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K_and_I wrote:

Maybe I need to rethink it. Does Costco have enough of a gas discount (I have a F250 gasser TV) to worry about? As someone stated, we could stock up enough at the last Sam's to carry us through. I am tempted to try the Costco for one year just to see if I'm missing anything. The nearest Costco to us is an hour away, but we do drive by there once a month or so.


Don’t see the fuel discount advantage being of much/any use.
You’re stopping every 200 mi tops with a gasser towing.....through largely rural or wilderness areas. I don’t recall many, lol, roadside Costco’s on the way to AK.

It’s like $60 a year and either you use Costco or you don’t. Not really a trip planning consideration IMO.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

K_and_I wrote:

Maybe I need to rethink it. Does Costco have enough of a gas discount (I have a F250 gasser TV) to worry about?

In my area, YES ! Regularly 4¢ cheaper, but I have seen it 15¢ less than other stations !

They are always near the top of Gas Buddy's lowest priced fuel, although none seem to have diesel.

I have both Sams and Costco memberships. While both tend to be in "high population density" ares, Sams does have one stored in Traverse City, MI (high summer volume but pretty low the rest of the year).


We use the Sam's Club in Port Huron for gas and the Murphy USA in Fort Gratiot for diesel and gas. Both are usually among the cheapest.
Sam's in Traverse City probably dodged the recent axe because it may be the only Sam's Club north of the i-69 and Tri City area in the mitt?


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Can't speak to anywhere else, but, as previously noted, Sams is closed in Los Anchorage. There are still Walmarts in the area.

We use Costco for our bulk shopping; if needed, we can find the occasional "stuff" for one meal (for 2 of us), but not everything is sold in smaller than bulk lots.

We don't use Costco for gas, preferring to use a local chain with rewards program.


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Thanks for all of the responses. A Costco membership is probably not warranted just for the trip (as mentioned), but I was thinking this may be a good excuse to try them out. I've got 9 months to think about it [emoticon]


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Three Bears has stores in many Alaska road accessible towns, and carry a lot of Costco items, with a mark-up.

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K_and_I wrote:

The DW and I are planning a trip to Alaska next summer. We are members of Sam's Club as they are the only wholesale club in our area. As I read trip reports from others on an Alaska journey, I can't help but notice that more people report shopping at Costco than Sam's. Is this because of availability of Sam's in the area? We could join Costco for the year if there is any real benefit to doing so. I've never been in a Costco, so I just don't have anything to judge this on. What say ye (or y'all)?


Costco in Anchorage,AK and Grande Prairie, Canada sell diesel.


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