Costco US Switch to Visa Postponed Until Summer

February 9th, 2016 by Kimberly · 46 Comments

If you are a Costco US shopper, Costco announced last year that they would be switching from American Express to Visa for cards accepted in stores, as well as for their Citi co-branded card.  This change was due to take place on April 1, 2016, but has now been pushed back to sometime this summer.

Sadly, they aren’t even very exact now about when the change will take place, just saying it will happen in June or by mid-summer (which I guess is July).

The timing of the transition is “fluid,” Richard Galanti, Costco CFO, said. “It’s between Amex and Citi — negotiating and completing the agreements to do that transition.”  For customers, he said, “There won’t be any gap in the middle.”

I think the issue is in how Citi can deal with the transfer of Costco customer account data from American Express since they obviously have different card number formats and systems.  In any case, it is making things very difficult for Costco customers that have an American Express card since they are now not sure if they will get their rewards from continuing spending on the Costco American Express.  Plus, I have had emails from several readers with American Express cards that are about to expire and they are wondering how to proceed with getting a new American Express or not.

As you know, I’m a big fan of Costco, but this whole process has been handled very poorly, in my opinion.  Perhaps even worse than this waffling on when the new Visa deal will actually start, is that no one seems to want to give any information to customers about what benefits they can expect from the new co-branded Citi Visa card.  Will the cash back percentages be exactly like those of the existing American Express or better?  Will there be other benefits?  Is the new card actually going to be worse for Costco customers?  The only good news is that once they do start accepting Visa, any Visa card can be used not just the co-branded one, and since a lot of people already have Visa cards you won’t have to sign up for the new co-branded card unless it is as good or better than the existing co-branded American Express Costco card.

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1-Year Costco Gold Star Membership + $20 Costco Cash Card & Coupons for $55

February 4th, 2016 by Kimberly · 10 Comments

If you’ve been on the fence about joining Costco, now is the perfect time to get the most out of your membership.  For a short time, you can sign up for a new Costco membership through LivingSocial and get not only the Gold Star membership, but also a $20.00 Costco Cash card, as well as some really valuable coupons.  Unfortunately, this deal is only good on brand new memberships in the US, or for those that had a membership that expired before October 1, 2015.  Here are the full details:

Offer:
LivingSocial Deals!

  • Offer good from February 3, 5:00am (Eastern Time) through February 10, 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
  • $55 for a 1-year Gold Star Membership
  • Includes a $20 Costco Cash Card
  • Exclusive coupons good for 3 free Kirkland Signature products:
    • AA Batteries 72-pack ($18.99 value)
    • Food Court Pizza ($9.95 value)
    • Organic Tortilla Chips ($4.99 value)
  • Plus, $25 off an order of $250 or more at Costco.com (included in coupon mailer).  The Costco.com coupon is not a Costco Cash Card. It is a coupon included in the mailer with a unique coupon code and expires August 31, 2016.

Terms:

  • Promo codes do not apply to this deal.
  • Deal copy and creative must be used exactly as we have provided.
  • Valid for new members only. Not valid for those with a current Costco membership or for memberships that expired after October 1, 2015.
  • Offer valid at U.S. Costco locations only.
  • Limit 1 per customer, up to 3 additional as gifts.

How It Works

  1. Complete your purchase on LivingSocial (you can get there with this link):  $55 for a Costco Wholesale Membership + Bonus $20 Costco Cash Card & Coupons through LivingSocial..
  2. Receive your voucher from LivingSocial and redeem it online.
  3. You’ll get an email with a Costco Membership Activation Certificate to print.
  4. Bring the printed certificate to your local Costco to complete your membership application.
  5. Receive your Costco Cash Card at the time of signup (new members only).
  6. Coupons will be mailed within 4 weeks of voucher redemption.

If you’ve already got a membership, but still love a deal, this would make a great gift for your friends or family that are still waffling about getting a Costco membership.

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Costco is CLOSED on New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1, 2016)

December 28th, 2015 by Kimberly · 5 Comments

Happy New Year's from London!

Happy New Year’s from London!

Are you having a big party to ring in the new year?  Maybe you were planning on stocking your liquor cabinet and fridge with goodies from Costco?  If so, you need to get over there sooner rather than later, like by Thursday afternoon.  Costco is closing early Thursday, December 31, anywhere from 5 pm to  6:30 pm (depending on where you live) for New Year’s Eve.  Costco stores in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, and Korea and will be CLOSED on Friday, January 1, for New Year’s Day.  If you’re in Scotland, Costco will also be CLOSED on 2nd January.  Costco Japan stores will have special hours from December 31 through January 1 from 9 am to 6 pm too.

So, if you’ve been putting off shopping for your New Year’s Eve party, you don’t have much longer to procrastinate.  You need to get all of your last minute shopping done for your festivities or for a special New Year’s Day meal in the next couple of days.  And don’t worry, Costco will be well stocked for all of the New Year’s party shoppers with lots and lots of champagne!

  • New Year’s Eve: Thursday, December 31:
    • All US stores open 10 am to 6 pm;
    • All Canada and Australia stores open 9 am to 5 pm;
    • All UK stores open 10 am to 5 pm; some stores open at 9 am check online for your store’s hours;
    • All Japan stores open 9 am to 6 pm.
  • New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1:
    • All US, UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, and Korea stores CLOSED;
    • All Japan stores open 9 am to 6 pm.
  • 2nd January: Saturday, January 2:
    • All Scotland stores CLOSED;
  • Sunday, January 3:
    • All stores back to regular operating hours.

Hopefully it is clear to everyone when the stores near them are operating over the holidays.  I’m not sure what the holiday hours or closures are for Mexico or Taiwan because they aren’t listed on their websites.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s!

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Costco is CLOSED on Christmas Day (Friday, December 25, 2015)

December 21st, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

If you’ve been putting off all of your Christmas shopping until the very last possible moment, and if those shopping plans include Costco, you should keep their holiday schedule in mind so that you don’t get there to find the doors closed.  Costco in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Spain will be CLOSED on Christmas Day (Friday, December 25, 2015).  If you’re in the UK, Costco will also be CLOSED on Boxing Day (Saturday, December 26, 2015) too.  Some locations in Canada and Australia are also CLOSED on Boxing Day (check the list below).  Costco stores will also be closing early on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24, 2015) at 5 pm or 6 pm.  So, if you still need to get a gift or two, or perhaps some wrapping paper and ribbon, or maybe you need to pick up lots of goodies to make your big Christmas dinner, then you’ll need to get to Costco before they close early on Thursday!

And I’m sure lots of other people will be out doing their last minute shopping as well, so keep that in mind, and try to remain in the holiday spirit. :-)  Or maybe, what I should say, is stay in the ideal holiday spirit and not the stressed out and cranky one that you might actually be in if you’re out shopping at the last minute!

Happy Holidays from Berlin! (where I'll be spending Christmas)

Happy Holidays from Berlin! (where I’ll be spending Christmas)

Also, if you just want to do your normal shopping, Costco will resume their normal business hours after Christmas or Boxing Day, depending on your location.  For the full list of who is open when, I’ve got all the details listed below.

  • Christmas Eve: Thursday, December 24:
    • All US, Canada, Australia stores open 9 am to 5 pm;
    • All UK stores open 10 am to 5 pm; some stores open at 9 am check online for your store’s hours.
  • Christmas Day: Friday, December 25:
    • All US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Spain stores CLOSED.
  • Boxing Day: Saturday, December 26:
    • All UK stores CLOSED;
    • Australian stores in QLD and NSW open 9 am to 5 pm; ACT and VIC open 10 am to 6 pm; SA and NSW locations CLOSED;
    • All Canada stores open 9 am to 6 pm; except Gatineau store which is open 10 am to 6 pm; Province of Quebec stores which are open 1 pm to 6 pm; Atlantic Province stores CLOSED.
  • Monday, December 28:
    • All Australian stores open 10 am to 6 pm; except SA store open 11 am to 5 pm.
    • All UK stores open 10 am to 6 pm.
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AddictedToCostco on Hiatus & a bit of Remodeling

December 14th, 2015 by Kimberly · 13 Comments

Just like your favourite television shows, I’ve decided to take a bit of a hiatus for the holiday season.  I just kind of need a break and this seems like a good time to take one.  But I’ll be back in the new year with all of the usual Costco news, coupons, reviews, and information.

I'm making a few changes for the new year!

I’m making a few changes for the new year!

During the last week, I have also been thinking about making a few changes around here.  I’ve been getting a lot of questions that I can’t always answer and I want to make it easier for people to get the answers they need.  Plus, I have a lot of people that like to share their views and thoughts on Costco and I can’t always fit it into my posts.  So, I’ve hit on an idea that I think (and hope) everyone here will like.  I’ve decided to add a discussion forum to AddictedToCostco.com.  This is an idea that I’ve been playing around with for a few years; I know, I know, I should have gotten it done long before now.  I just wasn’t sure that was the direction I wanted to go in though.  However, I have decided that this will give everyone the chance to share information and get questions answered most quickly.   I think this is the perfect way to make sure everyone has a place to share their thoughts and opinions about Costco.

So, to that end, I will be doing a bit of remodeling around here, obviously.  During my break I’ll be installing some software, changing the look a bit, and getting the place ready for everyone to have some friendly, Costco-loving discussions.

Have a happy holiday season and I’ll see you in January!

Quick Update:  I’ll be updating the Location information list in January.  I’ve not done it for a while but December and January typically see no new openings anyway, they usually start up with new openings around March/April.

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