Holiday rush is on at U.S. Postal Office

There is still time to mail, but time is money

SAN ANTONIO – The holiday hustle was in full swing at the U.S. Postal Office Monday, the busiest mailing day of the year.

"This is a last-minute effort," said Megan Rowley, who was mailing packages to Indiana, Florida and Dallas.

She had plenty of company. Monday alone, the USPS expected to process 611 million packages, cards and letters nationwide. It's the peak day for mailing, particularly for procrastinators.

Cedrick Miles was actually wrapping gifts for his family in the post office.

"Put it in the box and just sent it off," Miles said.

For Cecilia Amarine, mailing late is her strategy. "I make sure it goes out last-minute because they always open them before Christmas," she said.

If you missed out Monday, there is still time. But, the later you wait, the more it costs.

Here is a list of some deadline:

U.S. Postal Service

For mail and package shipping within the U.S.:

Dec. 20: Last day to send packages via First Class Mail

Dec. 21: Last day to send packages via Priority Mail

Dec. 23: Last day to send packages via Priority Express Mail

The deadline for shipping packages internationally, including to overseas military bases has passed.

FedEx

For shipping within the U.S.:

Dec. 20: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver

Dec. 21: Last day to ship via FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M.

Dec. 22: Last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx First Overnight

Dec. 23: Last day to ship via FedEx SameDay City (standard)

Dec. 25: Last day to ship via FedEx SameDay City (Priority) and FedEx SameDay

Shipping deadlines for packages headed to Puerto Rico and Canada, Mexico and other international destinations vary. See FedEx's Holiday Shipping 2016 for more information.

UPS

For shipping within the U.S.:

Dec. 19: Last day to ship UPS 3 Day Select (for delivery on Friday Dec. 23)

Dec. 21: Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air (for delivery on Friday Dec. 23)

Dec. 22: Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air (must use Saturday Delivery option for packages to be delivered before Christmas Day) and UPS Next Day Air (for delivery by Friday Dec. 23)

Dec. 23: Last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air (must use Saturday Delivery option for packages to be delivered before Christmas Day.)

 


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