How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost in 2021? Is It Worth It?

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Amazon Prime boasts over 100 million active members worldwide. And if you aren’t already a member, you might be missing out on huge benefits.

From fast and free delivery to unlimited Prime video streaming, members have access to many amazing benefits. To know more about the working of Amazon Prime and all its benefits, check out the article on How Amazon Prime works.

In this article, you will learn about how much amazon prime costs for different plans and whether it is worth it in 2021 or not. You will also get to know if your Prime membership is subject to any tax!

Along with the usual Amazon Prime membership, you will also get to know about two other cheaper Prime membership options that all eligible users can opt for and save some money.

So let’s dive in and find out how much is Amazon Prime membership in 2021 for different plans…

PLEASE NOTE!

The price mentioned in this article are as on the day this article was last updated and are subject to change. You can check the current price and offers for Prime membership from This Official Page on Amazon!

How much is Amazon Prime Membership 2021?

Currently, Amazon Prime costs $119/year if you opt for an annual subscription and $12.99/month if you opt for a monthly subscription. In both cases, you get to start with a 30-day free trial before committing to a paid membership.

However, the membership is available at a discounted rate for students and eligible customers with EBT or Medical cards.

The annual subscription fee for students is $59/year. They also get a 6-month free trial in contrast to the 30-day free trial for regular members.

But for Prime Student Membership, the benefits are somewhat restricted.

All student membership related benefits, restrictions, eligibility, and procedure to avail this membership is explained in detail in the article ‘Amazon Prime for Students’. If you are a student, check it out for a much cheaper membership along with the 6-months free trial.

EBT or Medical card holders can avail Prime membership at a discounted rate of $5.99/month. There is no annual plan for this membership as of now.

Here’s a table showing how much Amazon Prime costs for different membership plans:

AMAZON PRIME MEMBERSHIP PLANS
Membership Plan Free Trial Monthly Plan Annual Plan
Prime Membership 30 Days $12.99/month $119/year
Student Prime 6 Months $6.49/month $59/year
For EBT or Medical Card Holders 30 Days $5.99/month -NA-

PLEASE NOTE:

The price mentioned above are exclusive of any taxes. Sales tax is levied in more than 30 states in the US. Please read this article to know more about tax on Amazon Prime membership. Check if there’s any tax levied in your state on Prime membership!

Prime Video Membership Cost

Amazon Prime video streaming benefit comes absolutely free with your Prime membership. Under this benefit, Prime members can stream from a large library of movies and TV shows for free, including Prime Originals content.

But what if you want to use just the Prime Video feature and nothing else?

How much does Prime Video membership cost?

Well, if you want to use just the video streaming feature and nothing else, then you can choose Prime Video membership instead of Amazon Prime membership.

Prime Video costs $8.99 per month and it does not have an annual plan as of now.

You can see that there isn’t much difference in the price, but there is a huge difference in benefits.

Regular annual Amazon Prime membership will cost you around $9.9 per month which is just about $1 more than the Prime Video membership.

But with Prime Video membership, along with unlimited video streaming, you will also get many added benefits like Prime Delivery, unlimited music streaming, unlimited photo storage, Prime Reading, Prime Wardrobe, early access to Lightning Deals, and so on. Check out all Amazon Prime Benefits here.

So choose your plan wisely to get the best out of your membership.

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

One question that almost every one of us ponders before starting out any paid membership is whether the membership is worth the money or not. And Prime membership is no different.

So, is paying $119/year or $12.99/month for Prime membership even worth it?

Well, the membership price may seem high at first, but it is actually not. You can benefit a lot with many of the Amazon services using the Prime membership.

According to JPMorgan analysis, Prime membership is actually worth about $785 annually!

Worth of Amazon Prime Analysis by JPMorgan

You can understand the above analysis yourself just from the fact that a Non-Amazon Prime user has to pay a flat fee of $9.98 per item for Same-Day Delivery, and a minimum of $8.99 per order for One-Day Shipping! This benefit can come in very handy when you want to get any product from Amazon urgently.

And this savings is from just one benefit. There are many other benefits that will save you hundreds of dollars annually.

However, the worth of your Prime membership also depends upon how much Prime services you use.

If you just make a couple of orders from Amazon per year and have no interest in Prime Video or other Prime benefits, then probably the membership is not for you.

In any case, there is no harm in taking the free trial and checking out the service yourself. In that way, you will practically know whether Amazon Prime is worth it for you or not!

I hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any questions or doubts regarding Prime membership plans, please share it in the comment section below. I would be glad to answer them as best as I can.

43 thoughts on “How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost in 2021? Is It Worth It?”

  1. Prime video just told me l would have to pay a 59.00 fee to use it on my smart tvs.What gives?Who wants to watch videos on their phones. They would not give me the code to sign in on my new roku and told me that the 2 tvs that l am currently signed in on will be dropped as of April 9th. I am surprised YouTube isn’t being bombarded over this.And no l didn’t get any notifications about this.Is this a scam, they wanted the money immediately!

  2. MEDICAID Discount NO LONGER OFFERED !!!!!
    Hi, I just attempted to apply the Medicaid Discount to my current AmazonPrime membership. BUT, that option is no longer valid. The ONLY programs that will qualify you for a discount are:
    SNAP EBT, DE (Direct Express), EIP Card (Economic Impact Paymnt card), LIHEAP (Low Inc Home Energy Assistnce Prog), NSLP (Natl School Lunch Prog), SSI (Supplemental Sec Inc), TANF (Temp Assistnce Needy Families), TTANF (Tribal Temp Assistnce Needy Families), WIC (Women, Infants, Children). Medicaid is NOT on the list. This is disappointing, but it is what it is.

  3. Lorraine Paolone

    Just got the free 30 day amazon prime. Is there a customer service phone number if I have a hard time on the internet, also is there a discount for senior citizens this year, March 2021? How come before I got the free trial if I ordered at least 25 dollars worth it was hard to get free shipping? It seemed like it wasnt an option when signing out. I will wait for your reply, thank you.

  4. I quit prime membership because it was too easy to order items less than $25 and get free shipping. Now, I spend much less on Amazon. I am saving money buy not being a prime member. As a senior citizen the prime membership it too expensive for me.

  5. I am a senior citizen and I believe I was charged
    $130.00 for my annual subscription and the annual
    charge should be $119.00. Please advise
    Thank you Dolores Saldivar

    1. rhonda froland

      you are taxed by your state for your membership. I got the same extra charge on my membership.

  6. I’m thinking about getting Amazon Prime. I have had an Amazon account for a few years. My husband is a college student. My question: can the account still stay in my name, pmt. card, etc. and still take advantage of the student membership price or does the account have to be in his name?

    1. Hello Judy!
      I’m afraid that might not be allowed. The student benefit will be given only to the students.
      Alternatively, you may ask your husband to create an Amazon account and get the student benefit.
      I hope that helps.

  7. I’m paying the Amazon Prime Membership fee of $12.99 and a $5.99 Prime Video fee monthly. Why would I want or need both ? I feel I’ve been paying twice. Is Prime Video a distinctly different service. Amazon seems to comingle the 2 service when referring to their benefits. help !

    1. Hello Dana,
      Yes, you have been paying twice. Prime video service is included in Amazon Prime membership… You may cancel Prime video. You will still get access to it.
      I hope that helps!

  8. Stephen Campbell

    Is the cost of Amazon Prime monthly per device or it is accessible on all devices on the account?

    1. Subodh Sharma

      Hi Stephen!
      Your Prime service will be accessible on all devices on your account.
      I hope that helps!

    1. Subodh Sharma

      Hi Gary!
      Yes, Amazon Prime is subject to tax in over 30 states in the US and California is one of them.
      Tax varies from state to state. I think it is the Sate’s Sales Tax that is applicable. And for California that would be 7.25%.
      I hope that helps.

  9. From: Sarmad Al-Husainy, having (1) e-mail , (2) EBT Card, (3) Senior of 82, (4) Living in Springfield VA 22153,
    I intend to opt for Prime Membership. But, as I have little expertise in computer, I do not know how to upload Medicaid Card or EBT Card. I can give card numbers. Please help.

    1. Sir, I would really love to help. But I’m really not authorized to take your personal details as such.
      The best you could do is contact Amazon customer care. They will definitely help you with it. Here’s their contact page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/contact-us
      .
      Alternatively, you may search “Amazon customer care” on google. It will display you the contact number based on your region. You can call them and ask for help.
      I hope you get your discounted Prime membership soon, sir!

    1. All you need to get is the Amazon Prime Membership. it come with prime video. You Don’t need a different membership to access videos it included in Amazon Prime membership.

  10. I just quit my subscription, here’s why:
    1) It does not add up to the cost (nobody in their right mind subscribes to all these services individually, so pick the one service you do use and do the math on that one)
    2) Shopping there is actually very expensive.
    3) “Netflix and chill” is just not the same.
    4) They have free shipping on orders $25+
    5) Buy a whole series of a show on DVD, it’s cheaper and you can lend it out.

    1. You get free shipping when your a paying member, I never have payed shipping on any of my items less then $25. I just got free shipping on a $6.56 purchase and got it on the second day from purchase date. It a long wait at all. And I price check my items with other online stores and Amazon is always cheaper.

    2. I also quite my subscription.

      Years ago when I first joined, the two-day no charge shipping was just that. In the past 3 or 4 years though, this has changed. We rarely get items in 2 days anymore even when it says “in-stock”. It often takes a week or more.

      If you search for an item and do not check “prime” in your search filter you will often find there are two prices, the regular price and “prime” price. The “prime” price is always more, so you are now paying extra for what your subscription claims is included. If you are spending the minimum amount (I believe it is currently $35) then the shipping is free anyhow.

      The rest of the features are of no value to me, the only feature that was of value was the “free” two-day shipping which has turned into no longer being free and is rarely two-days anymore.

      1. Michelle Dellamano

        It is well worth the $12.99 a month for me. We use prime video and music all of the time. I also live between two distribution centers and can get same day delivery on a ton of items. I have never paid a higher price on my Prime purchase than the price listed in a google search for an item. Fresh is also included with a Prime membership now.

  11. Well over 95% of items on Amazon offers FREE shipping IF your cart contains $25 or more total items. However, you may have to wait an extra day for shipping, but usually not. What Prime members do NOT see on their screen is the little statement which says “free shipping with orders over $25. Amazon is sneaky in hiding that statement from their prime members. Don’t believe me? Log on another device which does not auto load your prime account. Then open any item to reveal the “free shipping on orders over $25 statement.

    It’s really kind of a rip if your spending $20 a month just for what you think your getting with that “free shipping”.

    1. I agree with Monica Davis, senior citizens living in fixed income need a discount also. Amazon can afford it. We are cancelling our Cox account now.

      1. I agree with other Senior Members loving on a fixed income. I would like to join Prime but $12.99/month is steep when the membership is for a single customer!

  12. I am on a trial now and am considering the cost. I see something about if you have Medicaid, you can get reduced cost. I do not see that as an alternative on the site.

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