Amazon No Rush Rewards – What are They and How Do They Work?

If you pay for Amazon Prime, you’ve probably noticed a delay in their typical shipping times. While we used to joke that you could order an item on Amazon in the morning and have it that evening, it seems like those days have passed.

Amazon reps will give you all sorts of excuses about it, usually having something to do with the pandemic, but the truth of the matter is, you pay for Prime and you should get your items shipped fast – it’s the point of the subscription right?

Since that doesn’t seem to be the case lately, there’s a simple hack you may want to know about that can pay you to wait for your items (you’re waiting anyway, so why not).

The ‘hack’ is called ‘Amazon No Rush Rewards’ and it’s something Amazon offers and most people overlook.

Let’s see how it works.

What Is Amazon No Rush Rewards?

The name says it all – Amazon No Rush Rewards are rewards for waiting. In many cases, we’re waiting anyway, so we might as well get paid for it. 

It used to be that Amazon Prime items were shipped and delivered within 2 days of ordering and we’re not talking just business days. Amazon shipments would show up on your porch like magic even on Sundays. Today, Amazon states your item will be delivered within 2 days of item fulfillment which isn’t exactly what we all signed up for Prime for, right?

At $12.99 a month, we want what we paid for, but sometimes it’s not that easy. So what should you do?

It’s time to take advantage of the Amazon No Rush Rewards, but what are they?

Amazon No Rush Rewards is a way of Amazon saying ‘thank you for not rushing us to ship your order.’ Whether they’re short-handed or just need more time to fulfill shipments, they are rewarding Prime customers willing to wait a few extra days for their items.

What will you get?

It seems a little like Russian Roulette. No two orders will have the same offer. In general, though, Amazon No Rush Rewards are credits you can use on future purchases as a thank you for waiting for your shipment.

How long must you wait?

On average, it takes 6 days to receive your order from the day you ordered it. Since many Prime orders take that long anyway, you can get a small credit for waiting.

What You Earn with Amazon No Rush Rewards?

Like we said above, no two orders get the same Amazon No Rush Reward and you can’t choose your reward either.

Here are some of the common rewards we’ve seen.

Instant Rewards

Instant rewards are a fan favorite. It’s like instant money off your order for doing nothing except accepting a later delivery date. If you aren’t in a hot hurry to receive the item, enjoy your discount. You don’t have to worry about expiration dates or tracking rewards – you use it instantly.

$1 Digital Credit

This is the most common reward customers receive from Amazon. A digital credit applies to anything ‘digital’ Amazon sells such as eBooks, video rentals or purchases, and digital music. You can use one credit at a time or stack them, potentially getting your book, music, or video for free.

$3 Happy Belly Snack Award

Amazon sometimes offers a $3 reward off any Happy Belly snack purchase. Happy Belly is Amazon’s brand of food and beverages sold at affordable prices. Think ‘knock-off brands’ at Target or your favorite grocery store. If you delay your shipping, you may get a coupon for the Happy Belly brand, helping you save money and try a new product.

$10 – $20 Home Service Award

Amazon sells just about anything you could think of and now you can even get home services from them. If you’re tired of shopping around for services, head to Amazon and look for professionals for services like treadmill assembly, TV wall mounting, and bed assembly, just to name a few.

If you choose no-rush shipping, you may score a savings of $10 – $20 off your next home services order.

$10 off Furniture or a TV

If you’re in the market for furniture or a TV, you may save a little money on it by choosing no-rush shipping and receiving a $10 off furniture or TV purchase certificate. You can’t stack these offers, but $10 off is still a decent saving.

How to Use Amazon No Rush Rewards?

If you’ve accumulated rewards, you probably wonder how to use your Amazon No Rush Rewards. Like most things with Amazon, they make it simple – if you add an eligible product to your cart, Amazon automatically applies the discount to your order. 

How to Check your Amazon No Rush Credit Balance?

Amazon used to send you an email every time you earned an Amazon No Rush Credit, but that got confusing. Emails easily get lost or forgotten, and the rewards expire, so many people weren’t able to use the rewards they earned.

Today, Amazon makes it easy by keeping all your rewards in one place. Here’s how to check your Amazon No Rush Credits.

  1. Click here to go to the Amazon No Rush Credits page
  2. Log in using your Amazon Prime credentials
  3. View your total rewards
  4. Look at your individual rewards
  5. Note the expiration dates

When do you Receive your Amazon No Rush Credits?

If you select No Rush Shipping, Amazon credits your account with the No Rush Credit after they ship the item unless it’s an automatic discount. You receive that on the same order you’re accepting the later shipping.

Amazon No Rush Rewards FAQ

How do you use No Rush Rewards on Amazon?

It’s easy to use No Rush Rewards. First, select No Rush Shipping so you can earn the reward. It may be $1 off a digital product or $3 off Happy Belly Snacks or something else. Once you’ve earned the reward (after the item ships), you can use it immediately on any eligible product within the category you’ve chosen. When you buy an eligible item, Amazon automatically applies for the credit.

Do Amazon No Rush Rewards stack?

Only Amazon digital rewards (usually $1 off) stack – other Amazon No Rush Rewards do not stack. This means you can only use one offer per order.

Is there a way to earn more than one reward per order?

While you can only earn one Amazon No Rush Reward per order, you can split up your order and potentially earn multiple offers. No one knows how Amazon decides what offers they’ll provide, but you increase your chances of securing multiple offers with several orders. Sometimes if you order items on the same day but in different orders, they may even get shipped together.

Do Amazon No Rush Rewards expire?

Yes, all Amazon No Rush Rewards expire. You can keep track by visiting your No Rush Rewards page. You can also opt-in to receive emails to let you know when a reward is about to expire so you can use it before you lose it. 

Can you stack Amazon No Rush Digital Rewards?

Yes, the one reward you can stack is the digital rewards. Since digital products average a couple of dollars, it’s not hard to save up your certificates and get a free book, music, or video. You can use the rewards to rent a movie, buy a book, or download your favorite songs for free.

Can you choose your reward?

Unfortunately, Amazon chooses the reward they offer for each product. No one can figure out how they choose either. Sometimes you’ll get an instant offer (money off your current order) and other times it’s a certificate, usually a $1 digital certificate, but it pays to look at the offer, you never know when you’ll get a great deal.

Final Thoughts – Don’t Overlook your Amazon No Rush Rewards

We’re all programmed to want the fastest shipping possible especially with an Amazon Prime subscription, but sometimes slow is better. Before you hastily click the ‘Free Prime Delivery’ button, see what reward Amazon offers.

If it’s a $1 digital certificate, you may want the faster shipping, but sometimes the rewards are worth more than $1. The more often you accept the rewards, the better they’ll get, and of course, the more you shop at Amazon, the more rewards you’ll receive.

Kim Pinnelli is a personal finance freelance writer and contributor. She lives in the Chicago suburbs, writing from home for the last 13 years. Kim enjoys helping people understand personal finances and writes on topics about saving money, investing, planning for retirement, and ways to increase income. In her free time, Kim enjoys hanging out with her 3 children, reading, crocheting, and spending time outdoors.

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