Shoppers may be keen to get their Christmas delivery slots booked in early this year as households look to set tight budgets amid the cost of living crisis. Rising food and energy bill costs mean families are looking to spread the cost of Christmas to help save money.
Ocado has already released its Christmas slots so shopper can get ahead of the game, while Sainsbury’s has also confirmed when it will be releasing delivery slots to shoppers. You could be in with a better chance of securing a slot delivery slot early if you pay for a delivery pass, as members are often given priority access.
Delivery passes allow you to pay a flat fee either monthly, yearly or six monthly. You then get your deliveries for free. If you are a regular online shopper this could be a good way of reducing costs, but you should only consider taking out a delivery pass if you order groceries online regularly, and if you think it will save you money in the long term.
If you are keen to get your festive food shopping sorted early, here’s what you need to know about early access at supermarkets and the dates for your diary to bag a slot.
Which supermarkets offer early access?
Tesco opens bookings for Christmas delivery slots to its Delivery Saver customers from 6am on Tuesday 15 November. All other Tesco customers can book a Christmas slot from 6am the following Tuesday (22 November). More info is available on the Tesco website.
Any anytime delivery plan costs £7.99 per month for 12 months and gives priority access to both click and collect slots and Christmas home delivery. You can also pay an upfront fee of £47.94 if you don’t want to pay monthly.
The supermarket’s anytime click and collect plan, priced at £2.49 a month, gives priority access to click and collect Christmas slots. However, Tesco’s off peak delivery plan does not offer priority access to Christmas delivery slots.
Sainsbury’s delivery pass holders were able to book for Christmas food orders from 17 October. All other customers were able to book their slots from 24 October, giving delivery pass holders a whole week to secure their slot. Bookings for Christmas slots are still available via the Sainsbury’s website.
Sainsbury’s offers three types of passes: a monthly, a six month and a 12-month pass. An anytime delivery pass entitles you to free delivery on any day of the week when you spend £40 or more. This pass costs £80 for 12 months, £40 for six months or £7.50 for a monthly pass.
A midweek delivery pass entitles you to free delivery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when you spend £40 or more. Any deliveries outside of these times will be charged at the delivery rate as advertised on Sainsbury’s website. This pass costs £40 for 12 months, or £4 for a monthly pass. Existing Sainsbury’s customers can buy a delivery pass online on the supermarket’s website. If you don’t already have an account, new customers will need to set one up online.
Morrisons has now opened its bookings for Christmas delivery slots - more info available on their website.
Morrisons says you can save up to £167 a year with its delivery pass. The cheaper Tuesday to Thursday pass is £5 a month. However, you will save more if you can pay for a longer pass up front which is £50 for six months or £40 for a year. If you want the Monday to Sunday option, it’s £8 a month, £40 for six months or £65 a year.
Asda opened its booking system to delivery pass customers on 18 October, with other shoppers being able to book from 25 October. A message on the Asda website says: “Our home delivery slots are available now, but they’re filling up fast!”
Asda also has different levels of pass - it is £6.50 for a monthly anytime pass or £65 for the year. You can pay for an annual Tuesday to Thursday membership for just £35.
Iceland does not do delivery passes. Instead, it offers free next-day delivery on orders over £40. It is yet to confirm when its Christmas delivery slots will be going live, and they are currently showing dates for around a week in advance.
Waitrose delivery slots for Christmas are open now, and you can book a slot up to Christmas Eve - more info on their website, where they advise: “Be quick – our delivery & collection slots for Christmas week are disappearing fast.”
Customers are limited to two slots during the Christmas period (20-24 December). For collection, you can book free collection with no minimum spend. You need to spend a minimum of £40 to get food delivered from Waitrose, but you won’t need to pay a delivery charge.
Ocado gave its Smart Pass members, who pay a monthly subscription fee, the chance to schedule their festive food shop from 30 September. But some furious shoppers were left frustrated after the popular Christmas slots were released without notice.
All Ocado customers can now access Christmas grocery delivery and collection slots. They run from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 December, and all slots cost £3.