AAA Members save up to 20 percent at hotels across the country, including well-known brands like Marriott® and Best Western®. Book online before you go to avoid no-vacancy signs along the way. 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.
Earn AAA Dollars on road trip essentials
Check your packing list to ensure you have things like beach towels, swimsuits and sunscreen before you go—they can cost much more to buy at your destination. You can stock up on staples by shopping through the AAA Dollars Online Mall at stores like Target, Kohl’s and Walmart. (You’ll earn AAA Dollars on your purchases that will be deducted from your annual membership dues.)
Need a new bag to tote everything in? AAA Members save 20 percent at Samsonite stores and online.
Tune up the car before you leave
Our road trip tips list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning your car. Getting it examined by a professional mechanic will add peace of mind on your road trips—and reduce the chances of a costly breakdown.
At AAA Approved Auto Repair shops, members get a free maintenance inspection and a 10 percent discount (up to $50) off labor on regular-price services. Members also save 10 percent on parts and accessories, like windshield wipers—a must-have!—at NAPA Auto Parts stores.
Reserve (and save on) a rental car
If you choose to avoid wear and tear on your car, you’ll want to pick a rental car company with great perks.
AAA Members save up to 20 percent at Hertz®. Plus, you get a child, infant or booster seat for free (a savings of $13.99 per day!). It’s especially useful for families who plan to fly to their destination and then drive—in other words, no lugging a child seat onto a plane.
Road trip tips for during your adventure
Find the lowest gas prices
Budgeting for fuel is wise. But how do you know the difference in gas prices along your route? Here are a few road trip tips for your gas tank.
Just enter the make and model of your car, your starting point and your destination—and the AAA Gas Cost Calculator does the rest. Once you’re on the road, use AAA Mobile to find the lowest gas prices near you.
Road trip pro tip: Be on the lookout for Shell stations, where AAA Members save at least 5 cents per gallon on every fill-up throughout 2019 when you join the Fuel Rewards® program. Some restrictions apply.
Eat a great meal at a great price
Food is an important part of any road trip. And given how often you’ll be eating in restaurants, you’ll want to balance a great meal and a great price.
Tap the dining icon on the AAA Mobile app to find nearby restaurants—and look for AAA Diamond and dollar symbols that indicate member discounts. Among them: Hard Rock Cafe, Denny’s (except in North Dakota) and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.