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Vol. 106 No. 6
NORTHEAST OHIO REGION
Ring in 2015 at California’s Tournament of Roses festival MEMBERS SAVE S MUCH A A $200! S PER ROOM
AAA Member Rewards Visa Cards offer more security AAA partner Bank of America has begun a gradual rollout of chip-enabled cards to AAA Member Rewards Visa account holders. The cards use an embedded microprocessor to encrypt and store account information. They provide more security and are more difficult to counterfeit than those using strip technology alone. The new-style cards are being issued to customers who have requested them or travel abroad regularly. Chip-enabled cards are also the default offering for cardholders whose cards expire or are reissued for any other reason. Users whose accounts are not up for reissue will begin receiving the new cards early next year. The card also includes the traditional magnetic stripe, used by many U.S. merchants. To apply for the AAA Member Rewards Visa credit card, visit your local AAA office.
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AAA’s automatic renewal option saves time and money
SEE THIS FAMOUS PARADE IN PERSON — FROM RESERVED SEATS!
ACH NEW YEAR’S DAY, America focuses on Pasadena CA, home of the Tournament of Roses celebration. More than a century old, it’s a much-loved festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world. But it’s more than just a parade and a football game: It’s America’s New Year Celebration. And now, through AAA, you can partake in this joyous and spectacularly beautiful occasion, which is just one feature of a Dec 29–Jan 4 “California New Year’s Getaway” vacation. AAA members who book & make a deposit by June 30, 2014, can save as much as $200 per room, based on level of membership. Basic members save $100, Plus members save $150 and Premier members save the most — $200 per room!
A LITTLE HISTORY... The first Tournament was staged in 1890 by Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club; former residents of the East and Midwest were eager to showcase their new home’s mild winter weather. “In New York, people are buried in snow,” announced Prof. Charles Holder at a Club meeting. “Here our flowers are blooming, and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.” During the next few years, the festival parade expanded to include marching bands and motorized floats. Games at Tournament Park included ostrich races, bronco busting and a race between a camel and an elephant. In 1902, the Tournament enhanced the festivities by adding football – the first postseason college game ever. Stanford took on the University of Michigan but was flattened
49-0. The lopsided score resulted in replacing football with Roman-style chariot races. In 1916 football returned to stay, and the crowds soon outgrew Tournament Park. In 1923 a new stadium hosted its first New Year’s game and earned its “Rose Bowl” nickname. I LOVE A PARADE... The parade has come a long way since its early days. Each year, this event is the result of 80,000 hours of manpower supplied by 935 volunteers. Today’s elaborate floats feature high-tech computerized animation and exotic natural materials from around the world. Although a few floats are still built exclusively by volunteers from their sponsoring communities, most are built by professional float building companies and take nearly a year to construct. The effort pays off on New Year’s Day
Make sure you never get stuck without your AAA membership with AAA’s automatic renewal option. Each year, your membership renewal will be charged automatically to your credit or debit card. AAA will even send you a reminder. This June, AAA East Central is offering members two deals on automatic renewals. Members who sign up for automatic renewal at any AAA East Central branch office will receive a $15 credit toward their membership renewal. Members who apply for a new AAA Member Rewards Visa credit card and use their new card to sign up for automatic renewal will receive an additional $25 renewal credit, for a total of $40 in credit. (Offers only apply for new automatic renewal enrollments made in AAA East Central branch office locations in June.) Automatic renewal can be added to your membership at anytime, regardless of your membership expiration/renewal date. You’ll rest easy knowing your AAA membership is always there providing uninterrupted service. And, you always have the option of canceling at any time. For more information on automatic renewal, just visit or call your local AAA East Central Branch office, or call our 24-hour service center at 1.800.441.5008 (412.363.5100 in Pittsburgh).
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More than a parade! Los Angeles: Beverly Hills, Hollywood Warner Brothers Studio Tour Reagan Library & Museum Pacific Coast Highway: Malibu to Santa Monica New Year’s Eve party on Queen Mary San Diego: Balboa Park, Old Town, La Jolla, San Diego Zoo, Midway Museum, Harbor Cruise Winery Visit & Tasting Lawrence Welk Resort Dinner Show
Falling for Europe with AAA Travel Autumn is a perfect time to see Europe, especially if you hate crowds and high prices. Experience Europe the way Europeans do, when the tourists are gone and summer’s endless lines are reduced to a memory. Shops and restaurants are less crowded, the weather more comfortable. It’s also a great time to save. AAA members who book and deposit a European 7-night or longer air-inclusive fall 2014 vacation with one of AAA’s participating partners between June 1-30, 2014, receive a $100.00 discount per room off the regular rate. (Restrictions may apply.) SEE PAGE 7
AAA Premier is the perfect summer travel companion
Enhanced member benefits include 200 miles free towing
othing matches the independence and adventure of a summer road trip. If you’re hitting the open road this year, upgrade to AAA Premier membership. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll be able to continue your vacation no matter what surprises you may encounter in your travels. AAA Premier offers AAA’s most comprehensive package of services and roadside benefits, providing members with the highest level of protection while away from home. AAA Premier includes one car 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. Extended road service coverage allows you to have a greater selection of trusted mechanics to repair your vehicle, including the more than 8,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. If your vehicle does need to be towed, you’ll also qualify for a one-day complimentary standard rental car (up to $55). If you rent from Hertz, you will receive a second day’s rental free on a minimum two-day emergency rental. There is no need to worry about incurring additional costs while waiting for your car to be repaired. AAA Premier also includes trip interruption protection. Members are eligible for up to $1,500 toward the cost of accom-
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AAA Premier benefits continue throughout your trip. Call the toll-free phone number on the back of your AAA Premier card to receive personalized concierge services while traveling on a domestic or international trip of at least 100 driving miles from home. The concierge service can help with everything from restaurant reservations to golf tee times to shopping and more. If you lose your wallet or need medical referrals or prescription replacement while away, you’re covered thanks to 24/7 Global Emergency Assistance, also included in AAA Premier membership. Call the same toll-free number on the back of your card, and you’ll be connected to a local contact who can help you figure out the next steps to take to solve your problem. AAA Premier membership benefits last all year, and extend to all AAA members in your household. Most will pay for themselves in just one use. Even if you may not have summer plans, or aren’t a frequent traveler, chances are someone in your family will use Premier benefits at least once this year. Additional 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 $35 per person airline reservation fee is waived for AAA Premier members who book flights at their AAA Travel Agency. AAA Premier is available for an annual fee of just $35 per household, in addition to the members’ basic and Plus membership dues. Premier can be added at any time to an existing membership (benefits subject to 7-day waiting period). TAKE AAA TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Call or stop by your local AAA branch office, to upgrade to AAA Premier, or contact the Club’s Member Service Call Center at 800.441.5008. Visit AAA.com/Premier for details.
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Travel with safety and confidence this summer By Richard Hamilton Chairman, AAA East Central hoosing a rental car may look easy, but locking in the right deal can be tricky. Rental car companies use something called yield-management technology, which constantly adjusts pricing depending on how many cars are available. You also need to factor in things like vehicle type, fuel costs and any additional fees, taxes and insurance that add to your bottom line. It’s usually a good idea to book well in advance to ensure your choice of vehicles, or avoid being blocked out during peak travel periods. Check with your AAA travel agent, or reserve early at AAA.com. One of the benefits of AAA membership is the special package of savings available when you rent from Hertz. Exclusive AAA member benefits include: • Discounts up to 20% on daily, weekend, weekly and monthly rentals. • FREE Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership and a FREE rental day. • FREE use of a child, infant or booster seat, a savings of $11.99 per day. • Reduced fee on Hertz NeverLost GPS rental of $6.99 per day, a savings of $6 per day. • Additional qualified AAA drivers are FREE, a savings of $13 per day per driver. In addition, Hertz frequently offers AAA members special single and double upgrades and dollars off coupons. These are available from AAA travel offices, in your club publication and at AAA.com.
Richard Hamilton The key to these exclusive Hertz savings and benefits is “215,” your Hertz CDP number and the same number as the club code on your AAA membership card. The Hertz system will automatically assign the best rate available at the time of your reservation. Most leisure and/or promotional weekly rates require that a car be rented over Saturday night, but AAA members are entitled to these low weekly rates with no Saturday night requirement. Gas prices are on the rise, and rental car fuel economy is an important consideration. More than 75 percent of the Hertz fleet averages 28 plus mpg. Their Green Traveler Collection offers a variety of alternate fuel vehicles, including electric vehicles, clean diesels, compressed
natural gas vehicles and hybrids. Gold Plus Rewards — Hertz’ premier frequent renter program — lets you skip the counter and get right on the road. Plus AAA members enjoy the benefits of Hertz Gold Service for free! • With Gold Service, there is no stopping at the counter at over 40 of the world’s busiest airports. • At over 1,000 locations worldwide, simply show your driver’s license; pick up your keys and go! • Choose a car you like better on the spot with Hertz Gold Choice. • Enjoy expedited drop-off with eReturn. • Receive notification of exact car location through Mobile Gold Alerts. • Receive vehicle updates or select an upgrade right from your phone with Mobile Gold Alerts. • Earn free rentals with points that don’t expire. When you enroll, AAA members receive 675 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus points, after their first Gold rental, enough for One Free Rental Day! AAA Premier members receive 1,100 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus points, after their first Gold rental, enough for Two Free Weekend Rental Days! AAA demands the very best for its members. That’s why Hertz is the only car-rental company endorsed by AAA. Their Member Satisfaction Guarantee is your assurance that the rate and car class, or a higher car class, will be available as reserved. The next time you need a rental car, let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat.
Members save on gifts for dads & grads Get more for your money with AAA Discounts & Rewards
ather’s Day and graduation season are here. Save on the best gifts for the dads and grads in your life with AAA Discounts & Rewards, an online shopping portal exclusively for AAA members. This innovative shopping experience on AAA.com offers deep discounts and daily deals from approximately 30,000 participating online merchants nationwide. Imagine the gifting possibilities! You can save on electronics from Best Buy, apparel from Brooks Brothers and sporting gear from Nike. This June, members also enjoy limited-time offers from Game Stop and Kenneth Cole. You can now access AAA Travel offers through AAA Discounts & Rewards, as well. You can even purchase discounted restaurant certificates, so you can treat your loved ones to a celebration dinner or tickets to the big game. AAA Discounts & Rewards makes
it easy to start saving right away, thanks to the site’s intuitive, easyto-navigate interface. View the latest specials and currently trending offers on the Discounts & Rewards home page. Search for a retailer by name, or browse by category to find the perfect present. You can even sort and filter results by type of offer, such as limited-time discount or free shipping.
Earn while you save
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could be rewarded for your purchases – even when shopping for others? That’s where WOWPoints come in! When you shop through AAA Discounts & Rewards, you earn one hundred WOWPoints for every dollar you spend. You can redeem your WOWPoints at any time, using them just like cash at participating retailers on the AAA Discounts & Rewards site. Best of all, your WOWPoints will never expire as long as you are a AAA member. Save
them all for a special purchase, or use them a little at a time – it’s up to you. Look for special offers that earn you 3X, 6X, or even 10X the WOWPoints. Earn 5,000 WOWPoints in one calendar year and receive 5 STAR Status. You’ll earn 50 percent more WOWPoints on each purchase — even when you’re redeeming WOWPoints.
Start stacking up the savings
To begin using AAA Discounts & Rewards today, register online at AAA. com/discounts. Registration is completely free — a valid AAA membership and email address are all you need. Then shop, save and earn on national and local brands, tickets, travel, restaurants and retailers. Soon your AAA membership will have paid for itself, thanks to the savings. For more information on AAA Discounts & Rewards, visit AAA.com/ Discounts.
Insurance Tune Up — Whenever you experience a significant life change, it’s time to review your polices By Robin Jones ost of us review our insurance policies only when we buy a new car or move into a new home. But there are plenty of other reasons to take a look at your auto, life, and homeowners policies—and spend a little extra time with your insurance agent to update them. Here are some questions to consider. Q: Do you have the right coverage? A: Often, when you experience a significant change in your life—such as marriage, a new baby, or the purchase of a new home—your insurance coverage also needs to change. But some changes might not come to mind right away. For example, when you move into a new home, you know you have to change your homeowners or renters insurance. But did you know that your new location may also affect the cost of your auto insurance? The number of miles you drive each year affects your premiums, so if you now have a shorter or longer commute to work, let your agent know. Another example: If you do an upgrade to your home, you might need to update your limits so you have enough coverage to properly repair or replace it if it were damaged or destroyed. In addition, if your finances or asset holdings change (e.g., you acquire or are gifted a house, stock, investments, or other significant assets),
think about switching to a company that better serves your needs. Q: Are you entitled to additional discounts? A: Say you’re adding a new driver to your policy. Your premiums are likely to go up, but you can mitigate the increase by taking advantage of all available discounts. For young drivers, many insurance companies offer discounts for maintaining good grades and for taking a driver-training course. Also, senior drivers might be able to get a discount by taking a refresher driving course. And most providers offer a discount when you add another car to your policy or when you insure both your home and your cars with the same company. When the opportunity arises to review your policy with your agent, take it. You might be surprised at what you learn.
CHANGING TIMES — When circumstances change, call your agent to discuss adjusting your policies. consider reviewing the liability limits of your policies. Make sure your liability limits match your particular needs and circumstances, including the level of assets and investments you need to protect. In short, anytime you find yourself at a crossroads in your life, call your insurance agent to discuss whether your policies need to be adjusted. Q: Does your policy offer all the ser-
vices you need? A: Do you have access to a car if yours has to stay in the shop for a week or more? If not, you may need rental car coverage on your auto policy. Do you like to pay your bills online? Make sure your insurance company accepts online payments. In other words, consider your needs, then compare your list with what your insurance provider offers. If you discover gaps in coverage,
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FALL... is a great time to visit Europe
f you’re thinking about visiting Europe, think about visiting it in the fall. But think fast — because now is the absolute best time to lock in the best availabilities in transportation and accommodations. Rates for transatlantic airfares to Europe and hotel accommodations there historically tend to "fall" in autumn, as does the number of tourists. Fall's also the ideal time to rake in further savings with special limited-time offers from AAA’s travel partners and enjoy the Old World and all of its charms for lots less while getting more pleasure out of the experience. Plus, there are value-added AAA Member Benefits! Fewer Americans "cross the pond" in fall; that (as well as fewer tourists from other areas of the world) means you're less likely to stand in long lines for highly popular landmark attractions such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St Peter’s Basilica in Rome or the Tower of London. And, frankly, who cares if it’s raining when you can spend your day at the Louvre? You’ll also find that making reservations for popular restaurants and securing seats for many arts performances — London’s West End theaters, for instance — are much more easily accomplished in fall than in summer. If you enjoy symphonies or opera, Europe’s cultural calendar comes to life after summer. (Sure, in summer you may be able to hear short chamber music in Vienna structured for a tourist's attention span, but you’ll have to wait until the real symphony and opera seasons begin in the fall to hear the best European orchestras playing serious music for hours on end.) Another benefit of fall European travel is weather. Fine weather over most of the continent extends into late October and practically guarantees that you won’t encounter uncomfortable heat or humidity. Mediterranean countries see the start of their rainier season but, over the ages, many cities devised ways to deal with the inconvenience; Bologna in Italy features
a huge network of arcaded streets that allow you to walk from one side of town to the other without getting wet. Medieval European houses with overhangs in the older parts of a city were designed in part to protect strollers from the elements. The Old Town sections of many European cities offer seductive cafes; in the event of a shower, pop in and nurse a coffee, soda or snifter of brandy while waiting for clear skies...or use a railpass to take a scenic train ride.) Contrary to summer, you may even enjoy a more “authentic” sense of daily life among the locals, who seem to relax a bit after the summer crowds dwindle. The mad rush to sell mellows into a slower paced style of commerce. Admittedly, daylight in late fall does gradually diminish, but you’ll still have plenty of time to sightsee; with fewer fellow tourists to contend with, you may be able to see and do even more than you would in the high season of summer. Besides, if you find moonlight strolls more seductive than daylight ones, fall’s for you; exploring “downtown” in a European city after dark isn’t the same as in the US; European city centers are safer than most American ones at these hours because the culture favors convivial meetings in public places along with moderate alcohol consumption. (Filling streets with fun-loving sober people is probably the all-time best defense against street crime.) Calculate just how much daylight you’ll have at eurometeo. com/english/ephem. Pick your destination and the date, and you’ll see the hours of daylight to expect. There are all sorts of reasons for traveling in fall, as opposed to summer. Even food. For instance, you may not fancy eating the traditional tourist favorites of Germany, Switzerland or Austria in summer; their cuisines can be a bit “heavy” for the heat. But after a crisp fall day walking the Black Forest or cruising the Rhine, steaming mounds of sausages and spaetzle and a glass of homemade Riesling can hit the spot!
& a great time to save!
AAA Members booking & depositing on a fall 2014 European 7-night or longer air-inclusive vacation with one of AAA’s participating partners (on next page, with their AAA Member Benefits) receive a $100.00 DISCOUNT per room off the regular rate. New bookings only June 1-30, 2014. Not combinable with any other offer. Restrictions may apply.
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If you like meeting folks on their own turf, have a hankering for high culture or just like to lounge around a roaring fire listening to a foreign language and dreaming of learning it — traveling to Europe in fall is something you should try.
AAA SPOTLIGHT VACATION
Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austria
— an intimate journey of discovery along vine-clad shores, through fortified towns and flower-filled meadows amid stunning Alpine panoramas.
· Ascend to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein by horse & carriage. · Cruise along the Wachau Valley, a charming stretch of the Danube. · Enjoy a private, guided tour of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. · Journey through the Swiss Alps on the Glacier Express. · Ascend a mountain by rail or cable car for panoramic views. · Savor Vienna’s vibrant restaurants on a Dine-Around evening. · Dinner at a mountaintop restaurant near Lucerne. · Special AAA Vacations® inclusion: Hitler’s notorious Eagles Nest Other highlights include... · Munich: Marienplatz, Town Hall, Glockenspiel · Bavarian Alps: Oberammergau Passion Play Theatre, Wieskirche · Salzburg: Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s birthplace, Cathedral · The church featured in The Sound of Music · Wachau Valley: Medieval Dürnstein & its castle · Vienna: Ring Road, City Hall, Parliament · Kindberg: colorful maypole · Friesach: mysterious moated town · St Viet an der Glan: Plague Column, Rathaus · Dolomites: Cortina d’Ampezzo · Innsbruck: Golden Roof, Imperial Palace · St Moritz: the spa quarter, sgraffito façade on the museum house · Lucerne: Lion Monument, Jesuit Church, Chapel Bridge · Scenic drives: BavarianAlps, GermanAlpine Road, Semmering Pass, the Dolomites, Engadine Valley, Grisons Alps
Several departure dates • from $3,965
AAA Member Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes accommodations, in-Europe tour director, motorcoach sightseeing, admissions per itinerary, 16 meals (including Welcome Dinner), Welcome Reception with drinks, hotel & restaurant tips and more. Ask about available add-on airfare.
This is just one sample of the hundreds of other European vacations available at AAA. Log on to AAA.com/travel, visit your local AAA Travel Agency or call 1-800-354-8761.
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Fall in love... with Europe this fall
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AAA Members booking & depositing on a fall 2014 European 7-night or longer air-inclusive vacation with one of the AAA partners below receive a $100.00 discount per room off the regular rate.
New bookings only June 1-30, 2014. Not combinable with any other offer. Restrictions may apply.
Participating Travel Partners & their AAA Member Benefits
AAA Vacations®: $25 voucher per person toward payment of selected optional tours/excursions on escorted motorcoach tours operated by Insight Vacations® or Trafalgar AAA Member Choice Vacations®: $25-$100 savings based on purchase price
Celebrity Cruises: During selected booking periods on selected sailings, benefits may include: Oceanview & veranda stateroom amenities • Value-added gifts
General Tours: $55 per person savings on published “Freestyle Travel” packages of 5 nights or more • $115 per person savings on all Small Group Escorted Tours, Small Ship Cruising, River Cruising and published Private Tours Insight Vacations®: $40 voucher per person toward the payment of selected optional tours on escorted motorcoach tours (with exceptions) Pleasant Holidays: $50 per booking savings off package price
Trafalgar: $40 credit voucher per person toward an optional excursion Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Collection: $125 per person savings on cruises of 3-13 days • $250 per person savings on cruises of 14 days or more
Viking River Cruises: $125 per person savings on cruises of 8-13 days • $200 per person savings on cruises of 14 days or more
Bavarian markets are the star of this popular holiday tour!
Treat yourself to a wunderbar escorted tour full of history, German scenery & traditional Christmas crafts & Markets foods. Bavaria’s “shy
king” built this fairy-tale castle in order to withdraw from public life. Ironically, now 1.3 million people visit here every year. This tour includes a half-day visit!
Visit these markets: • Regensburg • Rothenburg • Nuremberg • Bamberg • Bayreuth • Munich • Fussen
AAA Member Rate: $3,305
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland-Frankfurt, Munich-Cleveland), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach transportation, hotel taxes/ service charges, hotel baggage handling, 13 meals, Neuschwanstein tour, services of a AAA tour manager (if participation goal is met) and in-Germany escort.
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Avoid potential airport hassles. Motorcoach to your cruise! Park for free, then relax & ride AAA’s convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to Baltimore to board Grandeur of the Seas!
Don’t miss the boat; book now while space is still available! WESTERN CARIBBEAN Jan 24–Feb 3 • from $1,157 EASTERN CARIBBEAN Feb 3-13 • from $1,088 EASTERN CARIBBEAN March 3-13 • from $1,203 EASTERN CARIBBEAN April 28–May 8 • from $1,167 AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & Cleveland area pick-up points.
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 10-night 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! Also 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.
Exclusive AAA MEMBER BENEFIT: Each adult receives a $100 onboard Rocky Mountaineer souvenir credit!
Aug 29–Sept 8 •
AAA Member Rate: $6,099
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland-Seattle, Calgary-Cleveland), 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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Car-free, carefree adventures
Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Cleveland 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.
“DIANA” EXHIBIT IN CINCINNATI Aug 2-3 •
AAA Member Rate: $339
This collection of 150+ personal objects celebrating the life & work of Diana, Princess of Wales, comes direct from Althorp Estate in England. See her royal wedding gown, 28 designer dresses & gowns, family heirlooms, personal mementos and rare home movies. Includes exhibit admission, Newport Aquarium, Ohio River dinner cruise, Jungle Jim’s International Market, 2 meals and more.
HUDSON VALLEY HOLIDAY & NEW YORK CITY Aug 10-15 •
AAA Rate: $1,129
Marvel at the opulence of the mansions of the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and others. Visit West Point and take a cruise on the Hudson River. Take a bite of the Big Apple with a day in New York City. Includes mansion/estate tours (Vanderbilt, FDR, Rockefeller, Samuel Morse), West Point, Hudson River cruise, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan tour, Ground Zero, 10 meals and more.
1-DAY FUN-DAY TOURS 3 RIVERS CRUISES: PITTSBURGH PA AAA Member Rate: $95 each cruise
Aug 15 ....... Musical tribute to Patsy Cline Aug 22 ....... Musical tribute to Elvis Sept 22 ...... Musical tribute to Neil Diamond
All cruise dates include a luncheon cruise & 3 hours at Rivers Casino.
“CONFESSION”: WALNUT CREEK OH July 17 •
AAA Member Rate: $95
Amish lunch. “Confession: The Amish Musical.” Breitenbach Wine Cellars.
TARA & GROVE CITY OUTLETS: WESTERN PA Aug 9 •
AN ANGELIC DAY: MILAN OH AAA Member Rate: $79
Angel talk. Naturally Country. Edison Birthplace Museum.
NIAGARA FALLS: ONTARIO, CANADA Sept 6 •
AAA Member Rate: $119
Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Sightseeing. Passport or passport card required.
COVERED BRIDGES: MADISON OH Sept 13 •
Sept 4-7 •
AAA Member Rate: $619
Bring a camera to capture the memorable sights of our nation’s capital. Enjoy a full-day tour to some of DC’s most interesting & historic attractions. Includes full-day sightseeing of DC, half-day tour of Arlington VA, Illuminated Monuments Tour, Flight 93 National Memorial (Shanksville PA), 5 meals and more.
MUSIC & RAILROADS OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sept 19-21 •
AAA Member Rate: $539
Travel on the Cheat Mountain Salamander train through West Virginia’s beautiful mountains. Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and one of the world’s largest telescopes. Enjoy shows at American Mountain Theater and Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre. Includes train ride, observatory, theater shows, Blackwater Falls, entertainment, 5 meals and more.
MACKINAC ISLAND & THE UPPER PENINSULA MI Sept 22-26 •
AAA Member Rate: $819
Explore the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, see the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi and visit an island where time stands still. Includes ferry to Mackinac Island, carriage tour, Tahquamenon Falls, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Soo Locks cruise, Soaring Eagle Casino, Frankenmuth, 8 meals (including lunch at the famous Grand Hotel) and much more.
FALLINGWATER FOLIAGE Oct 11-12 •
AAA Member Rate: $339
Frank Lloyd Wright's progressive architecture is combined with the spectacular beauty of Pennyslvania’s Laurel Highlands. Includes tours of 2 Wright homes (Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob), accommodations, 4 meals and more.
AAA Member Rate: $78
Lunch & tour at Tara–A Country Inn. Daffin’s Candies. Premium Outlets.
Aug 23 •
LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME!
is the time to book fall & holiday tours!
AAA Member Rate: $80
Guided tour of bridges. Grand River Cellars Winery. Robinson’s Apple Barn.
LETCHWORTH — GRAND CANYON OF THE EAST: CASTILE NY Sept 20 •
AAA Member Rate: $90
Letchworth State Park tour. Letchworth Museum. Lunch at Glen Iris Inn.
OHIO AMISH COUNTRY: HOLMES COUNTY OH Sept 27 •
AAA Member Rate: $83
Buggy ride. Schrock’s Amish Farm. Guggisberg Cheese. Amish Flea Market.
BURTON TEA TOUR: GEAUGA COUNTY OH Oct 17 •
AAA Member Rate: $79
Quintealia’s Tea Parlor. Middlefield Cheese. Middlefield Market. Sunrise Farm.
WE LOVE LUCY: JAMESTOWN NY Oct 25 •
AAA Member Rate: $99
Lucy/Desi Museum. Desilu Playhouse. Lucy's final resting place. Candy shop & more.
ALLIANCE ........................ 330-821-2323 ASHLAND ........................ 419-289-2222 ASHTABULA ..................... 440-998-1008 BOARDMAN ..................... 330-726-0622 ELYRIA ............................ 440-324-2090 INDEPENDENCE ............... 216-606-6080 LYNDHURST ..................... 440-473-0747 MASSILLON ..................... 330-833-1084
MENTOR .......................... 440-205-9090 NEW PHILADELPHIA......... 330-343-4481 NILES .............................. 330-652-6466 NORWALK........................ 419-668-1622 RAVENNA ........................ 330-296-3406 SOLON ............................ 440-248-1808 STRONGSVILLE ................ 440-783-3396 WESTLAKE ....................... 440-788-3103
GENERAL TRAVEL DISCLAIMER: AAA Travel Agency makes every effort to provide accurate, up-to-date prices as of press time and cannot assume responsibility for typographic errors. Rates/offers are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated, and are subject to availability and airline/operator changes. International rates/offers are subject to currency fluctuations and additional tax & security charges. Rates that include airfare include all taxes, government fees and surcharges. Additional restrictions may apply. Rates/offers are available at all AAA East Central travel agency locations. For tour details, contact AAA or visit AAA.com/travel. AAA Featured Vacations are specially priced, unique departures; therefore, tour operators, cruise lines and other travel providers often exclude them from additional discounts or specials they offer. AAA Featured Vacations include services provided by third-party tour destination service companies; see your AAA Travel Agent for details. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for more details or visit the air carrier’s website for baggage allowance and fee information.
BRONNER'S — FRANKENMUTH MI
Holidays in Branson MO
Nov 12-17. Celebrate the start of the holiday season with 5 performances in the “Live Music Capital of the World” – comedian Yakov Smirnov and singers Johnny Mathis, George Dyer, Daniel O’Donnell and the Hughes Brothers. Enjoy a College of the Ozarks visit, a driving tour of Branson’s holiday lights and the Fantastic Caverns by tram. Includes a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 9 meals. AAA Member Rate: $1,139.
Warther’s Festival of Trees — 1 day
Nov 15. Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Warther's Carvings in Dover OH. Also visit Lehman’s and Smuckers. Amish lunch. AAA Member Rate: $90.
Oglebay Festival of Lights
Nov 23-24. Enjoy the more than 1 million holiday lights on display at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV — a perfect holiday getaway! Includes accommodations at Wilson Lodge, a guided tour of the lights display, Winter Fantasy, animated Holiday Light & Sound Extravaganza, Mansion Museum, Carriage House of Glass, Garden Center & Greenhouse, behind-the-scenes tour, shopping at Cabela’s, 2 meals & more. AAA Member Rate: $299.
Holidays at Tara — 1 day
Dec 5. Enjoy a day in Western Pennsylvania. Lunch at Tara–A Country Inn in Clark, the Christmas display at Kraynak’s in Hermitage and Wendell August Forge in Grove City. AAA Member Rate: $75.
Dec 6-7. Visit Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store, and see the Silent Night Chapel on this holiday weekend to Bavarian-themed Frankenmuth MI. Includes accommodations at Bavarian Inn Lodge, a city tour, Bronner’s CHRISTmas store, 2 meals (including dinner at the Bavarian Inn) and more. AAA Member Rate: $299.
Christmas in Lancaster
Dec 12-14. Get into the Christmas spirit at 2 shows in PA Dutch Country. The American Music Theatre’s critically acclaimed Christmas show is an annual tradition for many and renowned as Lancaster’s most beloved holiday show; awe-inspiring music & dance, incomparable voices and light-hearted holiday humor are the ingredients for this season’s all-new extravaganza. Includes Joy to the World (the American Music Theatre’s Christmas show), Burglar’s Christmas show at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre, the National Christmas Center, Kitchen Kettle Village, 4 meals and more. AAA Member Rate: $439. Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Cleveland 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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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens at the Magic Kingdom A million diamonds shine in Disney’s New Fantasyland
he lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes to life at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The rocking, rollicking familystyle coaster opened in May as the crown jewel and centerpiece of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Inspired by the Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the new attraction provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill, sending riders on a playful musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” It also marks the completion of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features an innovative new ride system that makes the cars pivot back and forth during the twists, turns, hills and drops of the ride. The rough-hewn mine cars were designed to replicate the ones in the film, handmade of wood by the Dwarfs, and shaped with an ax. Handhammered metal bands and nails are used to bind the wood. Riders will pass through magical mountain scenery studded with red poppies and live oak, cedar and birch trees. Soon they enter the mine — aglow with gems and scenes of the Dwarfs and frolicking forest creatures. Music from the film classic accompanies the journey.
MINING SOME MAGIC — Disney’s new attraction provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill. the mine train loops back and crosses a pool at the bottom of a waterfall. The Cottage of the Dwarfs comes into view, recreated in exacting detail, with a dancing Snow White visible through a window. Watching from a distance is the Wicked Queen in her disguise as an old hag. She turns toward the train as it passes, and cackles mischievously.
There’s a brief moment to enjoy an inspiring view across Fantasyland to Belle’s Cottage, and Beast’s Castle, then the track drops precipitously, passing under a trestle and looping around a mountain crossing. Careening down the mountain, the train picks up speed, twisting and turning with its cars swinging wildly. At the foot of the mountain,
But that’s just the beginning of what guests will discover in New Fantasyland. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, is a major new attraction where guests travel with Ariel and her friends above and below the waves. It combines the enduring appeal of a classic Disney “dark ride” with ultra high tech innovations to immerse guests in scenes from the film. In Princess Fairytale Hall, Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, greet guests in their new home in the Castle Courtyard. With its brightly colored tournament tent facade, gold trimmings, and ornate chandeliers, this is a place fit for royalty. The Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus are where families can experience an array of fun-filled games and interactive wonders inside the Big Top. The sound of a calliope leads guests to that beloved airborne pachyderm and the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride.
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AAA members receive special lodging programs at selected hotels, and 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/Disney for special member values on Disney Vacations.
Identity theft never takes a vacation ProtectMyID® Deluxe helps secure your private info
hile you’re taking in the sights on your summer vacation, identity thieves may be helping themselves to your personal information. Approximately 13.1 million U.S. consumers suffered identity fraud in 2013, according to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Report. Identity thieves stole a total of $18 billion from these victims. There are several ways you can protect your personal data while traveling this summer: • Before leaving for your trip, suspend newspaper and mail delivery to prevent anything from being stolen from your mailbox. • Never carry sensitive documents – such as your Social Security card, birth certificate or passport – in your purse or wallet. Other items to leave at home include your checkbook, extra credit cards, PIN, spare keys and anything with account passwords or your Social Security number. • Protect your mobile devices by requiring a password to unlock them. Require additional passwords for individual apps that contain personal information, such as banking or social media accounts. • If you need to deposit or withdraw money, visit a bank’s branch, rather than an ATM kiosk. ATMs located in
high-traffic tourist areas can put you at risk for data skimming. • Delay online banking until you can access a secured WiFi connection. Others using the same unsecured WiFi network could intercept your credit card or banking information. • Do not post “check-ins”, photos or tweets on social media while you are away. These are a clear sign you are not at home. You can share your vacation highlights online when you return. Even when taking these precautions to protect your identity, it is impossible for you to monitor your personal information 24/7. This is why it is crucial to have a professional monitoring product that can do just that. ProtectMyID Deluxe, available to AAA East Central members at just $8.95 per month (a 56% discount) includes the following advanced features: • Daily monitoring of all three credit reports (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) for new credit cards, loans, delinquent payments and more. • Experian® credit report with score at the time of signup. • ChildSecure®: A feature that monitors minor children’s identities. • Notification if change of address has been detected. • Daily Internet scans for signs of identity fraud. •
E-mail alerts advising of changes to credit reports, as well as monthly “all clear” notifications. • Fraud resolution support. • Lost wallet and card protection and assistance. • $1 million identity theft insurance.* A free option, ProtectMyID Essential, is also available to AAA members. Comparable to plans costing $7.95 per month, this product includes several of the same features as ProtectMyID Deluxe. For more information, and to subscribe to ProtectMyID Essential or Deluxe, simply go to
AAA.com/ProtectMyID or call 1.877.440.6943. To enroll, you must have a valid email address and be 18 or older. *Identity theft insurance underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). The description herein is a summary and intended for informational purposes only and does not include all terms, conditions and exclusions of the policies described. Please refer to the actual policies for terms, conditions and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions.
The ongoing pursuit of a happy commute Getting to the job often more stressful than working
rom dropping off the kids at school, to rushing over to the office in time for the big meeting, then trying to squeeze in a couple errands on your way home — commuting and spending time stuck in traffic is a way of life for many motorists. More Americans are finding that commuting is having a negative impact on their quality of life. A recent national study conducted by Ford Motor Company shows that the majority of drivers believe commuting robs us of our most valuable commodity — time. According to the survey, two-thirds of Americans spend at least 30 minutes commuting, roughly the same amount they are reading books, newspapers, or magazines and more than they are exercising. Forty two percent of survey respondents considered themselves “gridlocked” meaning they always or very frequently encounter traffic while commuting. More than half of commuters feel that their commute has little positive impact on their lives, including meeting work expectations. The routine trek to and from work takes away from spending quality time with family and friends, pursuing personal interests and supporting overall health goals such as maintaining a healthy weight. Commuters in general, are not happy
TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME — Alternate routes can avoid construction, and stop and go traffic. campers, so they tend to multi-task behind the wheel. Most listen to the news, radio, podcasts, or e-books. Many multi-task in ways that can be unsafe or dangerous. Two-in-five make personal or work-related phone calls, while nearly a quarter grab a snack or a meal on the road. Some even put on cosmetics or fix their hair.
Nearly all commuters say that better gas mileage would enhance their commute, along with vehicle features such better sound insulation, remote key entry and climate control. Getting from point A to B can be made less stressful and more efficient. Here are some tips to put you back in the driver’s seat of your life by helping
WOOF, WAG & WINE! — (June 14) Bring your four-legged friend along for a tour of the vineyards while you enjoy a wine tasting, live music, the chance to win great prizes in the silent and Chinese auctions and much more! Hours: noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission $20. Benefits the Lake Humane Society. For more information call 440951-6122 or visit lakehumane.org. Location: Grand River Cellars, 5750 S. Madison Road, Madison. LAKE ERIE WINE FESTIVAL — (June 21-22) Enjoy wines from local Ashtabula County wineries along with music, entertainment and more. Tickets are $25, designated driver tickets are $10, and optional adventure ticket is $5. Call 1-800518-8650, or visit genevalanding. com. The Landing at Geneva-onthe-Lake, 5481 Lake Road. OHIO CELTIC FEST — (June 27-29) Enjoy three days of Celtic and American culture music, song and dance on five stages, including a children’s stage. Performers include 18 musical groups from the U.S., Ireland and Canada, three bagpipe bands and four Irish dance schools. AAA members receive a $3.00 discount when they purchase tickets in advance at ohiocelticfest. com/tickets using the promo code AAA2014. Lake County Fairgrounds, Painesville Township.
ITALIAN AMERICAN SUMMER FESTIVAL — (June 27-29) Come for the food and stay for the fun at the 14th annual Italian American Festival a three-day celebration of Italian culture and heritage where Italian Americans come together to share customs and traditions with the community at large. Plenty of great food and music. Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea. Visit www.italianamericansummerfestival.com. LORAIN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL — (June 27-29) The 48th Annual Lorain International Festival celebrates the diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural heritage of the “International City.” Enjoy ethnic foods, pastries, crafts, non-stop entertainment, and a fun-filled kids’ area. The International Parade takes place Sunday at 11:30 a.m. This year’s spotlight nationality is the Polish community. For more information, visit www.loraininternational.com. Location: Black River Landing, behind the Palace Civic Center in downtown Lorain. OLD EUROPEAN FEST — (June 28-29) The German Family Society of Brimfield Township presents Old European Days & Bierfest from 4:00 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 on Sunday with a German Mass at 11:30 a.m. German foods, pastries, beverag-
you find the work-life-commute balance that you’ve been looking for. Share the ride — Carpooling saves money and reduces stress. It also means access to the HOV or carpool lanes, which can shorten your commute time considerably. Leave early or late — The easiest way to avoid rush hour traffic is to avoid travel when everyone else is on the road. If that’s not possible try leaving 10-15 minutes earlier to reduce the stress of having to be somewhere on time. Steer clear — Stay calm and never respond to drivers who cut you off, tailgate, or make rude gestures. Give angry or aggressive drivers lots of room. Develop alternate routes — Find alternate ways to avoid construction, stop and go traffic, or to just give yourself a change of scenery. Travel in the same direction as your spouse — A recent Harvard study found partners who travel to work in the same direction feel more positive about each other than partners who don’t.
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aroundtown FULL MOON PADDLE IN A BIG CANOE — (June 12) Enjoy the pre-summer evening under the stars in a 34-foot Voyageur canoe. Cleveland Metroparks historical interpretive staff will lead you on a cultural and natural history adventure floating Hinckley Lake. Fee: $5 person. Time: 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. For information call 440-786-8530 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com. Location: Hinckley Lake Boathouse, One West Drive, Hinckley. STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL — (June 12-15) The 54th Annual Kirtland Kiwanis Strawberry Festival features strawberry shortcakes, sundaes, fresh strawberries, rides, games, flea market, crafts, food, and entertainment. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, noon to 11:00 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6:00 p.m. Location: Kirtland High School, 9150 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland. MORGAN HOSE COMPANY VFD ANNUAL OX ROAST — (June 13-15) This 50 plus year tradition features roast beef cooked on an open spit and then sliced for dinners and sandwiches. Lots of family entertainment all weekend wih live bands, fireworks, tractor pull, cornhole tournament, parade, and more. Call 440-567-2325 or visit rockcreekareachamber.com. Location: East Water Street, Rock Creek.
es, and music both days. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older. Location: Donau Park on Ranfield Road, Kent. CLEVELAND ROCKS CHEVY SHOW— (July 2-6) Get ready to rock ‘n roll as over 300 classic Chevys head to Cleveland. See vintage 1955-57 classics, 60s muscle cars, Camaros and Corvettes. This show has all the makings for a great time – great people, great cars, great music and great fun! Location: Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, OH. ASHLAND BALLOONFEST — (July 3-7) Colorful hot air balloons magically rise and soar away! Plus, lots of other activities to enjoy: Balloon Glow, balloon races, stage performances, sport tournaments, displays, exhibits, food and more. Call 877-581-2345, ext. 1003 or visit ashlandohioballoonfest.com. Location: Children’s Home Field, Center Street and Morgan Avenue, Ashland. CHAGRIN VALLEY HUNTER JUMPER CLASSIC — (July 5 - 20) The Classic returns to the beautiful Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, featuring an exciting equestrian competition, specialty foods, canine events, and a Family Fun Day with lots of activities. Located 30 miles east of downtown Cleveland, Chagrin Valley is one of Ohio’s special treasures. Visit clevelandhorseshow.com, or call 330-903-9915 for more info.
California New Year’s Getaway morning, when millions of viewers around the world tune in to marvel at these intricate, ingenious and incredibly beautiful creations. The 126th parade (themed “Inspriring Stories”) will feature, as always, marching bands from throughout the nation (and some from around the world!), majestic floral floats and high-stepping equestrian units. AND THERE’S SO MUCH MORE! “California New Year’s Getaway” starts in Los Angeles, touring historic Farmers Market (begun during the Depression, it now features more than 30 dining opportunities and a variety of shopping experiences). See Downtown’s Disney Concert Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady, LA Live and Olvera Street (heart of the Mexican community). Enjoy a gala welcome dinner at Parker’s Lighthouse in Long Beach, close by your elegant hotel. Day 2 takes you to star-studded Hollywood and glitzy Rodeo Drive. At the Chinese Theatre (née Grauman’s, then Mann’s), see celebrity signatures LONG BEACH
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immortalized in cement. Follow the bronze medallions studding Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. At Hollywood & Highland, a shopping & entertainment complex housing the new home of Academy Awards extravaganzas, enjoy a great view of the iconic “Hollywood” sign from the upper level. In Burbank, tour Burbank’s Warner Brothers Studios for a behindthe-scenes look into making films and TV shows; be alert for star sightings! On Day 3, drive to Simi Valley’s Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, the nation’s largest and most elaborate; see a full-scale Oval Office replica, Air Force One, a re-created White House state dinner and numerous videos & displays. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway through exclusive Malibu to fun & funky Santa Monica; explore its variety of sights in your free time. Attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Long Beach on the magnificent RMS Queen Mary — a luxurious setting for sophisticated dining, dancing and bidding farewell to 2014 in grand style. Usher in 2015
From the parade of fashion and glamour on Rodeo Drive to the Parade of Roses in Pasadena, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of sights and experiences throughout the Los Angeles and San Diego areas on AAA Travel’s “California New Year’s Getaway.” Call 1-800-354-8761 or visit AAA.com/USA.
with a toast from the best seat in Long Beach for a gigantic fireworks display off the ship’s stern. Happy New Year! Day 4 finds you in Pasadena, at your reserved seat for the Roses Parade — flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians. Afterward, enjoy lunch at Universal Studios CityWalk, then drive to your all-suite hotel on San Diego’s waterfront. Explore San Diego on Day 5; see Cabrillo Monument atop Point Loma, with commanding views of the Pacific, the harbor and the skyline. Drive through Mission Bay, continue to Old
Town (California’s birthplace) and La Jolla, a chic beachside hideaway where you’ll have time to explore. Established in 1868, Balboa Park is the country’s oldest and one of its largest city parks. Take a guided tour of the San Diego Zoo on a doubledecker bus. On Day 6, visit the USS Midway, the longest serving aircraft carrier. Then cruise the harbor, viewing the skyline and Navy carriers, subs and aircraft along the way. Afterward, tour one of North San Diego’s wineries and continue to Escondido for dinner and a show at the Lawrence Welk Village.
Dec 29–Jan 4 AAA Member Rate: from $3,829
Courtesy of Destinations Magazine
REAGAN LIBARY & MUSEUM
Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland–Los Angeles, San Diego–Cleveland), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 per person), 11 meals, 2 cocktail parties, reserved parade seat, taxes/gratuities on included items, local tour manager and services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met).
One-stop cruise shopping with AAA Travel Helping members plan and save on the perfect voyage
Enjoy exclusive benefits with AAA Vacations
AA Travel is a one-stop destination for everything cruise related. Members can rely on AAA to help them through each step of the cruise-planning process whether online, over the phone or in a local branch office. In addition, members can take advantage of cruise discounts and extras only available through AAA.
Find the right fit
A variety of factors can determine what cruise is your “perfect match” – including your interests, activity level, schedule, budget and age. A family with young children booking a fourday Caribbean cruise is probably looking for a very different experience than a retired couple searching for a monthlong, relaxing European river cruise, for example. AAA travel agents work closely with cruise lines and travel partners, so they can help you to determine what cruise best fits your specific needs.
Uncover the best deals
AAA travel agents are “in the know” about the latest cruise discounts and promotions. “There is no need to stress over finding the best cruise deal on your own,” said Tracy Edwards, AAA East Central Managing Director of Travel Sales. “Your local AAA travel counselors receive daily updates on the specials available from cruise lines.”
CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE — AAA Vacations cruises deliver extraordinary values and experiences. Your AAA travel agent may know of additional ways to save, including cruise-line loyalty programs, early-booking savings, military or group discounts, or reduced rates for AAA Member Rewards Visa cardholders. Check with your agent as offers vary.
Take care of the details
Once your cruise is booked, AAA can help you with all the details of
your dream trip. Your AAA travel agent can make your flight and rental car reservations, purchase travel insurance, and arrange for pre- and post-cruise accommodations and tours. They can help you obtain any documentation you may need for international travel. You can even have your passport photo taken at your local AAA branch office. Ask your travel agent about reduced airport parking rates, as well.
AAA Vacations cruises are select sailings that go above and beyond to deliver extraordinary values and experiences. Benefits vary by cruise line, and include amenities such as priority check-in, onboard spending credits, champagne on arrival, wine tastings, specialty dining and shore excursions. For extra peace of mind, AAA Vacations cruises come with 24/7 Member Care emergency phone assistance and the Best Price Guarantee. If you find a valid better rate for the exact same cruise itinerary and inclusions within 24 hours of booking, AAA will match to the lower rate and send you a $50 AAA Vacations Future Travel Credit Certificate. With more than 400 AAA Vacations departures to choose from, there’s an itinerary perfect for you. All that’s left to do is to sit back and enjoy. Ask your AAA travel agent for details, or visit AAA.com/aaavacations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please see your AAA Departures Guide, visit your local AAA Travel Agency or log on to AAA.com/cruises for information on AAA cruise offerings.