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AMA News: Spring 2018

By AMA Staff

AMA has new and exclusive partners for rental cars. Members who book in advance with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental are entitled to exclusive discounts on the cost of rental vehicles worldwide. In Canada and the U.S., members can also save on GPS rentals and get 10% off prepaid fuel options. And there’s more: You can add two other drivers, get unlimited mileage, and a child or baby seat—all for free! Rent a full-size or larger vehicle and you’ll also earn up to $10 in reward dollars.*

*Some terms and conditions apply.

With the spring and summer road-trip seasons approaching, now is the time to start taking stock of what you might need on your next journey. One essential: Your AMA membership. If you’re planning to be on the road a lot this year, consider upgrading to a Plus or Premier membership, which offer perks like free emergency fuel, extended towing distances, and more. It’s easy to give yourself a boost: Just log into your online account and follow the directions. Once you’ve upgraded, don’t forget to add your kids (under 16). They’ll get all the perks of membership no matter who’s car they’re in—for free!

A breakdown on the road is likely the main reason you’d call for a tow truck. But it’s not the only reason you might need one. That’s why AMA also offers convenience tows—for times that don’t explicitly involve the mechanical failure of a vehicle. Convenience tows may be provided for circumstances like towing a disabled car or motorcycle (though not an RV, motorhome or trailer) from the front to the rear of your residence, or towing to a scrap yard. One convenience tow is covered per membership year for Plus and Premier members. Visit an AMA centre or call 1-800-222-6400 for more info.

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When you’re locked out of your home, you likely don’t want to waste time comparison shopping for a locksmith. AMA makes the decision easier by offering reimbursement for home-lockout services. No matter which Alberta locksmith you use, simply submit your receipt to us within 60 days of the service call and we’ll reimburse you up to $100. This benefit is available once per year for Premier members only. Visit an AMA centre or call 1-800-222-6400 for more info.

Life’s busy. When it comes to trip planning, we know you don’t always have time to wait in line to see an AMA Travel specialist. That’s why we’ve introduced a new online appointment booking system. You can find an ideal time to meet with an agent to plan and book your perfect trip. Whether you’re envisioning a week-long vacation or a dream destination wedding, booking an appointment online, in advance, will save time and ensure you’re matched with the perfect travel specialist.

Guard against identity theft by destroying no-longer-needed personal documents at AMA shredding events. These free, member-exclusive events are held across the province every weekend in April and May. Last year, 14,000 members rid themselves of 233 tons of docs, and in the process, helped us give back to the community. Together, we donated 21,000 pounds of food and $217,000 to local food banks.

Sign up for AMA’s Vehicle Registration Auto-Renew service to ensure your registration and plate stickers never expire. We’ll process your renewal and send the stickers and registration to you. Prefer to renew in person? We can help at any AMA centre.

The start of your last name determines your registration’s expiry:
• Feb.: last name beginning M (excluding Me) or Q
• Mar.: last name beginning B (excluding Be) or Y
• Apr.: last name beginning D or G (excluding Gr)

Never be left without your AMA membership: Set it to renew automatically each year on your credit card. Activate auto renew through your AMA online account, call 1-800-222-6400 or register at an AMA centre. New to auto renew? You’ll get $5 in reward dollars for signing up.