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Ginnie PritchettMembers can now access their AAA membership conveniently from the home screen on their iPhone® or iPod touch®

ORLANDO, Fla., (July 17, 2013) – AAA members can now add their AAA membership card to Passbook on any iOS 6.0, iPhone or iPod touch device through the AAA Mobile app. With a touch of the “Add to Passbook” button, users’ can display their AAA membership card electronically.

“AAA Mobile provides convenient solutions to members on the go. The Passbook capability is just one more way AAA is addressing market trends and member needs and expectations in new and innovative ways,” says AAA Managing Director of Mobile Products and Commercial Markets Jeff Green.

To add a AAA membership card to Passbook users need to download the AAA Mobile app from the App Store and enter their membership information. Once the card displays, tap “Add to Passbook.”  AAA Mobile is available to all mobile users; however some services and benefits are only available to AAA members such as roadside assistance and discounts.

Along with the digital AAA membership card, AAA Mobile offers digital access to services, such as mapping and gas price comparison, as well as member-exclusive benefits including location-based roadside assistance and discounts. The AAA Mobile app, available for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as iPad and Android smartphones is the perfect companion for any member.

AAA urges motorists to minimize distractions behind the wheel by not using wireless devices, such as cell phones with mobile applications, while driving.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited at AAA.com.

Ginnie PritchettORLANDO, Fla., (May 1, 2013) – As everyone searches for their biggest sombrero and makes plans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, AAA strongly encourages to arrange a safe ride home before they partake in any festivities.

AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result.  PreventDUI.AAA.com is an online resource offering impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  Once there, AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

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While not a nationwide program, a number of AAA clubs offer Tow-to-Go or Tipsy Tow service on select dates for members and nonmembers. This service is not available everywhere. AAA strongly encourages family and friends to pick a designated driver before they head out on Cinco de Mayo.

*Please note availability is subject to change without notice

The following AAA Clubs offer Tipsy Tow/ Tow to Go programs for Cinco de Mayo:

  • The Auto Club Group (Statewide in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Program is called “Tow-to-Go”)
  • AAA Arizona (statewide)
  • AAA New Jersey Automobile Club (Morris, Essex and Union counties/Program is offered year-round & called Safe Tow)

For a comprehensive list of other community programs listed state by state, please visit AAA’s DUI Justice Link Website

ORLANDO, Fla., (January 29, 2013) – As football fans across America head to Super Bowl festivities this weekend, AAA strongly encourages revelers to arrange a safe ride home before their teams hit the field.

AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result.  PreventDUI.AAA.com is an online resource offering impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  Once there, AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

While not a nationwide program, a number of AAA clubs offer Tow-to-Go or Tipsy Tow service on select dates for members and nonmembers. This service is not available everywhere.

The following AAA Clubs offer Tipsy Tow programs for the Super Bowl Game this weekend (February 3):

  • AAA Arizona (Statewide)
  • The Auto Club Group (Statewide in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Program is called “Tow-to-Go”)
  • AAA New Jersey Automobile Club (Program is offered year-round & called Safe Tow)

For a comprehensive list of other community programs listed state by state, please visit AAA’s DUI Justice Link Website.

WASHINGTON, D.C., (December 26, 2012) – As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds drivers and passengers alike of the dangers on the roads this New Year’s Day, which consistently ranks as the year’s deadliest day for alcohol-related fatalities. To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA is announcing its support of ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders, and offers important safety advice to partygoers.

“AAA is not alone in its concern about impaired driving or strong support for tough policies for convicted drunk drivers,” said AAA Traffic Safety Advocacy Director Jake Nelson. According to the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than nine in 10 drivers consider it a serious threat to their personal safety when others drink and drive, and nearly all (97 percent) surveyed find it unacceptable for a driver to get behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink.  To prevent these dangers, nearly eight in 10 Americans support requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders, even if it’s their first conviction.

Research has identified ignition interlock devices (IIDs) as a proven way to save lives. AAA’s recommendation to require the use of IIDs for all convicted offenders is grounded in research.  “Evidence clearly shows that IIDs are more effective than other methods at reducing re-arrest among convicted drunk drivers and keeping them off the road,” said Nelson.

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AAA is reaching out to motorists on the heels of a recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) decision to support laws requiring IID use for all first-time DUI offenders—one of several new recommendations issued to help curb alcohol-related traffic injury and death.  “I commend AAA for stepping up for safety,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. “Technologies, such as ignition interlocks, will reduce alcohol-related crashes on our nation’s roadways.  We look forward to working alongside AAA and its clubs to eliminate the nation’s top killer on our roadways – impaired driving.”

Preventing drinking and driving is a shared responsibility to save lives. While AAA advocates expanding IID use to all persons convicted of drunk driving, New Year’s Eve partygoers can do their part by heeding the following advice:

  • Always plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins
  • Never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink
  • Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink
  • Do not hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired
  • Call a taxi for a friend in need
  • Be a responsible host in reminding guests to stay safe and always offer alcohol-free beverages
  • If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself)
  • Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs also can impair your ability to drive safely

Visit PreventDUI.AAA.com for impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

(ORLANDO, Fla., December 18, 2012) As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate the upcoming holidays, AAA urges motorists to remember the safety precautions they should take during this festive season. Drive only while drug and alcohol-free, select a designated driver for the evening, plan to take a cab or stay with a friend.

AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result. PreventDUI.AAA.com is an online resource offering impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  Once there, AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

While not a nationwide program, a number of AAA clubs offer Tow-to-Go or Tipsy Tow services on select dates for members and nonmembers. This service is not available everywhere. AAA strongly encourages motorists to pick a designated driver before they head out for any celebrations.

*Please note availability is subject to change without notice

AAA Clubs Currently Offering a Tipsy Tow Program for Christmas & New Year’s Eve

Programs Available for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

  • The Auto Club Group (Statewide in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Program is called “Tow-to-Go”)
  • AAA Arizona (statewide)
  • AAA New Jersey Automobile Club (Morris, Essex and Union counties)
  • AAA South Dakota (Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton
  • AAA Oklahoma (Metro Tulsa, Metro Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Enid, Muskogee, Tahlequah and Lawton)
  • AAA Northern California (in all club territories)
  • AAA Nevada ( Statewide)
  • AAA Utah (Statewide)
  • AAA Tidewater (Greater Hampton Roads area : Cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Yorktown and Williamsburg, VA) – program runs through January 1
  • AAA Northwest Ohio ( available in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Henry, Williams, Defiance, Paulding and Ottawa counties)
  • AAA  MountainWest (Helena, East Helena, Montana City, Belgrade, Bozeman, Billings and Missoula and Anchorage, Alaska)

Program available for New Year’s Eve Only

  • Automobile Club of Southern California (in all club territories)
  • AAA Texas (statewide)
  • AAA New Mexico (statewide)
  • AAA Hawaii
  • AAA Alabama – (Program is called Tow-For-Life)
  • AAA Allied Group
  • (Connecticut -Hartford, Tolland, Middlesex, New London, and Windham) Program is called ArriveSafe and drives motorists vehicles home
  • Ohio (Cincinnati only) Program is called Care Cab 768-FREE (3733) (AAA has no call center involvement)
  •  Kansas (Shawnee County -Topeka area only) Care Cab 785-357-4444 (AAA has no call center involvement)

For a comprehensive list of other community programs listed state by state, please visit AAA’s DUI Justice LinkWebsite.

Members are eligible for savings on a new wardrobe, school supplies, dorm décor, computers and more

ORLANDO, Fla., August 17, 2012 – Families with children in grades K-12 will spend an average of $688.62 on apparel, school supplies and electronics, according to the National Retail Federation. New clothes, school supplies and electronics can help get students excited for the academic year, but these supplies can be very costly. AAA members shopping with Show Your Card & Save® partners can save on everything from crayons to dorm room décor, as well as laptops, clothing and prescription eye glasses.

“Prepping for the new school year can put a strain on household budgets,” said Gail Acebes, director, AAA Partnership Programs. “AAA wants to remind members that the same card in their wallet that offers the security of roadside assistance can lead to substantial savings on everything needed for a successful academic year.”

AAA members can save on back-to-school shopping at many retailers including:

  • DELL®: Up to 10, 20, 30 percent or more on select items
  • New York & Company: 15 percent off regular priced clothing
  • Sprint:  10 percent off monthly service plan and waived activation fee on all new line activations on select plans.
  • Target.com: 10 dollars off online purchase of 100 dollars or more
  • Payless ShoeSource®: 10 percent off regularly priced shoes and accessories
  • Reebok:  20 percent off with free shipping to U.S. addresses when shopping online at AAA.com/reebok
  • Sylvan Learning : 50 percent off Sylvan Skills Assessment,15 percent off tuition of a Sylvan program and one month free subscription to SylvanMathPrep.com
  • LensCrafters®, Pearle Vision®, Sears Optical®, Target Optical®: members receive 30 percent off complete pairs of eyewear, sunglasses and accessories

Additionally, Show Your Card & Save discounts are available at popular outlets including Tanger Outlet Centers®, Reebok® and Rockport® Outlet Stores, Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Outlet Stores. AAA members can find even more savings from brands like K-Mart, Kohls, Office Max, Shoes.com and more when they visit AAA.com/specialoffers.

Visit AAA.com/discounts for details, a full listing of offers and restrictions. AAA members can easily find their way to savings by downloading the AAA Mobile app, available for iPhone and Android compatible devices. The free, GPS-based “app” displays retail locations of AAA Show Your Card & Save partners near user locations.

Last year, members saved more than $1.5 billion by taking advantage of AAA/CAA discounts including those available through the Show Your Card & Save® program for an average member savings of $102. AAA’s Show Your Card & Save program is one of the largest member discount programs in the world offering more than 164,000 locations for savings worldwide including 110,000 retail locations in North America and popular online retailers. Visit AAA.com/discounts for a complete list of retailers and offers.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

AAA’s TripTik Mobile app puts room reservations and cost savings at travelers’ fingertips   

ORLANDO, Fla., (April 2, 2012) – As gas prices continue to rise, travelers are seeking additional sources of price information and available savings.  AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, announces the launch of new capabilities in a trusted travel information resource, the AAA TripTik Mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphone users.  The free AAA TripTik Mobile application uses first of its kind functionality – powered by Travelocity Partner Network – to put hotel room reservations at users’ fingertips via their smartphone or tablet.     

AAA members on the go in need of hotel reservations at the last minute or well in advance can now easily book available rooms, research property amenities and take advantage of AAA member room rates with a simple tap of the book button. Gas station locations, frequently updated gas prices and more than 2,000 publicly available electric vehicle charging stations are other valuable travel budgeting features available with the free AAA TripTik Mobile app. 

“The integration of the new mobile hotel booking engine into our TripTik mobile app provides unmatched convenience and cost savings to AAA members on the go,” said Ted Petty, managing director, AAA Travel Technology. “The addition brings enhanced versatility to an already valuable and trusted travel tool,” added Ramin Kalhor, managing director, AAA Publishing Systems.   

Smartphone users can download the free GPS-based AAA TripTik Mobile app from the iTunes Store, Android Market, or find more information at AAA.com/Mobile.

Additional GPS-based apps include AAA Discounts, which displays nearby member discount locations and AAA Roadside, which enables members who need roadside rescue to send AAA their location, vehicle description and breakdown details. The AAA Insurance app guides users on what to do immediately after a traffic collision, and AAA Auto Buying Tools helps prospective buyers build their ideal car and view pricing, ratings, AAA reviews and more.  

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

Members are eligible for savings on Valentine gifts including candy, flowers, jewelry and more  

ORLANDO, Fla., (Jan. 27, 2012) –Money may not buy love, but saving money on gifts is a wise move for budget conscious shoppers looking  to let the special people in their lives know they are thinking of them this February. Last year AAA’s 52 million members used their membership cards to save nearly $2 billion on hotels, jewelry, books, clothing and more. Members also will find discounts on sending gifts to loved ones including flowers and chocolates. 

“Most members are aware of the discounts available for planning a romantic getaway, but we are committed to providing additional benefits and discounts for AAA members on everyday expenses including gift giving for loved ones,” said Gail Acebes, director, AAA Partnership Programs. “The same card that provides peace of mind with emergency roadside rescue and free travel guides and maps can provide savings on household repairs, pet care, jewelry and more.”

Savings to spoil your sweetheart this February

AAA members can save on shopping at many retailers including:

  • 1-800Flowers: 20 percent off product price
  • FTD: 20 percent off floral arrangements, plants or gifts
  • Blue Nile: 10 percent off fine jewelry and ring settings
  • Target.com:  $10 off online purchases of $100 or more

AAA members can find more online savings by visiting AAA.com/specialoffers including:

  • Bath & Body Works: 25 percent off purchases at AAA.com
  • Harry and David: 20 percent off purchase of $50 or more at AAA.com
  • Zales.com: $25 off orders more than $200 at AAA.com

Visit AAA.com/discounts for details and a full list of offers. AAA members can easily find their way to savings by downloading the AAA Discounts app, available for iPhone and Android compatible devices. The free, GPS-based “app” displays retail locations of AAA Show Your Card & Save partners near user locations. 

AAA travel discounts

Planning a romantic getaway is the perfect expression of love in celebration of  Valentine’s Day. AAA members can take advantage of discounts and exclusive rates through AAA’s travel partners including hotel partners and Hertz car rental. AAA, which operates one of the largest leisure travel agency networks in North America, is able to provide access to unmatched travel value.

Show Your Card & Save I Heart Discounts Sweepstakes

AAA’s Savings Sweepstakes offers a chance to win an iPad® 2 or one of thousands of instant win prizes.  Visit AAA.com/PlayToWin for details and to enter daily through February 29, 2012.   

Last year, members saved nearly $2 billion by taking advantage of AAA/CAA discounts including those available through the Show Your Card & Save® program. AAA’s Show Your Card & Save program is one of the largest member discount program in the world offering more than 164,000 locations for savings worldwide including 110,000 retail locations in North America and popular online retailers. Visit AAA.com/discounts for a complete list of retailers and offers.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides nearly 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

New AAA App Makes Auto Buying Easy

January 18th, 2012 by admin

AAA Auto Buying Tools app provides valuable market price information giving consumers buying confidence

ORLANDO, FL  (January 18, 2012) – Buying a new car is certainly stressful, but being armed with AAA’s new Auto Buying Tools app can make the process a lot easier.  Available on the Apple iPhone, AAA’s new Auto Buying Tools app gives consumers the ability to modify car details in real-time and refresh pricing data on the show room floor.

“This tool will give consumers the confidence and information they need to make an educated decision when buying a car,” says Marshall L. Doney, AAA National Vice President, Automotive, Financial Services and e-Business. “AAA wants to insure its members are prepared and knowledgable about available member benefits when making such an important decision.”

With AAA’s Auto Buying Tools app, prospective buyers can build the car they want, including options and available incentives, while viewing market pricing, crash safety ratings, AAA reviews, images and much more.

Key features of the AAA Auto Buying Tools App:

  • Search new cars by make/model, style and list price (MSRP)
  • Build your ideal car, down to color and trim
  • Features, specs, and crash safety ratings
  • AAA vehicle reviews and car buying services*
  • VIN number entry for quick, exact specifications
  • Save searches and cars to favorites
  • Share car details on Facebook, Twitter or email
  • Compare two customized vehicles

* AAA Member Pricing and Reviews not available for some models or in certain areas.

AAA’s Auto Buying Tools app is the fifth from AAA and is available for free from the iTunes App Store.  Please visit AAA.com/mobile for further details.  The other AAA apps include:

  • AAA Insurance app provides AAA’s recommended steps on what to do immediately after a traffic collision and helps you gather important information about the crash needed to submit an insurance claim.
  • AAA TripTik Mobile is a GPS-based app with maps showing gas station locations and pricing along with points of interest, such as AAA-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions, near a user’s location or any user-specified location.
  • AAA Discounts app, with more than a million downloads, also uses GPS technology to display nearby AAA Show Your Card & Save locations.
  • AAA Roadside enables AAA members who require emergency road service to send their vehicle description, location and breakdown details directly to AAA.

Devices such as smartphones with mobile applications are valuable tools before a vehicle is in motion; however, they greatly increase motorist distractions when used while driving.  Distracted driving can have deadly consequences.  AAA urges motorists to minimize distractions behind the wheel by not using wireless devices, such as cell phones with mobile applications, while driving.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

ORLANDO, Fla., (Dec. 14, 2011) –

Expected travel volume will be second highest in past ten years, representing nearly 30 percent of U.S. population

AAA forecasts 91.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2011-12 Year-End holiday travel season, a 1.4 percent increase over the 90.7 million people who traveled one year ago. This year’s expected Year-End holiday travel volume is the second highest in the past decade and represents 30 percent of the total U.S. population.  The 11-day Year-End holiday period is the longest holiday travel season of the year, affording many more Americans time to visit family or take vacations.  AAA defines the Year-End holiday travel season as Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 to Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

“It’s a positive sign for the travel industry that so many Americans are planning to travel this holiday season, collectively contributing to the second-highest year-end holiday travel volume in the past ten years,” said Bill Sutherland, vice president, AAA Travel Services.  “As our lives get busier, it is so important to create opportunities for the rest and rejuvenation that result from vacation travel and connecting with family and friends, especially during the holidays.”

Economic improvements are continuing at a very slow pace, and consumer surveys show active concern and pessimism over that pace.  The measure of economic activity, real gross domestic product, is expected to increase for the fourth quarter of 2011 by 1.5 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.  While 1.5 percent growth is still slow, it is a slight increase over the expected 1.3 percent fourth quarter growth predicted only one month ago, and the primary factor expected to drive this year’s modest increase in expected Year-End holiday travel.

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While pent-up demand was projected to inspire significant Thanksgiving holiday travel growth this year, holiday travel at the end of the year is less cyclical so pent-up demand has less effect.  Travel during the Year-End holiday period did not see the dramatic drop in travel following the 2008 recession that other holiday periods experienced.  The 2008-09 Year-End holiday travel volume of 85.7 million was only 8.5 percent less than the 93.7 million Year-End holiday travel during the 2006-07 peak.  Year-End holiday travel has grown each year since 2008-09; 89.5 million in 2009-10; 90.7 million in 2010-11; 91.9 million this year.

Fifty-nine percent of intending travelers feel the economy has either no impact on their travel plans or  they feel like things have improved for them. The remaining 41 percent state an intention to scale back travel plans due to economic concerns.  Last year, 67 percent of intending travelers stated that their travel plans were not impacted by the economic conditions at that time.  Given current economic conditions, a majority of travelers reporting no economic impact on their travel plans is a positive sign for the travel industry and another reminder of just how important traveling is to Americans.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Boston-based economic research and consulting firm teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during the major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA / IHS Global Insight 2011-12 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast can be found at NewsRoom.AAA.com.

Automobile is top transportation choice, increases 2.1 percent

Approximately 83.6 million people (91 percent of holiday travelers) plan to take to the nation’s roadways this Year-End holiday travel season, a 2.1 percent increase compared to 2010-11 when the number of auto travelers totaled 81.9 million.  This year’s projected automobile travel volume is the second highest in the past decade and only 100,000 less than the 2006-07 auto travel peak of 83.7 million.  Automobile travel remains the preferred choice of transportation for 2011-12 Year-End holiday travelers as nearly 27 percent of the total U.S. population will hit the road.

The current national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is approximately $3.26 per gallon, about 29 cents more than one year ago.  However, the national average price is about 72 cents less than this year’s peak price of $3.98 on May 5.

Air travel down nearly 10 percent

About 5.4 million leisure travelers (six percent of holiday travelers) will fly during the Year-End holiday travel period, a 9.7 percent decrease from 2010-11.  This year’s air travel volume is the seventh lowest in the past ten years as nearly two million fewer Year-End holiday travelers are expected to fly than did during the decade’s air travel peak in 2002-03.  Jet fuel costs and capacity cuts continue to impact holiday air travel.  According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, Year-End holiday airfares are expected to be 21percent higher than last year with an average lowest round-trip rate of $210 for the top 40 U.S. air routes. This is the highest Year-End holiday average airfare in the past five years.

Train, bus, other modes of travel increases 4.2 percent  

Other modes of travel (bus, trains, watercraft, multi-modal travel) will make up the remaining three percent of the total person-trips, with 2.9 million people expected to travel by these modes, 4.2 percent higher than 2010-11.  Economic conditions are dictating that some Americans that otherwise might travel by air or automobile are traveling by these alternative modes of transportation.

Hotel rates increase; car rental rates decrease

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond or mid-range lodgings are expected to increase a modest one percent from last year with travelers spending an average of $126 per night compared to $125 one year ago.  Travelers planning to stay at AAA Two Diamond hotels can expect to pay four percent more at an average cost of $92 per night, up from $88 last year.  Daily car rental rates are $40 on average, a 21 percent decrease from one year ago and the lowest seen in the past five years. As the demand for used cars fluctuates or car manufacturers offer fewer opportunities for buying back fleets it can become harder for car rental companies to shrink their fleet to meet demand.  With a larger pool of cars in the market, car rental companies must lower pricing to match supply and demand.

Travel distance decreases; median spending increases

According to a survey of traveler intentions, the average distance traveled by Americans during the Year-End holiday travel season is expected to be 726 miles, a decline from 2010-11 when travelers planned to log an average of 1,052 miles.  Propelling the reduction in expected travel miles is the 9.7 percent decline in air travel and indications that many air travelers are choosing shorter-distance flights.  The percentage of expected trips with a round trip distance above 1,500 miles decreased from 23 percent last year to 17 percent this year.  Median spending is expected to be $718, which is a three percent increase from $694 last year. Fuel and transportation costs combine to consume the largest share of holiday spending (32 percent), followed by shopping and food and beverages (tied at 19 percent). Other expenditures include accommodations (15 percent), entertainment and recreation (12 percent), and other costs (four percent).

Year-End Holiday Travel Tips

More Americans travel during the Year-End holiday season than during any other holiday period throughout the year.  Our nation’s roadways and airports will be busier than normal, so holiday travelers should be sure to pack more patience.  AAA offers these important travel tips that can help everyone have an enjoyable and safe Year-End holiday season.

- Plan ahead.  Use a travel planning tool like AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner available at AAA.com

to help identify the best driving routes, rest stops, and shop the latest gas prices.  Our nation’s highways will be crowded with both holiday travelers and day-trippers.  Continuously monitor weather conditions along your route and be prepared with contingency plans.  Doing your homework could save valuable time, fuel costs, and improve travel safety.

- Arrive early.  Airports will be crowded and security steps may be intensified so allow additional time at your departure airport.  For domestic flights, arrive at least two hours prior to your departure and arrive at least three hours early for international flights.  Busier airports may require even earlier arrival times.  Monitor weather conditions closely, and before leaving home, visit your airline’s website for updates about the status of your flight.

- Avoid the 3 Deadly D’s of Driving:

  1. Drunk or Drugged Driving.  Remember that impairment begins with the first sip of alcohol.     A designated driver should be alcohol-free, not merely the person in your party who has consumed the least amount of alcohol.  Many medications have side effects that cause impairment, so read medication labels thoroughly.

 

  1. Drowsy Driving.  Get seven to nine hours of sleep before driving.  Take a break every 100 miles or two hours.  Do not drive during hours when you routinely sleep.  If you feel tired while driving, pull over to a safe location and take a 20-to 30-minute nap.
  1. Distracted Driving.  It is the driver’s responsibility to keep eyes, mind and body fully focused on the task of driving.  Assign a passenger to be the designated texter, talker, and navigator.  If traveling alone, pull over to a safe location to use your cell phone or adjust your navigation device, then proceed on your trip distraction free.  Child and pet passengers can be distractions to drivers, so allow another adult passenger to interact with these family members.

Ninety AAA eTourBook Guides now available for members to download

For year-end vacation planning, members can download AAA’s free digital eTourBook guides for smartphones and ereader devices. Refreshed continuously with new information, each digital guide available for download highlights a top North American travel destination, complete with AAA Editor’s Picks, listings for AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, attractions, events and nightlife and other proprietary information available only through AAA. Top downloads for 2011 from AAA.com/ebooks include Orlando, New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Mobile App helps travelers find directions, fuel prices and more on the go

Travelers concerned about how fuel prices will impact their travel budget can use the free, GPS-based AAA TripTik Mobile app to compare prices for all grades of gasoline at nearby stations. The app also offers all travelers maps and directions and location information for hotels and points of interest.

In addition to the printed travel guides and maps available at club offices nationwide, AAA makes trip planning tools accessible online and via mobile devices travelers use every day. Along with the TripTik Mobile app, AAA offers iPhone and Android versions of its AAA Discounts, AAA Insurance and AAA Roadside apps. Using GPS technology, AAA Discounts displays nearby locations that offer AAA members a Show Your Card & Save discount.   AAA Roadside transmits a user’s location and details about a vehicle breakdown when a member requests AAA Roadside Assistance.  The AAA Insurance app provides step-by-step guidance on how to gather valuable crash scene information.  Membership is not required to download and use AAA apps but is needed to take advantage of AAA member features and benefits such as discounts.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since it’s founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

 

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