Category Archives: Costco Travel

Save Time & Money With Costco Travel Part 1: Introduction

Did you know Costco members can save money booking car rentals, vacation packages, and cruises?

The Costco Travel program can be a great option for folks who book paid travel instead of redeeming miles & points.  Because you might save lots of money compared to booking through an online travel agency like OrbitzExpedia, or Priceline.

For example, team members Jasmin and Harlan each booked week-long car rentals through Costco Travel and saved $100 off the prices shown on other sites.  And you can potentially save much more or get extra perks with other travel packages!

Is Costco Travel A Good Deal

Planning a Cruise? Costco Members Might Save Money or Get Extra Perks Booking Through Costco Travel

I’ll share details about the Costco Travel program.  And explain why some folks might benefit from booking a trip with the warehouse club!

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Save Money on Car Rentals With AutoSlash

When you book your next car rental, check if you can save money!

AutoSlash is a fantastic website that tracks your car rental reservations for price drops.  The site can re-book the reservation automatically or notify you if your rental gets cheaper.  Plus it’s free to use!

AutoSlash can potentially save you hundreds of dollars!  Several Million Mile Secrets readers use the site with great results.

Discount Car Rental

AutoSlash Can Potentially Save You Lots of Money on Car Rentals Because the Site Automatically Monitors Prices for Cheaper Options

I’ll show how you can get a discount car rental using AutoSlash.

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New Costco Visa Has a 4% Cash Back Category & Two Big 3% Categories

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.

More news about the new Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi!  Citi has released full details of the new card.  Folks with an existing card will receive it in the mail this May.  And can begin using it on June 20, 2016.

I’ll tell you what I like about this card.  And what could be a deal-breaker for some!

Get 4 Or 3 Cash Back In Bonus Categories With The New Citi Costco Visa

Folks With an AMEX Costco Card Will Receive Their New Citi Costco Visa in May. It Has Even Better Cash Back Earnings Than the Old Card on Gas, Dining, and Travel Purchases

I’ll share what we know so far!

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Best Cards to Use at Warehouse Clubs Now That AMEX Costco Is Switching to Citi Visa

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

In early 2016, folks with AMEX Costco cards will receive new Citi Costco Visas, because starting March 31, 2016, you won’t be able to use AMEX cards at Costco any more.

Best Cards To Use At Warehouse Clubs Now That AMEX Costco Is Switching To Citi Visa

Starting March 31, 2016, Costco Will No Longer Accept AMEX Cards. And Folks Will Receive a New Citi Costco Visa to Replace the AMEX Costco Card.

But, to make up for the loss, AMEX cards are now accepted at all Sam’s Club locations.

I’ll explain which credit cards are best to use when shopping at warehouse stores, including BJ’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club.  And give you tips on how to earn Big Travel while doing it!

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Redeeming Discover Cash Back for Travel Gift Cards – Is It a Good Deal?

Did you know you can redeem the cash back you earn from the Discover It card for discounted travel gift cards?

You can save 10% to 50% on gift cards to certain hotels, all-inclusive resorts, car rental agencies, cruise lines, and tour companies.

Sounds like a good deal, right?

Not necessarily!  You won’t always save money!

Redeeming Discover Cash Back For Travel Gift Cards Is It A Good Deal

You Might Get a Good Deal Using Discover Cash Back for Discounted Travel Gift Cards – but NOT Always!

I’ll explain what to look out for and why it’s often not a good deal!

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How to Get the Best Deal Renting a Car in Iceland

Folks who took advantage of the low fares to Iceland on WOW Air are wondering how to get a good deal on a rental car in Iceland.  Because the usual rental places like Avis, Budget, and Hertz, can be much more expensive there.

How To Get The Best Deal On A Car Rental In Iceland

Iceland Is a Beautiful Country! But Car Rentals Can Be Expensive. Find Out How to Get a Good Deal!

I’ll show you how to find lower prices on car rentals in Iceland.  And give you some specific recommendations from my experience there. Continue reading

Cheap Car Rentals: Part 13 – How to Find Cheap One-Way Car Rentals

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Sometimes you need a 1-way car rental where you pick-up the car at one location (say Los Angeles), but return the car to a different location (say San Francisco).  But 1-way rentals cost a lot more than regular rentals.

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One Way Rentals Can Cost A Lot of Money!

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Cheap Car Rentals: Part 12 – Do You Know How To Get The Lowest Price For Drivers Under 25 Years Old?

Rental car companies charge more for drivers who are under the age of 25 than those over the age of 25.  And drivers under 21 years find it very hard to rent cars by themselves.  Blame it on the statistics!

Statistics show that drivers under the age of 25 have more accidents.  So car rental companies charge more for drivers 25 years or younger.  You also have to be at least 21 years to rent a car from most companies, except in Michigan and New York where state law bans this practice.

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She’s Happy Because She Didn’t Pay Extra Fees For Renting a Car!

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Cheap Car Rentals: Save Hundreds of Dollars by Using the Chase Ultimate Rewards or Citi Thank You Portal!

I haven’t seen this blogged or written about in much detail elsewhere.  And it may very well be SINGLE most useful tip which I share this year!  I’m somewhat embarrassed that it took me this long to find out one of the most useful benefits of Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi Thank You points.

The secret weapon to slashing hundreds of dollars in car rentals is to book car rentals with cash (or you can redeem points) through the Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi Thank You or Capital One travel portals.

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The Keys to Cheaper Rentals

These rates were MUCH lower than any of the other rates which I found.  In this post, I will explain how to use the Chase Ultimate Rewards and the Citi Thank You portal since they appear to be run by the same company and have identical terms & conditions and appearance.

You can redeem Citi Thank You points for 1 cent per point or Chase Ultimate Rewards points for 1 cent per point or 1.25 cents per point depending on which Chase Ultimate Rewards card you have.  Or you can pay cash. Continue reading

Cheap Car Rentals: Finding The Most You Should Pay With Hotwire & Costco Travel

Having Big Travel with Small Money and getting almost free flights and hotel stays is great, but sometimes you’d like an almost free car rental.  Or learn where to find the lowest priced car rental.

So I’ll share my tips & tricks on saving money with car rentals over the next few weeks!

Hotwire & Costco Travel

There are lots of sites to check for rental cars, but I find that Hotwire and Costco Travel are useful to see the most which a savvy rental car shopper should pay.  So I start off by checking those two sites for car rental rates and then see if I can find cheaper rates elsewhere.  However, Hotwire bookings can’t be cancelled or refunded, so I almost never make a booking via Hotwire since I can usually get a refundable rate elsewhere.

Thanks to Rapid Travel Chai for steering me to Costco Travel!

The table below compares the price of three separate rental car reservations made on the same day.

  • ~6 days in Tampa, Florida
  • ~1 day during the week in New York (LaGuardia)
  • ~7 days in Mauii, Hawaii
 ~6 Days Rental in Tampa~1 Day Rental in New York (La Guardia)~7 Days Rental in MauiCancellation Policy
Hotwire$286$131-$362 Economy Sedan
-$487 SUV
VERY Restrictive. No refunds, cancellations or modifications after booking.
Costco Travel$330$117- $401 Sedan
- $386 SUV
Can cancel, change, or no-show with no penalty
WinnerHotwireCostco TravelTie

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