When you think AAA, you think roadside assistance. You think about getting help when have a flat tire or a dead battery or when you get locked out of your car.
AAA is all of those things. But it is so much more for the traveler. AAA is a travel agent and focuses on all travel for your next trip. Check out how you should be leveraging your AAA membership.
Did you know that if you go into a AAA office you can get free bound AAA guidebooks for every state in the US? You can also get maps and recommendations, instead of spending a bunch of money on purchasing other guidebooks with similar information.
On a trip a few years ago to the Grand Canyon and other parts of Arizona, we went into our local AAA office where they gave us a map, and Grand Canyon and Arizona guidebooks featuring hotel and restaurant recommendations, along with activities in the area. All of this was free for members. And when we wanted to check out some guidebooks for other countries we got an additional discount for members only. Score!
I mentioned this in a previous post, but AAA has partnerships with many hotel chains and offers additional AAA discounts. This can come in the form of a discount to the room, plus parking or breakfast or other benefits. AAA partners with Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, and Marriott brand hotels.
Travel Agents and Booking Discounts
AAA has a legion of travel agents that can assist with the planning of your vacation. But they also offer discount hotel, rental car, and vacation packages for the traveler looking to save some cash (and let’s be honest, that is all of us). They even have discounted rail tickets, and if cruises are your thing, they have cruise specials that include the extras.
The travel agents will curate your trip based upon your budget and desired locations, and work with you to have a memorable trip. They even have special AAA itineraries for trips that they can offer members looking to plan their dram trip.
Park Tickets and Activities
Love Disneyland? Dying to see Universal Orland or Universal Studios in Hollywood? AAA has discounted tickets and packages for you. Members can use AAA to access lower ticket prices that are not available to the general public. And that can mean great savings, especially for a family with kids.
And if you love movies, you can get discount movie tickets at AAA as well. They also have discounts for Busch Gardens, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, etc.
Bonus Tips: International Driving Permit and Currency Exchange
You can even get your international driving permit through AAA, saving you time and money on your next international trip. It only costs $15 and is valid in more than 150 countries for one year.
And if you need small amounts of international currency on hand when you land, AAA may be able to help. All branches carry Euros and British Pounds Sterling, but you can order Canadian dollars, Japanese yen, Mexican pesos, and Australian dollars ahead of time fi they are not in stock.
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