Nancy Barber (nlbarber) wrote,
Nancy Barber

What AAA is not good for

I pay the AAA membership fee for the road service. It's certainly not for the "travel books", which generally can be regarded as a counter-indicator of restaurants I'd like to eat in, provide odd sketches of even odder (at times) selections of 'attractions', and are too bulky for air travel, anyway. And the maps are generally poor--OK to get a general layout of a city or state, but you don't really want use them to navigate by. Travel discounts? I'm finding that AARP rates are much better and don't try so hard to force you into a Hertz rental car, and Travelocity with no discount will often do better.

And then there's the service. I have a business trip to San Diego next week, and I've never been there before. I'm taking Monday off and going to the zoo before my meeting starts Tuesday, so I'd like a) a map of San Diego and b) answers to the questions "does the zoo have a AAA discount, and if so do I need to buy a ticket in advance?".

I emerged from the office with 2 maps which turn out to be of the northern suburbs and the eastern suburbs, completely missing downtown (the zoo is downtown, as is my hotel and the local office), and the southern California travel book. The clerk pointed out the page of "local" AAA offices in southern CA and told me that if I'd visit one of those, they could answer my question. So helpful.

(The travel book does show a discount, and the general blurb says the discounts are obtained by asking at the attraction. And I will tear out the few San Diego pages from the book to take along before recycling the rest. And I'll try to go back by the office, give them the useless maps, and see if they have on that shows, well, San Diego.)
Tags: aaa, travel

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