Consumers Expected to Save More Than $35 Million by Using AAA Member Discounts This Holiday

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AAA's Show Your Card & Save Program Helps Consumers Save During the Holiday Crunch

(LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2007) — With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Automobile Club of Southern California is reminding consumers that they can use their AAA membership cards to save on gift purchases both online and at the mall.

AAA expects that North American shoppers will save more than $35 million this holiday season by taking advantage of AAA member discounts at consumer electronic stores, booksellers, clothing boutiques and other retail establishments. The prediction is based on forecast retail shopping data from AAA's Show Your Card & Save program during November and December 2007. AAA's Show Your Card & Save program has more than 150,000 locations worldwide and is the largest member discount program in the world.

During the 2006 holiday season, AAA members saved $34.5 million by taking advantage of Show Your Card & Save promotions, a 23.5 percent increase from the $28 million saved the year before. AAA's savings numbers are based on retail transactions that take place between November 1 and December 31.

With the average person expecting to spend $619 on gifts this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation, AAA's member savings can help consumers get more for their money from retailers such as Dell, Circuit City, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Through AAA's Show Your Card & Save program, Auto Club members can save money at 110,000 retail locations in North America as well as on the Internet by visiting AAA.com/save, where members can take advantage of discounts at popular online stores such as Target.com, Barnesandnoble.com, FTD.com and more.

Members can also download the 2007 Holiday Savings Book at AAA.com/save and get extra holiday savings at retailers such as Blue Nile (fine jewelry), Mrs. Beasley's (bakery gift baskets) and BarnesandNoble.com. The online bookseller is offering up to 40 percent off on many of the most popular books, DVDs and CDs from November 28 through December 10, as well as an additional 10 percent holiday discount and free shipping on orders over $25. Members save five percent year round at AAA.com/barnesandnoble.

The Holiday Savings Book also includes a 20 percent discount coupon for any regularly priced item purchased at Payless ShoeSource during the month of December.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio is offering 20 percent off radios and accessories, plus free shipping. In addition, members who sign up for a one year subscription will receive free activation and a free month of service. Visit AAA.com/Sirius for more details.

For a full list of member savings locations, visit AAA.com/save. Also, during the month of November, AAA members and non-members alike can visit AAA.com/save to register to win additional savings and prizes. There will be 3-4 daily prizes ranging in price from $25-$250, with one grand prize worth $5,000.

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