If your car's ever conked out on a lonely stretch of highway, then you already know that AAA is a lifesaver. However, this nonprofit federation of affiliated motor clubs does a lot more than rescue you from roadside mishaps. Thanks to the wide array of discounts and perks available to AAA users, even die-hard pedestrians can benefit from this service.
Whether you're planning a family vacation this year or just looking to cut costs on restaurant trips and other activities, AAA has a lot to offer in return for its $49 classic membership fee. Check out these discounts and deals that come along with using your card.
1. Hotel Discounts
AAA hotel discounts are among the most popular perks for members.
Currently, members can save 10 percent at Best Western and Hyatt Regency and 15 percent at Marriott, Westin Hotel & Resorts and W Hotels. Independent hoteliers often provide AAA discounts, too, so it pays to check when booking accommodations.
2. Rental Car Discounts
According to a 2017 AAA survey, 79 percent of the American families planning vacations this year intend to take road trips. Luckily, you can hit the open road without putting miles on your car.
Currently, AAA members can enjoy free Gold service and a free rental day from Hertz.
3. Restaurant Discounts
A wide range of restaurants offer AAA discounts. For example, AAA members save 10 percent on food, non-alcoholic beverages and merchandise at all U.S. and select international locations of the Hard Rock Cafe. And at Papa John's Pizza, AAA members can get a large, one-topping pizza and a Pepsi product for $10.
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4. Restaurant Gift Certificate Deals
AAA members can buy discounted restaurant certificates for local eateries through Restaurant.com. Get a $25 certificate for just $10.
Savings and selection vary by location. For example, in the St. Louis area, Restaurant.com offers deals for Krieger's Sports Bar, where AAA members can get $15 in food for $6 or $10 in food for $4, as long as they make the minimum total purchase specified by the savings certificate.
5. Apparel Discounts
It's not always necessary to have a promo code or printed certificate to unlock savings. For example, AAA members who show their cards at Payless ShoeSource stores can save $10 on a purchase of $40. At New York & Company stores, flashing your AAA card can save you 25 percent on your entire in-store purchase, while New York & Company outlets offer cardholders a discount of 10 percent.
6. Electronics Discounts
AAA members have access to a wide range of discounts on everything from electronics to printer ink.
At HP.com, for example, AAA members can save up to 35 percent on select HP products and enjoy free shipping. Additionally, AAA members receive perks like 15 percent off printer ink and 5 percent off tablets.
7. Cellular Service and Accessory Discounts
Sprint customers can take advantage of AAA deals on phone service. Currently, you can earn a $400 Visa Prepaid Card by activating three or more new lines with Sprint. Additionally, you'll get a 25 percent discount on accessories.
8. Business and Personal Services Discounts
AAA members can save 15 percent on eligible products and services and 5 percent on shipping at the UPS Store just by showing their membership cards. For those looking to print business cards, manuals and other documents in bulk, FedEx Office offers free shipping for online orders of more than $100.
FedEx also provides credits in the form of WOWPoints, AAA's online reward points program.
9. Airport Parking Discounts
Family vacations are expensive enough without paying for airport parking. Luckily, AAA members flying the friendly skies can save on this cost. Score 20 percent off your parking bill with a four-day stay at The Parking Spot.
10. Rail Travel Discounts
AAA members can also save while riding the rails.
Get 10 percent off passenger rail fares with three-day advanced booking. Additionally, you can travel with up to two children for 50 percent off the adult fare.
11. Theme Park Discounts
According to the AAA survey, 40 percent of traveling families are planning to visit theme parks this year. Luckily, AAA can help you save on those sky-high admission costs. Currently, members get 40 percent off tickets purchased online for Six Flags Magic Mountain and save $5 on front gate admission.
12. Prescription Discounts
A lesser-known AAA benefit is discounts on prescriptions, said Julie Hall, public relations manager in AAA's national office. Accepted at nine out of 10 pharmacies, AAA benefits cover the whole family and are even good for many pet scripts. You can save up to 75 percent on prescription meds with this perk.
13. Flower and Gift Basket Discounts
Several of the brands sold by 1-800-Flowers.com offer discounts. Right now, AAA members can score extra points plus 20 percent to 30 percent off their purchases.
14. Paint Discounts
PPG Paints stores are offering 50 percent off paint for AAA members this summer. So, get started on that project you've been planning for ages.
15. Moving Cost Discounts
Penske offers up to 20 percent off one-way truck rentals with free unlimited mileage for reservations booked online. AAA members also get 12 percent off local rentals and moving supplies, Hall said.
Additionally, Atlas Van Lines offers savings on moving costs for AAA members.
16. Frames and Lenses Discounts
AAA discounts are available through multiple optical partners, including Glasses.com and LensCrafters, Hall said. Additionally, Sears Optical and Target Optical offer 30 percent off eye exams and complete pairs of glasses or sunglasses, in addition to other discounts.
17. Travel Package Discounts
AAA offers pre-set travel packages that can add up to substantial savings for members.
For example, members can currently book a four-night trip to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Report for $165 per adult per night. The deal includes a three-park, four-day base ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay.
18. Limited-Time Travel Discounts
AAA also features limited-time travel deals that are available only to members who book through AAA travel agents.
Currently, you can score an eight-night river cruise on the Antebellum South for $3,169. The deal includes a one-night stay in a hotel, all hotel taxes, port charges and meals.
19. Movie Ticket Discounts
AAA members can save up to 35 percent on tickets at Regal Entertainment Group theaters when they order e-tickets online and up to 25 percent on e-tickets at Cinemark theaters. Both chains offer WOWPoints for online ticket purchases.
20. Attractions Discounts
In addition to theme park savings, AAA offers deals at a variety of attractions nationwide. For example, members are eligible for up to 10 percent off admission to Madame Tussauds Hollywood and 30 percent off admission to the Grammy Museum.
21. Ski Discounts
On the other end of the vacation spectrum, members can save up to 80 percent on lift tickets bought in advance through Liftopia, which partners with ski resorts to provide lift, ski rental and snowboard packages. Online orders also build WOWPoints.
22. Gym Discounts
To help get members fit for their vacations, AAA offers gym discounts. LA Fitness waives its $99 initiation fee and offers $29.99 monthly memberships for AAA cardholders who join online.
23. Photo Book Discounts
For AAA members seeking to document their travel adventures or fitness transformations, Snapfish offers 50 percent off custom photo books with a promo code available online. AAA members can also earn WOWPoints when they order.
24. Car Care Discounts
Naturally, AAA also offers discounts on car care products and parts. For example, members who show their cards at NAPA Auto Parts stores can get a 10 percent break on select parts and accessories.
25. Pet Care Discounts
AAA deals apply to Fluffy and Fido as well. Currently, members can save 10 percent at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies and earn free shipping and points at Vetshop.
26. Subscription Discounts
Wall Street Journal subscribers who are also AAA members can earn WOWPoints and get the paper for $1 a week for three months.
27. Spa and Salon Discounts
AAA can help you relax and get centered this summer. Earn extra points at Spafinder or save even more by luxuriating at home. At Crabtree & Evelyn, you can earn points and get free shipping on orders over $100.
28. Wine Discounts
To complete the spa experience, treat yourself to a glass of wine. AAA members get 15 percent off all orders at 800Wine.com with a promo code available on the auto club's discount site.
29. Jewelry Discounts
AAA members can earn WOWPoints and up to 25 percent off purchases at Jewelry.com if they visit the auto club's discount site to get the promo code. And Kay Jewelers offers points and free two-day shipping to members.
30. Limited-Time Offers
Some of the best deals come in the form of limited-time offers, so check back often to avoid missing out. Currently, AAA members can get $20 in free gameplay when they purchase another $20 at Dave & Buster's.
Not into gaming? Visit Sephora.com and earn extra points plus a free tote with select fragrances. The bag will come in handy for all your summer travel.
AAA discounts are generally available to all members around the country and can be found at AAA.com/SearchforDiscounts, Hall said. Specific national offer restrictions are posted on AAA.com/restrictions, and additional details about requirements and restrictions to redeem offers can be found through the AAA discounts search.