, which come at no extra cost.
Great deals on Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day is a special day of deals (well, 36 hours) exclusive to Prime Members that are taking place on 16-17 July 2018. For more details on all the deals, check out our Amazon Prime Day hub.
Prime was originally devised to offer free one-day delivery on millions of eligible items across all categories on Amazon8217;s online store. Order an item tagged as Prime and you will get it the next day 8211; even on Sundays.
In some cases this includes same-day delivery, with postcodes and zipcodes in and around many major cities across the UK and US covered by Amazon8217;s same-day delivery scheme.
Access to Amazon8217;s Prime Now service even means you can have an item delivered for free within two-hours as long as the total order is £40 or more. This includes thousands of 8220;best of Amazon8221; items and even groceries.
It8217;s only available in certain locations, including London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester in the UK, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles in the US, but you can find a full list on Amazon.
Prime Video is the company8217;s alternative to Netflix. It offers thousands of TV shows, documentaries and movies to stream to multiple devices, without having to pay anything extra.
This includes blockbuster movies, such as John Wick and its sequel. It also includes TV series, including exclusives made by Amazon itself 8211; as part of the Amazon Originals line-up 8211; or licensed by the company.
In the UK, this includes Good Mens, American Gods and The Grand Tour, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The latter is an Amazon Original and therefore only available on Prime Video.
As detailed above, you can also subscribe to Amazon Prime Video on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com for £5.99 or $8.99 a month respectively without any of the other Prime benefits, but considering it only costs £2/$3 a month more for full Prime membership (less if you pay annually) it seems a waste.
- How to watch Amazon Video on your Android phone or tablet
- How to watch Amazon Prime Video on TV: Your complete guide
Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited
Prime Music offers more than two million music tracks to listen to on demand, streamed over the internet to any one of multiple devices. It is included with a Prime subscription, but you can also choose to pay extra (£7.99 a month for Prime members in the UK, $7.99 in the US) for an Amazon Music Unlimited pass to expand the music choice to more than 40 million tracks.
- Subscribe to Music Unlimited on Amazon.co.uk here
- Subscribe to Music Unlimited on Amazon.com here
You can read over a thousand books, magazines, comics and more with Prime Reading. It works with any of the Kindle apps for multiple devices, or on Kindle eBook readers. You just need to find content supported for Prime Reading and read it as part of your overall Prime membership.
Audible original audio series can also be listened to with an American Prime membership. That service is yet to come to the UK.
After Amazon bought videogame video streaming service Twitch it added some benefits for Prime subscribers. Discounts on games, additional in-game content and ad-free viewing of Twitch streams are on offer. You can also subscribe to your favourite Twitch channel at no extra cost.
In addition to the above, PC gamers get free game downloads each month with Twitch Prime.
As part of your membership, you get unlimited photo storage on Amazon Drive 8211; the retailer8217;s cloud service. That means you can upload and keep a copy of every photo on your desktop PC, Mac or mobile device. There are apps for both iOS and Android. You can even set them up to automatically upload your pictures as you take them, ensuring you never lose an image, even if you phone is lost or stolen.
All year round, Amazon runs a sales and deals section of its website called Lightning Deals, which offers big bargains on products for a limited time. There is a finite amount of stock on offer for each item and when they have all been bought, the deal is over.
Prime membership means you get a 30-minute heads-up on all deals before non-members can also purchase them, so you get the chance to snaffle them first. This is especially attractive during big sales periods, such as during the build-up to Prime Day and Black Friday this and every other year.
- Search for Lightning Deals on Amazon.co.uk here
- Search for Lightning Deals on Amazon.com here
Create an Amazon Household and you can also share your Prime benefits with one other adult. You can also manage digital content and parental controls for kids services, such as Kindle for Kids or Fire for Kids.
While it8217;s not an included benefit, Fire for Kids Unlimited is a no-advert subscription service that works across Amazon Fire Tablets and is much cheaper for Prime members. It8217;s also known as Amazon FreeTime Unlimited in the US.
Now get the latest on Amazon Prime Day.