Following in the footsteps of members-only stores like Costco and Sam’s Club, Walmart launched its membership program Walmart+ in 2019. But what exactly does Walmart membership entail? How do you sign up? Is it worth it?
The first thing to know about Walmart+ membership is that it’s primarily a way to avoid paying shipping and delivery fees. But let’s look at what other benefits Walmart members enjoy…
What Is Included In Walmart’s Plus Membership?
Walmart+ members enjoy these benefits and perks:
- Free shipping and delivery for all qualifying orders*
- Discounts on Walmart fuel
- Free access to the Paramount+ streaming service
- Access to the convenient Scan & Go feature in the Walmart app for mobile scanning and contact-free checkout when shopping in store
According to Walmart, shoppers can save about $1,300 every year by signing up for Plus membership. Keep reading to find out how.
*To qualify for free shipping as a Plus member, you must spend at least $35 when using same-day grocery delivery from Walmart.com. When shopping with NextDay, TwoDay, or standard delivery, there is no order minimum for free delivery for Plus members. However, some items (such as oversized items or Walmart Marketplace items) do not qualify for free shipping. In other words, you can’t get free shipping on something big and heavy like a couch or refrigerator even if you pay for a membership.
Difference Between Plus And Regular Membership
Unlike stores like Costco and Sam’s Club, Walmart only has one membership option–Walmart+. In other words, there’s really no such thing as a “regular” Walmart membership.
If you’re a Walmart member, then you’re a Walmart+ member, and that’s that!
How To Get A Walmart Plus Membership
To sign up for Walmart+, follow these steps:
- Visit this link and click the button to “start your free 30-day trial”
- From there, you will see a prompt to enter your email address
- After you’ve done that, continue following the prompts on your screen to enter the rest of your information
- Eventually, you will be presented with a payment screen at which time you will need to enter your payment information
- Once your payment has been accepted, you will be an official Walmart+ member
As a Plus member, make sure you are logged into your account anytime you’re shopping on Walmart.com or in the Walmart app. This way, you will ensure that you will receive free shipping for all qualifying orders.
Walmart Plus Membership Cost
Walmart+ membership currently costs $98 per year or $12.95 per month.
If you choose a monthly payment plan, you will pay about $60 more every year for your membership. If you choose a yearly payment plan, you will be charged a flat fee for the full year upon signing up, saving you almost $60.
However, if you do not plan to have your Plus membership for a full year, then you can still save money by choosing a monthly plan. Once you’ve signed up, you can change your plan from yearly to monthly or vice versa at any time.
How Long Does Walmart Plus Membership Last?
When you first sign up for your Walmart+ membership, you will be automatically enrolled for either one month or one year depending on the plan you choose.
If you sign up for Walmart+ by accident or if you decide you’d rather not be a member, you have 48 hours from the time you sign up to cancel your membership and receive a full refund. After those 48 hours have passed, you cannot receive a refund for cancellation.
However, if you sign up for a free 30-day trial (which Walmart is currently offering to new Plus members), you can cancel your membership at any time during those 30 days to avoid being charged in the future.
To renew your membership, you can either set up autopayments through your account so that your membership will never lapse, or you can simply make sure to log in to your account before your membership period expires and pay for another month or year of service.
How To Cancel Your Walmart Plus Membership
To cancel your Walmart+ account, simply call Walmart’s Customer Care line at (800) 924-9206. You can also cancel by logging into your Walmart account through Walmart.com and navigating to your account settings.
For a detailed look at how to do this, check out this YouTube tutorial from Ngo Media.
Is Walmart Plus Membership Right For You?
Figuring out whether a Walmart+ membership is right for you comes down to asking yourself a couple of important questions.
- How often do I shop at Walmart?
- How often do I pay for shipping for my Walmart orders?
If you answered “often” to both of those questions, then there’s a good chance that a Plus membership could benefit you.
Basically, Walmart+ membership saves shoppers money by giving them significant breaks on shipping charges. So, if you shop at Walmart frequently and often have your orders delivered to you at your home, then you might want to consider signing up.
Is Walmart Plus Membership Worth It?
According to Walmart, shoppers can save about $1,300 every year by signing up for a Plus membership. However, these savings can only be maximized if you place two Walmart grocery delivery orders of $35 or more every week in addition to two Walmart.com delivery orders of no more than $35 every week for the entire duration of the year.
Considering this, it really only makes sense to sign up for a Walmart+ membership if you shop at Walmart a lot and almost exclusively have your orders delivered. Essentially, Walmart+ saves you money on shipping, so if you’re not paying a lot for shipping already, it’s not worth it.
How does Walmart Plus compare to Amazon Prime?
As of December 2022, Amazon Prime offers far more benefits and perks than Walmart+, although it costs about $2 more per month.
Can you use Sam’s Club Plus membership at Walmart?
No. However, if you have a Sam’s Club Credit Card, you can use this for your Walmart purchases.
Can you share your Walmart Plus membership?
Yes. Walmart+ memberships can be shared among people living in the same household.
When can you get Walmart Plus membership for Black Friday?
During the month of November, Walmart often offers a promotion allowing customers to receive 50% off of a new Walmart+ membership. In 2022, the promotion ended on November 3rd.
How to change Walmart Plus membership?
To manage any aspect of your Walmart membership, simply log into your Walmart account via Walmart.com and visit your settings by clicking the “your account” button in the top right corner. From there, you can cancel or renew your membership if you choose, as well as change your account type or payment settings.
Walmart Plus membership is a great way to save big on shipping and delivery charges from Walmart.com. But keep in mind that at $12.95 per month or $98 per year, you have to be a big-time Walmart shopper in order to make these savings work for you. If you don’t shop at Walmart very often, or if you do most of your shopping in person, there’s really not much of a point to becoming a Walmart+ member.
The only benefit of being a Walmart member if you do most of your shopping at the store is that you can take advantage of the Scan & Go feature of the Walmart app for contactless scanning and checkout. Unfortunately, though, Walmart+ membership doesn’t offer any explicit savings for in-person shoppers.
Overall, Walmart+ doesn’t have quite as many perks as a lot of other retail membership programs. We suspect that in the coming years, Walmart might reevaluate their membership program to offer more benefits to their customers.