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Vol. 21 No. 6
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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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
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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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STEP UP TO AAA PREMIER — AAA Premier will go as far as life can take you. modations and transportation, should travel plans be delayed or interrupted overnight (when driving 100 miles or more from home) due to an accident, mechanical breakdown, car theft or illness. In addition, members qualify for up to $500 in vehicle return coverage if car issues result in the use of substitute transportation. You’ll soon be back on the road and en route to your summer getaway.
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
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Travel with safety and confidence this summer By Gary Beck, Sr. President, Westmoreland Region 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.
Gary Beck 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.
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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.
Member Benefits Exclusive Offers
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 Treat yourself to a wunderbar escorted tour full of history, scenery & traditional crafts & foods. Visit markets in... Nuremberg • Rothenburg • Bamberg • Bayreuth Regensburg • Munich • Fussen
of this popular holiday tour
ing. And, because they’re usually in the heart of the community, they’re ideal bases from which to explore surrounding landmarks German like cathedrals and castles, as well as year-round brick-and-mortar Christmas shops and restaurants. This unique tour operates on the same principles of convenience Markets and efficiency. Spend 4 nights in Nuremberg and 3 in Munich; Granted, Christmas may not be on your mind at this very you’ll be able to comfortably “settle in” in those cities, taking NEUSCHWANSTEIN Bavaria’s “shy king” built this moment...but it should be! Especially considering everything short rides each day to the markets and landmarks surroundfairy-tale castle in that AAA’s Dec 2-10 German Christmas Markets tour offers! ing them. Forget traipsing from a hotel in one town one day to order to withdraw Experience the Old World tradition of welcoming the another hotel the next day to yet another hotel the following from public life. Ironically, now 1.3 Christmas season at public marketplaces large and small, day, and so on. Best of all, forget about packing and unpackmillion people visit where walkways lined with rustic stalls hum with holiday ing each time! With only 2 base hotels, you’ll have more time here every year. strollers and shoppers young & old. Local artisans exhibit to see and do (or rest and relax) — whatever your travel style This tour includes a half-day visit! traditional handmade decorations, art and craft may be. All in all, it makes for a much more pleasant, items; purveyors of aromatic seasonal culinary satisfying experience...and it maximizes your valuable delights tempt passersby with gingerbread cookies time and energy. and spice-mulled wine; and musicians and And all the while, you and your fellow travelers will performers add a festive note to the ambience. enjoy the company and insider knowledge of your Some markets even sport carnival-type rides and professional English-speaking native European guide. amusements. From start to finish, you’ll have peace of mind knowMost German cities of any signifiing an experienced expert is at your cant size present at least 1 Christkindlside and at your service to provide Dec 2-10 • AAA Member Rate: $3,105 markt; on this get-in-the-spirit tour practical information and interestin the southeastern state of Bavaria, ing background about all you see and Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Frankfurt, Munich-Pittsburgh), you get to visit at least 7 (yes, 7!), each tour. He’ll even be able to offer suggesroundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach transportation, unique in size and style — from some tions about what to do during free. hotel taxes/service charges, hotel baggage handling, 13 meals, Neuschwanstein tour, of the most famous and popular to Visit AAA.com/GoEurope for more services of a AAA tour manager (if participation goal is met) and in-Germany escort. some of the most intimate and charminformation!
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THIS THANKSGIVING AAA’s special 9-night Hawaiian vacation features a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Honolulu, a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial and a 7-night Pride of America cruise featuring 4 islands (Oahu, Maui, Hawaii & Kauai). OCT 30–NOV 8 INSIDE
PUBLIC RATE $2,160 AAA MEMBER RATE $1,985 YOU SAVE $175.00
$2,786 $2,505 $281.00
$2,953 $2,605 $348.00
Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include hotel/pier transfers, 2 nights at Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor tour, 7-night cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: USA. Ask about available add-on airfare.
Wouldn’t you rather “roast” in the Caribbean? Leave cooking & cleaning to someone else this year; cruise for 10 relaxing days on Celebrity Equinox.
AAA Tour Manager at your service throughout this cruise!
Receive these AAA MEMBER PERKS! VOUCHER FOR A BOTTLE OF WINE $75.00 ONBOARD CREDIT MARTINI TASTING
Nov 21–Dec 1 AAA Member Rate from $1,685
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes balcony cruise accommodations/ entertainment, most onboard meals, services of a AAA tour manager (if minimum-participation goal is met) & government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: Malta. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/travel for itinerary.
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: $5,999
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Seattle, Calgary-Pittsburgh), 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.
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! BERMUDA Oct 10-16 • from $885 EASTERN CARIBBEAN Nov 11-21 • from $1,094 WESTERN CARIBBEAN Jan 24–Feb 3 • from $1,122 EASTERN CARIBBEAN Feb 3-13 • from $1,053 EASTERN CARIBBEAN March 3-13 • from $1,153 WESTERN CARIBBEAN April 18-28 • from $1,122 EASTERN CARIBBEAN April 28–May 8 • from $1,102 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 & Western Pennsylvania pick-up points.
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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 Pittsburgh 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.
LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME!
FALL AT THE! BEACH
MEET JACK HANNA!
Lions, Tigers & Jack Hanna
Seaside in Ocean City MD
Travel to Cumberland OH to tour The Wilds, a conservation facility featuring rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and other animals in open-range habitats. Meet nationally recognized animal ambassador Jack Hanna & a few of his animal friends at a private breakfast at the Columbus Zoo. Visit the Africa exhibit, designed by Jack. 2 meals.
Experience this popular Atlantic Seaboard vacation destination minus the crowds & congestion! Enjoy oceanfront accommodations, winery visits, dinner at Phillips Seafood Restaurant, a variety show at the Ocean City Jamboree Theater, a tour of Assateague Island (home of the wild ponies), charming Berlin MD and more. 7 meals.
Sept 19-20 •
Just Wright in Buffalo NY
Aug 9 •
AAA Member Rate: $165
Fontana Boathouse with boxed lunch. Martin “Prairie House.” 4-house driving tour. Forest Lawn Cemetery mausoleum. 1 meal.
Deep Creek MD Art & Wine Festival
Sept 6 •
AAA Member Rate: $149
Attend this annual festival featuring wine tasting (more than 200 wines!), hand-crafted works by local & regional artisans, live music and more. Enjoy a lakeside dinner. 1 meal.
Sept 14-16 •
Sept 21-25 •
AAA Member Rate: $305
AAA Member Rate: $525
Celebrate the bicentennial of our national anthem in Baltimore, where it originated. Enjoy a patriotic picnic at the Museum of Industry and a possible pass-over by the Blue Angels. At the Tall Ships Festival at the Inner Harbor, tour vessels from around the world. Enjoy a harbor cruise and dine on the waterfront. At Ft McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen the Star-Spangled Banner, watch the Parade of Sails depart Baltimore Harbor. 5 meals.
Colors of Agawa Canyon ON & Mackinac Island MI
Sept 28–Oct 3 • AAA Member Rate: $1,359 Attention leaf-peepers! Celebrate fall foliage,
see the Lumberman’s Monument in Michigan’s Huron National Forest and overnight at rustic & secluded Thunder Bay Resort. Enter an elk preserve by horse-drawn carriage. Cross Mighty Mac Bridge to Tahquamenon Falls, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Kewadin Casino Resort Hotel. Ride Ontario’s Algoma Central Railway down into 575-foot-deep Agawa Canyon and then ferry over to Mackinac Island for a carriage tour of this Victorian no-cars resort. Follow scenic highways to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Grand Rapids. Tour Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 11 meals.
PA’s “Grand Canyon”
Oct 2-3 •
AAA Member Rate: $385
Travel to charming Wellsboro PA. Board a covered wagon and follow the scenic Upper Gorge of Pine Creek in Pennsylvania’s own “Grand Canyon.” Enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal afterward. Overnight in Mansfield. Take a guided driving tour of the area and visit the canyon’s overlook and visitor center. Ride on the Tioga Central Railroad to Hammond Lake and back. 3 meals.
New England Rails & Trails
Oct 5-12 •
AAA Member Rate: $1,899
Take in autumn splendor in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont & Connecticut from several trains, a schooner & your coach! Visit a submarine museum, Plymouth, Nantucket, Kancamagus Highway, Quechee Gorge, Billings
AAA Member Rate: $715
Farm & Museum, Bennington, the Finger Lakes (Sonnenberg Gardens) & more. 16 meals.
Virginia: Mountains to Sea Oct 12-17 •
AAA Member Rate: $925
Discover Virginia’s amazing beauty and history on this fall journey to Richmond, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Virginia Beach (enjoy an oceanfront hotel), Charlottesville and the Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cruise on a tall ship in Norfolk. 10 meals.
One-of-a-kind Girls’ Getaway
Oct 17-18 •
AAA Member Rate: $485
Travel with friends, moms, sisters, daughters and grandmas to Columbus OH for a 3-stop progressive dinner in trendy Short North, cocktails, candle-making, North Market and Easton Town Center (Nordstrom’s café breakfast, fashion consultation, $15 gift card and beauty makeover). 2 meals.
Gettysburg PA: Civil War & Beyond
Oct 24-26 •
AAA Member Rate: $495
Fall is an ideal time to visit this quaint town that played such a large role in American history. Take a guided tour of the National Battlefield after a stop at the National Military Park Visitor Center. Enjoy a tour of President Eisenhower’s farm, lunch at a historic tavern, a tasting at a winery, a “ghostly encounter” at the Jennie Wade House and a visit to Seminary Ridge Museum. 6 meals.
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Holidays in Branson MO
1-DAY FUN-DAY TOURS!
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.
Dec 7. After a traditional home-style holiday luncheon, explore this charming village’s Festival of Lights. See Christmas in Ligonier at the local theater and then Overly’s Country Christmas light display. 1 meal. AAA Member Rate: $115.
Country Christmas & Warther’s Tree Festival
Pittsburgh Holiday Houses of Worship (2 departures)
Nov 22. Ohio's Amish Country, including the ever popular Christmas tree festival at Warther's Carvings & Museum, will get you into the holiday spirit. Dine in the carriage house of the splendidly decorated Reeves Mansion. See Christmas in the Country at Amish Country Theater. Enjoy time for shopping and grabbing a bite on your own at Dutch Valley in Sugarcreek. 1 meal. AAA Member Rate: $189.
Callaway Gardens & the Biltmore Estate
Lights, Show & Ligonier
Dec 11 OR Dec 18. Step inside some of Pittsburgh’s most impressive churches and buildings, including Heinz Memorial Chapel, the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, First Presbyterian Church (downtown) and the Strip District churches of the St Stanislaus Kostka–St Patrick parish. Enjoy lunch at Lawrenceville’s Church Brew Works (formerly St John the Baptist Church). Sites subject to change. 1 meal. AAA Member Rate: $89. VERY POPULAR — BOOK NOW! Motorcoach pickups — Dec 11: Cranberry Twp, Monroeville • Dec 18: South Hills, Station Square
Dec 1-5. Travel to some of the Southeast’s best holiday events — including spectacular light displays at Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte NC and Callaway Gardens in GA, plus the candlelit splendor of Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC. Also visit the Hills & Dale Estate and the Explorations in Antiquity Center, a museum of life in ancient times. 9 meals. AAA Member Rate: $1,125.
Lancaster Christmas with Bob Logue
Dec 4-6. Join radio personality Bob Logue for a Christmas-themed visit to PA’s Amish Country. See 3 shows (It’s a Wonderful Life at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, Moses at Sight & Sound Theater and Joy to the World at the American Music Theater). Also includes Kitchen Kettle Village, the National Christmas Center, a candlelit Amish-style luncheon and Hershey Farm Restaurant. 7 meals. AAA Member Rate: $599.
Niagara Lights with Daniel O’Donnell & Others
Dec 8-9. During the annual Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario, enjoy 3 live concerts — Daniel O'Donnell with Mary Duff; the Oak Ridge Boys; and Tom Jackson & Buffy Ste-Marie. Spend some free time at the falls area. 2 meals. AAA Member Rate: $469.
Deck the Halls in Newport
Dec 8-12. Head first to New York’s Hudson Valley and then to Newport RI for a glimpse into some of the finest estates in America, fabulously decorated for the season. Enjoy a Yuletide dinner and light display at Longwood Gardens outside Philadelphia, as well as a guided tour of PA’s State Capitol in Harrisburg. 7 meals. AAA Member Rate: $955.
’Tis the Season in New York City
Dec 15-17. The Big Apple does Christmas in a big way. See for yourself the legendary Rockefeller Center tree, the iconic skating rink and Radio City Music Hall’s not-to-be-missed Christmas Spectacular show featuring the high-kicking Radio City Rockettes.® Settle into your midtown Manhattan hotel, just steps from Times Square, Broadway, Central Park and Fifth Avenue’s museums. Enjoy a NYC Lights Tour with dinner in Little Italy. 1 meal. AAA Member Rate: $679. Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Pittsburgh 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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See the Bucs in DC — Twice!
2 games in 1 weekend! Guided DC sightseeing tour Newseum admission Free time on the National Mall Central hotel with rooftop pool & on-site dining & lounge
Aug 15-17 AAA Member Rate: $609
Friday, Aug 15 Pre-game Meal Saturday, Aug 16 Pre-game Picnic Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach (PittsburghWashington DC), accommodations, baggage handling (1 per person), 2 meals, 2 games (1 ticket each: baseline reserved), sightseeing and services of a AAA tour manager.
AAA: The Preferred Travel Agency of the Pittsburgh Pirates
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STEELERS vs TITANS in NASHVILLE •
NOV 16-19 •
• Roundtrip motorcoach from Pittsburgh • Reserved-seating game ticket at LP Field • 3 nights in downtown Nashville • Grand Ole Opry performance • Gaylord Opryland Resort visit • Guided tour of Nashville • 5 meals, including tailgate party • Services of a AAA Tour Manager
AAA Member Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation (Pittsburgh-Nashville), 3 nights at the Renaissance Hotel–Downtown Nashville, baggage handling (1 bag per person), 5 meals (including pre-game tailgate party), reserved game seat, reserved Grand Ole Opry seat, admissions/tours per itinerary, taxes/gratuities on included items and services of a AAA Tour Manager. Single, triple and quad rates available upon request.
There’s only one word that can possibly sum up RCI’s newest ship: WOW! Newly designed staterooms, game-changing technology, ground-breaking venues and the best dining ever are just the start of what you’ll find aboard Quantum of the Seas. By taking a quantum leap forward with this first Quantum-class ship, RCI is building ships that take you to new heights.
MARCH 13-21, 2015 •
Day 1 (4pm): Travel via motorcoach to the pier at Cape Liberty. This cruise port, the first built in New Jersey in 40 years, provides the perfect setting to the beginning or end of any voyage. Look out over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and all of lower Manhattan. Days 2 & 3. Relax at sea. Day 4 (6:30am-9pm). Port Canaveral. This gateway to Central Florida provides access to the wonderful theme parks and entertainment complexes of Orlando, the spectacular wonders of the Kennedy Space Center and the natural habitats of the alligator and Florida manatee. Day 5 (1pm-11:59pm). Now known for its warming sun and balmy breezes, Nassau has a tumultuous past. First settled by the English, the area was contested by England, France and Spain. For many years, it was a home base for notorious pirates, and it was burned to the ground by the Spanish 3 different times. Since 1740, however, visitors from all over the world in search of both relaxation and adventure have made this Bahamian city their favorite destination. Day 6 (8am-5pm). Surrounded by the gentle, translucent waters of the Bahamas chain, the secluded island of CocoCay® is an eco-certified private destination. Reserved exclusively for cruise ship guests, this 140-acre tropical paradise was awarded a Gold-Level Eco-Certification by Sustainable Travel International™ for its environmentally friendly activities and tours. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventures. Explore new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink. Days 7 & 8 – Relax at sea. Day 9 (7am). Cape Liberty NJ. Your motorcoach awaits you for your return to the Pittsburgh area.
AAA MEMBER RATES Large Interior Stateroom with “Virtual Balcony”: $1,630 Superior Stateroom with Balcony: $1,800 Superior Stateroom with Balcony: $1,860 Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation (Pittsburgh– Cape Liberty), cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and $25.00 per room shipboard credit; taxes, fees, and port expenses of $262.41 per person are also included. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & Western Pennsylvania pick-up points.
Louisville celebrates Centennial Festival of Riverboats Louisville Belle has been rolling on the river for 100 years
teamboats ruled America’s rivers for over a century. They carried settlers to a new life west of the Alleghenies, and delivered raw materials and finished goods up and down inland waterways. Glittering showboats brought music and culture to the rough and tumble river towns where tales of brawling keelboat men, daring river pilots and wily gamblers gathered like driftwood along the levees. “The steamboats were finer than anything on shore,” Mark Twain wrote in Life on the Mississippi. “Compared with superior dwelling houses and first-class hotels in the valley, they were indubitably magnificent, they were palaces.” Celebrate riverside America’s rich heritage with a cruise on the mighty Ohio River this fall, during Louisville’s Centennial Festival of Riverboats. From October 14 to 19, historic riverboats will provide a timeless backdrop as Louisville plays host to a six-day festival of food, music and art at the acclaimed Waterfront Park. Enjoy live music, sample Kentucky’s finest spirits and experience history first-hand on a variety of riverboat cruises, along with all that life on the river has to offer. The steam whistle blows, the calliope plays, the big wheel keeps on turning in a thrilling blend of Americana, regional cuisine, and showboat-style entertainment. The signature event of this year’s
bilia, tools, ship models and the original paddlewheel from The Delta Queen. A party like this will only happen once and events leading up to Belle’s big day include a riverboat parade, live concerts, artist markets and the Bourbon pavilion. On Friday evening, marvel at the luminescent shimmer of hot air balloons during Belle’s Balloon Glow, then get ready for the fiery spectacle of the grand fireworks finale on Saturday night. A number of riverboats from across the country will be joining the Belle of Louisville to help celebrate her 100th year on the river. These include the Spirit of Jefferson, Anson Northrup, Belle of Cincinnati, The Spirit of Peoria, The River Queen, and The American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built.
FLOATING MUSEUM — The Belle of Louisville is a National Historic Landmark. festival will be Belle’s Big Birthday Bash, marking the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville. The oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world was constructed in Pittsburgh in 1914, for the West Memphis Packet Company. Hauling passengers and cargos of cotton, lumber and grain on virtually every navigable inland waterway she earned the distinction of being the most widely traveled river steamboat in the nation. The Belle was named a
National Historic Landmark in 1989. Visitors can experience more steamboat history in the Howard Steamboat Museum, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, directly across the Ohio River from Louisville. The museum is housed in a 22-room Romanesque-revival mansion, where generations of the Howard family operated the largest inland shipyard in the nation. In addition to period furnishings, the museum’s collection includes steamboat artifacts, memora-
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Smart technology is helping bridges inspect themselves High-tech sensors can help solve problems before they occur
ust as patients communicate their symptoms to doctors, smart technology is allowing infrastructure to tell highway engineers when something is wrong. Sensors installed on bridges, in roadways, and on maintenance vehicles are communicating realtime performance and weather data. Across the county more than 65,000 bridges are rated as “structurally deficient” by the American Society of Civil Engineers. That does not necessarily mean they’re unsafe, only that they require significant maintenance and repair to remain in service. Pennsylvania owns the dubious distinction of leading the nation with one in four of its nearly 32,000 bridges classified as “structurally deficient.” Now a new generation of micro sensors is allowing bridges to report their own structural defects. Hundreds of sensors are implanted throughout the new I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis. In 2007, the old I-35 or St. Anthony Falls Bridge collapsed plunging more than 100 cars into the Mississippi River. The collapse is believed to have been caused by a design flaw in the bridge’s gusset plates with additional weight a contributing factor. The sensors in the new $234-million bridge provide data on vibration and corrosion and they can activate anti-icing systems, alert authorities to security breaches and detect bridge strikes by anything rang-
WHERE DOES IT HURT? — Implanted sensors are allowing bridges to report their own structural defects. ing from a barge to a natural disaster. The Nevada Department of Transportation teamed up with the University of Nevada, Reno, to make the Galena Creek Bridge in Pleasant Valley, a smart bridge. One of the largest “Cathedral Arch” bridges in the world, the 1,700 foot long structure has twin arches spanning 690 feet, supporting a bridge deck 295 feet above Galena
SAVING MONEY & THE ENVIRONMENT — AAA East Central, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, hosted a household chemical disposal event at Pittsburgh’s North Park on May 3. Pictured above: AAA member Caren Glotfelty of Mount Washington used her AAA card to save $10 and safely recycle five gallons of unwanted chemicals. Additional drive-through collections are scheduled on July 12 – CAL U - Adamson Stadium, California; August 2 – Boyce Park Four Seasons Activity Center, Pittsburgh; September 13 – Settlers Cabin Park, Pittsburgh; and October 11 – Bradys Run Recycling Center, Beaver. AAA members who display their membership cards can dispose of up to five gallons at no charge (a $10 value). For more information, visit www.prc.org.
Creek. The instrumentation system on the arches allows for “structural health monitoring” to evaluate the day-today performance of the bridge over its lifetime. Real-time data is supplied by strain gauges, accelerometers, and communication equipment installed when the bridge was constructed and is communicated via the Internet. Sensors are also being added to exist-
ing bridges to extend their lifespans and detect anomalies that can be the first sign of trouble. Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and other emergency responders are notified automatically when sensors measure large magnitude barge impacts on two piers of the U.S. 41 North Bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge connects Henderson, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana In Florida, GPS sensors have been installed on a flyover bridge in Miami and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa. Data is collected continually throughout the day on how the bridges are behaving — measuring the movement, shrinkage, and cracking of concrete. By studying variations in the data, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) can detect potential problems in the concrete or the cables that hold segments of the bridge together.
MAKING AMERICA STRONGER
AAA’s Making America Stronger campaign is about reforming, modernizing and funding our nation’s transportation network. It is resigned to help raise awareness about the crucial role a safe and well-maintained transportation system plays in our everyday lives. Visit at makingamericastronger.aaa.com.
Identity theft never takes a vacation
ProtectMyID® Deluxe helps secure your private info
TRAVELERS A TARGET — Everyone enjoys a nice relaxing vacation, but don’t let your guard down.
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.
Seagoing vacations offer children oceans of fun Carnival Cruise Line introduces Camp Ocean fleet-wide
here’s never a dull moment onboard Carnival cruise ships. Kid friendly features include Carnival WaterWorks on select ships where you can zip down water slides and have a splash-tastic time with interactive water features, including water cannons and drenching buckets in the SplashZone kids’ water play area. Carnival’s Seuss at Sea program delivers a variety of exciting and immersive onboard experiences featuring the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. Camp Ocean is Carnival’s newest way for kids to explore their imaginations through memorable onboard experiences. It’s an exciting marine-themed program designed to immerse children ages 2-11 in the wonders of the sea. Camp Ocean debuted on Carnival Freedom May 24, with fleet-wide rollout across Carnival’s entire fleet of 24 “Fun Ships” expected to be complete by 2016. Camp Ocean replaces the line’s popular Camp Carnival program, welcoming youngsters with underwater colored spaces and friendly, experienced staff. Each age-related category is given its own identity. Children ages 2-5 are “Penguins,” ages 6-8 are “Sting Rays,” while 9-11 year olds are dubbed “Sharks.” Carnival’s Circle C and Club O2 programs for tweens and teens will
KIDSTUFF — Carnival offers an array of programs for children, tweens and teens. continue unchanged. Distinctive areas and activities have been custom-crafted for each group — from miniature play igloos for the Penguins — to interactive gaming stations for the Sharks. On Carnival Freedom, which began a multi-million dollar refurbishment in April, and Carnival Vista, which launches in 2016, a purpose-built Camp Ocean play
area will include Party Reef, a shared space that brings each of the groups together, as well as Creative Cove, for arts and crafts. “We’re excited to invite kids to Camp Ocean to have an extra special and memorable Carnival vacation experience,” said Mark Tamis, Carnival’s senior vice president of guest operations. “Our new highly-tailored age
groupings and themed activities will connect kids to the oceans and their fascinating underwater habitats.” Camp Ocean activities span across 11 key categories of play, including the core themes of active play, games, free play, arts and crafts and digital, coupled with categories such as science and discovery, social and food fun. A special Carnival Play Panel comprised of experts in child education, media and play was convened to create more than 200 new ocean-inspired activities that will resonate with today’s kids. These range from educational games such as Sea Creature Discovery, and Marine Life Trivia, to creative arts opportunities such as Design Your Own Aquarium, Make Your Own Sailboat, and Sea Salt Art. Carnival carries more than 700,000 kids aboard its fleet each year, more than all other cruise lines combined. Family friendly features even extend to the accommodations, which on some ships include spacious deluxe ocean view staterooms with a unique configuration featuring two bathrooms.
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Please see this issue’s Departures Guide or log on to AAA.com/cruises for special values on cruise vacations.
Death by debris — Avoiding falling objects from vehicles Managing the risks from roadside flotsam and jetsam
oadside debris is more than an eyesore; it’s a serious safety hazard. Blown tires, rusted mufflers, and building materials have all contributed to serious crashes. Items can be as small as a phone left on top of a car, or as large as a mattress that flips off the back of a pickup truck. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that vehiclerelated road debris causes about 25,000 collisions and more than 100 deaths each year. California highway workers “harvest” an estimated 140,000 cubic yards of road debris each year, enough to fill 8,750 dump trucks. Up to 70 percent of this debris is accidental or negligent thanks to poorly secured loads. Debris can come from any kind of vehicle. Passenger vehicles may have inadequately secured cargo on the roof, while trucks present an additional hazard when they have open cargo areas that provide little protection against the loss of payload. Tires constitute the largest category of litter, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the debris on interstate highways. Truckers call these big chunks of loose tread “gators” perhaps in deference to their potential danger. Trying to dodge these rubberized reptiles at
BEWARE FALLING OBJECTS — Keep an eye out for other vehicles carrying loads that could pose a risk. highway speeds can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles or crash into another vehicle. How can you help manage the risks of road debris as a driver? First, don’t contribute to the problem. If you’re carrying something outside your vehicle — on the roof of your car or on the
flatbed of your truck — make sure you have it secured properly, with ropes or tie-downs that that can handle the weight of the object and the force of any wind that tries to pull it away. Be especially careful about securing things like sheets of plywood and mattresses that often get picked up by the wind
MINERS’ MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVAL — (June 12-15) The festival, in its 15th year, is designed to celebrate the area’s rich heritage in coal and to honor the coal miners who worked and died in the mines. Once a small parade on Windber’s Main Street, the four-day event of today is a grand street festival with car, motorcycle and truck/ATV shows; live entertainment; street dances each night featuring area bands; fireworks; food and craft vendors; a children’s petting zoo and games; parade and other fun family activities. Don’t miss the cryptic scavenger hunt on Saturday. For information, visit echf.windberpa.org. Location: Downtown Windber. ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF FAYETTE COUNTY — (June 13-15) Enjoy three summer days tasting wine from regional vendors, eating delicious Italian foods and shopping at the local arts and craft vendor booths. Sit back and soak up the sunshine and listen to great music all weekend long. Every dad who shows his buy-local card, or signs up for one at the festival (they’re free) will receive lunch on Sunday, compliments of the Italian festival and Buy Local. For information, call 724-984-8967 or visit fayettefestivals.com. Location: Fayette County Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Road, Dunbar.
SIMERAL SQUARE OPENING DAY — (June 14) A day of fun to kickoff the 2014 opening of Simeral Square, a riverfront park in downtown West Newton! Take the Bike Tour & Scavenger Hunt, enjoy the Farmers’ Market, listen to Ron & the Rumpshakers (11:00 a.m.) and stay the evening with a performance by Zany Umbrella Circus (6:00 p.m.) and more! Admission is free. Location: 101 North Water Street,West Newton. Contact 724872-0100, or www.dwni.org. FIVE ALARM MOUNTAIN MADNESS CHILI COOK-OFF & BREWFEST — (June 14) Nemacolin’s 5th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness is an International Chili Society sanctioned cook-off. Participants compete in three categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. In addition to award winning chili, guests can experience adventure activities such as rock wall climbing, rope courses, 1,050’ zip line, scenic chair lift rides, paddle boats, mini golf, disc golf and Jeep ride-a-longs, plus unlimited beer tastings, live entertainment, kids arts and crafts, a la carte food and beverage, and more! The time is 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit nemacolin.com for more information. Location: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Road, Farmington.
like sails and yanked off vehicles. You should also learn to keep an eye out for other vehicles carrying loads that could pose a risk, like a landscaping truck that has leaves and small branches flying off the back, or a dump truck dropping loose gravel. Keep an eye on the cars up ahead to see if they’re slowing or changing lanes abruptly. Sudden changes in traffic patterns can often give you a few seconds of warning about a hazard ahead. Motorists can usually avoid crashes with road debris by maintaining an appropriate distance from the vehicle ahead and by complying with speed limits. Keep in mind that at highway speeds, you’re traveling the length of a football field every four seconds. By remaining focused, you’ll be in a better position to “read the road” and anticipate difficult-to-spot hazards. Road debris does indeed pose a danger, but attentive drivers operating wellmaintained vehicles can go a long way toward reducing the threat.
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For more information on how you can manage risk and become a safer road user, visit www.aaafoundation.org.
aroundtown ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES MARKET — (June 8) This longstanding community tradition is enjoyed by those who appreciate antiques and unique treasures. Good buying and selling opportunities can be found as over 100 vendors come together in a quaint and historic setting for a chance to find the vintage item they’re looking for or discover something they didn’t expect. Rain or shine. 7:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. $3 per car for shoppers. For information, call 724-532-1935. Location: Historic Hanna’s Town, 809 Forbes Road, Greensburg. NATIONAL ROAD CHAINSAW CARVING FESTIVAL — (June 12-14) The 11th annual festival, managed by the Confluence Lions Club, will host chainsaw carvers from all over the U.S. and several other countries. Talented carving artists will be sawing, displaying and selling their wares to the public. Carvings donated by the participants are auctioned off to the highest bidder on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Net proceeds benefit the Somerset County VisionCorps. Free admission. Refreshments available. 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm. daily. For information, call 814-395-3469 or visit carvingfest.confluencelions.org. Location: Addison’s Community Park, Fike Lane, Addison.
JIMMY STEWART AIRPORT FESTIVAL — (June 14-15) Celebrate Jimmy Stewart at this fun weekend festival with an air show, airport tours, hay rides, food and music. Plus, a WWII Big Band Era Hanger Dance on Saturday night. For more information, call 724-463-3883 or visit jimmystewartairport.com. Location: Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Airport, Indiana. LAUREL HIGHLANDS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL — (July 20-21) Get ready for a great weekend of Bluegrass with top-notch national, regional and local performers. Visit www. laurelhighlandsbluegrass.com for directions and a complete schedule. WESTMORELAND ARTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL — (July 3-6) The acclaimed festival offers the best in visual and live performing arts, traditional and fine crafts, cultural heritage activities, and exciting ethnic food that draws over 150,000 visitors each year. Nearly 300 Artist Market vendors, 40-plus food vendors, 90 performances on five stages, strolling entertainers, Juried Art Exhibit, Children’s Activity Zone, costumed characters, culture, heritage, and more on a beautiful lakefront park setting. For more info, call 724834-7474 or artsandheritage.com. Location: Twin Lakes Park, 252 Twin Lakes Road, Greensburg.
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 $3,729
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Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh–Los Angeles, San Diego–Pittsburgh), 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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.