What is UPS Next Day Air?

Best Option When:

You need guaranteed next business day delivery. Learn more about UPS Next Day Air.
Destinations: All 50 states and Puerto Rico, with some limitations in Hawaii and Alaska
Origins: All 50 states and Puerto Rico, with some limitations in Hawaii and Alaska
Delivery Timeline: Next business day delivery by 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, or end of the day, depending on the destination
Latest DropOff/Pickup Time:

To calculate the latest dropoff/pickup time, enter where and when the package will be picked up at ups.com.

Service Overview: UPS Next Day Air offers guaranteed next business day delivery. The delivery date is set at the time of pick up according to the distance the package is traveling. Any packages not delivered by the set date are eligible for a refund.
  • Tracking and insurance are available for an additional cost.
  • UPS Next Day Air Shipping serves more ZIP codes and more businesses by both 10:30 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. than FedEx Priority Overnight
  • Saturday Delivery and Signature Confirmation options available for an additional charge. 

UPS rates are dependent on where you are shipping from. Learn more about UPS daily shipping rates

Available with UPS One Balance. Learn how to open a UPS One Balance account.

Fees and Surcharges

  • Delivery to residential destinations adds $1.15 to the appropriate Next Day Air Early A.M. or Next Day Air rate for each letter or package going to a residential destination. 'Residential Delivery' is defined as a delivery to a location that is a home, including a business operating out of a home that does not have an entrance open to the public.
  • A Delivery Area Surcharge of $1.75 applies to each letter and package delivered to residences in certain zip codes. Go to ups.com or call 1-800-PICK- UPS for a listing of applicable zip codes. 
  • Packages can be up to 100 lbs.
  • Packages can be up to 165 inches in length and girth combined.
  • Packages can be up to 108 inches in length.
We are all aware of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and the delays that it has caused for shipments and deliveries. Learn more about how this service has been affected.



It does not state if special labels, packaging, forms are needed?  Do we just need to put the printed label on the box and that's it?  

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Hi Connie, 

When the carrier service option UPS Next Day Air is selected, the label generated will be all that is needed to ship the package. Simply affix the label to the package, and it is ready to go!

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Hi I want to know if Ups next day air is delivered the next day from order if ordered at 1pm or the day after next?Also I paid for next day air but when I look in tracking it shows it tracking from state to state like being delivered by land transit.I thought it departed and landed at airport closest to your location?

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Hi Beth, 

Thanks for taking the time to comment. To guarantee that the package will arrive in time when shipped UPS Next Day Air, we recommend calculating the time on UPS. 

We have updated our article to include the link to calculate the time and cost

UPS operates one of the largest fleets of aircraft - located in 90 U.S. Airports and over 120 International Airports. Tracking is still provided even though the package is traveling by air. We recommend reaching out to UPS for further details. 

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