I’ve been all in for Bath & Body Works since the early 2000s when Cucumber Melon body mist was the official scent of my high school locker room. And while I’ve graduated to a more sophisticated fragrance profile (I’m looking at you White Tea & Sage), I’m still a regular, especially at Bath & Body Works online.
But the one roadblock I’m constantly running into is Bath & Body Works’ shipping fees — which, to be blunt, are just crappy. There’s no perfect work-around, not even during Bath & Body Works Black Friday, but there are a few ways to get Bath & Body Works free shipping and I’ll break them down for you.
1. Bath & Body Works does not generally offer free shipping, even for high-volume orders.
Call me an entitled millennial, but when I’m spending $65 and Bath & Body Works still requires I pay for shipping, I get peeved.
2. Bath & Body Works standard shipping is $5.99 for orders over $10.
And it’s $9.99 for orders under $10, which basically means you should never EVER place small orders at Bath & Body Works online.
The fact that more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic forced brick-and-mortar closures and pushed millions of shoppers to buy online, Bath & Body Works had made zero changes to their shipping policies is disappointing. But there are signs that positive changes may be around the corner, as well as the occasional free shipping opportunities.
3. Free shipping codes are available a little less than once a month.
Bath & Body Works online shoppers can expect free shipping codes about once in every five weeks or so. Signing up for emails is a good way to be notified, but most promo codes will also appear at the top of the Bath & Body Works website. Sometimes two promos will roll up to the same code like a free gift with purchase and free shipping on $50 orders.
And not just because I work for the company, but signing up for KCL emails may be just as useful, or text alerts (Text “HOT DEALS” to +1 (208) 266-4466) are another good way to find out about all kinds of hot deals including free shipping and stacking codes at Bath & Body Works. Speaking of which . . .
4. But since only one coupon code can be applied per online order, you can’t stack discounts.
Many of the best deals KCL finds at Bath & Body Works require a coupon code. These include free product coupons (often with no required purchase), percent-off coupons (usually 20-30%), or dollar-off coupons (usually $10 off $40).
Even if we’re lucky enough to find a great promo code and a free shipping code at the same time, we’re still out of luck. Bath & Body Works limits shoppers to one coupon code per order, meaning, we would have to choose one or the other and in most cases, this ruins the deal.
5. Luckily, Bath & Body Works now offers free in-store pickup (but no ship to store).
Bath & Body Works’ free pickup program launched in summer 2021 at select locations only. As of the writing of this post, the program is still not available in all stores. To find out if your store is participating, select “store pickup” when shopping online and enter your zip code to find a participating location near you.
Online pickup orders require that you only select items that are in stock at the participating location. There is no “ship to store” option. Online pickup orders are typically ready within four business hours. On busy promotion days, some participating stores may remove online pickup as an option. You have two days to pick up your order before it will be cancelled. Bring either an ID or confirmation email to the register to pick up your items. Though an authorization hold will be placed on your credit card, you will not be charged until pickup.
6. We caught Bath & Body Works testing free no-rush shipping.
One morning in late August 2021, our team lit up with excitement about what turned out to only be a test of a free no-rush shipping option on the Bath & Body Works website. We reached out for comment from the company and never received a response. Our hope is that this was a functionality test and is a prelude of what’s to come.
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7. Get Bath & Body Works text alerts from KCL.
If you want in on our free Bath & Body Works alerts, text “BBW” to +1 (208) 266-4466 and be the first to know about the hottest deals each day, like reminders of the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale and more.
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