How to get a free 15-day trial of Walmart Plus, Walmart’s Amazon Prime-like membership

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Walmart launched its own Amazon Prime competitor earlier this year. The new subscription shopping service is called Walmart+ and it costs $98 a year or $13 a month.

Like Amazon Prime, Walmart+ features several benefits for its members, including free shipping on many items, as well as gas discounts and a new “Scan & Go” feature for in-store shopping. More perks are expected to be added over time. You can read more about all of the Walmart+ benefits here.

If you’re on the fence about signing up for a new subscription service, Walmart is allowing new members to test Walmart+ with a free trial before they commit to a paid membership.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about the Walmart+ free trial, including how long it lasts, what you get, and how it compares to Amazon Prime’s free trial.

How to get a free trial of Walmart+

Walmart+ includes a free 15-day trial period for new members. You can sign up for the free trial now through the Walmart+ website.

When you sign up for the trial you’re first required to enter in your address to see what features are available in your area. After your address is confirmed you can either sign into an existing Walmart account or create a new one. Customers can then select the annual or monthly plan option and enter in payment details.

The website states when your trial will expire so you know when payment will begin. If you decide not to extend your Walmart+ membership beyond the 15-day trial and you want to avoid paying the fee, you should cancel your membership before the trial expiration date.

What’s included in the Walmart+ free trial?

The Walmart+ free trial includes all of the features and perks that come with a paid subscription. With that said, certain features may not be available in specific locations yet, so you’ll need to confirm what features are offered in your area when you sign up. Key benefits that members receive with the service include:

  • Free delivery: Members receive unlimited “fast as same-day” free delivery on more than 160,000 products. Walmart previously offered this option for a yearly or monthly fee via its “Delivery Unlimited” subscription service. Current “Delivery Unlimited” subscribers will automatically be upgraded to Walmart+. Walmart has also removed the $35 minimum order requirement for this feature, so members can now take advantage of free two-day or next-day shipping on most purchases shipped by Walmart. Walmart+ members can also utilize two-hour Express Delivery for just $10, while non-members must pay an additional delivery fee on top of the $10 Express Delivery fee.
  • Gas discounts: Subscribers can save up to 5 cents a gallon on gas at Walmart, Murphy USA, and Murphy Express locations. Sam’s Club gas stations will be added at a later date.
  • Scan & Go: With the Scan & Go in-store shopping feature, members can use the Walmart mobile app to scan and pay for items with Walmart Pay as they shop.

Walmart+ free trial vs. Amazon Prime free trial

Walmart+ and Amazon Prime both offer free trial options for new members, but the duration of each trial differs. The Walmart+ trial currently lasts 15 days while the Amazon Prime trial lasts 30 days. When it comes to perks and benefits, both trials include everything that a paid subscription offers.

Though you do get 15 more days to try Amazon Prime for free, once the trial ends the paid subscription cost is actually a little higher than the fee for Walmart+. Amazon Prime currently costs $119 a year or $13 per month. Meanwhile, Walmart+ charges $98 a year or $13 per month.

For more details on how Walmart+ stacks up against Amazon Prime, check out our Walmart+ and Amazon Prime comparison here.

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To better compete with Amazon, Walmart launched a direct competitor to Amazon’s Prime membership called Walmart+ earlier last year. Walmart+ wants to be an affordable alternative to Amazon Prime.

To lure Prime’s 150-million-plus members away from Amazon, Walmart will offer unlimited same-day delivery for 160,000 grocery items, tech products, and household essentials and a cheaper annual subscription fee of $98 a year compared to Prime’s $119 price.

Previously, Walmart shoppers had to pay for shipping on orders that fell below $35, but Walmart+ subscribers can now get free shipping on all orders no matter the price. The only exception is grocery orders, which will still require a minimum spend of $35 to ship for free.

Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about how Walmart+ works, what kinds of perks are included, how much it costs, and more.

How much does Walmart+ cost?

Walmart+ costs $98 a year, undercutting Amazon Prime’s $119 annual subscription fee. A monthly subscription cost $13 for both services. Interested shoppers can take advantage of a 15-day free trial.

What does it offer?

Walmart+ offers subscribers free same-day delivery on select products and discounts on gas.

Shoppers can expect unlimited same-day delivery for 160,000 grocery items, tech products, and household essentials, like Amazon’s Prime Now serviceno shipping minimum required.

If you need your Walmart orders delivered fast, Walmart+ members can utilize two-hour Express Delivery for just $10. Non-members must pay an additional delivery fee on top of the $10 Express Delivery fee.

In-person shoppers, Walmart+ subscribers can use the Scan & Go feature on Walmart’s app, for touch-free checkout. Members can also save up to five cents per gallon at 2,000 Walmart, Murphy USA, and Murphy Express gas stations.

How does it compare to Amazon Prime?

Walmart+ may beat Amazon Prime’s price, but it’s surprisingly light on perks when compared in a head-to-head.

Amazon Prime offers subscribers access to hundreds of movies and TV shows on Prime Video with exclusive access to Amazon Original content like “The Boys” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” music streaming through Amazon Music Unlimited, cloud photo storage, access to eBooks, and so much more. It remains to be seen if Walmart+ will offer shoppers more than discounts on gas and delivery perks.

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I shopped at Walmart using the ‘Scan & Go’ feature on its mobile app, and I didn’t have to interact with a single person in the store

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  • Walmart+ members can scan items in-store and pay for their entire cart from their phones.
  • Scan & Go is fast and easy to use, and it limits direct contact with store employees. 
  • It works best if the regular checkout line is busy and you don’t need to buy produce or alcohol.

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There are many ways to get your weekly groceries from Walmart, including shopping in person, picking up an online order at the store, or having your items shipped directly to your home.

Members of Walmart’s premium Walmart+ program have another option. Scan & Go is a Walmart app feature that promises to streamline the store shopping experience and reduce in-person contact, so you can get on your way quickly and safely. 

I tested Scan & Go at my local Walmart to see whether it really made shopping easier and whether it’s a valuable benefit of the Walmart+ membership ($12.95/month). In my experience, the feature isn’t perfect, but it works well under the right circumstances. 

How Walmart’s mobile Scan & Go feature works

First, you need to download the Walmart shopping app. You can find Scan & Go in the Services menu at the bottom of the app. 

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Find Scan & Go in the Services tab of the Walmart app.

You must be near or inside a store in order for the Scan & Go feature to activate. My app was a bit finicky in the beginning and kept saying I wasn’t near a store. After about six tries, I was finally able to activate Scan & Go. 

From there, the process was easy and intuitive. For any item I wanted to add to my cart, I just scanned its barcode with my phone camera. The barcode scanner worked quickly and perfectly every time, and I didn’t even need to stand that close to the item. 

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The barcode scanner uses your phones camera to quickly and accurately add items to your cart.

The app keeps a running list of all the items you’ve scanned so far and a cart subtotal. You can adjust the quantity or delete an item if you no longer need it. 

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You can view and adjust the contents of your cart at any time.

You can also exit the Scan & Go feature at any time. Walmart will save your cart’s contents and won’t charge you. 

You can scan most items in the store. The two exceptions, however, are inconvenient: 

  1. Produce that needs to be weighed: Produce must be brought to the self-checkout station to be weighed. 
  2. Alcohol: Alcohol can only be purchased at a regular checkout station because a store associate needs to check your ID. 

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A couple of the error or warning messages you might see while using Scan & Go. The one on the right pops up when you try to scan alcohol.

Once you’re done shopping, you can’t just walk right out of the store – you must stop by the self-checkout area and scan a QR code on one of the station’s screens. 

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You’ll spot the QR code immediately on the screen.

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Some of the final steps and questions in the checkout process.

Then, you’ll complete your payment on your phone with the card on file. Payment is quick and you’ll receive your receipt right away. 

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The final parts of the process went smoothly, and I left the store without directly interacting with any employees.

How Scan & Go compares to a regular shopping and checkout experience

For consistency, I bought the same six items (strawberries, prosciutto, jam, a personal blender, leggings, and sunscreen) twice, once with Scan & Go, and once with regular checkout. 

Scan & Go is well-designed and made it as easy as possible for me to buy the items on my list and get in and out of the store quickly. Perhaps because it was a new feature and system to learn, it still felt slightly clunky for me to pull out my phone every time to scan an item, then make sure it made it into the app’s cart. The inability to directly scan weighed produce and alcohol – while understandable – are big drawbacks to the feature, and so I’d only recommend Scan & Go if you’re buying everything except produce and alcohol. I had no problem shopping for clothing, appliances, and packaged foods, and you shouldn’t either. 

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My line moved quickly, but it did put me in proximity of several people.

Shopping without Scan & Go also went well, though in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, you might be wary to interact directly with store employees, and that’s where the contactless nature of Scan & Go excels. I visited my local Walmart on a Tuesday morning and it wasn’t too busy then: There were two manned checkout stations open, and three to four people in a line to each. The line moved quickly. 

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Pros
  • Lets you shop and check out independently and contact-free
  • Barcode scanner is quick and accurate 
  • The step-by-step process from adding an item to final checkout is organized and well-designed 
  • Digital receipt only
  • Adding items to your cart is less clunky 
  • Likely to be faster if your store isn’t busy 
  • No limits to product types 
Cons
  • You must buy weighed produce and alcohol separately 
  • App may glitch 
  • Stopping to scan each item can feel clunky if you’re a new user 
  • You must interact with a store employee at checkout
  • There may be long waits at checkout 
When you should use it
  • You want to shop in the store but don’t want to speak to store associates 
  • Your grocery list does not include produce or alcohol 
  • The regular checkout line is long and requires a long wait 
  • You prefer a digital receipt
  • Your store isn’t busy and there isn’t a long wait at checkout
  • Your grocery list includes produce and alcohol 
  • You prefer a paper receipt 

The bottom line 

With enough practice, using Walmart’s Scan & Go mobile feature could become second-nature. It’s a safer way to shop in a physical store since you do all the scanning and paying from your own phone, plus it’s convenient because your credit card information is already stored in the app. However, it’s not an end-all-be-all solution, and you’ll need to evaluate yourself the best time to use it. 

Scan & Go is one of four Walmart+ benefits. The others are free shipping with no order minimum, free same-day store delivery, and member prices on fuel. Learn more about Walmart+, Walmart’s answer to Amazon Prime, here.

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Target Shipt vs. Walmart Plus: Here’s how the 2 delivery services stack up

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  • If you haven’t already chosen between Target Shipt and Walmart Plus, we’ve rounded up their differences below to help you choose the best one for you.
  • Spoiler alert: Walmart Plus wins – it has more features for the same amount of money, though both can be helpful during the holiday shopping season. 

Because of COVID-19, everyone is looking at online shopping for everything, essentials included. Two major retailers, Target and Walmart, have, at a glance, similar programs to help you get fast delivery at the cost of an annual fee.

But when we compared the benefits of each, we think that Walmart Plus is the better option. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Target Shipt and Walmart Plus before choosing which is best for you.  

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Cost

  • Target Shipt: $99 per year
  • Walmart Plus: $98 per year

You can also opt into Walmart Plus monthly for $13 per month. Shipt doesn’t offer any monthly plans, but you can opt for one-time delivery via Target Shipt for $10 per order. This option may be beneficial to those who don’t foresee using the services outside of the holiday shopping season, or for those who have used up the free trial.

Free trial

  • Target Shipt: 28 days
  • Walmart Plus: 15 days

For either service, you can cancel anytime within the trial period. If you’d like to give either a shot (or need some groceries ASAP), consider signing up for a free trial from Target Shipt or Walmart Plus.

Same-day delivery

  • Target Shipt: Yes
  • Walmart Plus: Yes

Both offer same-day delivery with the same catch: Delivery is free for orders of $35 or more. If your order is under that minimum, both services will charge subscribers an additional fee for delivery – $7 for Shipt or a fee (the amount depends on what you order) for Walmart Plus. 

Next- and two-day shipping

  • Target Shipt: No
  • Walmart Plus: Yes

Walmart Plus members get free next- and two-day shipping for orders placed online without any minimums, as part of the service’s benefits. A Shipt subscription doesn’t do the same for Target shoppers.

Compatible with other stores

  • Target Shipt: Yes
  • Walmart Plus: No

A Shipt subscription, unlike a Walmart Plus membership, can be used for delivery at other retailers. For example, if I needed delivery to the Business Insider office, Shipt can get my order from Target, CVS, Petco, and more in as little as two hours. One potential negative: Some of Shipt’s other partners may charge a little extra per item to cover delivery costs. 

Walmart Plus, as the name suggests, is purely for shopping at Walmart.

Additional benefits

  • Target Shipt: No
  • Walmart Plus: Yes

Walmart Plus is an entire membership program designed to benefit frequent Walmart shoppers. Members can also count on fuel discounts at participating stations and contactless in-app scanning for self-checkout, in addition to the shipping perks above. It’s also very likely that more benefits are to come. 

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