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This New Costco Membership Feature Is Life-Changing

This New Costco Membership Feature Is Life-Changing

Costco made a BIG membership announcement yesterday morning on Instagram.

There are few things worse than loading up the conveyor belt at the Costco register with all your favorite bulk items just to realize you have no idea where your pesky membership card is. Just me? Didn’t think so.

You can finally forget dumping out the contents of your purse in the checkout line or the “walk of shame” to Costco’s customer service desk, because Costco is now offering digital membership cards!

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All you have to do is download the Costco app, log in to your Costco.com account, verify your membership, and voila! The Costco app now comes with a digital Costco card with a specialized QR code to scan every time you check out.

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Loyal Costco shoppers had a whole bunch of questions regarding these new digital membership cards via Instagram yesterday. We discovered Costco members are able to use this digital membership card to make purchases, but are not able to use them at Costco gas stations quite yet.


Costco Is Selling A 36-Pack Of French Macarons For Under $11

If you fancy a French macaron or two every now and then, get this: Costco is selling 36-packs of French macarons that are sure to satisfy any cravings you have.

The Costco-obsessed Instagram account @costco_empties shared a photo of the delightful treats made by a brand Tipiak. The sweet meringue-based confections come in packs of 36 and feature six flavors: lemon, raspberry, pistachio, blood orange, blueberry, and white chocolate. The limited-edition packs include six macarons of each flavor that are neatly organized in light blue boxes with the Eiffel Tower and pink flowers on them.

The best part of these macarons is that the packs normally go for $14.79 but they're on sale right now until June 28 for $10.79, according to the Instagram account. French macaron fanatics know how expensive individual macarons can be at around $2 to $3 a pop. With or without this sale, you&rsquod pay less than 50 cents per macaron. What a steal! The packs are available to buy in all United States and Canada Costco locations.

People who have reviewed the macarons say they are the best value and taste ratio. "If you haven&rsquot tried them yet, you&rsquore missing out. and well if you know, then you know," one Instagram user shared. The minimal reviews out so far seem to be unanimous, so those who eat macarons a lot or need a sweet treat on hand 24/7 should look into buying a few of these.


This New Costco Membership Feature Is Life-Changing - Recipes

You’ll love the freedom and flexibility of freezer meals. There is something magical that happens in your mind when you know you have “back-up dinner” in the freezer. When your schedule changes or life throws you a curve ball that day, freezer meals provide flexibility and an easy option for dinner. (They are also great for days when you just don’t feel like cooking!)

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Additional Costco Services

In addition to the regular warehouse, Costco offers many other services, which are definitely worth checking out. These include photo development, a range of printing services, home and auto insurance, life and travel Insurance, professional installation services, as well as a tire centre.

Costco Online Shopping

Costco makes shopping even easier by making a large selection of products and services available for purchase online. Costco’s online shopping experience is similar to that of most other online retailers.

Prior to placing your first order, you’ll need to take a moment to register, at which point your Costco membership will be connected to your online account. Shipping is available to most areas, with the exception of a few, very remote locations.

Costco Travel

A somewhat lesser known fact about Costco is that they offer a full slate of travel booking services to members. In fact, they just may be the place to go, to book your next all-inclusive vacation, cruise, or car rental.

Make sure you shop around before booking, however. While it’s true that Costco Travel has established a strong reputation based on service and value, online travel websites are very competitive, so there’s no guarantee that any single provider will always have the best deal.

Costco Gasoline

If you live reasonably close to a Costco location, you can take advantage of reduced prices at the gas pump. Gasoline is available at most Costco locations and is often priced 6 or 7 cents/litre below leading gasoline retailers. Depending on how often you fuel up, this discount alone may be worth the cost of membership.

Costco Optical

Most Costco locations feature a full-service optical department. They accept current prescriptions from licensed doctors, optometrists or ophthalmologists, and you don’t require an eye exam from a Costco location in order to purchase eyewear products. That said, Costco does offer full eye exams at most locations, completed by independent Doctors of Optometry.

Costco Pharmacy

Most Costco locations come equipped with a full-service pharmacy and can be a great way to obtain competitive prices on a wide range of health-related products and services.

For added convenience, Costco Members in all provinces, with the exception of Quebec and Prince Edward Island, can now order prescriptions online and have them delivered directly to their home address.

Costco Credit Card

It’s important to understand what credit cards are accepted at Costco Warehouse locations.

Currently, Costco Canada only accepts Mastercard branded credit cards. In the past, they had a relationship with American Express, but that ended in 2016.

Capital One offers a Costco Mastercard exclusive to members. It’s a no-annual fee card, which offers 3% cashback at restaurants, 2% on gasoline purchases, and 1% on all other purchases, once you reach $3000 in annual spending. The first $3000 of regular purchases is set at .50% cashback.

Other benefits of this Costco-branded Capital One Mastercard include Purchase Assurance, Extended Warranty and Auto Rental Insurance.

Helpful Hint: Costco Visa Card Hack

While it’s true that Costco does not accept Visa credit cards for purchases, it does allow you to use your Visa card to purchase Costco Cash Cards, otherwise known as gift cards, online.

This makes it possible for Visa Card Holders to collect reward points while using the cards to shop at Costco locations.


The suspected producer behind Kirkland gin

It's no secret that bartenders really love Kirkland Signature liquor, and with good reason (via Vice). Costco can be a way to buy bottles that are very much near the same quality as top-shelf brands at a fraction of the price. It's even been reported that the Kirkland French vodka is made with the same equipment in a former Grey Goose production building and stored in a warehouse across the street from the current Grey Goose operation (via Hip2Save).

When it comes to Costco's gin, however, less has been wholeheartedly confirmed or is overwhelmingly known by the Internet. According to Thrillist, however, it's quite possible that Tanqueray or Gordon's might be responsible for making the Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin. The bottle is reminiscent of Bombay Sapphire, but the number of gin distilleries owned by Diageo, the dryness of the gin, and the juniper notes all seem to point to a Diageo distillery like Tanqueray or Gordon's. Distilleries typically do not want to claim that they are making another label for Costco, so this educated guess is as close as there is to an established answer.


Costco Travel: What You Need to Know to Save Money

Costco Travel makes planning a vacation easy, but does it really save you money? See how it compares against other top travel sites.

Let's face it. Traveling is expensive and planning is a hassle.

If you are anything like us, you look high and low for travel deals. And if you are a Costco member, your hunt could be over.

Yes, the same warehouse where you shop for granola bars and toilet paper in bulk offers travel discounts. The idea is that you would save money by bundling together things like flights, hotel, car rentals, and even dining and activities.

Discounts combined with high-quality Costco service, is it the recipe for a fabulous vacation?

And does it really save you money?

In our review of Costco Travel, we will tell you what you can expect from their travel agency. Let's find out just how good the deals are.

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What is Costco Travel

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Exclusive to Costco members, Costco Travel offers convenient vacation package deals to popular destinations around the world. Many even including dining, activities, and resort credit. Costco is able to offer such good discounts because they use their immense buying power to score deals with hotels, theme parks, cruises, etc.

Here's what you can get with Costco Travel:

    Vacation packages: You can select pre-packaged vacations to destinations like Hawaii, Florida, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Europe, South Africa, and Tahiti.

All pricing for their packages are upfront with all taxes included. So there are no surprise charges when you're ready to pay.

All Costco Travel employees are trained travel professionals. So you get the expertise of both a well-known price negotiator with a well-versed travel agent. They're available to help you plan the trip the way you want.

How to Get Better Deals with Costco Travel

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Before we start, here are some more tips on how to use Costco Travel to get the best deals. Feel free to click to jump to the sections.

    : Upgrade your membership to Executive Level for more included extras, like more resort credit, food & beverage credit, etc.

: Looking to set sail in less than 2 months? Costco Travel's last-minute cruises have some great deals. Check them out here.

: These limited-time vacation deals often include exclusive events and Costco cash cards.

Costco Membership Options

Before we dive into the specifics, keep in mind that you must be a Costco member.

However, you can see the packages and prices as a non-member. So you can browse and if you decide the membership is worth the savings, you can then join and book your trip.

There are three membership levels:

    Gold Star membership ($60/year): With this basic membership, you don't earn any rewards. But if you can find a good deal on Costco Travel, the $60 could be well worth it.

You can even gift someone you know with an annual membership by buying it online on Costco's website. This could be the perfect present for a friend or family member who likes to travel a few times a year or more.

Note: As an Executive Member, you get 2% cash back on all purchases. Select Costco Travel purchases including vacation packages, cruises, rental cars and theme park and specialty vacations are eligible for the 2% reward. It is also important to know that Executive Member benefits are extended to the primary cardholder only.

Now, let's get into the different offerings and see what you can stand to save.

If you buy gas, wine, gift cards, organic products, pet food, and over-the-counter meds, then Costco could save you some serious cash, even with the $60 membership fee.

Vacation Packages

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Planning a vacation is often stressful. Costco's vacation packages make it easy by bundling everything together. You don't have to go to different websites and book things individually. It's as close to "1-click and you're done" as you can get.

Vacation packages include flights (optional), hotel stays, transportation (transfers or rental car), and activities. Some vacation packages include specific activities, but most will offer a tour credit.

You can plan a vacation package to the Caribbean, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Europe, Fiji, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico and Tahiti - in addition to the theme parks (more on that below).

Included perks: One good thing about Costco Travel is their "Included Extras." Essentially, they are bonuses. The type of bonus differs by vacation type and package. Extras you might see include:

  • Free breakfast
  • Resort credit
  • Spa discounts/credits
  • Free activities, such as a round of golf
  • Kids under 12 eat free

And if you're an Executive member, you may get extra benefits on top. Such as a resort credit per day, food and beverage credit, or even Costco cash cards. Try finding those amazing perks elsewhere without wasting countless hours checking every travel site that exists.

It is also possible to get a great deal on a vacation package at Starwood Hotels and Hard Rock Hotels.

Costco Vacations: Price Comparisons

But now, let's take a look if you save more by booking through Costco. At the same time, let's go over how to book on Costco Travel.

Example vacation package: 4 nights in Cancun, Mexico from November 13-17. Departing from Los Angeles (LAX). Two adults.

Then it will come out with a list of properties for you to choose from. You can also see at a glance what kind of extras are included in each property. For the sake of this review, let's choose the first one (the least priciest).

I had also indicated that I wanted to include flights. After you have chosen the property, you will next choose the flight. Here is the included flight that they selected for me:

You can either select this and hit "Continue", or if you don't like this option, there are 149 other flight options to choose from. But they are all pricier.

So after you have selected a flight, next you select the room.

You can see that the Luxury Garden-View Suite is included in the package. If you would like a higher room category or suite, it will cost extra.

Before proceeding to the airport transfer options, a pop up alert comes up:

Costco Travel makes it impossible to miss this important advisory! If you are OK with the terms, click "I Understand" to continue.

If this package comes with airport transfer, it will come up on the next page:

Note you will be transported in a shared vehicle with other travelers each way. If you prefer a private transfer or in a wheelchair accessible van, simply modify your selection accordingly. Note the price will be higher.

And that's it. The last thing to do is go over the booking recap and confirm. So for this sample vacation package, the total is $1,354.26 for 2 people for 4 nights in Cancun, including nonstop round-trip airfare.

Before hitting the "Purchase" button, make sure to check the cancellation policy by clicking "what if I need to cancel". In this case, if you cancel before November 9th, 70% of the total trip amount is refundable.

Click on the Promotion and Included Extras' details under the Hotels section to review on your end and check if there are any additional taxes collected by the hotel upon checkout.

All clickable links in blue on the booking recap page share important details pertaining to your trip. They are there for a reason. so click and read everything!

How much does it cost if we book it ourselves? Let's see:

  • Flight for 2 from LAX to CUN (same flight as above): $850 on Google Flights
  • 4 nights in Villa del Palmar from Nov. 13-17th: $603 on Kayak
  • Airport transfer: $40 in shared van to and from hotel.

Costco Travel comes out a little cheaper. And also, remember that this package has a $80 resort credit and breakfast.

Let's compare with a couple of other popular online travel agents. Same dates, same hotel.

  • Expedia: $1,583.76 (does not include airport transfer, breakfast or resort credit)
    : $1,534.17 (does not include airport transfer, breakfast or resort credit)
  • Orbitz: $1,564.85 (includes breakfast, but does not include airport transfer or resort credit)
  • Hotels.com: $1,674.25 (includes breakfast, but does not include airport transfer or resort credit)

In general, we find that Costco Vacation Packages tend to be a decent deal. In most cases, it does save you a bit of money. The extras they provide makes for even better value. Plus, the lack of hassle with booking things separately yourself could be worth a lot to some people. And you also have the full support of Costco travel agents to help plan the trip.

Buyer's Choice

I love booking travel on the Internet because of the access to reviews. Reading honest opinions from others often helps travelers make choices.

Costco's "Buyer's Choice" packages are top picks chosen by previous other buyers for the outstanding value and selection. Buyers rate the packages based on the special touches received throughout the vacation. These are outside of the standard Costco savings.

Take, for example, a 5-night vacation package to Maui at the Royal Lahaina Resort (from $800/person). It includes more than the hotel and rental car (flight not included in base price). Costco members also receive:

  • $500 food and beverage credit
  • $100 beach activities credit
  • Complimentary daily self-parking

Just note that the Buyer's Choice prices you see won't include airfare. If you choose to include one, of course the price could go way up.

Weekly Hot Deals

Costco's Weekly Hot Deals offer even more savings than their regular packages. You have a limited time to book the deals, but travel is often good for a while. Featured deals change every week, so feel free to bookmark the link and check the updated page from time to time.

For example, a limited-time package to Cancun is good for travel dates through December 23, 2017. In this particular package, you receive a resort credit based on your length of stay. You get a $500 resort credit for a 3-night stay, and all the way up to $2,500 credit for 12 nights or more. The credit is good towards spa service, excursions, dining, or the golf course. And on top of that, you get a Costco Cash Card.

$499 and Under

Costco Travel offers amazing vacation packages and cruises for $499 and under per person. If you are on a tight budget and have someone to travel with, these deals are too good to pass up. Most offers include a special perk such as a resort or shipboard credit, Costco Cash Card, or huge savings that can't be found elsewhere. Limited dates apply, especially for cruise sailings, so act fast before the particular deal sells out.

Believe it or not, there is a deal available for a 4-night stay at a four-star beachfront resort in Riviera Nayarit, near Cancun, Mexico, starting at $269 per person (based on double occupancy). Travel must take place between August 13, 2017 to December 20, 2017. In addition to accommodation, the package includes round-trip transportation to / from the hotel and all taxes and fees. Airfare is at an additional cost. In this particular package, you receive a $100 resort credit per room, per stay, 4 nights or more. If you book a 1-bedroom suite or higher, you are entitled to receive a $150-$250 resort credit per room, per stay, 4 nights or more.

When using example travel dates, October 4-8, 2017, the total cost for the 4-night stay for 2 people is $532.19 on Costco Travel.

All-Inclusive Resorts

Nothing beats the convenience of an all-inclusive getaway.

Costco can be your go-to provider for your next all-inclusive vacation or cruise. Right now there is a special deal for a 4-night stay at Occidental Nuevo Vallarta in Nayarit, Mexico from $359 per person and includes all meals, kid's club, daily activities and nightly entertainment, airport transfers, and hotel taxes and gratuities. Travel must take place between 8/13/17 - 10/31/17.

Includes Extras For Executive Members

If you are an Executive Member, keep an eye out for the black Executive Membership card, which indicates a special benefit.

Theme Park Packages

Costco offers vacation packages to Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Orlando and Lion World. Costco makes it easy to book the flights, hotel, and theme park tickets all as a package. We all know how stressful it is when you're trying to do it all separately for your family.

Pricing wise, let's see how it compares:

Example Disney World package: 6-night stay at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace from August 2-8 5-day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper option transport to the theme parks. 2 adults and 2 children.

The total Costco Travel price is $2,451.57 for a family of 4 for 6 nights and 5 days of park tickets. (Note that to keep this simple, we didn't include flights.)

Let's see what it would cost if you were to book it yourself:

  • 6 nights at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace from Aug. 2-8: $878 on Expedia
  • 5-day Disneyworld Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper for 4 people (3 ages 10+ 1 age 3-9): $1,760

Total: $2,638. And this doesn't even include transport from the hotel to the parks daily.

You can really stand to save a few hundred bucks with Costco Travel's theme park packages. In about all cases we've checked, Costco comes out cheaper. And the extra benefits it offers makes the value even better. Plus, it makes it a lot more stress free to plan your family vacation.

Guided Vacations

Costco also offers incredible options for travelers wishing to take a Guided Vacation (i.e. in a group with an expert guide).

    - Experience an once-in-a-lifetime vacation on one of the 25 guided group itineraries across six continents and receive a Costco Cash Card valued at up to $2,000. Destinations include: Iceland, Costa Rica, Italy, Peru, Greece, European river cruises, Spain, Germany, Norway, Scotland and more. You will love the immersive activities that only Disney can bring to life. It is important to know that airfare is not included in the vacation package.

Affordable Cruises

Booking a cruise is even less complicated.

Everything comes with the package. You just need to choose stateroom type, deck number, room location, and bed configuration. If you shop cruise prices between various travel agents and Costco, you may find similar prices. Cruise lines typically restrict the discounts they allow on the cruises.

Costco Travel offers cruises with almost all major cruise lines including: Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean, Uniworld and Viking. Costco does not sell small or boutique cruise lines such as Oceania, Silversea and Windstar.

Currently, you can plan a cruise with Costco to the following destinations:

  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Asia, Africa & The Middle East
  • Bermuda
  • Caribbean & The Bahamas
  • Europe & The Mediterranean
  • Hawaii
  • Mexico & Central America
  • North America
  • South America
  • South Pacific
  • World Cruise

Cruises to Baja Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Rhine River are the most popular. There are even transatlantic cruises for those not keen on flying.

Costco also makes it easy to find cruises from your preferred departure port including: Seattle, Vancouver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Galveston, Los Angeles, New York and San Diego.

Example cruise package: 11-night Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Cruises. Departing from Miami on September 25, 2017. Inside stateroom for two adults. Prices also reflect a slight discount for being a California resident.

  • Costco Travel: $2,123, includes a $120 Costco Cash card
  • Vacations to Go: $2,127 , includes a $125 onboard credit
  • Cruise Direct: $2,123, includes 10% off excursions and $50 on-board credit
  • Celebrity Cruises: $2,131, no included extras

Costco's prices come out on par with other cruise sites. Where Costco could stand out, however, are the extras they provide. They offer onboard credits and/or Costco Cash Cards on almost every cruise. If you wind up not using the entire onboard credit amount, you can get a refund on your credit card by going to the cruise ship's reception desk and making the request. Note that the Costco Cash Cards tend to come in the mail after completion of your cruise and can be used at Costco's warehouses or online. Don't forget to figure these bonuses into your comparisons if you shop around.

You can also add an airline ticket. Do some comparison to see if Costco's airline prices are lower than purchasing them elsewhere.

    Last-Minute Cruises:
    If you want to escape to paradise within the next 30 days, I recommend checking out Costco's Last-Minute Cruises to save big. Similar to the Weekly Hotel Deals, the featured deals change regularly. Who knows, you might be able to snag a 7-night cruise for as low as $714 per person.

Kirkland Signature Options

Costco also offers Kirkland Signature vacation and cruise options you will not find anywhere else. With these options, you usually receive a Costco Cash Card as well as other exclusive benefits. For example, on a Winery Cruise from Sydney, Costco offers:

  • A hosted reception on board
  • A private, four-course luncheon with wine tasting
  • Two additional private wine tastings
  • Two private behind-the-scenes shipboard tours

Add to this the included beverage package and you receive many benefits you would not receive elsewhere.

Costco Car Rental

Costco finds pricing from Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise. And as an added bonus, you get one additional driver for free (which usually costs about $13/day).

Besides the additional driver, Costco may also give you extras like coupon savings and possible upgrades (especially with Enterprise). Also, there are no cancellation fees, which is great if you happen to find a better deal elsewhere.

Let's see if you stand to save with Costco Car Rentals. For the scenarios, we have picked the cheapest pricing and did not select any insurance coverage.

Example car rental #1: A 7-day car rental in Los Angeles pick up and drop off near LAX

Example car rental #2: A 5-day car rental in Miami pick up and drop off near MIA

Surprisingly, Costco's rates are the highest. Kayak is the clear winner when it comes to car rentals. Costco doesn't search for as many rental companies as other online travel agencies, so often, the pricing is not the best.

But if you do need an additional driver, then Costco's car rental is worth considering since it won't cost extra.

Discounted Hotel Rates

For the time being, Costco is not accepting new room-only reservations at this time. Stay tuned for their new hotel program coming soon!

Costco is partnered with Hyatt and Best Western. Members receive 10% off (or more) at these hotels. Let's see if this is true:

We are looking at the Andaz Wall Street in NYC (part of Hyatt), for the night of Friday Sept 8, 2017. The cost is $275 for Costco members, while Advanced Purchase is $290. It seems like that Costco members do save a few bucks.

However, at the same time, the AAA discount rate is the same as the Costco rate.

This is also true for Best Western. And sometimes, Costco pricing isn't even the lowest.

As a whole, the hotel partners don't save you too much money, especially if you already have AAA. It's worth looking at just for comparison shopping, but this isn't where you'll find most value.

Notification of Issues

Costco has the reputation of providing quality in everything they offer. They stay apprised of all issues occurring at the hotels and other amenities they offer. If they know of any inconvenience, such as hotel maintenance, they provide a pop-up during the booking process. By clicking "I understand," you acknowledge the slight inconvenience you may experience. If the issue is serious, Costco may even change your reservations for you. You can expect even better accommodations or benefits in cases like this.

Before Using Costco Travel To Book Your Next Getaway

    Not all travel brands and destinations are available in the Costco inventory.

Why We Choose Costco Travel

Overall, Costco Travel offers good benefits especially in the cruise and vacation packages department. Even in cases where I could find the cost of the vacation slightly lower, I choose Costco Travel. I love the benefits they offer. I also trust their guarantee.

Booking a vacation to a place I have never gone is nerve wracking. What if I choose a bad hotel or miss an incredible activity? Booking with Costco Travel leaves those worries behind. I feel they leave no stone unturned with their program. They stand behind their quality choices and offer great options. Not to mention transparent upfront pricing with no surprise costs. I always go on my vacations knowing exactly what to expect.

Don't forget about the added bonus of resort perks, Costco Cash cards, and specific member benefits. There is something satisfactory about using a $250 onboard credit on a cruise. I also love receiving a room upgrade that I could not otherwise afford. These perks make Costco Travel worth it for me. And best of all - it's about as stress free as you can get. That fact alone could be priceless to some people.

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You can buy a private jet membership at Costco along with your bulk paper towels

America’s favorite wholesale store may be best known for its bulk goods, free samples and $1.50 hot dogs, but Costco is also the best when it comes to gift shopping. When you’re struggling to come up with a gift for that person who has everything, look no further than the cavernous warehouses.

For the bon vivant, there’s Costco’s $30 3-liter Kirkland Signature Prosecco. For kids, there’s a “Hobbit"-esque outdoor playhouse that gives off major Shire vibes. For the doomsday prepper, there’s a range of emergency food kits like the bucket of freeze-dried chili that lasts 30 years.

And for the traveler? There’s a private jet membership. You’ll find them tucked under the electronics section of Costco’s website, or in store on the wall of gift cards.

At $17,499.99 for a one-year membership, it’s not the most wallet-friendly gift idea this holiday season and not actually a discount on the normal membership price, but Costco does throw in a $3,500 Costco Shop Card, plus a $4,000 flight credit with your purchase.

The jets aren’t powered by Costco but by Wheels Up, a private jet charter company that offers members private charter-flights at hourly rates.

Here’s what you get with your purchase: Wheels Up promises nationwide availability guaranteed every day, even with short notice. The Costco-promoted membership includes dedicated account management to help you plan those flights, whether you’re traveling home for the holidays or taking a Costco-booked vacation. The fleet of about 100 Wheels Up aircraft feature in-flight WiFi, Gogo services for calls and texts, a lavatory and refreshment center.

At this time, there are no reviews on the Costco product, but if there were any, we would guess they would say something like, “Throw on a pair of Kirkland jeans and get yourself to the nearest regional airport. This membership is a dream."

Perks aside, the real draw for private air travel during the pandemic is to address safety concerns.


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It's easy to save time and money while on the go, with the Costco Mobile App! We've improved our mobile app, to make it easier for members to access the incredible values found only at Costco.

DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP CARD: Access your membership card from the home page of the app. Use your membership card to enter the warehouse and at checkout.

SHOP: Browse Costco.com’s unique and expanded selection, which offers thousands of items not found at your local warehouse. Enjoy having items delivered straight to your door!

SAVINGS: Conveniently receive the latest Warehouse Savings right on your own device.

GAS PRICES: Just tap the locator pin on the map to view current gas prices.

PHOTOS: Order metal prints, acrylic prints or photo mugs directly from the app. Have them delivered to your door or pick them up at select Costco locations.

SPECIAL EVENTS: View the Special Events happening at your local Costco and set reminders for upcoming events.

PHARMACY: Order prescription refills & check status on prescriptions. Get refill reminders, track your medications, manage family accounts, transfer prescriptions, and find a Costco pharmacy.

TRAVEL: Shop Costco Travel for great deals on vacation packages, hotels, cruises, rental cars, theme parks and more!

BUSINESS CENTER: Stock up on everything from Restaurant Supplies to Office Essentials, and keep your business running smoothly and efficiently.

SHOPPING LIST: Keep track of the items you want to pick up on your next trip to Costco.

WAREHOUSE INFO: See details about your nearest Costco warehouse, including regular and holiday hours, services provided, driving directions and gas prices.

FEEDBACK: Visit our app feedback page and help provide important feedback for Costco, because your opinion matters!


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