The 3 Best Reasons to Book a Vacation with Costco Travel

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If you’re a Costco member, you have probably heard of Costco Travel. This service is free for all warehouse members and offers savings on various vacation packages, hotels, cruises, rental cars, and more.

But will it really save you money? Keep reading.

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Before we dive into that, it’s important to note the differences between Costco’s TWO non-business memberships, what the annual costs are per membership, and what travel benefits are included.

Either plan gives you access to Costco Travel services, but you’ll receive a 2% cash back bonus as an Executive member on your first $50,040 in annual Costco and Costco Travel purchases. So if you max out the bonus, you’ll get up to a $1,000 certificate to spend on any Costco or Costco Travel purchase the next year.

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While Costco Travel may seem like an obvious choice for Costco members when booking a vacay, it may not be the best option for every getaway. However, if you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, need to hit the road and drive to Florida, or just want to watch whales from an Alaskan cruise ship, Costco Travel offers great deals!

Check out the 3 best reasons to use Costco Travel:

1. You can save over 11% on rental cars.

Costco Travel rental cars

Costco Travel’s daily car rental rates are some of the lowest you’ll find online. And if you’re going to have an additional driver, Costco Travel waives the extra driver fees (as an idea, most agencies charge an extra ~$12 per day for additional drivers). The only downside is that you can only book from the following car rental agencies.

BUT, if you’re planning on booking from one of these four agencies anyway, Costco Travel almost always offers the best rate. Plus, you can conveniently compare the prices of all four agencies on one page after entering your travel information. And, select agencies even offer bonus Costco Cash Cards from time to time!

Costco Travel rental car prices

As just an idea, a 1-week economy car rental from Alamo was around $304 with taxes and fees on the Costco Travel website. However, when booking directly on, the same size car for the same travel dates was approximately $342 – that’s a savings of $38! And remember, you’ll pay an additional $12/day for any extra drivers you add on through the agency itself.

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2. Get over 14% off Hawaii, Disney, or theme park packages.

hawaii island

Costco Travel specializes in vacation packages for theme parks and destinations to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and other locations. However, we found that Costco Travel’s Hawaii and theme park packages (hello, Disney!) offered some of the most competitive deals! Keep reading to see what we mean.

disney world

As just ONE idea, a Melia Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration Package with Disney World Tickets for a family of four with September 2019 travel dates came to around $3,650 from Costco Travel.

This package includes round-trip airfare, a two-bedroom hotel suite (parking, shuttle, and fees included), $49 bonus Costco Cash Card, full size Budget car rental, AND 5-Day Disney Theme Park Tickets with Park Hopper Option! Note that your total package price will vary based on where you are flying from and the dates you choose.

hotel pool lit up at night

If you were to book each of these deals separately, here’s what the cost would look like for the same travel dates and similar hotel room, car rental, airfare, and Disney World tickets. Do the math! 😱

Check out what Michelle thinks of Costco Travel’s vacation packages:

We used Costco Travel for a Disney trip several years ago. I compared prices and found it to be comparable to what I could get on my own, plus it was just awesome to have all of it taken care of. They offered a bunch of little perks too like free Disney dining cards, collectible pins for my kids, etc. It was our first trip to Disney and I found it to be super helpful for traveling to a location I had never been to before.” -Michelle P.

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3. Score 6% off or more on popular cruises.

Cruise Ship in ocean

Ready to cruise? Costco Travel offers various package deals with 12 of the most popular cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney – just to name a few). Plus, they offer competitive prices as if you were to book directly through the cruise line or from a third-party booking site like Priceline or Expedia!

Even better, they offer added perks like Costco Cash Cards or shipboard credit with every sailing. They also have Kirkland Signature and Buyer’s Choice sailings for exclusive events and amenities.

Disney Cruise Sunset

As just one idea, I compared prices for a 3-night Disney Cruise for 2 adults and 2 children (age 10 and under) with October 4-7, 2019 travel dates, Port Canaveral, Florida, and a d

NOTE: According to an online agent, the price of any cruise through Costco Travel includes the cost of your cabin, selected meals, selected beverages, entertainment onboard the ship, taxes, port charges, and use of many of the amenities onboard. Pricing does not include mandatory gratuities.

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There you have it! Have you used Costco Travel before? Let us know!

As always, prices and availability will vary, so be sure to do your own research based on where you live and where you’re wanting to travel. This is just an idea and not a definitive guide on the only ways to use Costco Travel.

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Comments 32

  1. Bookish626

    We used Costco travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it was awesome! Way cheaper than hotel website, plus we got perks like transportation from the airport to hotel and drinks at the hotel bar. Highly recommended.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for letting us know what a great experience you have had!

  2. Naomi

    We booked Disneyland through Costco and got some perks like free lanyards and pins and the gift cards. I was super pleased with our experience.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s so awesome to hear! Thanks for sharing with us, Naomi!

  3. Yvonne

    I’ve booked several trips with Costco over the year.. Mexico, Hawaii and Disney. Never been disappointed. The best perk that I have found is you don’t have to pay the off the entire trip when you book it. You just have to put down a deposit and if you want you can make payments up until 45 days before your departure.
    Example.. my husband and I are going to Mexico in October I booked to trip in February. After my initial deposit in February the trip had to be paid off by the end of September. That gave me almost 7 months to make small payments before the balance was due. It was stress free because by making small payments it didn’t affect my money situation at all and I didn’t have to make a big change on my credit card. We have a trip to look forward to and since it’s all paid off when we get home we start talking about our next trip.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s great to hear, Yvonne! I agree, making payments would reduce the stress for sure. Thanks a ton for taking the time to comment! We sure appreciate the feedback!

  4. KimNell

    I booked through Costco for Hawaii because it was getting stressful making all the decisions involved in a vacation. It was a successful trip. Great hotel + perks.

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Glad you had a great experience Kim! 🙂

  5. Katie

    We have done Disney World twice over the past couple of years and booked through Costco. I honestly thought it made it so less stressful because I knew everything (hotel, flight, rental car) were all taken care of. We even added an extra day at the beach for one trip, again through Costco. I tell everyone I know about it! We will definitely book through Costco again!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      How fun! Glad you had a great experience with Costco Travel, Katie! 😀

  6. AL

    We used Costco for Cancun and when web traveled to their places we use them for our hotel. We love Corcoran travel. In one occasion when going to Cancun j booked the tickets. Then 3 weeks later checked how much they were selling for and they were $700 cheaper. I called Costco travel (They have a 100% money back to a certain day, then 75%,50%, etc.) we were still in the 100% we were lucky. They just canceled our trip and helped us rebook at the lower price. Saved $700!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      WOW that is awesome!!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! That’s amazing! SO glad you could grab the savings, AL!

  7. Vanessa

    My family went to Disneyland one year (booked thru the Disney site,) then Disney world the next, booked thru Costco. The only difference was that we could not order meal plans. Everything else was great! We also got a free photo book coupon from Costco so we could remember the trip. That was fun.

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      So glad you had a great trip, Vanessa! And a free photo book is always a nice freebie! 😉

  8. Pjane

    I wonder if capital one rewards will cover purchases made at Costco for travel? My hubby and I got the credit cards and got the rewards which came close to $2000 off of travel. Yeah we were thrilled. We did not use Costco. But I have heard a lot of good chatter about it. With all these credit card rewards programs, it’s wash and repeat for me.

  9. Julie

    I book rental cars all the time through Costco. One other trick is to keep checking back. It’s not uncommon for the price to drop. So you can cancel the previous reservation and rebook with the lower price. I saved $40 last month doing this.

    • Shannon

      I book our rental car through Costco too and it’s always better than even my company’s corporate deals. I also check almost daily and rebook when it’s a better price. I always save a lot by doing this. When I book hotels I re-check them almost daily too.

    • Jany

      I agree Julie!! I made our Hawaii trip car rental reservations through Costco and went back to check a couple of times and two times the price had dropped from what we had, so I cancelled and rebooked our car reservation at a cheaper price, love Costco Travel!!

  10. Christen

    If you book your cruise through anyone other than an agent, you can transfer your booking to Costco, within 60 days, and receive your initial perks (on board credit, specialty dining offers, friends and family sail free, etc…) and stack with whatever Costco is offering. They always give a Costco cash card and sometimes more. I love getting free money to spend in store for taking a vacay!

  11. MSmomof5

    I wonder if Sam’s does this to? We don’t have a Costco.

  12. Megan

    LOVE Costco rental cars! Second driver free but check back periodically – we saved $400+ by rebooking a premium SUV 12 day rental this past summer and got to pick it up closer to our house. Drove to Yellowstone & back and saved 4500+ miles on our family car. Rental counter employees also have told me they love Costco members because we’re easier to rent to. Who knows why but it’s gotten me free XM in the rental before just for being polite and a Costco member 🤷‍♀️

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for all that info, Megan! It’s nice not putting miles on your own car!

  13. Nicole

    I love Costco for international travel. They seem to vet the hotels & all the drivers from airport transportation/hotel front desk staff speak English.

    We take an international trip every year and always use Costco if they offer the destination. (Mainly Europe, Caribbean and some African safari etc)

  14. shop4mybabies

    I love costco travel…we have booked disney through them 4 times, and my daughter went to 17 European countries. i know that costco will make anything and everything right…my first vacation with them i had no clue what i was doing, and was traveling with just two of my daughters, the employee booking the trip said oh honey you need to be right across the street from disney because i don’t want you and those girls wandering around alone lol normally that would annoy me but she was so grandmotherly and ended up giving us a great room for huge savings, and then she put in the booking that it was our birthday, it wasn’t…so when we got to the hotel they said happy birthday and upgraded us to a suite

  15. Jen

    Excellent experience! We took a 5 night trip to Hard Rock resort in Riviera Maya in February. Included everything and we received the $800 in Costco dollars upon our return as promised. Amazing experience and saved us a ton of money this way versus booking through travel agent.

  16. Jennifer

    We went to Universal Orlando in April and booked through Costco. I compared the regualar price of an on-property hotel plus park passes to Costco and I’d say we saved over $600, plus the package included a $275 Costco gift card. I ,<3 Costco!

  17. Wendy Magrath

    I booked a trip through Costco Travel to Kauai and saved over 1K for exactly the same flight, hotel and rental car, plus received Cash back. It was our first experience with them but definitely not our last.

  18. Margie B

    I used Costco for a rental car in Orlando. Our flight was cancelled & I was able to cancel the car reservation & make a new one with new date for no charge & the Costco rate was way cheaper than the rental websites!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Woo hoo! Thanks for letting us know, Margie B!

  19. amanda

    For Disney – I find my “go-to” Disney Vacation Club owner and rent her points! Our family of 6 has TWO Rooms at Animal Kingdom Jambo DVC, 6 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets, Disney Dining, for under $5000! This same setup would have cost us over $13,000 through Disney!

  20. bambie

    Does costco travels offer deals on Blackfriday too?

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