Do you want all the benefits of Amazon Prime but don’t want to pay (or want to split the bill with someone?) You can do just that with this little known trick.
Did you know that you’re able to share Amazon prime with another person? I didn’t until just a few days ago, so decided to show you how too.
This trick not only gets you access to one day shipping benefits of Prime, it also gets you access to Prime Video, Lightning deals, Prime Reading and Prime Wardrobe, and you don’t have to pay for any of it. Here’s how to do it:
Find someone you live with who has Prime
First off, you need to find a housemate/family member who has a subscription to Amazon Prime. If you are the one with Prime, you can find someone else to split the bill with you. (You can sign up to a free trial if you haven’t used it before too).
You may need to do a little schmoozing, as you’ll need the account holder to create a ‘Household’. Amazon household lets you share all the perks with one other adult (who was a separate Amazon account) and up to four children.
Now, the terms around who you can join up with are a little loose. Amazon just says ‘you need someone with Prime in your household’. I asked Amazon personally whether you need to live with them full time, and they couldn’t answer my question. Seemingly it should work with anyone, but it’s probably best suits for close family/roommates.
Once you’re on the Amazon Household page, it’s easy to set up. Just get them to send you an email to join their household.
Now this trick requires a little bit of trust from the person that you’re sharing an account with, as once you’ve accepted the request, in order to access the benefits, both account holders need to authorise each other to use all payment cards associated with their Amazon account.
You won’t have to spend any money (and it won’t change your primary payment method), but in order to link, you need to have each other’s payment details on your accounts.
Once you’ve pinky swore that you won’t use their card, you’re good to go! You’ll both have access to Prime benefits for the price of one. Even if you order things to different addresses, it should work, as you’ll get the Prime shipping benefits as you normally would.
A word of warning
If you have an Amazon echo each linked to your Amazon Household account, you are both able to see each and every thing you both ask Alexa to do… so no talking dirty or bad mouthing each other to your Echo. Or perhaps a bit of fun spying on what they search!
Hopefully this is useful to someone. I’ve signed up to it with my partner who I live with on the weekends. It’s great not having to pay for delivery and getting things the next day!
If you want more tricks to save money on Amazon, see all the free trials you can claim.