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  1. #1
    [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > I'm wondering if it is worth it to buy a AAA membership for the roadside
    > assistance. I have a Citibank Mastercard, and they have something called
    > "MC ASSIST", which provides just about the same services that AAA offers --
    > jump-starts, towing, gas delivery, and tire changes (not sure if they offer
    > locksmithing).
    >
    > So has anyone ever relied on their credit card's roadside assistance? Is it
    > as good as AAA's? If my credit card's is as good as AAA's, then there's no
    > reason for me to pay an extra $60/year for a AAA membership.
    >
    > Thanks.


    Most cellular plans offer roadside assistance for about $3 a month
    and will bring you gas, get you back into a locked car, change
    a flat tire and tow you. It's a great deal if you ever need it.

    KM



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  2. #2
    George Grapman
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    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?

    [email protected] wrote:
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >>I'm wondering if it is worth it to buy a AAA membership for the roadside
    >>assistance. I have a Citibank Mastercard, and they have something called
    >>"MC ASSIST", which provides just about the same services that AAA offers --
    >>jump-starts, towing, gas delivery, and tire changes (not sure if they offer
    >>locksmithing).
    >>
    >>So has anyone ever relied on their credit card's roadside assistance? Is it
    >>as good as AAA's? If my credit card's is as good as AAA's, then there's no
    >>reason for me to pay an extra $60/year for a AAA membership.
    >>
    >>Thanks.

    >
    >
    > Most cellular plans offer roadside assistance for about $3 a month
    > and will bring you gas, get you back into a locked car, change
    > a flat tire and tow you. It's a great deal if you ever need it.
    >
    > KM


    I wonder how the response time for these are in areas off the beaten
    path. AAA has contract garages even in fairly remote areas.

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  3. #3
    Lisa Drake
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    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    wrote:

    > [email protected] wrote:
    > >
    > > I'm wondering if it is worth it to buy a AAA membership for the roadside
    > > assistance. I have a Citibank Mastercard, and they have something called
    > > "MC ASSIST", which provides just about the same services that AAA offers --
    > > jump-starts, towing, gas delivery, and tire changes (not sure if they offer
    > > locksmithing).
    > >
    > > So has anyone ever relied on their credit card's roadside assistance? Is it
    > > as good as AAA's? If my credit card's is as good as AAA's, then there's no
    > > reason for me to pay an extra $60/year for a AAA membership.
    > >
    > > Thanks.

    >
    > Most cellular plans offer roadside assistance for about $3 a month
    > and will bring you gas, get you back into a locked car, change
    > a flat tire and tow you. It's a great deal if you ever need it.
    >
    > KM


    Unless you have Cingular's plan, in which case they never come to help
    you. I tried to use them once and they couldn't seem to find a tow
    truck service in Charlotte NC (largest city in the state.) I ended up
    calling myself & paying for the tow out of my own pocket and cancelling
    with Cingular the next day (after I got them to agree to reimburse me).



  4. #4
    Harry K
    Guest

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?


    George Grapman wrote:
    > [email protected] wrote:
    > > [email protected] wrote:
    > >
    > >>I'm wondering if it is worth it to buy a AAA membership for the

    roadside
    > >>assistance. I have a Citibank Mastercard, and they have something

    called
    > >>"MC ASSIST", which provides just about the same services that AAA

    offers --
    > >>jump-starts, towing, gas delivery, and tire changes (not sure if

    they offer
    > >>locksmithing).
    > >>
    > >>So has anyone ever relied on their credit card's roadside

    assistance? Is it
    > >>as good as AAA's? If my credit card's is as good as AAA's, then

    there's no
    > >>reason for me to pay an extra $60/year for a AAA membership.
    > >>
    > >>Thanks.

    > >
    > >
    > > Most cellular plans offer roadside assistance for about $3 a month
    > > and will bring you gas, get you back into a locked car, change
    > > a flat tire and tow you. It's a great deal if you ever need it.
    > >
    > > KM

    >
    > I wonder how the response time for these are in areas off the

    beaten
    > path. AAA has contract garages even in fairly remote areas.
    >
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    > To reply via e-mail please delete 1 c from paccbell


    Can't speak to the credit card. AAA has done me well. I am in a very
    rural area and have needed a tow twice from the boonies plus a few
    service calls at residence (dead batteries, etc.) No problem getting
    them, no unreasonable waits.

    Harry K




  5. #5
    C. Massey
    Guest

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?


    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >>
    >> I'm wondering if it is worth it to buy a AAA membership for the roadside
    >> assistance. I have a Citibank Mastercard, and they have something called
    >> "MC ASSIST", which provides just about the same services that AAA
    >> offers --
    >> jump-starts, towing, gas delivery, and tire changes (not sure if they
    >> offer
    >> locksmithing).
    >>
    >> So has anyone ever relied on their credit card's roadside assistance? Is
    >> it
    >> as good as AAA's? If my credit card's is as good as AAA's, then there's
    >> no
    >> reason for me to pay an extra $60/year for a AAA membership.
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    > Most cellular plans offer roadside assistance for about $3 a month
    > and will bring you gas, get you back into a locked car, change
    > a flat tire and tow you. It's a great deal if you ever need it.
    >



    We have roadside assistance on both cell phones. So far, I haven't used it,
    but my wife had a flat changed once when I couldn't get to her. It was well
    worth the money knowing that she was being taken care of.





  6. #6
    Steven M. Scharf
    Guest

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?

    C. Massey wrote:

    > We have roadside assistance on both cell phones. So far, I haven't used it,
    > but my wife had a flat changed once when I couldn't get to her. It was well
    > worth the money knowing that she was being taken care of.


    $3 per month, per phone, is $72 per year for two people, not much less
    than an AAA membership, but at least it follows the cell phone (not even
    the cell phone owner, anyone with the phone).

    I checked out how much extra roadside assistance would be on our auto
    insurance policy, and it would have cost us about $36 per year, and it
    it's only good for the policy holder in the insured vehicle.

    While AAA's politics suck, it is a good service. The discounts on
    admissions to various places also mitigate the cost.




  7. #7
    David L
    Guest

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?

    So, it sounds like the ability to get a tow is going to be only as good
    as your cell phone reception.
    Isn't there me stipulation that you have to call from the cellphone? IS
    there a 800 number to use from a payphone?

    That's going to be real useful on vacation, when your car breaks down
    in the mountains and you only have a no signal GSM or all digital
    phone.

    -
    David




  8. #8
    The Real Bev
    Guest

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?

    "Steven M. Scharf" wrote:
    >
    > C. Massey wrote:
    >
    > > We have roadside assistance on both cell phones. So far, I haven't used it,
    > > but my wife had a flat changed once when I couldn't get to her. It was well
    > > worth the money knowing that she was being taken care of.

    >
    > $3 per month, per phone, is $72 per year for two people, not much less
    > than an AAA membership, but at least it follows the cell phone (not even
    > the cell phone owner, anyone with the phone).
    >
    > I checked out how much extra roadside assistance would be on our auto
    > insurance policy, and it would have cost us about $36 per year, and it
    > it's only good for the policy holder in the insured vehicle.
    >
    > While AAA's politics suck, it is a good service. The discounts on
    > admissions to various places also mitigate the cost.


    I almost convinced our son to join because he's taking his family to
    Disneyland this Thursday, but The Happiest Place On Earth doesn't seem to give
    AAA discounts any more.

    --
    Cheers,
    Bev
    ==============================================================
    Everyone crashes. Some get back on. Some don't. Some can't.



  9. #9
    Bill
    Guest

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?



    The Real Bev wrote:
    >
    > I almost convinced our son to join because he's taking his family to
    > Disneyland this Thursday, but The Happiest Place On Earth doesn't seem to give
    > AAA discounts any more.


    When I last used the AAA discount at Disneyland, I discovered
    that you had to buy tickets in advance at a local AAA office.
    This was a few years ago, so obviously things may have changed.

    Bill



  10. #10
    Tracey
    Guest

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?


    "The Real Bev" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I almost convinced our son to join because he's taking his family to
    > Disneyland this Thursday, but The Happiest Place On Earth doesn't seem to

    give
    > AAA discounts any more.


    I believe they still have priority parking. Show your AAA card and you can
    park in the lot closest to the handicapped lot (shorter tram ride into the
    park). At least it used to be that way.

    I also think that when we were there 1 1/2 years ago I got a 10% discount on
    food at one of the restaurants in the park. You have to always ask if they
    offer a discount, it is often not advertised at all, and they never ask for
    the card.





  11. #11

    Re: Is AAA better than a credit card's roadside assistance?

    Before Cingular took over AT&T Wireless the AT&T Roadside Serivce was
    quick and nearly flawless.

    But then Cingular has done an excellent job of messing up what AT&T
    built




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