The U.S. Postal Service “Holiday Season” Just Got Longer and More Expensive

While the holiday season might technically seem eons away, if you plan on sending holiday packages through the U.S. Postal Service, it pays to think this far ahead. That’s because USPS just announced their planned peak-season pricing. Their reason for the “adjustment” to their prices is to cover “extra handling costs” that come with peak holiday package-sending. The biggest change you can expect is how USPS defines “peak season.” Price surges will go into effect starting October 2nd and will last until January 22nd. This length of time is notable because in 2020 and 2021, these surcharges ended on December 26th. As for prices, Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail will see an increase of anywhere from 25¢ to $6. Commercial Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes will increase by 75¢, and retail Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes will increase by 95¢. You can see a full list of price changes here, and you can get a specific number for the cost of shipping your package any time of the year with the post office’s pricing calculator.