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  • Dean Waye 12:30 am on August 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Automobile Association, , , Filling station, Financial Services, Gasoline and diesel usage and pricing, Insurance,   

    Dear AAA, About That Thing I Wrote the Other Day… 

    Gas prices on 2008-04-30. Hess Station in Wilm...

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    Dear AAA,

    When I wrote this, I knew there was something else I was missing, but I didn’t ‘have it’ in my fingers at the time. Does that ever happen to you, too?

    Well, I have it now.

    I’m sure you understand this even better than I do, since you live with it every day… AAA has a classic sort of branding problem, doesn’t it? No one thinks about you until they need you, and they rarely need you. You’re about about as exciting as term life insurance. That’s why programs like using the membership to get discounts are so important. And why you always manage to get mentioned on the radio around holiday weekends, predicting how many people will be on the road, and saying  how much gas costs*.

    So, back to the note I wrote the other day. Can you add in gas prices? Or even better, just show me the 3 lowest priced gas stations in a 3 mile radius. Don’t make me download a second app for my Android/iPhone, just add this into the current app.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Why does it always cost more than whatever state I live in, regardless of how often I move? Is that a coincidence, or does Alaska/California always skew the number higher?
     
  • Dean Waye 6:39 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Automobile Association, , , , Tow truck, ,   

    Dear AAA, Thanks for the Android App 

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    Dear AAA,
    It will soon be time for me to renew my subscription. With cars so reliable these days, and roadside assistance available from many providers (including my cell phone company), my AAA membership renewal decision breaks down to 3 components:
    1. I travel for work, so if my wife has car trouble she has someone to call
    2. A small discount on hotels (which I don’t pay for anyway, see #1)
    3. Possible discounts using the ‘Show Your Card’ program at some retailers and other providers.
    For #1, since the same tow truck shows up no matter which roadside assistance plan I belong to, I have decided it’s basically a wash.
    For #2, no one really cares if I save $5/night on a hotel. Choosing a cheaper flight is much more important.
    That leave #3, and this week when I was traveling with my own car and needed new brakes, I didn’t remember to ask, nor was I offered, a discount via AAA. In fact, I am not sure one was available.
    But if I had thought to download the AAA Android app for my phone that could point me to a place that did offer a discount, a single purchase could have saved me enough to justify my annual membership.
    Thanks for the app… did you ever send me anything, telling me it existed?
     
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