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FainaAgain Nov 4th, 2004 01:54 PM

One of my "surprise AARP discounts" was $4 off at Guggenheim museum at Venetian, Las Vegas. Who knew!

When I made hotel reservations on Hilton website the rate was the same for AARP, but the card gave me the right to cancel the reservation up to 48 hours prior to the date. Without it I would pay full price even with a "no-show".

tarocake Nov 4th, 2004 02:12 PM

I guess it varies, depending on hotel. I often book the AAA rate and have never been asked to show the card. I am a member but a lot of times I don't carry the card.

Why are people so mean-spirited in calling her a "cheater".? It's just a discount!

seetheworld Nov 4th, 2004 02:55 PM

AAA members get a discount at the NY Botanical Gardens but you just can't say you're a member, you must show the card. If DH brings his card but I forget mine, then we only get one discount.

Anonymous Nov 4th, 2004 03:34 PM

taro, calling a cheater a cheater is not mean-spirited, it's just telling it like it is. Getting a discount that is extended to an organization that you are not a member of is, indeed, cheating!

mikemo Nov 4th, 2004 03:50 PM

I have been a AAA member for 9+ years -a total waste. I'll cancel shortly.
M

Dan Nov 4th, 2004 04:13 PM

Mikemo's comments notwithstanding, I think the AAA discounts alone pay for the membership. I use it on tire changes once a year at least (live in New Orleans!) and the AAA guidebooks are a nice resource when traveling.

If you actually investigate the many AAA offerings and actually attempt to use them, AAA is a great value.

Anonymous Nov 4th, 2004 04:16 PM

I used to use the AAA guidebooks all the time; since I started to research trips on the Internet, I've forgotten to even order them!

TedTurner Nov 4th, 2004 04:18 PM

Mikemo: just curious---why did it take 9 years for you to decide it was a total waste? Was it not evident after 2, 3, or 5?

TripleSecDelay Nov 4th, 2004 05:15 PM

Will the <i>real</i> mikemo please stand up?!

gail Nov 4th, 2004 05:43 PM

Watch out with hotels &quot;recommended&quot; in AAA books - my understanding is that hotels and restaurants pay to be listed there and then self-rate, partially on basis of amenities but also some less objective factors.

turn_it_on Nov 4th, 2004 09:16 PM

I have never ever been asked to show my AAA card when using a discount at a hotel, etcetera. Ever. The end.

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hmmm Nov 5th, 2004 06:39 AM

Tarocake: It's a discount to which she is not entitled.
I am asked often to produce affinity cards when I travel.

kolohegirl Nov 5th, 2004 12:11 PM

Yes, the front desk clerk will ask to see the AAA card. If it's not in your name, you better be able to afford rack rate (top price) for this resort.

suze Nov 5th, 2004 12:21 PM

Sorry, I'm of the you're not entitled to the discount school of thought on this thread. I don't care if the hotel asks for the card or not. Why should you receive a discounted rate when you are not a AAA member? I don't understand this kind of thinking.

TripleSecDelay Nov 5th, 2004 12:29 PM

Author: turn_it_on
Date: 11/05/2004, 01:16 am
Message: I have never ever been asked to show my AAA card when using a discount at a hotel

This only tells us the card has not been used much. If your statement is true, then statistically, you're due.

OO Nov 5th, 2004 12:53 PM

Gail you are mistaken about AAA ratings. Their inspectors come to the hotel incognito, check in and stay...at least at 3, 4, and 5 diamond level hotels. They rate it from front to back, top to bottom, from valet parking, to bellmen and their spiel at the room and whether or not they offered to get you ice and showed you the exits, front desk, to the rooms (picayune details, quality and quantity), restaurants etc. At the end of their visit, they approach the GM with their ratings. That's it. If you disagree, there is a grievance procedure, and you may ask to be re-rated, but it requires another visit and you are in the book that year for whatever diamond level the original inspector gave you. You do pay to be included in their book...but that pays for their cost in your inspection and undoubtedly some profit for them as well.

Mobil works similarly but they don't bother to discus results, and should you disagree and question them, their response is to &quot;check their guidelines&quot; or something to that effect. It's hard to improve if you aren't quite sure what they've found wrong. They did a total revamping of their system a couple of years ago. In a quest to be the best they downgraded any # of 4 and 5 star properties, creating a huge and disparate 3* category, very small 4*, and practically non-existent 5*.

Priceline, absolutely, hotels rate themselves and rating has to do only with meeting the required service level...in room dining, restaurants, etc. They ask about updated furnishings. The hotel responds as to how they rate their furnishings.

As to AAA cards, this hotel asks, and why would you think it's not cheating tarocard? Look at the number of people here who are paying for their AAA membership? Do you suppose they all do it just to get the maps? And towing? I just looked at my USAA policy. We pay $6/car for towing insurance. Quite a difference from AAA's membership fee.

gail Nov 5th, 2004 12:53 PM

Honorable people do not do something wrong based on whther or not they will be caught.

rb_travelerxATyahoo Nov 6th, 2004 11:39 AM

I worked in hospitality for a long time, and just recently started moonlighting at a hotel for the fun of it, rather than the pay. (I own a small business of my own).

I don't think it's cheating to ask for a discount that the hotel offers to others. While the O.P. may be sadly disappointed should the hotel request to see the AAA card, the fact still stands that the hotel offers a substantial number of &quot;below rack&quot; prices that are still profitable to the hotel, and asking for a discount is in no way dishonorable. At any rate, it's no less dishonorable than asking for a free upgrade and a LOT more honorable than bribing the desk clerk.

mikemo Nov 6th, 2004 12:22 PM

Standing, my AARP membership of ten years expires in early December (my 60th). I'll not renew that either.
The AAA was mostly for my daughter's benefit.
M

happytourist Nov 6th, 2004 01:26 PM

I'm surprised at the number of travelers posting here who don't think the AAA membership is worth it. Are you using their tour books? Maps? Triptiks? I wouldn't think of traveling without them. I love the tour books' motel listings because I can use my cell phone en route to make a reservation. We recently got caught in a motel room shortage in Missouri and I kept calling ahead with the tour book to find an empty room. If we had stopped at every motel along the way, we never would have gotten any sleep!
And of course, their information and directions for tourist sites save an immense amount of time when traveling.


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