As a member of Amazon Prime, you get a convenient and well-publicized perk: free two-day shipping on almost any item on Amazon.
But the $119-per-year membership actually gets you a lot more than expedited shipping. In fact, signing up for Prime unlocks features like Amazon’s vast digital library of music, movies, television, and books; one-hour restaurant delivery; and unlimited cloud storage for your photos.
Here are 18 of the coolest benefits of Amazon Prime:
1. Free two-day shipping
Most things you buy on Amazon are eligible for free two-day shipping, but there are a few exceptions:
– Some items that are fulfilled by Amazon Marketplace sellers
– Magazine subscriptions
– Personalized gift cards
– Items sent to international addresses and addresses in US territories, possessions, or protectorates (except for Puerto Rico)
2. Amazon Restaurants
For a $20 minimum order, you can get restaurant food delivered in less an hour in Manhattan, Orlando, Los Angeles, and 17 other metro areas.
3. Prime Photos
A Prime membership also gives you access to Prime Photos, Amazon’s cloud storage feature. Members get unlimited storage for photos, plus 5 GB for videos and documents.
4. A discount on Amazon Music Unlimited
Prime members can get Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon’s music streaming service, for $7.99 per month. Non-members have to pay $9.99.
5. Free same-day delivery
For orders over $35, same-day shipping is available in more than 5,000 cities in the US. Prime members can check if their ZIP code qualifies here.
If you place an order before noon, the item should arrive by 9 p.m. An order placed in the evening will show up the next day.
6. Amazon Elements
Amazon has its own line of high-end organic products, and Prime members get exclusive access to them. Called Amazon Elements, the line includes vitamins and baby wipes. Amazon says its goal is to make the products with openness and transparency.
7. Twitch Prime
By signing up for Twitch Prime, members can get discounts on games, an ad-free experience on Twitch, and a free monthly Twitch channel subscription.