Doug’s Discount Deals: Savings on the road

Doug Hutton

With more Coloradans getting vaccinated, summer travel is looking to rebound—and in a big way. It seems the more people I talk to, the more I discover people have plans to hop in their cars to rediscover America. If that sounds like you, I hope you have a great adventure. While you’re out on the road, make sure you take advantage of all the discounts available to you as a AAA Colorado member.

Hertz rental cars

Instead of racking up all those miles on your car this summer, consider renting a vehicle from Hertz. The great service you’re used to getting at the airport is also conveniently located near you at plenty of neighborhood locations. Whether you need a car for a day, a month, or longer, you’ll enjoy great rates, and all the AAA member benefits renting from your Hertz Local Edition. And for your safety, all Hertz vehicles are cleaned and disinfected to follow CDC guidelines. Make your reservations online or by calling the AAA dedicated number, 800-654-3080.

Get your car ready

Before heading out on your road trip, be sure your car is ready. Stop by your local AAA Approved Auto Repair facility and save 10 percent (up to $50) on labor.

If you’re more the DIYer, visit your local NAPA store and save 10 percent on parts and accessories.

While you’re on the road, fill up at a participating Shell station and get a 5 cent per gallon discount (up to 20 gallons) as part of their Fuel Rewards Program. Not yet a member? Sign up at

Dining out

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is eating out. AAA members can save 10 percent (or more) on food at Hard Rock Cafe, Simms Steak House, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Aquarium Restaurants, and many more. Plus, there may be other local restaurants offering additional discounts, such as 15 percent at Beau Jo’s Pizza. Search online or use the AAA Mobile app to find the nearest location.

Stay and save

Probably the most popular discount AAA members use is at the tens of thousands of hotels across the country. Members can save 5 percent or more at Best Western Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, and many more. And if you’re looking for a nice, clean hotel on your trip, AAA’s Best of Housekeeping program highlights our Diamond-designated properties that go above and beyond in housekeeping services. Make your reservations online, or contact one of our AAA Travel Agents to make your arrangements.

Discounted fun

Of course, the best part of any vacation is the fun experiences we have. Well guess what? You can save on these as well. AAA members can save on everything from theme parks and attractions, like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Elitch Gardens, Dollywood, Legoland, and more, as well as theater shows, movies, livestream concerts, and even sporting events. Search online for AAA member exclusive entertainment offers.

For a complete list of discount partners, visit

Doug Hutton is the director of partnership programs for AAA Colorado.