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10 secret Amazon Prime benefits you may not know about

By Doreen Christensen, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Home and Consumer News

Amazon is a trendsetter in retail and delivery. The company is constantly fine-tuning and adding new benefits for Prime members, who fork over $119 a year.

But, there are so many member benefits, it can be hard to keep up.

The Seattle-based company is making a push to rapidly expand one-day delivery as it prepares to offer its holiday blitz of deals, which haven't been announced yet. Amazon says it will spend $1.5 billion on one-day shipping in the fourth quarter.

Members know they get free two-day shipping, access to shows and movies on Prime Video and 10% savings at Whole Foods Markets. But there are other freebies and ways for members to save that are not well publicized, according to Prime Insider, which lists news on new benefits, shopping tips, and deals. Bookmark it at If you're not a member, give it a whirl for free for 30 days at

1. Free one-day delivery

Amazon, the pioneer of free two-day delivery for members, is making free one-day delivery the company's new standard, to the joy of procrastinators everywhere. Customers who place orders throughout the day find packages on doorsteps by 9 p.m. the next day. This option is now available for free on 10 million items with no minimum purchase and varies by ZIP code. To see the option, filter by "Get it tomorrow" or look for the "Prime free one-day" logo or the option will be automatically selected if available at checkout.


2. Free same-day delivery

Even more amazing, residential customers can get 3 million items on the same day for free on qualifying orders of $35 in eligible ZIP codes. Order by noon and goods arrive on or before 9 p.m. Look for the "Prime free same-day" option on eligible items. Members also can now get two-hour grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh and now, Whole Foods Market. Finally Amazon Day lets members shop throughout the week and pick free delivery on the day of their choice.

3. Early sales access

Members get 30-minute early access to Amazon Lightning Deals, HoliDeals and Deals of the Day. These limited Gold Box deals offer up to 50% off a variety of products. Go to to shop the deals.


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