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Old 04-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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KOA Rewards Membership Card

My wife and are looking for more information about KOA's membership rewards card. We are "newbies" and were wondering if anyone else has looked into this, and if so, is it advantageous to purchase this? Any suggestions would greatly help us with our decision. Thanks!

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Old 04-25-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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Had one for about 15 years. Some KOA spots are higher than the local campgrounds but you always get the service you pay for. We get lots of free nights and always a discount. There is always a "better deal" but if you want to have a good experience 95 percent of the time go with the KOA

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Old 04-25-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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Thank you
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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We have the KOA card and the Good Sam card so we are covered for a discount wherever we stay. Since we stay at KOA's at least 15 nights a year, we usually earn a free night. We make sure we use that free night in the Sugarloaf Key KOA where the winter rate is about $100 a night!
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:11 PM   #5
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We used the KOA card when we had limited time and wanted to travel long distances in a couple of weeks. The discount is usually only 10% which covers the tax most of the time.
I did use it enough for the card to pay for itself, but never earned enough points for free nights.

We are traveling slower now that we have retired and are not as interested in covering lots of ground rapidly. We currently have Good Sam and Passport America and the National Park service senior card. A lot of other campgrounds offer senior discounts as well. I also found out recently that our Coach-Net roadside service gets discounts at Motel 6 and other motels and car rental places. That was a nice perk.

It does not take many nights at the KOA to recoup your annual fee and the parks are usually very close to major roads.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:18 PM   #6
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My insurance company gives a 5% discount to KOA members so that pays my membership. We stay at KOA campgrounds a lot so it certainly saves us money.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
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Thank you all very much for the info. We just purchased the good Sam card and we are still kinda iffy about the KOA membership. We will get the hang of the RV life soon (hopefully) haha Thanks again :-D
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:40 PM   #8
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Like others said, KOA is a bit more, but very clean and nice. There are alot of them along the interstates for easy overnite stops.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:45 PM   #9
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We have both KOA and Good Sam. Saving 10% can add up pretty quickly depending on how much you travel. We have stayed at some beautiful KOA's across the country. The card has paid for itself many times over.
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Hello, I bought a KOA membership last year and the first time we used it the discount paid for the membership cost. Most KOA'S are a bit on the pricey side, but are for the most part upscale from a normal campground. We like the KOA campground's better than the Good Sam program (member also) as we have stayed in some Good Sam places that were for sure not worthy of holding the Good Sam name. Never a problem at a KOA! And if you join,treat yourself to a "patio site" if you want to be pampered a bit, Patio furniture, gas grill, flowers, concrete stamped patio, etc.
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A KOA card costs $24 a year and you get a 10% discount. That means that you could get a $4 discount on a $40 per night rate which works out to 6 nights per year to break even. The best part of KOA is that it oftentimes has extra things such as playgrounds for the kids. It may even have a pond with boat rentals, a pool, a pitch and put or whatever. Their amenities vary tremendously from park to park. For example they have a park in Las Vegas that is basically a paved parking lot but it is next to Circus Circus on the strip. It is quite expensive in spite of not having much in the way of amenities. On the other hand there is a park in Rock Springs Wyoming that is all gravel, dusty and next to an oil storage tank. There is one in Utah that is wrapped around a bunch of old maple trees and people have a devil of a time trying to avoid hitting the low branches on the trees. This is especially a problem because the roads and parking areas are on turns so you cannot just pull through. Most times the overnight fee is at least 10% higher than the surrounding RV parks. I believe this is because they have to pay a franchise fee to KOA. Some people say that KOA means "Keep on Adding" because they charge more for extra people, pets, etc. Most other parks do not charge you extra for a family of 4 over a couple. KOA parks will often accept other cards such as AAA and AARP for a discount. Having said the above, I bought their card last year because we ended up staying 2 weeks in a KOA where there just wasn't another park nearby and we had our daughter and two grandchildren with us. It cost us a ton of money. The card expires in May and we have decided to not renew it because we do not plan on staying in a KOA again this year. I guess at $24 you can try it for a year and not be out that much - or you can skip it and see if the rates and amenities that any given park has is something you would be interested in.

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