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Old 06-03-2010, 06:25 AM
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Are any of you members? I keep getting the membership cards and want to know if it is worthwhile or not to join. I have heard mixed things so would like to get your input on AARP.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:38 AM
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They are pretty far left, I get hounded all the time to join, I am thinking about joining this organization instead:

http://www.americanseniors.org/
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:52 AM
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I'm a member of AARP, for the benefits that you can get. Sometimes the AARP discount at a hotel or rental car place is great enough to pay for the yearly membership cost. I am very disturbed by their left-leaning propaganda they spew out on a regular basis. Got a survey from them yesterday that was so slanted to get the answers they wanted I almost didn't fill it out, but did anyway and gave a bunch of "wrong" answers as well as telling them what I thought in the comment section. I truly believe they are scamming most of their older members who, by and by, are pretty conservative.

They do have some good ideas for cooking and their travel site is pretty good for trying to find good fares, but you can do that on Expedia or whatever just as well. I'm not a big fan.
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Originally Posted by JALICHTY View Post
I'm a member of AARP, for the benefits that you can get. Sometimes the AARP discount at a hotel or rental car place is great enough to pay for the yearly membership cost. I am very disturbed by their left-leaning propaganda they spew out on a regular basis. Got a survey from them yesterday that was so slanted to get the answers they wanted I almost didn't fill it out, but did anyway and gave a bunch of "wrong" answers as well as telling them what I thought in the comment section. I truly believe they are scamming most of their older members who, by and by, are pretty conservative.

They do have some good ideas for cooking and their travel site is pretty good for trying to find good fares, but you can do that on Expedia or whatever just as well. I'm not a big fan.
I think a large portion of their members join for the discounts etc and don't know or don't care about their politics. Personally I will not join because I don't want my dues money going to causes that I don't support.
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:17 AM
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I WAS a member for about 10 yrs.. I don't travel that much and found that the discounts didn't amount to much and really never even had to prove membership. The hotels just give you the rate and take your word for it. At one hotel I was quoted a price, then asked for the AARP rate, and it was higher. That was at the Best Western in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Now with their political agenda and backing the health care bill I have strongly let them know that I was out and to never darken my mailbox with any more literature. They definitely do not represent me in any way.
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:19 AM
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Car insurance with AARP is with the Hartford. Best rates we've found; at least in Alabama.
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:59 AM
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This left wing lobby group make hundreds of millions on insurance commissions. I don't know about Al insurance rates but there Hartford program was one of the highest in SC.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:57 AM
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As an old left-winger, I dropped out of AARP when they supported the misguided drug-prescription plan of several years ago. Haven't seen any reason to go back.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:32 AM
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They are a PAC that recently came down to far left for me. The other stuff they offer is fluff to keep operating.
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They sent me a membership card and application yesterday. I'm in my mid forties!!!

YGTBSM! Total whorebags.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:08 PM
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This left wing lobby group make hundreds of millions on insurance commissions. I don't know about Al insurance rates but there Hartford program was one of the highest in SC.

Lousy political leanings, being a member, I will not renew, offers NOTHING, you can get an aarp hotel discount just by asking, front desk dummies never ask for member # or card.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:39 PM
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They lean too far left for me.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:50 PM
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Well I guess that about sums it up for me. I had heard they leaned left wasn't sure it was that bad. Ok so this one will go into the garbage where the last one went. I won't even call them let them keep spending whatever it costs to print and send these two cards I get in the mail.

See how hard they want to work for that $16 per year
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:11 PM
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I will not renew, offers NOTHING, you can get an aarp hotel discount just by asking, front desk dummies never ask for member # or card.
you mean we have to PAY to belong to AARP? geez, just another thing that admiral hides from me. Other than that auto insurance, we don't use the services; nor do we read their messages or magazines or whatever they send.

Now I need to do another insurance audit and make sure that AARP's Hartford plan is still the best...or at least still the best after deducting whatever the membership fee is.

Thanks for the tipoff, guys. Now the admiral's accountant is toast!
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:26 PM
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Both my wife and I have recently been inducted into the half century club and have been depating whether or not to join AARP also, but as some have stated we don't travel much and can't really see the benefit. I think you guy's need to shop around more for ins. My wife works for the Hartford, she just made her 30 yrs, and even with her supposed employee discount their auto ins is outrageous.
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dropped my membership last year because I did not choose to support their stance on MANY issues and will never go back.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:00 PM
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As others have said, they are extreme leftists, and I don't want a dime of my money supporting them. I cancelled our aarp membership last year, and flatly stated that I wanted a refund. I wasn't taking no for an answer, and got that refund check about 4 weeks later. I will never have anything to do with them again.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:10 PM
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My membership expired this year and I will not rejoin.

Most discounts can be had by members of other organizations. Compare hotel reservations with priceline or one of the others. Identical.

Magazine isn't bad.

Politics stink. I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment. They come out and say, for example, that among members surveyed, 99.44% percent were in favor of tougher gun laws!

Who the hell did they survey? Not me. Not my buddies. Besides, we know that 78.946% of all statistics are made up on the spot!

Basically, they are a leftist lobby, with a pretty good magazine and fairly good insurance.

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Old 06-03-2010, 04:24 PM
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I was a member but never saw any real discounts or benefits that I could use. I kept paying tho until they convinced me just how far left they were, then I wrote a nice little letter and resigned. They won't see another dime from me.
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Originally Posted by davidkuhlmann View Post
Well I guess that about sums it up for me. I had heard they leaned left wasn't sure it was that bad. Ok so this one will go into the garbage where the last one went. I won't even call them let them keep spending whatever it costs to print and send these two cards I get in the mail.

See how hard they want to work for that $16 per year
I'll never rejoin...but they don't stop trying. Sooo, I mail back the stamped self addressed envelope and draw a big smiley face on the application. With my tongue hanging out....
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