It is no secret that Amazon Prime offers some amazing benefits. With free shipping, video streaming, Kindle books and even cloud storage, it really can pay for itself. However, what if you donâ€™t really want any benefit other than the free shipping? Will the $99 annual fee pay for itself? It can if you share your account. You can actually share a single Amazon Prime account with up to 4 people.
That means all five of you gain access to the free shipping offers â€“ but pay only $99. That makes it just $20 a person!! That is so much more affordable! The issue you need to know before you start to share your account is that only the main account holder gets the free streaming, Kindle library and additional benefits. The shared members only get the free shipping discount.
You might be asking â€“ â€œIs this legal?â€ Yep â€“ it sure is! It is written directly on the Amazon Prime page:
Free or paid Amazon Prime members can share their shipping benefits with up to four additional family members living in the same household. If you purchase a Prime membership for a small business, you may invite up to four co-workers to shop with this corporate account. Other Amazon Prime membership benefits such as Prime Instant Video, Prime Music, and the Kindle Ownersâ€™ Lending Library canâ€™t be shared.
Now that you know that you can share, how do you do it? It is really simple!! Just follow these steps (you must be on the Amazon.com site and not mobile, in order to invite members):
- Go to Manage Prime Membership .
- Click Invite a household member.
- Enter your the name, relationship, birthday and e-mail address of the person you would like to share with. Make sure that the person also has your month and day of your birthday too, as they must know this in order to accept the invitation.
- They can then use the same one and shop (using their own debit or credit card) but get free Prime shipping!
If you decide at a later date you want to â€œun-shareâ€ your account, you just need to click the bullet by their name and hit REMOVE. Thatâ€™s it! That is all there is sharing your own Amazon Prime membership!! If you havenâ€™t yet signed up, you can try it for free for 30 days and then opt in. Learn more about Amazon Prime and sign up HERE!
Amazon Student members receiving Amazon Prime shipping benefits and customers receiving free 30 days of Amazon Prime benefits with Kindle Fire wonâ€™t be able to share their membership.
All existing shared household members will continue to receive shipping benefits if the primary member switches to the Amazon Prime shipping benefits offered by one of these programs, however, the primary member wonâ€™t be able to add or change shared household members if they move to one of these programs.