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    Senior Member SteveinMN's Avatar
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    Used to have AAA. Tired of the constantly rising price for membership and the pro-car drumbeat (cars are great, but what they've done to our landscape probably is irrevocable). So for a few years I moved on to Better World Club. Less expensive, discounts for more efficient vehicles, not quite as car-centric. But I rarely used any of the benefits there, either (including, fortunately, towing). So I dropped them several years ago. We do have towing coverage through our insurance company, which we've used twice in the last seven years (curiously, neither time for my car, which is twice as old as DW's).
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    I just remembered that I have the light membership which gives me the benefits outside of the car discounts for $22/yr. Does AAA do that as well?
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    Full blown Membership for 34 years. Used every single service they offer over and over plus discounts at stores, hotels, etc. it’s basically useless to me now with the Toyota care benefits I have on both vehicles, discounts I get from AARP and other affiliations, on line do it yourself travel planning and the crappy quality of their maps....they fall apart after one trip. I tried to purge the membership from my budget but DW won’t agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugal-one View Post
    Looking for only travel info. No need for insurance (car or other).

    Are the discounts better than just asking for the senior discount?
    There are so many resources now for travel information online and elsewhere, I don't believe AAA adds anything of distinctive value. I haven't taken advantage of any AAA discount because, to your point, the senior discounts are just about the same.
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    We've never had AAA but we did sign up for Good Sam's RV coverage 10 years ago or so. We've used it twice during that period, once for a tow and another time to jump start the motor home. They also cover our other vehicles as well as provide discounts at most RV Parks. I'm not sure that it's actually cost effective without the peace of mind it brings in knowing that help is just a phone call away if you're stranded out in the middle of nowhere. For that, it's invaluable.
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    We had it when we traveled to 42 shows a year. We used it for 4 tows. Once when towed to "closest mechanic" was in middle of nowhere with no hotels the tow truck driver towed on to the next town 50 miles away. We were never charged the difference.
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    Travel info.... places to go, things to see, discounts... mapping service? So far we have gotten many guidebooks and maps for a trip we are going to take this winter. The maps will come in handy. I like a physical map to check things out. May ask them to map the trip to see what they come up with?

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    Yes. Maps. Travel suggestions. (don't necessarily use their triptick mapping but it's nice to have. We live in a rural state so the towing and emergency response is a good thing for us. AAA Discounts (we're not seniors yet).

    The annual fee is peace of mind.

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    Our philosophy of insurance is to cover the big costs and self insure for the rest.

    we dont have a big honkin' RV so I dont know how much that costs to tow. We have had a series of old cars and have been towed a couple of times, but you just call a tow Truck when needed.

    I do think that the peace of mind kicks in at some point in our (senior citizen) lives. But I find the promises of travel information to be bogus. The very first thing the web did was to remder useless "professional" travel advisors. That, and engender 24/7 porn.

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    Yes, with VW camper vans we would not leave home without it! We have saved far, far more then we pay. Again, it is the VW thing.

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