Traveling for the Holidays? Use This Trick to Download Free Movies and TV Shows First

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Holiday travel coming up? Need a way to keep the kids occupied… for FREE?

You might be excited to learn about Amazon Prime’s downloadable videos. Though the feature was quietly released in September, we just learned about it and wanted to share the news with you.

How to Download Free Movies from Amazon Prime

If you’re a member of Amazon Prime — a service that gets you free two-day shipping on all items — you probably already know you can stream movies and TV shows from the Amazon Instant Video library of more than 40,000 titles.

The difference is, now you can download some of those same programs onto your Fire, iOS or Android device before packing your kids into the car or onto the plane.

All of Amazon’s original series are available, as well as many other popular movies and shows.

In the “kids” category, for example, you can download shows like Wishenproof, Tumble Leaf and Bubble Guppies, or movies like Maya the Bee, Hook and The Last Unicorn (a personal favorite!).

Grown-ups can download shows like Boardwalk Empire, Veronica Mars and The Good Wife, and movies like The Reader, The Wolf of Wall Street and Amelie.

Unfortunately, there’s no quick way to see which shows are available for download. Within the Amazon Video app, you have to click through the titles and look for downward-facing arrows. You can download a maximum of 25 titles at a time, and you usually have to watch each title within 15-30 days.

Amazon Prime costs $99 for a year’s membership, but remember they also offer a free 30-day trial.

Now might be a smart time to sign up, since membership will get you free two-day shipping on all your holiday shopping — and now, free movies!

Your Turn: Have you used the downloadable video Prime feature before? What did you think?

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Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.