FedEx Says it Won’t Fleece You With Holiday Surcharges (Take That, UPS!)

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We love to shop online. And when the holidays roll around, we really love to shop online. Who wants to battle the crowds, the cold and that stray shopping cart someone left in the only open parking spot when you can get nearly everything you need right from the comfort of your couch?

This year, FedEx will embrace the spirit of giving by not adding extra surcharges to most packages shipped during the holiday season.

Yay! Wait… what? Does that mean some companies do bump up their charges during the season of cheer?

It does. “Then he got an idea. An awful idea. The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea.”

In June 2017, UPS announced a set of surcharges it will add to packages shipped during a “peak period.” These surcharges include:

  • 27 cents on UPS Ground packaged shipped Nov. 19-Dec. 2, and Dec. 17-23.
  • 81 cents on UPS Next Day Air packages shipped Dec. 17-23.
  • 97 cents on UPS 2nd Day Air and 3-Day Select packages shipped between Dec. 17-23.

These charges are added to the normal rate UPS would charge during non-holiday times. These peak periods include Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmastime.

Well, that doesn’t seem very full of holiday cheer.

That’s where FedEx comes in. While the company will still add surcharges to oversize items, unauthorized shipments and packages that require extra handling, standard shipments will have no added fees during holiday rush.

Is this just a ploy to get a bigger slice of that e-commerce shipping pie? Maybe, but that’s the beauty of competition: The consumer wins.

If you want to avoid the hassle and still do your shopping online, look for ship-to-store options. Yes, that means you have to go out and grab the stuff, but at least you get your shopping done online and may not have to pay anything at all for shipping.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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