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Jul/Aug 2011 Issue

AAA PetBook offers thousands of reasons to bring furry family members on vacation

Tails are wagging for the latest edition of “Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®,” the annually updated guidebook that contains all the information needed to plan a pet-friendly vacation, from hotel and park listings to pet preparations and safety tips.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, 18 percent of travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. But the key to memorable and hassle-free travels with pets is careful planning.

Whether you are looking for affordable hotels or luxurious accommodations on your trip, you’ll find them in the book, which includes more than 13,000 pet-friendly, AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings in the United States and Canada. Listings include fees, permitted pet sizes and conditions of stay.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the book lists more than 400 AAA Approved pet-friendly campgrounds. Readers also will find tips for preparing four-legged travelers for the road or air and handy information about pet etiquette, insurance and emergency animal clinics.

The release of the book also marks the opening for the next “AAA PetBook®” photo contest, sponsored by Best Western. Each year, entries are chosen to appear on the back cover and spine of the next edition, and winners receive cash, pet treats and more; entries must be received by Nov. 30. For details, visit

“The AAA PetBook®,” is available online at and at fine bookstores. The cover price is $18.95.

Vin Etch can help deter vehicle 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 summer.

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.

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Access AAA travel information on the go with eTourBooks

Members now have even more on-the-go access to AAA’s trove of trusted travel information via digital TourBook® guides created in electronic formats for e-reader devices and smartphones.

Each of the 30 new eTourBook guides, available at, highlights a top North American travel destination complete with listings for AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, AAA Editor’s Picks for attractions, events and nightlife, and other proprietary information available only from AAA. Like their printed counterparts, the digital guides provide members with must-have details useful for trip planning and for reference while traveling.

Members can take along the free digital guides for their Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony Reader or smartphones equipped with an e-reader application. Members simply visit to initiate a download.

Drive and save on your summer trips with Hertz discounts

Whether you take a family vacation or plan a romantic getaway, you can save up to 20 percent on your driving trip with Hertz and receive an array of member benefits and promotional offers that will save your travel budget for fun activities.

Among a host of valuable benefits is that AAA members receive free use of a child safety seat, NeverLost GPS for only $6.99 per day, 50 percent off SIRUS XM radio fees, 10 percent off U.S. prepaid rates and no charge for an additional AAA driver who meets standard rental qualifications. Also, members receive 10 percent off the Fuel Purchase Option. Purchase a tank of gas from Hertz at local prices and eliminate the hassle of rushing around trying to find a gas station before returning your car.

Among the rental options are fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly Hertz Green Collection vehicles, which have an EPA average rating of 28 miles per gallon.

To reserve your Hertz vehicle, contact your AAA travel office, call (800) 654-3080 or click

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Nearly 20 percent of U.S. travelers usually take their pets with them.

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