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The New Amazon Prime Membership Benefit That’s Perfect for Travelers

I’ve already told you about Amazon Prime membership’s unknown perks, but I’m especially excited about its latest membership benefit: Prime Samples and Amazon Sample Boxes. I first noticed these on the site yesterday and as a self-proclaimed “subscription box guru,” I was excited to see that Amazon launched its own version of this type of service.

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With the latest Amazon Prime membership benefit, you can browse both single samples and sample boxes, which are divided up by categories, and the best part is that you earn credits for shopping. Some note-worthy boxes for travelers include the Luxury Women’s Beauty Box ($19.99), Nutrition & Wellness Box ($9.99), and the Men’s Daily Grooming Sample Box ($9.99). These prices are much lower than traditional subscription boxes, which typically start around $30 per month. And while you’re getting less than what many of those boxes offer, this is a nice void for Amazon to fill.


All of the products are travel-sized, and you can choose from pre-made boxes, make your own by purchasing single samples, or just purchase what you need a la carte. No sign of travel-specific curated boxes yet, but hopefully Amazon launches those soon.

Other perks of this Prime benefit include on-demand ordering (rather than the monthly shipping subscription boxes stick to), and two-day shipping on Prime-eligible items. It’s worth noting that Amazon lists this perk as a limited time offer.

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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