That went by quickly! Amazon’s $5 tip to drivers promotion had met its end within a few days at most as it ended up being a lot more successful than Amazon has initially expected (apparently). The company is no longer supplying these tips to drivers but it is, at least, still sharing your thanks.
So the whole point of the program was to allow customers the ability to thank their Amazon delivery drivers with an extra $5 tip at no expense to you. Nothing came out of your account or pocket. You simply get a delivery, wait for the app to confirm that it has been delivered (so you know it is going to that driver), and then say “Alexa, thank my driver!”. At least, until the company hit $5 million spent (plus a bonus to the driver with the most thanks).
By saying this to an Amazon Echo device or using the Amazon Echo app on your phone, it would automatically trigger a message that your thanks would be delivered to the most recent delivery driver along with a $5 tip (covered by Amazon).
However, it wasn’t long before customers starting getting a different message, stating that their thanks would be delivered to the driver (but nothing about a $5 tip). This was because the company apparently had already reached its $5 million mark, thus ending the program swiftly.
It’s good that, at least, your thanks will still be delivered to these drivers. As they could take all the positive motivation that they can get with all of the traffic they have to endure during the holiday season. So even though the monetary promotion has ended, feel free to keep telling Alexa to send thanks in order to possibly raise some spirits.