You Can Save Money on Hotels With an AAA Membership

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You Can Save Money on Hotels With an AAA Membership

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It’s no secret that Emily and I love having Big Travel with Small Money.  But did you know you can also have Big Travel with Small Money as an AAA member?

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AAA Membership Can Get You Big Travel With Small Money

AAA Membership

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Most folks may not realize that an AAA membership is more than help with flat tires.  You can also get travel discounts.

You can get discounts on:

Emily and I renewed our AAA membership because the $48 annual fee is worth paying to get the discounts.  Some readers use their AAA membership to save on car rentals.  There are lots of ways to save on car rentals, so Emily and I use our AAA membership to save on hotels instead.

You get the discount by selecting the AAA rate from the hotel website.  When buying a room in person, you can show your AAA card.

Hotel Discounts

Your AAA membership rate can sometimes save you money, get you better cancellation policies, or include breakfast.

1.   Chicago

Let’s say you are attending Frequent Traveler University Advanced in Chicago.

You could stay 1 night on September 27, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and pay ~$172, including taxes.  But it’s a non-refundable advanced purchase rate.

However, as an AAA member, you would also pay ~$172, but it’s completely refundable!  So if your plans change, you could cancel your reservation.

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You Can Cancel an AAA Rate Without Penalty

 2.   Maui

Let’s say you wanted to spend the night of September 13, 2014 in Maui.

For 1 night at the Hyatt Regency Maui with breakfast, you would pay ~$380, including taxes.

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You’ll Pay More Without an AAA Membership

But the AAA member breakfast rate is only ~$312, a savings of $68 ($380 Hyatt Bed & Breakfast Package – $312 AAA Breakfast Rate).

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With an AAA Membership, You’d Save ~$68 Per Night

The cancellation policy for the Hyatt Regency Maui for the Hyatt Bed & Breakfast package and the AAA Breakfast rates are the same.  While the AAA rate usually has a better cancellation policy, it isn’t always the case.

If you don’t include breakfast in your rate, you’d save $34 (~$380 Hyatt Bed & Breakfast rate – ~$346 Hyatt Daily Rate.

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I Can Eat $34 Worth of Breakfast, but Can You?

As an AAA member, you would pay ~$283, a savings of $63 (~$346 Hyatt Daily Rate – ~$283 AAA Discount rate).

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Even I Can’t Eat $63 Worth of Breakfast!

Stay Credits and Points

You get stay credits to get you closer to elite status and earn hotel points when paying an AAA member rate, unlike other discounted rates such as, and TravelPony.

So you could stay October 11, 2014, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego on an AAA breakfast rate of ~$364, $40 less than the Hyatt Daily Rate ($404 Hyatt Daily Rate – $364 AAA breakfast rate).

And you’d earn Hyatt points and stay credits towards Hyatt Platinum or Diamond elite status.

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You Can Enjoy a Night in Sunny San Diego With Breakfast

Bottom Line

You can get travel discounts with an AAA membership.

The $48 annual fee is worth it to me to save money.  Some folks use their AAA membership to save on car rentals, but Emily and I use our AAA membership to save money on hotels.  Sometimes AAA rates include breakfast or have better cancellation policies!

And unlike other discounted rates, an AAA rate earns hotel points and hotel stay credits.  So you can earn hotel points and stay credit while having Big Travel with Small Money.

Where do you use your AAA membership to save money?

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Another decent discount offered for AAA members is a 10% discount on Amtrak. The best thing about the AAA discount on Amtrak is that you can still get the 10% off on holiday blackout dates when points can’t be used. One option for popular holiday travel dates is to combine the 10% off AAA discount with paying using bank rewards points like Barclay Arrival miles – you won’t have to redeem as many Arrival Miles and still get to travel for free during one of the major holiday travel dates.

I’ve been a AAA member for years, but, to be honest, I’ve never used their discount for hotel stays. It just seems like, every time I’ve checked, I’ve been able to get a better deal through Hotwire, Travelocity, or a similar site. Even on Travelocity when I’m looking at the exact same hotel (not using hidden rates like on Hotwire). I’ve never been able to figure out why that is. But you may have opened my eyes about the cancellation policy … it’s possible that the rate wasn’t changing, but the benefits were. I’ll have to pay more attention to that in the future.

My biggest money saver with AAA is at car repair shops. At my local shop I’ve gotten a straight 10% discount (or maybe it was higher?) due to AAA membership. That was well more than $48.

the 2 times i really needed AAA (broke down in middle of 6 lane highway -philly and again in unknown area of va) theyeither came and said u can drive the car–engine cracked or never came with tow truck i have been very hesitant to re-join..from my poor customer no-servicer..

Watch out with AAA, they share your personal information with a lot of companies. I was a member for many years and enjoyed the discounts but in this day and age you have to be very careful with your personal information and AAA likes to share it with a lot of companies.

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@Tyson – Good to know!

I just save $81 on a 5 day car rental in Buffalo, NY. Originally I made a reservation through Budget using costco discount for $233. Went to AAA website and look through the promo codes for Hertz, found a better deal with AAA, cost came out to $152 for the same 5 days I’m renting plus I get free additional driver with AAA & hertz. One great thing about car rental is that you can always cancel your reservation usually 24 hour before the pickup date. I recommend people to always check car rental 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 week before pickup date, you might find a better deal 🙂

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