For hotel discounts the 'Lowest online price' or 'best available rate' from the hotel's website is often better than the AAA rate and the hotels can sometimes be had for even less on certain other websites.
<p>This has not been my experience with Marriott or Holiday Inn, especially HI Express, which we tend to like for road trips. for instance, for this Saturday night, cheapest "normal" rate for the Wash DC capital hill Residence Inn is $139. AAA is $132. Senior rate is much higher than either. Holiday Inn Washington Capital shows $100.99 "best available". AAA is $95.99. I should add that we've often found AAA discounts to be more than this.</p>
<p>The other area where we've found AAA discounts to be invaluable is in car rentals. I've been Hertz Gold for many years even though I don't do biz travel much anymore. We've found that most of the time Hertz with an AAA discount is the cheapest on airport option. Frequently, the combo beats off airport choices too, and we certainly get better cars than with a non-name rental company. For example, we did a two week UK trip in April of this year (visited DD who is at Oxford...). AAA+Hertz beat any other option by a good amount, and was very quick and convenient in and out of the airport. </p>
<p>Nothing like data to drive a conclusion.</p>