When you’re planning a trip, online travel sites can be extremely helpful at finding good deals. On the occasion that I’m looking for a good hotel deal, I like to use the Priceline Name Your price tool, because I’m not picky about where I stay, and for flights I use Kayak, because their prices always seem to be a little cheaper than those on other sites. But lately, I’ve heard a lot about Costco Travel, which I have never used, and so I decided to take a look and see what it’s all about.
Are You a Costco Member?
First of all, in order to take advantage of the proposed deals on Costco Travel, you need a Costco membership, which is $55 a year. I’m not going to expound on the value of the Costco membership, but if you live near a Costco that you can shop at regularly, the membership is certainly worth the cost. If you’re only using it for Costco Travel services, however, it really depends on where you’re traveling and how much you can save by using Costco Travel.
This is because Costco Travel isn’t always going to be your cheapest choice. In fact, when looking at rental car rates for one-way and round-trip travel to multiple destinations, Kayak beat Costco almost every time.
Costco Saves Money on Package Deals
However, if you’re trying to book a vacation or theme park package, or often cruises, it seems like this is where Costco really shines. On cruises, Costco travel is comparatively prices with Priceline and other competitors, but they offer more perks like onboard credit and Costco cash cards, which makes their site worth searching through.
In all, I think it’s a positive thing that Costco has entered the travel site arena to compete with the trip planners that we all use already. I’m sure it’s a big headache for their competitors, but for consumers, Costco Travel seems like a welcome addition to help make travel more affordable.
That said, it’s unlikely that I will use Costco Travel regularly. Their deals are on prepackaged cookie-cutter trips that just aren’t my style. But I would like to take my kiddo to Disney World in the future, so maybe Costco can hook me up with a deal on that 🙂