Put away those discount books and road atlases. In a seemingly unlikely pairing of brands, Google Maps and AARP have teamed together on a new road trip utility. Using the new tool, AARP members can plot a route using a custom Google Map, then add a layer to determine where they can find discounts along the way.
With partnerships across the travel spectrum, AARP offers members discounts in hotels, restaurants, car rentals, airlines, restaurants and entertainment. Hotels and resorts are one of the most expansive categories, with deals ranging from 10% off at a budget La Quinta to 20% at a luxury Westin.
A weekend trip using the tool could look something like this: Coffee and pastries for the drive at Dunkin Donuts, a stop for lunch at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., an overnight stay at a Hampton Inn, and shopping at a Tanger Outlet mall, all for a range of discounts off standard retail pricing. As with any member discount program, always check rates independently to determine if the deals really are the best available.
The map tool lets you chart a course between two destinations (as shown in the accompanying image), or search for a specific address or attraction and plot nearby merchants offering AARP discounts. The maps cover the entire U.S., but AARP notes that some regions will have greater concentrations of participating businesses than others. You can preview the tool at discounts.aarp.org, but only AARP members are eligible for the discounts.
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