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Macy's Holiday Early Access 2024: What to Expect

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Fact: Macy’s is almost always running a sale. And they weren’t afraid to join the fray in the competing Prime Day sales game with the annual Macy’s Holiday Early Access Sale, which ran Oct. 10 & 11 in 2023. During this two-day, annual event, the markdowns were good, not necessarily great. However there were some noteworthy BOGO deals clearly intended to check a few gifts off your holiday shopping list. Think mini slow cookers and Festive Mini Makers (those individual waffle irons).

Holiday Early Access competes with other October sales, like Amazon Prime Big Deal Days, Walmart Deals – Holiday Kickoff, and Kohl’s Deal Dash.

In 2022 and 2023, Macy’s offered everyone free shipping with $25+ orders (the free ship threshold is typically $49+ unless you’re a Star Rewards member) during the event. Unfortunately it was for the contiguous United States only.

And we’re not kidding about there nearly always being a Macy’s sale. Right after Early Access we saw that their Lowest Prices of the Season sale kicked into gear from Oct. 13 – 22. So there are lots of opportunities to save. However, we can’t guarantee Macy’s Lowest Prices of the Season will have the same deals as Holiday Early Access. So if you see something at a great price during Early Access, go for it.

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Our Favorite Macy’s Holiday Early Access Sale Deals From 2023

  • Rubbermaid 26-Piece Flex & Seal Food Storage Set, $24.99 (reg. $72)
  • Shark Bagless Corded Canister Vacuum, $79.95 (reg. $279.95)
  • Geoffrey’s Toy Box Cosmetics Advent Calendar Set, $27.99 (reg. $69.99)
  • Bella Festive Mini Slow Cookers, BOGO free deal, $10.99 each when you buy 2


Macy’s Hot Holiday Toy List was out during the Holiday Early Access Sale, but few of the toys on that list were marked down.

graphic of toys r us hot toy list at macys for 2021

In September, Macy’s dropped their Hot Holiday Toy List. During the Macy’s Holiday Early Access Sale, we hoped some of those hotties would be on sale. Not so much. However there were other toys marked down up to 60%.



Get free shipping at Macy’s on $25+ orders during the Holiday Early Access sale.

A Macy's online order package on a mat outside a front door.

If you aren’t part of Macy’s loyalty program, Star Rewards, you typically need to hit a $49+ purchase threshold to score free shipping. However, during the sale everyone got free shipping with a $25+ order, whether they were a loyalty member or not. This is how free shipping at Macy’s ordinarily works:

  • Non-rewards members: Free shipping with $49+ orders
  • Macy’s Star Rewards Silver & Bronze members: Free Shipping with $25+ orders
  • Star Rewards Platinum & Gold members: Free Shipping, no minimum

Macy’s free shipping doesn’t apply to furniture, mattresses, rugs, or prior purchases


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