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Is Amazon Prime Day Worth it for Travelers?


There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now Amazon Prime Day. On July 12, the e-commerce giant is holding its second annual Prime Day sale,  designed to attract people to sign up for Amazon Prime membership.

In case you’re unaware, here’s what Prime Members get for free year-round:

  • Two-day shipping
  • Same-day shipping (in eligible zip codes)
  • Unlimited movie and TV streaming
  • Unlimited, ad-free music streaming and offline access to playlists
  • Unlimited photo storage in the Amazon Cloud Drive
  • Early access to flash sales
  • Access to the Kindle lending library
  • Free monthly book download
  • Ability to purchase subscriptions to premium cable networks like STARZ and Showtime
  • Prime Now deliveries (free two-hour delivery or scheduled delivery on select items)
  • Free restaurant deliveries (only available in certain areas)

Amazon will be having prime-member exclusive sales leading up to July 12th, as well as big sales on the day. So is it worth it to sign up now? Well, if you’re not already a Prime Member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now to get all of the deals. The biggest one for travelers: a Kindle Unlimited subscription for up to 40 percent off, only available for purchase on either July 5th or July 12th. This gives you unlimited free reading (and listening to audiobooks) of over one million titles. As someone who has spent way too much money on books and magazines to keep me entertained on planes and trains, this offer alone would be worth the cost of a Prime Membership. Not ready to commit? You can also snag a free trial of Kindle Unlimited here.

The other prime day sales aren’t yet announced, but will likely include plenty of good deals, so if you’ve been considering getting a membership, now is definitely the time to do it.

As a prime subscriber and frequent traveler, I think that a Prime membership is worth it for travelers. I love being able to order a last-minute item right before a trip and having it arrive in time. And the offline access of movies/shows/music/books really sets Amazon Prime apart from most other media subscriptions.

Do you have a Prime membership? Has it helped you on your travels?

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