AAA Inspections

In 1937, AAA hired its first hotel and restaurant inspectors to travel America’s roads and report their findings for AAA members.

Other Events in History Around That Time:

  • Amelia Earhart disappears somewhere over the Pacific on an around-the-world flight
  • The premiere of Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” movie in cinemas
  • San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens to traffic
  • The Hindenburg Disaster in Lakehurst, NJ – which brought the end of the passenger airship/zeppelin travel era
  • Classic fantasy novel “The Hobbit” by J. R. R. Tolkien is published

Today, AAA is the only entity that employs a staff of full-time, professionally trained inspectors to evaluate properties on an ongoing basis. AAA also designates more hotels, restaurants and attractions than any other professional rating system – over 77,000 and counting.

Hear why other hotels and restaurants say they value having a relationship with AAA Diamond designated establishments.

All AAA inspections are unannounced to ensure an unbiased experience. Properties do not pay to be inspected, designated or listed by AAA because the program exists to serve AAA/CAA members. Our goal is to provide members with solid, trusted recommendations on places to eat, stay and play. To view more testimonials, visit The Value of AAA Diamonds YouTube channel.


AAA Inspectors in Action

AAA inspectors are active in social media. Check out our AAA Inspector and AAA Travel Twitter pages to see if they have tweeted about your establishment.

Getting Started

Not yet AAA Diamond designated but interested in learning more? Visit AAA Applications for more information.

If your establishment is already AAA Diamond designated, no action is necessary. You are automatically set up to be evaluated by AAA on a recurring basis. Check out the Inspections FAQ.

Inspections & Diamond designation customer support: AAAInspections@national.aaa.com.