Walmart Plus is a membership program designed for frequent Walmart shoppers. The subscription service competes with the likes of Amazon Prime and Best Buy Totaltech, both of which are pricier. Walmart Plus offers subscribers in-store and online benefits, such as unlimited free delivery and fuel discounts from participating gas stations.
In April, Walmart announced that new and existing members would get additional savings at participating fuel stations. Effective immediately, members can enjoy an instant discount of 10 cents on every gallon of fuel purchased at participating fuel stations. In addition, Walmart is expanding the list of participating fuel stations with the addition of 12,000 Exxon and Mobil stations nationwide.
Walmart Plus members also get early access to select deals and exclusive access to select PS5 restock events. (You must be a paying Walmart Plus member to access the restocks, which means if you're on the free trial you won't have access).
A Walmart Plus membership costs $98 a year or $12.95 a month. However, it includes a free 30-day trial. Here's everything you need to know about Walmart Plus membership.
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Walmart Plus is a subscription service from Walmart. Priced at $98 per year, it includes perks like unlimited free delivery on more than 160,000 items as well as fuel discounts at more than 2,000 Walmart and Murphy USA fuel stations. Shoppers can also opt for a $12.95/month option. Walmart Plus comes with a free 30-day trial.
Walmart Plus Weekend coming June 2
Save the date! From Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5 Walmart Plus members will be able to enjoy a weekend of exclusive savings. The online only event will take up to 40% off summer items including apparel, air conditioners, outdoor grills, and air fryers. In addition, Walmart is promising a PS5 restock, although they didn't say which date the PS5 console will be available. The deals will begin at 3 p.m. ET on June 2.
Walmart Plus and Memorial Day
Memorial Day is on May 30. Although that's still a few days out, Walmart Memorial Day sales have already started. The retailer is discounting everything from 4K TVs to kitchen appliances. While Walmart Plus members don't get any holiday discounts, they do get expedited shipping on their Walmart purchases. Make sure to follow our Memorial Day sales coverage for the best deals.
PS5 restock and Walmart Plus
Next-gen consoles have been near-impossible to buy this month. However, Walmart Plus members get early access to select PS5 restock and Xbox Series X restock events at Walmart. While that doesn't guarantee you'll be able to score a console, it certainly increases your chances. Previous restocks have taken place on January 13, March 14, and April 19. As a reminder, you must be a paying subscriber to take part in restocks. (If you're on a free trial, you won't be able to participate).
Walmart Plus adds Rx savings for members
Members of Walmart Plus just got a new perk. Rx for Less is the name of Walmart Plus' latest benefit. The program offers discounts on commonly prescribed medications across a variety of health needs. Drugs including in Rx for Less include heart health medication, mental health medication, antibiotics, allergies, and diabetes management. Walmart Plus members now have access to select medications at zero cost, whereas others will be up to 85% off. RX for Less is available to paying members only. The discounts go into effect after your 15-day free trial.
Walmart Plus waives shipping minimum for members
Walmart Plus members no longer need to meet the retailer's $35 minimum purchase requirement to obtain free shipping. Last year, Walmart announced members would be able to get free shipping on all purchases without worrying about hitting that $35 minimum threshold.
In addition, Walmart is also expanding the number of locations where members can use their fuel savings. Walmart Plus customers now have access to fuel discounts at more than 500 Sam’s Club locations. All of these features are a welcome perk for shoppers, especially in light of Amazon shuttering its Prime Pantry service.
Walmart Plus membership
Walmart Plus membership costs $98 per year or $12.95 per month. (It includes a free 15-day trial period). The membership program — which is Walmart's version of Amazon Prime — is a rebranding of Walmart's $98-per-year Grocery Unlimited service. The grocery delivery service launched in 2019 and quickly expanded to 1,400 additional stores in September of 2019. However, Walmart Plus goes beyond groceries to also include tech, beauty, and sports products. By comparison, Amazon Prime costs $139 per year or $14.99 per month.
Walmart Plus perks
Walmart Plus includes a handful of benefits that will grow over time. Currently, Walmart Plus benefits include the following:
- Unlimited free delivery: Customers will receive fast, free delivery on more than 160,000 items including tech, toys, household essentials, and groceries. Delivery will occur as fast as same-day with 1-hour delivery windows.
- Scan & Go: This feature in the Walmart app will allow for a faster way to shop in-store. Using the Walmart app, customers can scan their items as they shop and pay using Walmart Pay for a quick and touch-free payment experience.
- Fuel discounts: Walmart Plus members will be able to save up to 5 cents per gallon at nearly 2,000 Walmart, Murphy USA, and Murphy Express fuel stations. Sam's Club fuel stations are also part of the lineup. Walmart also expanded the discounts so that members can enjoy an instant 10 cent discounts on every gallon of fuel purchased at participating stations. Members can also now save at Exxon and Mobil stations nationwide.
It's unclear what other perks Walmart Plus will offer in the near future. However, it's no secret that Walmart and Amazon price match each other all the time, especially on retail holidays like Black Friday. The renewed rivalry could make for excellent deals.
Walmart Plus vs. Amazon Prime
During Amazon's Q1 2021 earnings call, the company revealed there are over 200 million paid Prime members worldwide. That's a number that Walmart Plus is certainly hoping to reach.
Once the country's top retailer, Walmart has watched as its rival Amazon has dominated online sales. Amazon now accounts for roughly 38% of all online retail sales in the U.S., according to eMarketer. By comparison, Walmart is a distant second place with just over 5% of the U.S. e-commerce market. The hope is that Walmart Plus will help it take some of that market share from Amazon.
This isn't the first time Walmart has taken on Amazon Prime. In 2015, Walmart launched ShippingPass, an unlimited online shipping service that cost $50 per year and promised deliveries in three days or less. This was Walmart's attempt to undercut Amazon Prime, which at the time cost $99 per year. Two years later, Walmart dropped its membership fee and switched to a 2-day free shipping program on orders of $35 or more.
However, Walmart's biggest chest thump came in 2016, when it purchased Jet.com for $3 billion. The hope was that Jet.com would help Walmart establish a bigger online presence. (Walmart announced last month that it was permanently closing Jet.com).
The Walmart vs. Amazon feud continued into 2019. Just as Amazon announced its plans to offer 1-day shipping, Walmart followed suit with its own 1-day shipping pilot. Most recently, Walmart announced 2-hour Express delivery for an additional $10 over Walmart's typical delivery fees.
Even on big retailer days like Black Friday, Walmart has shadowed Amazon with similar sales of its own. Walmart Plus is an extension of this ongoing battle and only time will tell if it's the true knockout punch that it needs to take on Amazon and its legion of subscribers.