Common Cents
Jan/Feb 2008 Issue
Members get lowest online hotel rates at AAA.com

Members who visit AAA.com to book a room with one of AAA’s hotel partners are more likely to find a better rate there than on other leading Web sites, according to a recent survey. In a review of several online travel booking sites, AAA.com offered AAA members the best daily hotel rate on partner hotels 64 percent of the time.

The quarterly survey of AAA member lodging rates, which has been conducted by Harris Interactive since February 2005, compares rates on AAA.com to Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, and AARP. AAA.com has consistently been more likely to have the best overall hotel rates.

The most recent online audit of published hotel prices found AAA.com offered the lowest rate on AAA partner hotels in the top 30 travel markets 64 percent of the time, followed by AARP, 17 percent; Expedia 10 percent; Travelocity 5 percent and Orbitz 2 percent. The study tracked rates at 42 AAA two, three and four Diamond properties throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Members enjoy numerous additional travel benefits on AAA.com, including:

• complete travel services backed by more than 1,100 offices, staffed with qualified AAA travel professionals.

• searchable TourBook® guides featuring AAA Diamond rated hotels and restaurants, plus thousands of things to see and do.

• AAA.com TripTik® mapping, routing, and trip planning tool.

• flexible AAA Drive Trips itineraries for popular drive destinations.

• the opportunity to read and write consumer reviews of hotels and other aspects of travel.

• discounted airline tickets, cruises, car rentals, vacation packages, and more.


Review insurance in ‘08

Improving financial health ranks among the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

Taking care of your finances iincludes having proper insurance protection in place. It’s a smart move that will help protect your family’s financial well being should the unexpected occur.

Here are some important insurance coverages to review on a yearly basis.

Auto coverage

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), if motorists only carry the minimum amount of liability insurance required by the state, there’s a good chance that an accident cost will exceed that amount. The III recommends carrying limits of $100,000 of bodily injury protection per person and $300,000 per accident.

Home coverage

If the value of your home has appreciated significantly, your homeowners’ insurance may no longer provide adequate coverage.

Whether you own or rent, it’s important to carry enough insurance to replace personal belongings. Consider supplemental coverage for valuables such as jewelry, fine art, or collectibles. Be sure to keep a home inventory and save receipts for expensive items in case you ever need proof of ownership for a claim.

Life coverage

Maybe there were significant changes in your life this past year, or perhaps you’ve considered buying more life insurance and have just put it off. But life insurance becomes more expensive as you get older and, if your health deteriorates, you may no longer qualify to increase or purchase new coverage.
Start out this New Year by talking with your AAA insurance agent and know that you are protected.


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