If time and weather permit, driving to your destination can render some major cost savings, particularly if you're traveling with your significant other or family and would need to purchase multiple airline tickets. According to Steven Root, senior manager of loyalty marketing at Pilot Flying J, you can take those savings even further by joining a gas station's loyalty program. Like airlines and hotels, many gas stations also offer rewards for its loyal customers, such as discounts, redeemable points, free snacks and drinks, etc. The Pilot Flying J myRewards program, for example, promotes these special deals through its app, so you can save at the pump and on road trip snacks.
"If you're looking to save money when you hit the road this holiday season and beyond, it's smart to join a loyalty program of a major travel center or gas station," Root told POPSUGAR. "It's helpful to compare benefits and research to see what locations are available along your route and how to maximize your savings by preplanning your stops. Some companies give discounts to fuel up more than just your car, with offers to save on everything from snacks to drinks."