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AARP in 2017: Old deals, new questions

For many years now, AARP has been a source for mostly moderate discounts for members on a long list of travel services. Those travel deals remain a central focus of AARP's ongoing program. For the most part, these ongoing deals will continue into 2017 with little or no change: But two big questions remain unanswered, at least as of Jan. 8: How the Marriott-Starwood merger will affect the hotel discount program, and whether British Airways will continue its discounts beyond the end of this month.

Hotels. The AARP hotel discount program, as before, focuses on five large hotel brand "families" plus Best Western:

-- Choice Hotels: Up to 10 percent discount at most...