The first thing most people think of when they think of AAA travel (fun fact: AAA stands for the American Automobile Association) is roadside assistance – towing and tire changes and the like. If you were not aware, AAA has a lot more perks besides sending someone out to rescue you when you are broken down on the side of the road. You will definitely save more than the cost of your membership.
Basic AAA membership starts at $59 a year, so if you are getting ready to plan a major trip or a magical Disney vacation, it is worth the cost. There are some great benefits to AAA travel that you should take advantage of the next time you are planning a vacation.
One-stop Travel Planning
If you want to vacation in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia, or the Caribbean, AAA travel can make planning your trip easy. You can utilize AAA travel by booking a discounted hotel, flight, or car rental. Who doesn’t love a discounted rate when traveling? You can even bundle a flight and a hotel and save a ton of money. But where AAA travel really comes in handy is with their vacation packages.
Some AAA travel packages are set deals. They are for a predetermined number of nights and include certain amenities. For instance, a Universal Orlando Resort vacation package offered through AAA might include hotel accommodations for five nights, tickets to Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with early park admission, breakfast one morning at the Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios, and special keepsakes like Harry Potter luggage tags, and Hogwart Lanyards. Or a trip to Maldives might include five nights in a villa with a private pool.
They also let you create your own vacation packages, too. You can give the agents at AAA travel your destination and they will help you create a package that fits your budget.
On top of these discounted trip packages, a big benefit of being a AAA member is that you get access to a AAA travel agent either online or in person at one of AAA’s travel agencies. AAA agents are professional travel planners, so they are sure to schedule the best trip for you at the best price. They will research different travel options for you and book your flight, hotel rooms, and any prepaid excursions you would like.
Besides travel packages to some amazing destinations, AAA travel also offers some pretty good deals on cruises with some of the top cruise lines. Take a Hawaiian cruise, European cruise, Alaskan cruise, or Caribbean cruise on one of AAA’s preferred travel suppliers, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Viking River Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, AmaWaterways, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
You can take an Alaska cruise and enjoy whale watching from your own private veranda. You can enjoy an excursion and discover riverside villages in Europe, or bask in the sun on a private beach in the Caribbean. Packages include meals and activities and most of the cruise ships offer all kinds of amazing things to do. You can relax at the spa or by the pool, play games in the casino, enjoy nightlife and entertainment, take in the sunset on deck, or enjoy doing nothing at all.
An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
AAA is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and an EarMarked agency. What does that mean exactly? Disney’s EarMarked Program is reserved for agencies that have met Disney’s strict requirements and have demonstrated a high level of sales and maintain destination training from Disney. This means that AAA travel experts can help you book a world-class Disney experience.
Through AAA, you can book a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, on Disney’s cruise line, or to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. With so much to see and do, it is hard to know where to start. They can help you decide the best time to visit, where to stay while you are there while considering things like location, amenities and the cost, and where to eat during your magical vacation.
Like with other vacation packages, if you book a Disney vacation through AAA, they throw in some cute extras like Disney-themed luggage tags and special experiences such as storytime with a special Disney character.
Utilize AAA’s TripTik feature or request travel booklets that can be sent in the mail or accessed online. AAA TripTiks are especially helpful for planning road trips to all kinds of destinations. Enter a starting point and destination to map your route and get turn-by-turn directions. You can even include up to 25 stopovers to create the ultimate road trip. Points of interest icons along your route help you locate and get information about nearby restaurants, attractions and events. You can even see information for AAA-approved hotels and restaurants that offer member discounts. If you are traveling with a pet, you can also see which hotels are pet-friendly!
AAA travel updates your digital guide four times a day with the most current fuel prices and construction delay information to help make your trip as seamless as possible. Although most of this information is available online if you know where to look for it, having it all in one place is super convenient.
If you like traveling the old school way, you can have a custom-printed TripTik delivered to your door in about five to seven days. You can also order tour books and maps to be mailed to you.
AAA travel gives you a lot of options. You can book travel online without the help of an agent if you know exactly what you want and you like to take care of things yourself, while still getting those great discounted rates. If you are not so sure about what you want, have complicated plans, or really hate booking vacations, you can reach out to a AAA travel agent online or in-person and they will take care of everything for you. It is a pretty nice, convenient experience.
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