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Fall Into Savings This Holiday Season with AAA Discounts & Rewards

November 5th, 2021

With the holidays right around the corner, you may be looking for more ways to save or, more specifically, to make every dollar stretch further. As a AAA member, you can save every day on items and services from leading brands. Come fall, however, you can double up on those savings thanks to retail holidays such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Whether you’re the type who camps out in line on Thanksgiving or who prefers to skip the crowds by shopping exclusively online, don’t forget to check out exclusive-to-AAA-members deals from some of our favorite partners.

But First, History

Before we give you a sneak-peak of what to expect this shopping season, we thought first we would discuss the origins of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday is unique in that it has two origin stories. The first is a dark tale that has nothing to do with holiday shopping. The second more closely relates to the holiday as we know it today.

The story goes that back in the 1950s or 60s, the Philadelphia streets would flood with tourists and shoppers on the Friday between Thanksgiving and the Army-Navy football game. The police forces that ended up having to work that day dreaded the day, as it meant managing large, unruly crowds, traffic jams and increased shoplifting. Officers thus began to refer to the day as “Black Friday.”

Cyber Monday’s origin story is more straightforward. As a result of the flurry of online sales that occurred the Monday following Thanksgiving, the National Retail Federation thought the day could use a catchy name. Hence the birth of Cyber Monday in 2005.

Deals You Don’t Want To Miss

Now that you know the history behind these major shopping holidays, it’s time to get your cash or cards ready so that you don’t miss exclusive deals from some of our leading partners. Below are just a few to look forward to:

  • Devices at a Discount: If you’re in need of a new phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, the days leading up to and following Thanksgiving are the days to shop. Use your AAA membership to save up to 50% on Black Friday or Cyber Monday prices at HP.com. You can get an additional 10% off your Dell purchase and up to 30% off Samsung products.
     
  • Wallet-Friendly Fashion: Whether you want to purchase an outfit for yourself or items for gifts, shop Tanger Outlet Centers and Reebok, both of which offer exclusive discounts to AAA members.  Share the love this holiday with 30% off designer sunglasses at LensCrafters.
     
  • Family Entertainment:  Do you have plans to catch The Nutcracker Ballet, head to a football game or visit an attraction this season.  Remember to use your AAA card to save up to 40% online at AAA Tickets.  
     
  • Travel: Travel is a very real holiday expense. When it comes time to fill up, take advantage of the Shell Fuel Rewards Program to get $0.30 off your first fill-up.  Rent a car from Hertz and save up to 20% off the total rate. If you plan to travel by air, use your AAA membership to get discounted rates on off airport parking at The Parking Spot.

Savings abound this season. Take advantage of exclusive deals and discounts with your AAA membership.