(LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2009) -- In a sign that saving money is more important than ever, AAA’s free Apple iPhone “app,” AAA Discounts, has surpassed one-half-million downloads in only three months. The free, GPS-based app displays Show Your Card & Save partners near user locations. Users can easily find their way to AAA member savings and have viewed more than one million offers since late April. There are more than 110,000 AAA Show Your Card & Save locations and more than 51 million AAA members in North America.
The AAA Discounts iPhone app acquires the user’s location automatically, displays nearby AAA Show Your Card & Save locations and allows users to pan and zoom on a regional map. It also displays key information including the name, address, phone, distance from location and a summary of the discount details. Users can filter listings by category and have one click access to a route map and narrative directions. The AAA Discounts app works on the iPod Touch as well when the user has access to WiFi.
“At a time when saving money is a top priority, this free application is just one more way AAA is helping members save,” said Gail Acebes, director, AAA Partnership Programs. “We are pleased so many are taking advantage of an easy way to find discounts.”
First in a series of AAA applications planned for the iPhone, AAA Discounts can be obtained in two ways: via an iPhone by clicking on the App Store icon and searching “AAA Discounts” or by downloading iTunes on your computer and searching “AAA Discounts” in the App Store. The application uses components of AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner in combination with iPhone GPS capabilities.
While all users can view locations offering discounts, only members can take advantage of savings and access RESPONSE-based AAA roadside assistance. When members use the iPhone to place a call to AAA, their GPS location is transmitted along with the call. More than 2,000 roadside assistance requests have been made since the app was launched. Non-members also can apply for membership via the AAA Discounts app.
AAA’s Show Your Card & Save program is the largest member discount program in the world offering more than 164,000 locations for savings worldwide including 110,000 retail locations in North America and popular online retailers including Target.com, FTD.com, The UPS Store, Blue Nile.com, Lens Crafters and more. Visit www.AAA.com/discounts for a complete list of retailers and offers.