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

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Travel restrictions and social distancing may have put a damper on vacation plans, but when it’s safe to travel again, road-tripping will be a great option.

AAA and its travel partners can help you save money (and feel safer) on your next family road trip—from the first mile to the last.

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1. 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.

Need general inspiration? Browse pre-planned itineraries.

Another handy tool is the AAA Gas Cost Calculator, which estimates fuel costs for your vehicle’s make and model.

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2. 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). See details and current promotions.

Members also get the peace of mind that comes with Hertz's Gold Standard Clean, a 15-point sanitizing process for all rental vehicles. Learn more.

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3. 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. Learn more or find an approved facility near you.

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4. 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 99000 and you’ll receive a link to download the app.1

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5. 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.

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6. Save on a new set of tires in California

Need new tires before you set out? AAA members in California 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. Learn more

Offer only available to AAA members in California.

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7. Trust AAA inspections at hotels and 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. Search Diamond hotels and hotel discounts online, or keep an eye out for Diamond properties in AAA TourBook guides.

If you prefer camping, AAA also maintains a list of campgrounds.

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