Signing up for a $120 Costco membership saved me over $1,000 on a Caribbean vacation for my family of 4

The author’s kids on vacation in the Dominican Republic.

Costco Travel offers hotel stays, vacation packages, and rental cars, often at highly discounted rates.
However, you have to be a member. So even though I rarely shop there, I paid $120 to sign up.
The cost was more than worth it: I saved over $1,000 on a trip to the Dominican Republic.

With prices for hotels skyrocketing and the cost of plane tickets up as much as 28% when compared to pre-pandemic pricing, comparison shopping for travel is more important now than ever before. High prices or not, there’s no reason to pay more than you have to for a getaway with friends or a family vacation, especially when some basic price shopping can help you find a better deal based on your destination and dates.

Fortunately, I am very much accustomed to shopping for deals whether I am planning to book a trip with cash or paying fully or partially with credit card rewards. Depending on the trip, I usually compare similar options in three or four comparable destinations for several sets of dates that work with our schedule.

That’s exactly what I was doing earlier this year when I was shopping for our summer family vacation for June of 2022. And that’s when I started digging deeply into Costco Travel and all this portal has to offer.

Joining Costco saved me $1,000 on a trip to the Dominican Republic

I was not a Costco member at the time, but my work as a travel writer means I was acquainted with checking the portal for various vacation packages and car rental deals. Once I started looking at all-inclusive resort deals on Costco Travel, however, I was hooked.

Several Costco searches for different destinations and dates yielded results …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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