It’s almost spring, and time to get started planning your next trip. How you elect to book your trip, may prove to be as important as your overall planning process. If you are somewhat flexible, and are willing to go with “packages”, then you may be in for a surprise. It’s called, booking with your wholesale retail stores. You may think that this idea is a bit outrageous, but I found that it has merits.
Major wholesale retail businesses like, Costco and Sam’s Club have gotten into this market. Costco has been doing it for several years, and Sam’s Club just entered the market in 2014. They work the travel services as they do all other services that they bring to their customers. Partnering with hotels, rental car companies, and cruise lines, they are able to bring together significant packages. I can hear the “saving bell ringing.”
I wanted to “test” this out. So I went to each of there websites, and inserted a point of travel. What I discovered was that Costco has good destinations from which to choose, but they are somewhat limited. There website is easy to Navigate, and if you already know where you would like to go, you can book airfare, hotel, and rental car as one package, or you can omit the airfare, and just do hotel and rental car.
Sam’s Club offers its customers more options in terms of destinations. Also, they have a feature that I really like. They illustrate your destination and the Sam’s Club price comparison. I liked this feature because it allowed me to instantly compare the value and the savings that I would receive. It saved a trip of having to close out and to go back and look at that information again. Either way, I think that you will be pleased with what the two retailers have to offer.
What if you are not currently a member? It may be worth it to you to obtain a pass, and look at the travel servies. Of course, you will be asked to become a member, but if you think that you are getting a good deal, the trip and the membership fee will be worth it.
It’s almost Spring. Get those vacation plans started.