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Feb 172013
 
 February 17, 2013  Posted by  Cars, Hot Deals, Services, Shopping
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Even when you’re not behind the wheel, belonging to AAA offers potential perks.

AAA partners with a variety of retailers, restaurants, hotels, attractions and other businesses to offer discounts to its members. Various online outlets, including Reebok and Target, also offer perks for  AAA members.

AAA estimates that in 2011, its members saved an average of $102 using this discount program and other discount opportunities. Annual membership fees range from about $38 to $125, depending on type of membership and region.

The Show Your Card and Save program is FREE to use. Simply display your AAA card at a participating store or provide a membership number or code with an appropriate online purchase to get discounts.  Generally, if you use the card, you can’t use any other deals or coupons for the product or service.

Participating merchants vary by geographic region. To browse what’s offered in a particular area, go to AAA’s website.  Participating vendors also are listed by area on AAA’s FREE mobile app for smart phones.

Here’s a list of some participating vendors and what they offer.  Some vendors occasionally have  promotions with even better deals. When shopping online, accessing the merchants’ links directly from the AAA site seems to be the most efficient technique to get the discounts.

  • Reebok: AAA members receive a 20 percent discount and FREE shipping on select purchase.
  • Target: $10 off  online purchase of $100 or more
  • Blue Nile: 10 percent discount on fine jewelry and ring settings for online purchases; use reference code AAANA
  • Dell:  10-30 percent off on select merchandise purchased online; you can also call 866-609-1139
  • Gray Line:  10 percent discount on select tours
  • Jos. A. Bank: 20 percent discount on select online purchases; use promo code AAAJ9
  • Napa: Participating stores offer 10 percent off various parts and accessories; 800-538-6272
  • Sears Optical: 30 percent off exams and complete eyewear, sunglasses and accessories; 15 percent off lenses or frames purchased individually; 10 percent off contact lenses at participating locations; 877-486-6486; some merchandise may be excluded
  • Payless: 10 percent off regular-price merchandise at participating stores; 800-444-7463
  • Penske Truck Rental: 12 percent off truck rentals, moving equipment and accessories. Additional 10 percent off  when reserving one-way truck rentals online. Free unlimited mileage on one-way truck rentals only; 877-222-7924
  • Hard Rock restaurants: 10 percent off food, alcohol-free beverages and merchandise

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Patti Roth

Patti Roth scouts out national deals for for Living On The Cheap. She also writes for several regional On The Cheap sites and for newspapers and magazines. Her favorite themes include dogs, all other animals and eco-friendly ideas and activites.

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