Costco Executive Membership Hours [Extra Hours, Perks & More]

What time does Costco open for executive members? What are the benefits? Here's a simple guide with all the answers.

Costco is the perfect shopping destination for customers who want to shop in bulk and save money while doing so. This simple concept has allowed Costco to become one of the nation’s favorite shopping hubs.

With the success Costco saw, the retailer introduced various levels of paid memberships with each granting those who commit with unique benefits.

One of those benefits reportedly is extra shopping hours for customers who hold an active Exclusive membership.

After some research, here is what we have found.

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Costco Executive Membership Shopping Hours In 2023

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As of 2021, Costco Executive members do not have extra shopping hours compared to the general public or holders of any of the other memberships available at Costco.

This was actually a perk exclusive to executive membership holders back in 2015, but the company has slowly discontinued the benefit from most of their stores over the years.

Back in the day, Executive membership holders could access the store 1 hour earlier than Gold Star members, giving customers a shopping experience without a lot of customers in-store.

What Is The Costco Executive Membership?

The Costco Executive membership is the highest level of membership that the company offers. Executive members receive various exclusive perks and benefits that are only reserved for those who are willing to make the commitment of $120 per year.

What Are The Benefits Of The Executive Membership?

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  • One of the biggest benefits of having an Executive membership at Costco is that you are entitled to 2% back on your annual purchases. Do note that this only applies to qualified purchases and that what is eligible in one state or location may not be eligible for the money-back perk in another. At the end of each year, this money will be automatically deposited into your account.
  • Exclusive offers and additional discounts are available.
  • You can save money on all qualifying services at Costco including auto servicing, real estate and mortgages, insurances, roadside assistance, travel, and more.

A lot of the deals that you can get your hands on as an Executive member at Costco, you can get worldwide.

Do note that the offers and deals can vary slightly from store to store so do make sure to contact the Costco near you for more information.

How Much Does It Cost To Upgrade To An Executive Membership?

If you’re buying a new membership, you can upgrade to an Executive Membership at any time. That will cost you $120 per year.

However, if you’re currently subscribed to a business or a gold star membership, you can simply pay the $60 difference between the two memberships and become an Executive member right away.

Costco Executive Membership Gas Hours

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In certain locations, the Costco gas hours aren’t much different from that of the store. Do note that this can vary greatly from location to location but typically speaking, most Costco gas locations operate on their own hours.

And since the Executive membership no longer allows executive members to shop an hour early, this perk no longer applies to getting gas before everyone else.

Conclusion – Costco Executive Membership Hours

Unfortunately, in 2021, Costco has removed one of their biggest perks unique to Executive members, which allowed those with an active membership to shop an hour early compared to everyone else – including the general public.

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Arthur Beringer

Arthur graduated in 2002 with a Master's in Business Administration from LSU Alexandria. After working in the retail industry for almost 20 years, he decided to quit and write full-time to help readers who are searching online for consumer-related answers.