6 Ways to Save on Your Next Road Trip 

by Kristy Tolley

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

  1. Get help from your AAA Travel Agent

Our travel agents 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. 

  1. Find hotel discounts 

Securing 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 percent 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. Tune up the car before you leave 

Our road trip tips list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning your vehicle. Reduce the chances of a costly breakdown by having a AAA Car Care Center technician check your car before you hit the road. AAA Members get a free digital vehicle inspection upon request and a 10 percent discount (save up to $100) off repair labor. Members also save 10 percent on parts and accessories, like windshield wipers, at NAPA Auto Parts stores. 

4. 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 percent at Hertz. Plus, you get the use of one child, infant or booster seat for free (a savings of $13.99 per day!). 

  1. 5. 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? 

  • 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). 

6. 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. 

Visit AAA.com/GoTravel for all the resources you need for an unforgettable road trip. 

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