AAA World Magazine
AAA Insights is your trusted voice and guide, offering both inspiration and influential intel to help you live an empowered life out on the road and beyond. Information is readily available at our fingerprints, and we realize you’re just a swipe, tap, and click away from your next getaway or major decision. That’s where our experts step in. We’re here for you, so you can make informed decisions and confidently move forward into the next chapter of your life, or wherever the road may take you next.

GETTING THERE ON TIME

A guide to the most punctual airports and airlines

WHERE ARE MEMBERS TRAVELING THIS YEAR?

Don't have FOMO (fear of missing out) on a trendy travel destination

IS GOING BASIC BEST?

A comparison of basic economy fare flights for various airlines

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR FLIGHT IS CANCELED

Should you rebook on your own or wait for the airline?

OUR READERS’ FAVORITE TRAVEL PRODUCTS

We asked AAA Insights readers to share some of their favorite travel accessories

HOW TO VISIT NEW YORK CITY WITHOUT FEELING LIKE A TOURIST

Advice on how to explore the Big Apple based on first-hand experience

THE WORLD’S BEST AIRPORTS

Skytrax released a study ranking the world's best airports in 2019

TOP 10 WORST AIRPORTS FOR FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS

Did YOUR closest airport make the list?

TIPS FOR A GOOD ROAD TRIP

Ways to make the most of a cross-country adventure

A WEEKEND IN CHICAGO

Summer is a perfect time to visit the Windy City

PACKING TIPS FOR THE CARRY-ON TRAVELER

Can you travel around the world with just a carry on? Anne McAlpin did

BREEZE THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY

Make sure you get to the gate with as little hassle as possible

THE BEST EPCOT RESTAURANTS: EATING AROUND THE WORLD

The best Epcot restaurants are in World Showcase

THE TOP US CITIES FOR CONVERTING A LAYOVER INTO A DAY TRIP

Several airport-city pairs are perfect for your layover-turned-day-trip

THE ULTIMATE LUGGAGE GUIDE

Luggage brands for every budget

BEST NEW AIRPORT AMENITIES

Do you know what a Minute Suite is?

HOW TO BEAT JET LAG

Jet lag affects your circadian rhythms, which regulate your sleep-wake cycle

TOP 10 PLACES TO TRAVEL ALONE

Do what you want, when you want, without compromise

10 TRAVEL TIPS AFTER 10 YEARS OF TRAVELING

Find out why you should avoid public Wi-Fi on vacation

PLAYING UP YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP

Here are some clever ways to keep your kids entertained on a long road trip.

PREPARING FOR A CRUISE

A preparation timeline from one year out to one day away

GOING AWAY WITH AWAY LUGGAGE

Putting the Sleek New Luggage Brand to the Test

AIRPORTS FOR GROWNUPS

Spending time at the airport just got fun with these adult-centric diversions.

FLIGHT RIGHTS: GET TO KNOW YOUR AIRLINE PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS

Do you know you're entitled to certain protections as an airline passenger?

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER PACK

With most carry-on bags maxing out at 22 inches, that doesn’t leave for a lot of space for extra items. Avoid these items when packing for your next trip to free up space.

RENTING AN RV FOR A ROAD TRIP

The advice you need to get the most bang for your buck

THE WORST TIMES TO TRAVEL FOR MEMORIAL DAY

More than 40 million Americans will take to the roads to kick off the weekend

12 WALT DISNEY WORLD SECRETS AND FUN FACTS

Gain an even greater appreciation for the fairy tale destination

I WANT TO GO TO THERE: NAMIBIAN SELF-DRIVE SAFARI

Follow Sven Sundgaard on his once-in-a-lifetime trip full of magical beasts

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: NAMIBIAN SELF-DRIVE SAFARI

Before you head to Namibia, check out Sven's tips to ensure a stress-free adventure

GOOGLE TRYING TO MAKE GETTING THERE, EASIER

Users are currently testing new augmented reality features

AIRPORT ETIQUETTE

Before your next flight, brush up on your airport etiquette:

ASPEN IS MORE THAN JUST A SEASONAL TOWN

Nestled in the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen Colorado is a small town with charm beyond its old town facade, towering Aspen trees, and world-renowned ski slopes.

BROADWAY BABY: THEATER TIPS FOR YOUR NEW YORK TRIP

The ins and outs of Broadway can be a little confusing for first-timers

BUDGETING FOR YOUR CRUISE

Plan for unexpected expenses before you set sail.

HOTEL APPS AND OTHER HOSPITALITY TECH TRENDS

From convenient hotel apps to updated in-room technology, look out for the latest in technologies on your next getaway.

I WANT TO GO THERE: VANCOUVER

Just north of Seattle you'll find Vancouver, British Columbia, a true gem of the northwest.

OUR READERS’ FAVORITE TRAVEL PRODUCTS

It can be hard to figure out what you really need as opposed to what may be dollars spent on an item that will never come out of its package.

THE MOST UNIQUE HOTELS IN THE USA

Staying in the same types of rooms over and over again can get boring. Sometimes, one must pursue weirder and more unique hotels in the USA.

TOP 10 VACATION EXPENSES YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO FORGET

We all want to stay connected while on vacation. We use our phones to take photos, connect on social media and to find directions and restaurants.

YELLOWSTONE LODGING: WHERE TO STAY IN THE PARK

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can choose from well-appointed historic hotels to more rustic cabins.

WHAT TYPE OF CAR SHOULD I BUY?

On average, people own their vehicles for nearly seven years

GENESIS G80  REVIEW

In this era of crossover SUVs, the Genesis G80 3.8 sedan is still worth a look

GETTING YOU THERE ON TIME WITH GPS APPS

AAA puts the top three GPS apps to the test

SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR OWN OIL?

Changing your own oil is a simple process that can save you money. Learn the basics and find out whether or not it's worth it for you

WHAT DOES THAT STRANGE CAR SMELL OR WEIRD NOISE MEAN?

Some smells and sounds hint at a serious problem with your car

THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING YOUR TIRES

Advice from a AAA Car Care Center Manager.

5 WAYS TO LOWER YOUR AUTO INSURANCE PREMIUMS

Reducing your auto insurance premium can be an easy way to save money - and who doesn’t like saving money?

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FRAUD

Fraudulent claims cause higher car insurance premiums for all drivers

ANSWERS TO THE TOP 5 QUESTIONS ABOUT AUTO INSURANCE

How informed do you feel when making a decision about insurance? Learn the answers to the top questions about auto insurance so that you can choose the best policy and possibly even save money.

EVERYDAY CAR TECH THAT PROVES WE’RE LIVING IN THE FUTURE

It seems like only yesterday we were cranking the windows down by hand. With today's advanced car tech, though, we're safer and more spoiled than ever.

DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CHANGE YOUR BRAKE FLUID?

Most likely, each time you take your car into the shop for an oil change, you are told that you need to have the brake fluid changed.

YOUR ADVICE: 10 SIMPLE TIPS FOR BUYING A “NEW” USED CAR

Steve Rettew has an eye for buying used cars. He attends auctions every week looking for the perfect car that he can resell.

THE RISE AND FALL OF CAR HOOD ORNAMENTS

There was a time when car hood ornaments graced most every vehicle, but these days they're a rare sight.

YOUR ANNUAL INSURANCE CHECKUP

Skimping on car care today will be costly tomorrow.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE ON HOW TO DEFOG WINDOWS IN YOUR CAR

Window fog makes it hard to see the road ahead, and like a pesky bee to a soda can, it always comes back.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE IN A COLLISION

The adrenaline and chaos of the situation often lead many of us to forget important steps after an accident to ensure safety and an easy insurance claims process.

YOUR ANNUAL INSURANCE CHECKUP

We make sure our cars get regular check-ups and oil changes, and the same philosophy goes for checking up on your insurance policy.

HOW TO DETAIL YOUR CAR AT HOME

Detailing can increase the resale value of vehicles by up to 15%

WHY REGULAR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE IS WORTH IT

A minor problem will be costlier and more difficult to repair if left unattended

DON'T GET TAKEN FOR A RIDE BY YOUR MECHANIC

How to know if you've actually been unfairly charged and how to address it

CAR WAXING TIPS THAT WILL KEEP YOUR CAR SHINING

Protect your paint job and keep your ride looking shiny and new

YO-YO SCAMS: HOW TO AVOID A COMMON CAR FINANCING SCAM

Yo-yo scams are often used to speed up the sale of your car

SPARE ME—DOES YOUR CAR HAVE A SPARE TIRE?

More than one in three new cars is sold without a spare

DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CHANGE YOUR OIL EVERY 3K MILES?

This oil-change timeframe may be overly cautious

3 MONEY TASKS YOU NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW

Do these tasks to make sure your finances are on track to reach your goals

STRATEGIES TO EARN MORE POINTS AND MILES WITH A CREDIT CARD

With little effort, you can maximize your earnings of whichever rewards you're after

DO YOU HAVE THE FIVE FINANCIAL HABITS OF A MONEY SAVER?

Nearly 40% of Americans save less than 5% of their salary each year

HOW TO SET FINANCIAL GOALS THAT MAKE AN IMPACT

Find out what a S M A R T financial goal is

8 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER USE YOUR CREDIT CARD FOR

It's tempting to swipe a card and worry about the bill later.

HOW TO MAXIMIZE CREDIT CARD REWARDS WITHOUT OVERSPENDING

Get the most from your credit card purchases without sinking into debt

10 WAYS TO CUT SPENDING

There are simple ways to cut back that won't interrupt your lifestyle

HOW TO RAISE YOUR CREDIT SCORE

Not All Credit Cards are Created Equal.

HOLIDAY BUDGET TIPS FOR THE LAST-MINUTE SHOPPER

The countdown to the 25th of December is well underway.

HOW TO CONSOLIDATE STUDENT LOANS

One student loan, two student loans- Oh My!

5 LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS

Nearly 57% of holiday shoppers started their holiday shopping over a month ago.

POINTS, PRIZES, OR REBATES

Reward credit cards offer everything from airline miles to cash back, but to pick the best one, ask yourself these seven questions.

PROTECT YOUR ID WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Cyber criminals want to be the Grinch in your Whoville this holiday season.

HOW TO RAISE YOUR CREDIT SCORE

Your credit score can impact many areas of your life and its importance can’t be overstated.

SHOULD I TRADE IN OR SELL?

When you're at the car lot thinking about buying a new car, the harder decision becomes what to do with your old car

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PARTNER ABOUT FINANCES

All Most Americans were taught at an early age that money is considered to be a taboo subject.

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU SPEND ON A WEDDING GIFT

In 2017, millennials spent $770 on average to attend a wedding

HOW TO FIND A REPUTABLE CONTRACTOR

These three websites can help you find a reputable contractor

HOME RENOVATIONS THAT ARE WORTH IT

These renovations will increase your home's market value when you sell

HOW TO GET YOUR FINANCES IN ORDER IF YOU’RE WORRIED A LAYOFF IS COMING

Even with unemployment at an all-time low, an unexpected layoff is still possible

WHAT ARE THE ACTUAL COSTS FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS?

Look past buying to the first year of expenses you're likely to incur

BEEF UP YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS

Your 401(k) may not be enough

SIDE HUSTLES TO INCREASE YOUR INCOME

Depending on your unique talents and skills, earning fast cash may be within reach

TOP 5 PROJECTS FOR DIY HOME RENOVATION ON A BUDGET

A professional remodeler reveals the top projects that don't take a lot of money

THE ADVANTAGES OF AUTO PAYING YOUR BILLS

The risks of missing a bill include interest, fees, and higher APRs

HOW A VACATION CAN IMPROVE YOUR CAREER

Workers saw an 82% increase in job performance following a true vacation

OUR FAVORITE TRAVEL HEADPHONES

Finding the best pair for you can take a lot of time and research

STEPS TO AVOID AN AUTO INSURANCE PREMIUM INCREASE

These tips won't cost you any money, and they could save you a good deal of it

FLOOD INSURANCE FAQ: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Do you know whether or not you need flood insurance if you don't live near water?

15 WAYS TO STAY SAFE ONLINE

Our ever-expanding connectivity exposes us to the risk of theft, fraud, and abuse

HIDDEN COSTS OF PET OWNERSHIP

Check out all the costs, and learn a few ways to save

A TINY HOUSE RESORT: TINY HOUSE RENTALS AND GETAWAYS

If you don't want to commit to a tiny house just yet, tiny house rentals could be the perfect vacation destination for you.

HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS FITTED SHEET TRICK?

Making the bed instantly becomes easier.

8 HOME SECURITY TIPS FOR WHEN YOU’RE AWAY

It's important to have peace of mind that your home will be safe while you are on vacation.

MONEY-SAVING SPRING CLEANING TIPS

Make small repairs that can help prevent costly homeowner's insurance claims

HOME SECURITY MYTHS AND FACTS

How well is your home protected while you're gone?

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CREDIT CARDS

Use these smart tips to help you avoid unnecessary service charges

THE INS AND OUTS OF HOME INSPECTIONS

The home inspection is the most important step of the home-buying process

TOGETHER TIME

Six inspiring travel ideas for spending precious time with the family

Bright Ideas for Holiday Decor

Who has the best holiday lights in your neighborhood? You do. Or at least you could with these helpful tips from industry experts.

YOUR ADVICE: GETTING TO A BETTER YOU

Here are Ashlee Kanter's top ten tips to living a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

HOW TO ASK FOR A RAISE

At some point in your career, you'll probably look at your financial situation and wonder if it's time you were paid more.

STAY ACTIVE WITH THESE WINTER WORKOUTS

Our motivation drops with every snowfall, but you can stay active when cold weather hits.

HOW TO STICK TO A BUDGET THIS SUMMER

Enjoy your summer with less stress by budgeting the right way

TIPS FOR PACKING TO MOVE

It's important to have peace of mind that your home will be safe while you are on vacation.

HOW CINCINNATI QUIETLY BECAME THE QUEEN CITY OF FOOD

Cincinnati is a city where Northern and Southern cultures collide

MARKSBURY FARM PORK CHOP FROM BOUQUET

Make Chef Stephen Williams' delectable creation at home with these steps

THE ABSOLUTE BEST CITIES FOR FOODIES

A rental platform did a study to determine the best cities for foodies

HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT STEAK

NYC Chefs reveal their simple secrets for how to cook the perfect steak

EASY AND FUN MEAL KIT DELIVERY SERVICES

Meal kit delivery services in the US have become a $3-billion industry

CREATIVE COCKTAILS

Inventive bartenders convey the flavor of a destination in a glass

BEST HEALTHY EATING APPS

All it takes is an "App"-le a day to eat healthy while traveling across the country.

FOODIE FIND: THE BEST GOURMET HEALTHY EATS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

If you take a look at Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, you know that Americans are increasingly obsessed with two things: healthy living and dining out.

THE HEALTHIEST FAST FOOD OPTIONS BASED ON CALORIES

It is possible to make smart choices at fast food restaurants. We've outlined a few of them.

NASHVILLE: WHERE THE FOODIES FLOCK

When you think of Nashville, you think of casual Southern-style comfort food.

GETTING YOU THERE ON TIME WITH GPS APPS

AAA puts the top three GPS apps to the test

SPA AND WELLNESS TRIPS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

A sneak peek at 7 of the best spa getaways across the country

AAA TRIES IT: GOTOOB

AAA test a flexible container for liquids and gels.

6 COOL NEW OFFERINGS AT US AIRPORTS

The airport. Admit it. Just reading those words made you tense up a little, didn't it?

AAA TRIES IT: CARRY-ON LUGGAGE

Comparing two-wheeled and four-wheeled "spinner" carry-on bags.

OUR READERS’ FAVORITE TRAVEL PRODUCTS

It can be hard to figure out what you really need as opposed to what may be dollars spent on an item that will never come out of it's package.