Twitch Prime launched nearly 4 years ago and has been giving gamers with a Prime membership a regular stream of free games and in-game loot, as well as 1 free Twitch channel subscription for their favorite streamer, ever since. Amazon is now making the Prime perk a bit more of a 1st-party offering by rebranding it as Prime Gaming. This detaches it from Twitch, the live streaming platform, and better aligns it with Amazon’s core offerings, like Prime Video and Prime Music. Prime Gaming still offers Prime members the same benefits that Twitch Prime offered, but a rebranding is often a precursor to something bigger coming in the near future.
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Amazon has teamed up with Nintendo to give all Prime members up to 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online benefits for free. This is part of Twitch Prime, which gives Prime members extra perks, at no extra cost, when you link your Amazon and Twitch accounts. This online access gives Nintendo Switch owners the ability to play online, access to classic NES games, and more. If you already have a paid Nintendo Switch Online account, the 12 month free offer will stack on top of your existing access and extend it by 12 months. If you’re interested, follow me on Twitch because I’ve been thinking of doing live Q&A / News / Help streams there in the near future.
Amazon’s Prime Book Box subscription service no longer requires an invitation and is now available to all Prime members in the US. The service costs $22.99 per delivery and includes 4 board books or 2 hard cover books, depending on which age range you select. The books are hand-curated for kids and can be delivered every 1, 2, or 3 months. Amazon says the subscription service will save customers up to 35% off the list price of the included books.
Amazon has announced the launch of grocery pickup at Whole Foods. The new service allows Prime members to shop Whole Foods through Prime Now and pickup their items in as little as 30 minutes. After picking your items and placing your order, you park in a designated spot for pickups at Whole Foods and your groceries will be brought to your car. You can also use the Prime Now app to indicate you’re on your way so that the order is ready as you arrive. Pickup in as little as an hour is free for orders over $35 and costs $1.99 for orders under $35. Pickup in 30 minutes will cost $4.99. Orders can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The grocery pickup service is available at select Whole Foods locations in Sacramento and Virginia Beach starting today, and will be rolling out to other stores soon.
Amazon has announced that Whole Foods Market stores in 10 more states are joining the Prime rewards program beginning June 13th. Prime members in Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington, as well as the rest of California and Nevada will now receive 10% off at Whole Foods and be eligible to buy additional weekly sale items at a discount. To save at Whole Foods, install the Whole Foods app (Android | iOS) and link it to your Amazon account. The app is also the best way to know if your local Whole Foods is participating in the new rewards program yet. And don’t forget to use your Prime Rewards Visa Card to when paying to get an extra 5% off.
Ever since Amazon acquired Whole Foods grocery stores last year, they’ve been introducing ways for customers to save money, like general discounts to popular products and 5% cashback when you pay with a Prime Rewards Visa Card. Now they’ve started rolling out the program that everyone was probably expecting them to roll out, which is everyday extra savings for Prime members. These savings include 10% off sale items, as well as extra discounts on select items. Read more ›
If you’re a Prime member, you’re probably well aware of Amazon’s No-Rush Shipping credits. They’re incentives, like $1 Digital Credit or $5 Prime Pantry Credit, for voluntarily selecting a slower shipping method instead of the free 2-day option that Prime members are entitled to receive. It appears as though Amazon recently began offering immediate discounts on select items if you opt for no-rush shipping. Read more ›
Amazon has launched a new book subscription service called Prime Book Box. For $22.99 per delivered box, Prime members can receive a pack of curated books for kids up to 12 years old. Amazon says the subscription saves customers up to 35% off the list price of the included books. Selecting the baby to 2-year-old age range nets you 4 board books per delivery, while selecting one of the other 3 age groups for older kids will include 2 hardcover books per delivery. Customers can “tailor the books from a list of curated options” or be surprised by the delivered books. The program is currently available by invite only, so interested Prime members can request an invitation.
Amazon now allows owners of compatible cars the option to deliver packages to the trunk of their cars. This is an expansion of Amazon Key, which launched as a service that allowed customers with smart locks on their homes, or ones willing to install one, the ability to allow delivery drivers to place packages inside their homes, instead of on their porch. While many people may be uncomfortable giving a delivery person the ability to unlock their home, access to one’s car is a lot less worrisome. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that they now deliver Whole Foods groceries in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area. Prime members can now shop Whole Foods through Prime Now and receive free 2-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more. If you need things quicker, you can pay $7.99 for 1-hour delivery in select areas. Amazon first rolled out Whole Foods delivery in February for Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Virginia Beach. Additionally, Amazon has began testing a pilot program in Austin, TX where Prime members will receive an extra 10% off select sale items. There’s no word if the extra savings for Prime members will expand beyond the single store in Austin.