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Does UPS Deliver on Weekends? Everything You Need to Know

Read our useful guide and explore UPS weekend delivery options. We've compared services, delivery times, shipping costs available at UPS.
Does UPS Deliver on Weekends? Everything You Need to Know
Jules

By Jules

 

January 24, 2020

Key Points:

  • UPS Saturday delivery is a value-added feature that costs $16 per package (on top of the typical shipping rate)
  • UPS Saturday delivery is available for domestic and international shipments
  • Under normal circumstances, UPS doesn't deliver on Sunday

Weekend deliveries have become a key part of eCommerce. Ever since Amazon rolled out Saturday and Sunday delivery, common carriers like UPS have had to keep pace. And as customers continue to demand more from retailers, it's best for brands to offer a range of fast, convenient delivery solutions.

Enter weekend delivery from UPS. These days, all major courier companies offer delivery services outside regular business hours. UPS Saturday and Sunday delivery services are helping the carrier grow its business even further.

Here's how to deliver on weekends with UPS.

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UPS Worker Delivering to a Family on Saturday

Does UPS Deliver on Saturday?

Many of the carrier’s mailing services offer convenient Saturday delivery options. One such example is the UPS ground service, which sends parcels across the US. The only catch is that you have to pay an extra charge and specifically request this delivery option when booking your shipping. Saturday pickup services began in 2019 and are now available in 122 countries.

UPS Saturday Delivery Cost

Saturday delivery for UPS is a value-added feature. The added fee for Saturday delivery is $16 per package, on top of the typical rate for your package.

UPS Saturday Delivery Services

Saturday delivery is available for a handful of common UPS delivery services, including:

Domestic

  • UPS Next Day Air Early
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 3 Day Select
  • UPS Ground

International

  • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
  • UPS Worldwide Express
  • UPS Worldwide Express Freight

These Saturday delivery services operate in major US metropolitan areas, and from international areas via UPS Worldwide Express shipments into the US. International services shipping to the US from overseas must include a Saturday Delivery sticker.

Related source: UPS 2nd Day Air vs. FedEx 2 Day

UPS Store Hours For Saturday

UPS Stores keep normal 9 AM - 5 PM business hours on Saturday. That said, UPS Stores are franchises, meaning they are free to set their own hours. Be sure to confirm the hours of operation at your local UPS Store before heading in on Saturday.

Does UPS Deliver on Sunday?

Under normal circumstances, UPS does not deliver on Sundays. However, you can get UPS to run on Sunday. For urgent deliveries, you can use their Express Critical Care Packages service, which is a domestic-US service you can request for time-sensitive shipments.

UPS Express Critical for Sunday Delivery

UPS Critical is the only way to get your packages delivered on Sunday with UPS. For a steep added fee that varies by shipment, you can deliver to anywhere in the US or Puerto Rico on Sunday.

To reserve this service, you'll need to contact UPS directly in one of two ways:

Are UPS Stores Open on Sunday?

Generally, yes. UPS Stores tend to keep shorter hours on Sunday around the mid-day, such as 11 AM- 4PM. That said, UPS Stores are franchises, meaning they are free to set their own hours. Be sure to confirm the hours of operation at your local UPS Store before heading in on Sunday.

Which UPS Services Deliver on Weekends?

Usually, the company doesn’t deliver on Sundays. But as previously mentioned, you can use their Express Critical Packages service for deliveries on this day. They provide shipment by air, chartered plane, and ground. You can choose extra security for valuable items as well. This service is very time-sensitive and on-time deliveries are guaranteed even on Sunday.

UPS offers many more solutions for Saturday delivery:

  • Next-day Air Early: Guaranteed delivery from 9am.
  • Next Day Air: Based on the destination, your package will be delivered by noon or 130pm.
  • 2nd Day Air: Delivery by the end of the day for pickups made on Thursdays.
  • Ground and 3 Day Select: Though this service only operates in selected areas, it guarantees delivery by the end of the day.

Depending on your destination, you may also be able to use these UPS options:

  • Worldwide Express
  • Worldwide Express Plus
  • Worldwide Express Freight

The Cost of UPS Weekend Delivery

UPS charges an additional $16 per parcel for deliveries made on the weekend.

Otherwise, the cost of UPS weekend deliveries is unchanged. Your final cost for weekend deliveries will depend on the package weight, delivery destination, the service you choose – plus the $16 fee.

You can get an estimate here by linking your own carrier account.

Woman using UPS Weekend Service
Photo via Instagram @ups
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How to Use UPS Weekend Service

  • Pack the item securely - you can ask the staff at the carrier’s shipping centers for help with this.
  • Check if UPS ships to your destination.
  • Check if your item is restricted or prohibited in that destination.
  • Choose the delivery service that suits you.
  • Enter the details of your package.
  • Get insurance for your package.
  • Get a quote for your shipment.
  • Print the shipping label and attach it to your package.
  • Schedule a pickup or take your package to the closest drop-off location.
  • Track your shipment in real-time using the tracking number you were given.

How Easyship Can Help

UPS Sunday deliveries have rounded out the carrier’s service options. This allows the company to compete with other carriers who are also expanding their out-of-hours shipping solutions. By using these weekend delivery services, you can give your customers more delivery options - and, that can translate into more sales for you. Easyship can help you with your weekend shipping needs. We partner with this carrier to offer a variety of their shipping services at special rates. Sign up for a free account now to see all the solutions we offer!


UPS Weekend Delivery FAQ

What's the latest UPS delivers on Sunday?

Sunday delivery from UPS is only available via the value-added service called UPS Express Critical. These shipments may arrive as late as 8 PM on Sundays because Express Critical is a rush delivery service, and cares more about achieving delivery than following normal business hours. Delivery times may lengthen during peak delivery times like holidays, etc.

Is Sunday a business day for UPS?

Yes and no. UPS doesn't deliver on Sunday except via it's costly service UPS Express Critical. However, most UPS Store locations are open on Sundays.