Laura reviews 10 of the best benefits of being an Amazon Prime member. Find out if a membership is right for you and how to take full advantage of everything Prime has to offer.
8. Alexa Voice Shopping
Amazon’s virtual personal assistant is called Alexa. When Prime members activate Alexa on products, such as the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can ask the assistant to make Amazon purchases, give you product recommendations, and let you know when a delivery has been made. You even get access to exclusive Alexa deals by just saying, “Alexa, what are my deals?”
9. Prime Rewards
On top of the convenience and savings you get by joining Prime, eligible members can get Prime Rewards with an Amazon credit card that pays up to 5% cash back. I love using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card because there’s no annual fee or earning cap on how much you can save.
The Visa card gives you 5% back at Amazon and Whole Foods Market, 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores, and 1% back on all other purchases. Also, there are no foreign transaction fees.
So this is the only card I use when making Amazon-related purchases. If you’re not a Prime member you can still get an Amazon card, but the benefits aren’t as rich.
10. Prime Photos
A Prime perk I keep forgetting to use is access to Prime Photos, Amazon's cloud storage feature. Members get unlimited storage for photos, plus 5 GB for videos and documents. You can upload photos from any device to Amazon’s cloud and download it to any device you like.
Believe it or not, this isn’t a complete list of all the Prime benefits, just some of my favorites. Another interesting service is Amazon Dash buttons, which connect to a smart home service that automatically reorders your favorite products, such as laundry detergent and beverages, before you even know you’re running out. Each button costs $4.99, but Amazon credits it back with your first order.
There’s also Prime Pantry for when you want lower-priced grocery items shipped for a flat fee of $5.99 per box or sent for free when you have five or more qualifying items. And if you’re in school, check out Prime Student, which gives you several of the best benefits I’ve covered for just $59 a year or $6.49 a month.
Amazon keeps adding benefits to the Prime membership, so stay up-to-date on the full list of perks.
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