Common Cents departments
Nov/Dec 2009 Issue

What does it cost?

We’re all trying to save money wherever possible. To assist with this, here are a few examples what you can buy for:

About $50–A night at the movies. Buy four discount movie tickets ($6.50 or $7 each) to see one of the holiday film releases with your family. With money saved, you can afford popcorn and drinks. Tickets can be used for any movie that doesn’t have a “no pass, no discount” restriction. Visit your full-service AAA office or click on

Under $300–A room with a view (based on availability) of either the holiday lights at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City or Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The InterContinental had rooms (as of September) for about $250 per night. Sheraton Suites at the Plaza had a king room with continental breakfast included for about $200 per night.

Head to Chicago and stay along North Michigan Avenue at either the Allerton Hotel for about $125 per night or the Westin for $150 to $220. See for updated rates and contact information.

Safe, convenient holiday shopping

Most consumers realize credit cards can make holiday shopping convenient, but they also provide a safe way to handle finances at this time of year.

In addition to universal acceptance, if a credit card is lost or stolen, the account can be protected against any abuse, and the cardholder receives a new card.

AAA cardholders get even more protection. Most AAA credit card purchases are protected against theft or damage for up to 90 days. The card also extends manufacturers’ warranties for up to one year.

For information on AAA credit card products, call (866) 665-3581 and mention code FACFAI or visit online at



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