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Amazon drivers are notoriously overworked, especially during the holiday season. Now you can ensure they get compensated a bit more for it. After a brief pause when this first rolled out on Dec. 7, Amazon brought back the program on Dec. 21 — giving everyone a chance to thank their drivers once again.
If you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, you can say, “Alexa, thank my driver.” When you do, your Amazon driver will receive $5 at no cost to you.
Amazon will cover the $5 driver bonus for the first 1 million “thank yous” received in the program. The driver with the most thank yous will receive $10,000 and an additional $10,000 to their charity of choice from Amazon. The feature is part of Amazon’s celebrations for their impending 15 million package delivery milestone.
“For drivers, it’s more than just the packages that they deliver — they form relationships with customers, provide support to the community in tough moments, and sometimes play the role of the unexpected hero,” Beryl Tomay, vice president of Last Mile Delivery at Amazon, said in a statement.
Here’s everything to know about how to thank your Amazon driver this holiday season.
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Who can thank their Amazon drivers?
Theoretically, anyone can (and should when possible) thank their Amazon drivers for their hard work. That said, the “Thank My Driver” feature is available to U.S. customers with an Alexa-enabled device (Echo, Echo Show) or the Alexa or Amazon Shopping mobile apps.
How do I thank my Amazon driver if I don’t have an Echo or Alexa device?
You can thank your Amazon driver using your smartphone’s Alexa app or Amazon Shopping app, and the process is the same for both. To use it in the Alexa and Amazon Shopping apps, open either app. Next, tap on the Alexa button in the bottom right corner of either app’s screen to speak. You’ll then need to enable microphone permissions if you haven’t already. Once you’ve done that, press the Alexa button again and say, “Alexa, thank my driver.”
Can I thank my driver if I don’t have a smartphone?
Unfortunately, if you don’t have a smartphone or an Alexa-enabled device, you won’t be able to participate in the Amazon “Thank My Driver” feature.
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How long do I have to thank my Amazon driver?
You can use the service to thank your driver within 14 days of their most recent delivery. After the first 1 million thanks to drivers, the $5 bonus program will end, though you’ll still be able to say thank you using your Echo, Alexa devices, or Alexa and Amazon Shopping apps.
What Amazon drivers can get the $5 bonus?
Amazon Flex Delivery Partners, Delivery Associates employed by Amazon Delivery Service Partners, and Hub DP drivers are all eligible for the $5 bonuses.
How will I know “Thank My Driver” worked?
You’ll know it works when your Alexa responds, “Glad you enjoyed your most recent delivery. Since you shared your appreciation with your driver, as a special thanks this holiday season, your driver will receive an extra $5 at no cost to you. This promotion is for a limited time only.”