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yy4me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 02:42 PM
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16. Careful on those hotel discounts. True story. We were headed to
DC from MA and by the time we reached Delaware, we were tired. We had sat in our car for hours in a traffic mess in NY. Usually the trip used to take us 11 hours with a couple of rest stops.

Anyway, went to one hotel that looked OK, asked price of room. $85.00. Then my husband asked about a AARP discount, was quoted $125.00. I kid you not. Of course, our next question was, how could that be and we were told it is because they contract with AARP on rates and settle on a price for the "discount". Always ask what a room rate is before you ask about an AARP rate. This same thing happened to my sister in Georgia.

I belong now but I don't know why. And--please tell me why they send me a bill for renewal in June when my membership goes through October? This has been happening for years.

I think I will not renew this year. I don't really need anything they offer. Cheap or not, a penny saved etc.
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  -Does anyone have a valid reason why I should join AARP? I can't find an advantage Mira  Jul-24-09 10:44 PM   #0 
  - Juicy travel discounts  texastoast   Jul-24-09 10:45 PM   #1 
  - Thanks for asking. I want to know also. nt  babylonsister   Jul-24-09 10:45 PM   #2 
  - Hotel discounts.  madmom   Jul-24-09 10:48 PM   #3 
  - Isn't that the weather-controlling satellite that causes earthquakes?  Orrex   Jul-24-09 10:50 PM   #4 
  - HAARP, silly! nt  valerief   Dec-09-11 09:36 PM   #50 
  - My friend Harold loves them  Tangerine LaBamba   Jul-24-09 10:51 PM   #5 
  - They are an insurance company. Years ago they were an advocacy organization but now  John Q. Citizen   Jul-24-09 10:54 PM   #6 
  - 60-minutes did an exposee years back  pscot   Apr-02-10 04:51 PM   #30 
  - Little known fact. They are first and foremost an insurance agency. Advocacy came way later  jtown1123   May-20-11 01:31 PM   #39 
  - Don't agree with you  lillypaddle   Jun-17-11 06:42 AM   #42 
  - Actually they were an insurance company first...advocacy came much later. n/t  jtown1123   Aug-22-11 10:20 AM   #45 
  - Travel discounts, which add up, even at cheapie motels.  MarjorieG   Jul-24-09 11:01 PM   #7 
  - Join the AAA. Travel discounts are just as good. n/t  RebelOne   Apr-07-11 09:03 AM   #33 
  - Republican? Explain. I'm curious. nt  Sarah Ibarruri   Jul-24-09 11:03 PM   #8 
  - If you're like me and and are on a Senior Medi-gap insurance don't trust AARP  heidler1   Jul-24-09 11:03 PM   #9 
  - love AARP  maglatinavi   Nov-27-09 12:35 PM   #24 
     - Their auto insurance is the lowest. I haven't found any insurance that can  demosincebirth   Apr-23-11 05:38 PM   #35 
        - Try USAA...  tortoise1956   Jun-15-11 01:02 AM   #41 
           - That may do for some, but I hope never to need customer serv. I go with  demosincebirth   Aug-11-11 11:08 PM   #43 
  - 1 only, 30% discount on eyeglasses  Shoelace   Jul-24-09 11:19 PM   #10 
  - Much better eyglass deals at...  TreasonousBastard   Jul-24-09 11:41 PM   #12 
  - ooooh, thanks for that!  Shoelace   Jul-25-09 12:25 AM   #14 
  - link not working n/t  2Design   Jul-25-09 02:20 PM   #15 
  - Ooops! Sorry-- it should be Too late...  TreasonousBastard   Jul-25-09 08:22 PM   #17 
  - - wow - what a deal!  pengillian101   Sep-27-09 11:09 PM   #23 
     -  Bakeman   Dec-06-10 03:35 AM   #31 
  - Me too, with Lenscrafters. nt  raccoon   Jul-27-09 12:57 PM   #18 
  - Try Last year, at Kaiser, glasses, w/medicare discount cost  demosincebirth   Aug-22-11 10:33 PM   #46 
  - If you aren't a member of another organization that gets you discounts, it may be worthwhile.  AdHocSolver   Jul-24-09 11:35 PM   #11 
  - Coupons for depends and viagra!  obliviously   Jul-24-09 11:59 PM   #13 
  - Careful on those hotel discounts. True story. We were headed to  yy4me   Jul-25-09 02:42 PM   #16 
  - twelve bucks a year isn't much for me for all the information I get out of it.  demosincebirth   Apr-23-11 05:42 PM   #36 
  - Discounts for travel, hotel, etc are only relative to what price they quote  Serial Mom   Jul-31-09 12:20 PM   #19 
  - I actually like the magazine  Silver Swan   Aug-04-09 11:08 AM   #20 
  - AARP has a great new ad on health insurance reform  harvey007   Aug-31-09 10:27 PM   #21 
  - I have always gotten better discounts  SheilaT   Sep-22-09 10:33 PM   #22 
  - AARP was a solid backer of Medicare...  hayu_lol   Dec-13-09 02:03 AM   #25 
  - I joined a year ago because members get a good discount on glasses from Lenscrafters.  raccoon   Dec-14-09 12:33 PM   #26 
  - to feel like you've helped another greedy rwinger get richer. nt  newlib   Dec-22-09 07:13 AM   #27 
  - Not at all...  gupac   Dec-29-09 01:57 PM   #28 
  - Funny - republicans think AARP is liberal/socialist.  old mark   Mar-31-10 01:58 PM   #29 
  - Thats because they supported the HC bill.  demosincebirth   Apr-23-11 05:43 PM   #37 
  - I enjoy being tormented by the pics of hot, unavailable women on the cover of the magazine  slackmaster   Apr-04-11 01:40 PM   #32 
  - the lies in support of junior bush's pharm plan led to us NEVER EVER supporting this org  DrDan   Apr-21-11 02:50 PM   #34 
  - The CARP ...  murphyj87   May-13-11 05:08 PM   #38 
  - Discounts are great...  WinterParkDonkey   Jun-09-11 06:45 PM   #40 
  - I see no reason to join them. n/t  OllieLotte   Aug-21-11 07:50 PM   #44 
  - auto insurance costs are 20-35% cheaper  MindMover   Nov-11-11 10:53 PM   #47 
  - I use them for their auto club. Haven't used it recently, but when I have used it,  RKP5637   Nov-12-11 10:00 PM   #48 
  - I don't know about AARP, but CARP...  murphyj87   Nov-12-11 10:12 PM   #49 

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