The holidays may be hectic - and they can definitely get expensive – and, to top it off, 2020 definitely looks a lot different, but the truth is that most of us are thankful for this time of year. Despite all the craziness, it’s a time when family and friends make room in their busy schedules to spend quality time with loved ones. It’s also a time for expressing gratitude through gift giving, family feasts and other special holiday gatherings.

At AAA, we understand the importance of togetherness and keeping holiday traditions, whatever that looks like. To make the holidays less hectic and more enjoyable, we partner with top brands to bring you discounts on everything from holiday travel to dining to gifts.

Honor Holiday Traditions, Old and New

Over time, holiday traditions can begin to feel stale. You may begin to wonder why you make the trek to Great Aunt Joanie’s every year when you barely know the woman, or why your family insists upon making Grandma’s cranberry pudding when nobody actually eats it. While some traditions may grow tired, they’re important, as traditions are what bond families and communities, and what connects the past to the present.

That said, you can mesh new traditions with the old to keep them fun and exciting for each passing generation. For instance, instead of flying to Great Aunt Joanie’s, fill up your "sled" and take a road trip. As a AAA member, you get $.05 off every gallon at Shell when you join the Fuel Rewards® program. If you don’t want to put miles on your own vehicle, save up to 20% on a car rental from HertzDollar or Thrifty. Surprise everyone by showing up with a gourmet pie from Wolferman’s Bakery instead of cranberry pudding, knowing you saved 20% off on when you placed an order online through AAA. Create new traditions to complement the old to keep the magic of the holiday season alive.

Celebrate Togetherness Wherever You’re At

Many families choose to gather at home with homemade goodies over the holidays, but there is no rule that says you have to jump through hoops to enjoy quality time together. If the thought of preparing and cleaning up after yet another feast makes you break into a sweat, choose to celebrate at a safe, public setting and let other people do the work so you can relax.

Hard Rock Cafe is always a good time and a great place to enjoy music, wholesome food and lots of laughter. As a AAA member, you don’t have to feel guilty about splurging on a night out, as you enjoy 10% off food, non-alcohol beverages and merchandise. Landry’s Restaurants, which include fan favorites such as Joe’s Crab Shack, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Rainforest Café, also partner with AAA to bring you discounts on your meals. All AAA Discounts & Rewards restaurant partners take your health and safety seriously and have implemented safety and hygiene policies to ensure the well-being of everyone. Most also offer curbside pickup with your phone order if you prefer to take your feast home.

Regardless of where you choose to celebrate, be safe. Don’t over-indulge and drive, and make sure out-of-towners have a place nearby to stay through one of AAA's Preferred Hotel partners.

Save On Gifts, Travel, and More

AAA wants you to enjoy the holiday season, not stress over it. By partnering with top brands such as SamsoniteThe Parking Spot,1800FlowersStock Yards and more, and with AAA Tickets, AAA members can save hundreds of dollars on airport parking, luggage, food, gifts and entertainment during the most wonderful time of the year. For more ways to save, browse our AAA Discounts & Rewards today.