You may be familiar with the fact that travel discounts are readily available through automobile membership organizations such as AAA, Better World Club, GM Motor Club, or National Motor Club. But did you know that you can find travel savings in following places also?
AARP-Life experience has its benefits. Membership means that you have access to perks such as free Tanger Outlets’ coupon books, roadside assistance, regular vehicle maintenance discounts, restaurant and lodging discounts, and breaks on car and truck rental fees. Check out the full Member Benefits Guide.
Civic Organization Discounts-Are you a member of Civitan, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Jaycees Kiwanis, Lions Club, Optimist Club, Pilot Club, Rotary, Sertoma or another civic club? If so, head on over to the organization’s main website to check out the travel discounts that are available to you.
Credit Cards-Be sure and look into travel discount offers that may be available because of the credit card that you use. Some companies offer built-in car rental car coverage and flight insurance for trips booked using their cards. Some allow you to use accumulated purchase points towards the cost of hotel rooms and flights. Also, certain cards offer you access to online travel agency services that may save you on package bookings and can offer you valuable travel advice.
Credit Unions-If you belong to a credit union, you may be able to score discounts on admission to regional theme parks and access to package discounts through partner travel agencies. Also, you may be able to save on services such as roadside assistance or get free route planning assistance, which can be invaluable when you are traveling.
Educator’s Associations-Although they fall in the professional association category below, as well, these membership groups for teachers sometimes offer even more generous travel savings benefits than other associations.
Employer Benefits-Depending on where you work, you may be eligible for discount deals that your employer has worked out. Obviously, in general, the larger your employer , the better your chances are that saving arrangement have been made.
Fraternities and Sororities-Active and alumni members of chapters of these national organizations can often find auto insurance, and retail and lodging discounts.
Military-Whether active or retired military, a whole variety of travel savings are available to you. From places to spend the night to numerous entertainment attractions, good deals are waiting for you. Just Google the keywords of what you are looking for and “military discounts” and you may be really pleased with what you find.
Professional Associations-Your membership in a professional organization for your chosen career field may mean hotel, rental car, auto insurance, and shopping discounts are available to you.
Sports Associations-From the American Motorcyclist Association to the United States Tennis Association, membership means access to discounts on food, transportation, and a place to rest your head while on the road.
Trade Unions-Current and retired labor union members are eligible for a variety of travel discounts. For example, check out the AFL-CIO created Union Plus site. Many different unions offer their members access to flight, hotel, auto club, vacation package, theme park, and movie and Broadway show discounts through its collective buying power.
Warehouse Clubs-Do you belong to BJ’s, Costco, Sam’s Club, or an major wholesaler? Head to their websites to explore the travel savings that are available to you.
University Alumni Associations-Not only are active student eligible for lots of travel deals, but alumni, as well. Check with your college’s alumni association for details.
Other places to check for travel benefits if you are a member include banks, hotel rewards programs, insurance companies, and REI member benefits. If you know of others, please leave a comment and let us know about them.
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