New Idea

TripTik Options

Status: Acknowledged
by MikeC on ‎10-10-2011 01:48 PM

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)

Status: Acknowledged

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.

 

 

Status: Acknowledged

Thanks Fletch for bringing this idea forward from one of the AAA Community threads! There is a wide selection of mobile devices available supporting proprietary platforms like Apple's iPhone, Blackberry and Android, just to name a few. Of the current 3 AAA mobile applications (AAA Discounts, AAA Roadside and AAA TripTik Mobile) AAA Discounts is now available for Android users and AAA Roadside is also being developed for Android mobile devices. AAA also has AAA Mobile Web, that provides support for any mobile device with Internet access. Maybe a similar solution may work for your idea. Let's hear more from our other AAA Community Members. Please comment and vote for this idea if you like it. For more information on AAA Mobile applications, please click the following link: AAA.com/AAAMobile

Family Reunion Trip

Status: Acknowledged
by on ‎10-06-2010 09:07 AM

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.

 

Status: Acknowledged

Road/Air vs. Cruise travel

Status: Acknowledged
by SAM on ‎12-22-2010 01:37 PM

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.

Status: Acknowledged
Hi, Sam, I'm working on a story like that right now. I'll make sure to remind myself, and the other editors of Going Places, to try to keep our editiorial varied so that there's something for everyone. Thanks for your readership! Stephen

Travel Articles for Singles

Status: Acknowledged
by allanp19 on ‎11-08-2011 10:20 AM

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.  

Status: Acknowledged

Great point allanp19. We try to keep most of our stories from being overly polarizing and appreciate your feedback. It's something we'll all keep in mind as we produce editorial moving forward. Thanks for reading!

 

NickF

Pet Friendly

Status: Acknowledged
by dldart67 on ‎03-30-2011 11:34 AM

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.

Status: Acknowledged

Listing hotels by major road location

Status: Acknowledged
by Irene on ‎12-21-2010 06:10 AM
On a recent trip from Orlando, Florida to Washington, DC, we wanted to stop and spend the night about half way. I pulled out my trusty AAA guide book and saw all the cities listed by town. It was frustrating to try and match the upcoming town, Hotel then exit to our drive as we weren't familiar with the area and were extremely tired. I kept trying to scan the triptik, then map to find a place on 95. A traffic jam slowed us down enough to read the road signs and find a stop. We felt it would be nice to have some kind of quick guide that showed, for example, I95, and a quick list of the towns on I95 and hotel/motel names. Then we could quickly open the book and read up on the town. Here's a possible example Road. State. Cities AAA Hotels I95. North Carolina. Raleigh. Hampton Inn, Exit xxx, holiday Innn. Exit. Xxx It would not have to be too detailed. Just a quick reference.
Status: Acknowledged

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??

Status: Acknowledged

AAA credit cards

Status: Acknowledged
by covphil on ‎01-23-2011 08:56 PM

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.

Status: Acknowledged

Lodging Options

Status: Acknowledged
by on ‎01-04-2011 06:22 AM

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.

Status: Acknowledged

Where I have Travelled

Status: Acknowledged
by Autriedandtrue on ‎01-03-2011 05:54 PM

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.

Status: Acknowledged
0 Kudos

Booking a hotel through AAA Travel

Status: New Idea
by aaasandy on ‎03-11-2015 12:54 PM

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.

0 Kudos

Healthy food options & Eco-tourism

Status: New Idea
by kking16 on ‎03-26-2014 01:23 PM

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-next-vacation-should-include-trip-farm?cmpid=foodinc...

 

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/

 

Agri-tourism: http://www.wwoofusa.org/ 

 

0 Kudos

Trip Tik Preferences

Status: Acknowledged
by pmmarion on ‎11-17-2012 10:35 AM

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.

Status: Acknowledged
That's a great idea and we'll pass it on to our developers.
0 Kudos

foward trip tix to GPS

Status: Already Exists
by jorland428 on ‎11-10-2012 02:31 PM

It would be a good idea if you can foward a trip tix to a GPS.

It would save a lot of printing.

Status: Already Exists
Great idea jorland428. We actually do have an electronic version and a mobile version of the TripTik. The web version allows you to map out your trip, save it and even send to your phone so you can navigate right from the roadway. Check it out here: http://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/Travel/mapsRoutesTourBooks.aspx
0 Kudos

It would be really nice to provide an email option for articles that appear in "Going Places" magazine.

Status: Already Exists
We actually do have a dedicated editorial email address. You can send any editorial inquiries to editorial@aaagoingplaces.com.
0 Kudos

Highway Construction Information

Status: Acknowledged
by warren68srq on ‎09-03-2011 11:24 AM

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.

 

Warren

Status: Acknowledged
0 Kudos

Options for Trip-Tik

Status: Acknowledged
by on ‎08-18-2011 12:43 AM

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.

Status: Acknowledged

Those are some really neat ideas, I personally would love mass transit information. What about the rest of our readers? Would you like to see these additions to our Trip-Tiks?

 

Mysteryriter, thanks for sharing!

0 Kudos

Single Travel

Status: Acknowledged
by sydney01 on ‎07-18-2011 09:25 PM

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.  

Status: Acknowledged
0 Kudos

Lodging ratings and descriptions

Status: Acknowledged
by Will on ‎06-04-2011 01:07 PM

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.

Status: Acknowledged

Hi Will thanks for your idea. The lodging information is actually something that AAA National produces and  I will share your idea with the team there. Thanks for participating in the AAA Community and sharing your idea.

 

All the best, Amy

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