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Booking your honeymoon through Costco?

FI found out that with his executive membership to Costco that he can take advantage of their vacation packages and it'd save us $1k+ on our honeymoon. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this. 

The resorts don't look bad and I've heard of a few of them before and I understand that the packages may be different than what is offered on their site if we booked them directly rather than through Costco. 

Are there any benefits to using Costco besides saving money? What are the downsides? Hidden costs?

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Re: Booking your honeymoon through Costco?

  • Costco has some great package prices, but do not expect them to provide any expert guidance on where to stay, the destination, of what to do while you're there. You will need to do all of the research yourself. If you feel like you need guidance, take your Costco quote to a human travel agent (not online, like Expedia). A destination specialist agent can be the one person you deal with start to finish (you may talk to 10 different Costco reps), assist with picking out a resort, offer suggestions on activities/restaurants, and assist personally with any issues or questions.

     







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  • Costco is a travel agency.  You might check with other travel agents, online or brick and mortar, to see if they can match the price.
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  • JoanE2012JoanE2012 Exit 21 (Jersey!) member
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    We almost booked our honeymoon to Bora Bora and Moorea with Costco.  In the end, as Jells mentioned, we went with a local travel agent who was familiar with our destination.  During our research, Costco did have the best price though.

    We did, however, recently book a trip to Hawaii through Costco  I picked the package online and then called someone to book.  They booked our hotel and car rental on two islands as well as the inter island air.  I did some research with other online travel agencies and found Costco to have the best price.  I think sometimes Costco's deals often include something (like breakfast or a credit) that I didn't readily see on Expedia and such.  
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  • Thanks all! We're doing the research on our own. I had called several travel agents in the area but they never worked out as they were all very rude or kept blowing me off.

    @JoanE2012 How was your trip to Hawaii? Was it worth it to go through Costco?

    @CMGragain Thanks for the link! We are indeed looking at some all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and your article is certainly something FI and I will have to talk about and do more research on.

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  • JoanE2012JoanE2012 Exit 21 (Jersey!) member
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    vulpiepop said:
    Thanks all! We're doing the research on our own. I had called several travel agents in the area but they never worked out as they were all very rude or kept blowing me off.

    @JoanE2012 How was your trip to Hawaii? Was it worth it to go through Costco?

    @CMGragain Thanks for the link! We are indeed looking at some all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and your article is certainly something FI and I will have to talk about and do more research on.
    @vulpiepop - We haven't gone yet, early November.  If you remind me, I'll let you know upon our return!  So far, no issues with the process and we've been quite happy.
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