Taking advantage of senior discounts

by the Editor, SeniorInsider | Jun 02, 2011

No doubt one of the best things about being a senior is the fact that you can start to take advantage of senior discounts on everything from senior travel to food.  Starting at age 50 you will start to notice that you are being offered amazing deals.  With the state of today’s economy, almost all seniors appreciate these price reductions.  This article will explore some of the senior discounts that are now available to you that you may not have thought of yet.

AARP Memberships for Senior Travel Discounts, Shopping and Hotels


One organization that greatly assists seniors to get discounts is the AARP or American Association of Retired Persons. For only one year, you can get a membership for $16. Once you have signed up you will find that you can get reductions on senior travel including hotels, planning and auto rentals.  Most people find that they get back their $16 rather quickly… and then some! Visit www.aarp.org for more information about the various discounts that AARP offers.

Senior Travel to National Parks


The National Parks in this country offer some stellar senior travel discounts. They have what is called a “Golden Age Passport.”  If you are over the age of 62 you can buy a lifetime pass that will give you free admission to all parks, monuments and forests.  The United States has some truly beautiful National Parks, so if you haven’t yet visited places like Yellowstone and Zion, now is the time to do so.

Discounts on Entertainment


When it comes to entertainment, senior discounts have you covered. For example, you get a few dollars off of movie admission prices just by saying you are a senior. People over the age of 60 can also get reduced price tickets to baseball games. Check the schedule of your local team to see what days these discounts are offered.

Senior Travel Discounts on Airfare


Airlines have also gotten in on the action of offering senior discounts. For example, Southwest offers special savings to people age 65 and older. You will also find savings on bus and train fares in many cities. Sometimes this can be up to half price.

Deals on Meals During Senior Travel


When you are traveling to certain regions or even if you are in your own city, you can get senior discounts at many restaurants. For example, New York City offers “Discount Deals for 50+ Diners.” You can get this list and find out which restaurants will give you deals. Also be sure to look for signs in local restaurants to see which ones offer discounts for seniors.

When it Comes to Senior Travel Discounts, Insurance is Essential


Of course, if you are doing a lot of traveling, don’t forget to sign up for senior travel insurance as it can save you a bundle if you need to cancel a trip due to something like illness. After all, one of the greatest discounts of all is not losing money on something like a non-refundable airline ticket.  Also if you happen to travel to another country and need medical attention, your Medicaid or Medicare services will not cover you financially, but your travel insurance will.

Don’t Forget to Ask Around!


Many places offer senior discounts and you might not even know unless you ask. In general, it is a good rule of thumb to ask businesses if they offer senior discounts before you pay your bill. You never know what kinds of special savings you may receive.


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