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Old 02-19-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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I am not an AAA member and would never become one. I dont see the benefit. As mentioned above, Priceline and to some extent Hotwire get you deals that are much better. I'm not picky so if you can live with not naming your exact hotel it works out great. I routinely get hotels for 30% or so of the rack rate.

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I have a AAA membership and once went to their office to talk to a travel agent about taking a vacation to Oregon. I asked about airfare and places to go and the agent literally pulled up expedia and showed me her search results.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Northeast and Near the Gulf
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I joined AAA 3 years ago, cars were getting older hence...I've had tremendous service with roadside assistance. For me I've had very good luck with the hotel discount, I more than get back in discount for what I would have paid in membership. I go to trip advisor, read reviews. I will say I usually book a hotel 2-3 weeks in advance and I've noticed during those times I have gotten better rates.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you're old enough, just use AARP. They will send you a temporary card to use until you become a paid up member, but hotels always accept the temporary card which doesn't even have an expiration date on it, so you can use it for years, and it costs nothing. When you turn 55, they have you in their mailing list, and will automatically start soliciting your membership with a temporary card. Usually the same discount as AAA.

Hotels know that seniors don't steal or vandalize things or make a mess, so they like to give a senior discount, but often ask for something like AARP for the desk clerk to validate the registration. When I use it, they just glance at the card (usually they don't even take it out of my hand), and give me the discount, without even writing down a number or anything.

Motel Six gives a discount of about 5-10% if you book online, even if you do it ten minutes before you arrive at the desk, from the wifi at the McDonalds across the street.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:13 PM
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I had a great experience with Priceline late last year for the Sheraton Hotel Marina Hotel in San Diego at $80/night. I'm going to use Priceline again this summer for my next vacation. Starwood won't give you points though by going through Priceline.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:13 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I like their guide books and maps. But I pay about $12 a year for towing insurance through my regular auto insurance.

My son keeps AAA because he does all his own mechanical work and NAPA Autoparts gives him a 10% discount for being a AAA member. He spends enough on auto parts that this AAA ends up costing him nothing. Also, he's busy and if he needs a tow, he can call, give the location and description of his car and he can leave and they will pick it up without him being there (they take 2-3 hours to get there)
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We pay between 8 and $12 a year for towing service with our insurance and I think it is better than AAA or certainly as good. Toward the end of our many years with AAA we found the discount rates not to be worth much and even the maps, though we liked them, were not much different than what we could get off the net. We dropped our membership about 4 years ago.
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