Last Updated on December 28, 2023 by Kristin


Most drivers know the American Automobile Association (AAA) for its roadside assistance service. But you may not be as familiar with the car rental discounts for AAA members.

Founded in 1902, AAA is now a household name with more than 58 million cardholders and upwards of 1,100 offices in the U.S and Canada. The not-for-profit corporation bills itself as a “federation of affiliated motor clubs.”

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For as little as $63 per year, AAA membership entitles you to a raft of discounts on everyday services as well as a savings on hotels, cruises, restaurants and car rentals.

Do AAA Car Rental Discounts Deliver the Lowest Price?

It always makes sense to comparison shop before you book. When you ask AutoSlash for a quote, we will always search for the best rates and factor in memberships you have at organizations like AAA and shopping clubs like Costco not to mention all the publicly available coupons and discount codes. We recommend that you join clubs like AAA and Costco and then let us search for the very best rate, taking all of your profile information into consideration. That’s how you can be confident that you’re always getting the best price possible.

Save at Hertz Rental Car with AAA Discounts

Hertz has offered discounts for AAA members since 1978, and provides an impressive number of perks in addition to savings off the base rental price. Here’s a breakdown of some of the savings you can expect:

  • Up to 20% discount on the base rate for rentals, no matter if renting by the day, week, weekend or month
  • 10% discount on pre-paid rates in the US
  • Young renter fee for renters ages 20-24 is waived (savings of $29 per day)
  • 10% off the pre-paid fuel option
  • Free child or infant car seat (savings of $13.99 per day)
  • Additional drivers with AAA memberships can drive for free (savings of $13.50 per person per day)
  • Loss damage limited to $5,000 provided there is no violation of the terms and conditions of the rental agreement

AAA also offers discounts via digital coupons with varying expiration dates. For example, you could redeem $50 off the base rate of a monthly rental, or 15 percent off of a weekend rental.

In addition to saving on the base price of rentals with AAA, you can also combine your membership with Hertz’s Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program to stack up even more savings. AAA members get 675 bonus points after the first rental, which essentially translates into one day of renting a car for free. If you’re part of the AAA Premier program, the deal sweetens to 1,100 points. This is enough to cover two rental days over a weekend.

Frequent AAA renters can rack up points even more quickly when renting multiple times in a calendar year. AAA’s website advertises a 10 percent bonus on points when renting two or three times. That bonus grows to 15 percent for four to five rentals and 25 percent when renting more than six times a year.

Save at Dollar Rent a Car with AAA Discounts

While not as prominent as the Hertz partnership, AAA also partners with Dollar Rent a Car to offer discounts.

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  • 10 percent savings with advance bookings on AAA website
  • 10 percent off GPS rental
  • Free child car seat
  • No charge for additional AAA members that meet rental qualifications

Save at Thrifty Car Rental with AAA Discounts

AAA also partners with Dollar’s sister company, Thrifty Car Rental, for additional discounts.

  • 8 percent savings through advance bookings on AAA website
  • 10 percent discount on GPS rental
  • Free child car seat
  • No charge for additional AAA members that meet rental qualifications