SUPERMARKET delivery slots for the Christmas period are expected to be in high demand this year.
Christmas might be months away, but some retailers have already announced when they'll make festive food delivery slots available.
Slots usually get snapped up quickly, so make a note of when you can sign up to get a delivery from your preferred supermarket.
Some grocers such as Tesco offer early access to Christmas delivery slots for customers who pay to be a member.
Capacity filled quickly last year as there was an unprecedented surge in demand for online shopping during the pandemic.
There could be tough competition for slots this year as shoppers will be keen to stock up amid concerns that supermarkets could be hit with shortages.
Some supermarkets have already announced when slots will be available, but others are yet to confirm.
For those that haven't yet revealed their dates, we've made a prediction based on previous years.
These are the key dates to put in your diary if you're hoping to be one of the first to confirm a Christmas 2021 delivery slot.
Tesco delivery saver customers will be able to book slots from 6am on November 16.
Tesco's delivery saver service costs £7.99 per month and gives shoppers free deliveries on orders worth more than £40.
Shoppers who haven't signed up to the delivery subscription service will be able to book a slot from November 23, but they're expected to fill up quickly.
Waitrose has already launched its delivery slots for Christmas, and most have already sold out.
There were no slots available in the week before Christmas when we checked using a London address.
However, there were some click and collect options that hadn't been booked up.
Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer's Food to Order service opened last month, and there are still collection slots available.
Shoppers can pre-order for collection from December 22, and the menu includes a sticky toffee pudding crown, churros and oysters among the options.
To order your Christmas menu, visit the M&S website where you can book a collection slot.
Then select the dishes that take your fancy, before paying a £40 deposit.
You'll pay the balance owed when you collect your order from an M&S store from December 22 to Christmas Eve.
Morrisons said it will reveal when Christmas deliveries will open for bookings "in due course".
However, based on previous years, we predict that Morrisons delivery pass customers will have access from early November.
Non-delivery pass customers will have to wait until the end of the month. In 2019, slots didn't open until November 27 for deliveries between December 20 and 24.
The Anytime Pass offers free delivery on orders from Monday to Sunday and costs £65 a year, £40 for six months to £8 a month depending on how you pay.
Ocado Smart Pass customers were given early access to slots last month – although many complained that they sold out too quickly.
Even Smart Pass members aren't guaranteed to get a slot due to the level of demand for deliveries.
Ocado said it will let customers know when they can book by email or text message.
This year Smart Pass members will get a free delivery voucher to use on their festive slot, which will be sent out via email.
Bookings between December 20 and 24 have a minimum spend of £90.
Customers will be sent an email or text the day before they are able to book their Christmas order.
You have to remain a smart pass member until your shopping arrives in order to get the free delivery.
If you end your membership before then, your food order might be cancelled.
Asda opened up its booking system for delivery pass customers yesterday.
Other shoppers will be able to secure a Christmas delivery slot from October 28.
Asda said it will have 900,000 home delivery and click and collect slots available in the week before Christmas.
It has more than doubled the capacity of its online delivery service since the beginning of the pandemic.
Asda has already revealed its Christmas menu for this year, including a candy cane sausage roll and Irish cream mince pies.
Sainsbury's is yet to confirm when booking slots will go live, but if previous years are a guide then shoppers will have to wait a bit longer to get their orders in.
Last year, a December 20 delivery could only be booked from November 29.
- For delivery on December 21, slots could be booked from November 30
- For delivery on December 22, slots could be booked from December 1
- For delivery on December 23, slots could be booked from December 2
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