Back in February, Walmart teased us with the announcement of a new subscription service meant to compete with Amazon Prime — sort of. Well, as of Sept. 15, the service, named Walmart+, is finally here after some COVID-19-related delays.
Walmart+ doesn’t quite live up to Amazon Prime status, but there are some pretty nice benefits if you’re already an avid Walmart shopper. Plus, more benefits will be added in the future, according to the company.
Benefits of Walmart+
Unlimited free delivery: Not only do you get unlimited free delivery, but you can even enjoy same-day delivery on some products. This isn’t just for groceries either, like Walmart’s former service Delivery Unlimited (which has been absorbed into Walmart+) — it includes in-store pricing and free delivery on more than 160,000 items like tech, toys, and household essentials as well. This is especially great for when you need a last-minute gift and don’t have time to run to the store.
Scan & Go: Walmart+ shoppers can scan items on their phone as they shop around the physical store. This allows customers to avoid long checkout lines and head to self-checkout regardless of how many items they have because they’re already registered and ready to be totaled. You’ll just do a quick tap with Walmart Pay and you’re good to go with all your purchases. Bonus: This means you can have a contact-free checkout.
Fuel discounts: This is our favorite benefit. With Walmart+ you can save up to 5 cents per gallon at about 2,000 Walmart, Murphy USA, and Murphy Express gas stations. Sam’s Club stations will be added to this lineup soon, too.
How to sign up for Walmart+
Walmart+ has a 15-day free trial, which is a pretty decent amount of time to do a test run. You’ll likely need groceries or gas at some point during those 15 days, so you’ll get to see if a long-term subscription to the service will be worth it for you.
After the free trial, Walmart+ is $12.95 per month or $98 per year (compared to Amazon Prime’s $119 per year). Sign up for Walmart+ here.