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Getting the Most From Amazon's No-Rush Shipping Rewards

Are you willing to forego Amazon Prime's two-day shipping for their no-rush rewards?

 

They say good things come to those who wait, and Amazon’s No-Rush Rewards are a literal interpretation of that statement. The service is geared towards Amazon Prime members who are willing to wait extra time for their item to arrive. At checkout, just choose to get your items within five business days instead of the typical two-day shipping period. In exchange, you'll earn account credits or discounts on Amazon products. These rewards vary, but range from a $1 Amazon Digital Service credit to a $20 discount on Amazon Home Services.

You can't choose the reward you're offered and we haven't yet figured out a specific rhyme or reason to which rewards are offered. What we do know is that rewards are typically available on Prime-eligible products shipped by Amazon, and that you'll see the reward during checkout.

Currently, one of the most common rewards is a $5 discount on Amazon Pantry Items or a $3 discount off Amazon’s Happy Belly snack products. Unfortunately, as Slickdealer abichake points out, these discounts and the $20 home services credits, are single use and are not stackable, but the $1 digital credit can build up over time to be used on higher priced items.

Check Your Amazon Reward Balance

How to Check Your Amazon No Rush Credit Balance

  1. Go to the No-Rush Rewards summary page on Amazon (link)
  2. Log in to you Amazon Prime account if you're not already signed in.
  3. Your credit balance will show prominently on the page.

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Using Your No-Rush Shipping Rewards

In the past, Amazon would send an email with information regarding expiration dates and limits for the No-Rush Rewards once your item shipped. However, now there's a specific page to show users the balance of their No-Rush Rewards and details on expiration dates. This makes it much easier to keep track of all of your rewards and their expiration dates — it also means you're less likely to just forget about or lose the information on a reward.

The $5 Amazon Pantry credit seems to be the most common, albeit least popular, reward reported deal by the Slickdeals community. Many Slickdealers have found it's best to simply use the credit to cover most of the $5.99 shipping cost on Pantry items. You can also purchase five select Amazon Pantry items to qualify for free shipping and then discount that order using the $5 reward. Slickdealer mrkingofworld gives a helpful tip that “you will only receive one $5 pantry credit per month. Once you take it, you won't be offered it again until the following month (per account).” So, if you are looking to try and get more variety from the rewards, it may be best to take the Amazon Pantry option when offered.

Ultimately, if you're an avid Amazon user, especially if you use Prime Pantry, and you're not in a hurry to get your item, it doesn't hurt to just take the reward and hold on to it. On the other hand, if you don't see yourself ever ordering from Prime Pantry or using digital credits, the No-Rush Rewards program probably isn't worth the wait. You'll also want to keep in mind that you won't find out the expiration date for rewards until after your item has been ordered and you've already opted for No-Rush shipping.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply the no-rush shipping credits to my order?The credits will automatically discount from any product that is applicable.
  • What can I buy with Amazon's digital credits?You actually have quite a few options when it comes to spending digital credits, including Kindle ebooks, Amazon instant videos, digital music, and  Amazon Appstore apps.
  • How do I get a different no-rush shipping discount?Your best bet for getting different rewards is to accept any offer presented. Amazon appears to try and offer a variety of rewards, so you are more likely to get a different discount each time you accept a reward.
  • When do my no-rush shipping rewards expire?It varies per reward, but will be noted in the reward email and on the reward balance page.

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Have you been taking advantage of Amazon's No-Rush Shipping Rewards? What do you think? Are they worth the wait? Let us know in the comments!

h/t to leehg69 for first posting about this in the forums.


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Nolan Browning Contributor

Nolan is an avid automotive, electronic, and gadget enthusiast. If it has an engine or a processor, he can't keep his hands off it. He was introduced to Windows 3.1 in the early '90s and has been hooked ever since. Deal alerts include "mechanical keyboard," "smart watch," and "bulk candy."


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