Prime members get free two-hour shipping in Prime Now areas as late as December 24, 9:30pm local time.
The Holiday ordering cutoff dates almost lose their meaning, given you live in an area covered by Amazon's Prime Now. If you live in the woods, you still need to think about ordering early to receive free shipping to get deliveries of gifts in time for Christmas.
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Amazon's Prime Now is currently available in over 20 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Portland, and San Diego.
Customers living in a Prime Now area not only can order eligible items on Amazon, but depending on the city also products from other stores. In Chicago, Amazon customers can now for instance purchase groceries, prepared meals and baked goods from Plum Market, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and My Fit Foods. Prime members get two-hour delivery for free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99.
The retailer is offering Prime members free 2-hour delivery as late as December 24, 9:30pm local time. Update: Amazon informed us that the retailer is delivering unitl 23:59pm.
Prime members not in Prime Now areas have until December 22 to get free 2-day shipping with December 24 delivery. Non-Prime member will have only until December 16 to benefit from free shipping.
Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico have different cutoff dates on Amazon. Find all Amazon Holiday Shipping cutoff dates and times below.
The details and exclusions can be found on Amazon. We recommend to not rely on these dates and make your gift orders earlier. A delivery can quickly get delayed by swamped shipping services or accidents and so on.
Amazon's competitor Walmart has the following holiday shipping cutoff dates.
12/10 - Freight Shipping Day
12/18 - Free Shipping Day
12/19 - Free Value Shipping
12/20 - Free (Standard) Shipping
12/21- Expedited Shipping
12/22 - Rush Shipping
Walmart's customers can avoid the cutoff by selecting pick-up in store. This is an option Amazon does not have, as they do not have a retail store network.
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