The Automobile Club is a non-profit service organization with over 51 million members, including 6 million in Southern California. If you are not already a member, you should consider becoming one.
Basic membership is $51 per year plus a one time $20 admission fee (as of May 2019). Membership provides for towing up to 7 miles, discounted rental cars, emergency fuel delivery, locksmith service, access to AAA offices and services, free maps and travel planning, etc. Upgraded plans (AAA Plus and AAA Premier) are available, with additional benefits.
But where membership can really pay off are savings on products and services. Here are a few that really stand out (updated May 2019...subject to change).
Getting a AAA rate on hotels like Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, Best Western and others can easily save you 5% to 20% on your room, which can more than pay for your AAA membership.
Visit a AAA office and buy Regal/Edwards and Cinemark/Century movie theater tickets at up to 40% off regular prices!
AMC Theatre Black Tickets $10.74 online (vs $15.50 at the gate).
Regal/Edwards Theatres Premiere ticket $10 online vs $15 at the theatre.
$2 off admission to the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.
10% off admission to the Autry National Center in Los Angeles (next to the LA Zoo).
30% off regular admission and 10% off merchandise at Knott's Berry Farm. Also save up to $15 on tickets to Knott's Soak City at AAA branches.
25% off when you purchase advance tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach at an AAA branch and 10% off at the gate or online.
Save on advance tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and $3 off when you show your AAA card at the gate. As of January 2019, 1-day adult admission $95 and kids tickets $89 in advance, compared to $99 from Universal Studios directly - savings of $4 to $10 per ticket.
25% off Crocs online and at all Crocs-owned stores and outlets.
Save up to 37% off passes to Six Flags Magic Mountain online.
Save 5% at the gate at LEGOLAND California Resort
Save 20% off certain Sea World passes at AAA offices, 10% off online and $5 at the gate
If you plan on a multi-day visit to Disneyland, save by buying passes at a AAA office
10% off at Mimi's Cafe (locations in Thousand Oaks and Ventura)
10% off food, games and non-alcoholic drinks at Dave & Buster’s
10% off all regularly priced menu items at Wetzel’s Pretzels.
10% off Dell PCs
10% off haircuts with a shampoo at Supercuts by showing your card.
Hundreds more discounts listed on the AAA website. There's also a free AAA iPhone and Android app to find AAA discounts in your area.
So even if you don't think you'll need roadside assistance or towing, it could really pay off having a AAA membership. Visit the Auto Club of Southern California website at www.calif.aaa.com/home.html for more information.