Common Cents
May/June 2008 Issue
Summer travel savings

Wherever you vacation this summer, take advantage of the wide range of travel-related savings your AAA card packs. Here are just a few of many money-saving ideas.
  • Best Western–The World’s Largest Hotel Chain®. Save 10 percent off the best available rate. Join the AAA Preferred Gold Crown Club, the exclusive frequent guest program, and earn 10 percent bonus points for each qualified stay, satisfaction guaranteed. For reservations, go to, visit your AAA Travel office, or call 1-866-AAA-SAVE.
  • Busch Gardens. Save up to 15 percent at or at your participating AAA office. AAA members also receive $5 off the multi-park pass product at the gate, $3 off general admission at participating parks, and 10 percent off up close dining (visit Guest Relations).
  • Visit to find out how you can save at home, across the country, and around the world.

Insure your student

Many families this summer will prepare to send a child off to college. Now would be a good time to review your family’s health insurance plan.
Most policies continue to cover dependents between 19 and 25 years, as long as they are enrolled in school full-time.

But if your current policy does not provide coverage for your student, or if the added expense of out-of-network charges are a worry, temporary insurance coverage–some designed specifically for students–may be a solution.

Eligibility requirements vary so do your homework when looking at plans.

For students moving from home, the protection your homeowners policy has provided for his or her possessions and liability exposure most likely won’t go with your student. Renters insurance can help fill this gap.

Your local AAA insurance agent can help you find the plan that’s best for you. Call (800) AAA-CLUB (222-2582) or visit

Travel money your way

Today’s travelers want adventurous experiences, eco-friendly accommodations and vacations with a purpose. And they want convenient, safe access to travel funds.

The Visa TravelMoney® card is safer than carrying cash, perfect for traveling to multiple locations with varying currencies. The three-percent exchange service fee is a good value.

The card offers a safe alternative to credit or ATM cards that isn’t connected to your bank or credit accounts. This pre-paid card also helps with budgeting travel funds–no surprise bills at the end of your trip. You also can link up to four Visa TravelMoney® cards to one account. Give cards to family members for easy money management while on vacation.

Visa TravelMoney® cards are available for a low fee and are available at your local AAA office, online at or by calling (866) 674-9622.

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