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Founded in 1902, the American Automobile Association, or AAA, was originally started to work for and support vehicle safety standards, industry regulations and the rights of drivers and passengers. While AAA still works for these initial goals, the organization has expanded to a membership of 50 million, and AAA now offers a variety of programs and benefits for its members.

From providing roadside assistance for members whose vehicles encounter troubles to helping members find a reliable and trustworthy auto repair shop, AAA membership includes a number of core vehicle-related services.

AAA financial products

AAA provides insurance policies for automobiles, recreational vehicles, homes and condominiums, and life insurance. Customers can obtain quick premium quotes on the AAA website.

In addition to insurance offerings, AAA members can apply for the AAA Visa credit card, which uses WorldPoints to reward card-carrying members.

Savings with AAA

AAA helps members get exclusive discounts with a variety of hotels, stores, restaurants and other travel opportunities. From 10 percent discounts at clothing stores to savings on prescription drugs, AAA offers its members many ways to save money on everyday purchases.

Travel planning with AAA

The official AAA website includes online travel agency tools that help members reap the full benefits of their association discounts and helps arrange flights, hotel and rental car reservations. For drivers looking to budget for the rising costs of gasoline, AAA uses its Daily Fuel Gauge Report to compile gas prices from more than 100,000 stations throughout the nation.

While AAA has state headquarters throughout the country, the association’s national headquarters are located here:

1000 AAA Drive

Heathrow, FL 32746

The AAA website delivers all of these resources and information about how to become a member. To reach a AAA representative, call the toll-free line at (866)968-7222.