May/Jun 2009 Issue

Save on summer fun with theme park, movie discounts

Give your family–and entertainment budget–a break this summer with discounted movie and theme park tickets available through AAA. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include:

  • a one-day general admission pass to Six Flags in Arlington, Texas, for $35 (almost $19 off the gate price). See the new Glow in the Park nighttime parade.
  • a seven-day, two-park pass at Universal Studios Orlando for $105 (approximately $28 off the gate price). Save on one-day tickets, too. Dare to ride Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit–a 17-story-tall coaster that combines music and video in the ride.
  • a two-day ticket to Silver Dollar City in Branson for $49.50 that is less than the price of a one-day ticket at the gate. Consumers also receive a coupon book for Branson.

Discount movie tickets are available to AMC, Dickinson, Hollywood theaters and Regal Entertainment. To get your movie or theme park tickets, visit www.AAA.com/discounts or call (800) 222-7623, ext. 6422.

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Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit at Univer-sal in Orlando. Universal Orlando photo

 

Tough economy cuts into plans for vacations

The sinking U.S. economy has touched a hallowed tradition: the family vacation. According to a USA Today/Gallop poll, 58 percent of Americans who usually take an annual vacation away from home will shrink their spending this year or simply not go. Further, travel research consultants D.K. Shifflet & Associates and HIS Global Insight forecast Americans will spend about 10 percent less–a total of $30 billion–on leisure travel this spring and summer.

Before scrapping vacation plans, consider these money-saving ideas that could help you fit a vacation into your family’s budget.

  • When you joined AAA, you automatically became part of the largest member discount program in the world. The Show Your Card & Save® program has travel discounts for lodging, attractions, tours–even a pet-sitting service. Visit your nearest full-service AAA branch office for more information, or visit www.AAA.com/discounts.
  • Avoid travel during the holidays–Memorial Day, July 4 or Labor Day–if possible. Rates for air, lodging and other travel-related services are often bumped up during peak times because demand is higher.
  • Flexibility can pay high dividends. Keep your plans open as to the dates and times you can depart and return home. Look at last-minute deals (www.AAA.com/ travel) and be ready to book the trip
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Forecasters predict Americans will spend 10 percent less on leisure travel this spring and summer. AAA photo

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