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What Sets Better World Club Apart?

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If you’re looking for an alternative (dare we say, Better) Auto Club, you’ve come to the right place. With more than 40,000 service providers across the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and a sustainable transportation agenda, Better World Club is the nation’s best alternative to AAA.

Better World Club provides quality roadside assistance, nationwide, 24 hours a day, and 7 Days a week. We also provide access to hotel and car rental savings, maps, trip routings, and other travel protection benefits. And we don't compromise your values.

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Things You Should Know

  • We use membership dues to employ staff, contract with service providers, market to new members, donate to carbon offset and environmental cleanup, and make a sustainable profit as a company. Period.
  • BWC is NOT part of the Highway Lobby -- the conglomerate of automobile, oil, tire, and cement interests that advocates for more and larger road building and against the development of infrastructure and safety protections for other modes of transportation, including mass transit, bicycling, and walking. AAA is part of the Highway Lobby.
  • BWC supports state efforts to regulate automobile emissions as we face the challenges of Climate Change.
  • BWC consistently supports the funding and development of bike lanes. National and Regional AAAs have fought against bike lanes and public transit funding. Changes in AAA suport have been inconsistent.
  • BWC supports the use of highway tax dollars used to fund mass transit development and maintenance. 
  • BWC supports a broad enforcement of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.   
  • BWC Donates 1% of our yearly revenue to environmental cleanup and advocacy. AAA does not.
  • BWC created the first and only nationwide, 24/7 bicycle roadside assistance program. AAA has bicycle roadside assistance only in certain cities and states.
  • BWC maintains a carbon-neutral headquarters and fleet service program. AAA does not.
  • BWC stands against Corporate Personhood. We are a company of individuals, well caffeinated from the finest, sustainably-farmed coffee grounds, roasted locally and delivered by bicycle courier.

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Compare Bicycle Roadside Assistance Coverage

Better world club is the only nationwide bicycle roadside assistance company. AAA has started offering bicycle roadside assistance in a few cities and states. Service vehicles for the industry (both AAA and BWC) are not equipped to repair a members bicycle or change flat tires; however, transportation for you and your disabled bicycle will be provided in service areas. Here is a quick rundown of our differences:

Better World Club:

     Nationwide:

  • Consistent, Nationwide, 24/7 bicycle roadside assistance.
  • Regardless of auto plan, transportation up to 30 miles from the bicycle breakdown.
  • Coverage for cyclists who do not own or do not want an auto membership.

American Automobile Association:

     AAA Oregon / Idaho(southern 34 counties)/ and Minneapolis, MN*

  • Basic - up to a 5-mile radius of the bicycle breakdown
  • Plus - up to a 100-mile radius of the bicycle breakdown
  • Premier - up to a 200-mile radius of the bicycle breakdown

*Bicycle service in Minneapolis available ONLY in the AAA Minneapolis coverage area which includes Hennepin County, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley, and Spring Lake Park South (approximately a 30 mile radius).

     AAA South Jersey:

  • Service will be provided to any point of safety within a 15-mile radius of the bicycle breakdown
  • Service is only available within AAA South Jersey coverage area which includes Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties of New Jersey

     AAA Washington:

To any point of safety within a 5-mile radius. Members with AAA Plus, AAA Plus-RV, AAA Premier and AAA Premier-RV are eligible for extended coverage.

*AAA Bicycle Comparison Chart


Compare BWC and AAA based on what matters to you.

BWC vs AAA Comparison Chart

Membership Program Comparison
BWC Premium AAA Plus* BWC Basic AAA Classic*
Simple Nationwide Pricing YES NO YES NO
Cost for Primary Member* $92.95*
(We will match
AAA prices on
new membership)
$72-99*
(check with your
local office for
current prices,
exceptions and
variations)
$57.95*
(We will match
AAA prices on
new membership)
$44-63*
(check with your
local office for
current prices,
exceptions and
variations)
Additional
Family Members*
$37.00*
(We will match
AAA prices on
new membership)
$20-$40*
(check with your
local office for
current prices,
exceptions, and
variations)
$27.00*
(We will match
AAA prices on
new membership)

$20-40*
(check with your
local office for
current prices,
exceptions, and
variations)
One Time,
Non-Refundable
Signup Fee*
$12.00

($0.00 if you are
switching from AAA)
$10-$20 $12.00

($0.00 if you are
switching from AAA)
$10-$20
1% of Revenue
Donated to
Environmental Cleanup
and Advocacy?
YES NO YES NO
Anti-Environmental
Lobbying?
NEVER YES NEVER YES
Hybrid Vehicle Owner
Discount*
YES NO YES NO
Gas Guzzler Surcharge?* YES NO YES NO
Auto Roadside Assistance Comparison
Towing Miles 100 Miles 100 Miles 5 Miles 3-7 Miles
Flat Tire Assistance YES YES YES YES
Jumpstart YES YES YES YES
Fuel Delivery YES YES

YES*

(Basic member
pays for fuel)

YES
Extrication/Winch Service YES YES YES YES
Usage Limit
(per covered member)
4 service calls
per year
3-5 service calls
per year
4 service calls
per year
3-5 service calls
per year
Lockout Service $100 $100 $50 $100
Member Discounts and Other Benifits
BWC Premium AAA Plus* BWC Basic AAA Classic
Car Rental Discounts YES YES YES YES
Hotel Discounts YES YES YES YES
Free Maps and
Custom Trip Routing
YES YES YES YES
International
Drivers Permit
No. Click Here  Yes No Click Here  Yes
Travelers Insurance
(Available for purchase
at the time of booking)
YES YES YES YES
Bail Bonds* YES YES YES YES
Car Theft Reward* $5000 $2000 $5000 $1000
Legal Fee
Reimbursements*
$1000 $1500 $1000 $1000
Trip Interruption $1500 $1000 $1000 $200
Bicycle Roadside Assistance Comparison
BWC Bicycle Program AAA Bicycle Program
Cost for Primary Member*

$39.95 for Bike Only*

($17 if added to an
auto membership.)

No Fee & No Bike Only

*Restrictions and
Limitations Apply
*Coverage only
in certain cities
and states

Additional
Family Members*

$17*

*$0.00 if Bike is added
to an auto membership*

No Fee & No Bike Only

*Restrictions and
Limitations Apply.
*Coverage only
in certain cities
and states.

Anti-Bike Lane Lobbying Never Yes
Miles Covered 30 Miles.  Nationwide. 5-100 Miles*
*Restrictions and
Limitations Apply.
*Coverage only
in certain cities
and states.
Usage Limit
(per covered member)

2 service calls per year for bicycle

(Doesn't count toward auto limit)

Included in auto service calls

(Counts towards total limit)

Bicycle Only Membership Benefits
BWC Bicycle Only AAA
Car Rental Savings YES Does not have Bike Only
Hotel Savings YES Does not have Bike Only
Free Maps and
Custom Trip Routing
YES Does not have Bike Only
  • Household (PLUS) membership cover up to three additional members of your household.
  • Associate members on Bicycle Only memberships are $17 per person, $27 on Basic Auto memberships, and $37 on Premium memberships.
  • AAA is a registered trademark of the American Automobile Association.
  • There are over 80 regional AAA clubs. Each regional AAA club sets its own rates, policies and services. If you switch to Better World Club, we will match your current AAA price.
  • AAA rates on this page do not include promotions or other price discounts.
  • Price ranges and services listed are representative and not necessarily complete.
  • Check with your local AAA club for specific rates, policies and services.
  • AAA Plus is not available in certain regions to new members
  • Price matching applies to new membership only.
  • Signup fee is nonrefundable.
  • Hybrid Vehicle Owners Discount: 10% discount for owners of hybrid vehicles; offer for new members only
  • Gas Guzzler Surcharge: 20% surcharge for owners of the TEN worst gas-guzzling cars.

Interested in learning more? Sign up for our Kicking Asphalt Newsletter. There you’ll find our AAA Watch (reporting our competitor’s lobbying practices) as well as advocacy, environmental and travel news, information for bikes and cars, reviews, and discounts. 

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Quotes From Members

  • "Also, I'm really pleased that I found Better World; it really suits the values of my family and, by the way, my congregation and my grad students. I don't know how many in either group belong to any auto club or travel club, but they surely would be ashamed not to join up with BW if they ever join any. :)"
  • "Thanks again for your prompt and courteous and helpful support."
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  • "Thanks very much! I switched to BWC because I believe you share my values and concern for sustainability. The hybrid discount is a great added bonus. It's great to see businesses thrive on a positive progressive message."
  • "My alternator gave out suddenly one night. I was stranded on a frontage road near the freeway, in the dark, in the rain, a couple hundred miles from home late on a weekend night. When I called BWC, your representative asked if I was in a safe place, dispatched a tow truck, and asked if I needed help finding a hotel for the night. Needless to say, I was impressed. It's good to know folks like you have my back!"
  • "Your newsletter is full of stimulating information--not only revealing the truth about companies/regulations that are unfair, unconscious, or downright despicable, but also highlighting positive efforts and developments for a better world. Really appreciate it. And also enjoy your sense of humor."
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