Sam’s Club, the Walmart-owned retail warehouse, is known as a place to save money when you buy in bulk.
Now the wholesale club has partnered with Tourico Holidays, an international wholesale travel broker based in Florida, and has launched an online travel service offering savings on vacation packages, flight and hotel bookings, along with other travel services to its members.
Must Be a Sam’s Club Member
If you’ve ever shopped Sam’s Club, you know you need to have a membership card to get in the door, and the same holds true for the new website. You can’t even browse the Sam’s Club Travel site unless you enter your Sam’s Club membership number.
Of course, annual $45 memberships can be purchased through the website.
In Competition with Costco and Others
Sam’s Club is not the first wholesaler to step into the travel arena. Their competitor, Costco, introduced its travel division in 2000. Five years later they were annually booking 57,000 vacation packages.
While Sam’s Club is following in their footsteps, they are doing things a little differently. Costco lets visitors browse their travel site without a membership, but Sam’s Club offers hotel-only and flight-only options, which Costco does not.
The one area where the new Sam’s Club travel portal really sets itself apart from Costco is that it offers vacation home and villa rental deals.
The new travel site uses the tag line, “Premium destinations without the premium price,” and says its members can save as much as 50% on hotel rooms and as much as 15% on cruises. Plus members who sign up for the Sam’s Club Insider email will have the opportunity to save even more.
Travel Booking Rewards
Sam’s Club travel services offered through their new travel portal offers a Triple Dip program which is similar to Expedia Rewards. It awards a point for every dollar spent on most of the services offered through the site including flights, hotels, cruises, and more.
Sam’s Club travel services add value to its wholesale-club memberships by offering an organized selection of travel options to people who are overwhelmed with information overload when they visit sites like Expedia and Orbitz. Plus they offer lower price points than Costco.
It’s a win-win for travelers who want to save time browsing as well as the money they spend. For more information, pull our your Sam’s Club membership card and visit the new travel portal.
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