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Why you might want AAA membership even if you don’t have a car


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American Automobile Association or Triple-A is well-known for its roadside support. It also provides discounts which can make it worth paying for membership even if your car is not in use.

An annual basic membership can cost you between $38 and $74. It comes with many lesser-known perks, which could help you save money on products you may already have, like discounts on dining out and shopping.

The cost of a membership covers the costs for tow trucks, emergency fueling and battery jump start, as well locksmith services in the event that your keys are lost or stolen. As they provide more services, the Plus and Premier plans can be more costly. enhanced roadside perksYou can also rent an emergency vehicle and have a longer towing distance.

All plans are eligible for AAA. other discounts. Below are some highlights.

  • Hilton, Hyatt or Marriott rooms discounted up to 30% Discount rates are subject to change and may be closer to 5%-10%.
  • Take 20% off on Hertz or Thrifty Dollar Car rental cars 
  • Save up to 30% on electronic brands such as HP, Samsung, Dell and Dell
  • Prescription lenses up to half off, eye exams as low as 30% 
  • Select tickets to the theme parks can be discounted up to 50%, as well as movie or theater tickets at a 20% discount.

AAA memberships may be split into U.S. regional areas. Each region could offer their own special perks or discounts. AAA Northeast currently offers discounts of 30% on selected printing services, Penske truck rentals, and 15% off services for home security.

AAA branches offer drivers license renewal services for members. This is a great option for anybody who has to renew their driver’s licence. upgrade to a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or state identification card before the May 2023 deadline.

Your spending habits and whether the membership cost is worthwhile will also play a role in determining whether it’s worth it. AAA memberships might make sense if these discounts can be applied to products you already own.

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