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I love the online TripTik generator, but I'm not so happy about having to print out the many pages of the TripTik. So two suggestions:
1. Enable an option to download the TripTik to an e-reader format (mine is Kindle).
2. Enable an option to generate an itinerary file for the planned route that can be loaded to a GPS unit (mine is TomTom)
I noticed a recent thread that was discussing a mobile App for AAA (specificially I-phone). Just thought I would add this to the Ideas platform, so members could vote on it.
My suggestion is that the mobile interaction not be limited to just an I-phone, but all mobile devices that members could be traveling with as well.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve had problems in the past organizing a large family vacation for a family reunion. Trying to coordinate all of my family members with airfare, hotel accommodations and rentals cars can be a hassle for someone who’s not that familiar with travel. AAA could make it easier by helping plan large events as well as activities. Not only for family reunions, but for wedding planning, honeymoons and other large events.
The AAA magazine seems to be heavily devoted to Cruise travel. I am someone who has absolutely no desire to take a cruise. I would appreciate more articles devoted to road travel to visit places within the AAA Club South area.
I have been an AAA loyal member since 1985 and I rarely see if any articles devoted to single people. Most if not all of your articles on travel are devoted to couples or for families. I am a single person and I am sure there are many others like me, so I would like to make a suggestion. How about having on a regular bases travel or devote on every issue of Going Places travel articles for single people. Even your advertisements are toward couples or families with noted as double occupancy.
My family are going on vacation in May and plan to take our small active and happy dog. I have spent many hours looking for pet friendly accomodations that allow you to leave your unattended pet in the room for awhile and not add additional charge, a doggy day care that lets your pet interact with other dogs throughout the day (and not charge an arm and leg), restaurants that are pet friendly as long as you and your pet eat outside. I found these by using many, many, search engines and it was worth it. I think it would be great if AAA had the availability for the members to have one place to search instead.
I'm just thinking about picking my jaw up off the floor here shortly as it fell there upon seeing the prices & "discounts" we are offered via Hertz for car rental. The price I was quoted with the AAA member discount was TWICE as much as other car rental agencies WITHOUT getting a discount. Does this make any sense to anyone because, for the life of me, I cannot find the logic. I have had great customer service from at least 3 other rental agencies in the past so I'm really not willing to hear that its the service. Even if it were, I would take a 50% cost reduction in exchange for no one smiling at me or buttering me up at all. The cars they rent are the same cars, no better, no worse. So, I give - what is it that makes them worth TWICE the cost? Furthermore, can AAA not partner with a more reasonably priced rental agency for us??
AAA is one of the premier travel services, perhaps the largest and best known. AAA also stresses and excells at service to members. It would seem, therefore, that a credit card bearing the AAA logo would emphasize features with the traveller in mind. However, at least on my card, there is a 2% foreign transaction fee. This adds up pretty fast and is not on all credit cards. AAA should look to an agreement eliminating foreign transaction fees and making sure that their sponsored cards are geared as much as possible to the traveller/consumer. Thank you.
It seems like all of the lodging listed in Going Places focuses on Hotels. Every once in a great while a Bed and Breakfast is mentioned, but not much information is given about it. I'd like to see a new column in each issue of Going Places highlighting one or two bed and breakfasts. I much prefer to stay at a B&B than a hotel. Maybe even a discount could be offered for those that mention to the hosts that they saw it in Going Places! Maybe there could be a contest in each issue to win two nights at the featured B&B.
Have an App on the website that allows each user to input which destinations he or she has been to and for what purpose (business, pleasure, family, etc) Then use that information to improve that user's interest profile when they make use of the Suggested trips application from the website.
We were very disappointed to learn about the Cancellation Policy when booking a hotel room through AAA Travel. The written policy is most misleading. It seems there is a $25 cancellation fee regardless of when one cancels the reservation. It does not matter what the "room type" and "full refund" means "full refund" minus $25. When calling to dispute the charge it is not AAA who handles it, but someone with limited English on another continent. We are extremely surprised AAA would do this to their members. When we spoke with the hotel personnel directly we learned they receive 88% of our nightly charge. The rest goes to this foreign company. We were told by the hotel personnel that we would see greater savings if we booked directly with the hotel (at least by 12%).
Normally a hotel reservation can be cancelled with no financial penalty if done at least 24 hours prior to arrival. We just wanted to let other AAA members know to beware of booking through the AAA Travel site. We certainly will NEVER use it again.
I used the tour guides during a recent trip and was frustrated with the lack of healthy food listing in the guides. My husband and I seek out restaraunts that serve healthy fare and all of the descriptions were of greasy, fried food. There is a growing number of people like myself who seek healthier options and we found the tour guides completely useless for dinner options for us. Please include restaraunts that serve healthy food, maybe a symbol for vegetarian options, organic food served, or non-gmo. There are many restaraunts that serve food from local farmers or have gardens on their premises. I would love to see these listed in the guides. We are also about to take a cross-country camping trip and would love to have a list of farmers markets by state where we can find fresh (organic) produce. Have you considered putting together an ecotourism guide that lists destinations that are eco-friendly or maybe agritourism? Food and farm travel is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry. I would love to have a guide that lists farms we can visit or tour during our travels as well. Please see the attached article. My generation is seeking more meaningful travel destinations. There is more to life than Disney World and theme parks. http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03/17/your-ne
We use the following websites to locate such options, but do not always have internet access. I would love to see and would really apprecate a guide that lists this information without having to go online. Please consider putting one together.
Here is a website that lists healthy food options to get you started. http://www.happycow.net/
Farmers Markets: http://www.localharvest.org/
On the AAA trip tik travel planner you do not give the preference option of avoiding highways (i.e. Interstates). I am retired and I want to see America...NOT just the interstates. Google and Yahoo Maps and Mapquest all provide the preference of avoiding highways as does my GPS. Trying to click and drag the selected route is such a pain in the tuckus, the trip tik always tries to reroute you back to the interstates. Trying to plan a long trip is made so much more difficult because of this. i.e. what sights are along the way and where to stay and where to eat.
It would be really nice to provide an email option for articles that appear in "Going Places" magazine.
At one time we were able to get information on highway construction projects on a route provided by AAA. The information was very helpful. I've look everyplace on your website and can't find it. I'd suggest you bring it back or please inform me were it's located on the site.
I love Trip-Tik. I have planned several trips using it, most recently a 3-week driving trip to Yellowstone, Glacier, etc. Now I am planning a trip to see the fall colors in New England in 2012. Since I live in TN this will be a long drive, so I'm making stops along the way. I would love an option to be able to put a calendar into the trip so I can see how many days my trip is going to take. Also to account for a lay-overs of 2-3 days. In large cities, the options of using local mass transit to get between attractions instead of the car. Also, how about a different colored pin for lodging so you can tell them apart more easily. Thanks, AAA.
Developing a singles travel club with a wide selection of interesting, fun, budget friendly weekend/day trips to local and surrounding areas. For example, I live in Atlanta, GA, and would love to travel to places within the state of Georgia and it's surrounding neighbors like North Carolina, South Carolina, etc, etc.
It would be helpful for travelers if you provided the age of the property or the date of the latest remodel in the ratings and descriptions. I have stayed at three diamond motels that were brand new and have stayed at three diamond motels that were worn out and thread bare.
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