SpareFoot, an online marketplace for self-storage consumers, has partnered with the AAA Discounts & Rewards program of the AAA (American Automobile Association) motor club and leisure-travel organization to create a nationwide network of storage facilities approved to offer discounts to club members. AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. It also offers discounts through more than 114,000 businesses on products and services including moving and storage, hotels, restaurants, and retail.
To participate in the program, self-storage operators must be a member of SpareFoot and meet a set of benchmarks that demonstrate a commitment to AAA’s customer-service standards. This includes a minimum of five customer reviews on the operator’s SpareFoot listing and an average customer rating of more than four stars. Operators must also have unrestricted integration with self-storage management software platforms from Centershift Inc., QuikStor Security & Software, or SMD Software Inc. (SiteLink).
In addition, eligible facilities must have an onsite manager. Appointment-only and unmanned storage properties will not be considered, according to the SpareFoot website.
“Only the best facilities in the SpareFoot network will qualify for the AAA program,” said Chuck Gordon, co-founder and CEO of SpareFoot. “Since the AAA brand is so respected and trusted, these facilities will have to meet and maintain strict quality criteria to be affiliated with AAA Discounts & Rewards.”
Approved facilities will be promoted across AAA marketing channels and designated on the SpareFoot website with a special icon.
AAA members who use SpareFoot to reserve a self-storage unit at approved facilities will receive their first month free from the participating storage company and a $20 Amazon gift card paid for by SpareFoot.
“AAA is pleased to unite with SpareFoot, the nation’s largest aggregator of self-storage,” said Scott Denman, vice president of AAA Financial Services and Member Benefit Programs. “Partnering to offer AAA Discounts & Rewards at premium facilities that meet high service standards further affirms our commitment of helping members save on everyday expenses.”
Founded in 2008, SpareFoot helps consumers find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. With a network of more than 7,000 storage facilities ranging from mom-and-pop operations to real estate investment trusts, the company reaches prospective storage renters though partnerships with brands including SelfStorage.com, ForRent.com and Penske Truck Rental.