If you’re buying something from Amazon for £50 or more, until Wed 30 Sep, there’s a smart way you might be able to save £20 by using the Amazon Prime Now app*.
This lets you choose from thousands of products – including gadgets, books, toys and games – all available for free delivery to selected London and Birmingham postcodes (nowhere else in the UK at the moment) within just two hours of placing an order.
Not everything Amazon sells is available via the app, but we’ve struggled to find many things that aren’t. Here’s everything you need to know…
Who can get it?
You must meet all three of the following criteria:
1. You’re a Prime member or JUST sign up for a free trial. To buy through the app you’ll need Amazon Prime – its premium subscription that gives speedy delivery and other perks. Yet if you’ve got its free trial membership, that counts. So providing you’ve not done that before, sign up* to get 30 days’ Prime membership for free.
Important: After the free trial, Prime costs £79 a year. So if you don’t want that, cancel before the trial ends (see our Amazon Prime guide).
2. You’re able to get it delivered somewhere in London or Birmingham. If you live or work in Birmingham or London – or know a lovely person who does – you could be eligible for Prime Now delivery (8am-midnight). You can use this postcode checker* to find out if an address is eligible before downloading the app.
3. You’re using the Prime Now app for the first time. Once you’ve downloaded the app (for iPhone, Android and Amazon phones, but not tablets, Windows or BlackBerry) and entered an eligible postcode, the main screen will show a code to get you £20 off your first £50+ Prime Now order. It won’t work if you’ve ordered via the app before.
Only selected postcodes are eligible for Prime Now delivery. We’ve found in both cities a wide area’s generally covered, yet it’s a bit of a postcode lottery.
In Birmingham, it stretches as far from the centre as Walsall, West Bromwich, Sutton Coldfield and Solihull. In London, although it reaches areas such as Southfields, Stratford and Dagenham, others such as Hillingdon and Croydon miss out.
What can I use it on?
Not all items Amazon sells are available for Prime Now delivery, but Amazon says “tens of thousands” are (and we haven’t found many that aren’t). Search within the app for whatever you’re after – it’ll only show if it’s available via the app.
A few examples we found on Tue 15 Sep:
– Apple TV box* £38.18 (£58.18 pre-code, next cheapest we found £59 at John Lewis)
– Kindle e-reader* £39.99 (£59.99 pre-code, next cheapest £49.95 at John Lewis)
– Lego City Space Port* £47.97 (£67.97 pre-code, next cheapest £67.97 at Asda)
– Star Wars Blu-ray box set* £36.99 (£56.99 pre-code, next cheapest £79.99 at Zavvi)
– GoPro Hero 1080p camera* £74 (£94 pre-code, next cheapest £94 at John Lewis)
– KitchenAid mixer* £281.06 (£301.06 pre-code, next cheapest £299 at Go Electrical)
We’ve checked this out as much as we can, and Amazon’s confirmed all the info (see the full T&Cs*). But as Prime Now’s still new, we can’t fully vouch for how well it’ll work. Share your experiences in the comments below or tweet us.