What Are the Cheapest Overnight Shipping Options?

By Baillee Perkins
Jun 29, 2022

The idea of overnight shipping might be something just living in the back of your mind, but sooner or later, you’ll find a situation where you need to know your best overnight shipping options. These services are more expensive than standard shipping options, and their cost can vary widely in cost depending on package specifications like weight, product type, or zone. However, we’re going to dive into three different overnight shipping options for you: USPS Priority Mail Express, UPS Next Day Air, and FedEx Standard Overnight. This way, the only thing you have to worry about tonight is getting a good night’s sleep and knowing your shipment will be there in the morning.

Learn more about other package specifications in our blog – Shipping Unboxed: FAQs about Shipment Dimensions.

USPS Priority Mail Express

USPS Priority Mail Express offers guaranteed next-day and 2-day delivery by 6PM. Like Priority Mail, your package can weigh up to 70 pounds. You can order free supplies from USPS, and there are even some Priority Mail Express boxes you can order directly from your ShippingEasy account. USPS Priority Mail Express shipments are eligible to be scheduled for a free USPS pickup, so you don’t even have to make the trek to the post office. Plus, these shipments are eligible for SCAN forms, so your local postal worker can scan one form instead of having to scan your shipments individually. To calculate the estimated cost of your USPS Priority Mail Express shipments, you can use the rate calculator in your ShippingEasy account.

Check out how to buy other shipping supplies directly from your ShippingEasy account with our blog!

UPS Next Day Air

UPS Next Day Airis a next-day delivery service. For our UPS One Balance users, you get discounts on domestic and international shipping, including up to 55% off on UPS® Ground shipments, up to 69% for UPS 2nd Day Air® service, and UPS Next Day Air® service, and up to 86% off on international services. These rates include Fuel Surcharge and Residential Surcharge for all services and Delivery Area Surcharge for Domestic Services.*

*Discounts off UPS daily rates. Rates are limited to shipping from the U.S. only. Rates and any applicable discounts are subject to change at any time without notice.

UPS Next Day Airis also eligible for a Guaranteed Service Refund, as long as the delay is within UPS’s control.

FedEx Standard Overnight

FedEx offers several different overnight shipping options like FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx Standard Overnight. If you use any of these three services, your package can weigh up to 150 pounds. Measurement-wise, shipments can have a length of 119” inches and a length + girth of 165” (L+2W+2H). 

FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx Standard Overnightall three have a Monday – Friday delivery schedule. You can potentially schedule Saturday delivery for FedEx First Overnight and FedEx Priority Overnight for an extra fee, depending on where your shipment is going. FedEx Standard Overnightis available for Saturday pick up for free, depending on where your shipment is going.

This chart shows which carriers usually offer the least expensive services based on weight and zones. USPS is a great option for many packages, as long as they are under 70 lbs. If you are shipping anything over 70 lbs., compare and contrast your rates with FedEx and UPS. The cheapest shipping option will depend on your delivery specifications.

Learn more about The Cheapest Shipping Options for USPS, UPS, and FedEx.


With services like Amazon Prime, your customers’ shipping expectations are higher than ever. Understanding the best overnight shipping services might be more expensive, but it’s worth investigating to help your small business compete with larger ones. Also, ShippingEasy gives you access to USPS Commercial and UPS One Balance rates to help cut your shipping costs. Instead of staying up all night working about your overnight shipment, catch some zzzzzz and save some $$$$ with ShippingEasy.

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Baillee Perkins

Baillee Perkins is a writer of shipping by day and pop culture by night, so her Google search history is an actual nightmare.

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