Pirate Ship offers expedited domestic shipping services from USPS® and UPS®: Priority Mail Express® and Next Day Air®, respectively. We've laid out how to utilize both services below.
USPS: Priority Mail Express
How to Ship USPS Priority Mail Express
USPS offers Priority Mail Express, which is a 1-day delivery between urban areas, and a 2-day delivery between rural areas. It's the fastest service USPS offers, and comes with free signature confirmation and $100 of insurance!
Each Post Office has its own unique cut-off times when they stop accepting Express shipments for the day.
To figure out if your shipment qualifies for one-day shipping, check out the USPS Service Commitments here: https://postcalc.usps.com/ServiceCommitments
You’ll just need to enter your Ship From and Ship To ZIPs, along with when you expect to drop the package off at the Post Office.
We do recommend going into the Post Office and handing the package directly to an employee since that’s the best way to ensure the package goes out at the right time!
If USPS doesn’t deliver the package by the date and time stated in the Service Commitments, they will offer a full refund* on your label. Just send us a message to get that process started 👍
Note*: When shipping Priority Mail Express packages, it's critical that you drop your packages off on the same date that your label shows (your Ship Date). In order for USPS to honor the refund guarantee, your Ship Date and the Acceptance Date when USPS scans the package must match.
Learn more about choosing your Ship Date.
Some states & US Territories don't offer refunds for late PME packages
Unfortunately, money-back guarantees for PME shipments don't apply if the package is sent to or from the following locations:
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
The Republic of Palau
The Republic of the Marshall Islands
The Federated States of Micronesia
How to create a USPS Priority Mail Express Label
To choose the Priority Mail Express service, you can select the package type you have on hand from the Package Type dropdown on the Create Label page, or use your own packaging:
If you're using your own packaging for Priority Mail Express, enter in your package details on the Create Single Label page, and select the service from the dropdown on the Buy Label page:
To utilize the free Signature Confirmation, check the box for it under the Extra Services tab:
The fee for Signature Confirmation will be shown as $0 on the Buy Label page when you select the Priority Mail Express Service:
UPS: Next Day Air
UPS offers Next Day Air, which features next-business-day delivery to domestic destinations. It's the fastest service UPS offers, includes $100 of carrier liability, and often beats Priority Mail Express in both speed and affordability!
However, unlike Priority Mail Express, UPS Next Day Air doesn't come with a money-back guarantee for any labels you purchase on Pirate Ship. The fee for Signature Confirmation isn't waived with any of the Next Day Air services, either 😅
How to Create a UPS Next Day Air Label
Once you enter your recipient & package info and click "Get Rates," select the Choose a Service drop-down menu on the Buy Label page, and scroll down to see the available UPS services. Here's an example of what that looks like:
As seen in the above screenshot, there are three options you'll see for Next Day Air:
Next Day Air Saver®
This is the most economical next-business day delivery option, and UPS will deliver your package by the end of the day
Next Day Air®
This is the "standard" next-business day delivery option, and UPS will deliver your package between 10:30AM and 12PM depending on where you're shipping from and to
Next Day Air Early®
This is fastest next-business day delivery option (and most expensive), and UPS will deliver your package first thing in the morning, typically around 8:00 AM
Any questions? Hit the blue chat button on the bottom right of your screen 😃