It having an 'AS' degree better than having an 'AA' degree?

As I understand things, the "AS" degree is basically a one year program and not many of the credit hours will transfer to a higher learning education facility.

The "AA" degree is the less expensive route towards the "BA" or "BS" degree, where one gets the first two years of college done at about a third of what it would cost at a 4 year institution. Every credit hour in the "AA" program can be applied for the 4 year college.