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Look out Amazon! Walmart just announced its plans to offer free shipping to Sam’s Club members.

Sam’s Club memberships have simplified from three tiers to just two, the Sam’s Club membership, or the Plus membership , which offers more perks than a standard membership:

  • Sam’s Club membership (formerly Sam’s Savings): $45 per year
  • Plus membership: $100 per year

At just a dollar more than Amazon Prime’s $99 annual fee, Sam’s Club Plus memberships offer cash back on purchases, discounts on fuel and some prescriptions, and battery and tire repairs, alongside other benefits and NOW it includes FREE Shipping.

Will Sam’s Club now offer free two-day shipping like Amazon?

Not at this time, no.

In fact, there are still some restrictions to free shipping. Curbside pickup items, groceries, and products purchased via a third party won’t qualify for free shipping benefits.


Is there an order minimum for Sam’s Club free shipping?

Plus members: No. There are no order minimums for Plus members with an active membership. Some restrictions apply.

Sam’s Club members/Guest members: For Club members with an active membership (and guests with no membership), shipping costs will apply for most items based on size, weight, shipping method, and delivery address.

How do I know if I’m a Sam’s Club Plus member?

  1. Look at your physical membership card— or through your Sam’s Club App if you don’t have a physical card. If you’re a Plus member, your card will have a “Plus” label.
  2. Login into your SamsClub.com account or register your member number to a new account. Go to “Your Account” > “Membership.” Next to “Membership Type,” it will say either “Club” or “Plus.”

Is two-day shipping on the horizon?

While we can’t speak for Walmart, the retailer has also announced some of its 63 shuttered warehouses will become Sam’s Club distribution centers (the first center is expected to open in Memphis, Tennessee, sometime this spring).

With strategically placed warehousing in its supply chain, who knows? In Walmart’s efforts to keep up with its retail archenemy – Amazon, Sam’s Club two-day shipping could potentially be here sooner than we think.

Join The Discussion

Comments 20

  1. JaniceP

    Is the free shipping available for business membership?

    • Julie

      Was wondering the same thing. Was going to switch to Costco but if I can get free shipping out of the deal I’ll stick with sams.

      • Mary

        When I was at my local Sams the other day I was told they are doing away with Business membership (what I currently have), it will just be regular or plus

        • Krisp

          Will they be changing the shopping hours for everyone?

  2. Laura

    Yayyy! Great news!

  3. Anne

    Mine is business so what does that count as do I get free shipping to?

  4. Jessi

    Woohoo!! I was able to call them and get my shipping refunded for something I ordered earlier this week! I love Sam’s Club!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow, so awesome!

  5. Jenn

    This is only for plus? So not with a regular membership right?

    • Jodi

      Yes the free shipping is only on plus memberships.

  6. Liz

    They are no longer doing business memberships, you have to call to convert to regular or plus

  7. Lisa

    I’m not all that happy. I was told, no more business hours either. Only plus members can shop early now. 😡

  8. Jodi

    My coworker and I made 600 customer appreciation cupcakes today! Enjoy tomorrow everyone! 😍😅

    • Marie

      Thank You Jodi! It’s a great way to bribe my husband into picking up some things for me.

  9. llc

    I purchase a lot on Sams Club online and their auction site. Many things already ship free and when they do charge shipping its crazy cheap. Like $6 to ship an Window AC and it came in 2 days! Clothes are $3. I have literally purchased an auction at 2am Monday and received the item Wednesday afternoon. I never have to wait to get anything from them. If you haven’t checked out their auction site, its well worth it. I scored many things half price.

  10. Lila

    At least the couple things I looked at were “free shipping” but a few cents more expensive than in-club price, so not really “free”. It’s the same thing that happens at Walmart.com.

  11. Sasha

    Starting using since we received the email and LOVE it! First of all Amazon uses mostly USPS these days so the fact that I get it FedEx is fabulous!! I’m gonna be doing a lot more online shopping and less in store now-bigger selection online as well.

    • Sasha

      Also in buying furniture and other heavy items we’re going to get free shipping as well

  12. Robert Wilkinson

    Can i order from Sams club online
    and ship to Kalispell, Montana Walmart since Sams closest facility is in Great Falls, Mt.? Bob

  13. Moe

    Not thrilled with this change. I have a Club Membership and for years have received ‘free shipping’ on several items that I purchase on a monthly basis. I placed an order today on these same items and was charged a shipping fee. I was told by Sam’s Customer Service that these items no longer qualify for free shipping unless I ‘upgrade’ to a Plus Membership. I will be looking elsewhere to make my purchases.

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