The main reason we chose the AAA Plus Membership was because it offers free towing up to one hundred miles. Our town, and the surrounding area, is rural. Now, no matter where we go locally, we know that we can be towed to a repair shop of our choice. We would most likely rent a car for travelling outside of the one hundred mile radius, and some car rental companies offer a discount to AAA members.
There are many places that offer discounts to members of this auto club, some of which came as a surprise to us. We already knew that many hotels and car repair shops offered discounts, but there are a wide variety of services available at a discount to members.
When travelling, check for discounts on cabs, shuttle services, Amtrak, RV rentals, hotels, resorts, and rental cars.
Feel like shopping? You can expect discounts at such retailers as Gap Outlets, LensCrafters, New York & Company, Pearle Vision, Red Wing Shoes, Payless ShoeSource, Sears Optical, and many others, including online retailers.
Looking for entertainment? Depending on your travel destination(s), look for discounts at theme parks, theatres, museums and more.
If you're hungry, some restaurants and coffee houses offer discounts to members.
Need something for your car? You'll find that certain car washes, auto parts stores, window tinting specialists, etc. offer discounts when you show your membership card.
Want more? Present your membership card at The UPS Store, Sprint, Penske Truck Rental, Geek Squad, storage companies, moving companies, the list goes on.
Emergency roadside services are available to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Aside from towing service, you can also rely on the auto club for free maps, guide books and suggested routes, if you're planning a trip. If you run out of gas, they will bring you enough to get you to the nearest gas station. They will send someone to get you back into your vehicle, if you have misplaced your keys (or locked them inside the vehicle). They offer battery service, electrical diagnostics, tire changing, and so much more.
To request emergency roadside assistance, simply call (you can find the number on your membership card or the window cling you receive with your membership), and you will be connected with a knowledgeable, friendly customer service representative who will give you an estimate on how long you might have to wait for help to reach you. When the cavalry arrives, simply show your membership card, and you will soon be on your way.
Another nice thing about your membership is that YOU are covered, NOT your vehicle. For example, let's say your Aunt Ethel is taking you for a joyride in her 1957 Chevy. A tire blows out, but Aunt Ethel has neither a spare tire nor any type of roadside assistance. But it's no problem - you simply call the number on the back of your AAA card, and let them take it from there.
I have been a member for a few years now, and I like the peace of mind I get from knowing that I don't have to worry about being stranded somewhere if my vehicle breaks down. I've been towed a couple of times, and I've locked myself out a couple of times. Plus with all of the discounts, my membership usually winds up paying for itself.
I do want to point out that there is a 4 call limit per year, but I've never had to call more than twice in any one year.