Travel Resource Center
Booking your trip is just the beginning
At AAA we know that planning and preparation can be the difference between a dream vacation and a travel nightmare. Whether you book with one of our knowledgeable AAA Travel professionals or at AAA.com, the Travel Resource Center will provide you with all the information you need to make your next vacation go smoothly.
To have a AAA Travel professional help you plan your perfect vacation, call toll-free 1-888-870-9408 or stop by your local AAA office.
U.S. citizens are required to carry a valid U.S. Passport when leaving or entering the country including trips to Canada and Mexico. The passport should be valid at least six months beyond the return date of your trip.
While AAA does not process passport applications, we can provide you with the resources to make the process easier.
In addition to a valid U.S. Passport, some countries require visitors to have a visa. A visa is an endorsement on a passport which indicates that the traveler is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in the country.
AAA's preferred visa partner is Travisa. Visit their website to find out if a visa is required, print required forms, and pay for processing.
AAA members get exclusive rates by entering account code AAA00203539093R in the Global Service Order Form.
Stop by your local AAA office to shop for an assortment of luggage, travel accessories, guide books, and more at exclusive member savings.
- Anti-theft accessories
- Toiletry kits
- International maps and guidebooks
- and much more!
International Travel Guides: Information on every country in the world including entry and exit requirements, health and safety information, and more.
SMART Traveler Enrollment: Register your trip to allow the State Department to better assist you in an emergency abroad.
Passport Health: Seven convenient locations in Arizona to provide travel immunizations. Show your AAA card and save!
AAA Travel Money: Prepaid Visa Debit Card offers travelers a safe and convenient alternative to travelers checks and cash.
Foreign Currency: Order foreign currency and have it shipped to your door.
TSA Prohibited Items: Can I bring that on the flight? Find out here.
While we hope your trip goes exactly as planned, traveling abroad can present unique challenges. Here are some tips to make sure you're prepared in case something goes wrong:
- Sign your passport and fill out the emergency information page. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
- Leave copies of your itinerary and passport information page with someone you trust. This will help people reach you in case of emergency. It also expedites the process if you lose your passport while abroad.
- Check your insurance for overseas medical coverage. Your health insurance may not cover you outside of the U.S. If it doesn't, you may want to consider supplemental travel insurance such as Allianz Global Assistance.
- Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs. While in a foreign country you are subject to its laws. The U.S. State Department website has useful safety information about every country.
- Take precautions to avoid being the target of a crime. Don't wear conspicuous jewelry or carry large amounts of money. Visit the AAA Travel Store inside your local AAA office for theft-proof wallets and purses.
- Contact your credit and debit card companies. Call your bank and credit card companies to let them know where you'll be traveling. This will ensure they don't decline international charges. While you have them on the line, ask about foreign transaction fees and daily withdrawal limits.
- Check airline fees. In an attempt to remain profitable in the face of rising fuel costs, airlines are constantly changing service fees such as the checked baggage fee. Consult your airline's website for the most up-to-date information. In many cases you can save money by pre-paying these fees online.
On November 23rd, 2015, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens alerting of possible travel risks due to increased terrorist threats. Although there is no specific target known, the U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert due to an increased belief that terrorist groups may be planning additional attacks. This alert comes on the heels of the recent attacks in Europe.
The State Department’s alert can be found here:
General Talking Points
- U.S. citizens should follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor media and local information sources for updated information.
- If traveling, be prepared for additional security screenings and possible delays.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or nearest Consulate to contact them in the case of an emergency. Enroll here https://step.state.gov/step/
- Travelers should always stay informed and remain vigilant when traveling. In addition, travelers are advised to consult with their travel providers (tour operators, cruise lines and airlines) for any changes to travel plans or requirements.
- Many providers are allowing travelers to cancel or alter itineraries with no additional fee. If travelers have questions regarding policies, they should consult with their travel agent or travel provider
- Travelers should exercise caution while traveling and take measures to “look like a local.” Americans are advised not to wear patriotic colors or dress in a way that makes them recognizable as a foreign tourist.
- AAA Travel partners are monitoring the situation very closely and will inform members of any changes to their itinerary or travel plans. At this time, there have been no reports of interruption of service or cancellation of departures specific to this alert. AAA has not seen significant member cancellations of travel plans at this time.
- Currently, government officials are not advising Americans to avoid travel. The decision to travel is a very personal one which must be made by the traveler. AAA recommends travelers remain informed of travel alerts and AAA travel counselors are available to assist members with this information.