While AAA may be better known for roadside assistance, it also offers several kinds of life insurance products. It offers two kinds of term life insurance policies and four kinds of permanent life insurance policies. This range of term and permanent policy offerings makes it easy for potential clients to find the insurance coverage they need.
AAA has earned high financial strength ratings from A.M. Best. Financial strength ratings are important to note when buying life insurance because they indicate a company's ability to make claims payments. Since life insurance is an investment, you need to be confident that your life insurance company will be able to pay the benefit when a claim is made.
High financial strength ratings are common among competitive insurers in the life insurance industry.
AAA's high financial strength rating shows that the insurer is financially stable and a good choice when purchasing life insurance coverage.
AAA offers two choices for term life policy options:
Life insurance shoppers can apply for an ExpressTerm Life policy online. In some cases, you may be able to get coverage immediately. You can purchase between $25,000 and $500,000 in coverage with term lengths of 10, 15, 20, or 30 years.
Traditional Term Life policies offer high levels of coverage starting at $100,000. The available term lengths are the same as the ExpressTerm Life policies, however, applicants can also purchase a 25-year term.
You cannot apply for this term insurance policy online, so you'll need to work with a life insurance agent. You can add a Return of Premium rider to this policy. With this rider, policyholders receive their premium payments back once the term is over and no claims were filed or paid.
AAA offers two kinds of permanent life insurance : whole and universal. Unlike term life insurance, whole and universal life insurance lasts the insured's lifetime as long as premiums are paid on schedule. Permanent life insurance also has the ability to accrue cash value that policyholders can access while still living.
Whole life insurance policies typically have stable premiums, set return rates for cash value growth, and fewer investment options. Universal life insurance policies have more flexible premiums, greater risk for cash value growth, and more flexibility when choosing how to invest your policy.
AAA's whole life policy options:
With both of these policies, the premium rate is fixed once you buy the policy. The biggest differences between these two policies are how you apply, the underwriting process, and the amount of coverage you can purchase.
With the Whole Life policy, you work with an insurance agent to apply and go through an underwriting process. You can purchase a benefit from $5,000 to $75,000. You can add several riders to this insurance policy to add additional protection.
The available riders include a child term policy, disability waiver of premium, accidental death, and travel accident. The child term policy adds coverage for any eligible child up to $5,000 per child.
The disability waiver of premium means that if you become disabled, you can maintain your life insurance policy without continuing to pay premiums.
The accidental death rider adds an additional benefit if the insured dies in a covered accident. The travel accident provides an additional payout if the insured dies in covered travel accidents.
For the Guaranteed Issue Whole Life policy, you can apply in the way most convenient for you: through the mail, online, or over the phone. You also do not have to complete a medical exam or provide answers to health questions. You also can only purchase between $5,000 and $25,000 in life coverage. You may also find that the premium rates are higher because of the limited underwriting.
The Guaranteed Issue Whole Life policy also has a graded benefit feature. During the first two years, if the beneficiaries only receive the full death benefit if the insured's death occurs in an accident. Otherwise, the beneficiaries will receive the paid insurance premiums with an additional 30 percent added. Once the first two years are over, the full benefit will be paid regardless of cause of death.
AAA's universal life policy options:
These policies are very similar. The biggest differences are in the cash value the policy can accrue and the premium rates.
The LifeTime Universal Life policy has set premiums that are determined through underwriting. The sooner you buy the policy, the lower rate you'll qualify for. The policy includes an accelerated death benefit that allows you to access some of your benefit early if you have a terminal illness and less than a year to live. You can add a child term, disability waiver of premium, and accidental death riders to your policy. The child term allows for up to $20,000 of coverage per child. The accidental death waiver pays an additional benefit (up to $150,000) if the insured dies in a covered accident.
The Accumulator Universal Life policy offers customizable premiums and benefit amounts. This flexibility is nice, but keep in mind that the flexibility also creates fluctuation in the benefits. Like the LifeTime Universal Life policy, policyholders can add a child term and an accidental death rider. Policyholders may also add a waiver of monthly deductions and a guaranteed purchase option rider. The waiver of monthly deductions means that you don't have to pay your policy deductions if you become disabled. The guaranteed purchase option allows policyholders to increase their life insurance coverage under the same policy later without completing underwriting.
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More and more life insurance carriers are offering online life insurance quotes and applications. While most of these are for term policies, there are some that offer online quotes and applications for permanent life policies.
AAA only offers online quotes for its term life insurance policies and Guaranteed Issue Whole Life policy. Only one of its term policies allows you to complete the purchase online.
While it would be more convenient to see pricing for all of AAA's life insurance products online, monthly premiums are highly dependent on an individual's age, gender, health, and lifestyle. The coverage amount you purchase also affects the monthly premium. The level of variability in life insurance rates makes it difficult to provide these quotes conveniently.