Rule the road: How AAA members can save money & road trip smarter

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Road tripping is usually thought of as a cheaper alternative to other kinds of travel, but expenses can add up fast even in your own car. 

AAA can help you save money on your next family road trip—from the first mile to the last.

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1. Fill up with Shell Fuel Rewards® ...

AAA members who enroll in the Fuel Rewards Program can save at least 5 cents per gallon (up to 20 gallons) at participating Shell stations. Getting the discount couldn’t be easier: Once you’ve registered online, enter your phone number at the gas pump or in-store before filling up to automatically apply the discount.

... or charge up with EVgo

AAA members road tripping in an electric car can take advantage of savings on EVgo's standard charging rates. That means no monthly membership or session fees to use any one of more than 800 EVgo fast charging locations across 35 states.

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2. Brake for fun—and discounts

Every good road trip incorporates some stops for fun and play. Find things to do along your route—including national parks, state parks, museums, and gardens—by using the AAA TripTik Travel Planner or the Auto Club App. The Auto Club App helps you locate attractions offering AAA discounts, too. Text APP10 to 86792 and you’ll receive a link to download the app.1

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3. Save on a new set of tires in select areas

Need new tires before you set out? AAA members in select areas get exclusive savings at Discount Tire and America’s Tire: Up to $40 off a set of new “better” or “best” tires, or a free tire repair (a $20 value).2 Buy a set of tires and you’ll get free air checks, tire inspections, tire repairs, rotation, and re-balancing. 

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4. Save at AAA-inspected hotels & campgrounds

For road trips that require an overnight stay, look for hotels with a AAA Diamond designation. Because AAA Diamond designations are only awarded to properties that pass a rigorous, in-person inspection process, you can trust that every AAA Diamond property offers a clean and comfortable experience.

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5. Map it out with online planning tools from AAA

Whether it’s a drive across the country or just a trip around town, getting your family from here to there is a breeze with the AAA TripTik Travel Planner. Set map filters to find hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, and attractions along your route. You can even narrow down your choices to show AAA discounts and AAA Great Experience for Members (GEM) attractions.

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6. Score rental car perks with Hertz

Instead of putting extra miles on your vehicle, rent an SUV with plenty of cargo space from Hertz. AAA members get all sorts of benefits when booking with Hertz, including discounts of up to 20% off base rates. Other perks include free child safety seats (1 per rental), waived fees for young renters ages 20-24, and no charge for up to 4 additional drivers (as long as they’re qualified AAA members).

7. Save on RV rentals with El Monte RV, too

Looking for an all-in-one road trip solution? Consider renting an RV from El Monte RV. They offer many Class A and Class C motorhomes, so you can pick the option that fits your trip. AAA members save 10% off rental rates, and receive a free starter kit (a $39.95 value) and 50 miles free per night when they book a rental that's at least 4 nights long. 

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8. Find a trusted repair shop

If you plan to use your vehicle, get it road-trip ready with a tune-up at a AAA Approved Repair shop. All AAA Approved Repair facilities undergo an inspection process and offer fair pricing, quality of work guarantees, highly trained staff, priority service, and discounted labor.

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