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Finding Value at Costco Travel




Did you know Costco sells vacations and cruises?

I'm guessing you did since you have stumbled upon this blog post. When people think 'Costco,' the first thing that comes to mind is a warehouse with steel aisles and pallets of goods just waiting to be purchased. As you stroll through the warehouse, you begin to notice the price point and the value of products on display. It could be an item labeled Kirkland Signature, Costco’s private label, or maybe it's a two-pack of an item that is listed at a better price point than when you buy a single.

    So how does this model translate when it comes to buying a vacation with Costco?

    In reality, it's quite similar to shopping at your local Costco. Imagine that Costco Travel is a warehouse. Instead of cement floors and pallets of products, we have a warehouse full of sandy beaches and palm trees. You can stroll the aisles of our website and explore all of the exciting vacations, cruises, theme parks, hotels, and rental cars the same way you can explore the latest electronics or apparel at a warehouse. When you shop at your local Costco, you know the items you are purchasing have quality and value; if they didn't, the warehouse wouldn't be offering them. We use that same model with the products we offer at Costco Travel. If we are not able to find a value to pass on to our members, we are not going to be offering it as a travel option.

    So how does one distinguish the best value items among the vacations and cruises? Great question! While everything has added value, there are ways to identify which trips offer better value.

      Just like in the warehouse, when you see this logo... you KNOW it's a great value!

      Kirkland Signature™

      If you have shopped at a warehouse, you are most likely familiar with the Kirkland Signature label. The same quality and value you receive with these items can are found in our vacations and cruises that carry this label. The bottom line, if you find a getaway that has Kirkland Signature listed in the name, this trip will have a very high amount of added value.

      Kirkland Signature Vacations

        Buyer's Choice

        If Kirkland Signature is the highest level of added value, then Buyer's Choice is just shy of that mark. These vacations have a high amount of added value but not quite enough to earn the Kirkland Signature label. These trips include exclusive, negotiated added benefits and inclusions that are still above and beyond our everyday offers. When you come across one of these offers, take pride in knowing you are getting great value for your dollar.

          Let's talk about the Treasure Hunt!

          Some of the most fabulous buys you can come across at a warehouse are those treasure hunt items. You know, that unexpected hidden gem that you didn't anticipate but somehow or another it ends up in your cart. We have the same thing at Costco Travel.

            Hot Buys are available for a limited time only!

            Limited-Time Hot Buys

            Act fast because these offers have a limited-time booking window. These packages and cruises are some of our best offers available but only for a limited time, so snag one when you can.

            Limited-Time Deals

              Limited-Time Hot Buys

              Act fast because these offers have a limited-time booking window. These packages and cruises are some of our best offers available but only for a limited time, so snag one when you can.

              Limited-Time Deals

                Hot Buys are available for a limited time only!

                Weekly Hot Deals

                Every Monday, we update our Weekly Hot Deals to showcase the hot items of the week. These could be limited-time offers or just vacations that are trending; either way, it's a great place to find vacation inspiration.

                  Lion World Travel: Botswana Experience

                  Vacations of a Lifetime

                  Any trip that holds this title is an exclusively designed experience hand-crafted by our Costco Travel buying teams. These vacations include amazing experiences and interactions you will not find anywhere else.

                  Vacations of a Lifetime

                    But wait, there's more!

                    We strive to ensure we are passing along the best value to our members, some of the ways we add even more value are by the Included Extras or added benefits we offer.

                      Executive Member Benefits

                      If you are an Executive Member at Costco, then your Costco Travel purchases qualify towards the annual 2% Rewards. You may also find that some of our vacation packages and cruises have an Executive Member Added Benefit listed as part of the offer. These are special added features that are exclusive to our Executive Members.

                      Vacations with Executive Member Benefits

                        Costco Shop Cards

                        To pass along the savings to our members, you may find that some of our vacations include a Costco Shop Card. The value of the Costco Shop Card is determined during the booking process, and these cards are mailed out to our members 4 - 6 weeks after returning from your vacation. You can then use this to purchase items at your local warehouse or online at Costco.com.

                        The biggest takeaway from this article is this, everything we offer has some amount of added value; if we are not able to find an added value, we are not going to sell it. Costco Travel is adding value to your membership, one vacation at a time.

                          Did you know Costco sells vacations and cruises?

                          I'm guessing you did since you have stumbled upon this blog post. When people think 'Costco,' the first thing that comes to mind is a warehouse with steel aisles and pallets of goods just waiting to be purchased. As you stroll through the warehouse, you begin to notice the price point and the value of products on display. It could be an item labeled Kirkland Signature, Costco’s private label, or maybe it's a two-pack of an item that is listed at a better price point than when you buy a single.

                            So how does this model translate when it comes to buying a vacation with Costco?

                            In reality, it's quite similar to shopping at your local Costco. Imagine that Costco Travel is a warehouse. Instead of cement floors and pallets of products, we have a warehouse full of sandy beaches and palm trees. You can stroll the aisles of our website and explore all of the exciting vacations, cruises, theme parks, hotels, and rental cars the same way you can explore the latest electronics or apparel at a warehouse. When you shop at your local Costco, you know the items you are purchasing have quality and value; if they didn't, the warehouse wouldn't be offering them. We use that same model with the products we offer at Costco Travel. If we are not able to find a value to pass on to our members, we are not going to be offering it as a travel option.

                            So how does one distinguish the best value items among the vacations and cruises? Great question! While everything has added value, there are ways to identify which trips offer better value.

                              Just like in the warehouse, when you see this logo... you KNOW it's a great value!

                              Kirkland Signature™

                              If you have shopped at a warehouse, you are most likely familiar with the Kirkland Signature label. The same quality and value you receive with these items can are found in our vacations and cruises that carry this label. The bottom line, if you find a getaway that has Kirkland Signature listed in the name, this trip will have a very high amount of added value.

                              Kirkland Signature Vacations

                                Buyer's Choice

                                If Kirkland Signature is the highest level of added value, then Buyer's Choice is just shy of that mark. These vacations have a high amount of added value but not quite enough to earn the Kirkland Signature label. These trips include exclusive, negotiated added benefits and inclusions that are still above and beyond our everyday offers. When you come across one of these offers, take pride in knowing you are getting great value for your dollar.

                                  Let's talk about the Treasure Hunt!

                                  Some of the most fabulous buys you can come across at a warehouse are those treasure hunt items. You know, that unexpected hidden gem that you didn't anticipate but somehow or another it ends up in your cart. We have the same thing at Costco Travel.

                                    Hot Buys are available for a limited time only!

                                    Limited-Time Hot Buys

                                    Act fast because these offers have a limited-time booking window. These packages and cruises are some of our best offers available but only for a limited time, so snag one when you can.

                                    Limited-Time Deals

                                      Limited-Time Hot Buys

                                      Act fast because these offers have a limited-time booking window. These packages and cruises are some of our best offers available but only for a limited time, so snag one when you can.

                                      Limited-Time Deals

                                        Hot Buys are available for a limited time only!

                                        Weekly Hot Deals

                                        Every Monday, we update our Weekly Hot Deals to showcase the hot items of the week. These could be limited-time offers or just vacations that are trending; either way, it's a great place to find vacation inspiration.

                                          Lion World Travel: Botswana Experience

                                          Vacations of a Lifetime

                                          Any trip that holds this title is an exclusively designed experience hand-crafted by our Costco Travel buying teams. These vacations include amazing experiences and interactions you will not find anywhere else.

                                          Vacations of a Lifetime

                                            But wait, there's more!

                                            We strive to ensure we are passing along the best value to our members, some of the ways we add even more value are by the Included Extras or added benefits we offer.

                                              Executive Member Benefits

                                              If you are an Executive Member at Costco, then your Costco Travel purchases qualify towards the annual 2% Rewards. You may also find that some of our vacation packages and cruises have an Executive Member Added Benefit listed as part of the offer. These are special added features that are exclusive to our Executive Members.

                                              Vacations with Executive Member Benefits

                                                Costco Shop Cards

                                                To pass along the savings to our members, you may find that some of our vacations include a Costco Shop Card. The value of the Costco Shop Card is determined during the booking process, and these cards are mailed out to our members 4 - 6 weeks after returning from your vacation. You can then use this to purchase items at your local warehouse or online at Costco.com.

                                                The biggest takeaway from this article is this, everything we offer has some amount of added value; if we are not able to find an added value, we are not going to sell it. Costco Travel is adding value to your membership, one vacation at a time.


                                                  About the Author: The above piece was written by Laura, a Costco Travel Expert with 13 years experience in the travel industry.


                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
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