Age Pays: 43 Senior Discounts (Some Starting at Age 50!)
Aging doesn't always have its perks, but this list of discounts might add some pizzazz to the fact of getting older. Starting at age 50 (the minimum age for AARP membership), seniors can cash in on numerous deals just for being born on or before the date required for the bargain. Simply flash an ID to collect on most discounts, although some apply only to AARP members and some are offered only by select chain franchisees.
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Hop aboard ... Amtrak tickets go for 15 percent less off the lowest fare to travelers who are at least 62 years old.
AARP members eager to dig deep into their roots get a 30 percent price cut on an annual subscription (regularly $299) to Ancestry World Explorer.
Shoppers 62 years and counting (65 in Canada) enjoy 10 percent off in-store purchases at clothier Banana Republic.
Belk, a regional department store chain, offers exclusive in-store discounts on the first Tuesday of the month for shoppers 55 and older.
Room rates drop at least 10 percent at Best Western for AARP members and guests 55 and up when reserving online or with a company representative.
Fans of fresh fish and wood-grilled meats who also belong to AARP get to enjoy their meal, minus alcoholic beverages, at a 15 percent savings at Bonefish Grill.
If shrimp and down-home Southern-style cooking sounds like dinner, AARP members can cash in on a 10 percent discount, excluding alcoholic beverages, at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
AARP members can rent a truck from Budget on Sunday through Thursday and save 20 percent, or opt for Friday or Saturday and save 10 percent.
Choice Hotels, which includes Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, and Comfort Inn, shaves room fees up to 10 percent for AARP members or travelers age 60 and older. Advance reservations required.
Consumer Cellular's deal for AARP members includes rates as low as $10 a month with a 5 percent monthly discount and a 30 percent reduction on accessories.
Dressbarn's senior discount of 10 percent goes to shoppers age 62 and up for in-store purchases on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, depending on the store.
AARP members score at Dunkin' Donuts when purchasing a large or extra-large beverage. The winnings: a free donut.
Wednesdays are Senior Day at Goodwill, when customers age 55 and up enjoy 20 percent savings.
AARP members enjoy a 15 percent discount on travel and lodging at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, including the RV park and a two-night "Canyon Explorer" package.
Supermarket chain Harris Teeter cuts prices 5 percent on Thursdays for customers who are at least 60 years old.
Howard Johnson awards a 20 percent discount off the best available rate at participating branded hotels to seniors age 60-plus.
Hilton Worldwide offers up to 10 percent off stays at Hilton Hotels Resorts, DoubleTree, Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn, Waldorf Astoria, Embassy Suites, Conrad Hotels Resorts, and other properties owned by the hospitality chain.
Hyatt offers senior guests with advance reservations a discount worth up to 50 percent at the brand's hotels in the Lower 48 and Canada.
No need for a coupon at IHOP. A special menu of pancakes, eggs, and French toast is already discounted for senior diners, starting at age 55.
La Quinta Inns Suites offers AARP members up to 10 percent off room rates, as well as discounts for guests 65 and older.
LensCrafters marks down a lenses and frame combo, including prescription sunglasses, by 30 percent for AARP members. Order a pair of Transitions lenses with a frame and save 40 percent.
AARP members can take advantage of several discounts for live music at LiveNation.com or on the Live Nation app, including four event tickets for the price of three and 2-for-1 deals.
Guests at Marriott hotels save at least 15 percent on room rates worldwide once they've reached the age of 62.
Seafood restaurant McCormick Schmick's gives AARP members 10 percent off food, non-alcoholic beverages, and retail merchandise for up to five guests.
Hobbyists age 55 and older qualify for a 10 percent price reduction every day at Michaels, the arts and crafts retailer.
Motel 6 gives AARP members a 10 percent price cut in addition to free Wi-Fi and a late checkout at 2 p.m.
At Outback Steakhouse, seniors with an AARP membership get a 15 percent discount off the tab for lunch or dinner, minus alcoholic beverages, as long as the order isn't placed online. Some locations may not participate.
Present an AARP membership card at Pearle Vision and pay 30 percent less for a complete pair of glasses (lenses and frames) and up to 20 percent on contact lenses.
Food and non-alcoholic beverage costs are pared by 10 percent for AARP members at the Rainforest Café, a theme-restaurant chain with locations in 11 states.
Ramada hotel customers age 60 and older are entitled to 10 percent off the best available rate at participating locations.
With membership in the Wellness 65+ at Rite Aid, seniors 65 and older receive a 20 percent discount on non-prescription items the first Wednesday of the month.
Travelers age 65 and older are eligible for fare savings and fully refundable tickets on Southwest Airlines.
The Starwood family of hotels and resorts, including Sheraton and Westin, grant AARP members reductions of 5 to 15 percent off the best available rate.
Participating Super 8 hotels discount rooms by 10 percent off the best available rate for guests 60 and older.
United Airlines offers reduced fares to select destinations for passengers 65 and older. Ask for details when booking a flight or select the "seniors" category when booking on the company site.
The Nationwide 65 Plus program at Verizon Wireless entitles existing customers 65 and older to 200 minutes for $29.99 a month.
Wendy's leaves the decision about senior discounts to each franchise holder. The burger chain says most stores offer savings, so don't hesitate to ask.