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.


Save Money on Your Holiday Menu

Laura Wahler
Since 2017, AAA members in Western and Central New York have saved more than $200,000 on groceries at Tops Friendly Markets and Price Chopper Supermarkets.

Toronto's Christmas Market

Rose Mattrey
Toronto is a fabulous city in any season, but it has an extra bit of magic during the holidays. The city offers so much to see and do to get you in the holiday spirit. Whether you want to shop, see a holiday show, or just take in all the festive decorations, you will find it all in Toronto.

5 Reasons You'll Love Royal Caribbean, Too

Laura Wahler

My family goes on the same vacation every year.

The same. Vacation. Every year.

Do we love it? You bet we do! But, lately, we’ve been looking for a change.

Music, Parties & Food...

Tim Schmitt
Austin is something of a sweet spot right now. There are escalating home prices, an influx of venture capital and cranes on seemingly every corner, but it hasn't yet become as massive or sterile as fellow Lone Star cities Dallas or Houston.

Iceland: Close By, But Worlds Away

Kim Foley Mackinnon
For a long time, Iceland had been on my travel bucket list. When I finally made it there, it surprised me how accessible it is from the East Coast. While the island country is close to the Arctic Circle, it’s not as remote as it seems. I took a direct flight from Boston and arrived in Reykjavík in less time than it takes me to fly to California.

Tips for the Perfect Trip to Italy

Elizabeth Carey

Imagine sitting in awe as you gaze at the original painting of The Last Supper in Milan, experience the Tuscan countryside, lean over for a photo in Pisa, taste the best gelato in the entire world, and stare in disbel

You Better Watch Out...

Lindsay Kensy
The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but many serious household accidents occur in December. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, holiday decoration-related accidents sent nearly 15,000 people to emergency rooms last year. “While the holidays are a time for cheer and goodwill, an accident can quickly spoil the spirit of the season,” said David Hodge, vice president of insurance with AAA Western and Central New York. “Being aware of your insurance coverage can offer peace of mind and a measure of reassurance at the holidays.”

Special Events and Festivals for 2019 Travel

Hayley Schultz

Join locals and travelers from around the world by incorporating a special event or festival into your 2019 or 2020 vacation.

Commonly-Prescribed Meds Can Increase Crash Risk 300%

Lindsay Kensy

It’s not just alcohol and illegal drugs that can impair driving – so can legally prescribed medications, taken alone or in combination with each other.  

Holiday Shopping & Saving Made Simple

Laura Wahler
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a new program allows AAA members to lower the cost of their membership dues by earning rebates from eGift Cards purchased at