Holiday shipping: money-saving tips & last-minute deadlines

Holiday shipping: money-saving tips & last-minute deadlines
Mailing a holiday package? Shipping deadlines fast approaching. (Source: WMBF)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Christmas countdown continues, but it’s crunch time to get those gifts in the mail.

With the influx of packages into mail carriers, they have each set deadlines for when to get your packages in, so they can reach your loved one’s doorsteps by Christmas day.

USPS cut-off date
Basic Ground Friday, Dec. 13
First Class Mail Thursday, Dec. 19
Priority Mail Thursday, Dec. 19
FedEx cut-off date
Ground (commercial) Friday, Dec. 13
Home Delivery (residential) Monday, Dec. 16
Express Saver Wednesday, Dec. 18
2Day Services Friday, Dec. 20
Overnight Services Monday, Dec. 23
UPS cut-off date
Ground Friday, Dec. 13
3 Day Select Wednesday, Dec. 18
2nd Day Air Friday, Dec. 20
Next Day Air Monday, Dec. 23

The graphic above shows the 2019 holiday shipping deadlines, but it’s important to note that these are estimated dates.

“The deadlines for 3-day select shipping is December 19 to arrive on time,” explained Luther Hester, owner of two area UPS stores. “Friday, December 20 is the last day to ship second day air. Monday, December 23 will be the last day for next day air for a package to arrive on Christmas. Those are guaranteed dates.”

Hester says to get packages shipped by Dec. 19 to make sure they arrive on time.

“On December 19th, 3-day shipping will guarantee your package will get to California on time. That is with a minimum increase from UPS ground,” Hester explained.

According to Hester, there is a system that can calculate when your package will likely be delivered on ground, air or 3-day select.

For information on holiday shipping, visit the U.S. Postal Service website, FedEx website, and UPS website.

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