🔒 Don't shop in bulk?  Costco and Sam's Club perks might make a membership worthwhile anyway

🔒 Don’t shop in bulk? Costco and Sam’s Club perks might make a membership worthwhile anyway

Houston Wholesalers like Costco and Sam’s Club attract shoppers because they give members the ability to buy in bulk, which can mean locking in better prices for each item that can lead to significant savings. But what if bulk buying doesn’t work for you?

Costco and Sam’s Club offer member perks that might make a wholesaler membership worthwhile — even if you’ve never set foot in a store.

How much is a Costco membership?

People shop for groceries before Thanksgiving at a Costco Wholesale store in East Harlem on November 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) (2020 Noam Galley)

Standard Gold Star Membership is $60 per year while Executive Membership $120 annually. Members of both tiers receive one Home Card, valid at all Costco locations, access to Costco gas stations and other member-only benefits and services. Gold Star Executive members receive additional benefits, including a 2% annual bonus (up to $1,000) on eligible Costco, Costco.comand Costco Travel Purchases.

Executive members get additional travel benefits, lower rates for check printing and car purchases, as well as roadside assistance for vehicles covered by Costco’s auto insurance program. Members who upgrade for a partial year will be charged a pro-rata upgrade fee.

Executive members must spend $6000 annually to offset the cost of the $120 membership fee using the 2% annual bonus.

Educators, college students, medical professionals, first responders, and retired and active military members are eligible for a $20-30 Costco Shop Gift Card when purchasing an annual membership.

Costco Membership Services

reduced fuel

Costco members benefit from the wholesaler’s relatively low fuel prices. The price of gas at the Houston Costco station was $3.23 per gallon on August 19. On the same day, the metro average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.46.

Tire installation packages

Costco prices on Tires Wholesale includes all associated shipping and handling costs. The installation package includes lifelong maintenance services such as inflation pressure checks, tire balancing, tire rotation and flat repairs. In addition, Costco inflates its tires with nitrogen, not compressed air. Nitrogen retains tire pressure over time better than compressed air, which can positively affect tire life. Finally, all tires purchased through Costco are backed by Road risk guarantee Protecting customers from tread wear damage and tire failure, which means Costco will replace any damaged tires during the vehicle’s standard legal operation.

Costco Travel

Costco members have exclusive access to the wholesaler travel servicewhich uses its purchasing power to negotiate low prices on vacation packages, cruises, hotel accommodations, car rentals, and more. The Wall Street Journal reported, Members can save an estimated 10% to 30% on luxury hotel stays.

Costco concierge services

Costco concierge services It is a free technical support center available to Costco members who have purchased select electronics or appliances from Costco.

Discounts on home product installation

Members who use in who Costco Home Installation Service Partners You will receive a Costco Store Card for 10% of the cost of the service.


Costco offers its members discounts on home and auto insurance for members through Connection, powered by American Family Insurance. Costco said members who used CONNECT reported saving an average of $587.17 in the first year they converted.

Costco Anywhere Visa Card

Costco members have exclusive access to Costco Anywhere Visa CardCiti credit card with rewards program. Costco Visa Anywhere Cardholders get 4% cashback on eligible gas purchases up to $7,000 annually, 3% cashback on restaurants and eligible travel expenses and 1% cashback on all other purchases.


Costco has generous RETURN POLICY. You can return almost anything at any time. Costco will cancel and refund your membership fee at any time if you are not satisfied.

How much is Sam’s Club membership?

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL – JANUARY 12: A shopping cart is located in the parking lot of a Sam’s Club store on January 12, 2010 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Getty Images 2010)

Standard membership comes with a membership card, the ability to share your membership with someone in your home, plus the opportunity to add additional memberships for $40 per year. Member-only benefits include access to low, member-only rates at Sam’s Club locations, and access to Sam’s Club tire and battery centers and gas stations.

A higher-level Sam’s Club Plus membership includes access to additional perks, including the chance to earn 2% in cash back rewards (up to $500 annually) on eligible purchases, free shipping on online orders, free curbside pickup, and pharmacy savings. Discounts on eyeglass frames and lenses.

Students and active or former US military receive a $10 gift card upon registration.

Sam’s Club Membership Services

reduced fuel

Sam’s Club members benefit from the wholesaler’s relatively low fuel prices. Regular unleaded gas at the Houston Sam’s Club station was $3.05 per gallon on August 30th. On the same day, the metro average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.32.

Travel and Leisure

Sam’s Club members can purchase tickets to theme parks, attractions, shows, events, concerts and movies at low prices through Sam’s Travel & Entertainment. Members can also book hotels, rental cars and other travel deals at member negotiated rates only. For many events, seats are held by Sam’s Club before tickets become available to the general public, which means Sam’s Club members receive preferred seats.

View travel and leisure deals in the Houston area over here. As of this writing, Houston-area notable deals include preferred access tickets to Houston Texans and Astros games, 33% off Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston tickets, and member discount rates at some of Houston’s most popular hotels. For example, a Friday night stay in an Executive Suite at the Granduca, a five-star luxury hotel consistently listed among the best in the state, costs $300 for Sam’s Club members — $119 less than the $419 nightly rate shown on the hotel’s website at the web.

Sams Club Tire and Battery Center Services

As of this writing, Sam’s Club Tire & Battery Centers offers members these free services:

  • Sam’s Club offers all its members a free tire repair service as a member, no matter where the tires are purchased.

  • Wiper blade installation

  • Battery Check

  • Battery installation

  • Check tire pressure and tread depth

  • balance and rotation

Sam’s Club installed tires are eligible for lifetime maintenance services including balancing, spinning, surface repair and access to emergency roadside assistance for three years from the date of tire purchase.

Sam’s Club MasterCard

Sam’s Club members have exclusive access to the Sam’s Club Mastercard, a credit card with a rewards program. Sam’s Club Mastercard cardholders receive 5% cashback on eligible gas purchases up to $6,000 annually, 3% cashback on restaurants and 1% cashback on all other purchases.

🛒 Shoppers, turn off the sound: Do you have a wholesale club membership? How often do you use it? What are the pros and cons? Help your fellow Houstonians out – share your experiences and opinions in the comments section.

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