Like Amazon Prime, Walmart has its own membership service called Walmart+ (read as ‘Walmart Plus’, though sometimes styled as ‘W+’). The service launched on 15 September 2020 and has already gained between 7.4 million and 8.2 million members, as reported in February 2021.
Walmart+ offers members a variety of perks including discounts and free unlimited shipping – something that might pique interest ahead of major sales like
Amazon’s Prime Day, which takes place over 21-22 June this year. Walmart recently announced its own massive sales event to rival Prime Day, called ‘Deals for Days’, which is to run from 20-23 June.
The Deals for Days event starts just a day before Prime Day and lasts a day longer too. While you don’t need a paid membership to shop at Walmart, a Walmart+ membership may be worth it if you want to skip delivery fees on deals this summer (and later this year over Black Friday and Christmas), while also benefiting from membership savings through the year.
Here we’re going through everything you need to know about Walmart+ including membership perks, pricing, and how to get a free trial.
What is Walmart+?
Amazon Prime, Walmart+ offers US customers free unlimited delivery on purchases, but also discounts at gas stations, faster checkout in-store thanks to a “Scan & Go” benefit, and money off prescriptions. Walmart says these are only the initial benefits, with more
on the way.
You can access Walmart+ via the Walmart app (
iOS) or the
Walmart Plus homepage. Once you have an account, you’ll just need to shop on Walmart while logged in as you would with Amazon Prime.
If you regularly shop at Walmart, a Walmart+ membership can help you save in the long term, especially when ordering groceries online. Walmart’s delivery fees range from $7.95 per order to $9.95 which can add up in the year. Walmart also offers
Express Delivery within two hours for an additional $10.
Subscription-based unlimited delivery isn’t new to Walmart though. Walmart originally called this service Delivery Unlimited (fittingly), but the new Walmart+ service expands on Delivery Unlimited by introducing those additional perks. If you had a Delivery Unlimited membership last year, it should have automatically upgraded to a Walmart+ membership.
How much does a Walmart+ membership cost?
Walmart Plus costs $12.95 per month (plus taxes) or $98 per year (plus taxes), which works out to roughly $8.16 per month. You can switch between the two payment options at any time.
The monthly rate is still cheaper than the sum of two deliveries, so if you make more orders than that in a month the subscription will effectively pay for itself. An annual membership brings the cost down even further.
A Walmart+ membership is also marginally cheaper than Amazon Prime which costs $12.99 per month (plus taxes) or $119 per year (plus taxes).
Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime.
Best Walmart Deals right now – ‘Deals for Days’ Sale 2021
The following deals all qualify for free next-day shipping with Walmart+. The retailer will also kick off its Prime Day rival sale ‘Deals for Day’ on 20 June (
Father’s Day). We’ll be tracking all the best offers right here:
Best Walmart Deals
Nintendo Switch + 12 month online membership and carry case
$299 & Online Membership and Carry Case Bundle
Grab the Nintendo Switch from Walmart with 12 months of Switch Online and a protective carry case to use your console out and about.
Shark EZ robot vacuum with self-empty base
This robot vacuum from Shark is self-emptying, which means that it will last more runs and save you from constantly having to get rid of all the dust and dirt picked up from your floors. This Cyber Monday, it has $200 off – a big saving.
Samsung UN60TU7000 60in 4K TV
This Samsung TV has $100 off from Walmart, and comes with 4K UHD resolution, auto game mode, a sleek design and all the entertainment apps you need.
LG 4.1 channel 420W soundbar with wireless speakers
Upgrade your home audio set up with this soundbar surround system from LG. It features adaptive sound control, and can be connected either optically or via Bluetooth.
Power XL Vortex Air Fryer 7QT
This 7 quart air fryer from Vortex has six functions in one: it’s an air fryer, dehydrator, pizza oven, baking oven, roaster and reheater. It has a digital control panel with ten one-touch pre-set functions.
Magic Bullet Essential personal blender
If you’re in need of a cheap blender for breakfasts, smoothies and cooking, then this Magic Bullet fits the bill and costs only $15 this Cyber Monday.
Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen
Many retailers are slashing the price of Google’s Nest Hub, but Walmart’s price is one of the most competitive. This smart home assistant comes with Google Assistant, and can control the smart tech in your home.
Google Chromecast with Google TV
Chromecast with Google TV has $10 off this Holiday season. This media streamer has all the apps you need, plus grants you access to Google Stadia.
How to get the Walmart+ free trial
Walmart offers a
15-day trial to Walmart Plus. You’ll need to provide your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and credit card details.
You’ll only be charged after the 15-day period, but you can cancel at any time to avoid getting billed. You may also see a prompt to answer a survey during the sign-up process that will extend the trial period to 30 days.
Walmart+ membership benefits
Free unlimited shipping
The biggest benefit of Walmart+ is free next-day, two-day delivery, and standard shipping without a minimum order value. Without a membership, there’s a minimum order value of $35.
You’ll have to look out for items with a “W+ free shipping” tag when shopping (in the same way you would look for the ‘Prime’ logo for Prime-eligible products on Amazon).
Walmart, however, excludes oversized items and items from third-party sellers that aren’t shipped by Walmart (i.e. items shipped from third parties directly).
Free same-day delivery from your local store
You can also get free same-day delivery from your local Walmart store for your day-to-day shopping. There is a minimum $35 order value if you’re buying groceries, however.
To get free delivery from your local Walmart, you’ll simply have to choose a one-hour slot at checkout. This can be at any point in the day or a later day in the week, with the last slot available between 7-8 pm. Walmart+ also allows you to add more items to your cart after check-out as long as it’s before the cut-off time.
You can also pay $10 and opt for
Express Delivery if you want your order within 2 hours. Express Delivery is available for non-members too, but this includes the base delivery cost of $7.95 or more.
Walmart’s same-day delivery service is similar to Amazon’s Prime Now benefit, which offers free same-day delivery via
Amazon Fresh or from grocers such as
Wholefoods Market in the US and
Morrison’s in the UK. Amazon recently rolled Prime Now
into the main Amazon service.
Discounts on prescriptions – ‘Digital Pharmacy Savings Card’
Walmart Plus members also get a “digital pharmacy savings card” which lets you save up to 85% at Walmart pharmacies with an average saving of 65%.
You can even get some prescriptions for free. Keep in mind, you can’t get the discount while on the free trial, and you can’t combine the discount with additional insurance either.
You can access the digital savings card from your
Walmart+ account or from the Walmart app. Head to the
Walmart+ Pharmacy site to search for the prescription you need and enter your savings card details to get your discount.
Discounts on gas
A Walmart+ membership also saves you 5¢ per gallon at Walmart, Murphy, Murphy Express, and Sam’s Club gas stations. You can see the nearest eligible stations on
this interactive map or through the Walmart app. You’ll need the app to access the discount though.
To get the discount at a Walmart gas station, launch the QR code scanner on the app, scan the code on the pump screen, and enter the fuel grade before you start pumping. You’ll get an e-receipt once you’re finished.
The process varies if you’re at a Murphy or Sam’s Club gas station.
Here’s how it works.
Mobile check-out while in-store (mobile Scan & Go)
This benefit is ideal for those who often shop in-store. The Scan & Go option allows you to scan barcodes on items as you add them to your shopping cart, saving you from waiting around in long checkout lines. Plus, it’s contactless.
When you’re finished shopping, you simply head to the checkout kiosk and scan the QR code on the screen. This lets you pay for your groceries with your phone. If you have items that need to be weighed, like fresh produce, you can weigh them at the checkout as well.
Sign up for the Walmart+ free trial to try it out.
Walmart+ vs Amazon Prime – Which one should you get?
Walmart+ offers clear advantages to those who already shop at Walmart stores, especially if the pandemic has led you to do most of your shopping online. The service lets you save on delivery costs while offering long-term savings at the gas station and at the pharmacy.
But to know if it’s worth it, or offers better value than Amazon Prime, consider whether Walmart+’s benefits are relevant to your monthly spending habits. Where do you do most of your shopping?
In contrast to Walmart+’s perks, Amazon Prime’s benefits lie primarily within the Amazon ecosystem itself. With Prime, members get services such as Amazon Fresh,
Prime Gaming (Twitch), and Prime Music, to list a few. If you spend much of your time online streaming music, films and TV shows, Prime may be a better option for you.
A Prime membership also offers members exclusive early access to discounts on Prime Day. While Prime Day is an excellent event for making those big-ticket purchases, like a TV or laptop, it shouldn’t be the only reason you sign up for the Prime membership.
Consider how you might use each service throughout the year, and ultimately, whether you make enough online purchases from either retailer in a month to warrant a separate membership.
Of course, if you want to get a taste of the services before you commit, you can always sign up for a free trial for
Amazon Prime. Amazon offers a longer trial period of 30 days.
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