OVERALL GRADE – A
Are you a Costco member?
Did you know Costco can book your travel plans?
Just like most airlines and travel review websites (Expedia, TripAdvisor), Costco Travel will also book your travel arrangements . Not only can you book hotels and flights, but you can also book entire vacation packages through them. Cruises, rental cars, theme parks, and guided trips are also available. Although Costco doesn’t provide travel worldwide to all major cities, they do cater to most popular tourist destinations.
Costco prides itself on high quality, brand name vacations. According to CostcoTravel.com, their skilled travel buyers select quality hotels, cruises, and more and negotiate a fair price to pass on to their members. In addition, they also have travel professionals on staff to help with travel planning. Booking travel through Costco should make members feel confident that they are getting a quality vacation at a fair price.
All prices are upfront, providing members with a total cost that includes all taxes and no surprises. Once you make a reservation, you have to pay a deposit on your purchase. Then around 30-45 days before your trip, you pay the remainder of the balance.
Many times a Costco Travel vacation will include a free breakfast with your stay or a room upgrade. Sometimes, you can even earn Costco gift card of varying amounts for booking through them.
Over the years, I’ve been very pleased with all of our experiences booking through Costco Travel. We have never had any major issues, no errors with reservations, and no hidden fees.
These are the three Costco vacations we’ve booked in the past:
- Sheraton Hotel in Poipu, Kauai
- Holiday Inn Beachcomber Resort in Waikiki, Oahu
- Beach Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico
These three hotels were exactly as described on Costco Travel’s webpage. The photos were recent and information about the hotel was correct. Most importantly, the hotels lived up to my standards. Costco definitely knows what constitutes a quality hotel: great staff; great service; clean rooms; updated decor; plenty of amenities; and an overall excellent stay. I would imagine the rest of Costco Travel’s services provide the same high caliber of service.
We’ve never booked our air travel through Costco, but we’ve booked airport transfers, car rentals, and hotels. With all three hotel reservations, we received a free room upgrade – changing a standard room into a room with an improved view, like an ocean or partial ocean view. Some Costco Travel packages include room upgrades, but some also include free breakfast, dining or spa credits, hotel transfers to and from the airport, upgraded car rentals, or Costco gift cards. With our last vacation with Costco to Beach Palace in Cancun, we received a $325 Costco gift card a couple of weeks after we returned home. Definitely a nice perk, considering we got a great price on the resort!
I definitely will continue to book our vacations through Costco Travel. It takes the guesswork out of vacation planning and definitely makes it easier to book everything through once source. Convenience, quality, and reliability is what you’ll get with Costco Travel.