USPS Postage Rate Increase January 22

The United States Postal Service will increase postage rates starting January 22. Most noticeably the 1-ounce first-class letter rate will increase 2 cents to 49 cents. The international letter, additional ounce, and postcard rates will remain the same. For other rate increase details visit the USPS website.

The flat rate envelope for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express will increase to $6.65 and $23.75, respectively. Two new stamps for that rate will be issued in panes of four. Both of those stamps, will be issued Sunday, January 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. No ceremony is planned for either of the actual locations in Hilo, Hawaii or St. Louis, Missouri.

Here are the USPS details on the $6.65 Lili’uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp and the $23.75 Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp:

$6.65 Lili‘uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp.
$6.65 Lili‘uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp.

Lili‘uokalani Gardens (Priority Mail)
This Priority Mail stamp is being issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Lili‘uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Built on land donated by Queen Lili‘uokalani (1838–1917), the last Hawaiian monarch to govern the islands, the gardens were dedicated in 1917 and named in her honor. Hilo’s Lili‘uokalani Gardens are Japanese in style with influences of Hawaiian remains of lava flows, plantings of tropical trees and flowers, and a view of the Mauna Kea volcano — Hawai‘i’s highest point. The stamp art features one of the gardens’ most iconic structures, the red wooden shelter on a stone bridge spanning a portion of the pond. The bridge is surrounded by three stone lanterns and lush tropical plants. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

$23.75 Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp.
$23.75 Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp.

Gateway Arch (Priority Mail Express)
The Postal Service celebrates the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, MO, with a new Priority Mail Express stamp. The Gateway Arch was built as a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson and the 19th-century traders and pioneers for whom St. Louis was the gateway to the West. The stamp art depicts the majestic stainless-steel arch at sunset in its setting on the banks of the Mississippi River. Towering above the city’s skyline, the Gateway Arch is reflected in the rippling water below, where a barge passes by. Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.

13 thoughts on “USPS Postage Rate Increase January 22”

  1. We have the ugliest stamps in the world. I just received a philatelic catalog from Portugal in the mail. Every issue is a beautiful work of art. Our stamps are an embarrassment.

  2. I’ve been in the post office many times in the last two weeks and nobody has said anything. There were no signs or any indication of the increase. Maybe with the increase they will have more than two people taking care of their customers. It sure seems that they cut their staffs just to pay us back for cutting their rate by 2 cents last year.

    1. Try buying stamps online at USPS.com. No grumpy clerks to contend with, no long lines etc. Rate changes are clearly posted and you can always order exactly what you want.

    2. I live in Woodland CA and my wife stopped at the post office to mail a fairly heavy package.There were 4 ladies in front of her. When she got to the counter the clerk told her that he was going to lunch and told her that she had to return later. Why did he not lock the door and take care of the customers in line that were already there?
      When she returned home, needless to say, she was furious.
      Thanks USPS!!!

      1. I’m sure this employee would’ve been disciplined if mgr saw that! She shouldv’e complained to his boss.

  3. Who uses stamps anymore? Most people pay their bills online or have automatic withdrawals. Because of emails, texting, and flat rate long distance calling nobody writes letters anymore. By the way when was the last time you saw a commemorative stamp used a non-philatelic mail? For me I don’t know the last time but it’s been a long time — years. So when a rarely used commodity goes from $.47-$.49 I’m hard-pressed to find a reason to get excited about that.

  4. I refuse to pay bills on-line just so I can use stamps!

    No excuse for closing the counter to go to lunch. When I worked for the USPS, we annunced that the door was going to be locked (lunch and end-of-day) and those in line would be serviced.

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