A road trip is an affordable way to travel—but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it even more economical. Here are seven road trip tips that help you hit the highway for less:

1. Get help from a travel advisor

Our expert travel advisors keep you up-to-date on changing travel restrictions and help you make sense of the latest deals so you can plan with confidence. They can also lead you to exclusive perks and savings that you might not find on your own.

2. Find discounts on hotels

The AAA Diamond program includes in-person inspections. Use the “AAA Best of Housekeeping” filter to find hotels that meet general cleanliness standards.

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Having the perfect place to spend the night after a long day of driving and exploring means a lot. Getting a room with a discount is a bonus.

AAA Members save up to 20% at hotels across the country, including well-known brands like Marriott and Best Western. And, if you do need to stop unexpectedly, use the AAA Mobile app to find hotels near you—including ones that offer AAA discounts—and book right from your phone.

3. Earn AAA Dollars on road trip essentials

Stock up on staples (here is our safety essentials packing list) by shopping through the AAA Dollars Online Mall at stores like Target, Walmart and Kohl’s. You’ll earn AAA Dollars on your purchases that will be applied toward your annual membership dues.

Need a new bag to tote everything in? AAA Members save 20% at Samsonite stores and online.

4. Tune up the car before you leave

Here are some common road trip car maintenance tips.

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Our road trip tips list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning your vehicle. Getting it examined by a professional adds peace of mind to your road trip and reduces the chances of a costly breakdown.

At AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities, members get a free vehicle maintenance inspection upon request and a 10% discount (save up to $50) off labor on regular-price services. Members also save 10% on parts and accessories, like windshield wipers, at NAPA Auto Parts stores.

5. Reserve (and save on) a rental car

To avoid wear and tear on your car, you may want to pick a rental car company with great perks and updated safety and cleaning standards. For example, the new Hertz Gold Standard Clean includes a 15-point cleaning and disinfecting process.

AAA Members save up to 20% at Hertz. Plus, you get the use of one child, infant or booster seat for free (a savings of $13.99 per day!).

6. Find the lowest gas prices

Budgeting for fuel is wise, but how do you know where to find the best gas prices along your route? Here are two road trip tips for your gas tank.

  • Use the AAA Mobile app to find the lowest gas prices near you.
  • Be on the lookout for Shell stations: AAA Members save at least 5¢ per gallon after signing up for the Fuel Rewards program (terms apply).

7. Eat a great meal at a great price

Food is an important part of any road trip. Even with takeout, you’ll want to balance a great meal and a great price.

In the AAA Mobile app, look under “Near Me” to find nearby restaurants that offer discounts to AAA Members and are part of the AAA Diamond program. Tap on the restaurant name to see notes from a local AAA inspector, price range and more.

Save on Your Road Trip

From restaurants and hotels to games and attractions, search for AAA discounts online—you can use them now or save them for later.