During the pandemic, we’re getting things delivered to our homes more often than before. That’s because we’re spending more time in front of a computer screen and getting items shipped means less peopling and a decreased chance of catching COVID-19.
Therefore, it wasn’t that important to know how to delay shipments. If you’re always home, you’re not going to miss when the driver arrives.
Now that we’re leaving our homes more, maybe for days at a time, there’s a greater chance that deliveries are scheduled for when you’re not home. I previously wrote about how to delay or hold shipments from USPS, UPS, Fedex and Amazon.
Since writing that post, UPS has changed its policies, and changing a scheduled delivery will cost you a significant amount.
Previously, anyone with a UPS My Choice account could reschedule deliveries or get them sent to a local UPS Store or pickup point for no charge. That’s no longer the case and if you want to re-route a scheduled delivery, you have to pay.
With the basic account, you can track deliveries and get a notification when they’re delivered. You’re also supposed to be able to tell the driver to leave a package with your neighbor. But what if you’d want to pick up the package at the UPS Store when you get home?
UPS lets you tell them that you’re not going to be home over a certain time period and where to deliver packages for you to pick up when you get home. At the bottom of the screen, there’s a place to enter your payment information.
Every package that UPS delivers to an alternate drop-off point while your away will cost you $9.99.
Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until UPS attempts to make a delivery and leaves one of those sticky notes on your door. You can input that bar-code number into the UPS website to tell them to hold the delivery. But if you’re not home, how can you get the number from the sticky note????
There is a way to not have to pay for rerouting each package. By upgrading to the UPS My Choice Premium package for $19.99 per year, you control how your packages get shipped.
You can get packages delivered on another day, delivered to another address, or use a UPS Access Point location. You can also upgrade UPS SurePost packages so they don’t get handed off to the USPS.
If you’re frequently traveling and getting packages delivered to the house while you’re away, the price might be worth it. For me, I can’t see how it’s cost-effective for UPS to send drivers to houses where the people are not home to leave sticky notes on their front door instead of dropping off a package at its company stores.
I’m willing to pay the $9.99 for one shipment to see how the system works before forking over $20 per year for a service other carriers provide for free.
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