Does AAA Give Senior Discounts?

AAA is a very common membership for US drivers. It’s relatively affordable with rates starting at $75 per year, but do they offer a senior discount? 

AAA is a federation of 42 independently owned businesses covering different regions. Some AAA affiliates offer a senior discount while others do not. Whether or not you receive a senior discount on your AAA membership depends on your regional office’s policy.

The rest of this article will explain the many benefits of a AAA membership and some of the other discounts available on memberships.

AAA Senior Discounts Depend on Your Location

AAA senior discounts depend entirely on the location you live. Some regions offer senior discounts while others do not. 

The regions listed below offered a senior discount at the time of writing. This policy is subject to change.

  • Southern Region (Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico)
  • AAA Alabama
  • AAA Michigan

How Much is the AAA Senior Discount?

The availability and amount of the AAA senior discount depends entirely on the region in which you live. Some regions offer a 10% senior discount while others offer a 0% discount. 

There are 43 different AAA regions and they change their senior discount policy somewhat frequently. The best way to know about the AAA senior discount in your region is to simply ask a customer service representative when you sign up for the program.

AAA Senior Discount Requirements

The requirements for the AAA senior discount depend on the region. It generally starts at either 55 years old or 60 years old. 

If you are that old and your region offers a senior discount, then show them your driver’s license to receive the senior discount. 

AAA Senior Defensive Driving Course

AAA does offer a defensive driving course for seniors. This course is free for drivers over the age of 55 and is 100% free. 

Some auto insurance providers offer a small discount on your monthly premium if you have completed this course.  

Does AAA Offer an AARP Discount?

AAA does not offer an AARP discount in any of their regions according to our research. Some of the locations do offer a senior discount, which is essentially the same thing with a slightly higher age requirement and no AARP membership required. 

Does AAA Give a Military Discount?

Some AAA regions offer a military discount while others do not. The military discount is usually the same as the senior discount at 10%. Of course, the exact amount varies depending on the location. 

The only requirement to qualify for the military discount is presenting a valid military ID when signing up for AAA. There’s no active duty requirement — retired military members still qualify for this discount assuming it is offered and they have proof of prior US military service.  

Does AAA Give a First Responder Discount?

The only AAA location that offered a first responder discount at the time of writing was the Southern California AAA region. This discount applies to all firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and nurses. 

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It’s a 10% discount on the annual membership fee, which is the same as the senior discount and the military discount. 

AAA Membership Offers Other Ways to Save

AAA is more than just roadside assistance. Being an active AAA member gives so many different perks that it would be impossible to list all of them out. 

Restaurants, hotels, and stores all over the United States offer a discount to anyone that shows a valid AAA card. If you see a AAA logo near the cash register, then that business almost always offers a discount to AAA members that present their card to the cashier.

Hotel Discounts

One of the nicest perks with AAA is that many of the hotels you see alongside the interstate offer a discount to AAA members. These hotels range from Motel 6 to Days Inn to locally owned motels. 

The savings rate with AAA can be as high as 15%, which makes it the perfect card to have if you are doing a long road trip and expect to stay the night in an interstate hotel or motel.

Gas Savings with AAA

Shell has partnered with AAA to offer a 5 cent discount on gas for those enrolled in the Fuel Rewards program. This discount only applies to the first 20 gallons per day, so it’s $1 off per day on gas from Shell. 

It’s not a huge discount, but gas is something that you always buy if you have a car. It’s nice to save a little money on gas.

DMV Services in Some States

One amazing perk of AAA that few people know about is that AAA offices in some states can provide DMV services. This is for stuff like transfering a title or renewing a driver’s license. 

It’s much more convenient than waiting in line at the local DMV office. This service is typically only available to AAA members, but it does depend on the state. Some states offer this service while others do not. 

The best way to find out is to simply call your local AAA office and ask. The availability of this service can vary even within the same office. 

Ask for a AAA Discount

AAA membership comes with many benefits. It’s impractical to list all the businesses that offer a AAA discount. This is one thing where it’s often best to look or ask before purchase if a AAA discount is offered. 

Most lower cost hotels offer a AAA discount. LensCrafter also offers a discount on glasses to AAA members. NAPA offers a 10% discount to AAA members, Gap offers a 10% discount, and Penske offers a discount on truck rentals. 

You can think of all the other discounts you get with your AAA membership as a senior discount at businesses that do not normally offer a AAA discount.