Here Are the Costco Perks You May Be Missing Out On

We all know that Costco offers deals on bulk items, but there are plenty of other things you can take advantage of with your membership.

Updated May 15, 2024

Costco is that magical place where you run in to pick up three things and walk out with enough stuff that you need to play car trunk Tetris in order to get everything home. They offer great deals, delicious product samples, and, as it turns out. a whole lot more!

There are way more Costco membership perks than just the ability to buy big packages of things.  We detail the surprising benefits of this club below, and explain how you can stock up on the amazing savings!

Note: We're not affiliated with Costco at all. We just really love going there. 

Costco Gold Star Membership Perks

The Gold membership is Costco's Everyday Value membership package that folks can purchase for $60 a year. This gives customers access to Costco's extensive product selection, along with their pharmacy, tire center, and gas stations.

It also allows us to shop Costco's online merchandise and take advantage of their affordable services like bottled water delivery. Here is a closer look at some savings you can enjoy.

Costco Gasoline

Unlike the gas you get at the regular pump, Costco prides itself on their Kirkland Signature Top Tier Detergent Gasoline. What makes this gas so special? It "contains five times the EPA detergent requirement in both regular unleaded and premium grades, and is formulated to clean your engine and help your vehicle run like new." Which is nice and all, but the real draw here is that the gas is significantly less expensive at Costco. (However, be prepared to wait in line to fill your tank.)

If you decide to sign up for the Costco Anywhere Visa Card, you will also get four percent cash back on the first $7,000 spent on gas. Customers will receive one percent cash back on all subsequent purchases at the pump.

Health & Wellness Perks

Costco also has a pharmacy that offers members reduced prices on their prescription medications, which is a great perk to try. Additional health and wellness perks you may be missing out on include:

  • Deals on drugs for your pets.
  • Grab pharmacy items while visiting the store or have them delivered to their home.
  • Costco's optical department and their hearing aid centers.

Additionally, members can look into getting their health, vision, home, life, pet, and auto insurance through Costco's partner companies. You can even get protection against identity theft. If you choose to go through Costco, you can expect reduced rates for these essential services.

Shutterfly Partnership

Most people have heard of the photography product giant Shutterfly. Now Costco members can get their photos printed and enjoy 51 percent off of their Shutterfly photo orders. They also offer free shipping on purchases over $49.

Costco Auto Program

Did you know you can purchase a car through Costco? The Costco Auto Program connects members with dealerships in their area to purchase new and pre-owned vehicles at a lower, prearranged price. They also offer a 15 percent discount on parts, service, and accessories at participating locations.

Home & Installation Service Discounts

Do you need new countertops, blinds, or flooring? How about an upgrade on your HVAC or gutters? Another Costco membership perk that many people don't know about is that if you schedule these home services through one of Costco's partners, you're eligible to recieve a Costco Shop card worth up to 15 percent of the cost of your service.

Members just have to go in-store or online to find out which companies in their area work with Costco.

Costco Executive Membership Perks

With all the Costco Gold Memberships perks, many people wonder if it's worth upgrading to the Executive Membership. However, for those with a business, a family, or just a healthy appetite, the investment can be well worth it.

For $120 a year, or $10 a month, members will receive all the Costco Gold membership perks, while also becoming eligible to get money back on purchases and receive an array of travel benefits. Take a look at why this can be a worthwhile investment.

2% Cash Back on Purchases

One of the biggest Costco membership perks at the executive level is their cash back program. Members will get two percent back on qualified purchases*, which can total up to $1,000 in a 12-month period. What this means is that if you simply spend $3,000 in a year, you'll pay for the cost of the upgrade.

This may seem like a far-fetched amount, but when you add up groceries, gas, home supplies, and big purchases like appliances, tires, mattresses, and outdoor gear, this actually becomes quite an easy feat to achieve.

And if you sign up for their Costco Anywhere Visa Card, you will earn an extra two percent on purchases made in-store and online.

* Gas, tobacco, and stamps are federally regulated products, so this promotion does not apply to these items.

Costco Travel Perks

Many people are unaware of the travel benefits that come with an Executive Costco membership. Not only can you get reduced rates on hotels, cruises, and rental cars, but Costco's vacation packages include an array of amenities. For instance, members can enjoy complimentary parking, room upgrades, resort credits, Costco Shop cards, and more

Don't forget, when you schedule a vacation through Costco, you also enjoy two percent cash back on your purchase.

Costco Membership Perks Also Include a Risk-Free Guarantee

Costco strives to ensure that its customers are happy. What this means is that you can return items with no questions asked (barring a few exceptions) and you can cancel your membership at any time (and they will refund the rest of your membership fee).

Bonus perk:  If a sale pops up within a month of you purchasing the same item, you can go to the membership desk and ask to be refunded the amount that you would have saved. Just hang on to those receipts! 

From travel to health and wellness deals, these are some of the biggest perks Costco offers. Make sure you're taking advantage of all of these offerings to make the most out of your membership card.

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