Member Connection 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.
When winter comes, and ice, snow and frigid temps become a factor for drivers across the region, AAA gets even busier than usual. “Our call volume definitely increases,” says Elizabeth Carey, public affairs manager for AAA Western and Central New York. “It doubles — sometimes even triples...
As we all know, the severity of winter weather in Western and Central New York can be hard to predict. The winter holiday season is also one of the most heavily travelled. You may see a lot of media stories about crowded airports, but in fact the overwhelming majority of winter holiday...
AAA services are available in person, by phone, online and now via two unique smartphone apps, AAA Mobile and Blue Orbit Deals. AAA Mobile: AAA services when you’re on the go The AAA Mobile app puts the most commonly used AAA services at your fingertips. Use it for quicker access to...
Were you one of the 48.7 million Americans who traveled over Thanksgiving? A growing number of people take this annual opportunity to gather to give thanks with family and friends surrounded by delicious food. This year, AAA’s projection of 48.7 million was the most travelers since 2007...
New York City is by far our most-booked destination; and the holiday season is one of the more popular times to visit New York City. The city, which is bustling any time of year, *dazzles* between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. It’s also crazy crowded and it can be a little more expensive...
When it's time to buy new luggage, there are several factors to take into consideration, such as weight, maneuverability and durability. Here are some key features to keep in mind. PROTECTIVE FEATURES These include kick plates, corner guards, piping and other features to keep the...
The holiday travel season is here; along with the planning of family trips, celebrations and holiday parties. While some Americans stay close to home during the holiday season, it was estimated that in 2014 nearly 131 million traveled by automobile during the Thanksgiving and year-end...
What is Blue Orbit Deals? Blue Orbit Deals is a free smartphone app that allows AAA members to save money at more than 250 businesses and attractions. Most offers range from $10 to 10 percent off your total bill. Now with more savings for AAA members In addition to saving money at...
Food is a big part of holiday fun, but festivities can take your attention away from cooking and lead to fires. Cooking caused half of residential building fires in 2014, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year...
For some, the holiday season means hunkering down at home with family and friends. For others it’s the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle at home and experience the holidays in a fresh, new destination. If you fall into this second category, our AAA experts can recommend...
Lights, camera, action! There is a lot of excitement at Shea’s Performing Arts Center as Finding Neverland takes the stage. But this time, the excitement began long before the curtain rose on opening night. For the very first time in the history of Shea’s, a tour has been built and teched...
BY ALEC HARVEY Sue Smith was working for AAA Western and Central New York, escorting groups on cruises and other tours, when she started to notice a trend. “I would always see five or six single ladies who stayed in separate rooms,” she said. Being a solo traveler herself, Sue saw an...
Last October, vehicle inspection events held during AAA Car Care Month uncovered a variety of maintenance issues that were well on their way to becoming real problems for car owners. Here are six examples of why following your car’s recommended maintenance schedule is a way to ensure your...
Kelly A. Calmes had been in the insurance industry for 16 years when she left her company to help David Weber start the insurance business line at AAA Western and Central New York in 2006. This year marks 10 years of home, auto and more coverage offerings by the local club, although AAA...
THE ANGRY GOAT 938 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester The Angry Goat is well positioned as a citydweller's neighborhood bar, and its claim to fame is to never have a repeat beer on its list within a season. The ownership gives special attention to cycling through your favorite suds, alongside...

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