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Returning to Travel Post COVID-19 Without Breaking the Bank

May 13th, 2021

As states loosen their restrictions and consumers feel more confident that the pandemic is “under control,” tides appear to be changing. According to AAA's Memorial Day Forecast, 60% more Americans are expected to travel this holiday. While this is great news for the economy, it can only mean one thing for travelers: rate hikes.

After a dismal year for hotels, car rental companies, airlines, and other subsects within the travel industry, it only makes sense that brands will raise their rates to make up for last year’s losses. With your AAA membership, you can offset the increase in costs without compromising on any aspect of your vacation when you utilize AAA Discount & Rewards Partners.

How to Save on Rental Cars, Gas and More
At face value, air travel is more expensive than traveling by car. However, once you add up the cost of a rental vehicle, fuel, food, and other necessities, you may quickly discover that ground travel is actually the same.

If you decide to drive, plan ahead and consider renting a car through a AAA discount partner - which includes Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty — to save on car rentals. Cut down on the cost of gas with Shell Fuel Rewards, where AAA members automatically receive Extended Gold Status saving you at least $0.05 per gallon on every fill-up.

If you do decide to fly, make sure you take advantage of your member benefits when you park your vehicle. Go through The Parking Spot to save 20% on off-airport parking regardless of your length of stay or day of the week.

Wherever you “land” make sure to show your membership card at AAA Preferred Hotels.  You will not only get great rates but great savings brands like Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott International and MGM Resorts International.

Travel in Style
Ditch that old, broken suitcase from 2019 and make 2021 the year you invest in quality luggage. Shop for travel bags, luggage and other accessories at Samsonite. Enjoy 30% off your purchase - including sale merchandise when shopping in-store.

Plan for Pitstops
A road trip isn’t complete without making family-friendly pitstops along the way.  We’re talking about surprising the kids with an all-day adventure to Dollywood, Legoland, Universal Studios or someplace comparable. As a AAA member, you don’t have to sweat the cost of tickets. Shop online at AAA Tickets to save up to 40% tickets.

As more Americans return to travel, offset those increases and make travel arrangements with peace of mind that doing so won’t break the bank.  Not a AAA member? Join today and travel with someone you trust.