Member Connection Blog

Member Connection Blog

Member Connection Blog

About the Blog

The Member Connection Blog is here to provide advice, tips, off-the-beaten path ideas, savings, and to gab about travel and attractions that Western and Central New Yorkers love.


NEW Four Diamond Restaurants in WCNY

Lindsay Kensy


Trends, benefits and deals for waterway vacations

Alec Harvey
Carol DiOrio knows cruises. As vice president of travel for AAA Western and Central New York, it's her job. So listen to her when she says this: In 2018, European and U.S. river cruises, as well as close-to-home cruises from ports close to upstate New York, will be hot. Those are the trends we're seeing, she says. Cruising continues to be an excellent option for travelers.

10 Foodie Offerings from Insight Vacations

As we've mentioned in previous blog posts, culinary travel continues to be a travel trend in 2018. Insight Vacations has, for years, been ahead of the curve when it comes to epicurean experiences. In fact, Insight was recently awarded "Best Travel Company for Foodies" in the TravelAge West WAVE Awards.

Destinations for your Vow Renewal

Amy Tiernan
When your love continues to grow and your marriage has led you on the adventure of a lifetime, it’s important to remind yourself (and loved ones) how strong your commitment to your spouse is. Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 50 years, there is never a wrong time to renew your vows. Here are five destinations that are excellent for renewing vows.

Four Diamond Hotels in Western & Central New York

Lindsay Kensy

AAA Western and Central New York is proud to announce its Four Diamond hotel winners!

Experience the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

Denielle Ricci

Get out your house robes and scarves – a new projection mapping experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

Finding a Reliable Automotive Technician

FACT – The average consumer spends more than $8,000 on vehicle-related expenses for every 15,000 miles driven. FACT– Most consumers fear they are being overcharged.

Why Take Driver Ed

Your parents might be good drivers, but they might not have the time, knowledge, or patience to be the best ones to teach you. Even though Driver Education is not mandatory in New York, Driver Training courses offered by AAA Western and Central New York are often more comprehensive and efficient than learning on your own or from a family member.

The Lowdown on Auto Repair Parts

Auto parts probably never cross your mind until you need to replace one, and that could happen more often if you are among the U.S. drivers who keep their vehicles longer. The average age of U.S. cars is now 11.4 years, up from 8.4 years two decades ago.

How to Deal with Ice and Freezing Rain

Elizabeth Carey

After a thaw that took us from si