Whether you’re traveling or staycationing, get the most out of your Amazon Prime membership with these little-known benefits.
Amazon Prime Tips You Might Not Be Using
These travel-friendly perks are just a few of the many privileges available at no extra charge to Amazon Prime members.
Have all your favorite foods waiting at your vacation rental or upon returning home with the help of Amazon Prime Now. Deliveries of groceries and household items are free and open to everyone, but Amazon Prime users are entitled to exclusive member-only deals and in-store discounts at Whole Foods.
This concept can be applied when traveling abroad, and not just with groceries. Forgot the baby formula? Need a translation book? Have it shipped to your destination by perusing the Amazon International Shopping store.
Travel has a way of inspiring the budding photographer inside so many of us. Take out your phone and snap away because storage issues are a thing of the past when you have Amazon Prime. Members have access to unlimited storage space for their photo files with Amazon Photos. Non-members can also use this service, though only for up to 5GB of photos.
Up to 5GB of videos and other files can be stored in the Amazon Drive, another great feature exclusively for Amazon Prime users.
Creating custom keepsakes of all your favorite trips is a cinch with Amazon. Simply select your preferred photos from your Amazon Photos folders, edit as needed, then create photo books, prints, or wall-mounted or tabletop artwork.
Wall-mounted prints come in canvas, woodblock, metal, acrylic, and mounted print; and from 8x10 to as large as 24x36 inches, dependent on the preferred medium.
For some, a carry-on bag is not complete without a handheld game console. And a Twitch account is part of that practice. Twitch.tv is free for everyone but is funded by ads. Amazon Prime members, however, can get an ad-free Twitch Prime experience. Subscribe to one Twitch channel for free (approximately $5 savings per month) and get decent members-only discounts on video game pre-orders.
Amazon’s Prime Reading catalog gives members access to thousands of books, magazines, and articles—for free! And it’s available for offline reading, to boot!
An Amazon Prime membership is required, a Kindle is not, in order to read books from Prime Reading. Just download the Kindle app onto your phone, laptop, or tablet, and browse the Prime Reading catalog.
Amazon Prime members get a discounted Audible membership.
Access more than 2 million songs and a couple thousand playlists from Amazon Music, all ad-free. Listen via Amazon FireTV, an Amazon Fire tablet, or any Alexa-enabled device. For offline listening such as when you’re on the plane, download music via the Amazon Music app.
This traveler-friendly service minimizes the chance of theft while you’re away. If there’s a fixed day you know you’ll be home, opt to have packages always delivered then. Amazon Day Delivery makes shipments safer, predictable, and it’s exclusively for Amazon Prime members.
You can, of course, always have packages delivered on other days.
You probably already know free two-day shipping comes standard with Amazon Prime (minimum order not required), but did you know that you can get your items by 9 p.m. that very day? Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery can be a life-saver when you’re taking off for the airport or if you just want that near-instant-gratification fix from your shopping.
To qualify for free same-day delivery you must be in a qualified delivery area (check here), your items must be marked with “Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery,” order totals must over $35, and you must be an Amazon Prime member.
Prime Video gives Amazon Prime members access to thousands of movies and shows—everything from original programming to classics to binge-worthy series. And it’s perfect for travelers as many titles are available for offline viewing on iPhones, Androids, tablets.