40 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2022

Amazon Prime membership will soon rise to $139 a year. Get your money's worth by following this guide to the best Prime perks to use for the rest of 2022.

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With annual Amazon Prime membership rates rising by 17% in 2022, it's even more important to think past free shipping, that initial lure for many of us to join the bargain-shopping online retailer Amazon.com (opens in new tab). That game-changing cornerstone was the very roots of Amazon Prime and its massive success beginning in the early 2000s.

Since then, we’ve found other perks, some hidden, of Amazon Prime membership offered to 200 million or so Prime subscribers worldwide who for the past four years have been paying $119 a year for membership, or $12.99 a month.

But with recent news that Amazon is raising its annual Prime membership by 17% to $139 in the coming weeks -- for members who pay monthly, the soon-to-be $14.99 a month means $180 a year -- you may be taking a hard look at the perks of membership. More so if you're shocked by recent news Amazon is shutting a bunch of its fairly new physical stores (see below). Still, this Amazon Prime journey we've put together may surprise you with some of today's best Amazon Prime benefits -- besides free two-day shipping (and that’s quickly becoming one-day, same day and in some locations, one-hour shipping).

Take a look at 40 of these perks that surround the free shipping of Amazon Prime.

Bob Niedt
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.