"CAA Rate" is the rate offered to members of the Canadian Automobile Association, and is usually the same as the "AAA Rate" offered to members of the American Automobile Association. You'll often see the rate shown as "AAA/CAA Rate". On my CAA membership card, it shows both the CAA and AAA symbols, as the two associations are basically the same, offering the same services (Triptiks, maps, state, provincial and city guides, roadservice, etc.) to members, along with trip planning and travel booking.
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I often see the CAA rate lower than the AAA rate. I see some rates are AAA/CAA, but often see CAA rate alone. Why would a CAA rate come up when I request for the AAA rate? I wonder if I could book a CAA rate and not have to show the membership card?
Only a guess on my part....but if you're trying to book a hotel in Canada, it may only show as a CAA rate, but I can't see how it could be lower than the rate shown for AAA, because of the exchange rate between the U.S. and Canadian dollar. Example: a rate showing as $100.00 U.S would convert to about $140.00 Canadian. Where did you see a lower Canadian rate than in U.S dollars? I'd be interested to see your example.
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I can't come up with an example, but I've seen different CAA and AAA rates too. Usually the difference is because one is a cheaper 21-day prepaid rate and the other is just a regular discount. I'm a CAA member and I use either AAA or CAA rates and would assume that an AAA member wouldn't have a problem getting either rate as well. For that matter, I assume a non-member wouldn't have any problem well, since I've only ever been asked for my card once or twice.
I was also going to point out the 4 points LAX as an example that offered a cheaper CAA rate than the AAA rate. It's pretty rare to see something like that. I just assume it was a mistake and they meant AAA/CAA.
I too use my CAA card to get AAA rates up here all the time. Quite often you can't get CAA rates in Canada (go figure) as they only offer the AAA.
Book it and don't even worry about it. Think of it this way. How often do you even get asked for your AAA card when booking those rates? I think I have been asked maybe 3 times in 2 years (over 200 nights). Worst comes to worst you can just argue (politely) that they are both Automobile Association cards
As others have posted, (and thanks for the example) I don't think you'll have trouble getting the CAA rate with your AAA card (if you should even have to show it). But this leads me to wonder.....because your example was for a hotel in California, could the separate "CAA" rate be for those members of the "California Auto Club", if there is such a thing, maybe a distinct regional part of the AAA. Or is it some sort of promo for Canucks from that hotel? Anyone think of calling the hotel to enquire about the different rates (AAA/CAA, and CAA by itself) shown on their website?