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Nov/Dec 2009 Issue

AAA assures your satisfaction at hotels with inspections, member guarantee

To help travelers find the right accommodations to meet their expectations, AAA peeks under the beds and checks out the bathrooms of thousands of hotels and motels nationwide, and then it goes a step further to ensure members’ peace of mind with a satisfaction guarantee.

Since 1937, AAA has been inspecting hotels to help members find lodging options that fit their needs. After AAA’s inspectors give a hotel the stamp of approval as a AAA Approved establishment, they also assign it a rating on a scale of one Diamond to five Diamonds. The rating isn’t a measure of quality, since cleanliness, comfort and safety are required at every level. Instead, the rating is a description of the level of services and amenities offered.

At the lower end of the Diamond rating spectrum are no-frills hotels that offer few guest services, and in the middle are properties that offer varying levels of upgraded decor, facilities and services to enhance the guest experience. At the high end of the spectrum are establishments that offer lots of pampering and amenities.

In addition to rating accommodations, AAA has partnered with many hotel chains to offer members valuable discounts, in some cases up to 15 percent off. Some of these hotels include top names in the industry, such as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Best Western, Sheraton, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn and more.

When members stay at these preferred properties, they can trust that their lodging experience will be what they expected. And if it’s not, the AAA Assured Stay satisfaction guarantee will help ensure any problems will be resolved.

Under the guarantee, if the hotel cannot resolve a member complaint, the hotel will refund the member’s room rate and tax for the night relevant to the complaint. The member must bring the complaint to the hotel’s attention during the stay and provide the hotel an opportunity to reasonably correct the problem without the need to refund the rate. If still not satisfied, the member must have receipts and copies of written confirmation and proof of payment, and the request for refund must be placed within 30 days from the date of the stay.

To book a hotel stay with AAA’s discounts and guarantee, stop by your nearest AAA office, call (866) 222-7283 or visit

Hotel Inspector

Enter sweepstakes for chance at a vacation and $2,500

You can always catch great retail discounts with your AAA card, and now you also have the chance to win the ultimate Shop ’Til You Drop Vacation Package through AAA’s Catch the Discounts Sweepstakes, including $2,500 in spending money.

AAA offers discounts every day at more than 150,000 merchant locations in the United States and Canada through the Show Your Card & Save® program on computers, shoes, tires, oil changes and more. Members can save the cost of their membership when they take advantage of the discounts.

To highlight those savings, AAA has launched the Catch the Discounts Sweepstakes. You can enter the contest now through Dec. 31 by clicking on discounts and completing the online entry form. You can enter once a day during the promotion period.

The grand prize is a vacation package that consists of two tickets on Continental Airlines, five days and four nights accommodations at Best Western, a Hertz car rental and a $2,500 Visa gift card. The winner will be chosen randomly from all the eligible entries on or around Jan. 4, 2010.

Participants also have a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card through the Instant Win Game. Three hundred gift cards will be awarded via 300 computer-generated random winning times during the promotion period. After filling out the entry for the grand prize, participants will receive one Instant Win Game play for that day.

You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen to participate. No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning a prize depend on number of eligible entries received during promotion period. Sponsor: American Automobile Association, 1000 AAA Drive, MS73, Heathrow, FL, 32746. For additional information or to see the official rules of the sweepstakes, click on


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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