AAA’s new app saves money, simplifies travel

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Special to The Post-Searchlight

Directions, discounts and gas prices are now all found in AAA’s newest app, AAA Mobile, according to a press release from the American Automobile Association (AAA).

The app is available for iPhone and Android-compatible devices. It combines the AAA Discounts, TripTik Mobile and Roadside apps into one app, creating the companion for any motorist. AAA Mobile is available to all mobile users; however some services and benefits are only available to AAA members such as roadside assistance and discounts.

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“The AAA Mobile app is a must have for your smart phone,” said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group. “We’ve taken information from three apps and consolidated it into one. Now wherever you’re going, you can find the best route, cheapest gas, lodging and restaurants all in one place.”

Now motorists can utilize services like mapping and gas price comparison, member-exclusive benefits including roadside assistance and discounts. AAA Mobile delivers a complete mobile experience for motorists that centers around travel plans, roadside assistance, and locates discounts at retailers and restaurants through AAA’s “Show Your Card and Save” program.

The AAA Mobile app features include:

• Road Service Request (app identifies location)

• AAA member discounts

• AAA Approved Auto Repair locator

• Gas station locations and updated gas price information

• Diamond Ratings for AAA Approved hotels and restaurants

• Hotel booking capability powered by Travelocity

• Listings for AAA Approved attractions and campgrounds

• AAA branch office locations

• TripTik travel planning with interactive maps and directions

• Instant battery replacement quotes

• Electric vehicle charging station locations

(Free download available in iTunes and Google Play app stores)

Smart phones with mobile applications are valuable tools before a vehicle is in motion; however, they greatly increase motorist distractions when used while driving. Distracted driving can have deadly consequences. AAA urges motorists to minimize distractions behind the wheel by not using wireless devices, such as cell phones with mobile applications, while driving.

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.8 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.

ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.