FedEx and UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Learn about the dates you'll need to ship by with UPS and FedEx for packages to arrive on or before December 25th this year
FedEx and UPS holiday shipping deadlines for 2021

Mark your calendars! Shortly after USPS released its 2021 holiday cutoff days to ship packages by for, UPS and FedEx have followed suit. These holiday shipping deadlines from UPS and FedEx represent the last day for both carriers to send packages by in order for them to arrive on December 25th.

FedEx and UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines (for Domestic Services)

We’ve broken down the holiday deadlines for both UPS and FedEx and their respective domestic services below. If you ship a package after any of these dates—depending on which carrier and service you use—your package likely won’t make it to your recipient until after December 25th.

Note: At the time of publishing this article, neither UPS nor FedEx have released cutoff days for international services.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines for UPS Domestic Services

  • UPS 3 Day Select: Tuesday, December 21st
  • 2nd Day Air: Wednesday, December 22nd
    • This includes the sub-service 2nd Day Air AM
  • Next Day Air: Thursday, December 23rd
    • This includes the sub-services Next Day Air Early and Next Day Air Saver
  • Ground: Since delivery time for UPS Ground service varies based on distance a package has to travel, UPS hasn’t provided a specific cutoff date this year. For more specific recommendations on Ground shipments, plug your package and recipient information into the UPS quote calculator.

Deadlines for FedEx Domestic Services

  • FedEx Ground Economy: Thursday, December 9th
  • FedEx Ground: Wednesday, December 15th
  • Home Delivery: Wednesday, December 15th
  • Express Saver: Tuesday, December 21st
  • 2Day & 2Day AM: Wednesday, December 22nd
  • Overnight Services: Thursday, December 23rd
  • FedEx Same Day: Friday, December 24th

What about USPS?

USPS has also released holiday shipping deadlines for all of its domestic services, including mailing services for letters and greeting cards such as First-Class Mail. To see those dates, check out this guide.


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