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From Highways to Health Plans: How the Gigforce Benefits from AAA and Stride Membership

AAA and Stride aim to reduce the confusion and unpredictability of gig benefits to a minimum with their membership and subscription services. If you're a gig worker on the road or an independent contractor tangled up in healthcare options, here’s a detailed look at how these two companies are excelling with their support.

AAA is known for its roadside assistance, but its value for traveling gig workers and those on driving apps extends far beyond help on the highways. With an annual basic membership costing just $65, the value of the following range of discounts is substantial and the time it can save you is immeasurable. Benefits include:

  • Hertz Gold Plus Elite Status, for upgrades, fast track pick-up, and a higher percentage of points accumulation. as well as 30% off rentals.

  • 24/7 towing assistance, which is essential for gig workers dependent on cars.

  • An average 15% discount on hotel rates that often does not include resort fees.

  • 10%-30% off national dining and entertainment venues.

  • Up to 30% off tech at sites like Samsung.

  • Even save $25 on tax preparation services with TaxAct.

  • One of the best hacks ever is access to over 12,500 gyms nationwide at $28 a month, through their Active and Fit program.

However, there are lesser-known benefits to remember with the $65* a month membership.

  • AAA provides battery testing and replacement services directly on the spot.

  • If you run out, AAA will deliver enough fuel to get you to the nearest gas station.

  • AAA offers identity monitoring services that can alert you to potential fraud.

  • If your vehicle breaks down more than 100 miles from home, AAA will reimburse you for additional travel expenses incurred.

  • *Some AAA plans include reimbursements for attorney fees related to driving violations or vehicle registration issues.

Stride Health is much more than a mileage tracking app and tax support. Emerging as a critical tool for independent workers, Stride Health simplifies the confusing world of life, health, vision, and dental insurance. For a group that often lacks traditional employment benefits, Stride Health’s offerings are a lifeline by acting as a broker for Affordable Care Act and marketplaces for specific insurance companies. These curated options are designed to help users avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many choices that meet the diverse needs and financial situations of their members. Since Stride also integrates with your accounting and mileage tracking, it makes sense to streamline everything under one roof.

However, if you have specific medical needs or want broader coverage, you'll need to do research outside of the Stride ecosystem. And since Stride’s offerings are tied to the Affordable Care Act and its specific insurance partners, changes in healthcare laws may impact the availability of the plans offered. Users must stay informed about such changes to maintain optimal coverage. But it's a good national option at a slightly affordable price, done in a visually appealing way, making it one of the least expensive and streamlined options available.

For gig workers and traveling freelancers, AAA and Stride Health offer more than just services—they provide support for your independent lifestyles. AAA’s lifestyle and travel discounts/benefits, combined with Stride Health's curated comprehensive insurance and tax management, create a safety net that aids freelancers and those looking to thrive in the gig economy.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are solely mine and have not been sponsored or underwritten by any of the companies mentioned. All content is provided for informational purposes only and reflects my honest experiences.


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