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AAA: Americans Are Falling for Autumn Travel

September 19th, 2017 by AAA

Fewer crowds, mild weather and budget-friendly options attract fall travelers

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 19, 2017) – Summer’s over and kids are back in school, but many people are making plans for at least one more getaway this fall, before the arrival of another busy holiday season. According to a new survey from AAA, more than one in four Americans (28 percent) expects to take a vacation this year between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

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“We have seen strong demand for travel throughout the course of the year, and Americans are discovering that traveling during the fall season is a best kept secret,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Travelers increasingly prioritize immersive travel experiences and autumn offers more opportunities for them to explore a destination’s local culture, thanks to fewer crowds and mild weather.”

In fact, Americans say the top benefits of taking a fall trip include:

  • Fewer crowds and children (68 percent);
  • Weather that is more favorable (63 percent); and,
  • The opportunity to find better value for the cost of their trip (55 percent).

 

“Savvy travelers can often find lower prices on everything from airfare and hotels to cruises and vacation packages, as travel companies offer incentives to fill their vacancies during the fall,” continued Sutherland.

Road trips are the preferred activity for fall travelers, with 62 percent of those planning a vacation intending to pack up their cars and hit the road. Thanks to milder weather, outdoor events such as fall festivals and visits to national and state parks are particularly popular with travelers this time of year. Twenty-six percent of those who are planning a fall vacation will take a trip to view fall foliage, a favorite pastime from the northeast and New England, to the mountains of North Carolina and Colorado.

The majority of fall travelers will stay within the United States, with Orlando, southern California, Hawaii and New York the most popular domestic travel destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings. Approximately one-third of fall travelers are planning an international vacation, with European destinations including Rome and London especially popular this time of year. This year’s top fall destinations based on AAA Travel bookings include:

 

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Anaheim, California
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. New York City
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada
  7. London, England
  8. Dublin, Ireland
  9. Boston, Massachusetts
  10. Cancun, Mexico

 

Before setting out on a fall getaway, travelers should contact their local AAA office for the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor who can provide personalized service and in-depth destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience. For more information about fall travel or to begin planning a trip, visit AAA.com/Travel.

AAA’s report presents the findings of a telephone survey (landline and cell phone) consisting of 1,011 adults living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this survey was conducted August 3-6, 2017. This study has an average statistical error of ±3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level for all U.S. adults.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 57 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. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

Julie HallMore than 103 million Americans will travel this holiday season

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 15, 2016) – More than 103 million Americans—the most on record—are expected to travel for the year-end holidays, according to AAA. This represents a 1.5 percent increase, or 1.5 million more people traveling, compared with last year. This comes despite one fewer travel day this holiday season. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Friday, December 23 to Monday, January 2, 2017.

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The increase in holiday travel this year is being driven by additional consumer spending, a result of improvements in the labor market and rising wages. Additionally, low gas prices and increased consumer optimism will prompt more Americans than ever to set out on road trips, take to the skies, or board trains, buses and cruise ships to celebrate the holidays.

“’Tis the season for holiday travel, and this year more Americans will travel to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year than ever before,” said AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney. “Rising incomes and continued low gas prices should make for a joyous holiday travel season.”

Most travelers will drive this holiday season The vast majority of travelers—93.6 million people—will take a holiday road trip, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 2.5 percent, with more than 6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease slightly, to 3.5 million travelers.

New Year’s gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $27 billion at the gas pumps so far this year compared to the same period last year. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.23, 23 cents more than the average price on New Year’s Day 2016 ($2.00). Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest New Year’s Day gas prices since 2009, when the national average was $1.62.

Holiday airfares, hotel rates and car rental prices mixed According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, holiday airfares are projected to average $204 for a roundtrip flight along the top 40 domestic routes. Rates for AAA Two and Three Diamond Rated lodgings are expected to increase 7 percent, with travelers spending an average of $128 and $160 per night, respectively. Daily car rental rates will average $66, slightly lower than last year’s holiday travel season.

Warm-weather destinations top the list of most popular holiday destinations With the exception of New York City—an-ever popular holiday destination—warm-weather locales in Nevada, Florida and California top the list of most popular destinations for this holiday season, based on AAA.com bookings.

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. New York City
  4. San Diego, California
  5. Anaheim, California

AAA to rescue more than 980,000 motorists this holiday season AAA expects to rescue more than 980,000 motorists over the 11-day holiday travel period, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. Drivers should have their vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the nearly 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.

For motorists who may encounter winter weather conditions during their holiday road trips, AAA recommends checking windshield wipers and inspecting tires to ensure safe drivability before setting out. Pack an emergency kit containing a snow shovel, flashlight, ice scraper, jumper cables, warning devices and extra warm clothing for everyone riding in the vehicle. When driving, slow down and do not tailgate. Leave following distances to a minimum of five to six seconds to allow additional braking room should a sudden stop become necessary.

Before hitting the road, drivers should also get plenty of sleep to avoid driving drowsy. Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who miss just one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep nearly double their risk for a crash. For long trips, drivers should travel at times when normally awake, schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles, avoid heavy foods, travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving, and avoid medications that cause drowsiness or other impairment.

Download the AAA Mobile app before a holiday getaway Before setting out on a holiday trip, travelers should download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can help map a route, find lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance, find AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and more. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

With the AAA Mobile app, travelers can also find more than 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. AAA’s is the only rating system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

About the travel forecast: AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS 2016 year-end holiday travel forecast can be found here.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 56 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. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

JulieHallStrong economy and low gas prices drive 4.7 percent increase in holiday travel over 2014

ORLANDO, Fla., (May 8, 2015) – AAA Travel projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years. Kicking off the summer driving season, 33 million travelers will be driving to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21 to Monday, May 25.

Highlights from 2015 Memorial Day Travel Forecast:

  • The 2015 Memorial Day forecast is expected to mark the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years, since 2005.
  • Most drivers will likely pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. Today’s national average price of gas is $2.66, $1.00 less than the average price on Memorial Day last year.
  • The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.
  • More than 88 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.
  • Holiday air travel is expected to increase 2.5 percent to 2.6 million leisure travelers.
  • Travel by other modes of transportation including cruises, trains and buses, is expected to decrease 3.6 percent this Memorial Day, to 1.64 million.
  • Travelers will encounter higher lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

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“Following a harsh winter, many Americans are trading in their snow boots for flip flops and making plans to start the season with a vacation getaway,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President. “AAA is expecting more Memorial Day travelers this year than any time in the past 10 years as confident consumers come out of hibernation ready to explore national parks, beach destinations and America’s great cities.”

A number of economic factors are contributing to the large increase in holiday travelers this year. “A strong employment market and low gas prices have driven consumer optimism to new highs and boosted Americans’ disposable income. This is welcome news for the travel industry,” continued Doney.

Impact of gasoline prices

Travelers continue to benefit from substantially lower gas prices compared to recent years. Today’s national average price is $2.66, $1.00 less than the average price for Memorial Day 2014. AAA predicts most U.S. travelers will pay the cheapest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years.

Tips for drivers

More than 88 percent (33 million) of holiday travelers will drive to their destination, a 5.3 percent increase from 2014. AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends motorists inspect their vehicle and check battery and tire condition before heading out on a holiday getaway. Members can download the AAA mobile app (AAA.com/mobile), visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance in the event of a breakdown.

Hotel rates increase, airfares fall slightly

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, the average nightly stay in a Two Diamond hotel is 16 percent higher this year at $144, while Three Diamond hotels will cost seven percent more, averaging $182. Average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes are two percent cheaper this year, falling to $222.

Travel planning resources

AAA’s digital tools for travel planning on the go include the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find current gas prices and discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Travelers can learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

On AAA.com, travelers can find more than 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants using the TripTik Travel Planner or the searchable Travel Guides at AAA.com/Travel. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Colorado-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Global Insight 2015 Memorial Day Travel Forecast can be found here.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 55 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. For more information about AAA Travel, visit AAA.com/Travel.

Hotels and resorts offer ice skating, winter wonderlands, gingerbread villages and more

ORLANDO, Fla., (Dec. 1, 2011) – For those who wait all year to deck the halls or for Jack Frost to nip at their nose, AAA polled its professional inspectors about their favorite places to find holiday magic. Travelers can find extravagant lighting displays, sensational decorations, traditional Christmas dishes and even indoor snowfalls at hotels, restaurants and attractions throughout the United States and Canada.

AAA inspectors’ 12 favorite lodgings for celebrating the holidays are listed below. Find additional lodgings — as well as restaurants and attractions — that provide an abundance of holiday cheer on the AAA travel blog at AAATravelViews.com.

The American Club, Kohler, Wis., AAA Five Diamond Classic Historic Resort Hotel

During the Christmas season this distinguished, world-class hotel wraps its trees in thousands of white lights and features professional carolers. On weekends, rides are offered in heated, enclosed horse-drawn carriages around the beautifully decorated town of Kohler. For the young ones, the hotel offers a variety of fun programs including a breakfast with Santa and ornament decorating.

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario, CAA/AAA Three Diamond Hotel

This hotel offers some of the most spectacular views of Niagara Falls available. Through Jan. 31, 2012, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights fills the city with holiday spirit. Each Friday night a spectacular fireworks display explodes over the Falls – and what better place to view it than from the comfort of your toasty warm room! The festival also includes a massive light display along the Niagara Parkway and at Dufferin Islands and a schedule of special events including concerts and family-friendly activities like ice skating at the TD Rink at the Brink.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, CAA/AAA Four Diamond Historic Resort Hotel

In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, just a 90-minute drive from Calgary, this beautiful, castle-like chateau is a recreational mecca for families wanting an active holiday vacation. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available at three area resorts. Beautiful decorations, caroling and holiday receptions make this a winter wonderland. Be sure to book early as the Christmas and New Year timeframe is high season here, and the hotel is usually booked to capacity well in advance.

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Wash., AAA Four Diamond Historic Hotel

This historic hotel transforms into Christmas Central for downtown Seattle with the public areas decked out in holiday décor. The hotel has regular holiday activities from Thanksgiving to Christmas including the “Christmas in Venice” gingerbread village, local choirs and a teddy bear suite ideal for themed stories and kids photo opportunities. For a special experience, try the holiday tea or enjoy a holiday meal with the family.

Fitzroy Hall, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CAA/AAA Three Diamond Historic Bed & Breakfast

During the holidays, the innkeepers lovingly transform this historic property into a portrait of days gone by. With its high-ceilinged rooms decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and twinkling lights, and the atmosphere pungent with the scent of fir boughs and nutmeg, the effect is both festive and magical. Traditional delicacies such as mincemeat tarts, ginger cookies, and spiced eggnog can be savored by the fire. Stepping out into the twilight of a snowy Charlottetown, guests think they’ve stepped into a Dickens novel.

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas, AAA Four Diamond Resort Hotel

Every year this hotel becomes a winter wonderland. The interior is a beautiful sight to see with 1.5 million lights, holiday decorations and children’s activities. The best part is that it doesn’t cost anything to tour the hotel, and you are not in the elements! Using over 2 million pounds of ice, artists have created a unique “Shrek the Halls” theme for this year’s experience. Additionally, they are offering Kung Fu Panda snow tubing with real snow!

Great Wolf Lodge, Lightfoot, Va., AAA Three Diamond Resort Hotel

During the holiday season, Great Wolf Lodge becomes a magical place with extensive activities and decorations. Children can attend special craft and Santa letter writing workshops, North Pole University and Elves Cub Club events. Nightly snowfalls and carols in the lobby are a special treat. New this year, a life-size gingerbread cottage is open for dining. The large resort also offers an indoor water park, spa, teen zone, kids club, arcade and other family-oriented activities.

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, Asheville, N.C., AAA Four Diamond Hotel

Each year, the National Gingerbread House Competition is held at the historic Grove Park Inn. Viewing for this year’s competition, the 19th annual, will be open through Jan. 1, 2012 — from Sunday to Thursday for the public and any time for hotel guests. Competitors at all skill levels and from across the country bring their creations, ranging from quaint cottages to elaborate castles. Wandering among the cinnamon-scented and candy-flecked concoctions is sure to put guests in a holly-jolly frame of mind.

Marriott Kansas City Downtown, Kansas City, Mo., AAA Three Diamond Hotel

The interior of the hotel is decorated for the season, but the most remarkable display appears on the building’s exterior. A 22-story-high light show on the south side of the building is visible from most of downtown. The display rotates through countless holiday scenes, from the lighting of a giant tree to Santa sliding down a chimney, for hours of viewing.

The Saint Paul Hotel, St. Paul, Minn., AAA Four Diamond Classic Historic Hotel

This grande dame hotel in downtown St. Paul gets all decked out for the holidays. Go for a skate around the outdoor ice rink, then come in and enjoy afternoon tea by the fireplace. Enjoy an evening stroll under falling snow to see the twinkling lights and giant Christmas tree in Rice Park, followed by a traditional holiday feast at the St. Paul Grill. Top it off with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the downtown historic area.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, S.C., AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel

From its oceanfront location to its high-end restaurants and superior service, this property specializes in elegance. During the holidays, the hotel embellishes its elaborate décor with traditional decorations. A collection of gingerbread houses is formally unveiled in early December to much pomp and circumstance, and Saturday means it is cookie decorating time. For the kids, Mrs. Claus offers a holiday storybook tea, including a keepsake copy of the book, while Santa offers early evening tuck-ins.

West Baden Springs Hotel, West Baden Springs, Ind., AAA Four Diamond Classic Historic Resort Hotel

The expansive domed atrium of this 1902 historic spa hotel is impressive in its own right, but with the added beauty of a 40-foot Christmas tree and hundreds of twinkling lights, the atmosphere is downright magical. Perfect for a romantic holiday retreat, couples can take advantage of the on-site spa to relax from the stress of the season. This season, families can also take a round-trip ride on the “Polar Express” each weekend in December at the nearby Indiana Railway Museum.

For more AAA inspector picks, insider tips and travel stories, visit AAA’s travel blog at AAATravelViews.com.

About AAA Inspections

AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and is the only rating system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations. AAA/CAA Approved lodgings and restaurants are assigned a rating of One to Five Diamonds. For 75 years AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections and publish the results for member travelers.

Listings of AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants can be accessed in the AAA TourBook guides, online at AAA.com/Travel and from smartphones using the free AAA TripTik Mobile app or AAA Mobile Web. In addition, AAA members can download free, digital eTourBook guides at AAA.com/ebooks.

About AAA

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 52 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., November 18, 2011 –

Members are eligible for savings on clothing, computers, toys, books, movies and more

For many Americans the start of the holiday shopping season brings anxiety instead of cheer due to tight household finances. Rather than adding intended gift recipients to the naughty list, AAA members can stretch their gift-giving budgets by taking advantage of member discounts. Last year AAA’s 52 million members used their membership cards to save nearly $2 billion on hotels, consumer electronics, books, clothing and more. Members also will find discounts on holiday gifts online, sending gifts to out-of-state relatives or making holiday travel plans.

“As Black Friday approaches some holiday shoppers are analyzing their holiday budgets with trepidation,” said Gail Acebes, director, AAA Partnership Programs. “When AAA members reach for their wallet they should remember that the same card they use for emergency roadside service and free travel guides and maps can provide savings on their holiday shopping.”

AAA members can save on holiday shopping at many retailers including:

  • Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Outlet Stores: 10 percent off purchases
  • Barnes & Noble®.com: 10 percent off and free shipping on qualifying orders of $25 or more
  • DELL®: Up to 10, 20, 30 percent or more on select items.
  • Shoes.com: 20 percent off most brand name shoes, including sale and clearance items
  • Payless ShoeSource®: 10 percent off regularly priced shoes and accessories
  • Bath & Body Works: 25 percent off your online purchase
  • Blue Nile:10 percent on fine jewelry and ring settings
  • Target.com: save $10 off online purchases of $100 or more

AAA members can find more online savings by visiting AAA.com/specialoffers including 15 percent off your purchase at The Children’s Place, 15 percent off orders more than $100 at Kohls.com, 10 percent off travel item orders at Vera Bradley and $10 off orders of $90 or more at JC Penney. Additionally, Show Your Card & Save discounts are available at popular outlets including Tanger Outlet Centers® and Reebok®, Rockport® Outlet Stores.

Send a gift direct to loved ones

Can’t attend holiday festivities but want to spread some holiday cheer? Send a centerpiece or gift basket from FTD.com or 1800flowers.com where members receive a 20 percent discount off any floral arrangement, plant or gift item. Still need to ship a gift? AAA members receive 15 percent off select services and five percent off UPS shipping at The UPS Store.

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

When holiday plans include travel, 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 Holiday Sweepstakes

AAA’s Holiday 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 52 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., September 9, 2009

Finding budget-stretching shopping discounts, travel deals and cheaper gasoline prices are just some of the ways AAA will help consumers this Fall and Winter 

While the worst of the recession may now be in the rearview mirror, many families are still searching for creative ways to stretch their holiday budgets this year.

Whether these expenditures involve gift-giving, travel or dining out, there are a variety of ways AAA can help its more than 51 million members financially this holiday season.

Rather than trying to save money by searching local shopping malls for a bargain, eating at fast food restaurants, and haggling with telephone operators for a decent hotel rate, AAA members can simply reach into their wallets for instant savings. They are also protected in several ways from major automotive-related expenses. And, they can go online to AAA.com to access various tools and products that will aid them this holiday season. If a family member or friend is not already a member of AAA, membership makes a great money-saving gift too. To join, go to AAA.com.

Six ways AAA helps consumers stretch and protect their holiday budgets

  1. Before they reach into their wallet for cash or a credit card, millions of AAA members pull out their membership card. AAA’s Show Your Card & Save® program is available at more than 164,000 locations in North America. Deals include discounts on meals, hotel rooms, themed attractions, car rentals, movie tickets, apparel and footwear, vision care, prescriptions and auto parts. Members also save online with well-known general merchandise retailers, as well as with many of the Internet’s best known and trusted specialty stores on items such as jewelry, floral arrangements, books and other media, and luggage. Visit AAA.com/discounts for a complete list. Last year, members saved an estimated $2.1 billion via the Show Your Card & Save program.
  2. When holiday plans include travel, seasoned travelers know to call or visit a AAA travel agent or go online to AAA.com/travel. AAA Travel Agency services are available to members and non-members, although members are entitled to special benefits. AAA, which operates the largest leisure travel agency network in North America, is able to provide access to unmatched travel values via its industry partnerships with leading travel providers, including the best tour and cruise companies, a wide range of hotel operators, numerous themed attractions and special destinations. In the current economy steep discounts, as well as free upgrades and extras are not uncommon, but holiday travelers should seek up–to-the-minute information for the best deals.
  3. AAA members don’t need to search all over town for the best prices on gasoline. Many members and non-members go to www.aaa.com/triptik for information on local gas prices updated as frequently as four times per day. AAA’s special relationship with the nation’s leading provider of retail fuel price information – Oil Price Information Service – makes this information available on AAA’s trip mapping and planning tool. This is also the ideal place to plan your holiday road trip. You can find hotels, restaurants and other points of interest. Plus, you can plot your travels to avoid toll roads if you wish. AAA maps and AAA TourBook® guides are also available free to members at their local office.
  4. A definite holiday budget buster can be an unexpected breakdown or major car repair. As a free public service, AAA inspects auto repair shops around the country and only approves those that meet and continually maintain high professional standards for equipment, customer service, cleanliness and training. To search for a AAA Approved Auto Repair shop nearby, visit AAA.com/repair. AAA recommends all motorists have their vehicles thoroughly inspected by a qualified technician at least once each year; especially if they are contemplating a long road trip. Regular inspections and maintenance can help consumers avoid major repair expenses, or the frustrating inconvenience of an automotive breakdown.
  5. When it comes to paying for all those holiday items, members can use a AAA credit card and reward themselves at the same time. The AAA WorldPoints® card allows members to earn points redeemable for cash, merchandise, gift cards, travel and more. Or, they can use the AAA Cash Rewards card that pays back 1 percent of total net retail purchases and there are no tiers to meet in order to get the best return possible. Cardholders not only get some of the best rewards available, the added benefits include no annual fee, reduced foreign transaction fee, and zero fraud liability.
  6. Should their vehicle fail them during the holiday rush, AAA’s legendary emergency road service is just a phone call or email away for members. Basic membership includes free towing from three to five miles (depending on local club policies) to any destination. AAA Plus members are entitled to 100 miles of free towing in any direction. Unlike most road service plans, AAA membership provides coverage for any vehicle they are driving or riding in. Experienced drivers know the expense of a tow alone will frequently pay the full cost of a one year membership in AAA. In addition, the motor club’s unique abilities as a roadside problem solver means members are not left alone to find a repair shop, arrange their own towing, secure a rental car or even make hotel arrangements should their holiday trip be disrupted. Last year, AAA responded to more than 29 million calls for roadside assistance.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 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.

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