How to Share Amazon Prime Shipping Benefits for the Holidays

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, here’s how you can share the shipping benefits with family members this holiday season.

Amazon Prime is a great service to have if you use Amazon a lot. The $99/year service gives you free two-day shipping on Prime-eligible products (and cheaper next-day shipping), access to Amazon’s Instant Video streaming service, access to its Prime Music streaming service, exclusive deals, discount on access to the Washington Post digital edition, and access to the Kindle Lending Library, where you can rent ebooks for free.

It’s definitely a service that’s worth its yearly cost if you use all off its features, but most people really just want free two-day shipping (especially since we’re approaching the holiday season). Sometimes, though, the free shipping alone isn’t quite worth the $100 per year that you’d pay for the privilege.

However, if you have a family member that has an Amazon Prime membership, they can share their free two-day shipping with you. Or if you have a Prime membership yourself and are wanting to share the free two-day shipping with a family member, we’ll show you how to do it. Keep in mind, though, you’ll need to have the regular $99/year Prime membership, as a student Prime membership can’t be shared.

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Amazon lets you share your free two-day shipping with up to four family members, so choose wisely. The requirements are a little odd, but it’s mostly for confirming that you know the person you’re inviting and that they know you as well — probably an effort to crack down on random sharing with people. Here’s how to do it.

Sharing Your Amazon Prime Shipping Benefits

To add family members or friends to your Amazon Prime account and share your shipping benefits with them, just follow these simple steps:

  • Go to Amazon.com and sign into your account.
  • Next, click on Your Account in the upper-right corner of the web page.

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  • Scroll down and click on Manage Prime Membership.

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  • Go down to the section titled Invite a Household Member. It might not be expanded, so if not, just click on the arrow to the right to expand the section and make it visible.
  • To share your free two-day shipping with a family member, type in their name, relationship to you, their email address and their birthday.
  • Click on Send an Invite to complete the invitation.

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Once they receive the invite, they’ll be asked to enter in your birthday as a confirmation that they know you personally. Technically, you’re only allowed to invite a family member, but one of the options under Relationship to You is “unmarried partner,” so feel free to give an invite to your boyfriend or girlfriend.

When they accept the invitation, they will show up in this same section right above the entry form, and if at any time you want to take away their privileges and stop sharing your Prime membership with them, you can select the bubble next to their name and click Revoke.

That’s all there is to it! From there, your family members can log into their Amazon account, shop for Prime-eligible items and receive free two-day shipping (or cheaper overnight shipping) without having an Amazon Prime membership themselves.

13 Comments

  1. william stclair

    08/28/2015 at 12:12 pm

    Couldn’t you just ship to them and have them paypal you what it cost? I mean hypothetically.

    No one should ever do this. : |

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  2. Jasmine

    09/25/2015 at 8:03 pm

    To answer the nimwits question, yes you can just gift them the item. The benefit of doing this though is so both people have their own amazon account. Therefore if the gifted primer is buying a present for the prime member then it can still be a surprise.

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  3. AJ

    10/05/2015 at 5:18 pm

    Do we still have to share the payments or can we have individual payment methods?

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  4. Teresa Rogier

    01/03/2016 at 7:28 am

    Can a shared Amazon prime member also get th prime videos or is it just for shipping?

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  5. Stephanie

    01/08/2016 at 7:14 am

    No longer like this. Now you have to have them login, and it can only be one other adult.

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  6. Aimee Martinez

    03/22/2016 at 4:43 pm

    Yeah, it’s no longer like this. Now you can only share your Prime membership and shipping benefits with 1 other adult that also shares the same payment method (so basically only a spouse or sig other).

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  7. Elizabeth Miranda

    04/08/2016 at 9:29 am

    I just discover the same issue. I can only add one adult and it will be accessing everything. :-( Not cool. Good thing I haven’t open the household account yet, and I still have my two children using just the prime shipping which is how I wanted to stay. However I wanted to add my sister to just the prime shipping since I was allow 4, now I can’t.

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  8. Donald Fulton

    04/10/2016 at 7:05 am

    Apparently if you revoke all but one and decide to add another, you can’t. I have 3 and revoked 2 and now want to re-add 1 revokee and the add is no longer available.

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    • Aimee Martinez

      04/10/2016 at 8:06 am

      I complained to customer service because I was not told about the change until AFTER I revoked someone and tried to add another family member. They let me add that person back to my account.

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  9. Jeff

    12/31/2016 at 8:58 am

    These instructions are NOT correct.

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  10. Mark

    02/17/2017 at 1:01 pm

    This doesn’t seem to work on amazon.ca is it different?

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  11. keith

    02/19/2017 at 11:06 am

    Cannot find on amazon.ca, in all actuality this feature appears to either be buried or not available on Amazon.ca

    HELP!

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  12. Ty

    07/05/2017 at 4:40 pm

    This procedure is no longer used – the webpage has changed. Instead, look for Amazon Household settings.

    Reply

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