How much does it cost to overnight ship a letter?

The United States Postal System offers Priority Mail Express, which they call their fastest domestic service; with limited exceptions it's available 365 days a year, with a money-back guarantee and overnight scheduled delivery to most U.S. addresses.

We tested sending an envelope from Beverly Hills to Manhattan overnight and the prices we were quoted were:

  • • Priority Mail Express 1-Day: $30.20 ($27.68 online)
  • • Priority Mail Express 1-Day Flat Rate Envelope; USPS-Produced Envelope: 12-1/2" x 9-1/2": $19.99 ($18.11 online)

Costs can vary by weight and destination (e.g. we also tested a letter from NJ to NY and the Priority Mail Express 1-Day rate was $16.95 rather than $30.20), so it's best to enter your source and destination locations at the USPS web site for accurate rates.

The Denver Post is reporting that the U.S. Postal Service is cutting rates to win e-commerce business, as BloombergBusiness reports that U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe won a key supporter in his campaign to end Saturday letter delivery after President Obama endorsed the idea in his 2015 budget.

Get tips on how to address an envelope correctly at USPS.com

Updated on Saturday, September 13 2014 at 01:35AM EDT
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