Not a student or a mom? No problem — You can still enjoy free perks!
As part of their $99/year membership perks package, Amazon Prime subscribers receive free standard shipping on purchases as well as free expedited 2-day shipping on items designated with a Prime logo (and there are a TON of items eligible for free 2-day shipping). Standard shipping costs alone can be very high especially for bulky or odd-sized items, so this is quite a valuable feature of a Prime membership especially when combined with the extra cost savings of free expedited 2-day shipping.
What most people don’t know is that you don’t need to have your own Amazon Prime membership to qualify for the free standard shipping and free expedited 2-day shipping perk…
This is because full-priced Amazon Prime subscribers can add up to 4 other “household members” to share in the benefit of Amazon’s free 2-day shipping option! What this means is that when your best friend or your brother has paid for Amazon Prime for themselves ($99/year), they can very easily add you to their account as a “household member” and you will automatically start receiving free standard shipping and free 2-day shipping on eligible “Prime” purchases as well (until their Prime subscription expires).
In addition, Amazon does not require that you share the same surname or shipping address as your 4 household members, which means that you can share the free 2-day shipping perk with your friends or even complete strangers if you prefer. It could be worth it to ask around in your family or friend circle to see who has a paid Amazon Prime account, and if they have used all 4 of their household member perks yet.
Already have an active Amazon Prime membership, and just need to know how to start adding your 4 “household members”? It’s easy…
- Sign into your Amazon account and go to Your Account > Manage Prime Membership (under the 3rd section labeled “Settings” in orange).
- In the middle of the page you’ll see a summary of “Your Benefits” including Free Two-day Shipping, Prime Instant Video, and Kindle Owners Lending Library.
- Just below this is a drop down menu link labeled “Invite a Household Member.” When you click on it, the link will expand to reveal a form where you simply input your own birthday, the name of your “household member,” their relationship to you, as well as their email address and birthday. Fill out those fields and click “Send an Invite.”
- Your new “household member” will receive an email from Amazon inviting them to enjoy free standard shipping and free 2-day shipping on eligible items starting immediately. They just click the included link and verify that they know you by submitting your name and birthday.