One of the questions we often get is whether there is an Amazon Prime discount for Seniors or AARP members. In this post, we will provide a detailed answer to the question and show you how you can sign up to get Amazon Prime at a more than 50% discount if you currently receive a qualifying government benefit.
Amazon Prime is Amazon’s paid membership service that comes with some amazing perks.
It is a membership program that gives you and your family unlimited FREE One-Day shipping on eligible purchases delivered anywhere in the contiguous United States.
It is an incredibly convenient benefit because you can buy virtually everything you need on Amazon, including household items and supplies.
This post about Amazon Prime Discount for Medicaid and EBT will cover:
- Benefits of Amazon Prime
- Is there Amazon Prime Discount for Seniors or AARP?
- What is Amazon Prime Discount for EBT and Medicaid?
- How to Sign up for Amazon Prime Discount
- Amazon Prime FAQs
Best Amazon Prime Benefits
Amazon Prime is more than just a free one-day shipping service.
There are many other amazing perks, including video and movie streaming, reading unlimited books on the Kindle app for free, restaurant and grocery delivery, and discounts at Whole Foods to name a few. Here are the most popular Amazon Prime Benefits
Free Two-Day, Same Day, and One-Day Shipping
Amazon Prime’s oldest and possibly most famous benefit is free 2-day shipping for Prime items. Depending on where you live, that can sometimes be reduced to one day.
If you live in a city, you can get select items delivered to you within 2-hours with Prime Now.
You can also get 2-hour deliveries of food and alcohol from local establishments and restaurants.
Free grocery delivery
Amazon recently announced that it would start offering free grocery delivery to all of its Prime members. Previously, Amazon Fresh cost $15 per month.
Not all Prime members will be able to get free grocery delivery, however — if you haven’t shopped on Amazon Fresh before, you’ll have to request an invite to join as of right now.
Prime Pantry lets you order lower-priced groceries and household products and have them shipped altogether to your house for an extra fee.
All Prime members can purchase products from the Prime Pantry store and get FREE delivery on all orders of $35 and over. All Prime Pantry orders under $35 will incur a $5.99 delivery fee.
Early Access to Lightning Deals
Amazon.com is always running lightning deals on its website. These deals can sell out quickly, but Prime members get a 30-minute head start.
Access to Prime Day sales
Each year, Amazon offers some of the best discounts of the year on Prime Day – which is like a Black Friday.
Prime day is only open to Amazon Prime subscribers.
Great discounts at Whole Foods
Amazon owns Whole Foods and that has been great news for Prime Members.
Amazon Prime members get benefits at Whole Foods, such as an extra 10 percent off of items with yellow sale signs.
You could also get five percent back on Whole Foods purchases with an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.
Download thousands of movies
Amazon Prime membership gives you access to a whole library of films that can be downloaded.
Select Prime Video titles are available to be downloaded to compatible mobile devices, which include Fire tablets, Fire phones, Android phones and tablets, and iOS devices.
Find the Prime title you want to download and open the video details. After that, tap on “Download” to start the process.
Note that for TV shows, you will want to select the episode you want to download and then look for the specific download icon, which will be a down arrow.
By signing up for Twitch Prime, members can get access to a rotating selection of free PC games, an ad-free experience on Twitch, and a free monthly Twitch channel subscription.
Free magazines, podcasts, and audiobooks
Whether you’re looking to entertain or inform yourself, here’s how to get free reading and listening material through your Amazon Prime membership.
Magazines: With Prime Reading, you get free access to issues of popular magazines, including Vogue, Bon Appetit, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, and Better Homes & Gardens.
Just start at the Prime Reading page to browse the magazines that are included with your membership.
Podcasts and audiobooks: Audible is a division of Amazon that’s best known for providing audiobooks, but Amazon also uses it to deliver a service called Audible Channels.
You will need to download the Audible app to get started with Channels. Open the app, tap on the menu and choose Channels for Prime.
Here, you can choose from a variety of short-form audio programs that explore sketch comedy, music culture, world history, and news.
Is there Amazon Prime Discount for Seniors or AARP?
Although Amazon has discounts for students and people who are on Medicaid or have an EBT Card, unfortunately, there is currently no discount specifically for seniors or AARP members.
However, Seniors who are currently receiving Medicaid or Food Stamps (and have an EBT Card) can sign up for the Amazon Prime Discount, which is 50% off the regular price.
In addition, if you are a Senior and do not currently receive Medicaid or Food Stamps but have someone in your household that does, that person can sign up for Amazon Prime Discount and your household can enjoy the Amazon Prime benefits.
If you are currently receiving Medicaid benefits or have an EBT Card from SNAP, TANF, WIC, or Cash Assistance, you can get Amazon Prime for just $5.99. That’s more than a 50% discount on the current monthly price of $12.99!
If you don’t have an EBT or Medicaid card, you can still sign up for the 30 days free Amazon Prime trial.
Amazon wants to make Amazon Prime membership more affordable to low-income households.
Regular Amazon Prime membership is $119 a year or $12.99 a month. However, EBT cardholders & Medicaid cardholders can now get prime at $5.99 a month.
That’s more than a 50% discount on the regular price.
The table below shows how the EBT and Medicaid discount on Amazon Prime compares to the other Amazon Prime memberships.
|Amazon Prime Membership||Price||Full Prime benefits|
|Amazon Prime month-to-month||$12.99/mo.||✓|
|Amazon Prime annual||$119/yr.||✓|
|Prime Student (monthly)||$6.49/mo.||✓|
|Prime Student (annual)||$59/yr.||✓|
|Amazon Prime EBT/Medicaid cardholders||$5.99/mo. (max. 4 yrs.)||✓|
Sign up for Amazon Prime Discount for EBT & Medicaid Cardholders
Here’s how to sign up for Amazon Prime Discount for EBT and Medicaid:
Step 1 – Visit the Amazon Prime Discount Site
Step 2 – Upload EBT or Medicaid Card to Activate Discount
Next, you will be taken to a page where you will have to log in to your Amazon.com account or sign up for an amazon.com account if you don’t already have an account.
You need a current and valid Medicaid or EBT card to sign up. If you are currently receiving Food Stamps, WIC, TANF, or General Assitance and have an EBT Card, you qualify.
Also, if you are an adult and currently receiving Medicaid, you qualify. You cannot use a child’s Medicaid card for this discount.
Once you have logged into your Amazon account, you will be taken to a page like the one below.
Once there, perform the following functions as shown in the image below with arrows:
- Select “EBT” or “Medicaid” under “Choose how you want to qualify”
- If you have an EBT Card, enter your EBT Card Number
- Select your state under “Issuing State”
- Upload a picture of your EBT card or Medicaid Card (you can use your Smartphone to take a picture of your card and upload it.
- Check the box to confirm that your EBT card or Medicaid Card is current and valid.
- Once you enter the requested information, click the “Continue” button. The continue button will only show once you enter all the requested information.
Note: Every 12 months, you’ll have to verify you still have a current and valid EBT card or Medicaid Card.
Congratulations!!!! You can enjoy your Amazon Prime EBT Discount for four years.
Amazon Prime FAQs
Who is eligible to use SNAP EBT benefits on Amazon?
At the moment, EBT Cardholders from 40 states and counting can use their SNAP benefits on Amazon. Additional states eligible to use SNAP EBT benefits on Amazon will be added to the program in the coming months.
What’s the Regular Price for Amazon Prime?
The regular membership fee for Amazon Prime is $119 per year or $12.99 per month.
Students can sign up for Amazon Prime for free for the first six months.
After that, you will need to subscribe to Amazon Prime, but you get a 50 percent discount.
To sign up for Amazon Prime for students, click here.
Which Kindle books are available to borrow?
Do you have a Kindle? Amazon will allow you to borrow books for free, as long as you’re a Prime member.
There are more than 1 million books available in the Kindle Lending Library.
To see if a book you want to read qualifies, simply search for it on your Kindle device, Kindle app or the Amazon website, and see if the Prime logo appears next to it.
If so, a Prime subscription lets you borrow it for one month. If not, you’ll have to pay for it the old-fashioned way.
Will a Prime subscription give me access to every streaming video on Amazon?
No. Your Amazon Prime subscription gives you access to certain TV shows and movies for unlimited streaming.
You will have to pay extra to watch new movies and recently broadcast episodes of TV shows.
You can spot unlimited streaming shows and movies by looking for the Amazon Prime graphic across the top of the box art.
Where can I watch Amazon Prime Video?
You can watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on your computer – PCs, Macs, and Linux.
In addition, you can download the Amazon Amazon Prime app if you have an Apple device, like the iPhone or iPad.
Amazon only supports its own Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV devices for Andriod users.
Furthermore, you can also stream Amazon Prime Video content on Roku set-top boxes, Apple TV, Fire TV, and most smart TVs, but not for Google Chromecast.
Can I use Amazon’s streaming video services without an Amazon Prime subscription?
Yes, but you will have to buy or rent each individual piece of content you want to watch.
For example, the price for individual TV episodes starts at $2. If you want an entire season, you will pay $30 or more.
Do I need a credit card to sign up for Amazon Prime free trial?
You need a valid payment to sign up for the Amazon Prime free trial.
A valid payment method can be a credit card, debit card, or bank account that has sufficient funds to be charged if you choose to continue into a paid subscription for Amazon Prime.
You will not be charged until your free trial has ended and your paid subscription has started.
Can I link multiple Twitch accounts to my Amazon Prime account?
Yes, customers can link up to four Twitch accounts to an Amazon account.
However, once one linked Twitch viewer spends a subscription, all of them need to wait for it to renew.
Similarly, only one customer can claim a given piece of game content or multi-month entitlement.
Amazon Prime Discount for Seniors or AARP Summary
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