Sam’s Club, the Walmart-owned retail warehouse, has launched an online travel service with wholesaler Tourico Holidays called Sam's Club Travel.
Sam’s Club says its members can save as much as 50% on hotel rooms and as much as 15% on cruises.
The service is touting real-time price comparisons, a lack of pop-up windows and integrated TripAdvisor reviews.
Sam’s Club, which charges $45 for its annual membership, has 636 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Last year, Sam’s Club generated $57.2 billion in revenue, up 1.3% from a year earlier. Sam's Club accounted for 12% of Wal-Mart’s revenue.
Sam’s Club will compete with Costco, which introduced its travel division in 2000, and five years later was booking 57,000 vacation packages annually.
Costco doesn’t disclose annual sales of its travel division and hasn’t since 2005 updated how many packages it sells per year.
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Correction: Sam's Club membership is $45 per year, not $100.