Tuesday, August 23, 2011

AAA Has 3 Apps To Help On Your Next Trip

Image representing iPhone as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBaseI recently wrote about taking my stepson back to college for his 3rd year there. We live in South Florida and his school is in Tallahassee. Its a drive of 450 miles. Even though we have made it many times before I always have the GPS on showing me where I am and it helps when we stray a little to do some outlet mall shopping.

I also am a AAA member. I like them because they are great for money saving deals and of course when your locked out of your car they save the day. They have a great website which gives you a lot help when you need to make your travel plans. But when your on the road it's not always convenient to take the laptop. Luckily AAA has made some great smart phone apps.


Previously available for iPhones, you can now download it to your Android! The AAATripTik Mobile app is a GPS-based mobile version of AAA’s popular TripTik Travel Planner. Services provided by the app include:

  • Turn-by-turn directions, including voice if enabled.
  • Pinpointed AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, attractions, AAA offices and discount locations along a user’s route.
  • The option to call for lodging reservations with the touch of a button.
  • AAA office locations
  • Points of interests are automatically updated as your location changes or as you move the map
This is my favorite because when you hungry, in an area your not familiar with,finding a good place to eat is a problem. Not with this app, it gives you a birds eye view of all the restaurants around you, including the ones that give discounts.
Named one of the “Top Six Apps to Battle Rising Gas Prices” by the Associated Press, the app also identifies the cheapest fuel near you using data updated daily from more than 100,000 fuel stations nationwide, making it a valuable savings tool in everyday driving.

AAA Discounts

This app also taps into the phone’s GPS technology to acquire the user’s location in order to display AAA Member Discount locations nearby. Downloaded more than 1.1 million times, the app displays discounts at more than 164,000 establishments across the U.S. and Canada, including:
  • Attraction tickets: AAA offers discounts at dozens of the most popular summer attractions, including Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Six Flags and Busch Gardens.
  • Lodging: With more than 31,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings, travelers are sure to find one that fits their budget and style.

AAA Roadside

While members can always summon service by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP, the AAA Roadside app brings AAA’s legendary roadside assistance to motorists’ fingertips. Downloaded by more than 560,000 users, the app allows members who experience a vehicle breakdown to quickly:
  • Transmit their location to AAA using the phone’s GPS capability.
  • Input and send vehicle description information, including year, make and model. Send specific breakdown details to AAA, which helps the auto club dispatch specialized assistance to help the member get back on the road.
  • Identify the nearest AAA Approved Auto Repair locations and Hertz rental car locations.
  • Utilize additional features, including a digital membership card and maps.

These free apps are available for download at the iTunes Store or Android Market. For more information on AAA’s mobile solutions, visit AAA.com/Mobile.

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