How To Save Money on a Road Trip
From restaurants and hotels to essentials and attractions, search for AAA discounts online—you can use them now or save them for later.
Tips to hit the highway for less.
A road trip is an affordable way to travel—but the costs of gas, hotels, food and essentials still add up. Fortunately, your AAA Membership offers many ways to make your journey more economical. Here is our advice for how to save money on a road trip.
Budgeting for fuel is wise, but how do you know where to find the best gas prices along your route? Remember these three tips for your gas tank.
The AAA Diamond program includes in-person inspections. Use the “AAA Best of Housekeeping” filter to find hotels that meet general cleanliness standards.Find AAA Diamond Hotels
Having the perfect place to spend the night after a full 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.
Discounted dining is also something you can savor. From local bistros to national chains, use the AAA Mobile app to find restaurants near you—including ones that offer AAA Discounts.
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Our advice for how to save money on a road trip 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) on labor for regular-price services. Need a car battery? A new AAA battery includes a six-year limited warranty and a member discount.
If you prefer the DIY route, AAA Members save 10% on parts and accessories at NAPA Auto Parts stores.
Free attractions are a great way to save, but there will be times that you’ll want to see all that a city has to offer. From theme parks and zoos to shows and movies to CityPASS and Go City explorer passes, you can use your AAA Membership to get discounted admission to must-see sites across the country.
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 that can be redeemed on select AAA purchases or applied to your annual membership renewal.
A guided tour can take you to amazing places—and spare you the driving. AAA Travel partners offer many types of guided tours, with exclusive access to must-see sites, knowledgeable guides to lead you and many member benefits. Our expert travel advisors can help you find the perfect tour. (They are also pros at helping you plan and save money when planning your road trip.)
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. The Hertz Gold Standard Clean includes a 15-point cleaning and disinfecting process, and AAA Members save up to 20% on a Hertz rental. Plus, you get the use of one child, infant or booster seat for free—a savings of $13.99 per day!
How to save money on a road trip: Take everything with you in an RV. Take advantage of special member pricing and up to $1,350 in bonus savings on new and used RVs, boats, motorcycles, and more at GoRollick. Or rent an RV with Outdoorsy and get an exclusive coupon for $40 off your first night. Learn more at AAA.com/Save.
Offers and participating retailers are subject to change at any time. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to show your valid AAA Membership Card before you make your purchase, as retailers and AAA cannot honor discounts after the sale. Discounts and savings opportunities subject to eligibility requirements. See AAA.com/Save for more details.
For information about AAA Dollars, go to AAA.com/Dollars.