Snail mail users you've been warned: Stamp prices likely to go up in 2019


HOUSTON – Getting married, having a baby or planning to thank someone in 2019? Buying some stamps now might be a good idea if you want to do things the classy, old-fashioned way and mail a letter. 

Prices are likely to go up to mail a letter in 2019 to $0.55. 

Here are some of the highlights of the proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Jan. 27, 2019. The rates are subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).
  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.
  • Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.
  • Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5-cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.
  • Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.
  • The five-cent discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9 percent for consumers and small business owners.

See more on express pricing and various package services, including media mail, on the USPS blog.



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