I wonder if they are negotiating the gold pass again. They did this last year as well, they removed them for, I think a couple of weeks and then brought them back. But then again that $219.99 pass may be what they recently negotiated as well in place of the gold pass. I bought some gold passes for my family back in December, but haven't activated them as they were good until end of June 2019.Costco now has a 18 month pass for $219.99!
Have they been losing Annual Pass holders?
Costco also got rid of the $240 Gold Pass which included parking.