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Is Postmates Unlimited Worth It?

Is Postmates Unlimited Worth It?

Like any other delivery app, Postmates has its own set of fees. Most of which you can avoid with the Postmates Unlimited subscription.

Instead of paying the delivery fees for every order you make, you pay a flat monthly or yearly subscription, depending on the plan you choose. What’s more, the subscription doesn’t only rid you of delivery fees.

It will help you save on surge pricing, small order fees, service fees, and net you many discounts and promotions. Stick around for full details.

Postmates Unlimited Pricing

Without any further ado, let’s talk about Postmates Unlimited subscription plans. At the time of writing, Postmates Unlimited costs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year. These are fixed numbers, but subject to change in the future. If you’re going to use Postmates fairly often, i.e., more than once a week, the Unlimited package is well worth it. That’s just simple math. But don’t worry, we’ll explain everything in more detail below.

The only requirement for Postmates Unlimited is to place orders above $15 (this value may vary based on your location). If you do that, you’ll get rid of all the additional costs.


Try It for Free

The best way to decide if something is worth the price, is to try it out. Luckily, Postmates Unlimited is available for a trial period, lasting one week. This Postmates service is incredibly popular, as are its Android and iOS apps.


If you haven’t checked it out yet, do give it a try. Download the app on your device using the provided link, and sign in. You can start the free trial right away within the app. Here’s how:

  1. Log into the Postmates app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device.
  2. Select the Settings at the top of the home screen.
  3. Then, choose Free Delivery with Unlimited.
  4. Enter your payment info and select a yearly or a monthly plan. Optionally, you can add promo codes as well.

Note that you need to cancel your subscription before the week-long trial period expires. Otherwise, you’ll be charged in full your subscription.

Breakdown of Postmates Costs

Even though the free trial is fantastic, it’s too short for most people to decide if Postmates Unlimited is worth the price. If you’re one of those people, read on. We’re about to dig into all of the Postmates costs individually.

The Delivery Cost

The biggest reason for subscribing to Postmates Unlimited is to remove all the extra costs. These costs vary based on multiple factors, including from whom, when, and where you’re ordering.

Postmates has fixed delivery fees for their affiliates, which range from $1 to $4. If you’re ordering from places that aren’t affiliated with Postmates, then they’re between $6 and $10. Again, these are the current fees, which may change in the future.

Note: You can quickly determine if someone is a Postmates affiliate on the app, they’ll have a checkmark after their name.

The Service Cost

Like the delivery cost, a variable service cost applies to every Postmates delivery. The service cost is a percentage of the order, and it covers all the Postmates expenses. Once again, you don’t pay the service cost if you’re subscribed to Postmates Unlimited.

If you’re placing many orders on Postmates, getting rid of the delivery and service costs should be enough to consider the subscription. If you’re not subscribed, all of these costs will be visible when placing the order.

Added Costs

Postmates is a big company, and it can’t afford to use its drivers for minimum orders. They have a flat small cart cost, which is $2 at the time. This cost applies to every order below $12, except for Los Angeles, where it’s for orders below $10.

Note that sometimes a small cart fee may be applied or deducted after the Postmates courier gets the items from the store. If the prices in the app may not be 100% accurate at all times.

If you’re an Unlimited subscriber, you don’t have to pay for added surge costs. These are peak hour costs, which apply when Postmates drivers are too busy or overwhelmed with orders. Surge costs vary, and can add up over time.

Finally, there are cancelation costs on Postmates, but these are situational. If you have to cancel an order, do it as soon as possible to minimize the cancelation fee.

Everything Adds Up

Postmates Unlimited is good value money if you rely on this delivery service regularly. At present, in such trying times, these services are incredibly valuable, and the subscription plans seem like great offers.

If you only use Postmates occasionally, you don’t need the Unlimited plan. In the end, this is your decision to make. Will you get Postmates Unlimited, or continue paying for individual deliveries?

What’s your experience with Postmates so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

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2 thoughts on “Is Postmates Unlimited Worth It?”

S says:
I’m a postmates unlimited customer and I still get charged service fees even from partnered restaurants.
Mario McMeans says:
Callie says:
I signed up for the free trial for 30 days of postmates unlimited billed monthly at 9.99 per month after the trial period if not canceled prior. And Postmates charged my card 9.99 immediately.

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Mar 23, 2020

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