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OHIO/WEST VIRGINIA • HUNTINGTON/PARKERSBURG REGION MAY/JUNE 2014 LensCrafters Helps Keep You Safe Behind the Wheel
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fter a seemingly endless (and very BRRR-utal) winter, summer can’t get here fast enough! Everyone from kids to parents to grandparents has eagerly (desperately) anticipated its arrival. As a reward for surviving the “Winter That Wouldn’t Quit,” AAA Travel presents a Sizzling Summer Kick-off featuring an array of unique gifts perfect for summertime enjoyment! Book & make a nonrefundable deposit on a new 7-night-or-longer 2014 air-inclusive vacation and you can choose 1 of 5 sensational summertime gifts valued at up to $120.00 (see box below) based on the length of your vacation. But you’ve got to hurry: This special offer ends 5/17/14! Just ask your AAA travel agent to arrange your vacation with one of these AAA travel partners — AAA Member Choice Vacations®, Insight Vacations®, Pleasant Holidays or Trafalgar. Once it’s booked, AAA will make sure you receive your gift in plenty of time for all your summer activities.
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AAA’s travel partners go where you want to go — whether that’s America’s cities, beaches or national parks...or the islands of Hawaii and the Caribbean. Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Africa? You name it; our partners have got hundreds, if not thousands, of options. There’s also a range of vacation options to suit every budget and travel style — whether you’re watching your pennies or you’ve got an “urge to splurge.” Do you want a fully prepared package that includes a professional tour manager, preselected hotel accommodations and a scheduled touring itinerary? Or are you an independent traveler who prefers to select your own accommodations and sightseeing tours? Either way, you’re covered by our Summer Kick-off travel partners. And each partner offers exclusive AAA Member Benefits, from additional savings to vouchers valid toward the purchase of optional tours and excursions; see the chart on page 23. Let’s take a closer look at each partner: AAA Member Choice Vacations® Offering destinations all over the world, AAA Member Choice Vacations® combines the flexibility of independent travel with the con-
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PUTTING EYES IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD
Sunglasses not only lend a “cool” vibe to your summer fashion, they also provide a functional benefit by fighting eye strain and fatigue. But don’t wear just any old shades! Did you know that by wearing polarized sunglasses, you can improve your reaction time when driving? That’s right — you’re reaction time is up to 20% quicker compared to driving without any sunglasses, and up to 40% quicker than ordinary sunglasses. Faster reaction time can help prevent auto accidents and improve driving safety. Reducing glare and improving clarity is crucial when behind the wheel. Polarized lenses work by filtering light waves and absorbing some of the reflected glare, while letting other light waves pass through the lenses. LensCrafters wants to introduce AAA members to the benefits of polarized lenses. For a limited time — simply show your AAA card and save 40% off prescription sunglasses, plus AAA members receive and extra $5 off. To find a participating location near you, visit www.AAA.com/visionsavings.
AAA Discounts Now on Pinterest Members have a new way of keeping up with the latest AAA discounts and savings – the AAA Discounts board on Pinterest. Learn more about everyday and limited-time offers from partners including Hertz, Tanger Outlets, New York & Company, and more. The board is updated regularly to reflect the newest discounts and partners. Visit www.pinterest.com/AAA to see all of AAA’s boards on the social media site — featuring everything from travel photos to safety tips to AAA Diamond listings.
AAA Mobile Releases Version 3.0 Featuring a next-generation user interface AAA Mobile 3.0 is designed to improve access to AAA services and travel-planning tools. Released in April through the Apple App Store, the updated app allows users to develop multiday itineraries, and locate AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. AAA Mobile was recently named a top10 app by AutoGuide.com, which called it a “must-have for AAA members”. The website also highlighted the app’s ability to “point out nearby gas stations with up-todate fuel prices and public charging stations for electric car owners.”
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Travel To Germany’s Christmas Wunderland Germany’s colorful Christmas markets are truly unique. Shop for traditional handcrafted Christmas merchandise and gifts in historic and charming cities dressed in their holiday best. AAA Travel’s December 2-10 escorted tour features visits to Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Regensburg, Munich, and Fussen, plus a half-day stop at Neuschwanstein, Bavaria’s fairytale castle. Earn special member level discounts when you book and deposit by May 31, 2014. SEE PAGE 9
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Rearview cameras can prevent driveway tragedies By Wayne Northey President, AAA West Virginia ackover accidents are a particularly tragic type of crash, frequently claiming the lives of young children in the driveways of their own homes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries each year caused by backover crashes. These disproportionately impact the elderly and the very young. The agency found that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of backover fatalities, while adults over 70 comprise 26 percent of victims. It’s a problem that’s exacerbated by the popularity of larger, taller vehicles like SUVs, pickups, and minivans, which have larger blind zones than passenger cars. New research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found SUVs and pickup trucks typically have the biggest blind zones, preventing drivers from seeing objects behind the rear bumper, especially objects that are low to the ground. The IIHS study found rear cameras dramatically improve driver vision, reducing the blind zone by about 90 percent on average. They were much more effective than parking sensors, which use ultrasonic sound waves or radar to detect objects around the vehicle, at helping drivers avoid objects while traveling in reverse. In contrast, drivers with no technology hit a stationary child-sized cutout 100
Wayne Northey percent of the time in IIHS testing. NHTSA says the technology significantly reduces the risk of fatalities and serious injuries. In March they issued a final rule requiring backup cameras in most new vehicles by May 1, 2018. It will be implemented in stages over a three-year period beginning in 2016. The ruling calls for all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, to be equipped with technology that expands the rear field of view to include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. NHTSA estimates up to 69 lives will be saved annually once the nation’s entire fleet is equipped with rear visibility systems.
According to the Auto Alliance, an association of 12 vehicle manufacturers, automakers already provide rearview cameras as a standard or optional feature on two-thirds of the nation’s 50 top-selling vehicles. The Alliance is also petitioning NHTSA to allow carmakers to use cameras as an alternative to conventional side-view and rearview mirrors. AAA endorses the NHTSA decision as a step in the right direction. Rearview cameras will help prevent needless injury and death among our nation’s most vulnerable populations. They can be very useful in detecting people and objects behind a vehicle, but as with any technology there are limitations, particularly in bad weather or under poor lighting conditions. In the IIHS study for example, even drivers using rearview cameras hit a stationary foam cutout of a small child 56 percent of the time. Caregivers should never forget that children may not have the cognitive maturity to judge the speed, weight, and power of a vehicle. They are particularly vulnerable because they are harder for motorists to see and their actions can be unpredictable. Children also tend to think that if they see a driver, the driver also sees them. AAA cautions motorists to use this technology to supplement, not replace traditional safe driving practices. You still need to turn and check blind zones — both rear and lateral — while backing up in order to ensure safety.
membersonly Protect your summer adventures with travel insurance Make sure your coverage goes along for the ride
emorial Day signals the start of the unofficial summer travel season. Don’t let the unexpected put a damper on this summer’s vacation plans. Protect your investment with travel insurance.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
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 covered reason, such as a major injury or other unforeseen circumstances. 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 may include reimbursement for delayed or lost luggage and missed connection coverage.
A A A also offers C a n c e l Anytime, a cancell a t i o n insurance option that reimburses you no matter why your plans change. With the Cancel Anytime package, travelers receive 100 percent cash back if they cancel their trip for a covered reason like those previously mentioned. They receive 80 percent cash back if they cancel their trip due to almost any other reason. Cancel Anytime coverage offers travelers a lot more flexibility than a traditional trip cancellation policy. It’s a great option for anyone whose travel plans may change for a variety of reasons not covered by most trip cancellation plans.
Emergency Medical 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. 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. Protect your next getaway — whether you purchased your trip through AAA Travel or not — and visit AAA.com/travelinsurance.
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If you found yourself car-less after a collision, what would you do? By Robin Jones hen Maggie Kent first got the news that her husband, Jack, had been in a collision that totaled his Jeep, she didn’t even think about the car—just about her husband, who fortunately sustained only minor injuries. “I was just grateful that he was okay,” she says. But later that day, the challenges of having only one car started to sink in. “Our jobs are in different directions, so we couldn’t really share a car,” Maggie says. “We figured we’d be buying a new car within a couple of weeks. But in the meantime, we knew we’d have to get a rental car for Jack.” Unfortunately, the Kents didn’t have rental reimbursement coverage on their auto policy. Maggie had waived it about a month before the incident to save money. “I really wish I’d kept it,” she says. “It would have made things so much easier.” Indeed, rental reimbursement coverage can be a lifesaver if you suddenly find yourself without a car after an accident. If you’re wondering whether you should add it to your policy, here are some things to consider. Q: What does rental reimbursement cover? A: Generally, it covers the cost of a rental car, up to certain limits, while your insured car is being repaired fol-
A CAR IN NEED — Consider rental reimbursement coverage on your policy. lowing a covered loss (such as a crash, vandalism, or fire) or for a specified amount of time set by your policy if your car is deemed not repairable. Q: How does it work? A: Typically in one of two ways: You can get a car from a rental agency that’s been approved by your insurance company, in which case the agency will bill your insurance carrier directly. Or you can rent a car yourself and submit the receipts to your insurance company for reimbursement. Either way, the limits on the coverage are usually for a certain time period with per-day and
per-accident limits— for example, $30 per day and $900 per accident. That means you’ll pay for any costs over $30 a day, and you won’t be reimbursed for more than $900, even if the total costs are more. Q: Is there anything rental reimbursement doesn’t cover? A: You can’t use it to cover the cost of a rental while your car is in the shop for scheduled maintenance. It also usually doesn’t cover the cost of fuel or any optional insurance you might decide to purchase from the rental agency. Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost of rental reimbursement varies depending on your car and your insurance company, but the average cost per vehicle could be around $40 per year. Compare that to the average amount policyholders without coverage would have to pay after a loss: $364—based on a rental car cost of $28 per day and about 13 days in the shop. Q: Are there people who might not need the coverage? A: If you don’t need your car to handle daily activities—you work from home, for example, or you can walk or take public transit to all the places you need to go—you may not need rental reimbursement. Same goes if you have an extra car or know that you can borrow a car from a friend or relative. But if you don’t fall into one of those categories, it’s probably a good idea to add rental reimbursement to your policy.
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Carnival cruises from the Crescent City Let the good times roll aboard Carnival Dream
ew Orleans is as gaudy and appealing as a string of Mardi Gras beads. Here legends seem to collect like driftwood along the levees. Visitors can revel amid the Old World charm of the French Quarter, or explore the leafy Garden District on a streetcar named Desire. Bourbon Street is where the spirit of Mardi Gras permeates the raucous clubs and bars 365 days a year. Just one block over, Royal Street is more sedate, housing many of the city’s upscale restaurants and boutiques. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and the best spots for live music are on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, just below the lower edge of the Quarter. The “Big Easy” has added another new moniker: cruise destination. The Port of New Orleans not only offers a convenient and affordable departure point, it’s also a great place for a pre- or post cruise vacation. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) an industry trade group, ranks New Orleans as the sixth largest cruise port in the U.S. In April, Carnival Cruises launched year-round seven-day service from New Orleans aboard Carnival Dream. New Orleans’ largest year-round cruise ship, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream, offers a host of on-board innovations, including a water park featuring the
THE BIG EASY — A carriage ride in New Orleans’ French Quarter. 303-foot-long Twister water slide. Carnival WaterWorks also features twin, double-lane, 80-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus with squirting fountains, splash zones, “dump buckets” and more. Open-deck activities include a halfmile wrap around promenade and whirlpools that extend over the ship’s sides.
Carnival Dream’s family friendly features even extend to the ship’s accommodations, which include spacious deluxe ocean view staterooms with a unique configuration featuring two bathrooms. Carnival Dream sails three distinctly different itineraries — Western Caribbean cruises visiting Montego Bay, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman;
or Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize and Cozumel; and a Bahamas/Florida route calling at Key West, Freeport and Nassau. It joins Carnival Elation, which sails year-round four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans to Mexico. Roatan is the largest of the eight Bay Islands that lie some 40-miles off the Caribbean coast of the Honduras. Carnival’s $62 million Mahogany Bay Cruise Center features the “Magical Flying Beach Chair,” a unique chair lift system that takes guests from the welcome center to beautiful Mahogany Beach. The six-minute ride across nearly 1,200 feet of suspended cables, not only provides convenient beach access, but expansive views of this lush tropical paradise. Located about twelve miles off the coast of Cancun, Cozumel is known as the Aquarium of the Modern World, famous for its spectacular coral formations and extraordinary water clarity. The temperate seas, and silky sand beaches appear to be unchanged since the time of the Mayan empire more than 1,000 years ago.
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Ludwig II built his fairy-tale castle in order to withdraw from public life. After Bavaria’s “shy king” died in 1886, spectacular Neuschwanstein opened to the public; ironically, 1.3 million people now visit here every year. A half-day excursion to this fascinating architectural marvel is included in AAA’s tour.
Treat yourself to a wunderbar escorted tour full of history, scenery & traditional crafts & foods. Granted, Christmas may not be on your mind at this very moment...but it should be! Especially considering everything that AAA’s bigger-and-better Dec 2-10 German Christmas Markets tour offers! For AAA members, one element is a Christmas gift of sorts — a limited-time, many-dollars-off discount based on your membership level. Premier members booking & depositing by 5/31/14 get $200 off the regular rate per room, based on double occupancy. AAA Plus members save $150.00, and Basic members save $100.00. Experience the Old World tradition of welcoming the Christmas season at public marketplaces large and small, where walkways lined with rustic stalls hum with holiday strollers and shoppers young & old. Local artisans exhibit traditional handmade decorations, art and craft items; purveyors of aromatic seasonal culinary delights tempt passersby with gingerbread cookies and spice-mulled wine; and musicians and performers add a festive note to the ambience. Some markets even sport carnival-type rides and amusements. Most German cities of any significant size present at least 1 Christkindlmarkt; on this get-in-the-spirit tour in the southeastern state of Bavaria, you get to visit at least 7 (yes, 7!), each unique in size and style — from some of the most famous and popular to some of the most intimate and charming. And, be-
cause they’re usually in the heart of the community, they’re ideal bases from which to explore surrounding landmarks like cathedrals and castles, as well as year-round brick-andmortar shops and restaurants. This unique tour operates on the same principles of convenience and efficiency. Spend 4 nights in Nuremberg and 3 in Munich; you’ll be able to comfortably “settle in” in those cities, taking short rides each day to the markets and landmarks surrounding them. Forget traipsing from a hotel in one town one day to another hotel the next day to yet another hotel the following day, and so on. Best of all, forget about packing and unpacking each time! With only 2 base hotels, you’ll have more time to see and do (or rest and relax) — whatever your travel style may be. All in all, it makes for a much more pleasant, satisfying experience...and it maximizes your valuable time and energy. And all the while, you and your fellow travelers will enjoy the company and insider knowledge of your professional English-speaking native European guide. From start to finish, you’ll have peace of mind knowing an experienced expert is at your side and at your service to provide practical information and interesting background about all you see and tour. He’ll even be able to offer suggestions about what to do during free time after touring. continued on next page
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When you’re on your own, you can medieval, Advent and arts & crafts. A “Route of Nativity Scenes” links explore cobblestone streets lined with festively decorated boutiques and 40 churches, museums, public buildings and other places via a series of German charming squares brimming with high-quality crafts and gifts (toys, diverse Christmas creches. Also visit the nearby market in Bayreuth. wood carvings, jewelry, nutcrackers and delicate ornaments, among Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Germany’s Christmas others). Discover Christmas goods that aren’t mass-produced — nativbest preserved medieval cities, has markets sparkling with decoraMarkets ity figurines, puppets, beeswax candles and lambskin shoes. It’s an tions, nativity scenes, toys and other presents; the creative people ideal opportunity to make a dent in your gift shopping list! who fashion the objects happily explain their techniques. Other MEMBERS Few items may be as difficult to resist as the baked apples and booths invite you to sample gingerbread and Christmas cookies. SAVE BIG! Glühwein (“glow-wine,” from hot irons once used to mull this red Dating to the 14th century, Munich’s Marienplatz market ofwine spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, star anise, citrus and fers live Alpine holiday music from Town Hall’s balcony. While Premier ........ $200.00 sugar). Enjoy them all beneath twinkling lights, evergreen garin town, savor an included traditional dinner featuring Spätzle Plus ............. $150.00 lands and other holiday decorations. (dense egg noodles; the name means “little sparrow”) and Strudel Basic............ $100.00 Nuremberg’s Old Quarter market, the world’s most famous, (“whirlpool” — layered pastry filled with fruit or sweet cheese). PER ROOM...NEW BOOKINGS ONLY is opened each year by a youngster playing the Christ Then, escape on a fun morning excursion to Mad LudBook & deposit by 5/31/14 Child. Kids of all ages love the Kinderweihnacht (chilwig’s Alpine castle, Neuschwanstein. Spectacularly dren’s Christmas area) and its carousel featuring an uplocated, the shy king’s palace appears prominently in per tier, reindeer and Santa’s sleigh. Nuremberg’s also many movies and inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauknown for its honey and its thin brown sausages. ty Castle. Then it’s on to Füssen, which holds its marRothenburg ob der Tauber (“Red Fortress above the ket in the festively illuminated monastery courtyard of Tauber River”) on the Romantic Road offers, fittingly, St Mang in the heart of the town’s historic cobblestone one of the most romantic markets. An ancient walled streets. On the way back to Munich, enjoy a short tour in town largely untouched for centuries, it Oberammergau to see its world-famous boasts some of Europe’s most impressive wood carvings, including a Holy Family Dec 2-10 • AAA Member Rate: $3,305 medieval architecture. The Schneebälle so small they fit in a nutshell! Before-discount rate includes roundtrip flights (Columbus(“snowballs” of deep-fried dough dustIf these markets/treats whet your Frankfurt, Munich-Columbus), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, ed with sugar) are a local specialty. wanderlust/appetite, visit AAA.com/ accommodations, motorcoach transportation, hotel taxes/service Four markets in the UNESCO World GoEurope for more information! charges, hotel baggage handling, 13 meals, Neuschwanstein tour, services But hurry: Book & deposit by Heritage town of Bamberg come in difof a AAA tour manager (if participation goal is met) and in-Germany escort. 5/31/14 to save up to $200.00 per room! ferent shapes and sizes — traditional,
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This 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 & 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 After-hours visit to a 14th-century monastery, followed by a family-style feast of 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).
Oct 18-30 • AAA Member Rate: $5,479 Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Columbus-Rome, Milan-Columbus), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 20 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.
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Rocky Mountaineer Train Summit Helicopter Tour
CANADIAN ROCKIES: Seattle to Calgary Discover the pleasures of a Rocky Mountaineer journey; enjoy the highest-level GoldLeaf Service on 3 daytime train rides. Witness stunning mountainscapes...alpine lakes of hues more often associated with jewels...star-bright nights, silent but for sounds of the wild… forests redolent of evergreen and what can only be described as the smell of “clean.” This extraordinary 9-day tour includes rides from Seattle to Vancouver, Vancouver to Kamloops and Kamloops to Jasper. Even more extraordinary? They’re just 1 highlight of this tour! Visit natural wonders in 3 national parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. And enjoy hotel stays in Seattle, Vancouver (3 nights), Kamloops, Jasper (2 nights), Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary.
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Sept 12-22 •
AAA Member Rate: $6,099
Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Columbus-Seattle, Calgary-Columbus), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, 10-night hotel accommodations, luggage handling (1 piece per person), 3 train rides, 5 meals and taxes on included items. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/travel for details. Passport required.
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Bunratty Folk Park • Medieval banquet in a castle • Cliffs of Moher • Flying Boat Museum • Killarney National Park • Ring of Kerry • Skellig Experience • Moll’s Gap • Waterford Crystal • Dinner & song at a pub • Dublin: tour & free time ...AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
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, 11 meals (including Bunratty Castle medieval banquet/entertainment & Merry Ploughboy pub dinner/ entertainment), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and information.
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May 12-21, 2015 AAA Member Rate: $1,899
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing, itinerary attraction admissions, local taxes, hotel service charges & baggage handling (1 bag per person), walking-tour audio headsets, 15 meals (including Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Night, “Food, Folk & Fairies” dinner show at Brazen Head Pub and 3 table d’hote dinners) and in-Ireland professional guide & driver. Ask about available add-on airfare.
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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.
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AAA Member Rate: $899
Overnight in Jackson TN on the way to West Monroe LA, where you’ll track the Robertsons, stars of A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty.” Visit show sites and hear accounts of hilarious adventures such as Excalibur Family Fun Center’s giant purple gorilla and Corner Coffee House’s fancy gourmet coffee. Remember where Jase & Willie sold their fish to a restaurant? Dine right there — at Catfish Cabin! Visit the Duck Commander Store for souvenirs for your favorite bearded family member; though a “beard sighting” isn’t guaranteed, the Duckmen are in & out of there almost daily. Visit the 1914 home of the first Coca-Cola bottler; it features a memorabilia museum, gardens and a shop with working 5-cent cola machines. Tour Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, which preserves the memory of the WWII Flying Tigers fighter group leader and other military personnel. Visit Landry Vineyards (featured in a “Duck Dynasty” episode) for a tour & tasting, before dinner at Willie’s Duck Diner. Depart for Nashville for an overnight before heading home. 6 meals.
Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves: Cincinnati OH Aug 24 •
AAA Member Rate: $99
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Crooked Road Music Trail: Abingdon VA Sept 11-15 •
AAA Member Rate: $899
Follow Virginia’s Crooked Road, a Heritage Music Trail, and enjoy bluegrass and traditional country music along the way; learn about the music, art and history of this part of Appalachia. Shop for regional music, jewelry, glass and pottery. Enjoy a tasting at West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery. Walk through Galax to Barr’s Fiddle Shop. Mt Airy NC’s Andy Griffith Museum offers memorabilia from his life and TV career. Enjoy a live bluegrass radio broadcast at Rex Theatre. Visit the Star Museum, with mementos from Mae West, Judy Garland, Elvis and others. Walk through historic Bristol and visit the Carter Family Fold to learn about this First Family of country music. Tour Ft Chiswell Mansion. Enjoy lunch and a tour of Chateau Morrisette Winery, in a spectacular mountain setting. Discover the charm of Floyd on the way to the VA Museum of Transportation. Explore historic Roanoke. 10 meals.
Coastal Lighthouses of Virginia & North Carolina Sept 23-27 •
AAA Member Rate: $1,019
Travel to Kent Narrows MD and overnight there. In Annapolis, tour the Naval Academy then enjoy a narrated cruise; enjoy close-up views of 3 Chesapeake Bay
lighthouses while listening to historic tales of each. Browse & shop at the Annapolis City Dock. Visit Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which traces the bay’s history and traditions. Spend some free time in St Michaels (“The Town That Fooled the British”) with its 3 centuries of colonial heritage. Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (“1 of 7 Engineering Wonders of the Modern World”) — a 20-mile 4-lane bridge-tunnel with manmade islands supporting it; we’ll make a stop at its Seagull Island. Visit Old Cape Henry Lighthouse & Museum at Ft Story; this is the oldest government-built lighthouse, built in 1792. The “new” lighthouse was built in 1881; it’s the tallest (92' high on a 56' dune) fully enclosed lighthouse in the US. Explore Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a 72-mile stretch of the Outer Banks from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island; the waters off these barrier islands, once marauded by the pirate Blackbeard, now serve as an outdoor adventure paradise. Board the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry to tour this fishing village and have a photo opp of Ocracoke Lighthouse. Tour the outside of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, America’s tallest and most recognizable lighthouse; the Museum of the Sea, with exhibits on the area’s Civil War history; and the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station, dating back to 1874. Also enjoy a photo opp of historic Bodie Island Lighthouse, painted in black and white horizontal stripes. 9 meals.
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Yellowstone Experience AUG 11-17 $2,645
Our first national park’s first explorers were called liars when they described its otherworldly geysers & bubbling mudpots and its freeranging bison, elk, moose, bears & wolves. Begin at Salt Lake City and travel through scenic Idaho to Yellowstone. Enjoy Old Faithful & many other natural landmarks, as well as the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. A Wildlife Safari includes a picnic dinner. Also enjoy Grand Teton National Park, the cowboy town of Jackson, a Jenny Lake cruise, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting) and more! 12 meals. AAA Member Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights from Columbus, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, sightseeing admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (1 bag per person) and meals as indicated. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/travel for itinerary details.
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Pleasant Holidays now offers Windstar Cruises to Tahiti Bali Hai is calling you to this South Seas paradise
ahiti shimmers like a string of pearls in the South Pacific. A seductive garden of earthy delights, coconut palms nod in the breeze and the air is redolent with orchids and ferns. Ancient volcanoes loom over lush tropical lagoons in shades that seem struck from the palette of Gauguin. But why should it remain a not-sodistant yet unattainable place in your imagination? Find your Polynesian paradise aboard a Tahitian cruise from Pleasant Holidays and Windstar Cruises. Pleasant Holidays has been making vacations more memorable for 50 years. They make it easy to book cruise vacations in Tahiti, as well as in Europe, Hawaii, Asia, Mexico and river cruises on the Mississippi and the Pacific Northwest. Many cruise packages feature inclusive perks such as onboard credit, meals, beverages, room service, shore excursions and onboard entertainment. Windstar Cruises was created as an alternative to the typical cruise experience with memorable itineraries, luxurious accommodations and pampering without pretense. Relax and watch the wind fill the sails or visit the bridge on what feels like your own private yacht. The 148-passenger Wind Spirit was designed to harness the subtle South Pacific trade winds. Officially, a fourmasted schooner, the designation belies the craft’s unique rigging. Everything
PARADISE FOUND — Sailing into Cook’s Bay, Moorea. is operated by a few microchips. Sails unfurl at the push of a button and there are no sheets or winches on deck. Wind Spirit’s 7-day “Dreams of Tahiti” itinerary sails round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti and visits the idyllic islands of Moorea, Taha’a, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Huahine. Onboard amenities include the WindSpa, a casino and entertainment lounge, water-sports platform, library, pool and hot tub. The 74 deluxe staterooms feature ocean views, queen beds,
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flat-screen TV with DVD player and Bose SoundDocks for Apple iPods. In the evening the AmphorA Restaurant serves gourmet, course-bycourse cuisine, while the Veranda restaurant offers casual and full-service dining at breakfast and lunch. Windstar gets you closer to the Tahiti you want to see. Visit places larger ships can’t go and enjoy a more authentic on-shore experience with smallgroup excursions. Swim and snorkel in crystal-clear lagoons, meander along hidden paths, or revel in Polynesian culture and customs. Every island has its own personality. A circle of majestic peaks crowns Tahiti — the largest and most populous island. The legendary seductress of sailors and capital of French Polynesia has bewitched everyone from Captain Cook to Jack London and Gauguin. Visit Les Trois Cascades waterfalls, or purchase a “pareu” at Le Marché’ an intriguing two-story marketplace in Papeete. The view from Magic Mountain is just that — magical. Those who dream of a tropical paradise are dreaming of Moorea. Just eleven miles across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti, it seems a world apart. Said to be the inspiration for James Michener’s
mythical island of Bali Hai, miles of coconut-colored beaches frame a shallow lagoon, while waterfalls cascade down ancient lava flows draped in the green velvet of the jungle. Flower-shaped Taha’a is ringed by almost sixty motus (islets) and a magnificent coral reef. Taha’a is called the Vanilla Island for its much sought-after spice, which sweetens the air with its rich aroma. It also produces some of the finest black pearls in the Pacific—a testament to the purity of the water. Raiatea, the Sacred Island, is located just across the lagoon from Taha’a and shares the same barrier reef. Visitors can climb Mt. Temehani in search of the Tiare Apetahi, a flower so rare it grows no place else on earth. Blossoms open at dawn with a slight crackling sound — said to be the sound of a breaking heart. With its lush rainforests, and quaint villages, Huahine offers a vision of old Polynesia. Offshore motu lie inside the barrier reef, filled with fragrant gardens of orchids and melons. Restored Tahitian marae (temples) and centuriesold stone fish traps reflect the island’s ancient culture. Bora-Bora means “the first-born.” Natives call it Pora-Pora because the letter B does not exist in the Tahitian language. Half island, half atoll, palmcovered motu encircle a topaz lagoon teeming with tropical fish. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, Visitors can pause at the tomb of Alain Gerbault, the first French sailor to solo circumnavigate the world. He passed through Tahiti in 1926 and like so many others, could not bear to leave.
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Pleasant Holidays is now offering 7-night Tahiti cruises aboard Windstar Cruises, Wind Spirit, departing May 2 to November 7, 2014 and sailing roundtrip from Papeete. AAA Members receive $40 per person discount at time of booking. For more information see your AAA Travel Agent or visit AAA.com/travel.
Cruising into the Pearl of the Adriatic Fact meets fiction in Dubrovnik’s Old Town
living museum on the southern tip of Croatia, Lord Byron called Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic.” Gleaming marble streets are lined with baroque buildings, punctuated by finely sculpted Renaissance fountains and facades, and polished by the footsteps of history. One of Europe’s most spectacular ports of call, cruise lines calling here include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Oceania, Princess and Azamara. Ships typically dock at the port located about two miles northwest of the walled Old Town. George Bernard Shaw once said “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.” Only a few faint scars remain from the 1991 bombardment by Yugoslav forces during the Croatian War of Independence. More recently, Dubrovnik’s Old Town has become familiar as the real-world locale for King’s Landing in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Old Town’s labyrinth of streets is completely encircled by walls and fortresses. Constructed between the 12th and 17th centuries, these massive walls are among the best preserved in Europe and the city’s premier attraction. Towering up to 80 feet high, the limestone walls are over 20 feet thick
KING’S LANDING — Old Town and Lovrijenac Fortress from Minceta Tower. Photo by Dennis Jarvis.
in places. The Pile Gate — Old Town’s principal gateway — is defended by the circular-shaped Fort Bokar, with a wooden drawbridge spanning what is now a dry moat. The best way to explore the Old City is by walking the 1.5-mile circumference of the ramparts. There are dozens of stairs to climb and it’s best to go
early before the sun gets too hot. Minceta Tower, the highest point on the walls, offers a breathtaking panorama of the city with its jumble of red tile roofs providing a perfect counterpoint to the Adriatic’s dazzling blue shimmer. The Maritime Museum is located inside St. John’s Fortress in the battlements’ southeast corner. The museum
is full of artifacts like scale models of ships, surprisingly accurate ancient maps, and antique treasures from Dubrovnik’s nautical past. During the Middle Ages the former Republic of Ragusa rivaled Venice for influence and power. The 15thcentury Rectors’ Palace was once the city-state’s seat of government. Today, the palace is a museum with furnished rooms, Baroque paintings, and historical exhibits. The 1673 Cathedral is home to an impressive patrimony of art including Titian’s The Assumption. Right beyond the walls, forbidding Lovrijenac Fortress perches on a rocky promontory. Often called “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar” Game of Thrones fans will recognize it as the Red Keep — home to the legendary Iron Throne. Outside of Old Town, a cable car makes the 3-minute transit to the top of Mount Srdj, crowned by the Naopleonic era Fort Imperial. From the summit visitors have a bird’s eye view of the town, the sea and the quiet islands scattered like stepping stones, along the Dalmatian coast.
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Running hot and cold with Electric Vehicles AAA testing finds temperature affects EV driving range
lectric Vehicles (EVs) are energy efficient and environmentally friendly with the added benefit of reducing fuel costs for motorists. But, just as motorists need to know how far the gas in their tank will take them, EV drivers need to be aware of how far their vehicle can travel on a single charge. According to new AAA research conducted by the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, electric vehicle range can be reduced by an average of 57 percent based on the outside temperature. “Electric motors provide smooth operation, strong acceleration, require less maintenance than internal combustion engines, and for many motorists offer a cost effective option,” said John Nielsen, managing director, AAA Automotive Engineering and Repair. “However, EV drivers need to carefully monitor driving range in hot and cold weather.” To better understand the impact of climate on electric vehicle batteries, AAA conducted a simulation to measure the driving range of three fullyelectric vehicles in cold, moderate and hot weather. Temperature made a big difference in driving range for all three EVs. Vehicles were tested for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic, and to
RANGE ANXIETY — AAA found temperature made a big difference in driving range for all three EVs they tested. better compare with EPA ratings listed on the window sticker. The average EV battery range in AAA’s test was 105 miles at 75°F, but that dropped 57 percent to 43 miles when the temperature was held steady at 20°F. Warm temperatures were less stressful on battery range, but still delivered a lower average of 69 miles per full charge at 95°F. AAA performed the testing between
December 2013 and January 2014 on three fully-electric vehicles — a 2013 Nissan Leaf, a 2012 Mitsubishi iMIEV and a 2014 Ford Focus EV. They were selected because they are the most widely available electric cars in the country. Each vehicle completed a driving cycle for moderate, hot and cold climates following standard EPA-DOE
test procedures. The vehicles were fully charged and then “driven” on a dynamometer in a climate-controlled room until the battery was fully exhausted. According to a 2012 survey conducted by AAA, eight out of ten U.S. adults are unsure about or unlikely to buy an electric vehicle and 30 percent of them say it is due to mileage limitations and availability of charging stations locations. Even the reduced range of the test vehicles was still more than enough for the average driver’s daily commute which the U.S. Department of Transportation says is around 16 miles one way. AAA has initiated several projects including mobile recharging units and EV charging stations to support members who drive electric vehicles. EVs provide owners with many benefits, but every motorist needs to be aware of conditions that can impact vehicle driving range. EV drivers need to plan carefully in hot and cold weather. Mapping tools such as the AAA TripTik® Travel Planner pinpoint charging stations to keep motorists on the go.
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Disney Festival of Fantasy debuts at Magic Kingdom New daytime spectacular opens at Walt Disney World Resort
nchanting stories spring to life in the new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. This is the first of Disney Parks’ next generation parades, an eye-popping fusion of breathtaking floats, Cirque du Soleil-style theatrics and never-before-used technology. Stilt walkers, fairies, a fire-breathing dragon, and a Cha Cha Girl with hair like pulled taffy, add an element of whimsy as they accompany Disney characters from more than a dozen classic stories. The parade debuted in March with nine gargantuan floats rolling down Main Street, U.S.A to the pulsating beat of an original soundtrack inspired by your favorite Disney films. Elegantly costumed Swan Court couples lead the 50-foot-long Princess Garden float, capped off with a special appearance by Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.” A pageantry of Disney princesses relax in a garden of topiaries filled with songbirds and woodland creatures. Flynn Rider and Rapunzel from Tangled are showcased in a massive long ship as they go in search of adventure and another Best. Day. Ever! Rapunzel’s iconic tresses are woven throughout this 36-foot-long float decked out with dastardly thugs swinging precariously on enormous pendulums. Ariel and her friends ride atop a colorfully kinetic seashell music box on the Under the Sea float from The Little Mermaid. Conga dancing fish kick up
IMAGINE DRAGONS — A Steampunk-inspired dragon from Sleeping Beauty is one of the parade’s signature attractions. their fins with bubbles galore, while runway-inspired costumes for the Lion Fish, Seashell and Sea Horse performers shimmer in the Florida sunshine. Peter Pan and Wendy soar high aboard the Jolly Roger pirate ship complete with Captain Hook and smoking cannons. Tinker Bell hovers among the giant flowers, while “Newsies-inspired” Lost Boys kick up their heels. High stepping Highland dancers
announce the arrival of Merida on a float shaped like an enormous bagpipe in celebration of the popular Disney*Pixar film, “Brave.” Walt Disney World Resort guests will feast their eyes on some of the most extravagant and imaginative costumes in Disney Parks’ history. Designer Mirena Rada has put a thoroughly modern spin on classic themes, from the iridescent feathers on the Princess Garden’s Swan
Court gowns, to the sculpted conch shell headpiece that adorns the Little Mermaid’s Seashell Girl. The hauntingly elegant raven costumes from “Sleeping Beauty” were brought to life using innovative 3D printing technology. Prince Phillip battles a fire-breathing Steampunk-inspired dragon from Sleeping Beauty in one of the parade’s many show-stoppers. The spectacular, 53-foot-long dragon was built on an articulating chassis allowing it to bend and flex as it snakes along the route — a first for Disney parades. Festival of Fantasy culminates with Mickey and Minnie Mouse perched high aboard Mickey’s Airship — a giant hot air balloon leading a 90-foot-long caravan of characters featuring Pinocchio, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Mad Hatter. There are dancing hippos, a ticking croc, sassy Bubble Girls with crazy, cotton-candy hair and more, all exuding the essence of New Fantasyland. FOR MORE INFORMATION
AAA members receive special lodging programs at selected hotels, preferred parking at the theme parks when they purchase a select AAA vacation package or pre-purchase select theme park tickets at AAA. See your AAA Travel Agent or log on to AAA.com for special member values on Disney Vacations.
French Art Colony plans an exciting summer season Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Garden Tour and special events
he French Art Colony, the multi-media cultural center in Gallipolis, Ohio, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and will host a variety of special events, performances and more, during their busy summer season. One highlight will be the Gallipolis Garden and Tasting Tour on Saturday, June 21, 2014. A variety of homes and sites in the “Old French City” will serve as tour stops, inviting visitors into delightful backyard gardens. Each one is as unique as the variety of architecture found through the historic city. The uncommon beauty and charm of Gallipolis, with its beautiful floral displays, has been recognized with numerous annual awards by America in Bloom. Area restaurants, including Tuscany Cucinni, Honey Creek Barbecue, will be paired with distinctive garden sites in the National Register Historic District. Each participating garden will host a savory tasting from a local restaurant. This self-guided tour will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by a wine and specialty iced tea reception from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Thaler Memorial Gardens at Riverby, the home of the French Art Colony. Tickets are available for $20, and include both the tour and reception. Early ticket purchases are encouraged, by calling
A GREEN THUMB — The garden at the home of Phyllis Brown in Gallipolis, from the 2013 tour. 740.446.3834. A historic circa 1855 Greek revival river mansion, Riverby, retains much of its original architectural charm, inside and out. One of the building’s most notable features is the floating stairway, which spirals gracefully to the third floor. Monthly exhibits, featuring regional and national artists, are showcased in the various Gallery spaces. An exhibit highlighting “Fashion through the Ages,” will captivate visitors during
the month of June, with an afternoon dessert reception and a fashion show, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, June 14. Local arts will be celebrated weekly, on Thursdays, throughout the summer months. Various artists and crafters will set up on the French Art Colony lawn, demonstrating their work and selling their wares, throughout the afternoon and evening. Each Thursday evening, local musicians, storytellers and more,
will entertain the crowd. Food, refreshments and legal beverages will be available for purchase, creating a weekly arts festival atmosphere along the beautiful Ohio River. The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theatre Guild presents numerous plays, musicals, comedy-mysteries and children’s theatre productions throughout the year. A new studio space provides an opportunity to offer special performances for visiting bus and tour groups, as well. Summer season at the French Art Colony will come to a close with a spectacular 50th Anniversary party, with a fun 1950’s theme, featuring the band Rick K. & the Allnighters, scheduled for Saturday, October 4.
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The Garden & Tasting Tour will take place Saturday, June 21, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tastings from some of Gallipolis’ finest local restaurants will be paired with unique garden tours in the town’s National Register Historic District. Tickets are $20, and include both the tour and the reception. For more information call 740.446.3834. The full programming calendar and updates can be found by visiting www.frenchartcolony.org.
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f you’re shopping for a new or used car this spring, the AAA Auto Buying Program is the easiest way to save both time and money. AAA members cut down the average amount of time spent at the dealership with Guaranteed Savings and upfront dealer pricing information* before ever walking on the lot. Using the Auto Buying Program online tools, AAA members have saved an average of $3,078 off MSRP**, receive additional used car discounts, and enjoy a hassle-free experience with pre-screened Certified Dealers. AAA Auto Buying Program Certified Dealers are committed to providing a simple and painless purchase process and want shoppers’ feedback about their service. For a limited time, take a test drive with a Certified Dealer, complete a quick survey about your experience and you’ll get a $25 gift card in the mail. (Details provided with your certificate.) Take your first step on the AAA Auto Buying Program site at AAA.com/autobuying where you can research new and used cars. Learn about any regional incentives and special cash-back offers available from the manufacturer or estimate the trade-in value of your used car and your potential monthly payment. The AAA Auto Buying Program lets you know when you’re getting a good deal and gives you unlimited access to
CARE FREE CAR BUYING — Get upfront dealer pricing info before you step on the lot at AAA.com/autobuying. free TrueCar Price Reports which show what others paid in your area for cars with the same features as the one you have chosen. You’ll also find reviews, photos, and specifications for a variety of vehicles and safety and crash test results allowing shoppers to compare
various vehicles at one time. Once you’re ready to purchase, be sure to print your Guaranteed Savings Certificate or Used Vehicle Certificate, see how to get your gift card and visit your selected Certified Dealer. Your certificate is like a Golden Ticket, so
bring it with you, or have it ready to show on your mobile device to make sure you receive your AAA member savings and enjoy a hassle-free shopping experience. If you end up picking a different car on the lot than what’s on your certificate, our Certified Dealers will give you the member savings for the car you choose on the spot. And unlike some other programs, there’s no additional charge to access this service — you have unlimited access as part of your AAA membership! So if you’re ready to buy a car, or want to find out how much you could save, go to AAA.com/autobuying and request upfront dealer pricing information for the car you want. You can also reach one of our representatives by calling 800-446-7433. Our Certified Dealers are waiting to take you on that test drive! *Guaranteed Savings and upfront dealer pricing information not available in all states. **See AAA.com/autobuying for details.
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Some electrifying developments in the automotive industry Car batteries no longer being taken for granted
otorists typically don’t think much about their battery until their car doesn’t start. This humble workhorse of your daily commute not only provides the power for ignition, but a growing number of automotive electronics are drawing more power from your battery than ever before. Invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté, the lead–acid battery’s ability to provide the high current required by automobile starter motors, along with its relatively low cost, have made it a mainstay for starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) functions for the past 50 years. Most hybrid electric vehicles including the Ford Fusion, and the Chevrolet Volt depend on lead-acid batteries for the SLI functions, as do those equipped with “start-stop” technologies. Lead-acid batteries have undergone their own remarkable evolution to keep pace with the demand for more power and reliability. First, the sealed valve regulated lead-acid battery (VRLA) or maintenance free battery was developed, which meant motorists no longer needed to check or top off the electrolyte levels. In fact, forcing or prying these caps open may destroy or permanently damage your battery. VRLA batteries are designed in two ways — gel electrolyte and absorbed glass mat (AGM). Gel batteries, introduced in the 1960s, use electrolyte in
surement and is the amount of current a battery can deliver at 0°F for 30 seconds. Where and how you use your vehicle and the electronic load that your battery supports should also be considered. Winter may be over but few people realize that hot weather can be even harder on your car’s battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, and also accelerates the rate of corrosion on your battery terminals. Both conditions can lead to insufficient electrical power being available, and leave a motorist stranded without warning.
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POWER CENTER — AAA’s Mobile Battery Service can accurately diagnose your battery-related problems at the roadside. gel form for greater stability. The AGM battery, which came to market in the 1980s, uses porous glass mats to absorb and hold the electrolyte. AGM batteries are usually found in hybrid and other high performance vehicles. AAA’s Mobile Battery Service now carries an AGM hybrid battery that meets OEM requirements for 17 Toyota hybrid models, including Prius generations I-V, and three Lexus models, covering nearly a million vehicles in North America. Right now, intensive technical devel-
A GOOD FIT — AAA East Central conducted a CarFit training seminar for students from West Virginia University, last March. Once trained, these students will be able to lead senior drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, and recommend car adjustments and adaptations that could save their lives. AAA Safety Advisors are also available to train other groups and organizations to conduct their own CarFit programs for senior drivers.
opment work is underway in the industry to adapt the lithium-ion technology used in cell phones and laptops to the far more robust requirements of automobile batteries. Cars have to work in huge temperature extremes, stand up to more shocks and vibrations and have a much higher energy throughput than consumer electronics goods. When selecting a battery, the right size and cold cranking amps (CCA) are the most important considerations. CCA is the most widely used cranking mea-
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Universal Orlando is bringing the Hogwarts Express to life Fans can experience even more Harry Potter adventures
magine riding the Hogwarts Express — just as your favorite characters did in the Harry Potter films. Watch in amazement as the train pulls into the station — its billowing steam beckoning you to hop aboard. Look outside the cabin window and enjoy the British countryside as you encounter some of your favorite Harry Potter characters. Travel from the Muggle world to the Wizarding World as you pass through the brick wall at King’s Cross Station to arrive at Platform 9 ¾. The Hogwarts Express will debut as part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter–Diagon Alley — the all-new, magnificently themed land opening this summer. The train will connect the new land in Universal Studios Florida with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter– Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure — allowing guests with park-to-park admission to enjoy a real journey aboard the iconic locomotive. The experience combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime. Guests will enjoy two completely different experiences depending on whether they’re traveling to Hogsmeade or London. Once seated in the cabin, riders will look out their windows on an incredibly authentic and magical adventure.
and Burkes — a shop specializing in the Dark Arts. The will offer a wide variety of Dark objects, such as Death Eater masks, skulls, and other sinister items. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, a multi-dimensional new thrill ride, will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults.
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A HEAD OF STEAM — Everything about the Hogwarts Express is authentic right down to the whistle. They’ll see Hagrid come alongside the train on his flying motorbike, Buckbeak the Hippogriff swoop gracefully over the black lake, the Weasley twins on brooms and up to their usual antics, the Knight Bus swerving through London traffic — and other special moments and surprises. Universal’s creative team has been working closely with Warner Bros., and the production team to bring Diagon
Alley and the Hogwarts Express to life — just as it did for Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. Everything about the train is authentic — from the paint and the materials used to build it — all the way down to the whistle. Diagon Alley will also recreate many of the key locations from the Harry Potter series. Discover the darker side of magic in Knockturn Alley, the darkest of dark places that features Borgin
AAA members receive additional savings at Universal Orlando when they pre-purchase tickets or vacation packages through AAA: • 10% off at participating food/beverage locations in the parks; • 10% off merchandise with $50 minimum purchase at participating locations; • 15% off merchandise with $75 minimum purchase at participating locations; • 10% off at participating Universal CityWalk® locations; • One free CityWalk Party Pass, with the Purchase of 1 CityWalk Party Pass; • 10% off at the Palm Restaurant, located at the Hard Rock Hotel; • 15% off at the Mandara Spa, located at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel; • 10% off the purchase of Blue Man Group show Tier 1 and Tier 2 tickets at the Blue Man Group Box Office.
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ummer vacation season is nearly here, and travelers will soon be shopping for rental cars for their travel destinations. One of the benefits of AAA membership is the special package of savings available when you rent from Hertz. Members receive up to a 20 percent discount on car rentals, free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, plus an array of money-saving opportunities, including special upgrades, dollarsoff coupons, and more. Their Member Satisfaction Guarantee is your assurance that the rate and car class, or a higher car class, will be available as reserved. The key to these exclusive Hertz savings and benefits is the CDP number. Your Hertz CDP number is 215, the same as your club code, which appears on the front of your membership card. It’s your gateway to savings and value. The Hertz system will automatically assign the best rate available within the chosen channel of distribution at the time of reservation. Exclusive AAA member benefits include free unlimited mileage on most rentals. Families receive free use of one child, infant or booster seat, and there’s no charge for an additional driver if they are a AAA member with a credit card in their own name. Hertz frequently offers AAA members special single and double upgrade cou-
Plus, your Hertz Discount Code (CDP#) is automatically included in your reservations. Join at AAA.com/ HertzPremier. Hertz’ premier frequent renter program entitles you to membership privileges at more than 40 major airports and 1,000 locations around the world. Just get in, show your driver’s license at the exit gate and drive away. There’s no waiting in line, nothing to sign. Your car will be waiting in a weatherprotected #1 Club Gold area. AAA demands the best for its members. That’s why Hertz is the only car-rental company endorsed by AAA. The next time you need a rental car let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat.
GOOD AS GOLD — AAA members receive free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership. pons in addition to dollars off coupons. These coupon or coupon-less offers are available from AAA travel offices, in your club publication and on AAA.com. While most leisure and/or promotional weekly rates require that a car be rented over Saturday night, AAA members don’t have to worry. They qualify for low weekly rates without having to keep the vehicle over a Saturday night. And when you return, a Hertz agent will give you an Instant Return receipt
before you even leave the vehicle. AAA Basic & Plus Members receive free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, plus 675 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus points — enough for One Free Rental Day, after their first Gold rental! Join at AAA.com/HertzGold. In addition to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, AAA Premier Members get 1,100 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus points — enough for Two Free Weekend Rental Days, after their first Gold rental!
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May is Hertz Month at AAA and bigger summer savings start now. During May and June, AAA members will save 20% more on already discounted weekly rates at the airport for vehicle pickup through July 31, 2014 when Promotional Code 196700 is included in the reservation. Hertz always saves you more with exclusive benefits for AAA members including free use of a child seat and discounted Hertz Neverlost GPS rental for just $6.99 per day. Visit AAA.com/hertz for further details.
AAA Travel’s Sizzling Summer Kick-off venience of an escorted tour. Itineraries designed by experts maximize your time. Accommodations and transportation are pre-booked with upscale vendors; you need not do any research before your trip or deal with unexpected hassles along the way. Accommodations are chosen to enhance your experience; most feature abundant amenities and are near attractions so that you may spend your leisure time relaxing in the comfort of your hotel or exploring the destination at your own pace. Each AAA MCV package includes a knowledgeable tour manager and unique activities that give you an authentic glimpse into local culture. Insight Vacations® For more than 30 years, Insight (The Art of Touring in Style™) has provided premium escorted road, rail and cruise tours in Britain & Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and Morocco. Enjoy more intimate groups (40 passengers max), an experienced tour director and the assurance of staying in centrally located premium & luxury hotels. Travel in comfort on luxury reconfigured coaches (fewer seats, more legroom), so the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination. Choose from these touring styles: • Gold Luxury: Boutique and 5-star hotels, epicurean delights and more. • Easy Pace: Leisurely guided vacations with at least 3 nights in almost every destination. Lots of free time.
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• Country Roads: Get off the beaten track; usually features a sought-after chateau or manor house. • Regional Experiences: Focus indepth on a specific region for your full appreciation. • Discovery Journeys: Multi-country journeys are the perfect introduction to Europe; experience the full diversity of the continent in 1 tour. Pleasant Holidays Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, the South Pacific. Hotels, condos, villas, all-inclusive resorts, rental cars, in-city tours & activities. Pleasant Holidays makes it easy for you to select the elements and destinations you desire. Choose from a selection of accommodations for families, couples and singles. Take advantage of “Skip the Line” tours in 3 of Europe’s most popular cities; enjoy priority admission to famous — and often crowded — attractions like the Colosseum in Rome, the Louvre in Paris and the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Trafalgar For more than 50 years Trafalgar has created exciting vacations to sought-after destinations all over the world, while ensuring unrivaled standards of quality, value and reliability. Each itinerary is designed by travel experts, skilled in forming experiences that explore the true beauty, history and culture of
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AA.com/travel is a one-stop web destination for members looking to research, plan and book the perfect air, land or sea getaway. The AAA.com/travel homepage features a scrolling banner with the latest cruise and tour packages, member promotions and travel destinations. The slideshow is regularly updated, so check often — you never know what you’ll find! On the left hand side of the homepage, you’ll find a blue drop down menu with some of the most popular AAA Travel features online. Here, you can search for available hotels, flights or rental cars (or any combination of the three). You can also find the perfect cruise by date, destination or cruise line. You can also access the “bookings” menu, which allows you to view all of your reservations and upcoming trips made through AAA.com/travel. When you make your reservations online through AAA.com/travel, you can feel confident knowing you are getting a great rate. There are no transaction fees, and AAA member rates are clearly marked, so you know exactly what you are paying and how much you are saving. To the right of the drop down menu, you will see four red banners,
GOES WHERE YOU GO — AAA.com/travel offers user-friendly navigation which is both simple and intuitive. each identifying another section of AAA.com/travel. AAA Featured Vacations is on top, and this link takes visitors to a showcase of trips and itineraries created or selected by AAA Travel for out-of-theordinary value, amenities or inclusions. The Research & Planning banner offers members a wide range of travel resources. Learn about everything from
international travel document requirements to purchasing travel insurance. Also in this section is a link to the online versions of the always-popular AAA TourBook Guides. Prefer hard copies of your travel materials? You can also order TripTik Travel Planners, TourBook Guides and maps under the Research & Planning tab.
As the name suggests, the Top Destinations banner includes perennial favorite member destinations in one central location. Select the location you have your eye on (including Las Vegas, Universal Orlando, Caribbean, Mexico, Disney or USA) and you will be taken to the AAA Travel Planner page, where you can follow the easy-to-use prompts to book your perfect getaway. The final banner links visitors to Travel Discounts, where members can take advantage of special offers like luggage discounts, last-minute travel packages, and rental car offers through Hertz. The “more savings” link takes you to AAA Discounts & Rewards platform, an online shopping destination where members can save even more from more than 31,000 popular online retailers. This is the perfect place to stock up on all the little “extras” for your trip — like attraction tickets, or a new pair of sunglasses. Visit AAA.com/travel to plan, book and save on your next getaway today.
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