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Old 02-21-2010, 06:06 AM
 
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I haven't traveled much for pleasure and am wondering about this. I have AAA and could use their travel agent service but do you pay a lot for that convenience? How much cheaper is it to try to book airfare and hotel and car on your own? Do you not have to worry so much about ending up in a crappy hotel with AAA?
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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They do not charge for their services. It's included with your membership. I'd say the service is pretty much obsolete for road trips (remember trip tics?), but if you are planning a foreign vacation or a cruise, I would want to have a human being to answer questions and smooth out all the coordination.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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Right, the service is part of what I pay for road service, auto insurance etc.

By pay I guess I meant in higher prices as in - they don't get you the best deal? Honestly I'm not sure I can find all the good deals other seem to but I wonder if they typically book more full price stuff.

For me, not interested in cruises etc. Usually I'm going somewhere specific for birdwatching, wildlife viewing that may or may not be off the beaten path versus more normal tourist destinations.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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In our experience with AAA they always seem to get us the best deal offered at the time. They do not get sub par conveniences. And if you show your AAA card when you go to make any purchases or on the road and stop someplace on your own, you'll usually get a courtesy AAA discount.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Unless you are very, very savvy about negotiating rates with hotels, they will get you the best deal.
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Default Yes, they're cheap

WHen I booked our rooms in Tampa in December I ended up paying about $ 10 more than the bottom price online but the convenience,maps etc was worth it. THere have been other times in the past when AAA really was the cheapest. I always check them before booking flights. And their service is excellent.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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They do not charge for their services. It's included with your membership. I'd say the service is pretty much obsolete for road trips (remember trip tics?), but if you are planning a foreign vacation or a cruise, I would want to have a human being to answer questions and smooth out all the coordination.
You know, I miss the trip tics. They used to contain some useful information and history on the areas.

Their tour books have taken a hit too. They used to contain a lot of history about the areas. Now its only a few brief paragraphs.

I still use them as a guide and reference, but I do most on my own.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: MichOhioigan
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You know, I miss the trip tics. They used to contain some useful information and history on the areas.

Their tour books have taken a hit too. They used to contain a lot of history about the areas. Now its only a few brief paragraphs.

I still use them as a guide and reference, but I do most on my own.
I agree. Their tour books are largely irrelevant in the information age. You will get more accurate, more extensive, and more up-to-date info online. Also their maps suck! We have found them to be of less quality and sometimes inaccurate compared to a good store bought map. Of course all the AAA stuff is free (if you are a member) but I guess you get what you pay for.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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I miss the trip tics, too.
When I was young I used to travel a lot alone across the entire country several decades (cough, cough!) ago and used the trip tics quite a bit. They were great when you were unfamiliar with certain routes, services or attractions.

Not a member any more, but I used to find their travel services got as cheap a price as was available.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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You know, I miss the trip tics. They used to contain some useful information and history on the areas.

Their tour books have taken a hit too. They used to contain a lot of history about the areas. Now its only a few brief paragraphs.

I still use them as a guide and reference, but I do most on my own.

I have belonged to AAA for about 30 years. The only reason I am renewing with AAA is the road service. If you break down anywhere in the US and Canada, they will get a wrecker out to get you. You may have to wait a little longer but they get to you pretty quickly. Other services will pay you for charges you incur but will they call the wrecker at 3 am and get them out there,

The Tour Books are disappointing as they miss many of the newer sites. They do a very POOR job of fact checking. You will find attractions that closed two years ago in the book. Times of attractions are often wrong. I cannot believe that they can't hire someone to verify the information.

Their travel agents generally do a pretty good job. They do a GREAT job on Disney, Las Vegas and cruises. OTOH, in the day of Priceline and Hotwire, you can always do better. Of course, that takes a lot of effort.
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