Amazon.com is offering qualifying customers a one-month free Amazon Prime membership this holiday season. That means customers can have access to Amazon Prime's two-day free shipping for a one-month trial. Those who have an Amazon Prime membership, however, can share their membership with four others, something most do not know.
Simply go to Your Account, find the "Settings" section and choose "Manage Prime Membership. There you can invite other "household members" to share your membership. Indeed, they don't necessarily have to be household members; we were tipped on this option by a friend who wanted to share our membership.
Amazon Prime normally costs $79 annually. With it, you get free two-day shipping on most items, without a minimum order amount (Amazon.com normally offers free 3 - 5 day shipping for most items, on orders $25 and up). Furthermore, Amazon Prime members also receive lower-priced one-day shipping upgrades.
Update: Amazon.com has continued to add new perks to the Prime program. Since this article was first written, Amazon.com has given Amazon Prime members access to Amazon Instant Video, with 13,000 movies and videos, but also can access the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, giving them access to thousands of books, including New York Times bestsellers. These new perks come at no additional cost.
Just to be clear, however, Amazon.com has told me that only the free shipping part of Prime is "shareable."