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Amazon Just Changed In-Flight Entertainment For the Better


Ever been stuck on a plane with no in-flight entertainment (or worse, showing just one terrible movie on a loop), bored in the backseat of a car on a long road trip, or spent $20 a trip just to download enough entertainment to get you to your destination without going stir-crazy? Those days are over, thanks to Amazon’s major new announcement. Their Prime membership is already pretty great—it gives you (dangerously fast) free two-day shipping, unlimited movies and TV shows, unlimited music streaming, photo storage and access to over 800,000 free e-books.

The downside, however, was that you could only stream the movies and TV shows, which meant that you were out of luck if you weren’t somewhere with a good wi-fi connection, such as airports or on a train. Now, Amazon is letting Prime members save and stream moves and TV shows offline on their phones, tablets, or laptops. So all you have to do before a trip is load up on free content, and you can binge watch to your heart’s content, no matter where you travel.

An Amazon Prime membership is only $99 a year, which works out to just over $8 a month. We spend at least double that downloading entertainment for trips, so this will probably be what pushes us into actually buying a membership.

Want to try it out for yourself? Use this link to get a free 30-day Amazon Prime free trial membership.

Caroline Morse is a Senior Editor for SmarterTravel. Check out her travel photos and advice on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline and on Twitter @CarolineMorse1.

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