QUESTION: What are some of the best travel discounts available to seniors? My husband and I are about to retire and are interested in traveling more, but we live on a small budget.
ANSWER: There are literally hundreds of different travel-related discounts available to older travelers that can add up to save you hundreds of dollars on your next trip. To qualify, you must meet the age requirement, which varies in business. Some discounts may apply when you turn 50, but most don’t start until you turn 55, 60, 62 or 65. Here’s a rundown of the main travel discounts, along with a few more tips to help you save.
The first thing to know is that most businesses don’t advertise them, but many offer senior discounts just for asking, so don’t be shy.
You should also know that when it comes to senior travel bargains, the “senior discount,” if applicable, may not always be the best deal. Hotels, resorts, airlines and cruise lines, for example, offer advanced bookings along with special deals and promotions from time to time that can be lower rates than what the senior discount is. Before you book, always ask about the lowest possible rate and the best deal available.
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Another way you can save is to be flexible in your travel. Last minute travel deals can offer a lot of savings, such as traveling during off -season or off -peak hours, and avoiding holidays.
Club memberships can also get you many different travel bargains. AARP, for example has many travel discounts available on hotels, car rentals, travel, vacation packages and more-see AARP.org/benefits-discounts. The American Automobile Association (AAA.com) is another membership club that offers some great travel discounts to members of any age.
Here are some of the best senior travel discounts available in 2022.
Airline: British Airways is offering AARP members a $ 65 discount on economy travel and a $ 200 discount on business club travel. American, Delta and United also offer senior fares to passengers 65 and older in some markets but are very limited. And JetBlue is offering a 5% discount for military retirees and veterans enrolled in Veterans Advantage.
Trends: Amtrak offers a 10% discount to 65-plus travelers, and a 10% discount to passengers over the age of 60 on cross-border services operated by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.
Car rental: Avis and Budget gives AARP members up to 30% discount at participating locations. Hertz offers up to 20% off 50-plus travelers. And Thrifty and Sixt offer a 5% discount to those aged 50 and up.
Hotels: Some hotel chains offer discounted prices for seniors usually from 10% to 15% discount but can vary by location. Some popular hotels that offer these discounts include Best Western, Choice Hotels, Hyatt, IHG Hotels, Marriott, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Red Roof and Wyndham Hotels.
Restaurants: Many restaurant chains offer senior discounts ranging from free drinks, to senior menus, to discounts on your total order, but these may only be available on certain days of the week or on certain days. locations. Some popular options include Applebee’s, Denny’s, IHOP, Chili’s, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery and McDonald’s.
Cruises: Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines offer discounted prices on cruisers 55 and older on select cruises. And Grand European Travel offers AARP members up to $ 100 savings per person on river trips. Call before booking to inquire.
Entertainment and attractions: Most museums, zoos, aquariums, cinemas, public golf courses and even ski slopes offer reduced admission to seniors older than 60 or 65. And for those 62 or older, one of the best deal available is America the Beautiful Senior Pass ($ 20). for an annual senior pass or $ 80 for a lifetime pass) that provides access to more than 2,000 national parks and recreation areas.
Jim Miller is the editor of Savvy Senior. Send your senior questions to Savvy Senior, PO Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit www.savvysenior.org.