Talking AAA with Elizabeth & Brian
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We're Talking AAA with Brian Murray and Elizabeth Carey! Every Saturday at 8:30am and Sunday at 6:30am, tune in to Buffalo’s very own WECK on 1230AM, 102.9FM, 100.1FM or 100.5FM – or choose a podcast below and listen for travel information, automotive tips, insurance advice, traffic safety research, retail discounts and more!
AAA Talking Travel September 4, 2021 - Labor Day weekend is here, and that means back to school season is in full swing. On this edition of Talking AAA, Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police joins Brian and Elizabeth to share tips for both holiday travelers and motorists as schools reopen. Plus, learn about AAA’s Trips, Trucks and Trunks show taking place on September 18 where the state police will offer free car seat checks. Be sure to tune in!
AAA Talking Travel August 28, 2021 - It’s time to set sail on the Disney Dream! AAA’s Disney Destinations Manager Shelley Eastmer is fresh off a Disney cruise and she joins Brian and Elizabeth to share all the magical details! Then, it’s time to play ball! Tom Shieber, Senior Curator with the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, has all the details on the museum’s Starting Nine – a scavenger hunt for the ultimate baseball fan. If you’re a Yankees fan, or if you love the game, be sure to tune into this edition of Talking AAA!
AAA Talking Travel August 21, 2021 - The Great New York State Fair Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America’s oldest and one of the largest state fairs. Of course, it showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment, and offers plenty of food and beverages. But what’s new this year? On this edition of Talking AAA, Dave Bullard, public relations manager with The Great New York State Fair, joins Brian and Elizabeth to share all the details. The Fair runs from August 20 to September 6 – tune in now to learn all about it!
AAA Talking Travel August 14, 2021 - Want a taste of lifestyles of the rich and famous? Villa vacations are for you! Imagine kicking back at a luxurious home with a private pool, cinema, basketball court – any amenity you choose! It’s all possible with a villa vacation through AAA. It’s no surprise that this type of travel is extremely popular right now! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Shelley Eastmer, a travel manager with AAA who is fresh off a villa vacation. She’ll share the experience with you! Tune in!
AAA Talking Travel July 17, 2021 - The magic of Disney awaits! AAA Western and Central New York’s resident Disney expert, Shelley Eastmer, is fresh off a trip to the Magic Kingdom and she’s ready to share her experience with you! Shelley has the low down on all things Disney – rides, attractions, fireworks, health protocols and more! Then Brian and Elizabeth wrap up the program with an important safety message to Slow Down, Move Over after a tragedy on the roads. This is one show you won’t want to miss!
AAA Talking Travel July 10, 2021 - Travel is on the rebound and Talking AAA has all the details on current travel trends from domestic to international. Kevin Bloom, Sr. Travel Sales Advisor with AAA Western and Central New York, joins Brian and Elizabeth to share the latest information on cruises and more. Pack your bags – you’ll be ready for a trip after this edition of Talking AAA!
Independence Day July 3, 2021 - The holiday weekend is here and Talking AAA is gearing up for the 4th of July! On this edition, Sr. Insurance Specialist Dave Kirst answers your questions on grilling safety, pool safety and summer fun related to insurance coverage. Then Brian and Elizabeth share AAA’s Independence Day Travel Forecast, which indicates a return to pre-pandemic levels. Be sure to tune in!
Celebrity Cruises June 26, 2021 - Cruising is making a return and Talking AAA has everything you need to know! Wondering what the on board experience will be like? From buffets and excursions to vaccinations and Itineraries, all of your questions will be answered with Kim Smith of Celebrity Cruises as she joins Brian and Elizabeth for this informative session. Whether you have a future cruise credit to use, or if you’re just dreaming of setting sail, this edition of Talking AAA is for you!
Save Money with AAA June 19, 2021 - Get ready to save some valuable cash with AAA’s own Savvy Shopper, Jennifer Argentieri, who joins Brian and Elizabeth on this edition of Talking AAA! Jennifer explain how a new cash back program works – soon you’ll be saving money at retail outlets and grocery stores! Plus, she shares details on how you can even purchase Buffalo Bills tickets with your AAA membership. Brian and Elizabeth wrap up the program with your latest travel news. Don’t miss it!
Electric Vehicles and New Diamond Hotel Ratings June 12, 2021 - Electric vehicles are gaining popularity, and AAA is preparing to offer mobile battery charging to service EVs with dead batteries. AAA technicians are undergoing training on SparkCharge Roadie units, which will deploy across the region in the coming weeks. EV expert Bryan Jajkowski is a guest on this edition of Talking AAA to share all the details. Then Brian and Elizabeth review AAA’s new Inspected Clean program where inspectors evaluate housekeeping at hotels across the country and beyond. Hotel cleanliness is more important now than ever before, so be sure to tune in for the latest news!
Medicare and Return to Travel June 5, 2021 - Navigating Medicare might seem confusing and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! AAA has licensed Medicare experts to help walk you through the process starting with free informative webinars. On this edition of Talking AAA, licensed insurance agent Sarah Wallace joins Brian and Elizabeth with valuable information on Medicare. Then, in the second, half of the program, Brian shares updates on the return to travel along with incredible travel deals, while Elizabeth reminds listeners about traffic safety amidst the 100 Deadliest Day for teen drivers. Tune in!
Talking AAA May 29, 2021 - Memorial Day weekend is here, and if you haven’t booked your summer vacation yet, now is the time to do so – prices are going up as availability becomes limited. If you can’t decide where to go, this is the show for you! Brian and Elizabeth are joined by AAA Travel Advisor Kathy Hare who shares her top picks for summer getaways – everything from Nashville to Ocean City to National Parks. Be sure to tune in for important tips and information! Have a safe holiday!
Talking AAA May 22, 2021 - Memorial Day is almost here – that means it’s time to get your car road trip ready and get a refresher on safe driving! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth both topics. They’re joined by AAA Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher for car care tips, and then NYS Trooper James O’Callaghan shares safety advice for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Whether you’re going on a road trip, hitting the beach, or simply enjoying spring, you’ll want to tune in!
Talking AAA May 15, 2021 - Talk about an informative show! This edition of Talking AAA covers everything from careers to travel. First, AAA recruiter Abby Woestendiek fills us in on career opportunities and a virtual career fair being held on May 20. Then, AAA travel sales manager Christopher Goerss joins in to share all the details of AAA Travel with Pride – a new group travel program designed for LGBTQ+ travelers. Then Brian wraps up the show with some great deal as Elizabeth runs down top picks for Bills travelers this fall. Tune in!
Disney’s Newest Cruise Ship – “The Wish” May 8, 2021 - Who’s ready to set sail on a magical voyage? Disney Cruise Line is unveiling its newest ship, The Wish, in 2022, and bookings open this month. In this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by AAA’s Disney Destinations Manager Shelley Eastmer who has all of the magical details – from the ship’s Aqua Mouse attraction and cinemas to two-floor accommodations and the first vanishing edge pool at sea! Tune in to hear about the itineraries and more, and you’ll be “wishing” to set sail!
National Travel & Tourism Week and Spring Insurance Tips May 1, 2021 - National Travel & Tourism Week is May 2-8 this year. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth explain how travel impacts the economy and why now is a great time to book a trip. Then the program changes gears and David Kirst, senior insurance specialist with AAA, reminds us why we need a spring insurance checkup! Before you bring out your RV, boat or motorcycle, you’ll want to chat with AAA – and don’t forget those spring cleaning tips to protect your home – learn all about it on Talking AAA!
Distracted Driving Awareness Month April 24, 2021 - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month – a time for drivers to make a resolution to avoid distractions behind the wheel not just in April, but every day. Special guests from AT&T and the New York State Police join Brian and Elizabeth for this edition of Talking AAA to explain why distractions are at an all-time high and what drivers can do to stay safe. Did you know that more than 3,000 people are killed each year in distracted driving crashes? Tune in to learn more, and drive safely!
River Cruising with AmaWaterways April 17, 2021 - Ahh! The ultimate experience in luxury river cruising is growing in popularity despite the pandemic. Travelers are booking now for 2021 and 2022 travel opportunities with AmaWaterways. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Gary Murphy and Jazzmine Douse from AmaWaterways to hear the latest news and safety protocols as they prepare to return to cruising. They’ll also share the features that make river cruising so special from the wonderful staff and dining to tours and itineraries in cultural and exotic destinations. Whether you’re considering a river cruise or you’re already hooked, kick back and listen!
AAA Group Travel Opportunities April 10, 2021 - Group travel is back with wellness in mind! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Melissa Petersen, AAA’s Group Travel Manager, who shares health and safety protocols, incredible opportunities, and great destinations for 2021. From motorcoach tours in the Northeast to rail and air options out West, there’s something for everyone! Plus, Brian will host a fall Rail and Red Rocks Adventure – learn all about it on Talking AAA!
Easter Travel and Now Hiring! April 3, 2021 - The Easter travel season is here and Orlando is once again the top destination. Brian and Elizabeth run through top trends and travel tips. Then, our Manager of Driver Training, Mike Formanowicz joins in to talk about some great career opportunities as a AAA Driving Instructor – enjoy flexible hours in a rewarding environment! Learn more at www.AAA.com/Careers. Brian and Elizabeth wrap up the program with some great travel offer so be sure to tune in to Talking AAA!
Celebrity Cruises & Traffic Safety March 27, 2021 - Get your latest cruise news on this edition of Talking AAA as Brian and Elizabeth welcome Kim Smith of Celebrity Cruises. Learn about new itineraries for summer 2021. Then get a traffic safety update on impaired driving and wrong-way crashes before hearing about valuable travel offers. Tune in!
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines March 20, 2021 - Are you ready to set sail? On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Susan Prinzing from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line! She’ll share the latest cruise news including itineraries, new ship amenities, and valuable special offers. Plus learn about the WECK listener cruise! Whether you have a future cruise booked, a travel credit to use or you are considering a cruise, tune in for important details!
The Emerald Isle March 13, 2021 - Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Brian and Elizabeth wear the green as they welcome special guest Kevin Fairbanks-Bloom – a senior travel advisor with AAA – to share his expertise on travel to Ireland. Even though travel is limited right now, many people are booking future trips and hoping for the luck of the Irish. Kevin shares must-see locations, ways to immerse yourself in the Irish culture and gives his expert tips. Then AAA travel manager Christine Randise explains all the new ways to book travel – phone, email, video – you name it! Everyone is Irish on this edition of Talking AAA!
AAA Auto Tips March 6, 2021 - Pothole season is here! AAA automotive manager Dan Fisher is a guest on this edition of Talking AAA to share spring auto tips. Then, Brian and Elizabeth break down new findings from an annual AAA survey on self-driving vehicles. Get the latest on automotive research! Plus, take advantage of some great travel deals at the end of the show! There’s something for everyone on Talking AAA!
Amtrak Vacations and Alaska February 27, 2021 - It looks like the Alaskan cruise season remains on hold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit the Final Frontier in 2021. In this edition of Talking AAA, Elizabeth and Brian welcome Jim Marini from Amtrak Vacations to share Alaska land opportunities available this summer! Or how about visiting National Parks out west? Learn about Amtrak vacation packages including tours, hotels, and more – and each one can be customized to the individual traveler! 70% of Amtrak’s passengers are new travelers who are taking advantage of train travel. Tune in to learn more!
Villa Vacation & AAA Careers February 20, 2021 - Imagine vacationing at your own private resort – that’s what it’s like with a Villa Vacation from AAA! Enjoy an upscale villa complete with the amenities of your choice like a private pool, movie theatre, or arcade – you name it! There are thousands of properties to choose from in desirable destinations and Brian will share all the details. Then Elizabeth welcomes Abby, a recruiter with AAA, to talk about available career opportunities. Whether you’re job seeking or dreaming of a fabulous vacation, this is one edition of Talking AAA that you won’t want to miss!
Travel Guidelines, Restrictions, and Trends February 13, 2021 - On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian shares the latest travel guidelines, restrictions, and trends while Elizabeth welcomes Dave Kirst, a licensed insurance agent with AAA who answers all of your insurance questions and shares tips to save you money! February is a great time to dust off your insurance policy and see how you can save money. Be sure to tune in!
Valentine’s Day Discounts February 6, 2021 - How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Don’t let high prices get you down. Use your AAA membership to save on everything from flowers and candy to steak and treats. On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Jennifer Argentieri, Sr. Manager of Member Experience at AAA Western and Central New York, who shares valuable, money-saving discounts just in time for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to tune in – you’ll “love” the discounts!
Watch Your Speed January 30, 2021 - In this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth recap National Plan for Vacation Day and share some great offers for river cruising. Then they’re joined by Trooper James O’Callaghan from the NYS Police to discuss vehicle speed and crashes. AAA research, conducted at Calspan, shows that small speed increases have a big impact on the crash outcome. Trooper O shares some great safety advice. Be sure to tune in and be safe!
Talking AAA January 23, 2021 - National Plan for Vacation Day is Tuesday! Are you ready to plan? Brian & Elizabeth explain why it’s important to sit down with the calendar and a travel agent! Then our Manager of Driver Training Mike Formanowicz joins in to talk about teen driving and career opportunities. And to wrap things up, our Director of Automotive Services Chris Ferreira shares an important Slow Down, Move Over message. Be sure to tune in to this edition of Talking AAA!
Royal Caribbean Sets Sail to Barbados January 16, 2021 - While cruising remains limited, Royal Caribbean has breaking news to share! They will offer round-trip cruises out of Barbados beginning in December 2021. Get the scoop on the new itinerary as Brian and Elizabeth welcome special guest Susan Prinzing from RCCL. She’ll also share the latest on COVID regulations and how the cruise line is preparing to set sail. Plus, get special offers on your next cruise in this edition of Talking AAA!
New Year Resolutions January 9, 2021 - The new year is here and that means there’s a lot to accomplish. This edition of Talking AAA will help you along the way. First, Brian and Elizabeth kick things off with the latest travel updates and cruise delays; then they’re joined by Elizabeth Sciria, a licensed insurance agent with AAA Western and Central New York, to share important information on Medicare and free, upcoming seminars; and to wrap things up, AAA assistant fleet manager Jon Carroll joins in to remind drivers about automotive resolutions with important car care tips. There’s something for everyone in this version of Talking AAA!
Talking AAA January 2, 2021 - AAA’s radio program on WECK has a new name for 2021. On Talking AAA, Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray show you how AAA can help you out every day! From emergency road service and insurance to travel and valuable member discounts, AAA offers everyday savings that you can’t beat. Join Brian and Elizabeth as they launch the new show!
Year-End Holidays December 26, 2020 - AAA Travel expects the vast majority of Americans to stay home this holiday season amid public health concerns. However, as many as 84.5 million Americans may still travel from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, a decline in travel of at least 29% from 2019. On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth run through safety tips and recap the year 2020, which was filled with travel challenges. Tune in for the latest travel information!
Spiel the Wine December 19, 2020 - Get ready to sip and swirl on this edition of AAA Talking Travel when Kevin LoVullo, host of Spiel the Wine on WGRZ-TV, joins Brian and Elizabeth. Kevin shares his love of travel and wine tasting with some great advice for holiday dinners. With limited opportunities to wine and dine due to the pandemic, Kevin will offer tips to celebrate at home. Say cheers on this fun episode!
Universal Orlando Resort December 12 2020 - Who’s ready to see the Grinch, minions and Harry Potter? Or does a relaxing day poolside sound better? Take your pick at Universal Orlando Resort. On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Lidia Markser from Universal to share holiday happenings, updated safety protocols and special deals on future travel. Why not give the gift of travel this holiday season with a future trip to Universal?! You won’t want to miss this fun program complete with VIP experience details!!
Traffic Safety with NYSP December 5 2020 - Winter driving, road rage, speed... Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police covers it all. He’ll explain the importance of Slow Down, Move Over, plus he has tips for holiday travelers and shoppers alike. “Trooper O” joins Brian and Elizabeth with important tips to make sure we end 2020 as safely as possible! Be sure to tune in and stay safe!
AAA Discounts and Deals November 28 2020 - Ready to give the gift of future travel? Brian shares AAA’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals – from group tours to beach getaways – there’s an offer for everyone. Plus, Elizabeth runs down AAA everyday discounts like grocery savings and cashback promotions. You can even save at local retailers like the Made in America store! Tune in and save!
Safe Travel to Disney November 21 2020 - Theme parks, attractions, hotels, transportation – curious about traveling to Disney amid the pandemic? This edition of AAA Talking Travel will provide all of the information you need. AAA’s Disney Destinations Manager Shelley Eastmer is fresh off a trip to the Magic Kingdom and she’ll join Brian and Elizabeth with all the latest info! Traveling to Disney does take some magic these days – rely on a trusted AAA travel consultant to arrange your trip!
Holiday Travel and Member Choice Vacations November 14 2020 - It’s almost Thanksgiving, so Brian and Elizabeth will unveil AAA’s Thanksgiving Travel Forecast breaking down air, car and train travel. Then they’ll be joined by special guest Kevin Ferguson of AAA Member Choice Vacations. He’ll explain the advantages of escorted tours amid the pandemic, plus, he’ll share the top destinations for 2021 and 2022. Why are some travelers booking once in a lifetime bucket list vacations? Tune in and find out on this edition of AAA Talking Travel!
Travel Trends from a AAA Travel Consultant November 7 2020 - This is a must listen edition of AAA Talking Travel for anyone who wants an update on the latest travel trends and guidelines. AAA International Travel Consultant Kevin Bloom breaks down New York’s new quarantine rules, shares the latest trends for holiday travel and 2021 bookings and reveals some top destinations like cruising and Hawaii! Say Aloha to Brian and Elizabeth in this info-packed program!
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line October 31 2020 - After sharing some important safety information for motorists tied to Halloween, falling back with the clocks and buckling up, Brian and Elizabeth welcome a special guest from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. RCCL’s Strategic Account Manager Susan Prinzing has the latest on what the cruise line is doing to prepare to welcome back guests. Hint: cruising will be safer than ever before! Plus, RCCL is planning to add a fourth ship in Alaska for summer 2021 anticipating higher demand. Now is the time to book and take advantage of special, limited time offers that Susan will share with listeners. So be sure to tune in!
Winter Car Care and Safety October 24 2020 - October is Car Care Month at AAA and now is the time to prepare your vehicle for the inevitable winter weather that will soon come our way. On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Dan Fisher, AAA Dispatch Manager, to learn the top tips to prepare for the snow. Then Todd Ingraham, AAA Fleet Manager, joins in to remind motorists to Slow Down, Move Over and protect roadside workers. Plus, did you know you can request emergency road service easily via the AAA app? Tune in to learn more!
Distracted Driving Awareness Month October 17 2020 - October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and in an effort to curb the bad habit among drivers, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by two important guests. First, Kevin Hanna, AT&T’s Director of External Affairs will discuss the dangers of distraction and share startling research. Then Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police will advise drivers on safety protocols and share NYS data. This is an educational program for all drivers, young and old - please remember to put the phone down and avoid distractions behind the wheel, after all, It Can Wait.
Visit the Finger Lakes October 10 2020 - 11 lakes, countless wineries, unbeatable scenery, secret waterfalls and delicious dining – those are just a few of the things the Finger Lakes has to offer. The region is growing in popularity as travelers look for beautiful destinations so they can socially distance. This episode of AAA Talking Travel is dedicated to the unique region and features two special guests. First, Jessica Robideau joins Brian and Elizabeth from the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance to share details on the unique region and its offerings. Then Michael Hardy, Executive Director of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce zones in on Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen State Park and more. Once you tune in, you’ll be ready to pack your bags for a getaway!
Medicare Advice from AAA October 3 2020 - Open Enrollment for Medicare begins October 15 and there’s no need to stress! AAA offers complimentary Medicare educational seminars and one-on-one appointments to review your needs. In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Elizabeth and Brian are joined by Elizabeth Sciria, licensed insurance agent and Medicare expert who will review options and share new information for those who are currently enrolled and for those who are now eligible for Medicare. Be sure to tune in for this important update and find more details at www.AAA.com/Insurance.
Princess Cruises in Alaska September 26 2020 - There’s no denying that 2020 has been a disappointing travel year – the traditional bucket list destination of Alaska was off limits to most travelers. In fact, it’s the first time in more than 50 years that Princess Cruises was unable to take passengers to the final frontier. However, 2021 and 2022 itineraries are filling up quickly. In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Debra Hege from Princess to share all that a voyage to Alaska entails, plus learn all about Princess lodges for an incredible land/sea opportunity. Tune in and set sail!
Explore the U.S. by Train September 19 2020 - All aboard for this edition of AAA Talking Travel where Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Jim Marini from Amtrak Vacations and Railbookers. Jim will review all of the safety protocols that are in place for train travel right now, plus he’ll share top destinations. With many travelers looking to explore the United States, train travel is growing in popularity. In fact, 91 percent of Amtrak’s bookings have been with new passengers. Whether you’re ready to hit the rails, or just want to hear about the latest trends, tune in to see what’s new!
Grocery Discounts September 12 2020 - It’s back to school and your grocery shopping habits will change! AAA is here to help you save money with a brand new grocery discount program. Elizabeth and Brian are joined by AAA’s Member Experience Manager to learn exactly how it works. Tune in and soon you’ll be saving money on groceries, snacks, household goods, baby items and more at both Tops and Wegmans!
School’s Open – Drive Carefully September 5 2020 - Wow! Where did summer go? Before they celebrate Labor Day, Brian and Elizabeth recap summer travel and share the newest trends going into the fall and holiday season. Then they’re joined by Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police to talk about school bus safety. AAA started the School’s Open – Drive Carefully campaign in 1946 and it’s more important now than ever before with so many hybrid and virtual learning models out there. Tune in for the latest information.
Now hiring and traffic safety! August 29 2020 - Summer days are winding down and it’s important to end on a safe note – Brian and Elizabeth are joined by the New York State Police with tips on how to stay safe this Labor Day weekend. Then, they fill you in on why AAA is a great place to work with VP of HR Susan Was – AAA is hosting virtual job interviews and you can find all the open positions at www.AAA.com/Careers. Listen to learn more!
End of Summer Travel and Driving Lessons August 22 2020 - Summer is quickly winding down – with just a couple of weeks until Labor Day, Brian and Elizabeth run through the most popular spots for end of summer getaways – from the Adirondacks, and Finger Lakes to Maine and Orlando. Then, they’re joined by AAA’s Driver Training manager who has full details on driver education for teens and adults – AAA is offering the 5-hour pre-licensing course virtually, while in car instruction is taking place. Tune in for great tips on safe driving!
AAA Talking Travel August 15 2020 - Do you have a yearning to travel along with concerns about health and safety? On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Dr. Michael Jorolemon from Crouse Hospital in Syracuse who will share tips to keep you safe on your trip. Plus, Brian runs through upcoming travel webinars while Elizabeth shares details about a new hotel in Canandaigua, N.Y. Tune in!
Universal Orlando Resort August 8 2020 - On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Elizabeth and Brian welcome Lidia Markser to share the latest news and updates from Universal Orlando Resort. Lidia will review safety guidelines, new rules and share the latest excitement from Orlando. With multiple parks, new rides and the wizardry of Harry Potter, Universal has so much to offer. Many families have travel credits to use due to the pandemic and Lidia will share her expert advice for those looking to travel or those just dreaming about the future. Be sure to tune in!
Air Travel and Trends August 1 2020 - Two informative guests join Elizabeth and Brian for this edition of AAA Talking Travel. First, hear from Helen Tederous, the Director of Public Affairs for the NFTA on what to expect at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport – Helen will review safety protocols and more. Then, AAA International Travel Consultant Kevin Bloom joins the program to share the latest travel trends – while travel is limited now, Kevin is seeing a lot of travelers booking trips for 2021 and beyond. Be sure to tune in for the latest travel information!
AAA Talking Travel July 25 2020 - Tune into this edition of AAA Talking Travel to hear from two informative guests joining Brian and Elizabeth. First, Kathy Sautter from Tops Friendly Markets will share details on how you can win a free tank of gas or outdoor adventure gear this summer. Tops is teaming up with AAA to share road trip tips and advice as shoppers take part in “Fuel Your Own Adventure” – the program runs through August 29th and over 1,000 lucky winners will be chosen. Then, our AAA in-house Medicare expert, Elizabeth Sciria, joins in to share details of two upcoming, free Medicare seminars that you can take part in from home. Don’t be stressed over confusing Medicare when AAA can simplify it for you. Great information is waiting for you on this show!
Disney Updates July 18 2020 - Some Walt Disney World Parks have reopened, but travelers should expect a much different experience when visiting Orlando. What can travelers expect? How do reservations work? And how is Disney adding magic to park visits amid the pandemic? In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Shelley Eastmer – manager of Disney Destination Sales for AAA Western and Central New York. She’s a Disney expert and will share the latest insider information. Whether you have a trip planned or are just curious about the new policies, be sure to tune in!
Royal Caribbean Cruises July 11 2020 - When will cruising resume and what will it look like? On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Susan Prinzing of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for all the answers. Hear what the cruise line is doing make sure passengers stay safe once cruise ships sail again. Plus, learn about current offers and flexibility for those looking to book or rebook a cruise. Tune in!
AAA Travel July 4 2020 - The 4th of July is here and Brian and Elizabeth have a fun and informative show with two special guests. First, New York State Trooper James O’Callaghan shares safety tips regarding driving, fireworks, celebrations and more – plus hear what he’s cooking this holiday! Then AAA’s Driver Training Manager, Mike Formanowicz, gives updates on in-car and online driving lessons. Learn how the pandemic has created a challenge for young drivers as Mike shares advice for teens and parents alike. Be sure to listen for important advice!
Summer Travel Forecast June 27 2020 - AAA projects Americans will take 700 million trips this year - down 15% compared to last year due to the pandemic. Road trips reign supreme this summer as most Americans will travel by car. Brian and Elizabeth run through the numbers, travel trends, safety advice and more on this edition of AAA Talking Travel. Whether you’re traveling near or far, be sure to listen to this episode before you begin your journey and stay safe!
Safe Summer Travel June 20 2020 - Taking a summer road trip or considering traveling by air? Travelers have many questions these days and, in this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth will answer many of them as they review AAA’s comprehensive summer travel tips for personal safety and hygiene. Families will appreciate the advice that will go a long way in keeping everyone safe. Plus, the co-hosts will share details of upcoming webinars, celebrate AAA Western and Central New York’s 120th anniversary and wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Be sure to tune in!
Current Travel Trends June 13 2020 - As communities reopen and diners return to patios, travelers are also looking to get out and experience unique destinations. On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth share travel tips, current travel trends, safety protocols and more. Elizabeth recaps her recent trip to the Finger Lakes, which will be a popular spot this summer. Plus, Brian shares tips for those considering air travel while also unveiling some attractive travel offers for cruises and more. Be sure to relax, unwind and tune into AAA Talking Travel!
Summer Travel & LifeLock June 6 2020 - Summer road trips & National Parks galore! On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Elizabeth shares details of a recent road trip while Brian has summer travel offers. Then a special guest discusses special savings for AAA members with LifeLock to protect their assets. Tune in!
Medicare and Summer Travel May 30 2020 - On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by AAA Western and Central New York’s in-house Medicare expert, Elizabeth Sciria, who will share important tips and information about the Medicare process. Plus, get details on 4 free upcoming AAA webinars on Medicare. Then your weekly co-hosts will share the latest travel updates on Disney, Universal and summer travel as communities begin to reopen. Tune in to learn more!
AAA Talking Travel – Memorial Day May 23 2020 - Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer, but this year travel will be a bit different with road trips taking center stage. Traffic safety will be of utmost importance with so many people traveling by car. Trooper James O’Callaghan, Public Information Officer for the New York State Police Troop A, joins Brian and Elizabeth for this edition of AAA Talking Travel to share important safety information. Plus, they’ll share their favorite Memorial Day traditions – be sure to tune in before you head out on a summer road trip!
Insurance and Discounts May 16 2020 - Did you get a refund from your auto insurance due to the pandemic? AAA’s vice president of insurance, David Hodge, joins Brian and Elizabeth to share details on how the insurance refunds and rebates work, plus he will offer important tips on how to get the most of our your coverage. Then, on the second half of the podcast, Jennifer Argentieri, senior manager of member experience will give an update on valuable AAA online discounts to take advantage of. If you’re looking to save money, this is the show for you!
Travel Updates May 9 2020 - With most travel still on hold, AAA Western and Central New York’s assortment of free, informational podcasts are a huge hit – travelers can learn about various destinations from the comfort of their own homes! Plus, with a pend up demand for travel, what trends can we expect this summer? Brian and Elizabeth break it all down as they also celebrate Mother’s Day virtually. Be sure to tune into this episode of AAA Talking Travel for great information!
National Travel & Tourism Week May 2 2020 - Join Brian and Elizabeth as they kick of National Travel and Tourism Week, which will be much different this year given the global health crisis. With travel still on hold, they will share anticipated summer travel trends along with popular destinations. And Brian will unveil a whole list of upcoming, free AAA consumer webinars for travelers to enjoy virtual travel right from home. Be sure to give this podcast a listen!
Summer Road Trip Ideas April 25 2020 - With a pent up demand for travel, AAA expects road trips to be popular this summer as travelers emerge from the pandemic. Join Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray for this edition of AAA Talking Travel for some great ideas to add to your bucket list. AAA Western and Central New York Domestic Travel Sales Specialists Kathy Hare and Penny Kellner cover driveable destinations such as Gettysburg, PA and Williamsburg, VA; Cleveland, OH and Frankenmuth, MI; Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains; plus great travel opportunities right in New York State.
U.S. River Cruising with Viking April 18 2020 - Long awaited U.S. river cruising will soon make its debut! Viking Cruises is set to unveil Viking Mississippi with four itineraries and unique experiences along the Mississippi River in 2022. Donna Nightengale, from Viking, joins Brian and Elizabeth for this edition of AAA Talking Travel to share all that this new itinerary will offer, plus she’ll unveil some travel options with Viking on the Great Lakes that will also begin in 2022.
Update Coronavirus Pandemic April 11 2020 - In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth unveil a new effort by AAA Western and Central New York to encourage travelers to dream now, travel later. Based on input from travelers asking for “virtual palm trees” and more amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, AAA is offering inspirational photos, webinars, videos and more to keep travelers satisfied electronically and to educate the public on various destinations. The hosts will also run down a list of top destinations that travelers are requesting information about to dream now, travel later.
Four Diamond Awards Amid Coronavirus Pandemic April 4 2020 - In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth have the latest travel updates, and they’ll unveil this year’s AAA Four Diamond properties. There are three restaurants and more than a dozen hotels across the Western and Central New York region that qualify for this distinction. While the 2020 awards ceremony was put on hold due to COVID-19, AAA Talking Travel will recognize the properties virtually. Plus, David Schutte, owner of Oliver’s Restaurant in Buffalo – a AAA Four Diamond property since 2017 – joins Brian and Elizabeth to explain how he’s coping with the pandemic and serving Easter to go! Tune in!
Travel Disruptions March 28 2020 - With travel policies constantly changing amid the ongoing pandemic, hosts Brian Murray and Elizabeth Carey use this edition of AAA Talking Travel to bring travelers up to date on the latest news and information. Did you have a trip interrupted? Are you curious if a future trip will be postponed? Tune in for expert advice from AAA.
Travel Disruptions March 21 2020 - This edition of AAA Talking Travel is dedicated to informing the public of how to handle travel disruptions amidst a pandemic. Brian Murray share important advice and tips for travelers while Elizabeth Carey unveils a list of top destinations where travelers want to visit once the COVID-19 outbreak is under control. Tune into the program for advice on travel insurance, postponing travel and more.
Costa Rica March 14 2020 - Head to the tropics with Brian and Elizabeth, joined by a special guest, Doris Hemans, from The Springs Resort & Spa and The Peace Lodge in Costa Rica. From luxury accommodations and hot springs to adventurous activities and rain forest experiences, you’ll be ready to pack your bags just like the celebrities! Learn all about what Costa Rica has to offer on this edition of AAA Talking Travel.
AAA Talking Travel March 7 2020 - Do you have questions about coronavirus and travel? Brian and Elizabeth break it all down on this edition of AAA Talking Travel. While AAA has not seen mass cancellations, travel agents are fielding many questions. And new bookings are coming in! Where are people going? Tune in to see the top alternative destinations that are both popular and safe!
American Queen Steamboat Company February 29 2020 - Imagine cruising the mighty Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans! Visit gracious towns with mansions, plantations and tree-lined streets. Explore Civil War history and see the areas that inspired Mark Twain’s writing. River cruising in the U.S. is extra special aboard the American Queen Steamboat Company – their guest speaker joins Brian and Elizabeth for this edition of AAA Talking Travel where you’ll also hear details about a group trip this fall. Tune in!
WECK Listener Trip to Bermuda February 22 2020 - It’s time to dip your toes in turquoise waters and walk along the pink sand beaches of Bermuda! Join Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray – co-hosts of AAA Talking Travel for a fun travel opportunity with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – they set sail on October 17th! Tune into this podcast to learn all about what the trip entails - exclusive WECK listener parties, all your meals, and more! Plus, get a valuable promo code to save when you book the trip! Plus, AAA I is now hiring driving instructors – tune into the second half of the program to learn about the rewarding career opportunity! And you can always call 855-862-6651 or stop into any AAA for more info!
Cruise with Sandy Beach and Danny Neaverth February 15 2020 - Do not adjust your dial! Two radio legends are joining Brian and Elizabeth for this week’s AAA Talking Travel. Sandy Beach and Danny Neaverth are hall of fame radio personalities who have not one, not two, but three upcoming group trips planned with AAA! This is your opportunity to cruise to incredible destinations with these much loved hosts. Choose from trips to Russia, Alaska, or Australia and New Zealand with Viking Cruises. Sandy and Danny will tell you all about it in this entertaining podcast!
Holland America and Medicare 101 February 8 2020 - Now is the time to set sail with Holland America Cruise Line! Well known for Alaskan cruises, Holland America also offers global cruises and is known for its private island Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas! With ships that are built for cruising, not for crowds, guests receive impeccable service on board! Join Brian and Elizabeth to hear all about cruise opportunities and special deals. Plus, a AAA insurance agent will join in at the tail end of the program to announce new Medicare reviews offered by AAA experts. Two Medicare 101 workshops are planned at AAA for February 12th and 19th.
Alaska February 1 2020 - Brian & Elizabeth are dreaming of a trip to Alaska! Join them for this edition of AAA Talking Travel to hear all about cruising with Princess Cruises! Majestic scenery, gourmet cuisine, great deals! This is one show you won’t want to miss!!
Travel Deals January 25 2020 - Save money on #travel! On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian & Elizabeth chat with AAA's Glenn Gould about the AAA Visa program - earn valuable points to save on your next trip - plus, great vacation deals! Tune in!
Ireland January 18 2020 - Top o' the morning to ya! ☘ Join our leprechauns (Brian & Elizabeth) for this edition of AAA Talking Travel. A special guest will talk all about travel to Ireland!! From Irish pubs to the Blarney Stone - learn all about travel to the Emerald Isle! Plus get a promo code to save on your next trip to any destination!
Disney Month at AAA January 11 2020 - Attention Disney fans! This is the show for you! AAA Western and Central New York’s Disney expert Shelley Eastmer joins Brian and Elizabeth on this edition of AAA Talking Travel to share all that's new at the Orlando theme parks with insider tips and GREAT DEALS! January is Disney Month at AAA WCNY - book your Disney trip now for incredible savings. Plus, listen to the podcast to learn how to receive a special gift from Shelley herself!
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line January 4 2020 - It’s time to set sail with Royal Caribbean – the high seas are calling your name! Whether you’re looking for an adventure cruise or some solitude at sea, Royal Caribbean has the perfect cruise for you! Learn about new ships, interesting ports, the perfect day at CocoCay, and great savings in this edition of AAA Talking Travel! Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Susan Prinzing of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to give you the scoop on everything cruising!
Tying the knot with AAA! Bridal registry, weddings and honeymoons! December 28 2019 - Attention brides and grooms! AAA is your one stop shop for all of your wedding and honeymoon needs! Did you know that AAA offers bridal registry, honeymoon planning, destination weddings and more? Let the experts at AAA travel help you plan your special day and your unforgettable honeymoon! Join Brian and Elizabeth for this informative edition of AAA Talking Travel with bridal expert and AAA travel consultant Sarah Feldmann!
Holiday Travel and 2019-2020 Trends December 21 2019 - What were the hot destinations in 2019 and what travel trends are we expecting in 2020? Tune into this edition of AAA Talking Travel for great travel information and ideas for your next trip! Find out what the top trends are from culinary travel to volunteerism. Brian and Elizabeth will explain it all and offer valuable insight for your vacation planning!
Winter Driving & Cancun, Mexico December 14, 2019 - This edition of AAA Talking Travel features a mix of the warm and the cold! First, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Dan Fisher, AAA assistant fleet manager, to discuss emergency road service, winter driving and more. Then, for the second half of the program, things heat up with a trip to Cancun, Mexico. Learn about all-inclusive Secrets Resorts and about new airport procedures. With something for everyone, you won’t want to miss this version of AAA Talking Travel!
Holiday Shopping Savings December 7, 2019 - Let AAA help you check off your holiday shopping list! Our own savvy shopper, Jennifer Argentieri, will join Brian and Elizabeth in this edition of AAA Talking Travel – she will run down retail savings, great deals on stocking stuffers and explain how to save with AAA e-gift cards! AAA members are entitled to valuable discounts and rewards – listen to learn how how your membership can come in handy this holiday season!
Holiday Safety November 30, 2019 - The holiday season can bring a lot of joy – but it also comes with added stress on the roads and more. Don’t worry, AAA Talking Travel has expert advice to get through the holiday safely. On this edition of the program, Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray are joined by Trooper James O’Callaghan from the NYS Police to talk about holiday traffic safety, winter driving and more. Be sure to tune in and happy holidays!
Thanksgiving Preparation November 23, 2019 - Brian and Elizabeth are gearing up for Thanksgiving! AAA expects more than 55 million people to travel for the 2019 holiday! Tune into this edition of AAA Talking Travel as they reveal the top holiday destinations, offer insider tips to make your trip smoother and share important safety tips for Thanksgiving! Plus, they’ll have great deals to help you save on holiday shopping, post-turkey!
Northeast Travel November 16, 2019 - In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, learn about cruising out of New York City right past the Statue of Liberty with Princess Cruises, exploring the Northeast with fall travel and lobster galore and find out how you can save money with a repositioning cruise. Join Brian and Elizabeth for a great, informative program!
Ireland and the Irish Classical Theatre November 9, 2019 - Irish eyes are smiling on this edition of AAA Talking Travel as Vincent O'Neill from the Irish Classical Theatre joins Elizabeth & Brian to talk about an extraordinary travel opportunity to Ireland in 2020! Plus, learn how Vincent founded the theatre and hear about upcoming performances!
Club Adventures November 2, 2019 - Immerse yourself in worldwide cultures, enjoy unique experiences and indulge in local cuisine! Club Adventures offers small group travel with up to 16 travelers to destinations around the globe. Imagine having your own local leader to show you hidden gems and more! Join Brian and Elizabeth for this edition of AAA Talking Travel to learn about unique travel opportunities a special guest from Club Adventures!
Universal October 26, 2019 - Enjoy the thrill of the newest Harry Potter attractions, giggle with minions or kick back at the new Surfside Inn & Suites – now is the time to visit Universal Orlando Resort! Join Elizabeth and Brian for this edition of AAA Talking Travel with a special guest from Universal. Right now – buy a two park ticket, get the third park free - just book by December 2nd – plus listen for more special benefits!
Disney October 19, 2019 - Looking for a magical vacation?! Walt Disney World is now offering room discounts, dining offers, and special bonuses! Now is the time to book your family vacation to Orlando and wrap it up for the holidays! Tune into AAA Talking Travel with Brian and Elizabeth along with a special guest, AAA Disney Destinations manager Shelly Eastmer who will fill us in on Star Wars, valuable savings and great tips!
AAA Insurance October 12, 2019 - When’s the last time you got an insurance quote? Most people don’t even realize that AAA offers auto, home and life insurance! Join Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray for this edition of AAA Talking Travel with special guest, AAA Insurance Sales Agent Matthew Butler, to answer your common and unusual questions about insurance!
Israel October 5, 2019 - AAA Group Travel has a special travel opportunity – we are planning a unique trip to Israel – a destination that offers unparalleled diversity. In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, AAA WCNY’s general manager of AAA Group Travel, Michelle Putnam, joins Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray to share all the details of the trip along with specifics on an informational night to learn even more. Tune in!
Ireland September 28, 2019 - We're sharing the luck of the Irish on today's edition of AAA Talking Travel! ? Travel Consultant Mamie Cimato joins Elizabeth & Brian to talk about her recent trip to Ireland! Get insider tips, learn what to pack and hear how charming a trip to Ireland can be! Whether you’re planning to visit the Emerald Isle or simply looking for an entertaining podcast, pour a Guinness and kick back and relax!
Fall Bucket List September 21, 2019 - The thrills of an amusement park with a seasonal twist – Cedar Point’s Halloweekends is on our fall travel bucket list! (tip: AAA discount!) Find out where else we're going in this edition of AAA Talking Travel! From fall foliage tours to warm weather destinations, there’s something for everyone this season! Listen as Brian and Elizabeth run down a list of great fall getaways!
Grocery Discounts September 14, 2019 - AAA has a brand-new way for members to save money at the grocery store! Jennifer Argentieri, senior manager of member experience, joins Brian and Elizabeth to explain the all new grocery discount program that includes stores like Wegmans and Rite Aid! Tune in and you’ll be ready to link, click, shop and save!
Alaska September 7, 2019 - Dog sleds, glaciers, helicopter rides, gourmet cuisine, land and sea tours – a trip to Alaska is all this and more! In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, hear all about Brian's recent trip to Alaska with Holland America Line! You'll be ready to pack your bags and head north! Plus, Elizabeth shares her road trip experience to Pittsburgh in a Chevy Equinox test drive. Go Pirates!
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line August 31, 2019 - Don’t worry that summer is ending - we are setting sail on the next AAA Talking Travel with Royal Caribbean – where it’s summer every day! we’ll take you to their private island Coco Cay and learn all about the all new Oasis of the Seas ship! Join Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray with special guest Susan Prinzing from Royal Caribbean. They’ll talk about cruise opportunities with special offers for our listeners!
Summer & Back to School Safety August 24, 2019 - Summer is wrapping up and let’s make sure it ends safely! Then, students will be heading back to the classroom! NYS Trooper James O’Callaghan, PIO for Troop A, joins Brian and Elizabeth with important safety tips for end of summer celebrations, back to school safety and year round travel. Whether you’re an experienced driver or a newly licensed driver, you’ll want to listen to this program for great advice!
Paris and Normandy August 17, 2019 - Imagine visiting Paris and sailing along the Seine River as you pass the Eiffel Tower and head to Normandy to revisit U.S. history. The 2020 AAA Western and Central New York Member Appreciation Trip will take place in May 2020 and ties into the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. You’ll enjoy a stunning coastline, incredible food and artistic beauty, including a visit to Monet’s gardens. AAA’s General Manager of Group Travel Michelle Putnam already experienced the itinerary and joins Brian and Elizabeth to share all the details!
What’s New at Disney?! August 10, 2019 - Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is ready to make its debut at Disney World in Orlando! Plus, there’s a brand new hotel option that AAA’s Disney Destinations Sales Manager Shelley Eastmer got to check out before it even opened to the public! Shelley joins Brian and Elizabeth to share all this and more – whether you’re a Disney fan or not, this will be an enjoyable program to listen to!
Amtrak Vacations August 3, 2019 - Enjoy beautiful scenery and delicious meals while relaxing aboard a train - with Amtrak Vacations no one has to do the driving or navigating! Plus, Amtrak takes you straight to the National Parks, their most popular itineraries! Now is the time to book fall foliage tours with special savings! Listen as Brian & Elizabeth are joined by a special guest from Amtrak to share all the details and benefits of traveling by train.
One Tank Trips July 27, 2019 - Wow! How did it get to be the end of July?! Don't let summer slip away just yet! Even if you can't take a week off, Brian and Elizabeth have a ton of great One Tank Trip ideas for you to make the most of summer while it's still here! You don’t want to miss this episode of AAA Talking Travel for great travel ideas right here in Western and Central New York as well as Canada!
Triple A Talking Travel July 20, 2019 - When planning a trip, travelers often have questions about airport security, travel insurance, safety tips and more! In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth answer plenty of questions and share insider tips for to make your travel plans go smoothly! As the foremost authority in travel, AAA is your resource for travel information for domestic or international trips. Be sure to tune into the program for great advice before you take off on your next vacation!
Disney - Star Wars July 13, 2019 - What an incredible time to visit Disney! The Star Wars exhibit at Disneyland is now open and will open soon at Disney World in Orlando! For this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are bringing in their own certified Disney expert who already experienced the new attraction! Travel Consultant Kathy Fazzino, who has traveled to Disney more than 50 times, is a special guest on the program. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. Be sure to tune in for all things Disney!!
AAA Talking Travel July 6 & 7, 2019 - Cruising is more popular than ever before – whether it’s an ocean cruise on the high seas, an Alaskan experience, or European river cruising, travelers are hopping on board the trend! Plus, there are some great deals to be had! Join Brian and Elizabeth for this episode of AAA Talking Travel to learn all about it! They’ll be joined by special guest Ed Kilgore, of the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, to share details about a WECK Rock ‘n Roll at Sea cruise planned for January 2020. Imagine sailing on the Regal Princess enjoying incredible music with famous bands on board! For more information, go to https://westerncentralny.aaa.com/travel/trips/pcl-rocknroll-sea and be sure to listen to learn more!
Independence Day Travel June 29, 2019 - Summer road trip season is here! More Americans than ever recorded by AAA, nearly 49 million, are making plans to honor the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year. Join Brian and Elizabeth to hear where people are going to celebrate their independence this 4th of July! Plus, get some great ideas for summer road trips for you and your family. They will reveal the list of top summer destinations! Whether you are planning a trip or just looking to daydream, be sure to listen for great information!
New Orleans & Summer Travel June 22, 2019 - Brian Murray is fresh off a trip to The Big Easy and he’s ready to share his experiences at the top destinations in New Orleans. Whether you’re considering a trip or dreaming of returning, you’ll want to tune in to this episode of AAA Talking Travel! Plus, Elizabeth Carey runs down the list of top summer destinations including Alaskan cruises, National Parks and more! Kick back and listen and soon you’ll be packing your bags!
Italy with AAA Member Choice Vacations June 15, 2019 - Italy is one of the top international destinations right now and it’s no surprise! It’s a bucket list location and it’s popular with repeat visitors as well. Kevin Ferguson from Member Choice Vacations joins Brian and Elizabeth for this edition of AAA Talking Travel – he’ll cover everything you need to know from cuisine and climate to ambiance and culture. Plus, he’ll explain the most economical time to visit and share some incredible offers! Tune in!
European River Cruise & Orlando’s Villas June 8, 2019 - Imagine sailing along a beautiful river in Europe on a luxurious ship – more than 100 travelers from Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse got to experience that on our 2019 Member Appreciation Trip! Elizabeth Carey was on board and recaps the trip and share the highlights of river cruising. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or if you’re considering your first river cruise, you’ll want to tune in to this episode of AAA Talking Travel for great info! Plus, Brian Murray shares a trendy travel opportunity from Orlando’s upscale villas – these deluxe homes are perfect for families traveling together and are complete with game rooms, pools and more!
AAA Summer Discounts & Rewards June 1, 2019 - Warmer weather is finally here and that means it’s time to enjoy everything from amusement parks and concerts to vacations and dining out! AAA has you covered this season when it comes to saving money at some of your favorite destinations! Even if you need to cool off in the AC at the movies, your AAA membership comes with valuable savings. On this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Jennifer Argentieri, AAA Senior Manager of Member Experience, to learn all about AAA discounts and rewards. Tune in and start saving!
Memorial Day Safety May 25, 2019 - Nearly 43 million Americans enjoyed traveling over Memorial Day weekend! This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, saw the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volume in 2000, trailing only 2005. This year’s travel was up 3.6 percent compared to last year. Trooper James O’Callaghan, Public Information Officer for the New York State Police joins Brian and Elizabeth on AAA Talking Travel to share important holiday safety information. Listen for great advice to stay safe all summer!
Disney Signature Experiences May 18, 2019 - The days are getting warmer and longer –we all know that summer is finally on the way! With more people, cyclists and children on the roads we all need to use caution! AAA’s driver training manager, Mike Formanowicz, joins Brian and Elizabeth for this edition of AAA Talking Travel to discuss summer driving lessons for teens, insurance discounts and more. Be sure to tune in and stay safe!
Disney Signature Experiences May 11, 2019 - How about an incredible vacation with Disney Signature Experiences?! We’re not talking Orlando this time – these are worldwide travel opportunities with true VIP treatment! In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian Murray and Elizabeth Carey are joined by a special guest, Stella Marianetti, from Disney to learn about Disney Cruise Line, Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii and Adventures by Disney travel opportunities!
National Travel and Tourism Week May 4, 2019 - From our national parks to our diverse cities and our scenic small towns, travel is uniquely made in America. Attractions, restaurants, theme parks, and the people—are some of the best in the world – that’s why we’re celebrating National Travel and Tourism week! It’s May 5-11th. Did you know that travel supported nearly 16 million U.S. jobs in 2018? That’s one in 10 American jobs! Join Elizabeth and Brian for this edition of AAA Talking Travel to learn about the importance of travel and get some great vacation ideas!
Summer Travel April 27, 2019 - Nothing beats a fun, family summer vacation! According to a recent AAA Travel survey, two-thirds of leisure travelers (64 percent) plan to take vacations this summer. While summer road trips are a tradition across the U.S., some families are taking to the skies and planning to go even further. Join Brian and Elizabeth as they share the top summer vacation destinations with input from some of their loyal listeners! Whether you’re booked and ready to go or still mapping out your plans, this is one show you won’t want to miss!
Set Sail with Royal Caribbean! April 20, 2019 - Bon voyage! Join Brian and Elizabeth as they set sail on the next AAA Talking Travel with Royal Caribbean – learn about summer getaways, private escapes, dining deals and more! Find out how you can have the “perfect day at the all new CocoCay!” Susan Prinzing is our special guest from Royal Caribbean and she’ll have some incredible offers – 50% off your second guest PLUS kids sail free! And we have special offers for AAA members! Be sure to tune in!
AAA WCNY Four Diamond Properties April 13, 2019 - Whether it’s a quick getaway or a longer road trip, you can enjoy luxury right in the local region at AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants where you’ll find impeccable service and hospitality. In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth unveil award-winning AAA Four Diamond properties across Western and Central New York and they’ll share what makes each property stand out. Be sure to tune in!
AAA Talking Travel April 6, 2019 - Enjoy the thrill of the newest Harry Potter attractions, giggle with minions or kick back at Volcano Bay – now is the time to visit Universal Orlando Resort! In this episode of AAA Talking Travel, Elizabeth and Brian welcome Lydia Markser, a special guest from Universal, to share what’s new along with some great deals! Right now – buy a two day ticket, get three free - just book by June 12th! Plus enjoy AAA member benefits including a $50 activity credit and much more!
Amtrak Vacations March 30, 2019 - The awe of the Grand Canyon, the beauty of the Canadian Rockies – and so much more – now is the perfect time to see the U. S. and Canada by rail. Join Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray for this edition of AAA Talking Travel with a special guest from Amtrak Vacations. VP of Sales Jim Marini will share the perks of train travel and unveil some special savings - 200 to 300 off per couple on packages – plus a AAA member benefit of 50 off per booking!
Ireland and Spring Break March 16, 2019 - Brian and Elizabeth have the luck of the Irish on their side for this AAA Talking Travel program where they talk about travel to Ireland. They’ll also reveal the top destinations for Spring Break. Can you guess the most popular spot? Listen and find out! Plus get some great travel deals!
Hawaiian Islands with Pleasant Holidays March 9, 2019 - It’s Aloha Days at AAA! Join Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray for this edition of AAA Talking Travel as they explore the tropical paradise of the Hawaiian Islands with a special guest from Pleasant Holidays, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! Chanda Vudmaska will have exclusive offers for AAA members and WECK listeners including air savings, activity vouchers and more if you book before April 30th.
Family Travel March 2, 2019 - Ciao! Italy is one of the top travel destinations in Europe – and it’s easy to see why! Visitors enjoy the history, the cuisine, the landmarks and more! If Italy is on your bucket list or if you just like hearing about travel, you won’t want to miss this edition of AAA Talking Travel with Brian Murray and Elizabeth Carey. Fresh off a family trip to Italy that covered Rome, Venice, Pisa, Florence and Pompeii, Elizabeth will share her favorite experiences and tips to travel easily with children.
Princess Alaska February 23, 2019 - A cruise to Alaska – it’s a bucket list destination! We invite you to hear all about Alaskan cruising: majestic scenery, wildlife, land cruises, glaciers and more with a special guest from Princess Cruises. Plus, with AAA Vacations, all 2019 Princess sailings include onboard savings, specialty dining vouchers and priority check-in! Join Brian Murray and Elizabeth Carey for this edition of AAA Talking Travel – and soon you’ll be dreaming of an Alaskan voyage!
Group Travel & Solo Travelers Club February 16, 2019 - Do you want to go on vacation, but don’t want to deal with the hassles of planning it? Group Travel could be for you! AAA offers a huge assortment of trips throughout the year where all the planning is done for you! It’s so easy! Or maybe you’re a solo traveler and don’t know where to start? Then AAA’s Solo Travelers Club is for you complete with a roommate connection to avoid paying single supplement fees. Tune into this edition of AAA Talking Travel as Brian and Elizabeth share some great trips that are preplanned for this year!
AAA Hotel Diamond Ratings February 9, 2019 - Did you know that AAA’s diamond ratings are the oldest and most trusted professional hotel rating system? Brian and Elizabeth will explain how it works and highlight some of the most popular hotels on the list. Plus, they’ll unveil a list of AAA Four Diamond hotels right in your own backyard that are perfect for a staycation or weekend getaway! You’ll be ready to pack your bags after listening to these great highlights!
Triple A Talking Travel February 2, 2019 - Which areas in Europe are on your bucket list? AAA Travel Consultant Kevin Fairbanks Bloom has a passion for worldwide travel and is fresh-off a trip that covered Budapest, Vienna and Prague! He joins Brian and Elizabeth on this special edition of AAA Talking Travel - listen and hear about Kevin’s incredible experiences and also get valuable insider travel tips for your next venture!
2019 Travel Trends January 26, 2019 - 2018 was a great year for travel! Can you guess what the top destination was? Brian and Elizabeth will recap the year and examine new 2019 travel trends that range from deserted beaches to adventure travel. Plus, they’ll share exciting offers on everything from cruises to Disney! This is one show you won’t want to miss as you put your 2019 Travel Bucket List together!
Winter Weather and Insurance Tips January 19, 2019 - Brian and Elizabeth have winter safety tips for listeners - plus a special guest is joining them for this edition of AAA Talking Travel. Matt Butler, AAA Insurance Sales Rep, will answer all your insurance questions. If you have vehicle damage after a crash in winter weather, are you covered? What do you need to do to protect your home? When you go on vacation, is it necessary to purchase insurance with your car rental? Be sure to tune in for valuable information and tips on how to save money with your home/auto insurance.
National Plan for Vacation Day January 12, 2019 - There’s nothing like a vacation! But, somehow, 705 million vacation days go unused in the U.S. every year! At the same time, studies show that vacation is essential to improving personal health and professional performance. Join Brian and Elizabeth to hear how you can make the most of your hard-earned vacation days with some terrific travel offers from AAA!
Disney Month January 5, 2019 - January is Disney month at AAA - that means great specials and offers to make your getaway truly magical! Disney expert Stella Marianetti joins Brian and Elizabeth to talk Disney travel in Orlando and around the globe! Whether you are a Disney fanatic or considering your first Disney experience, be sure to listen for great information!
International Guided Tours December 29, 2018 - Can you guess where the top international travel destinations are? You’re correct if you guessed Italy and you might be surprised to hear Egypt is also growing in popularity. Join Brian and Elizabeth to learn about more of the hot destinations, what makes them unique, and how AAA Member Choice Vacations makes them more accessible than ever before. Kevin Ferguson is the special guest on this edition of AAA Talking Travel to share international travel ideas with great savings for listeners!
Guided Tours in North America December 22, 2018 - Let’s keep the holidays safe for everyone! Trooper James O’Callaghan, New York State Police Public Information Officer, joins Brian and Elizabeth to talk about holiday safety. From winter driving and emergency preparation to drunk driving and road rage, Trooper O’Callaghan shares important information to keep area roads safe through the holiday season and into the new year. Please listen to this important information before you get behind the wheel!
Holiday Safety December 15, 2018 - Let’s keep the holidays safe for everyone! Trooper James O’Callaghan, New York State Police Public Information Officer, joins Brian and Elizabeth to talk about holiday safety. From winter driving and emergency preparation to drunk driving and road rage, Trooper O’Callaghan shares important information to keep area roads safe through the holiday season and into the new year. Please listen to this important information before you get behind the wheel!
Member Connection December 8, 2018 - The new AAA magazine, Member Connection, is out and is full of great information and travel deals. Brian and Elizabeth explain how you can save on holiday shopping with your AAA membership, plus they have some great travel ideas to share. AAA Group Travel has won a gold reader’s choice award in Rochester from the Democrat & Chronicle - listen to hear about some of the trips planned!
Italy Highlights December 1, 2018 - Fresh off a trip to Italy, AAA Travel Consultant Sarah Feldmann joins Elizabeth and Brian to share her Italian adventures! From Milan to the Tuscan region to Rome, learn about travel to Italy with top attractions from The Last Supper to the Leaning Tower of Pisa to Vatican City. Whether you’re planning a trip or just vacation dreaming, you won’t want to miss this episode of AAA Talking Travel. Ciao!
Travel Deals November 24, 2018 - Want to save money on your holiday shopping? Look no further than your AAA membership card! Brian and Elizabeth are ready to help Santa with a variety of ideas and deals. And who doesn’t love the gift of travel? AAA gift cards are one size fits all! Now is a great time to book a vacation because of all the great deals available. Tune in to hear about discounted island escapes, cruises and more!
Holiday Travel November 17, 2018 - AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. Brian and Elizabeth will break down the numbers and talk about the top destinations! Be sure to listen!
AAA Driver Training November 10, 2018 - Winter weather is here! How do you prevent a skidding car? AAA’s driver training expert, Mike Formanowicz, joins Brian and Elizabeth to share winter driving tips! Plus, he’ll have details on point reduction classes and insurance discounts along with advice for new drivers who are ready to get behind the wheel.
Aruba November 3, 2018 - Join Brian and Elizabeth to find out what makes Aruba a perfect vacation destination! Hear about tours and deals to Aruba and surrounding islands. Whether you are planning a vacation or just dreaming of island life, this is the show for you!
Castles Along the Rhine October 27, 2018 - Imagine traveling along the Rhine River, with France on one side and Germany on the other, viewing historic Medieval castles along the way. AAA has a special, all-inclusive river cruise planned in May 2019. Hear all about it with Brian and Elizabeth and their guest Michelle Putnam, who has already experienced the journey that begins in Switzerland and ends in Amsterdam. This unique trip will be filled with local passengers! Discount offers are available so listen to hear more!
2019 Travel Trends October 20, 2018 - 2018 will quickly come to a close and now is the time to book your vacation for 2019 and 2020. Next year's trends range from culinary travel to cultural experiences! Join Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray for this episode of AAA Talking Travel – they'll breakdown the hot new trends and share all sorts of travel opportunities here in the U.S. and beyond! Plus they have great offers and deals for listeners!
Set Sail October 13, 2018 - Set sail with Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray of AAA Western and Central New York! In this edition of AAA Talking Travel, they are joined by special guest Susan Prinzing of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. She shares details on the newest ships, renovations at RCCL’s private island and special deals for WECK listeners! Bon voyage!!
Fall Travel October 6, 2018 - Fall foliage, lower prices and less crowds – just a few of the reasons that fall is the perfect time to travel! In this episode of AAA Talking Travel, Brian and Elizabeth share top fall destinations, insider tips on theme parks, and more! Plus, Brian just returned from a fall getaway to New England and he will share the top spots to visit in that region! Tune in!
Safety with NYS Police September 29, 2018 - New York State PIO Jim O’Callaghan joins Elizabeth and Brian to talk about traffic safety. He will cover car seats, winter driving and more. Plus, we’ll hear about his favorite vacation destinations on this edition of AAA Talking Travel.
Castles Along the Rhine September 22, 2018 - You won’t want to miss this edition of AAA Talking Travel with special guest Michelle Putnam from AAA – she’ll join Elizabeth and Brian to share all the details of the 2019 Member Appreciation Trip. The Uniworld river cruise will go from Switzerland to Amsterdam and cabins are selling quickly. If you have any interest in Europe, river cruising or travel in general, be sure to tune in!