Triple A? What do you think?

Due to an unusual series of events, I've been rethinking my decision not to join AAA (aka Triple A, formerly titled the Automobile Association of America.)  For the purposes of my life, I've never thought to need AAA.  I have towing and roadside assistance through USAA, and when travelling, military rates are usually as good as AAA rates.  Right?

In the last few days, I've been rethinking my decision.  It seems I will be making a short-notice trip to Europe next week, and some of the services offered by AAA seem pretty good.  They offer currency conversion, at good rates, plus they might be able to quickly notarize some documents for me before I go.  If they offer advice on getting from the airport to the train station, I would be so grateful!

I'm curious – do you have AAA?  What level of membership do you have?  Have you found it useful?  Are there other services that work as well at less expense?  I'd love to hear your experiences.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Tori

    We have USAA and I have AAA from before I became a milspouse. I have the AAA Plus Plus which means whatever car I’m riding in will get towed 100 miles for free and if that car is towing anything, that will be towed as well. I have had great experiences with AAA and one not so great experience. Overall I think for as cheap as AAA is, it doesn’t hurt to have both.

  • Kimberly

    I would recommend AAA for PCS purposes, but for regular travels like work,school and shopping I think USAA works jsut fine. Reaally, how often do we really get flats or run out of gas? So for me to save money I just use USAA for regular travels and AAA during PCS times.

  • I have AAA and have only had one instance that I’ve needed them and the weather was bad and I was kind of far out so my wait would have been minimum of 45 minutes. By that time, a passerby had helped me and I was on my way. I have used it for a girlfriend visiting my house when her car wouldn’t start, so I don’t think I’ve used it to it’s fullest benefits. As far as discounts (i.e. hotel) I have found, more often than not, AAA has better hotel discounts than military discounts. Go figure.
    I keep it for the security of having it and I probably should use some of it’s other discount capabilities. Recently, I’ve been in some stores that will offer a AAA discount, but not military. Again, go figure. I have the basic AAA plan, I believe. I also have towing, etc. through my insurance, but in the 12 years I’ve been with the company, I’ve never had to use it, but, again, good to have.