Amazon Might Owe You $5. Here’s How to Find out

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Editor’s note: This post was updated 1/4/19 to reflect that Amazon no longer offers a free month of Prime as compensation for late shipments.

Ah, the perks of Amazon Prime.

We love free two-day shipping, free same-day shipping, free movies, free music and even free photo storage (for when your phone won’t stop letting you know your storage is full).

Yes, those are some solid benefits, but it will cost ya — about $119 a year.

Wanna know our secret, though?

You can get compensation, in some cases a $5 credit, if one of your guaranteed shipments arrives late.

Find out If Amazon Owes You

You might’ve heard of Capital One Shopping Price Protection.

The free tool tracks your online purchases from more than 25 merchants. When it detects a price drop, it’ll work with the retailer’s price-match policy to help get you the difference. When it detects an Amazon guaranteed shipment is late? It’ll work with Amazon to compensate you.

But what if you got free shipping as a Prime member? We’ve spoken with several shoppers who’ve gotten a free month of Prime as compensation, but you’ll most likely receive a $5 credit.

Here’s how to make sure you get compensated for late shipments:

  1. Sign up with Capital One Shopping Price Protection. All you need is your email address.
  2. Let Capital One Shopping Price Protection do its thing, passively tracking your orders.
  3. If it detects a late guaranteed shipment, it’ll work with Amazon to automatically grant you that free month of Prime, which will extend your existing membership.

Happy free shipping, Amazon Prime members!

Disclosure: Capital One Shopping Price Protection compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.

Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s managed to ease back on her Prime orders… it was a little out of hand there for a while.