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How to Share Your Amazon Prime Account

Did How to Share Your Amazon Prime Account shopping you know you can share your Amazon Prime account benefits with up to four family members?  This is an unknown benefit of Amazon Prime that many don’t know.  I learned it a few months ago and thought I would share it with you.  For those who don’t know, Amazon Prime is a membership service from Amazon.com.  This service provides members with free two-day shipping, along with access to Kindle lending library and Amazon Instant Video.  I am an Amazon Prime member and have been for some time. I got in when they were charging $79 per year, but they have just increased the price to $99 per year.  Depending on how much you buy on Amazon, this could be a great service for you.  While the benefits of Amazon Prime are great, you can also share those benefits with family members.  There are some caveats, but here they are.

Related: Amazon just introduced their new Prime Pantry , which is only for Amazon Prime members.  Check it out!

Sharing Your Amazon Prime Account Benefits

Amazon easily allows you to share you Prime account benefits.  They do have two stipulations with regards to this process though.  Here they are.

*I have been sharing my Prime account with my father.  He doesn’t live in the same household, but has been able to get free two-day shipping for some time.  I don’t know how strict this rule is.

In order to share your Amazon Prime account with someone in your family, you will need to log into your Prime Account.  Once you do that, you should follow these steps.

  • Find the “Invite a Household Member” Link at the bottom of your Prime home page.
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  • You can share your benefits by entering the name, relationship, email, and birthday of the person you want to share with.  Please note that the person you want to share with must know your birthday in order to confirm.  You must also enter your birthday.
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It is really just that easy.  It only takes a few clicks and your household members can enjoy free and fast shipping from Amazon.  I do get the question from some who ask why you would want to share your Prime benefits with other household members.  That is fairly easy to answer.  Some people don’t like to share their entire Amazon account with others.  You might have your account setup the way you want it with your credit cards and someone else might have theirs in a different configuration.  If you share your Prime benefits, then you don’t have to have two Prime accounts for people in the same household.  My wife can order on her Amazon account and just use my Prime benefits.  She doesn’t have to pay for a Prime account for herself, which would be a waste of money.

Have you thought about sharing your Amazon Prime account with anyone?  Did you know this feature existed?

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32 comments

  1. This is actually GREAT because I’m always ordering stuff for my wife through my account (non-prime) because I have tons of Amazon credit stored up. So she has the best of the shipping (she has prime) but I have the free money! haha…
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  2. That’s a great tip! I will definitely be adding my wife to my Prime account ASAP.
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  3. Thanks for the great tip. I am a Prime member. Right now I’m living in Indonesia. On the island of Java. I am having trouble getting Amazon to honor its two day shipping commitment to me! (Just kidding. My house doesn’t even have an address. Maybe when I get back to the states). For now, just a big thank you for the info.
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  4. Thanks for the tip Grayson! I’ll be checking this out.
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  5. I actually had no idea you could share Amazon Prime, legitimately that is. So awesome!! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. I’m doing the free trial now and was bummed to hear it used to be $79 per year but now they raised it. If I go with it, I’ll probably start ordering more stuff like drugstore items and food/specialty items to make it worth my while. I wanted to try the membership for the TV shows netflix and hulu do not have, like Orphan Black. :)
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  7. Thanks for the tip! My hubby has been just using my account to order his stuff, but this will make it easier. Just went and did it. Thanks!
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  8. I had NO idea about this! This is yet another reason why I love blogging; learning so many awesome tips from bloggers.
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  9. You can “share” the streaming service?? That might make this totally worth it! Thanks for that tip.
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  10. My dad added me to his Prime account last year. I am not sure if he will be renewing due to the increased price, but I haven’t been ordering much off of Amazon lately anyway. It’s a neat feature! I don’t live in the same house as they do anymore, and we haven’t had any issues either.
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  11. I don’t shop much with Amazon, so I have never really looking into what Amazon Prime includes, so thanks for enlightening me. I know someone that has it and she has been having a lot of issues with the shipping (as in it’s taking more than 2 days for her to receive her deliveries), but I’ve also heard a lot of other people are really happy with it. Maybe it’s worth me looking into?
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  12. I did know that, but I guess I’m just stingy and don’t want to share. No, I am just the only one who orders anything, so I would share if anyone in my family wanted to. Prime is worth it for me to avoid Wal Mart.
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  13. I’m not on Amazon Prime yet, but I keep hearing great things. Is it better than Netflix?
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    • Josh,

      I’ve heard that it is much WORSE than Netflix for content…

      • I have to agree there. Nothing special with regards to video.

        • Suresh Naganathan

          I have both Netflix and Amazon Prime for long time. I agreed to this 3 months back. But for the past 3 months, Amazon Prime Instant video beats Netflix on streaming the TV Series. Netflix remove lot of TV Series and movies from streaming and it will be only available on DVDs/Blurays. Amazon pay lot of money to took over the streaming rights from Netflix to promote Amazon Fire Player.

          • That really depends on what you like to watch. Amazon doesn’t have the content I like or just duplicates what I have on Netflix. I have both services since I enjoy Netflix, but I order enough stuff from Amazon.

  14. We’ve been hearing a lot about Amazon Prime and are thinking of dumping Netflix for it. It sounds great! Thanks for this added info, Grayson – we appreciate it. :-)
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  15. Yep we’ve been using the sharing feature since we started two years ago! We definitely get our money’s worth by using Amazon Prime.
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  16. Great service that I didn’t know could be shared. I will look into it very soon. Thanks for the tip.
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  17. I love Amazon and for me Prime is definitely worth the money both for the shipping savings and the streaming video. I didn’t even know you could share the Prime shipping benefits!
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  18. I had heard of folks sharing Prime accounts, but I didn’t realize this was a built-in feature! Thanks for sharing this and spreading the word :)
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  19. Holy cow. That is AMAZING! Now I can hook up my mom and my Grandma so that I dont have to order stuff for them anymore and they can get it shipped right to their doors. Thanks for the info Grayson!
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  20. Derek @ MoneyAhoy.com

    Great tip! I will be putting this to good use – thanks :-)

  21. It’s not just household members. You can designate a secondary on your account that will still receive the shipping benefit. My mom lived in Washington and now lives in Alaska. Yet I still get free two-day shipping here in Arizona.
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    • According to Amazon, it is just for members in the same household. While they say that, I have found the same as you. I am not sure if they really enforce it, but they do indicate the other people need to be in the same household.

  22. I got really excited the other day when I heard somewhere that I could share my Prime account, but then I discovered one important caveat: You can’t share a student account. Even though I’m off the free 6 month student trial and I’m paying for my account, because I’m paying the reduced student rate, I don’t get the benefit of sharing. Just fyi for anyone else on a student account.

  23. I did share my prime membership (shipping only, hope it extends to videos) to my friends, definitely not in the same household, one is even as far as MD (I’m from California).

  24. If my sister would add me, could we each use our own credit cards for our own purchases? Can you chose different places to have items shipped to? Sorry for the naive questions…I haven’t used Amazon that much but want to!

    • Yes, you would use your own credit cards and shipping addresses. Sharing Amazon Prime just enables your account to have the shipping benefits of your sister’s Amazon prime account.

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