How Much is Amazon Prime? UK vs US Review

So how much is amazon prime? Amazon Prime Membership Program is one that troubled my mind for a while. I was torn between Amazon Mom, Amazon Family, Amazon Student and whether Amazon Prime was really worth it. Well here I am a year later and this is my honest review.

How much is Amazon Prime?

How much is Amazon Prime?

In this article I will address the following burning issues that go to our minds before  opting to sign up for Amazon Prime.  If you want to jump to the various sections, use the table of content below:

So let us get started;

How Much is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime costs 79 pounds a year for UK  and for US it is 99 dollars which is more or less the same basing on the exchange rate between a pound and a dollar. However you can get Amazon prime membership for free when you sign up for a free trial. Amazon Prime trial gives one free 30 days access to all features discussed above so far: free unlimited shipping of goods, free access to kindle library, ability to share benefits with family members and instant access to streaming movies and videos for free.

Amazon Prime UK free trial signup page

What is Amazon Prime?

So what is Amazon Prime anyway? I asked myself this question one year ago when I visited Amazon  and found a sign up banner advertising Amazon Prime.  You might probably also be asking yourself the same question. Before I define  ‘what Amazon Prime is’. Here is the definition from site.

Amazon Prime is a membership programme that gives you and your family fast and unlimited One-Day delivery for eligible purchases for an annual membership fee of GBP 79.00 (source:

This definition is not different from site that also defines Amazon Prime as a membership program that gives one 2 days free delivery for eligible purchases after paying an annual membership fee of 99 dollars. As you can see from these 2 definitions, there are two terms that need to be understood ‘unlimited one day UK or 2 day US delivery’ and ‘eligible purchases’.

By unlimited delivery, Amazon implies that as  the Amazon Prime Member you can order as many items as you like, even a whole tonne of goods and yet get them delivered within one day for UK and or 2 days for  US. If you are not an Amazon Prime Member expect many more days. I used to order books from and for them to reach me -it used to take between 7 to 10 days.

It might be less or more than this depending on availability of the items but  with Amazon Prime,  one day UK  to 2 day US  delivery is  guaranteed. In case your goods take more than one or two days to be delivered; if you are an Amazon Prime member, do not hesitate to call customer care. The customer care team will not only track your purchase but will also either give you a 5-10 dollar gift card for your troubles or extend your Amazon prime free trial prime membership for one month FREE. For those who are paid members, your free extra membership can be extended 12 times in a year.That means that if Amazon Prime falls short on their promise of delivering within two days, you can receive 12 months free membership.

As for those on the student Amazon prime, if your parcel is delayed, your membership can only be extended for one month. The same applies if you are on Amazon prime free trial. Whenever your order is delayed, your free trial will be extended for only one extra month. Another terminology used in Amazon Prime definition  is ‘eligible purchases’.  

When you visit  most Amazon product pages you find that some products are marked Prime while others are not; It is only those product marked prime that are eligible ( they qualify for one day UK  delivery and 2 days for US  free delivery). In case you end up buying products that are not marked prime on an Amazon product page or checkout; you will be charged the designated product fee because such products are not eligible for prime benefits. However, having said this, most items sold by Amazon are eligible for free delivery (one day in the UK and 2 days in the US).

It is only goods sold by third party sellers and other items that are incredibly too heavy or that need special attention that are not eligible for Amazon Prime delivery. In a nutshell, Amazon Prime is a membership plan that gives you and your family access to unlimited one day free delivery in the UK and 2days in the US. But wait; there are other features of Amazon Prime apart from one day UK and 2 day US free delivery. These features include: Premier Kindle Book Borrowing Service, Free instant access to Amazon Prime videos/ movies and ability to share Amazon Prime shipping benefits to 4 of your family members or co-workers. Here is an overview of each feature.

Premier Kindle Book Borrowing Service.

Access to free premier Kindle Book Borrowing Service is available to Kindle Device Owners. While Amazon Prime UK members have access to over 500,000 books; those in USA however, have access to only 300,000 books. On the other hand Both UK and USA prime members have the privilege to loan kindle books with no due dates. These include Amazon’s most sold books and popular books like, for example, the Harry Potter series. Another Amazon Prime feature is Amazon Prime Videos

Amazon Prime Videos Instant Free Access

The Amazon Prime Video feature is one that has for a long time been desired by many people in UK. The good news is that now Amazon has added video streaming to the UK prime membership package. Now when you sign up for free UK prime membership plan; you will be given access to over 15,000 instant videos and movies.

For those in US however, free access to Amazon videos and movies is nothing new, it has been there since the launch of Amazon Prime way back in 2005. US Residents have access to over 40, 000 streamed videos and movies. One thing thing to note especially for one residing in  UK is that has 2 separate sign up options.

You can either signup for Amazon Prime Trial where you will be given access to both free one day delivery of goods  and Amazon instant videos;  or you can just decide to sign up for only Amazon Prime instant videos. Amazon Prime videos will give you access to over 15,000 streamed videos and movies only but no free delivery or access to kindle lending library. Another Amazon Prime feature is ability to share Amazon Prime benefits.

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Share Amazon Prime Benefits Feature

You Can Share your Amazon Prime one day (UK), 2 day (US) Shipping Benefits only with up to 4 Family Members or 4 Co-Workers. However you cannot share videos, movies nor kindle library lending services. The privilege of sharing one’s Amazon Prime benefits is available to both free and paid Amazon Prime Members who have signed under the regular Amazon Prime Membership Plan in addition to those who sign up to Amazon Prime as small business subscribers.

However, those who signed up for either Amazon Prime Mom (3 month free trial) or Amazon Prime Student (6 months free trial) are not entitled to share their benefits; probably due to the prolonged free trial period. If you qualify as pointed above indicating that you signed up for the regular Amazon Prime Membership whether free or paid then you are allowed to share your prime membership to up to four family members living in the same household.

The only benefit to those who are sharing Amazon prime is the guaranteed  free shipping benefits. However other perks like having access to 300,000 strong Kindle book libraries and over 40,000 free video/TV streaming that comes with the Amazon prime package are not available to invited guests.  

To start sharing your Amazon Prime shipping benefits, simply login into your Amazon Prime account, head over to “manage prime membership” and click “invite a household member” and fill in the required information. Once finished filling in the required information, the invited member will receive invitation from Amazon asking them about  date of birth details of the person who referred them.

You therefore need to give your family members or the people you want to share your Amazon Prime membership this info in advance because without this information, they would not be approved by Amazon. If in future you decide to remove one of the four invited members or all of them, from your Amazon Prime Membership, just “select the bullet next to their names and then click remove” and you are done.

Sharing benefits with family members is helpful because you can then spread the 79 pounds or 99 dollars it costs to sign up for Amazon Prime across at least four people. If you are to share the cost evenly among four people, then the Amazon Prime membership may be drastically reduced to less than 20 dollars a year.

By the way you can also share with friends/ neighbours living on the same flat as far as they accept to be part of your family and as far as you are sharing the same address. Here invited members will still use their own accounts to buy Amazon stuff but receive free one day/ two day shipping benefits. Now that you know what Amazon Prime is you might be asking yourself ‘ is Amazon Prime trial really free?’

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 Is Amazon Prime Trial really free?

Yes Amazon Prime  trial is real free. Once you sign up for Amazon Prime free trial, though Amazon takes your credit card details, you will not be charged at this point. It is until 30 days are over and you have not cancelled your membership plan that is when you will be charged. Therefore it is a good idea to make sure that immediately after signing up for free trial; then go directly and cancel it. The good things about this is that despite cancelling it you will still be able to access all 30 days free trial benefits. And in case you decide to continue with the Amazon Prime membership plan; you can always at any time click continue.

After your Amazon prime trial has ended, do you have the option to continue/cancel?

At the end of the 30 days free period, a charge of 79 pounds or 99 dollars will be taken from your account. This is the cost of signing up for Amazon Prime Membership for a whole year. However, if for some reason you are dissatisfied with the service, you can cancel before the end of the trial period without being charged any money at all.

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Amazon Prime Refund

Amazon Prime Refund takes place only if you have already paid or been charged but have not placed an Amazon Prime eligible order that led Amazon to charge and upgrade you to a paid member; you can ask for refund as far as you and your invited guest have not placed any eligible order at the end of the  trial period. Call the customer service, ask for your money back; they will refund you.

That is all  about Amazon Prime . Hope I have cleared up all your question. If not please; leave me a comment below and I will get back to you. PS: Feel free also  to share this blog post on ‘Amazon Prime Trial’ with friends by clicking one or two of the social sharing icons located on you left hand side. Back to the Top Make it a great day, Christina

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