When Hurricane Irma blasted its way through the Caribbean and Florida, our AAA travel agents became some of the busiest members of our staff. Those hard-hit areas are very popular with our members, and we worked with them to answer questions, confirm or change trips, and provide the level of service that only an experienced travel agency can offer.
Throughout the process we were reminded of just how much members love to take vacations. That was reaffirmed by a recent AAA survey that found more than 1 in 4 Americans will take a trip between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Fewer crowds, more favorable weather, and great values are among the major benefits of traveling this time of year.
The survey also told us something we already know: New York City and Boston are among the 10 most popular destinations in the fall, joining such great destinations as Orlando, Rome, Honolulu, Las Vegas and London. The presence of Boston on the list in particular speaks to the popularity of fall foliage trips throughout the Northeast.
Do your future plans include a relaxing vacation? If so, trip insurance may be equally as important as finding a trusted travel agency and packing your suitcase. This small, additional purchase can save you thousands of dollars if you’re forced to cancel a trip due to unforeseen circumstances. In many instances, insurance costs can be relatively inexpensive, but well worth the investment. But be sure to consult with a qualified travel agent for full details and to determine if the protection is right for you.
During hurricane season – and especially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey – consumers should be aware of the possibility of flood-damaged vehicles entering the market.
The best protection against buying such a vehicle is having a qualified repair shop, such as a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility, perform a thorough pre-purchase inspection. The shop will look for common indicators of flood damage, such as dried mud under the hood or deep inside the trunk. A damp or musty odor inside the vehicle is another frequent warning sign, as is new carpeting and upholstery in an older car. A vehicle history report will often indicate if a vehicle has been in a flood.
By Mark A. Shaw