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AAA PetBook Offers Traveling Pet Owners More Than 14,000 Places to Stay and Play

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June 27, 2012
Release of new AAA PetBook edition means thousands of updated listings and the start of the next AAA PetBook Photo Contest
AURORA, Ill.., (May 24, 2012) – Does your ideal vacation include your furry family members? For many Americans, Fido and Fluffy are essential participants in family outings. But they can pose some challenges when it comes to travel arrangements. Concerns range from locating pet-friendlyestablishmentsto finding reliable trip planning information and advice.
 
For these travelers, the newly released edition of Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook® — available in print and digital versions — offers a solution they can trust. The annually updated guidebook contains detailed information for finding and selectingthe right place to stay. Plus, the guideispacked witha wealth of additional resources for planning pet-friendly vacations.
 
“A great vacation with pets requires careful planning,” said Bill Wood, executive editor, AAA Travel Publishing. “The last thing travelers want to find on arrival is their pet exceeds the hotel’s size limit or requires extra fees. AAA collects these details to help prevent unwelcome surprises. We’re pleased to provide traveling pet owners with handy tips and insight along with reliable travel information.”
 
Whether travelerswantaffordable, comfortable hotels near favorite recreation spots, or luxurious accommodations that extend the royal treatment to two- and four-footed guests, they’ll find it in Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook. The book includes pet-friendly AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings throughoutthe U.S. and Canada. Listings include fees, permitted pet sizes,conditions of stayand pet amenitiesfor properties across every Diamond Rating level.
 
For outdoor enthusiasts, the book lists more than 600pet-friendly campgroundsplus dog parks and attractions and national public lands that allow pets. Readers will also find useful tips for preparing four-legged travelers for the road or air and handy information about pet etiquette, insurance and emergency animal clinics.
 
“We know pets are very much a part of our guests’ families. As such, we want to welcome pets and their owners to our more than 1,600 pet-friendly properties,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western. “We are proud to be listed in The AAA PetBook, an exceptional resource, and to sponsor the annual AAA PetBook Photo Contest to help showcase pet travelers in action.”
 
From its outside covers to a special 16-page insert, the guide featuresscenic, smile-provoking photos of petsenjoying safe travel— a reminder to snap a candid of your winner duringthis year’s vacation. The currentAAA PetBook Photo Contest sponsored by Best Westernis open for entries, now through Nov. 30, 2012. Each year, winnersare selected to appear on the back cover and spine of the next editionand also receive cash, pet treats, copies of the book and a Best Western Travel Card usable worldwide. See inside The AAA PetBook for details, or access official contest rules, an entry form and the contest photo gallery at AAA.com/PetBook.
 
Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook, 14th edition,is available at many AAA and CAA officesas well as select bookstores andonline booksellers. The suggested retailprice is $18.95. The digital edition, available at online booksellers, carries a suggested digital retail price of $9.99.
 
About AAA
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
 
About Best Western International, Inc.
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,100* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 66 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 13 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can redeem at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, racecar driver Michael Waltrip, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Best Western in 2011 was named AAA’s and CAA’s Hotel Partner of the Year and bestwestern.com was named the 2011 Compuware Best of the Web Gold award winner.


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AAA Chicago is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada. Its mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
 

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