Longstanding Partnership With Instacart Still Allows Costco Shopping Without a Membership

Joel Eisenberg

The privilege of doing so, however, comes with a catch for the near-seven-year partnership.

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Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: EatThis.com, Wikipedia.org, SupermarketNews.com, Google.com, and Order.EarthFare.com.


I write extensively about the Costco warehouse superchain for NewsBreak. My most recent article, December 2nd’s “Costco Allowing Shopping Without a Membership,” discussed the hack of using a long-term Costco business partner to shop the warehouse chain online regardless of membership status.

My article excerpted a November 25th piece from EatThis.com, entitled “This Clever Trick Will Let You Shop at Costco Without a Membership,” that elaborated upon specifics: The trick is to use Instacart. The delivery app and website partners with Costco to bring its products to non-members and deliver them to your doorstep. The platform gained popularity throughout the pandemic as a no-contact delivery service, and it now offers delivery for hundreds of major retailers, including Kroger, Aldi, CVS, and more. Instacart is game-changing for Costco's members-only policy because it's free to use. Depending on your order, same-day delivery on Instacart starts at $3.99 for orders over $35. If you're an Instacart+ member, delivery is free for orders over $35.

What is the nature of the partnership?

Let us explore further.

Costco and Instacart, 2022

Wikipedia features a comprehensive and well-attributed overview of the Instacart delivery service: Instacart is an American company that operates a grocery delivery and pick-up service in the United States and Canada. The company offers its services via a website and mobile app. The service allows customers to order groceries from participating retailers with the shopping being done by a personal shopper.

According to SupermarketNews.com, the entity partnered with Costco back in February of 2016, and also delivers prescriptions from the warehouse chain. In-store shopping, however, is not an option without a Costco membership.

Though the partnership is now nearly seven years old, based on a casual Google search it appears many social media posters were unfamiliar with it until recently.

Per Order.EarthFare.com‘s instructions to utilize the Costco-Instacart service, for those who do have a Costco membership: By linking your Instacart account with an active Instacart+ membership to your sameday.costco.com account, you can also save up to 7% off every order from sameday.costco.com. If you redeem this offer and your Costco membership is invalid after your trial or current Instacart+ membership term expires, you’ll be charged full price for annual Instacart+ membership… To qualify for the reduced annual Instacart+ price you must have a valid Costco membership and link it to your Instacart account (limit one redemption per Costco membership). 

The page goes on to state: To qualify for the 2 free months of Instacart+ membership you must have a valid Costco membership and link it to your Instacart account, you must not have a paid or trial Instacart+ membership plan on or after January 1, 2022, and you must see the free trial offer on the subscription page when you sign up.


For those who do not have a current Costco membership, Instacart is accepted by Costco as an alternate means of patronizing the company but does not allow for in-store shopping.

In the event of any pertinent updates to this matter, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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