Trip aids take worry out of travel

Associated Press

NEW YORK — If you wish you had a concierge 24/7 — or maybe just a personal assistant who’s good at handling emergencies — there are a couple of services to check out.

Hotels.com offers a service called Trip Assist that people can sign up for when making lodging reservations on the company’s Web site.

Trip Assist is a roadside assistance and concierge services program including emergency towing, gas delivery, tire changes, lockout services, jump starts and a toll-free number.

Trip Assist can provide airline schedules, golf course and restaurant locations, weather reports, driving directions, traffic information and directory assistance.

The cost is $9.99, but you must buy the service when you make your reservation on www.hotels.com.

Benefits are available from one day before each trip begins to one day after the trip ends for trips lasting up to 21 days.

The Air Travelers Association has a service called “Rescue Line” that provides round-the-clock telephone-based emergency assistance around the world.

Membership is $49.95 a year and sign-ups are available only via www.airtravelersassociation.com.

The support includes everything from directions if you get lost to helping you rebook an air ticket if your plane is canceled to helping you find a doctor in a strange city.

ATA’s Rescue Line will also help you deal with car rental hassles and other ground transportation; hotel bookings; and roadside assistance when your car breaks down.

If travel involves getting busted, ATA will even help you make bail and find a lawyer.

And if all that’s just a little more than you need to help you get from here to there, consider the old standby: AAA, at www.aaa.com. A friendly voice will dispatch a friendly face to help change your tire or start your car virtually anywhere, anytime, for $45 a year, plus a $10 enrollment fee.

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