I've been a Automobile Club of NY member since owning my first car in college--has been a lifesaver many times over. My family has been dealing with AAA for almost 50 years--we never traveled anywhere without a "triptik" which mapped countless trips across the country. I still have some of these triptiks and a library of travel guides for many of the 50 states. I use AAA on-line now and receive the monthly magazine containing information on travel in NY as well as relevant articles on owning and taking care of my car.
I not only use AAA for its roadside assistance which saves the day for many folks, but it has an excellent travel agency which offers a wealth of travel services. Most recently have called on AAA to tow my truck, get AMTRAK tickets for my son, used my card for discounts while shopping at Woodbury Commons Outlet Center and searched vacation trips. The membership fee is worth every penny.
Big thumbs up to AAA.