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Sept/Oct 2008 Issue

Plan a trip away from your house with just a mouse

Members rely on their local AAA office to provide expert travel planning with reliable maps, driving directions, travel information and hotel reservations, but members can also find that same expert knowledge without leaving home through the improved TripTik Travel Planner® on

For many travelers, 24/7 access from a personal computer provides the best of both worlds–the flexibility you need, coupled with AAA’s renowned travel knowledge. AAA’s premier mapping technology and travel information are right at your fingertips to provide the best online travel planner, which recently earned an “A” in an comparison of online mapping and trip-planning tools, topping offerings from MapQuest, Rand McNally and Travelocity.

The TripTik Travel Planner® is now even easier to use, with simplified ways to take advantage of all the features and to access all of the information. Personalized maps offer the ability to create a custom map that includes your specified locations, including hotels, restaurants and points of interest. Your map printout will also contain TourBook® information about your selections.

There’s also a new Travel Guide section containing information on more than 65 popular destinations. Content includes “Don’t Miss Picks,” tips and insider information provided by expert AAA travel editors. In addition, the route modification tool helps you to customize your trip to fit your specific preferences, now with a new easy drag-and-drop feature that allows you to reroute your directions. With one click, select a scenic route, a different way home and even use local streets when planning short trips around town.

AAA is continually updating its travel information, adding new points of interest and the latest destination information. Access more than 400,000 listings for lodgings, restaurants, attractions, events, repair stations and member discounts, and view key details right from your map routing, including photos and reservations where available. provides state-of-the-art maps, which you can expand to fill the entire screen or just a portion. Choose from flexible print options including orientation maps, detail maps and directions.

Members also can get time-saving construction and historic traffic congestion information on, as well as the latest fuel prices at more than 100,000 U.S. gas stations.

Whether you need local maps, turn-by-turn directions, or a complete vacation including low rates on hotels, start with a quick trip to

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You’ll never be lost with Magellan GPS navigation

In the palm of their hand, travelers can now access a wealth of travel and automotive information through Magellan Navigation, Inc., AAA’s newest travel partner.

One of the most trusted names in personal navigation, Magellan offers GPS personal navigation units with AAA content. The AAA Magellan GPS personal navigation devices offer many features, including:

  • AAA content loaded onto the units, including AAA TourBook® guide and campground travel information and diamond ratings; Approved Auto Repair facility listings; retail AAA discount locations and AAA branch offices;
  • Portable hands-free design with the added safety and convenience of audible turn-by-turn voice and visual 3D directions;
  • Bluetooth® capability (on some units) and large state-of-the-art screens.

AAA members are eligible for a second-year free warranty on the navigation units, free AAA data updates and a 15 percent discount on select merchandise. For details, log onto


Help protect your family’s future with life insurance

At every stage in life, significant events can make you stop and think about your dreams for the future, and it is at those times that you should consider life insurance to help protect your family’s future.

When you get married and have a family, you must consider that if the unexpected were to happen to you, would your family be able to continue living the life you’ve built for them? Life insurance can help make sure they can.

Owning a home is a dream for many. If the unexpected occurs, adequate life insurance coverage can help pay off your mortgage so your family can stay in the home they love.

Sending your children to college is another one of the many expenses that life insurance can help cover. And your spouse can use the proceeds from a life insurance policy to help keep your family’s retirement dreams alive. Life insurance can help cover a lifetime of needs for your family. Contact your local AAA office for a free life insurance quote.


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