The Best Travel Packages You Can Only Get Through Costco
Booking travel packages through Costco may seem unconventional, but experts say it’s one of the best ways to get personalized service at a major discount. We rounded up some of our favorite trips you can book for less through the famous wholesale warehouse.
You can actually book an African safari
Yes, Costco has some of the best deals on giant bottles of ketchup, but they also offer some truly spectacular and hard-to-come-by travel experiences. Take, for example, their partnership with Lion World Travel, which offers those who book through Costco a seven-night South African tour that includes Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain, dinner at a top local brasserie, a stay at Jackalberry Lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve at the edge of Kruger National Park, and game drives twice every day. Rates start at under $4,000 per person, thanks to Costco’s deal-style pricing. And did we mention airfare is included?
Picking the right cruise for your family is hard when travel agents work on commissions that vary greatly from cruise line to cruise line. If you book a trip through Costco, their customer service agents actually don’t work on commission, so you get the most honest advice on which ship and route is right for you. You’ll find popular large-scale ships like Carnival Vista available for booking online as well, with rates being especially affordable for Costco members. See if you can book one of these 12 bucket list cruises you have to take in your lifetime.
Costa Rican adventures
Seeing the pristine jungles of Costa Rica may be high on your list, but it’s hard to know which beach to hit, where the food is the most delicious, and exactly how to travel through remote parts of nature’s most beautiful treasures. Costco has all-inclusive packages for popular Guanacaste, Costa Rica, that include oceanfront accommodations at the JW Marriott, access to nature tours, sight-seeing, daily buffet breakfasts, and a kids-stay-free policy. Booking through Costco also helps score you a $100 resort credit, which you can happily use at the spa.
A royal couple-worthy package
You’ll feel like Meghan and Harry when you book the Milestone Romance Package to London. It includes a visit to Kensington Palace (get your tiaras ready, friends), daily breakfast, a $400 London tour credit, a champagne afternoon tea service with all the trimmings, romantic turn down service, a three-course dinner for two at The Milestone Hotel, and a private appointment with the hotel concierge.
Paris and Rome
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Why stop at just one? The beauty of booking a travel deal through Costco is they’re masters of packaging trips that people actually want to take. If you’re already flying across the pond to Paris, what’s another hop, skip, and jump to Rome? Not much, and this deal includes all travel taxes, four nights in Paris, four nights in Rome, and a list of goodies almost too long to name. In Paris, you’ll be treated to a welcome drink at the hotel bar of Hotel du Collectionneur, free admission to the Musée Picasso at Le Meridien Etoile, almond chocolates, and a bottle of wine. In Rome, you’ll be treated to a bottle of wine at each hotel you stay at, welcome drinks, and in-room fruit platters at the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. Pack your cheese-and-pasta eating pants, obviously.
Hawaii for beer lovers
Get your tiki torches ready, because Costco is offering a fairly unique way to see Hawaii: a Hilton Waikoloa Village Kona Brewing Co. package. The resort is located on Hawaii Island’s scenic Kohala Coast and boasts always-rich gardens, photo-worthy wildlife, surreal waters, and craft brews thanks to Kona Brewing Co.’s partnership with the hotel. Sounds perfect, because we know science has proven beer and vacations actually lift your spirits. Booking this package gets you daily buffet breakfast for two, included resort charges, three flights of Kona Brewing Co. beer from the on-site Kona Tap Room, brewery tours, and souvenirs. Here’s everything you need to know before booking that Hawaii vacation.
Cancun, but better
Sure, anyone can book a trip to Cancun, but staying at the right place makes all the difference. Costco is offering a Palace Resorts Moon Palace package, which includes gorgeous Cancun beach access and top-notch hotel amenities. The resort also offers eight pools, 13 restaurants, several bars and lounges, a kids’ club, spa, and a near-endless supply of on-site activities for all ages. The package includes unlimited meals, wine, and spirits, access to the FlowRider wave simulator, Playroom Kids’ Club for ages four through 12, a teen lounge, nightclub access, 24-hour room service, WiFi, unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S., and at least $500 in resort credits depending on the length of your stay. Get your bathing suit ready. Don’t miss these 10 other popular destinations in Mexico you’ll want to check out.
Cook Islands romance
If you’re into beach breezes, swaying palm trees, and off-the-beaten-path destinations, you definitely need to add the Cook Islands to your travel bucket list. The Sea Change Villas package includes round-trip airfare from New Zealand, free late checkout, a free night, a breakfast starter pack for your own romantic and private meal for two, a bottle of wine, some water sports, and a voucher for WiFi. Did we mention you’ll be staying in a private waterfront villa? That’s really the best part of the package.
You can even book Disney adventures
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If you thought you had to book Disney vacations direct, think again—and Costco is one of the best ways to get in on the action at a discounted rate. Their BoardWalk package (one of many) includes accommodations at the turn-of-the-century-themed waterfront hotel for five or more nights, access to Disney’s Magical Express Airport Service, extra hours in the park before all the crowds, a Disney FastPass+, MagicBands, and more. Before you go, learn all the insider park secrets from a Disney World super fan.
Family-friendly Bahamas at Atlantis
Just about every one of the Atlantis hotel towers is on sale through Costco, but the newly-renovated Coral at Atlantis package is a real standout because the entire experience is all-ages-friendly, so bring the whole crew. Included extras are resort credits of up to $225, Aquaventure, a complimentary marine-life viewing experience in 15 exhibits, children ages 11 and younger stay and play free, WiFi, a Costco Cash Car, ground transportation to and from the resort, and all resort fees and hotel taxes.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without a posh Las Vegas addition, would it? Hardly, which is why Costco’s The Cosmopolitan Package is sure to dazzle lovers of Las Vegas with a sense of sophistication and glamour. The five-star hotel features world-class dining, shopping, and three distinct pool experiences. The package boasts more than just pool access, though, and gives you free buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner for two at on-site Wicked Spoon, invited guest check-in, accommodations in a terrace studio, and applicable hotel taxes. See you at the high roller table. Don’t miss these vacations everyone should take before they turn 50.
See more of Spain
The Barcelona and Madrid: Your Way package is a true feast for those looking to explore one of Europe’s most sought-after locations: Spain. Daily breakfast is included in both cities, and complimentary admission to the Palau Guell at Le Meridien Barcelona, welcome cocktails, a culinary treat upon check-in in each city, complimentary access to Metropolitan Abascal fitness center and spa in Madrid, and all hotel taxes and fees. Aside from amazing vacations, here are more things you aren’t buying at Costco—but should.