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Your Ultimate Guide to Amazon Flex Blocks: Overview + Tips

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Key Takeaways

  • Amazon Flex blocks are specific time slots during which drivers deliver Amazon orders.
  • Drivers earn an hourly rate, which varies by block length and peak times.
  • Securing these blocks requires quick app usage due to high driver demand.
  • Successful block booking depends on timely app engagement and maintaining high delivery performance.

What Is a Block With Amazon Flex?

An Amazon Flex block is a set period during which you deliver orders for Amazon Flex, with the duration varying based on the type of delivery.

For Amazon Fresh orders, blocks typically range from three to six hours, delivering household and grocery items. For Amazon Fresh deliveries, available in certain areas, have shorter blocks of 20 to 45 minutes.

Regular package delivery blocks from Amazon warehouses also usually span three to six hours. Store order blocks tend to be two to four hours long.

You’ll deliver either for Amazon Logistics (2-day deliveries) or Amazon Prime Now (2-hour deliveries), depending on the urgency of the packages.

How It Works

When you log in to your Amazon Flex app, you’ll see open blocks in the “Offers” tab. The available offers depend on your location, vehicle type, and the number of Amazon Flex drivers in your area.

Note that an Amazon Flex block works on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re not fast enough, you could lose prime blocks or have no blocks at all.

If you find delivery blocks you like, swipe to reserve. Once reserved, it’s automatically assigned to you.

How Many Orders Are in an Amazon Flex Block?

An Amazon Flex block consists of a set number of orders you need to complete sequentially. The quantity of packages per block varies based on factors like location, time, and route specifics.

Typically, in a standard three-hour block, you may deliver between 35 to 80 orders.

The delivery environment also influences your experience; residential area deliveries might involve longer drives but easier parking, while city deliveries usually require less driving but face more parking challenges.

How Much Do Amazon Flex Blocks Pay?

Amazon Flex block pay varies based on package size, delivery location, time, and distance. Generally, Amazon Flex drivers earn between $18 to $25 per hour.

Peak hours often offer higher pay than off-peak times. Blocks for Prime Now and Amazon Fresh deliveries typically pay more than regular Amazon package deliveries.

For example, you might earn $54 to $72 for a three-hour block or $36 to $50 for a two-hour block. Additionally, customer tips, which are fully passed on to you, can further increase your earnings for each block.

Why Do Some Amazon Flex Blocks Pay More Than Others?

Amazon Flex block pay varies due to factors like travel distance, order quantity, and location. Blocks with more orders often pay less per order, ensuring fair compensation for hours worked.

Additionally, Amazon’s contribution to each block varies, often resulting in higher pay rates in larger metropolitan areas compared to smaller cities.

When Are Amazon Flex Blocks Released?

Amazon Flex blocks are released throughout each day on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can set up your schedule by checking the Amazon Flex app, where blocks are continuously made available.

The app allows you to select blocks that fit your schedule, with the flexibility to filter options based on locations and preferred times. When you find a block that suits your needs, you can schedule it and it will appear in your in-app calendar, marked by orange dots for easy tracking.

Remember to regularly check the app for new block releases and to adjust your filters or view all offers as needed. Confirmation of a successfully claimed block will be provided by Amazon through a pop-up message in the app.

Editor’s Note:

It’s worth noting that Amazon Flex bots are against Amazon’s TOS. Use them at your own risk.

Is It Bad to Decline Blocks on Amazon Flex?

As an Amazon Flex driver, you have the option to decline or cancel blocks through the Amazon Flex app. However, it’s important to avoid making this a frequent practice.

The most critical issue to avoid is missing a block entirely, as this could lead to deactivation from the Amazon Flex program.

If you need to cancel a block you’ve already scheduled, it’s best to do so as soon as possible.

You can forfeit a block by going to the calendar section in the app and selecting the option to cancel. If you cancel at least 45 minutes before the block’s start time, Amazon typically won’t penalize you.

Remember, occasional cancellations are generally acceptable, but regular cancellations or no-shows can have negative consequences.

You’ll get in trouble if you make a habit of declining available blocks or canceling them after you’ve placed them on your schedule.

There’s an incentive to remain consistent with your gig as an Amazon delivery driver.

It’s called Preferred Scheduling.

Amazon Flex lets you qualify for Rewards levels.

You can gain access to the preferred scheduling option after getting to its Level 2 inside the rewards system.

Once you hit Level 2, you’ll start seeing more advantageous reserved offers inside the scheduling area of the Amazon app.

Amazon gives you an increased amount of time to accept offers as you rise inside the rewards level system.

Don’t forget to participate in the Amazon Flex Rewards program, too.

You earn points the more you drive, and you can redeem those points as cashback on the Amazon Flex debit card.

These points also impact your preferred scheduling options.

Tips to Grab Amazon Flex Blocks Quickly and Consistently

Unfortunately, most drivers, especially first-time users, find it difficult to secure a block due to the high competition. Consider trying the following Amazon Flex tips if you’d like to increase your chances of getting blocks on the app.

1. Check the Amazon Flex App Regularly

Since Amazon Flex blocks quickly fill up, you should always keep track of the offers if you want to be the first to claim blocks and earn regularly.

The Amazon Flex app displays new offers whenever warehouses have available packages or items to send. There’s no set time when offers refresh, which can occur anytime during the day or night. However, you can be sure to find new ones daily.

Checking regularly also lets you find instant offers, especially if you’re free to do a delivery.

Note that the app doesn’t automatically refresh. You must manually refresh the page to see new offers.

2. Maximize the Preferred Scheduling Feature

Through the Amazon Flex Rewards, you can earn points and level up your account, unlocking various perks. One of the benefits includes the Preferred Scheduling feature.

This feature gives you priority to claim a block and lets you choose your preferred Amazon pickup station, working hours, and delivery days. As a result, you can create custom hours and deliveries according to your schedule.

Check your points to see how many more you need to increase your level to get the Preferred Scheduling feature. Also, learn how to earn more points. For example, getting the Amazon Flex debit card will help you unlock level two rewards.

3. Accept Different Delivery Types

Most delivery gig apps only offer one type of delivery, but Amazon offers various types. As a result, you get more earning opportunities, available blocks, and flexibility with your schedule.

You’ll find the following Amazon Flex delivery types:

  • Amazon.com: Deliver packages from the Amazon delivery station to customers directly. Delivery blocks range from three to six hours.
  • Amazon Fresh and Prime Now: Focus on delivering groceries or household items from an Amazon delivery station. Blocks run for two to four hours.
  • Store Orders: Pick up and deliver orders from local stores. Delivery blocks usually take two to four hours.
  • Instant Offers: Get delivery requests immediately within or near your location. These deliveries last 15 to 45 minutes. Note that this feature isn’t available in some areas.

When choosing delivery types, consider if your vehicle can handle the type of packages you’ll take.

4. Choose Peak Hours

Take advantage of Amazon Flex’s busiest hours and seasons to get more blocks. Also, choosing peak hours lets you earn more, as Amazon Flex offers higher rates to keep up with the demand.

Peak seasons include holiday seasons, Black Friday, and weekends. Most drivers report seeing more Amazon Flex blocks between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. and between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Some also say 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the best time to get blocks.

Since peak hours could vary per location and type of delivery, know your area or niche’s peak hours. You may need time to observe and experiment, but knowing your area’s peak hours will help you book blocks faster.

5. Take Reserved Blocks

Amazon Flex Reserved blocks refer to blocks reserved based on your availability. You’ll see them at the top of your Offers tab with the text “Reserved Offers.”

These will only be available to you for a set period. If you see blocks you like in this section, claim them immediately. Otherwise, they’ll be offered to someone else, and you’ll lose an opportunity.

6. Increase Your Rating

To ensure quality service, Amazon Flex delivery partners get rated through the app’s Standings feature. This feature rates drivers as Fantastic, Great, Fair, and At Risk, depending on their customer service.

Getting a high rating means more points for every delivery, enabling you to level up and enjoy more perks, such as Preferred Scheduling.

To get a high rate, be mindful of your and others’ safety, pick up and deliver items on time, communicate with customers for better delivery estimates, follow customer instructions, and provide the best overall customer service to recipients.

7. Grab Open Delivery Blocks Immediately

Since blocks run out fast, it’s best to grab them immediately once you see one. If you realize that the block you chose doesn’t match your schedule, you can cancel it without penalties if you do it 45 minutes before the block starts.

Overall, you should be quick with claiming blocks, especially if you work in highly competitive areas. The process of booking available shifts may be daunting for some, especially beginners, but with patience and practice, you’ll get the hang of it and book more blocks in the future.

Should You Use an Amazon Flex Block Grabber?

Due to the competition, some delivery partners use Amazon Flex Block Grabbers or bots to refresh the app automatically and book more blocks quickly. Popular Amazon Flex Block Grabbers include Flex Grabber, Flex Utility, and Flex Snatch.

Unfortunately, these bots create an unfair environment for many delivery partners. As a result, Amazon took action to prevent bots and automated tools from signing up for blocks.

While it’s up to your discretion if you’ll use Amazon Flex bots to book more Amazon Flex blocks, we highly discourage it. It breaches the platform’s terms, and getting caught results in penalties and possible suspension from the app.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Amazon Flex Blocks Can I Do?

Amazon Flex gives you complete control of your workload and schedule. You can book multiple blocks in a day or week.

However, some drivers say the app places limits per country. For example, you can book up to 10 hours daily or 40 hours weekly in the U.S.

How Much Does Amazon Flex Pay?

The estimated earnings range from $18 to $25 per hour. However, actual earnings depend on various factors, such as the time it takes to complete deliveries, your location, the demand, the tips you receive, and more.

Can I Have a Passenger While Delivering Packages?

You may have passengers or pets while picking up and delivering packages. However, Amazon Flex discourages this, as you may leave your vehicle unattended for long periods during pickup and delivery.

If necessary, passengers or pets can’t leave the vehicle or interact with staff or customers during pickup and delivery.

Final Thoughts

Becoming an Amazon Flex driver offers an excellent way to earn money during your free time. However, to get delivery schedules, you must know when to check blocks, how to quickly book blocks, and how to take advantage of Amazon Flex perks.

Enjoy driving!

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