Whether you’re shopping for groceries, electronics, household essentials — or something else entirely — for most of us, Walmart is just a short drive (or click) away.
If you’ve been looking for ways to save at Walmart, there’s a paid membership that you may want to consider: Walmart+. For a monthly or yearly subscription fee, members can enjoy benefits both online and in stores.
4 Things To Know About Walmart+
If you’re a loyal Walmart shopper, Walmart+ could be the membership service you’ve been waiting for to save time and money. Before you sign up, here are four things to know.
Table of Contents:
- What Is Walmart+?
- How Much Is a Walmart+ Membership?
- Walmart+ Membership Benefits
- How Does Walmart+ Compare to Amazon Prime?
Below, you’ll find additional information on Walmart+ including how much it costs, what you can expect as a member and how it compares to Amazon Prime.
1. What Is Walmart+?
Walmart+ is a paid membership that provides access to exclusive savings and benefits both online and in-store at Walmart. It costs $12.95 monthly or $98 annually plus taxes and fees.
As a member, you’ll have access to free shipping from Walmart.com with no order minimum. Additionally, you’ll get free delivery from your store with a $35 order minimum. Members also receive discounts on fuel at select stations, a subscription to stream video with Paramount+ and access to “mobile scan & go” in the Walmart app for easier in-store shopping.
Recently, Walmart added a perk that allows members to earn rewards in the form of in-store credit on eligible Walmart purchases. Walmart+ members also receive exclusive access to special promotions and events including early access to Black Friday deals according to Walmart’s website.
Walmart+ also includes limited-time offers available to members. In October 2022, these limited-time offers included a $15 Lyft credit and six months of Spotify Premium.
Walmart+ offers a 30-day free trial that you can sign up for online. The free trial provides access to most of the benefits you’ll get with Walmart+, but some benefits are reserved for full-paying members.
2. How Much Is a Walmart+ Membership?
Walmart offers two different membership options: a monthly or an annual plan. Walmart+ costs $98 a year or $12.95 a month plus tax. You can also sign up for a 30-day free trial before committing to either membership.
You can sign up for a Walmart+ membership online or in the app. You’ll need to enter a valid credit card when you sign up even if you plan to use just the 30-day free trial.
At the end of your free trial, you’ll automatically be billed for the plan that you selected at sign-up. After that, your plan will automatically continue to renew until you cancel your membership. You can learn more about payment and billing for Walmart+ here,
According to Walmart’s website, you can switch plans or cancel your membership at any time. For more information on Walmart+ pricing and membership plans, visit Walmart’s website.
3. Walmart+ Membership Benefits
All Walmart+ members have access to the same benefits whether they sign up for an annual or monthly subscription.
Free Shipping, No Order Minimum
Most items from Walmart.com that are “shipped by Walmart” are eligible for free shipping with no order minimum.
This excludes most Marketplace items, oversized and freight items and items from third-party sellers not shipped by Walmart.
Note that “shipping” is different than “delivery from your store.” According to Walmart’s website, you can filter items by “in-store” or “shipping” based on your preferences. In-store items will include a $35 order minimum for free delivery; however, shipping requires no order minimum.
Free Delivery From Your Store
Walmart delivery fees range from $7.95-$9.95 regardless of the order total. However, Walmart+ members are exempt from this fee.
Unfortunately, if the order is under $35, there is still a “below order minimum fee” of $6.99. However, on orders over $35, there are no additional delivery fees for Walmart+ members. Note that express delivery still costs $10 and it isn’t waived for any customer.
While many Walmart locations offer delivery, it may not be available at every store. You can check availability in your area online before you complete your registration for a Walmart+ membership.
To learn more about this Walmart+ perk, visit this page on Walmart’s website.
Member Prices on Fuel
Walmart+ members get 10 cents off per gallon at Exxon & Mobile stations and up to 10 cents off at select Walmart & Murphy stations as well as member prices at Sam’s Club fuel centers.
To get your discount, you’ll have to use the Walmart app at the gas pump. Select “member prices on fuel” from your Walmart+ membership page and follow the instructions to unlock your savings.
According to Walmart’s website, there is no limit to how many gallons you can get member prices on fuel, there’s no limit to the amount or frequency that you can use your discount and all fuel types qualify.
You can use Walmart’s map online to find nearby eligible gas stations. You can also learn more about Walmart+ member prices on fuel online.
Streaming Video With Paramount+
Walmart+ members with an active trial or paid membership will also have access to a free Paramount+ Essentials plan subscription (check out our review of the streaming service here).
Once you sign up for your Walmart+ membership, you can visit your account page, click on the video streaming benefit and follow the steps provided to create your Paramount+ account. If you already have a Paramount+ account, you’ll need to cancel it and sign up again through Walmart+ to take advantage of this benefit.
Visit Walmart’s website to learn more about free streaming with Paramount+.
Mobile Scan & Go
If you’re shopping in-store at Walmart, you can open your Walmart app and access “scan & go” as a Walmart+ member. With this benefit, you can shop in-store and check out on your phone to avoid the lines.
According to Walmart’s website, all locations offer scan & go. To get started, simply open your Walmart app while in-store. You’ll need to connect a payment method to your Walmart account to pay (credit or debit card).
Once you’ve completed your shopping trip, simply visit “self-checkout” and scan the QR code in the app. Once you get your receipt, you’re good to go!
Walmart+ is only a couple of years old, and the service continues to expand program benefits.
When I checked out Walmart+ in October 2022, I found Walmart Rewards for members. You can earn rewards on eligible items online and in-store to use on future Walmart purchases. You can learn more about this new benefit online.
Walmart+ members also have exclusive access to special promotions and events including early access to Black Friday deals, new product releases and more according to Walmart’s website.
And Walmart+ may occasionally add limited-time offers. In October 2022, members could grab a $15 Lyft credit as well as six months of Spotify Premium (not available to Walmart+ trial members or Spotify users who have already tried Premium.) You can check out new and current limited-time offers on Walmart’s website.
4. How Does Walmart+ Compare to Amazon Prime?
Similar to Amazon’s Prime membership, Walmart+ is a way for the retailer’s frequent shoppers to access exclusive money-saving benefits. But how do the two services compare?
First, Walmart+ costs $98 per year or $12.95 per month, whereas Amazon Prime costs $139 per year or $14.99 per month. That means the Walmart+ annual membership fee is $25-$41 cheaper than Amazon Prime each year.
Walmart+ offers speedy in-store shopping options and fuel discounts that you won’t get with Amazon Prime. Still, you’ll find tons of additional benefits with Prime including Amazon Music, Prime Gaming, Prime Reading, Amazon Drive/Photos and more. If you’re primarily interested in online shopping, know that both membership services offer unlimited free delivery for most items.
Finally, Walmart offers grocery pickup and grocery delivery where available while Amazon Prime members have access to Amazon Fresh and and Whole Foods Market deliveries. Both Walmart+ and Amazon Prime’s grocery delivery services offer same-day options.
If you regularly shop online or in-store at Walmart, the retailer’s new membership service could be a great way to save time and money.
According to Walmart’s website, you could save more than $800 per year using free delivery from stores, $500+ per year using free shipping with no order minimum, more than $75 per year with member prices on fuel and $59 per year with a Paramount+ Essentials plan included in your membership.
The membership itself costs $98 per year or $12.95 per month; however, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial. The benefits include free shipping with no order minimum, free delivery from your store, access to mobile scan & go, fuel discounts and more.
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