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AAA Member Exclusive Add-on airfare available for just $299 per person for a limited time!

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Member Appreciation Cruise

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Member-only extras worth repeating...plus more!

Celebrity Cruises & AAA Travel offer ‘déjà vu values’ on Solstice to Alaska

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ncore! Encore! Great performances are certainly worth repeating — and make you want even more! AAA members who sailed on the 2013 Member Appreciation Cruise loved the extra-special amenities and values offered on that sailing so much that we’ve ramped up the “goodies” for 2014’s Member Appreciation Cruise. In fact, our 7-night Aug 8 Alaska cruise roundtrip from Seattle on Celebrity Solstice is loaded with more than $500 in member values! You can’t get all of these extras anywhere else — only from AAA. This special AAA departure combines the 49th state’s aweinducing glaciers, mountains and wildlife with the firstclass quality of Celebrity’s “floating resort” — and when you add in all of the many member-only values & amenities only available on this sailing, you’ll know this cruise adventure will be the one you’ll always remember. One eye-popping feature of this popular cruise vacation is the discounted add-on roundtrip airfare (ColumbusSeattle) — available for a limited time for just $299 per person exclusively for

VALUE COMPARISON Category 2A Balcony Stateroom NONMEMBER INTERNET RATE from $2,139* per person

AAA MEMBER RATE

from $1,999 per person ADDED MEMBER VALUES* DISCOUNTED ADD-ON AIRFARE

$299 per person • R/T Columbus-Seattle Save as much as $700 per person!

SHIPBOARD CREDIT — $50

AAA PetSpot Adds New Site Features

Travel | Insurance/Financial | Automotive | Member Savings | AAA.com

TAKE THE PLEDGE TO DRIVE DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE

New content, features and fun PetSpot activities have been added to the AAA PetSpot — PetSpot.AAA.com — including a form where visitors can contribute their own favorite dog parks to the site. Other enhancements include a link from the main page to the AAA PetBook Photo Contest Gallery. AAA PetSpot offers members and nonmembers information on pet passenger safety, pet-friendly travel tips, pet health news, pet e-cards and much more. In addition, AAA members can take advantage of national pet-related discounts, as well as local pet-related discounts. Your pet could be on the cover of the 2014 edition of Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®. For the sixth consecutive year, the AAA PetBook® Photo Contest is sponsored by Best Western, which has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels worldwide. Capture your pet’s most memorable travel moments on camera and enter your photograph before November 30, 2013. Candid photographs are preferred. Contest rules, entry forms and photos from the previous contest are available on the AAA.com/ PetBook website.

Your one-stop shop for travel discounts There’s a new online travel destination for bargain hunters. Now you can access AAA Travel deals through the AAA Discounts & Rewards site. Browse offers on cruises, tours, hotels, car rentals, airport parking and more on the easyto-navigate site. Discounts are updated frequently, so check often to see latest deals. Visit AAA.com/discounts and click on the “Travel” tab to begin saving on your next getaway.

per stateroom • for beverages, spa, shops, etc

NO ADDED VALUES

ONBOARD MARTINI TASTING 2 vouchers per stateroom

SPECIALTY-RESTAURANT DINNER 2 people per stateroom • 1 evening

COMPACT HIGH-QUALITY BINOCULARS 1 per stateroom • view wildlife & scenery

VIP PRIORITY CHECK-IN

Avoid waiting in check-in lines!

24 / 7 MEMBER ASSISTANCE

Available around-the-clock by telephone!

BEST-PRICE GUARANTEE within 48 hours of booking

IN-PERSON PLANNING ASSISTANCE AAA Travel professionals ready to help!

*based on rate as of 10/18/13 on CelebrityCruises.com

AAA members booking balcony staterooms. The true cost of this cross-country airfare is as much as $700 more, but AAA will pay the rest; that’s easily more savings than the cost of annual membership and enough to convince anyone that it’s worth way more than road service alone! Settle back into the comfort of your private balcony on Celebrity Solstice for an endless parade of stunning land& seascapes passing by your luxurious stateroom. Kick up your slippered feet, sip a sooth-

*valid for all balcony and higher-level staterooms

ing cocktail or a steaming cup of java and take in Mother Nature’s handiwork. Keep a keen eye out for glimpses of wildlife, listen for the eerie groaning of melting glaciers, inhale the impossibly fresh salt air and know without a doubt that you’re in a pristine world with the power to erase your everyday stresses and invigorate your senses. Enhancing your newfound tranquillity are a “boatload” of member-only amenities available with balcony statecontinued on page 20

AAA Auto Buying Tools app wins accolades

The AAA Auto Buying Tools app was among “5 essential apps for buying a car” featured recently by TechHive. The profile focused on the ease with which the AAA app takes users from conducting initial vehicle research to making purchase reservations, as well as available tools and options. These include a tool to help users find a vehicle’s history by entering or scanning its vehicle identification number. The number of multi-device car shoppers — those using a combination of their personal computer, smartphone and/or tablet — is predicted to more than double by 2018.

It’s Better to Give & Receive at AAA Travel Looking for a unique gift for someone special? Consider a value-packed AAA Dream Tour like spectacular South America, Portugal & Its Islands, Alaska By Land, Italian Vistas, A Taste of Scotland & Ireland, or Irish Heritage. Book and deposit by November 30, 2013 and you will also receive a Free Holiday Gift like a 42” flatscreen TV, Google 10 tablet, Bose Bluetooth mini speaker, or a Keurig single-serve brewer — for yourself, or to give as a gift. (New bookings only, gift choices vary with tour booked, other restrictions apply). SEE PAGE 9


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Give Yourself an Upgrade— to the highest level of protection available! Get more from your membership. Upgrade to AAA Premier. With expanded roadside assistance — and a host of other benefits — AAA Premier is a smart choice. To upgrade your membership, call or visit your local AAA office or AAA.com, or call the Member Service Center at

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inter’s frigid temperatures can take their toll on a car’s battery. The energy required to start and heat your vehicle in cold weather places significant strain on your battery. In fact, if the temperature drops to zero or below, your battery likely has only half its normal power. The last thing you want to face on a chilly morning is a car that won’t start, especially when you have a busy day ahead. Jump-starting your vehicle may get you back on the road quickly, but it’s a short-term fix for long-term battery problems. AAA Battery Service is a convenient member benefit that offers free diagnosis and technicians that come to you, saving you time and giving you piece of mind. “More than 1 million motorists have used AAA Battery Service,” said Steve Popovich, managing director of AAA East Central’s Automotive Service Department. “Mobile battery service eliminates the inconvenience of finding a repair shop, making an appointment and sitting in a waiting room while a new battery is installed. It is another example of how AAA continues to identify ways to make members’ hectic lives a bit easier.” When a AAA member requests roadside assistance and the problem is believed to be battery related, a battery service vehicle will be dispatched. A trained technician equipped with

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have one installed right on the spot. Members even receive a $25 discount when they purchase the replacement battery through AAA. AAA Battery Service vehicles carry batteries compatible with 90 percent of all cars, SUVs and light trucks on the road. The new, high-quality AAA brand battery comes with a 72-month warranty, including 36-months free replacement, and 36-months pro-rated replacement. In addition, AAA will recycle your old battery for you. Think your battery may need replacing soon, but want to see how much your new battery will cost? AAA’s InstaQuote battery price calculator on AAA. com can give you an estimated price for your vehicle’s battery before you call for service. The calculator is easy to use: just select your vehicle’s make, model, year and engine size and click “Request a Quote.” Prices displayed include the member discount. AAA Battery Service is designed to ensure that members get the most out of their batteries. If you suspect your battery is failing, call 800-AAA-HELP and ask for AAA Battery Service. A technician will come to your location and perform a free diagnostic test on your battery. For more information on cold-weather car care, visit AAA.com/ automotive.

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ATHENS, OH 130 E. State St. ...................740-593-6677 BRIDGEPORT, WV 169 Barnett Run Rd............304-842-2221 CHILLICOTHE, OH 141 W. Main St. ..................740-702-3838 COLUMBIANA, OH 118 South Main Street.......330-482-3836 EAST LIVERPOOL, OH 516 Broadway ....................330-385-2020 GALLIPOLIS, OH 360 Second Ave. .................740-446-0699 HILLSBORO, OH 125 W. Main St. ..................937-393-3489 HUNTINGTON, WV 1126 Sixth Ave. ..................304-523-6423 IRONTON, OH 624 S. Fourth St..................740-532-3242 JACKSON, OH 126 E. Gay St. .....................740-286-5077 LOGAN, OH 82 W. Main St. ....................740-385-8595 MARTINSBURG, WV 284 Retail Commons Parkway. .............................304-263-4619 MORGANTOWN, WV 482 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive ...... 304-598-7470 PORTSMOUTH, OH 1414 Twelfth St. ................740-354-5614 VIENNA, WV 1100 Ninth St., Unit D........304-295-7101

Ninety-nine percent of the materials in lead-acid batteries can be recycled. AAA has recycled more than 8 million batteries in the U.S. and Canada through its mobile battery service and battery collections.

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OH 334 E. Court St. ..................740-335-3950

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AAA Battery Service is available from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 7-days a week. To verify AAA Battery Service availability in your area, call our toll-free number: 1.800.222.4357.

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Take the Pledge — Drive drug and alcohol free Join the fight against this killer on the road Ohio/West Virginia Huntington/Parkersburg Edition Official publication of AAA East Central Published bi-monthly by AAA East Central 1414 Twelfth Street Portsmouth, OH 45662-5614 USPS 0016-186 ISSN 1074-097X Periodicals Postage Paid at Portsmouth, OH and additional mailing office Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist South Central Ohio 1414 Twelfth St., Portsmouth OH 45662-0371 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year.

Publisher.....................................James E. Lehman Managing Editor ............................Doug O’Neil Ohio Editor ............................. Babbette L. Bays Editorial Offices 1414 Twelfth Street Portsmouth, OH 45662-4235 5900 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15206-3854 e-mail: motorist@aaaec.com

AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: ................................................... James E. Lehman Treasurer & CFO: ........................................... Michael R. Pratt Secretary: .......................................... Raymond M. Komichak GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS James E. Broome, Jr., Steve D. Bullock**, Douglas W. Caldwell, Charles O. Casto, Edward C. Coaxum, Jr., Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, Jon E. Denney, Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Pamela C. Fritz, Richard S. Hamilton, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, Richard D. Linderman**, William Duff McCrady, James M. McDonnell, Thomas V. McKernan Jr., Martha Hartle Munsch, Gary K. Munsie** EAST CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Chairman, Neil D. Bassi, Vice Chairman, Carol Asam, Christian Asam, Jack A. Barkley, William E. Bierer**, Ellsworth T. Bowser**, Peter Burton, Marianne B. Campbell, Charles O. Casto, Michael A. Cochran, Daniel J. Collins Jr.**, Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, James J. Dodaro, Jack G. Ellis, Mona N. Generett, Charles W. Groce , Richard S. Hamilton, Mark Henschen, Luke Howe, Richard Kallenborn, Herbert G. Koenig, Mark S. Mansour, W. Duff McCrady, Martha Hartle Munsch, W. Lee Oswalt, III, Michael Parkes, John D. Petruso, Louis Pomerico, Leonard L. Scheinholtz**, James C. Stump, Jr., James F. Ward *ex officio **emeritus directors

Huntington Regional Board of Directors William H. Blenko, William C. Campbell, Noel P. Copen, Earl W. Heiner Jr., Samuel Kapourales, Charles Lanham, Robert M. Levy, Thomas J. Maxwell, James H. Morgan, William D. Stark, Maurice G. Taylor Jr. Marion County Regional Board of Directors Robert H. Martin Northern West Virginia Regional Board of Directors Carol Asam, Christian Asam, Forest Bowman, Nikki Bowman, James B. Bruhn, Wayne J. Northey, Sharon Sakacsi, Harold J. Shamberger, Thomas Shamberger, Thomas H. Van Landingham, Monte Williams Parkersburg Regional Board of Directors Charles O. Casto, Joe C. Hushion, Art Oliver Jr. Weirton Regional Board of Directors George J. Anetakis, George M. Molnar, Joyce C. Pashke, James White Copyright ©2013 by AAA East Central.

By Wayne Northey President, AAA West Virginia he holiday season is a time to celebrate, but it can also lead to trouble on the road. Cars are packed, traffic is heavy and the weather outside may be frightful. Tempers become frayed and drivers are often exhausted from a long ride. Add alcohol to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. About 40 percent of all traffic fatalities between Christmas and New Year’s involve alcohol. The first day of the year is also the deadliest day of the year for alcohol-related fatalities for motorists and pedestrians alike. You’ve all heard of Black Friday. Now there’s “Blackout Wednesday” thanks to a staggering increase in binge drinking and alcohol-fueled crashes on the night before Thanksgiving. The real tragedy is that drunk driving injuries and deaths are totally preventable if people make responsible choices. Spurred on by organizations like AAA and like-minded stakeholders, tougher legislation, and more proactive enforcement, drunk driving fatalities have declined by nearly 40 percent in the past two decades. Other contributing factors include shifting demographics and major improvements in emergency medicine and vehicle safety. Although social drinkers are much more aware of the risks, those who continue to drink and drive are more likely to be hard-core offenders, habitual drinkers who regularly consume large amounts of alcohol and drive

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Wayne Northey afterwards. About one-third of those arrested for drunk driving are repeat offenders, and up to two-thirds of those with suspended licenses still drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration those drivers are responsible for approximately 70 percent of all alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Clearly, more work needs to be done preventing drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. AAA supports requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders. These devices prevent operation of the vehicle by anyone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above a specified safe level. When installed, interlocks are associated with about a 70 percent reduction in arrest

rates for impaired driving. AAA is also working year-round to educate motorists about the hazards and driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce alcoholrelated crashes. PreventDUI.AAA.com is an online resource offering impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice. While you’re there, AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcoholfree. Simply provide your name, email and zip code, and “sign” the pledge by checking the box. Then, help spread the word to family and friends via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Send personalized e-cards to encourage others to do the same with timely messages that could one day help save their lives. PreventDUI.AAA.com also helps AAA members become more effective advocates. It’s not only a gateway for people to publicly commit to the fight against impaired driving, but a valuable resource for prevention tips and up-todate statistics to help people drive more responsibly. If you’re planning to drink this holiday season, make sure you bring a designated driver. If you feel like you’ve had too much to drink, call a friend or a cab — don’t drive. Never allow yourself or your loved ones to ride in a vehicle driven by someone who is intoxicated. We’ve all seen the consequences of having “one too many” and the stakes are just too high to gamble with the legal limit.

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Ring in the New Year with AAA Premier Up to 200 miles free towing and more

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ow is the season when people often begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions. This year, resolve to protect your family both at home and on the road with an upgrade to AAA Premier membership, AAA’s most comprehensive package of services and benefits. “We introduced AAA Premier after determining that members were looking for even higher levels of protection and benefits than those of basic or AAA Plus membership,” said John Herrilko, AAA East Central Senior Vice President. AAA Premier is perfect for members planning to hit the road for the holidays. AAA Premier roadside assistance includes one tow of up to 200 miles per household per membership year, in addition to three remaining calls, which can be tows of up to 100 miles. If your vehicle does need to be towed, you’ll also be reimbursed for up to $55 in car-rental fees. If you rent from Hertz, you will receive a second day’s rental free on a minimum two-day emergency rental.

AAA Premier also includes trip interruption protection. Members are eligible for up to $1,500 toward the cost of substitute transportation and/or accommodations, should travel plans be delayed or interrupted (when driving 100 miles or more from home) due to an accident, mechanical breakdown, car theft or illness. In addition, members qualify for up to $500 in vehicle return coverage if car issues result in the use of substitute transportation. “People are amazed how quickly costs can add up, and how much these Premier benefits alone can help out when the unexpected happens,” said Herrilko. “With trip interruption and vehicle return coverage, members can quickly get back on schedule and complete their trip.” Some of the most commonly used AAA Premier benefits can be found at your local AAA branch office. Premier members can receive passport photos or personal notary service at no charge. In addition, the $25 per person airline reservation fee is waived for AAA Premier members who book reserva-

tions at their AAA Travel Agency. AAA Premier members also save 15 percent on luggage and travel accessories at AAA Travel Stores in AAA East Central branch offices. Use your discount to buy gifts for the traveler on your holiday shopping list, or to stock up on essentials for your winter vacation getaway. “With all that AAA Premier membership has to offer, there’s a good chance that your family will use at least one of these benefits each year,” Herrilko said. “And almost all of these benefits pay for the cost of annual membership in themselves. That’s why we think it’s become so popular among our members.” Visit www.AAA.com/premier for a comparison of AAA basic, AAA Plus and AAA Premier benefits. AAA Premier is available at an annual fee of just $35 per household, in addition to the member’s basic and AAA Plus membership dues. To upgrade to AAA Premier, call or stop by your local AAA branch office, or contact the Club’s Member Service Call Center at 800.441.5008.


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What you need to know about travel insurance Why no two travel insurance policies are the same

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lanning a vacation requires preparation: reserving transportation and accommodations, applying for a passport or visa, and researching the destination. There are some travel factors that are impossible to anticipate. With the correct travel insurance coverage, however, you don’t need to worry. “Travel insurance is a way of protecting your investment, just as you would with your home or your vehicle,” said Ruth Nagy, AAA East Central managing director, travel operations. “You worked hard to earn that money to be able to take a vacation, so if you need to cancel or change your travel plans for a valid covered reason, you’re going to want that money back.” Trip cancellation insurance is one of the most popular types of travel insurance. It reimburses your travel expenses if your trip is delayed or cancelled for a valid reason, such as severe weather or major illness. Other reasons often covered by trip cancellation policies include: death of an immediate family member, jury duty, and bankruptcy of the travel vendor. If your trip cancellation policy does not cover a specific reason that may apply to your situation — such as military deployment or pregnancy — talk with your agent to see if that coverage can be added on. Additional options on travel insurance coverage may include reimbursement

pocket, which can be expensive. Many travel insurance plans include options to cover expenses and medical evacuation, if needed. There may be exclusions such as preexisting condition, so review the coverage and ask your agent about what options are best for your situation. There are several factors affecting the cost of a travel insurance policy, including the age of the travelers, the length of the trip, and the distance they are traveling. In most instances, a travel insurance policy costs approximately 10 to 20 percent of the total trip cost. Before deciding on any travel insurance plan, be sure you understand what you’re buying and what each policy does and does not cover. “I always encourage travelers to read the policy, understand the policy and ask any questions they may have before they leave for their trip,” said Nagy. “You want to make sure your plan includes the coverage that best fits your specific needs.”

BE PREPARED — Lost luggage, bad weather, medical emergencies, and natural disasters can all impact your travel plans. for delayed or lost luggage and missed connection coverage. Emergency medical coverage is another important aspect of travel insurance. If traveling internationally, most people are not covered by

their health insurance. Even if you are staying within the United States, your health insurance may not cover outof-network care. If you should need medical treatment on your vacation, you will most likely have to pay out-of-

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For more information on protecting your next getaway — whether you purchased your trip through AAA Travel or not. Call 800.354.8761 or visit AAA.com/travelinsurance.


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PRIVACY STATEMENT

• AAA East Central • AAA Travel Agency Your privacy is important to us

AAA East Central and its affiliates are proud to have been providing topquality AAA member services, benefits and products for more than 110 years. We greatly appreciate and value the trust that you and more than 2.6 million other AAA members, customers and consumers have placed in us. We will protect that trust by respecting the privacy of all of our members and nonmember customers/consumers.

Gathering information

In order to provide you with the services, benefits and products that you want from us, and to insure that you receive the very best services and benefits and the highest quality products, we collect the following personal information about you: • Information we receive from you, such as information you give us orally or in writing on applications (including membership applications) or other order forms; • Information about your transactions with us, our affiliates or others; and • Information we receive from an outside source, such as a consumer reporting agency. In addition, if you visit our Internet web site at www.AAA.com, the web server automatically recognizes and records information about your Internet usage, such as the referring (immediate preceding) web site, Internet workstation address, date and time of log-in/ log-out, site pages visited, time spent per page, files downloaded and search criteria used. If, during your visit to our web site, you voluntarily provide personally identifiable information such as an e-mail address, information to complete or submit an application or form online or other information (such as survey information or content of e-mail), we will collect such information. To better serve you, we may use a feature of your Internet browser called a “cookie” (an entry placed in a file on your computer’s hard drive or in your browser memory) to enhance your browsing experience and to permit you to request data and conduct business transactions through the web site. You should also be aware that other online retailers, partners, third-party Internet sites and third-party services accessible through our web site have separate privacy and data collection policies and practices which are independent of and may be different from our policies and practices. Please be alert for, and be sure to review, such separate policies and practices when you encounter them as you move between the links of our web site.

Handling of gathered information

In the course of our normal service and business operations, we use and may share or disclose all of the information that we collect, as described above. However, since some of the informa-

tion we gather and share or disclose is not publicly available, we take care to insure that your nonpublic personal information is protected from unauthorized access or use. We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those employees who need to know that information in order to provide services, benefits and products to you. Where we select and use agents and service/product provider partners to deliver or offer services, benefits and products to you or to us, we restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to such persons and firms who commit to properly use and protect your nonpublic personal information. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information. We do not share or disclose your nonpublic personal information in violation of any applicable law or regulation.

Sharing information among our Affiliates and Partners

In the course of our normal service and business operations, or when we think it may benefit you, we may disclose all of the information that we collect, as described above, within our family of AAA-affiliated companies and business lines. Our family of AAA-affiliated companies and business lines includes AAA East Central, AAA Ashland County, AAA Massillon Automobile Club, AAA Travel Agency, West Penn AAA Insurance Agency, Inc., Ohio Motorists Insurance Agency, Inc., Ohio Motorists Holding Company, Ohio Motorists Life Insurance Company, AAA Kentucky Insurance Agency, Inc., AAA East Penn Insurance Agency, Inc., Automobile Club Insurance Agency of Massillon, Ohio, Inc., Auto Club Driving Schools, Inc., AAA Kentucky Driver Training Center, Inc., AAA Massillon Driving School, Inc., Tri-State Foundation for Safety and Education, Inc., Ohio Motorists Safety Foundation, and Automobile Club of Southern California and its affiliates/ subsidiaries, including Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club, Automobile Club of Southern California Life Insurance Company, Auto Club Casualty Company, Auto Club Indemnity Company, Automobile Club Inter-Insurance Exchange, Auto

Club Family Insurance Company, ACSC Management Services, Inc., Club Exchange Corporation, Auto Club Insurance Holdings, LLC, Auto Club Insurance Company of Florida, AAA Club Services, LLC, Auto Club Enterprises, Automobile Club of Missouri, Alabama Motorists Association, Inc., AAA Northern New England, Tidewater Automobile Association of Virginia, Incorporated, AAA Texas, LLC, AAA New Mexico, LLC, AAA Hawaii, LLC, Pleasant Travel Holding Company, LLC, Pleasant Holidays, LLC, and Hawaii World, LLC. The sharing of information among affiliates is permitted by law. Some of our affiliates may receive personal health care information (such as information received from medical or health care providers) or consumer credit information (such as information reported by a consumer reporting agency). Such affiliates do not share such personal health care information or credit information with our other affiliates. We may disclose all of the nonpublic personal financial information we collect (other than consumer credit information) as described above to companies that perform operational services related to your membership and/or transactional accounts with us. We may disclose all of the nonpublic personal financial information we collect (other than consumer credit information) as described above to companies that perform marketing services on our behalf or to other financial institutions with whom we have joint marketing agreements. The sharing of nonpublic personal financial information with these types of companies is permitted by law.

Sharing information with Third Parties

From time to time, we may allow nonaffiliated companies to extend offers of products and services to AAA members and nonmember customers/ consumers when we feel that such products and services might be of special value or of particular interest to you. We may disclose nonpublic personal information about you to the following types of third parties: • Financial service providers, such as banks & bank holding companies, depositary & thrift institutions, credit unions and other consumer lenders;

securities broker-dealers; investment companies; financial & investment advisers; insurance companies & agents; and others that offer financial products and services to consumers; • Nonfinancial companies such as airlines, cruise lines, hotels & resorts, car rental companies and other travel vendors; retailers; direct marketers; and others that offer goods and services to consumers; and • Others, such as the American Automobile Association, Inc. and other nonprofit organizations. We may also disclose nonpublic personal information about you to nonaffiliated third parties as required or permitted by law.

Your preference/opt-out rights

If you prefer not to receive future AAA special value-added offers and notifications of products, services and special savings opportunities from us or our joint marketing partners, you may direct us not to send or contact you with such offers or savings opportunities. (If you are a AAA member, you will continue to receive the AAA Motorist/Traveler publication and annual membership renewal information and billing statements.) If you prefer that we not disclose nonpublic personal financial information about you to nonaffiliated third parties, you may opt out of those disclosures – that is, you may direct us not to make those disclosures (other than disclosures required or permitted by law). An optout request by any member on a membership account, or by any party on a joint transactional account, will apply to all Primary and Associate Members on the membership account, and to all parties on the joint account, within the same household. If you wish to exercise one or both of the preference and opt-out rights described above, you must do so in writing by filing a AAA Marketing Preference/Disclosure Opt-out Form with us. To request that a copy of the AAA Marketing Preference/Disclosure Opt-out Form be sent to you, write to: AAA Member Records, 5900 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15206-3854. We will continue to respect your privacy even after your AAA membership or other relationship with us ends. Please note, however, that AAA is a national association of independently chartered local AAA motor clubs and organizations. If you relocate to a AAA service territory assigned to a AAA club or organization other than AAA East Central, your AAA membership may be transferred to such other AAA club or organization. Such other AAA club or organization will have its own separate privacy and data collection polices and practices which are independent of and may be different from our policies and practices. Such separate policies and practices will govern the future handling and disclosure of your personal information. © 2013 AAA East Central

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Been there? Done that? Here’s a spectacular getaway for those “tired” of Europe or “over” the Caribbean. Look to the intriguing, inviting lands of South America! This all-too-unsung continent boasts some of the world’s most fascinating natural & manmade landmarks, a colorful tapestry of native & European-influenced cultures and unique travel experiences that rival or surpass destinations you've already seen. “Treasures of South America,” a 17-night escorted AAA Featured Vacation, starts with a bang in exciting Rio de Janeiro. This vibrant city pulses with life 24-7 and is in full-speed prep to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Stroll the sands at Ipanema, ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf and marvel at vistas from atop Corcovado, from which you and “Christ the Redeemer” tower over the sights & sounds of this friendly city. Indulge in a churrascaria, a seemingly unending feast of marinated & barbecued meats, while sipping a sweet/sour (sugar cane liquor & lime) caipirinha. Leave the uber-urban metropolis for the primal atmosphere of Iguazu, one of the world’s largest & most breathtaking waterfalls. Feel its mist & power...then dine at the nexus of the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Refreshed, fly to the wine country of Mendoza, Argentina, for touring and tastings before visiting the “Paris of South America”; Buenos Aires’ European-style architecture and joie de vivre lend Argentina’s stylish capital an air of sophistication unique in the Western Hemisphere. Witness (and participate in!) the much-revered spectacle that is the tango. In Peru, tour Lima’s historical center (a UNESCO World Heritage site), then fly to Cuzco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to meet locals and visit Ollantayambo, the only Inca settlement continually inhabited since its inception. The next stop alone is worth the journey to South America — Machu Picchu! By Book this vacation & choose 1 gift below. train, ascend to the “Lost City of the Incas” for a magical moment in time and nature.

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Portugal & its Islands Right now, Portugal is hot! And getting hotter! Not necessarily temperature-wise; it’s fast becoming the last “undiscovered” destination in Western Europe. Why? Those who have discovered its considerable assets are having a hard time keeping it to themselves! Those assets include Portugal’s impressive history; once a world superpower, its seafarers explored and charted much of the Old and New Worlds. Then there’s the endless variety of things to see and do, all within a manageable area (about the size of Maine). Throw in a lively, cosmopolitan capital and charmingly sleepy villages...as well as world-renowned wines and succulent seafood & sausages. Add sun, sand and surf. And top it all off with the Azores and Madeira — island gems in the Atlantic! In Lisbon, explore the Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Monument to the Discoveries and the ©STEVANZZ/FOTOLIA.COM Tower of Belem (UWHS). See Sintra (UWHS), summer residence of kings for 6 centuries. Then enjoy Portugal’s “Riviera” and dinner accompanied by wine and fado, soulful music recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. On the Silver Coast, see sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. At Fatima, see the famous Basilica and view the magnificent Batalha Monastery (UWHS). The truly remote Azores archipelago lies some 900 miles west of Lisbon. Its volcanic birth created mountains and valleys richly covered with varied vegetation, pocket lakes resting in ancient craters, hot springs, fumaroles and thermal fountains. Seaside villages, white-washed houses guarded by medieval city walls, bustling harbors and cities overflowing with architectural treasures — these, and Europe’s Book this vacation & choose 1 gift below. only pineapple and tea plantations, make the Azores all the more inviting. About 600 miles southwest of

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In addition to all of this, you’ll enjoy 5 extra-special experiences at no extra cost to you! • Jeep tour of the lush Tijuca Forest National Park around Rio de Janeiro • Rio’s “Samba City” workshop where Carnival floats & costumes are created • a night on the town at Rio Scenarium, a famous club offering live samba & jazz • the unique Inca terraces at Moray and the Sacred Valley Salineras salt mines • Iguazu Falls rainforest safari by Jeeps and Zodiac boats (to base of falls!)

Sept 10-27 • AAA Member Rate: $8,768 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Columbus–Rio de Janeiro, Cuzco-Columbus), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/ taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 26 meals, 5 “experiences,” air taxes & fees/ surcharges and in–South America tour director. Book this vacation & choose 1 gift below. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent. Visit AAA.com/ GoSouthAmerica for details.

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This magnificent 13-day escorted adventure features visits to 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Verona! Enjoy included extra-special “moments” you’d have to research & add on at your own expense and effort: • Guided visits to St Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City’s museums, including the Sistine Chapel • A 4-course dinner with wine in Rome, with live performances of arias from the best operas • A tour of a dried-pasta factory and a dinner featuring this culinary treasure in the factory’s own restaurant • After-hours visit to a 14th-century monastery followed by a family-style feast of traditional Tuscan dishes, with wine! • A serenaded gondola cruise on the canals of Venice — one of the world’s most famous travel experiences Enjoy relaxing multiple-night stays in Rome (3), Sorrento–Amalfi Coast (2), Florence (2), Venice (2) and Stresa–Lakes District (2).

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Lisbon, the resort island of Madeira, “pearl of the Atlantic,” boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves as well as traditional villages and the world’s second highest cliff. Encounter islanders continuing age-old ways of life — fishing, wickerwork, intricate embroidery and, of course, world-renowned wine making. Sit down to an espetada (traditional dinner) and enjoy folk music & dancers as you feast on herb-marinated beef cooked over an open fire!

Sept 12-24 • AAA Member Rate: $4,769 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Columbus-Lisbon), in-Portugal flights, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 19 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges and in-Portugal tour director. Book this vacation & choose 1 gift below. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/ GoEurope for details.

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ALASKA BY LAND! See the incredible, inspirational interior of the Last Frontier on this 9-night escorted tour Unforgettable experiences not on cruises! Traditional salmon bake & a sternwheeler river cruise in Fairbanks Thrilling 4-hour aerial adventure flying over the Arctic Circle, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the Yukon River 7-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park, looking for grizzlies, moose & more...with an overnight in the park Meet a 4-time winner of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race and his canine crew at Happy Trails Kennel near Anchorage Visits to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation & Begich Boggs Visitor centers 2-hour river float trip in Kenai Fjords National Park A ride on Girdwood’s Alyeska Tram — from sea level to 2,300 feet! Special welcome & farewell dinners with your fellow travelers

May 5-17 • AAA Member Rate: $5,564

July 8-17 • AAA Member Rate: $4,999

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Columbus-Rome, Milan-Columbus), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/ service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per Book this vacation & choose 1 gift below. person), 21 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges, in-Italy tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/GoItaly for details.

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Columbus-Fairbanks), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, motorcoach sightseeing, accommodations (Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, Seward: 2 each, Book this vacation & choose 1 gift below. Girdwood: 1), 16 meals, luggage handling (1 bag/ person), gratuities for included features (includes driver, escort), in-Alaska escort and AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met).


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SINGLE BREWER

Discover Britain’s horticultural heritage on a journey featuring dinner with representatives of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the Chelsea Flower Show (on RHS-members-only day), Hampton Court Palace & its gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Windsor Castle and an exclusive gala dinner at the RHS flagship garden at Wisley. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE... Half-day city tour including views of Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Changing of the Guard (if scheduled) A briefing on planning the best use of your time at the Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea “Diner’s Choice”: Choose a spot perfect for you one night from a “menu” of London’s great restaurants Free time to explore London’s endless offerings — theaters, museums, galleries, parks, etc

May 17-24 • AAA Member Rate: $4,399 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Columbus-London), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/ service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per Book this vacation & choose 1 gift below. person), 9 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent. Visit AAA.com/travel for more information.

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Glasgow • Spean Bridge Woollen Mill • Loch Ness cruise • Highland evening • Blair Athol Whisky Distillery • Edinburgh & its Castle • Ferry to Northern Ireland • Belfast: Titanic Center • Dublin: Guinness Storehouse, canal dinner cruise • Rock of Cashel • Blarney Castle & Woolen Mills • Killarney: “jaunting car” • Ring of Kerry • Skellig Experience • Sneem • Moll’s Gap • River Shannon ferry • Cliffs of Moher (pictured) • Bunratty Castle medieval banquet • AND MORE!

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TRAVELERS IN YOUR LIFE Help make their travel dreams come true this year! AAA Travel Gift Certificates (in amounts of $200 or greater) are available at all AAA Travel locations. Certificates are redeemable at any AAA East Central Travel Agency toward the purchase of airline tickets, tour packages or escorted tour reservations. Certificates expire 60 months (5 years) from date of issue. © GVS - FOTOLIA.COM

ESCORTED TOUR OPERATED BY CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL Bunratty Folk Park Medieval banquet in a 15th-century castle Cliffs of Moher Flying Boat Museum Killarney National Park, including Muckross House Ring of Kerry, Skellig Experience & Moll’s Gap Waterford Crystal tour Russborough House Dinner & song at a pub Dublin: tour & free time ...AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Nov 1-12 • AAA Member Rate: $1,799

Oct 5-12 • AAA Member Rate: $1,459

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 17 meals (including medieval banquet, canal dinner cruise), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel Book this vacation taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. & get this gift. Visit AAA.com/Ireland for itinerary and more information.

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/ hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 11 meals (including Bunratty Castle medieval banquet/entertainment & Merry Ploughboy pub dinner/ entertainment), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 Book this vacation piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available & get this gift. add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and information.


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Indulge in the infinitely better V.I.P. EXPERIENCE on the newly “Solsticized” Celebrity Infinity ®

Upgraded and enhanced to the highest levels of luxury and comfort, Celebrity Infinity boasts the high-quality amenities and embellishments that make Solstice-class vessels the seasoned cruise traveler's ships of choice!

BOOK A VERANDA STATEROOM & ENJOY ALL OF THESE V.I.P. PERKS: CELEBRITY V.I.P. AMENITIES

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Western Caribbean

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

8-DAY / 7-NIGHT CRUISE

City tour, including Katrinaimpacted sites

Serenade of the Seas

Mississippi River cruise on the steamboat Natchez Louisiana swampboat tour Mardi Gras World Demonstration & dinner at the N.O. School of Cooking

$25.00 per person onboard credit Cozumel, Mexico George Town, Grand Cayman Falmouth, Jamaica 3 full days at sea

MARCH 27–APRIL 5 • AAA MEMBER RATE: from $1,499 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel/pier transfers, 2-night hotel accommodations/taxes/service charge/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 5 meals (on land), cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, government fees and services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/travel for more details. Ask about available add-on airfare.

The British Isles & Beyond

Celebrity and AAA present a unique 11-night springtime cruise from Harwich, England, to Copenhagen, Denmark, with visits to: PARIS (Le Havre), FRANCE • CORK (Cobh) & DUBLIN, IRELAND • LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND • BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND • GLASGOW (Greenock), SCOTLAND • OSLO, NORWAY Plus 3 full days at sea!

Indulge in the comfort & conveniences of a veranda stateroom (choose standard or Concierge Class) — a private sanctuary where you’ll enjoy both indoor and outdoor space. Relax in the spacious lounge or step outside to linger over morning coffee or wonder at evening sunsets.

In-stateroom fruit basket on arrival In-stateroom Domaine Chandon sparkling wine on arrival In-stateroom chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival 6-piece petit-fours at turndown on your second evening Priority tender & debarkation

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Priority check-in $50.00 shipboard credit per stateroom

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Dinner in an onboard specialty restaurant (1 evening, 2 guests per stateroom)

AAA MEMBER EXCLUSIVES 24 / 7 member care assistance 48-hour best-price guarantee

May 12-23 • AAA Member Rate: from $2,660 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes veranda-stateroom cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, Celebrity VIP amenities (in-stateroom fruit basket on arrival, in-stateroom sparkling wine on arrival, in-stateroom chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival, 6-piece petit-fours at turndown on second evening, priority tender & debarkation), AAA Vacations® amenities (priority check-in, $100 shipboard credit per stateroom), AAA Member Exclusives (24 / 7 member care assistance, 48-hour best-price guarantee), government taxes and port charges. Ship’s registry: Malta. Visit AAA.com/travel for itinerary. Ask about available add-on airfare and transfers.


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Join SCO’s Regional President on the American Queen! Memphis to New Orleans: May 2-10 • AAA Member Rate: from $3,158

Explore America’s heartland cruising the Mississippi River aboard the magnificent American Queen...accompanied by South Central Ohio Regional President Mike Morgan. The largest steamboat ever built, the Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Filled with today’s modern amenities, she displays all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of stately steamers that preceded her. After an overnight hotel stay in Memphis TN, steam to Vicksburg & Natchez MS, and then on to St Francisville, Baton Rouge, Houmas House and New Orleans LA.

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Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg — from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station; Southern hospitality is alive and well in the “Red Carpet City of the South.” Step into the plantation life-style of the antebellum South in Natchez, site of numerous lovingly restored mansions. Quaint St Francisville sits on bluffs above the river; enjoy its more than 140 buildings on the National Register, many beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops. The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge bustles as one of the South’s fastest growing cities.

Houmas House Plantation & Gardens is so much more than just a tour of a grand antebellum estate. Experience the Southern splendor of this “Sugar Palace” when you step into its 16 rooms filled with period antiques and artwork. Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes 1-night hotel accommodations, 7-night cruise accommodations, most onboard meals & entertainment, bottled water & soft drinks, wine & beer with dinner, regular shore excursions, $50 onboard credit per cabin, port charges and a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). Ship’s registry: USA. Ask about available add-on airfare.

MOTORCOACH TOURS: 1-800-887-1976

Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Portsmouth area, accommodations (for multiday tours, based on double occupancy), sightseeing/admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (for multiday tours), meals as indicated and the services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details and pick-up points.

“The Phantom of the Opera” at Ohio Theatre: Columbus March 15 • AAA Member Rate: $130

The Ohio Theatre, with its 21-foot-high chandelier and Spanish baroque design, is worth this trip alone! But the matinee of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” will equally wow you! A sell-out in the UK, this new production was hailed as “stunning, intense & spectacular” and features a new design, costumes, staging and choreography.

Springtime in Washington DC & Mt Vernon April 3-6 • AAA Member Rate: $679

At Arlington National Cemetery, see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the graves of JFK and other notables and the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue). Drive by the Kennedy Center, experience the Capitol Visitor Center, tour the US Capitol (pending availability) and visit the Library of Congress, the world’s largest national library. At the Tidal Basin, photograph the cherry blossoms (if blooming!) and visit the FDR, Jefferson and MLK Jr memorials. Enjoy an Illuminated Monument Tour with stops at the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park. Pick a Smithsonian Museum to explore, then enjoy a photo opportunity of the White House and a guided tour to the WWII, Vietnam, Lincoln and Korean War memorials. Explore the grounds and home at Mt Vernon, George Washington’s estate on the Potomac River. 6 meals.

Back to the ’50s!: Columbus & Pataskala OH June 4 • AAA Member Rate: $125

Tour manager Sharon Williams takes you on a trip back in time and to celebrate her birthday! At the Ohio Historical Society, walk through a prefabricated home designed for WWII vets. See a ’57 Chevy Bellaire, an Airstream Trailer and more. Receive a “’50s Bag”and enjoy lunch at a ’50s-style diner. Cruise on Buckeye Lake; Burt Reynolds was a lifeguard here in the ’50s. Visit Buckeye Winery for wine tasting, music & birthday cake! 1 meal.

NY State of Mind: New York City June 16-19 • AAA Member Rate: $1,039

Take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Drive through the Financial District, home of the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street. See the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US. Head uptown to the Time Warner Building, Central Park, Lincoln Center and Fifth Avenue and drive along Museum Mile. Take a walking tour of Central Park with time to explore it on your own. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History on your own. Tour NBC; pay attention to the page guiding you, as some have become

famous — Willard Scott, Ted Koppel, Regis Philbin, Steve Allen, Kate Jackson and others. See recognizable sets, including the Today Show, Dateline, NBC Nightly News, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and SNL. Then explore the Big Apple “your way” — sightsee, see a Broadway show or shop! 4 meals.

Niagara Falls — Ontario, Canada July 14-16 • AAA Member Rate: $489

Enjoy an extensive guided tour of scenic Niagara River Parkway, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, the Whirlpool, the Power Dams, the Floral Clock, Brock’s Monument and Welland Canal plus a drive-through of Niagaraon-the-Lake. Enjoy time to explore on your own. Savor a special dinner at Skylon Tower, high above the falls in its revolving dining room. 3 meals.

ADDITIONAL DEPARTURES Dec 5-8, 2013............Country Christmas at Opryland Hotel: Nashville TN ......... $899 Dec 7-8, 2013............Greenbrier Holiday: White Sulphur Springs WV ................ $359 Sept 11-15 ................The Crooked Road Music Trail: VA, NC ............................... $899 Sept 23-27 ................Coastal Lighthouses: VA, NC ........................................... $1,019 Oct 4-12 ....................Autumn in New England: CT, RT, MA, NH, ME, VT........... $1,799 Oct 7-9 ......................Mystery Tour: ??? ................................................................ $569 Nov 17-20, 2014 .......The Smokies & Biltmore Estate: TN, NC............................. $599 Dec 1-6, 2014...........Branson Holiday: Branson MO ........................................... $989

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See, do & get MORE on a Celebrity Cruisetour!

A Celebrity Cruisetour is an unforgettable vacation that delivers the best — and most — of both sea & land.

Enjoy the experience-packed combination of a 7-night Alaska cruise on Celebrity Millennium

PLUS a 6-night land tour of Alaska (Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks) OR a 6-night land tour of the Canadian Rockies (Vancouver,Victoria, Jasper, Banff, Calgary).

Members get $150* off! PLUS a blanket, wine & binoculars! Book and make a deposit on a balcony (or above) stateroom on the cruisetours below by 12/31/13.

Alaska Northern Glacier Cruisetour

June 20–July 3

AAA Member Rate: from $3,274

Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruisetour

Before-discount rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include 7-night balcony-stateroom cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, in-stateroom bottle of wine, AAA roll-up lap blanket (1 per person), compact binoculars (1 pair per stateroom), government taxes, port charges, 6-night hotel accommodations and sightseeing/transportation. Ships' registry: Malta. Visit AAA.com/travel for more information. Ask about available add-on airfare. Passport required. *per stateroom

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Yellowstone in Winter

ULTIMATE ALASKA Winter Wonderland Tour • Feb 20–March 2

An extraordinary chance to witness the Northern Lights, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Alaska’s winter wildlife & wilderness!

Begin in SALT LAKE CITY UT; see Temple Square and witness the awesome power of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting). Travel to WEST YELLOWSTONE MT, gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Ride private vintage snowcoaches (heated!) to see Firehole Falls, Old Faithful and wildlife. Drive through majestic Grand Teton National Park to JACKSON HOLE WY, where you may choose to ride a sleigh through the National Elk Refuge and visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art or, for an additional fee, opt for a Granite Hot Springs snowmobile tour (bring a swimsuit!). Drive through Snake River Canyon and visit Utah Olympic Park before heading home.

Feb 1-6 • AAA Member Rate: $2,085 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Columbus–Salt Lake City), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, luggage handling (1 bag per person), accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing & admissions (as indicated), 9 meals, services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met), taxes, gratuities for guide & driver. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/travel for more information.

Fairbanks • Chena Hot Springs Resort Alaska Railroad • Seward Highway Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Alaska Sealife Center • Alyeska Resort Anchorage • Alaska Zoo • Wasilla Mushers Banquet • Iditarod Race AAA Member Rate: $2,955

See the “real” Alaska summer visitors never see! Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling, sightseeing transportation/ admissions, 14 meals, in-Alaska guide, hand warmers and services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoAlaska for more information.

Be a snowbird & escape winter for up to a month: Rent a furnished Florida “nest” for you, your family and / or your friends! Just because you don’t own a home in Florida is no reason you can’t be a “snowbird” and live the leisurely (and warm!) life-style of the Sunshine State for up 28 nights (Saturday-toSaturday weeks) in January, February or March 2014. AAA Travel has just what you need — 1- to 4-week Saturdayto-Saturday rental of a roomy furnished vacation home in peaceful Port Charlotte! On the southwest Gulf Coast just 100 miles south of Tampa and 65 miles north of Naples, Port Charlotte is a premier ecotourism destination that’s off the beaten path and free of crowds, yet offers sailing, boating, fishing, birding, shopping, dining, arts & more. One of Sail magazine’s 10 Greatest Places to Sail, the Charlotte Harbor area offers nature adventures like canoe/kayak paddling on 53 Blueways trails, exploring 5 national wildlife refuges and discovering prime birding opportunities. There are more than 70 parks & preserves, 16 golf courses and numerous annual sporting events and recreational facilities. Cultural HOME

Image representative of available homes. No 2 homes are identical, but styles & amenities are similar. pursuits include visual arts, theater, dance and music (Port Charlotte is home to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra). It’s no wonder Money magazine called Port Charlotte Best Place to Retire. Choose from a selection of attractively landscaped homes, and use yours as a base from which to explore the local area’s uncrowded beaches and/or the many attractions within

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4137 Library St ............................1/4–1/11 (1 week) ............... $1,349 SOLD OUT! 18146 Brazil Ave ........................ 1/4–1/18 (2 weeks) .............. $2,141 1198 Dewhurst St ....................... 1/4–2/1 (4 weeks) ............... $3,896 18106 Lake Worth Blvd ............. 2/1–2/15 (2 weeks) .............. $3,003 18130 Lake Worth Blvd ............. 2/1–2/15 (2 weeks) .............. $2,743

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comfortable driving distance. Or just settle in, take advantage of the screened-in swimming pool and laugh at winter back home! Get away from it all...or invite your family and/or friends to share some Florida fun with you. These 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom (some with 2.5) homes can comfortably sleep 6 (bedding/linens provided for each bedroom). They feature fully equipped kitchens (dishwasher, stove/oven, refrigerator/ freezer, microwave) and dining areas for everyone to gather in...screened-in heated pools for swimming, lounging and loafing! Living rooms feature entertainment centers (with cable). Optional weekly cleaning/linen service is available for an additional fee. Imagine not having to shovel snow this winter...and watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico instead. Forget about bundling up just to go to the corner store...and slipping into a soothing pool after dining on your patio instead. With AAA’s help, you can look forward to winter this year; contact a AAA travel agent now! 2014 RENTAL PERIOD

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18239 Temple Ave ...................... 2/1–3/1 (4 weeks) ............... $5,239 18211 Brazil Ave ........................ 3/1–3/29 (4 weeks) .............. $5,756 22491 Cezane ............................ 3/1–3/29 (4 weeks) .............. $5,377 18106 Lake Worth Blvd ............. 3/8–3/22 (2 weeks) .............. $3,071 4249 Flamingo Blvd .................. 3/29–4/12 (2 weeks) ............. $2,486

Rates vary by home selected, are subject to availability at time of booking and include accommodations, taxes & fees and pool heating fee. Visit AAA.com/HomeRentals.


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Celebrity is making waves around the Caribbean Make this winter your season in the sun

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here’s something about the Caribbean that draws us like shells to a beach. Sun-washed islands are set like steppingstones across a tranquil, turquoise sea. And no one knows this sunny stretch of islands better than Celebrity Cruises. Six of their award-winning ships will be plying the Caribbean this winter. New this year will be four- and five-night Bahamas and Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale onboard Celebrity Constellation. Bahamas cruises feature stops in Key West and Nassau, while Western Caribbean itineraries include Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Celebrity Reflection — their newest ship — sails 7-Eastern Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Miami, with calls at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Like her sister ships, Reflection features the Lawn Club, with real growing grass and ten unrivaled dining venues. A full 85 percent of the 1,498 staterooms include verandahs, all equipped with flat-screen TVs, spacious baths, and plush European bedding. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the ship. Kids and adults can be among the first to experience the revolutionary new Xbox One through Celebrity’s exclusive partnership with Microsoft. Celebrity ships are outfitted with dedi-

THE WORLD AT YOUR DOORSTEP — Celebrity will be calling at 170 ports in 42 countries from 20 different departure ports this fall and winter. cated Xbox spaces and mobile stations, allowing guests to enjoy one of the largest game and entertainment experiences afloat. Two Solstice Class ships will offer longer cruises and even more ways to enjoy the Caribbean’s relaxed vibe. Beginning in December Celebrity Equinox will sail 10- and 11-night Ultimate Caribbean voyages roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Ports include

Charlotte Amalie; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Roseau, Dominica; and Philipsburg. St. Kitts is a small, sombrero-shaped island with cloud-fringed Mount Liamuiga as its center. A 32-mile road circles the island and passes timeless colonial towns and palm-fringed beaches. Celebrity Eclipse will offer a 14-night Exotic Southern Caribbean

itinerary calling in at the storied ports of Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; St. George’s, Grenada; Bridgetown; Castries, St. Lucia; St. Johns, Antigua; Philipsburg, and Charlotte Amalie. The busiest cruise ship port in the Caribbean, St Thomas plays host to over 3-million visitors a year. A breathtaking panorama of beaches gives way to pastel dwellings shaded against a backdrop of emerald hills. Nearby St. Maarten — the smallest island in the world shared between two nations — welcomes dozens of ships each year. Curacao has an unmistakable Dutch heritage. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the island’s capital of Willemstad, with its pastel-colored houses with carved wooden doors and traditional Dutch tiles. Visitors to Grenada are greeted with the sweet smell of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. Spice trees blanket the island and their seductive scent permeates the colorful markets, before drifting up the hills and into the cloud forest.

IF YOU GO

Please see this month’s Departures Guide or log on to AAA.com/cruises for special member values on Celebrity Cruise vacations.

Five movie-inspired vacation destinations It’s flights, camera, action at these famous film locales

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ollywood movies have always been a source of inspiration, so it seems only fitting that we turn to some of our favorite blockbusters to conjure up future vacation destinations. Here are five movie-inspired holidays to help you plan your travels. The Descendants — The Oscarwinning film focuses on the story of Matt King, played by George Clooney, as he tries to cope with the loss of his wife. The movie is set across the gorgeous backdrop of Oahu and Kauai and features stunning settings, such as the cottages at Hanalei Bay Beach and Kipu Kai Ranch, a working cattle ranch that also appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The 3,000-acre ranch offers daily ATV tours to the public. Lord of the Rings — Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings franchise has provided a huge boost in tourism to New Zealand. With the release of the highly anticipated The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug set for December, there is no doubt that true fans will be flocking to Wellington to get their very own taste of the Middle Earth. A fourhour movie tour features the Hobbiton Woods, Helms Deep, Isengard and many more. Midnight in Paris — Woody Allen’s

BEST SUPPORTING BEACH — Kauai’s Hanalei Bay figured prominently in the film version of The Descendants. 2011 romantic comedy is a billet doux to the cinematic City of Lights. Film locations include the beautiful Palace of Versailles, the little Left Bank shops on rue Galande, the Rodin and Orangerie Museums, the Hotel Le Bristol and the Arc de Triomphe. The quintessentially French backdrop gives us a taste of the beauty and culture of Paris.

Casino Royale — Those looking for a “license to chill” on their next winter vacation can make like 007 in the Bahamas. The 2006 remake of Casino Royale features gorgeous scenes of Nassau, and Bond’s luxurious villa comes courtesy of the One and Only Ocean Club Hotel on Paradise Island. A scenic drive through the Chateau de

Versailles-inspired Versailles Gardens, will leave you stirred, if not shaken. The Bahamas is one Bond’s favorite stomping grounds. Scenes from Thunderball, For Your Eyes Only, and The World is Not Enough were all filmed here. The Birds — Bodega Bay is the southern most community on the rugged Sonoma coastline. Actually there are two Bodegas. Four miles inland is the New England-style village of Bodega. Both were made famous in the Alfred Hitchcock horror classic The Birds although in the film, the two towns were portrayed as one. The boat dock scenes were filmed at the Tides Wharf and Restaurant on the bay, while the 150-year-old Potter School is located in Bodega, behind St. Theresa’s Church. You can still attend services every Sunday at St. Theresa’s, where the film’s pivotal scenes were filmed.

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AAA membership is a gift for all seasons This year, give the gift that keeps giving

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ou know how valuable your AAA card is. Now you can give as good as you get with a AAA Gift Membership. Who wouldn’t appreciate the gift of security, quality, service and savings? AAA is justifiably famous for our 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, but a Gift Membership offers you and your loved ones so much more. AAA members receive all the great benefits including special discounts and perks on vacation packages, tours and cruises, which they can plan and book through their local AAA Travel Agency or online at AAA.com. Members also receive savings on luggage, accessories, attraction tickets, lodging discounts, Hertz car rental, and more. AAA Prescription Savings will save everyone money on their medications, even the family dog! Our brand new AAA Discounts & Rewards program delivers an innovative shopping experience on AAA.com, where members can save with discount offers from approximately 30,000 participating merchants nationwide — including national chains like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, The Gap and The Home Depot. In addition to discount offers, you’ll earn reward points to redeem for extra savings. WOWPoints are AAA’s online reward points — just like the loyalty points you get from credit cards or airlines. AAA’s Show Your Card & Save® pro-

IT’S A GIFT — AAA membership may be close to the “perfect” gift. gram means savings are literally at your fingertips — at more than 150,000 locations worldwide — especially with versatile SmartPhone apps like AAA Mobile. AAA’s TripTik® Travel Planner and TourBook® guides make planning a holiday road trip a breeze. There are plenty of options for online maps and directions, but there’s only one that combines AAA’s professional hotel and restaurant ratings and robust travel information with Google maps. AAA members can also download dig-

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ital TourBook® guides for e-reader devices and SmartPhones at AAA.com/ebooks. Content for the 101 eTourBook guides is refreshed nightly to ensure members receive the most up-to-date information. Our Approved Auto Repair network of regional facilities abide by AAA’s stringent standards for technical certification, modern equipment, and customer satisfaction, which means automotive service you can trust. AAA Battery Service provides convenient mobile battery testing and installa-

tion of quality, competitively priced batteries. Over one million AAA members have enjoyed the convenience of having a AAA battery delivered and installed on the spot. And each AAA battery is protected by an unprecedented 36-month free replacement warranty. AAA also offers members trusted insurance protection for your car, home, and life. Financial services include CDs, deposit accounts, credit cards, and Travel Money. Identity theft is one of America’s fastest-growing crimes, and AAA’s Protect MyID® is a brand new member benefit that offers effective, no cost identity theft protection. Exclusive features like Daily Credit Monitoring, Lost Wallet Card Protection and Dedicated Fraud Resolution Support can help catch identity theft when it happens and help you restore your credit and your peace of mind.

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If your holiday budget is in the red, AAA can help you save some green. Purchase a AAA Gift Membership through December 31, 2013 and save $10! Your family and friends will enjoy the discounts, services and benefits of AAA all year long — and you enjoy the savings! For more information, visit your local AAA branch office or online at AAA.com.


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The Big Chill — How you can prevent frozen pipes What should you do when a water pipe freezes?

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magine waking up on a frigid morning, and stumbling down the stairs only to find your kitchen is filled with water. Each winter, about a quarter of a million families find themselves with water pipes that have frozen and burst. A single three millimeter crack in a pipe can dump up to 250 gallons of water in your house in a single day causing thousands of dollars of damage. Whether your home has steel, copper or plastic PVC pipes, no one is immune. Fortunately, there a few precautions you can take to protect your pipes: Bundle up those pipes: Take time to insulate all the exposed pipes in your crawl spaces, garage and attic. These pipes are more vulnerable to freezing. Use heat tape or thermostaticallycontrolled heat cable to wrap high-risk pipes. Use exterior tape for outside pipes and interior tape for indoor pipes. Seal the cracks: Look for air leaks near your pipes. If arctic air seeps through even a tiny crack, your pipes can quickly freeze and burst. Seal up every leak with caulk or insulation. Put the garden hose away: Disconnect your garden hose and shut off the indoor valve before winter. Bump up the thermostat: The temperature inside the walls and attic is much colder than the inside of your house. If you let the indoor temperature drop below 65 degrees, your exterior

FROZEN OUT— About a quarter million families deal with frozen water pipes that burst each winter. wall pipes are at high risk of freezing. Protect your home when you’re gone: If you’re going out of town, ask a friend or neighbor to check your house each day. Ask them to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing and look for any signs of water. Consider shutting off and draining your water system before you leave. Know the signs of a pipe freeze: If you turn on your faucet and no water comes out, your pipe is probably frozen.

You may be able to thaw the pipe yourself with a hair dryer. Start warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest part of the pipe. Never try to thaw pipe with a torch or open flame. Deal with the burst pipe: If your pipes burst, turn off your water at the main shut-off valve and leave the water faucets on. Call a plumber right away. You should also call your insurance agent or company as soon as possi-

ble. Although your insurance adjuster doesn’t need to see the spill before you clean it up, you should at least inform them of your situation. Move electronics, furniture, carpet and other items away from the water. Start mopping up the water and try to make temporary repairs to protect your home from further damage. Be sure to save all of your receipts for any money you spend related to the pipe burst. Your insurance company may be able to reimburse you for temporary repairs. Try to avoid making expensive permanent repairs until your insurance adjuster has a chance to assess the damage. Obviously, no one wants to deal with the cost and aggravation of a pipe burst. Take the proper measures to protect your pipes and your home. It’s also important to ensure your family is prepared to act swiftly and smartly if a pipe does rupture.

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Taking the bite out of winter driving Preparation the key to staying safe on the road

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inter driving can be hazardous for even the most experienced drivers, especially if their vehicles are not properly prepared for the challenging conditions winter often brings. Maintaining the safety and reliability of your vehicle should be a top priority during the winter months. Start the season off right by winterizing your vehicle before taking to the road. Here are some helpful tips to help you arrive safely to your destination: Drive cautiously — Match your driv-

ing speed to the current conditions. If conditions are challenging due to a slippery road surface or reduced visibility, decrease your speed. A slower driving speed allows for more reaction time and margin of error. Traction is key — Winter weather is not the time to ignore your tires. For optimum traction to navigate harsh winter conditions with confidence, consider installing a set of winter tires on your vehicle. Winter tires like Goodyear’s Ultra Grip Ice WRT feature a specialized ice

AAA Member benefit changes

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n order to provide the most relevant, comprehensive package of benefits to members, AAA East Central announces the following changes. Effectively immediately, ProtectMyID Essential, an identity theft monitoring service, will be offered free to members. ProtectMyID Essential provides daily monitoring of the member’s Experian credit report, with e-mail alerts any time changes are detected. Identity Theft is a growing problem, and ProtectMyID

Essential helps protect members from unauthorized activity. For more details, click on h t t p : / / w w w. a a a . c o m / identitytheft. In addition, AAA East Central will be phasing out AAA Plus Travel Accident Insurance, which provides AAA Plus members with accident insurance for transportation booked through AAA Travel. It will be discontinued at the end of the member’s current membership year, beginning with October 31, 2013 membership expirations.

tread compound that offers enhanced traction on ice and snow-covered roads and maintains its flexibility in cold weather. This helps the tire to adapt to the road surface and reallly dig into snow and ice. Inflation is essential — Tire pressure decreases by about one pound per square inch for every 10-degree drop in outside air temperature, so it is vital that drivers check the air pressure regularly during the winter months. Proper tire inflation is essential for vehicle stability, fuel efficiency, optimum steering, grip, wear and load-carrying capabilities. Air pressure should be checked when the tires are cool, meaning they have not been driven even a mile. Service your vehicle — Be prepared for what Mother Nature throws your way by making sure you have enough antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. For a correct amount of antifreeze to withstand the winter temperatures, a 50/50 mix of antifreeze to water is sufficient. You can go through all your windshield wiper fluid in one storm, so be sure to completely fill your vehicle’s reservoir before the first snowfall hits. It may be useful to buy extra, but make sure it is high-quality, “no-freeze” fluid. Practice makes perfect — It’s important to be alert when driving on snowcovered roadways because slush, ice and other hazards make it difficult to

change lanes and handle your vehicle. In order to know how your vehicle performs in the winter weather, it may be helpful to practice driving techniques in an empty, open parking lot. Refer to your owner’s manual to fully understand your vehicle’s braking and traction control systems. Stock your vehicle — No one wants to break down, especially in cold weather, so keeping a kit with essential items is helpful in case of emergencies. Some essential items to include are blankets, water bottles, a first aid kit, jumper cables, shovel/ice scraper, road flares, a candle and matches.

SLIDE RULE — Winter tires are able to stop up to 50 percent faster on ice and snow. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Member Appreciation Cruise rooms — an opportunity to taste a martini (or two), a fee-free dinner at an onboard specialty restaurant and a private cocktail party where meeting & mingling with fellow AAA cruisers proves that great people can make a vacation great too! Plus, there’s no need to ever worry about leaving gratuities (or how much) for all of your onboard attendants (stewards, servers, maître d’, etc); they’re all taken care of and included in the special member cruise rate! An Alaska cruise vacation, amazing as it is, is even better with a Concierge Class stateroom (upgrade from balcony for $320 per person), where little details make a big difference; AAA has 20 available at a great rate. Besides

SOAR WITH MORE — AAA members get extras on the 2014 Appreciation Cruise.

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personalized concierge service, inroom amenities include sparkling wine on arrival, flowers & fruit & evening hors d’oeuvres delivered daily, luxury bedding, pillow menu, personalized stationery, tote bag, umbrella for onboard use and a private bar (custom-stocked for a fee). In-bath amenities include a massage showerhead, plush robes, oversize towels, salon-quality hairdryer and a selection of shampoos/lotions/soaps. You also enjoy express luggage delivery, early embarkation/disembarkation, priority seating in main dining room & specialty restaurants, makeup/turndown service, expanded room service menu (24 hours) and shoeshine valet. Balcony enhancements include a table for 2, cushioned chairs and highpower binoculars for onboard use. After using those binoculars on your relaxing full day at sea after departing Seattle, you’ll catch sight of Ketchikan, the first port of call. Variously called “Salmon Capital of the World,” “Alaska’s First City” and “Rain Capital of Alaska,” it was named after a creek flowing through this ancestral home of the Tlingit people; some say it’s their word for “thundering wings of an eagle.” A must-see here is the world’s largest collection of totem poles. You may opt to flightsee by seaplane over nearby spectacular Misty Fjords National Monument, called the “Yosemite of the North.” Back on ship, you’ll sail amid pure silence past translucent blue icebergs

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Celebrity Solstice Alaska Aug 8-15 AAA Member Rate $1,999

Balcony rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes 7-night cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, government fees, VIP priority check-in, 24–7 member assistance, 48-hour bestprice guarantee, $50 shipboard credit per stateroom, binoculars (1 per stateroom), martini tasting (2 vouchers per stateroom) and specialty-restaurant dining (1 night, 2 people per stateroom). Ship’s registry: Malta. Ask about discounted add-on airfare (available for a limited time). Visit AAA.com/travel for more information. silhouetted against a dramatic backdrop of waterfall-laced rock walls ascending thousands of feet into the sky at Tracy Arm Fjord. Where Earl Grey meets Eddie Bauer® is a way to describe the charms of Alaska’s capital, Juneau. Here, the pioneering spirit lives on in an interesting mix of cosmopolitan chic and frontier ruggedness. Visit the State Museum’s exquisite collection of Russian Orthodox and Gold Rush relics. Grab those binoculars again, as you enter one of the world’s most famously beautiful waterways, the Inside Passage. It features virtually everything you come to Alaska hoping to see, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks — all of which create a setting that’s perfect

for viewing whales and sea lions. Wildlife gives way to wild life in the Gold Rush town of Skagway. Saloons and dance-hall revues enliven this little port with the big frontier spirit. If prospecting fever hits you, try the White Pass & Yukon Railway or a ride on the Klondike Highway to places where you can roll up your sleeves and pan for gold on your own! After another day at sea, step ashore at Victoria, British Columbia’s capital and a charming example of colonial splendor. This English-flavored enclave enjoys a temperate climate, which makes exploring its museums, gardens and parks so enjoyable. Learn more about this departure at AAA.com/travel. But hurry — space is limited, and Alaska is very popular!


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The savings are sensational at AAA Discounts & Rewards Give like Santa and save like Scrooge this holiday season

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t’s the most wonderful time of the year. That is, if you don’t mind slogging through slush and snow and fighting the crowds to finish your holiday shopping. So, if Bedford Falls is beginning to feel more like Pottersville, AAA Discounts & Rewards gives you a whole new way to make your holiday shopping days merry and bright. AAA Discounts & Rewards is an innovative new shopping experience on AAA.com featuring deep discounts, limited-time offers and everyday savings on dining, electronics, home, apparel, entertainment, pet care and more, from approximately 30,000 participating merchants nationwide — including national chains like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, The Gap and The Home Depot. Discover great deals on the names you want and the products you need — all at unbeatable prices. It’s just one of the many perks of AAA membership. AAA has leveraged the purchasing power of millions of members in return for big savings from merchants who want your business. The AAA Discounts & Rewards shopping portal at AAA. com/discounts features an intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface to help you find exactly what you are looking for with just few simple clicks. Check out some of the limited-time offers, or customize your shopping experience to receive weekly Perk Alerts featuring our

redeeming WOWPoints. Now that’s rewarding!

Save Online and In-store

PREPARE TO BE WOWED — Save serious cash and earn WOWPoints at AAA Discounts & Rewards. top offers to help you take advantage of our best deals. Over time Perk Alerts will become more targeted and tailored to your needs.

equals $1 and your points never expire as long as you are a AAA member! Redeem them at checkout and receive cash back for your purchase.

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In addition to discount offers, you’ll earn reward points to redeem for extra savings. WOWPoints are AAA’s online reward points — just like the loyalty points you get from credit cards or airlines. One hundred WOWPoints always

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Jefferson County Charles Town AUTOSERV, INC. ........................................ 304-728-2221 CREAMER’S AUTO SERVICE ..................... 304-725-2589 Shepherdstown BROWNS TIRE........................................... 304-876-6835 Marion County Fairmont WHOLESALE TIRE & AUTO INC ................. 304-367-1555 Marshall County Wheeling BOB ROBINSON CHEV/CAD ...................... 304-233-8000 Monongalia County Morgantown BROCKWAY AUTO REPAIR ........................ 304-292-2620 MORGANTOWN AUTOMOTIVE REP............ 304-296-2128 WHOLESALE TIRE & AUTO INC ................. 304-292-5200 Purseglove ERVINS AUTO REPAIR .............................. 304-292-2586 Randolph County Elkins COLONIAL COURT SERVICE STATION ....... 304-636-0447

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Look for special offers that earn you 3X, 6X, even 10X the WOWPoints. Earn 5,000 WOWPoints in one calendar year and receive 5 STAR Status. You’ll earn 50% more WOWPoints on each purchase — even when you’re

In addition to saving with over 30,000 online retailers, AAA members can also show their AAA membership card at over 100,000 participating store locations. No fumbling for coupons or searching for lost flyers — all you have to do is show your AAA membership card and save! And remember to download the free AAA Mobile app for places to save, wherever you go. AAA East Central members can access the AAA Discounts & Rewards page from AAA.com/discounts. Feel free to browse through all the offers, however, you must register at the time of transaction. Registration is completely free — a valid AAA membership and email address are all you need. Don’t wait any longer. Register online at AAA.com/discounts. Then shop, save and earn on national and local brands, movie and attraction tickets, restaurants and retailers.

he holiday season is here, and while you’re busy shopping online for that perfect gift, criminals are also searching for a one-of-a-kind item — your identity. Over 12-million Americans have their identities stolen every year, but there are ways to protect yourself. ProtectMyID® Essential is a new, no cost benefit available exclusively for AAA members. Comparable to plans costing $7.95 per month, it includes these important features: • Daily Credit Monitoring of your Experian® Report — Your credit report is monitored daily to detect key changes. • Email Alerts — Receive email alerts when key changes are detected on your credit report. If no changes are detected, you’ll be sent a monthly all-clear email. • Dedicated Fraud Resolution Support — Agents are available to walk you through each step of resolving identity theft—from beginning to end. • Lost Wallet Card Protection — Securely store your debit and medical card numbers in one safe place. If your wallet is lost or stolen, it only takes a single call to a ProtectMyID® agent for assistance in canceling and replacing your cards. In addition, ProtectMyID® Essential

also provides AAA Premier members with $10,000 in no cost identity theft insurance. ProtectMyID® Deluxe, available to members at just $8.95 per month, adds an extra level of protection with these advanced tools: • Comprehensive Daily Monitoring — Checks all three national credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax ® and TransUnion® for new credit cards, loans, delinquent payments and more. • Experian Credit Report and Score — Lets you review your credit history to catch inaccuracies, potential fraud and suspicious activity even sooner. • ChildSecureSM — Monitors children’s personal information, and alerts you if someone applies for credit or opens credit accounts in their names. • Internet Scan — Conducts confidential, daily scans on illegal websites and chat rooms for signs your identity is exposed. • Identity Theft Insurance — $1 million identity theft insurance. To register for your free ProtectMyID® Essential, or to upgrade to ProtectMyID® Deluxe, simply go to AAA.com/ProtectMyID or call 1.877.440.6943.


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AAA chooses top vehicles for growing families Fuel-sipping sedans and rugged crossovers join the minivan

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hether you are looking for the practicality of a minivan or a sporty SUV, growing families need more room, easy handling and dependability in their next vehicle. AAA’s Auto Experts have selected a variety of vehicles growing families should consider during a new car search. Toyota Highlander — Available in various drivetrains that include a four-cylinder, V-6, and gasoline-electric hybrid, the Highlander features an expansive interior with a child-friendly, third row. The ride is quiet and comfortable and fuel economy with either the four-cylinder or hybrid drivetrain is very good for the class. Subaru Outback — Standard allwheel drive and a capable four-cylinder engine matched to a continuously variable automatic transmission help set the Outback apart. Although seating is limited to five, back seat passengers enjoy a roomy interior while the cargo area easily stores all your gear. Chevrolet Equinox — A family crossover that rides nicely, handles well and has a generous rear seat that is perfect for growing teens and young adults. The four-cylinder engine is adequate; the V-6 is livelier but was nearly 20 percent less fuel efficient in AAA testing. Mazda5 — Think of the Mazda5 as a mini minivan that packs a great deal of practicality into a small footprint. Dual sliding doors and a rear liftgate allow easy access for passengers and cargo, while the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is surprisingly economical. Like most Mazdas it’s fun to drive, and handling is quite good. Every Mazda5 comes with standard stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

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b. Paid Circulation (2) Mailed In-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541 (Include paid distribution above nominal rate, advertiser’s proof copies, and exchange copies) (By Mail and Outside Paid Distribution Outside the Mails Including Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, (3) the Mail) Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution Outside USPS®

9. Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor, and Managing Editor (Do not leave blank) Publisher (Name and complete mailing address)

(4) e.

Sept./Oct. 2013 Average No. Copies No. Copies of Single Each Issue During Issue Published Preceding 12 Months Nearest to Filing Date

6. Annual Subscription Price

AAA 1414 Twelfth Street Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-4235

Full Name

14. Issue Date for Circulation Data Below

AAA Motorist Ohio/West Virginia

Telephone (Include area code)

8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher (Not printer)

diminished this vehicle’s ride, its silence on the highway or towing capacity. Third-row seating has plenty of room. While the price can climb quickly, buyers can opt for the lower, yet still wellequipped SXT or Crew trim lines. Honda Accord — This mid-size sedan has long been a favorite of families. Cutting edge safety features like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control are all available and the standard fourcylinder engine gets up to 27-mpg city, 36-highway. Handling has also been improved thanks to the addition of MacPherson strut suspension and new electric power steering.

Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail (Carriers or other means)

Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (Sum of 15d (1), (2), (3) and (4))

f.

Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and 15e)

g.

Copies not Distributed (See Instructions to Publishers #4 (page #3))

h.

Total (Sum of 15f and g)

i.

Percent Paid (15c divided by 15f times 100)

194,324

193,612

188,555

188,569

0

0

0

0

0

0

188,555

188,569

573

578

0

0

0

0

0

0

573

578

189,032

189,147

5,292

4,465

194,324

193,612

99.75

99.69

Total circulation includes electronic copies. Report circulation on PS Form 3526-X worksheet.

16.

17. Publication of Statement of Ownership

X

If the publication is a general publication, publication of this statement is required. Will be printed

Nov./Dec.. 2013 issue of this publication. in the ________________________

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Ford Taurus — A smooth and quiet highway ride, roomy passenger cabin and impressive trunk room all suggest the Taurus was designed with family use in mind. Ford’s turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine puts out 240 horsepower yet delivers an impressive 32-mpg on the highway. A vast 20-cubic-foot trunk is capable of carrying a week’s worth of gear. Hyundai Sonata — One of the most popular cars its class, Sonata’s elegant exterior and impressive safety ratings seem out of sync with its low price. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 200 hp and 35 mpg on the highway. The ride is pleasing and handling is good. The warranty is generous, too. Honda Odyssey — Odyssey is roomy, rides comfortably, features supportive seats and has a first-class drivetrain. Child entertainment options include an optional built-in DVD system. The HondaVac, a fiendishly clever built-in vacuum-cleaner, comes standard on the top-of-the-line, Odyssey Touring Elite. Chrysler Town & Country — The original minivan offers a quiet and composed ride and a smooth and powerful V-6 engine. The “Stow-n-Go” package allows quick and easy conversion from passenger to cargo hauling duties as both second and third row seats stow easily into wells located in the floor. Adding to its appeal are the many safety features that are available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

AAA provides free vehicle reviews, localized pricing information and more online at AAA.com/AutoMaker. Additional information on the AAA Auto Buying program is available at AAA.com/AutoBuying. The AAA Auto Buying Tools App is available at the AAA Mobile Solutions page at AAA.com/Mobile.


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