Maynard Meyer
News Director
Phone: (320) 598-7301
 The contest runs from August 21 – September 21, 2018
14 August 2018
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BURSNVILLE, Minn., (August 14, 2018) – AAA will give Minnesota and Iowa eighth graders the chance to go on the trip of a lifetime. The Auto Club Group will hold a contest where the winners receive free round trip airfare to Amsterdam, travel insurance, money for passports, and a river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium.
The Auto Club Group is partnering with AMA Waterways and Allianz Global Assistance to provide the trip. A total of 60 students in select states will be chosen to go on what AAA calls the “Discovery Crew” cruise.  The contest runs from August 21 – September 21, 2018. During that time, students can enter at
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To be eligible, students must be:
  • Entering the 8th grade in good standing
  • At least 13 years old
  • Reside in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, or select areas of Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota.
Winners will be selected based on:
  • A creative selfie, showcasing their love for travel
  • Their answers to three essay questions:
    1. Why do you want to go on this trip?
    2. How do rivers affect the communities through which they run?
    3. During the trip, you’ll meet many people. In what ways do you expect the people you meet to be similar to and different from yourself and your friends and family?
Winners will be notified beginning in October. Winning students get to bring one parent or legal guardian to serve as a chaperone. Each pair will share a cabin while sailing on the AMA Waterways “AmaDante” ship, from March 28 – April 4, 2019.

“This is the first time AAA has held a contest like this,” said Deborah Haas, Vice President, Travel Products and Services, AAA-The Auto Club Group.  “We truly want to inspire young travelers and make the world their classroom. The winners will explore beautiful destinations in The Netherlands and Belgium, learn about the people and their culture; and create memories that will last a lifetime.
“AAA is extremely excited to co-sponsor the contest and trip,” Haas continued. “This would not be possible without our travel partners AMA Waterways - who donated the cruise – and Allianz Global Assistance.”
Contest Rules
 No purchase necessary. Legal residents of specific zip codes served by The Auto Club Group within the United States who are at least 13 years old and who are 8th grade students in good standing at their school at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 9/21/18. For official rules, prize descriptions, and eligible zip codes, visit Sponsors: The Auto Club Group, 1 Auto Club Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126. AmaWaterways, 26010 Mureau Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Allianz Global Assistance (a brand of AGA Service Company), 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at