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AMA News: Winter 2018

By AMA Staff

The latest updates on services, rewards and more for our valued AMA members.

If you’re a snowbird or you plan to be away from home for more than four days this winter, be sure your home is safe by doing a few simple things. Turn off your water and drain your pipes—frozen pipes can burst, causing damage to the structure and your possessions—or arrange for someone to walk through your home once a day so you don’t return to any unpleasant surprises. Damage from something like a burst pipe could be unrepairable if left unchecked for too long. Even worse, your home insurance may not cover damages if you didn’t take the necessary precautions, like having someone check in regularly. For more helpful home tips, visit

AMA is proud to give back to our community— especially during the holiday season. This year, we’re again inviting you to Fill Our Fleet to support local food banks. From Nov. 21 to Dec. 10, we’ll be accepting monetary donations online and at AMA centres, with proceeds going directly to local food banks. (Non-perishable foods may also be donated at AMA centres.) To launch this year’s campaign, Santa will visit select AMA centres on Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your kids, your membership card and a donation for a free photo with St. Nick, and help bring some holiday cheer to those who need it most.

AMA members who shopped this summer at any of our 165,000 AMARewards partner locations qualified for our Earn and Save Giveaway. Congratulations to this year’s grand-prize winners.

• Robert Pryde, Grande Prairie: 2018 Highland Ridge Open Range Ultra-Lite 2802BH (value: $50,999)
• Jennifer Webb, Sherwood Park: European river cruise for two (value: $18,000)
• Michael Kozak, Calgary: VIP wine getaway for four (value: $17,000)

Doug Roadhouse always went by “Roadie”—a shortened surname that also fit his lifestyle. “He was definitely a driver,” says his daughter, Lori Roadhouse Haney. “Our vacations were always road trips. We once drove to Las Vegas and then across the desert to Disneyland in a 1964 Pontiac Strato with no AC.”

Naturally, when Alberta introduced personalized plates in 1985, Doug got his: R0ADIE. A lifelong AMA member (he even volunteered with AMA in Lethbridge and taught senior driving classes), Doug passed away in 2014, but his plates remain a family heirloom, and a reminder of good times on the road.

Like Doug, you can register for a personalized plate at any AMA centre.

Whatever your plate, keep it up to date
Sign up online to have your vehicle registration renew automatically, or
visit an AMA centre. The start of your last name determines your registration’s expiry.

Nov.: K, P (except Ke & Po)
Dec.: Me, O, W
Jan.: A (except Av), I, J, Ke, U, X and numbered companies

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Not sure what to get the person who has everything? Don’t waste your time scouring the malls or online stores—buy them an AMA membership. You already know it’s a gift that truly keeps giving, with five roadside saves no matter whose vehicle they’re in, discounts on everything from home and auto services to food and clothes, and access to exclusive perks with AMA Travel. (Family members added to an AMA account get the same perks.) Plus, when you buy a new gift membership this holiday season, you’ll get back $20 in reward dollars—our gift to you!

Dead batteries can freeze in extreme cold, and trying to boost them could cause an explosion. To protect your vehicle and yourself, have your battery tested or replaced before winter weather sets in. Having your battery tested with CAA Battery Service is free and convenient. And if you have it replaced with a CAA Premium Battery, the call won’t count as one of your five annual roadside entitlements. CAA Battery Service is available for most makes and models, in select locations.

A gift for them and a gift for you: It’s a holiday win-win! Buy gift cards at an AMA centre and you’ll get reward dollars for yourself. Earn 5% in reward dollars on the Ultimate Dining Card, which can be used at Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Montana’s and more. The Hudsons Canada’s Pub card earns 5% in reward dollars, and can be used at nine locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Enjoy discounts by using your AMA membership at these Rewards partners.

Alberta Ballet (Calgary & Edmonton): Save 20% on online tickets
Addition Elle: Save 10% in-store
Bouclair: Save 5% in-store and online