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May/Jun 2009 Issue

Visit AAA’s blog for travel stories, tips

Members now have a place to read and share the latest travel information online at AAA’s new blog, AAA TravelViews.

The blog, located at, posts the travel experiences of AAA writers, inspectors and club travel counselors, along with travel tips, news and trends. Additionally, a Q&A area gives site visitors the opportunity to ask questions for response from AAA travel professionals. Links to AAA travel booking, mapping and reviews, as well as other information, are also provided.

The “stories from the road” submitted by AAA inspectors are a unique aspect of the blog, as the professionals who approve lodgings, restaurants, attractions and campgrounds share their experiences and recommendations. Writers who provide description for AAA TourBook® guides are also blogging about the interesting places and events they see, and AAA expert travel counselors are sharing tips and insight into popular and little-known places.

Readers also can comment on the stories they find on the blog, which are updated daily, or search the archives for a particular topic. Photos and maps are a part of each story, and valuable member travel offers are often featured adjacent to the articles. Visit today and join the conversation.

Member benefits add up with AAA Plus

In addition to the many benefits of a AAA Classic membership, AAA Plus members are entitled to extended benefits that add to the value of their card, including:

Extended towing – Receive up to 100 miles of towing to a repair facility of your choice. One tow may save you hundreds of dollars. If required, extended extrication service provides for an additional truck and driver for up to one hour.

Vehicle Lockout – Receive up to $100 reimbursement for locksmith services.

Fuel Delivery Service – Delivery of limited amount of fuel free of charge will be provided for your disabled car to reach the nearest gas station.

Other highlights include free passport photos, legal fee reimbursement up to $1,800 for legal defense relating to a not-guilty plea on vehicle-related charges and more.

Also, AAA Plus/RV extends your AAA Plus benefits to cover motor homes, pickup trucks with campers, travel trailers, motorcycles and more.

To upgrade to AAA Plus or AAA Plus/RV, call your AAA sales agent.


AAA revs up new online travel and cruise booking engine

With AAA’s newly revamped online travel booking application, travelers can experience the convenience of one of the most advanced online travel sites with the peace of mind of AAA.

The new online reservation system offers expanded booking capabilities, faster searches and more. When you book flights, hotel rooms and rental cars, the new system provides easy-to-use tools at competitive Internet rates. A recent study showed that compared to other major online travel sites, offers the lowest hotel rates 69 percent of the time.

By using for flight, hotel, and rental car needs, AAA members get new advantages, including: international flight booking; travelers’ reviews of hotel accommodations and amenities; live round-the-clock telephone customer service; and additional savings when members book flight, hotel and activities together. has also released a new cruise research and booking application. Now you can view more cruise lines, see the latest cruise specials and search for your cruises faster. You also can see deck plans and videos of select ships. Once you select a cruise, book easily online or contact a AAA Travel agent.

For all your travel planning needs, visit



VIN Etch can deter theft

As an effective theft deterrent, the Club will offer window etching of your vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) at several AAA offices this spring.

The cost for the service is $30 for AAA members and $40 for non-members, including six etchings per car. AAA offers discounts on insurance for VIN Etching.

Call 1-800-AAA-ROAD ext. 6821 to make appointments at least 48 hours in advance of the below dates. Please have your VIN number handy when calling for appointments.

Dates and locations


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