The Ultimate Guide to Senior Travel Discounts

Wanderlust has no age limit. For many Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation, your Golden Years are a time to go on the trips you couldn’t take with busy weekends and limited time off during your 40 or more years in the workforce.

In fact, 38% of Baby Boomers have a travel related bucket list, but, on average, only 25% of that list has been accomplished, according to a 2017 AARP report. Despite the fact that 56% of these Baby Boomers think about going on a bucket list trip at least once a month, AARP found that a lack of money is the most significant barrier to taking a trip for 45% of Baby Boomers.

Saving up for a trip can be difficult in your later years when you’re living on a fixed income or relying on savings; however, it’s not impossible. Many companies offer a senior discount, and in most cases, all you have to do is ask!

To help make your bucket list travel goals a reality, we’ve rounded up the best senior travel discounts. The Ultimate Guide to Senior Travel Discounts will help you plan your trip with savings and offers exclusive to seniors. You’ll find information about hotels, flights, car rentals, sightseeing, and more with tips and resources to help you get the most of your trip.

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Note: The information provided within this guide is correct as of the time of publication. Please note that some of these deals and discounts may have changed after the date of publication impacting the accuracy of this information.

When do I become a senior citizen?

Age is just a number, except for when it comes to claiming senior discounts. While there’s no one set age at which you qualify, most companies start providing senior discounts to people in their early to mid-60s. The U.S. government, for example, opens up Medicare to people age 65 and older. However, some companies will provide senior citizen benefits and discounts to people in their 50s. For instance, AARP lets you become a member at 50. So, no matter how young you feel, don’t be afraid to ask!

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AIRLINES & FLIGHTS

In most cases, the biggest expense of any trip is the cost of getting there and back. Even when fuel costs declined a couple of years ago, flights still stayed around the same price or had a marginal decrease in cost. As a senior, though, you can receive special rates on flights. In most cases, you’ll need to speak with a customer service representative, ask for the senior fare, and confirm your age to receive the discount. Some airlines, though, extend discounts to AARP members only allowing you to book through a portal online.

These are some of the airlines offering exclusive discounts to seniors:

AirlineDiscountDetails
AARPPercentage or dollar amount offAARP Member Advantages include a specific percentage or dollar off flights.
AARP Travel Center Powered by ExpediaSpecial rates offeredAARP members who book flights through the AARP Travel Center could receive special rates on participating flights.
American AirlinesDiscount variesAmerican Airlines may offer senior fares in some domestic markets for seniors 65+. Please call Reservations at 1-800-433-7300.
British Airways$200 discountAARP members could save $200 on British Airways flights. Book by Jan. 31, 2018, for travel Feb. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2018.
Delta AirlinesDiscount variesSeniors (age not specified) could receive discounts or companion fares in certain markets. Fares may apply to a select itinerary but are not available online. Contact 800-221-1212 for domestic reservations or 800-241-4141 for international reservations.
Southwest AirlinesDiscount variesSouthwest reservations for senior fares (age not specified) are available online for both domestic and international flights. You may also contact a Southwest Airlines Customer Representative at 800-I-FLY-SWA or your local travel agent.
United AirlinesDiscount variesUnited offers select senior fares for passengers who are 65+. Ask for more details when you make your reservation or select the seniors (age 65 and older) category when booking on united.com.

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GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Flying isn’t the only way to get to your destination. You can also save money as a senior on buses, cars, and trains. Even if you do choose to fly or take a train, you may still need to rent a car or take public transportation to get around. AARP partners with a variety of car rental companies to provide a discount; however, you can also save money with the companies directly. Metro systems in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., reduce fares for seniors, sometimes by as much as 50% or more!

How much could you save?

Economy and compact cars can range from $45 to $65 per day (source). With a 25% discount, you could save a total of $56.25 to $81.25 during a five-day trip.

These are some of the train, subway, bus, and car rental companies offering exclusive discounts to seniors:

CompanyDiscountDetails
AARPPercentage or dollar amount offAARP Member Advantages include a specific percentage or dollar amount off certain flights, car rentals, train or bus tickets, cruises, and more.
AARP Travel Center Powered by ExpediaUp to 25% discountAARP members who book through the AARP Travel Center could save up to 25% off select car rentals.
Amtrak15% discountAmtrak travelers 62+ are eligible to receive a 15% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains.
Avis Rent A Car10% to 25% discountAARP members could save 10% to 25% on all vehicles. Use Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) # A359810 to get the lowest rates.
Bay Area Rapid Transport – San Francisco62.5% discountSeniors 65+ can purchase a BART Green Ticket valued at $24 for only $9 (62.5% discount).
BudgetUp to 30% discountAARP members could save up to 30% on base rates at participating locations in the contiguous U.S. and Canada. Use Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number Y508501.
Greyhound5% discountGreyhound passengers aged 62+ can ask for a 5% discount on passenger fares. Photo ID required.
HertzAdditional 10% discountRenters 50+ could save an additional 10% off the base rate for your next weekend, weekly, or monthly rental. Use promo code 310353 and discount code 2007815.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority – New York50% discountSeniors 65+ can purchase Reduced-Fare MetroCard providing base subway or local bus fare for half price (regularly $2.75).
Payless Car Rental5% discountAARP members could save 5% on leisure daily, weekly, weekend, and monthly rates. Use Payless Promo Code KW47RY to get the lowest rates.
Regional Transportation Authority – ChicagoFare reductionIf you are 65+ and not enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access program, you are eligible for a reduced fare permit.
Trailways Bus – New YorkUp to 10% discountSeniors 65+ could save up to 10% on regular adult fare. Please have valid ID when purchasing tickets. Senior citizen fare discounts do not apply to already discounted tickets.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – Washington, D.C.Up to 50% discountSeniors (age not specified) may purchase a Senior SmarTrip card to pay the reduced fare or add a Metrobus 7-Day Bus Pass by presenting a valid government-issued photo ID card.
Zipcar43% discountAs an AARP member, you can join Zipcar for $40 (that’s 43% in annual savings), and you’ll get $40 in free drive time.

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HOTELS & LODGING

Depending on the nature of your trip and your budget, you may want to just stay at a basic hotel with few amenities and spend most of your time out sightseeing, or you may want a luxurious place to kick back, rest, and relax. The good news is that you can save money no matter what type of lodging you’re looking for. The age range varies greatly among the hotels so, again, don’t be afraid to ask!

How much could you save?

The average price of a hotel room in Orlando, Fla., in 2016 was $112 per night (source), meaning with a 10% discount, you could save $56 total for a five-night stay.

These are some of the hotels and lodges offering exclusive discounts to seniors:

HotelDiscountDetails
AARPPercentage or dollar amount offAARP Member Advantages include a specific percentage or dollar off certain hotels and lodging.
AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia10% discountAARP members could get a 10% discount on select hotels when booking through the AARP Travel Center.
AndazUp to 50% discountSeniors save up to 50% at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada.
Baymont Inn & SuitesDiscount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy savings off the best available rate at participating Baymont Inn & Suites hotels by selecting “senior discount” online or calling 800-337-0550.
Best Western10% discount or moreGuests 55+ save 10% or more on room rates at Best Western Hotels & Resorts. You will be asked to provide proof of age at check-in.
Cambria SuitesUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Candlewood SuitesDiscount variesDiscounts on the non-discounted room rate at any participating Candlewood Suites hotel in the U.S. will be available to guests who are 62+ or with valid membership ID of a retired persons organization.
ClarionUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Comfort InnUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Comfort SuitesUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Courtyard by Marriott15% discount or moreIf you’re 62+, you could save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide.
Crowne Plaza Hotels & ResortsDiscount variesIf you are 62+, you could enjoy a discounted room rate at any participating Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort when you present a valid ID for membership in a retired persons organization.
Days InnDiscount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy savings off the best available rate at participating Days Inn by selecting “senior discount” online or calling 800-225-3297.
Dolce Hotels and Resorts10% discount or moreParticipating locations offer AARP members 10% or more off the best available rate. Choose your hotel and look for the “AARP” rate on the Rooms & Rates page.
DoubleTree by HiltonUp to 5% discountAARP members could save up to 5% at participating DoubleTree by Hilton hotels. Search the “AARP” rate online.
EconoLodgeUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Embassy Suites by HiltonUp to 5% discountAARP members could save up to 5% at participating Embassy Suites by Hilton hotels. Search the “AARP” rate online.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott15% discount or moreIf you’re 62+, you could save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide.
Four Points by SheratonUp to 15% discountAARP members could save 5% to 15% at participating Four Points by Sheraton locations. For reservations, call 1-877-778-2277 or visit www.starwood.com/aarp.
Grand HyattUp to 50% discountSeniors could save up to 50% at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada.
Hampton by HiltonUp to 10% discountHampton by Hilton offers a special seniors rate for guests 65+ saving you up to 10% off our best available rate when booking online and selecting “senior rate.”
Hilton Garden InnUp to 10% discountSeniors 65+ could enjoy up to 10% savings at Hilton Garden Inn. Search the senior rates online.
Hilton Hotels & ResortsUp to 10% discountAARP members could save up to 10% on the best available rate at Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Book online or call 855-227-7445.
Holiday InnDiscount variesDiscounts on the non-discounted room rate at any participating Holiday Inn hotels in the U.S. and Canada will be available to guests who are 62+ or with valid membership ID of a retired persons organization.
Homewood Suites by HiltonUp to 10% discountAARP members could save up to 10% on the best available rate at Homewood Suites by Hilton. Book online or call 855-227-7445.
Howard JohnsonDiscount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy special savings off the best available rate at participating Howard Johnson hotels. Book online and select “senior discount,” or call 800-225-3297.
Hyatt PlaceUp to 50% discountSeniors (age not specified) could save up to 50% at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada.
Hyatt RegencyUp to 50% discountSeniors (age not specified) could save up to 50% at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada.
Knights InnDiscount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy special savings off the best available rate at participating Knights Inn hotels. Book online and select “senior discount,” or call 800-477-062.
La Quinta Inns & SuitesUp to 10% discountAARP members could save 10% per stay at participating La Quinta Inns & Suites or LQ Hotel locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Honduras. Book online with promo code “AARP” or call 866-573-6722.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts15% discount or moreIf you’re 62+, you could save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide.
MainStay SuitesUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Microtel by WyndhamDiscount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy special savings off the best available rate at participating Microtel hotels. Book online and select “senior discount,” or call 800-225-3297.
Motel 610% discountSeniors 60+ could save 10% at Motel 6. Select “senior rate” online, or call 800-899-9841.
Park HyattUp to 50% discountSeniors could save up to 50% at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada.
QualityUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Ramada WorldwideUp to 10% discountGuests 60+ could enjoy up to 10% off best available rate at participating Ramada hotels. Select “senior discount” online or call 800-854-9517.
Red Roof10% discountSeniors 59+ could enjoy a 10% discount on room rates year round. Bring your ID to verify senior status at check-in.
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts15% discount or moreIf you’re 62 +, you could save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide.
Residence Inn by Marriott15% discount or moreIf you’re 62+, you could save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide.
Rodeway InnUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Sheraton Hotels & ResortsUp to 15% discountAARP members could save 5% to 15% at participating Sheraton Hotels & Resorts locations. For reservations, call 1-877-778-2277 or visit www.starwood.com/aarp.
Sleep InnUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Springhill Suites by Marriott15% discount or moreIf you’re 62+, you could save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide.
St. Regis HotelsUp to 15% discountAARP members could save up to 15% on best available rates at participating St. Regis hotels. For reservations, call 1-877-778-2277 or visit www.starwood.com/aarp.
Suburban Extended Stay HotelUp to 10% discountIf you are 60+ or an AARP member, you could save up to 10% with advance reservations. Select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate drop-down or request the Senior Rate when you call.
Super 8Discount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy special savings off the best available rate at participating Super 8 hotels. Book online and select “senior discount,” or call 800-454-3213.
TravelodgeDiscount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy special savings off the best available rate at participating Travelodge hotels. Book online and select “senior discount,” or call 800-525-4055.
Westin Hotels & ResortsUp to 15% discountAARP members could save up to 15% on best available rates at Westin Hotels & Resorts. For reservations, call 1-877-778-2277 or visit www.starwood.com/aarp.
Wingate by WyndhamDiscount variesGuests 60+ could enjoy special savings off the best available rate at participating Travelodge hotels. Book online and select “senior discount,” or call 800-337-0077.

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SIGHTSEEING & RECREATION

Whether you want to explore one of the more than 400 areas of the National Park Service, learn something new at a museum, or soak up some sun and fun on a cruise, there’s a senior discount for everyone! Discounts on our list range from a dollar amount off to a percentage off. And again, the age range varies considerably, so don’t be afraid to ask!

How much could you save?

An annual pass from the National Park Services for entry to the 110+ parks that charge admission usually costs $80 per year. However, starting at age 62, you can purchase an annual park pass for $20 or a lifetime pass for $80. Alternatively, if you’ve previously used a senior annual pass, you can turn exchange four for a lifetime pass (source).

These are some of the sightseeing and recreation companies offering exclusive discounts to seniors:

CompanyDiscountDetails
9/11 Memorial & Museum$6 discountNew York City, NY
Seniors 65+ can purchase general admission tickets for $18 (regularly $24).
AARP Travel Center Powered by ExpediaSpecial rates offeredMultiple locations
AARP members who book cruises through the AARP Travel Center could receive up to $100 in extra onboard cruise credit. Members could also receive special rates for vacation packages.
The Art Institute of Chicago$6 discountChicago, IL
Seniors 65+ can purchase general admission tickets for $19 (regularly $25), Chicago resident admission tickets for $14 (regularly $20), and Illinois resident admission tickets for $16 (regularly $22).
Ben and Jerry’s Factory$1 discountWaterbury, VT
Seniors 60+ can purchase guided factory tour tickets for $3 (regularly $4) in person.
Big Surf Waterpark$9 discountPhoenix, AZ
Seniors 60+ can purchase all-day admission tickets for $22.95 (regularly $31.95).
Biltmore Estate$10 discountAsheville, NC
Seniors 65+ can save $10 on regular adult daytime admission at the Reception & Ticketing Sales Center every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Boot Hill Museum$1 discountDodge City, KS
Seniors 65+ can purchase general admission tickets for $11 (regularly $12) in person.
Bronx Zoo$5 discountBronx, NY
Seniors 65+ can purchase admission tickets for $31.95 (regularly $36.95) online or in person.
Carnival Cruise LinesDiscount variesMultiple locations
Seniors 55+ can check the Carnival calendar to find the best senior fares. Under “Extra Savings” select “Cruisers 55+”
Canaan Valley ResortSpecial rates offeredDavis, WV
Seniors 60+ can book a double queen or king lodge room Sunday through Thursday starting at $75 per night. Age verification will be required at check-in.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens$2 discountBoothbay, ME
Seniors 65+ can purchase regular season tickets (May through October) for $14 (regularly $16) online or in person.
Colonial WilliamsburgSpecial rates offeredWilliamsburg, VA
Seniors 50+ can purchase a day’s admission for $40.99 and get the rest of the year free. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 31, 2017.
Dollywood$5 discountPigeon Forge, TN
Seniors 60+ can purchase 1-day theme park tickets for $64 (regularly $69).
Empire State Building$3 discountNew York City, NY
Seniors 62+ can purchase main deck tickets for $31 (regularly $34) or main deck + top deck tickets for $51 (regularly $54).
George Washington’s Mount Vernon$3 discountMount Vernon, VA
Seniors 62+ can purchase general admission tickets online for $16 (regularly $19).
Georgia AquariumUp to $3 discountAtlanta, GA
Seniors 65+ can purchase tickets online for $29.95 + tax (regularly $31.95 + tax) on weekdays, $32.95 + tax (regularly $35.95 + tax) on weekends, or in person for $36.95 + tax (regularly $39.95 + tax).
Graceland$3.85 discountMemphis, TN
Seniors 62+ can purchase mansion tour tickets for $34.90 (regularly $38.75) online or in person.
Hagley Museum and Library$4 discountWilmington, DE
Seniors (age not specified) can purchase museum tickets for $10 (regularly $14) in person.
Harley-Davidson Museum$6 discountMilwaukee, WI
Seniors 65+ can purchase general admission tickets for $14 (regularly $20).
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation$2 discountDearborn, MI
Seniors 62+ can purchase tickets for $20 (regularly $22) online and in person.
International Spy Museum$6 discountWashington, DC
Seniors 65+ can purchase museum admission tickets for $15.95 (regularly $21.95).
The Kennedy Center50% discountWashington, DC
The Kennedy Center offers seniors 65+ a limited number of tickets at 50% off on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.
Kennedy Space Center$4 discountTitusville, FL
Seniors 55+ can purchase daily admission tickets for $46 (regularly $50) in person.
Kentucky Derby Museum$1 discountLouisville, KY
Seniors 65+ can purchase tickets for $14 (regularly $15) online or in person.
Metropolitan Museum of Art$8 discountNew York City, NY
Seniors (age not specified) can purchase tickets at their suggested price for $17 (regularly $25) online.
Museum of Fine Arts$2 discountBoston, MA
Seniors 65+ can purchase admission tickets for $23 (regularly $25).
The Museum of FlightUp to $4 discountSeattle, WA
Seniors 65+ can purchase tickets for $18 online (regularly $21) or $19 in person (regularly $23).
National Aquarium$5 discountBaltimore, MD
Seniors 64+ can purchase general admission tickets for $34.95 (regularly $39.95).
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum$8 discountCooperstown, NY
Seniors 65+ can purchase tickets for $15 (regularly $23).
National Buffalo Museum$2 discountJamestown, ND
Seniors (age not specified) can purchase tickets for $6 (regularly $8) in person.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum$2.75 discountOklahoma City, OK
Seniors 62+ can purchase tickets for $9.75 (regularly $12.50) in person.
National Park Services$60 discountMultiple locations
Seniors 62+ can purchase an annual pass for $20 (regularly $80), or a lifetime pass for $80. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
The National WWII Museum$3.50 discountNew Orleans, LA
Seniors 65+ can purchase tickets for $23.50 (regularly $27) online or in person.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County$3 discountLos Angeles, CA
Seniors (age not specified) can purchase tickets for $9 (regularly $12) online or in person.
Pro Football Hall of Fame$4 discountCanton, OH
Seniors 65+ can purchase tickets for $21 (regularly $25).
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame$2.25 discountCleveland, OH
Seniors 65+ can purchase tickets for $21.25 (regularly $23.50) online or in person.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum$3 discountSimi Valley, CA
Seniors 62+ can purchase tickets for $32 (regularly $34).
Royal Caribbean CruisesDiscount variesMultiple locations
Royal Caribbean offers reduced prices on selected sailings for guests 55+.
San Diego Zoo10% discountSan Diego, CA
Seniors 65+ can save 10% on 1-day passes. Tickets must be purchased in person, and valid ID must be shown.
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway$5 discountAlbuquerque, NM
Seniors 62+ can purchase tickets for $25 (regularly $20) in person.
Seashore Trolley Museum$2 discountKennebunkport, ME
Seniors 60+ can purchase tickets for $8 (regularly $10) in person.
Space Needle$3 discountSeattle, WA
Seniors 65+ can purchase general admission tickets for $19 (regularly $22) online or in person.
Statue of Liberty$4.50 discountNew York City, NY
Seniors 62+ can purchase reserve tickets for ferry access and museum admission for $21 (regularly $25.50).
U.S. Space and Rocket Center$3 discountHuntsville, AL
Seniors 55+ can purchase the Stars Combo admission for $26 (regularly $29) online or in person.
Walker Art Center$2 discountMinneapolis, MN
Seniors 62+ can purchase gallery admission tickets for $12 (regularly $14) in person.
Water World$31 discountFederal Heights, CO
Seniors 60+ can purchase tickets for the 2018 summer season for $10.99 (regularly $41.99)
Wild River Country$19 discountNorth Little Rock, AR
Seniors 60+ can purchase tickets for $10.99 + tax (regularly $29.99 + tax).
The Witch House$2 discountSalem, MA
Seniors (age not specified) can purchase tour tickets for $8.25 (regularly $10.25) in person.
World of Coca-Cola$2 discountAtlanta, GA
Seniors 65+ can purchase general admission tickets for $15 (regularly $17).
Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun$20 discountKansas City, MO
Seniors 62+ can purchase a JR/SR ticket for $39.99 (regularly $59.99 at the gate).

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Tips for planning your travel

Travel may be good for the soul, but it can put a strain on the purse strings. In addition to seeking out senior specific discounts, there are other ways you can save money on your next trip to make it memorable and affordable.

Here are some budget-friendly tips for planning your next trip:

Create a budget.

First and foremost, you should be setting a realistic budget to determine how much you’re willing to spend. This helps you tailor your trip to your interests and finances, while also reducing temptation – just because you qualify for a discount doesn’t mean you have to claim it! You could also use a travel rewards credit card to earn points for your trip to help boost your budget.

Ask, and you’ll probably receive.

We’ve said this already, but we’ll say it again – don’t be afraid to ask for a senior discount! Before you confirm any bookings, be sure to ask if a senior discount is offered and, if so, what ages qualify. Double check any fine print as well. Some senior rates require you to be an AARP member, and in some cases, booking through AARP might save more money.

Don’t forget to shop around.

While it’s great to check for a senior discount, don’t assume the senior rate is the lowest. For instance, many hotels offer discounts to AAA members, which might be a better deal. Airlines are known for running flash sales that only last a few days and might be a better deal. Websites like Expedia, Kayak, and Priceline help you compare costs for flights, hotels, and rental cars across hundreds of travel sites.

Consider traveling off-peak.

One of the great things of retirement is you aren’t restricted by a 9-5 Monday through Friday schedule. This allows you to take advantage of traveling during off-peak days and months. Many companies will offer a weekday discount, or lower rates during specific months. If you can be flexible with your dates, you could save even more money on top of your discount.

Don’t rule our travel insurance.

Emergencies happen, and when they do, they can completely derail your trip and your budget. While travel insurance may not be necessary for everyone, if there’s a chance you may have medical difficulties or an unforeseen circumstance that forces you to cancel, it can be a worthwhile investment. Be sure to purchase travel insurance from a reputable and trusted company.

Planning for your trip can be stressful, but try to keep perspective. Why do you want to go on this trip? To see and experience a new place! Focusing on what matters – the experience – will help you come up with a plan that works for you and your budget.

RESOURCES

There are a number of resources you can use to help you plan your trip:

  • AARP – As the nation’s largest organization for Americans 50 years or older, AARP provides a variety of resources about retirement, Social Security, healthy living, travel benefits, and more.
  • AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia – As an AARP member, you can take advantage of special rates and offers for airlines, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and more through their travel center.
  • Association of Mature American Citizens – As a political advocacy organization, AMAC strives to protect the interest of seniors. However, their website also includes some travel-related resources, tips, and recommendations.
  • ElderTreks – As the first adventure travel company designed specifically for people 50 and over, this worldwide organization provides itineraries for seniors. You can plan a trip or just get inspired.
  • National Association of Conservative Seniors – As the “conservative alternative” for seniors, NAOCS provides news, information, and resources including travel deals and discounts.
  • National Council on Aging – This organization partners with nonprofits, businesses, and the government to improve the lives of older adults. On their website, you’ll find information about travel tips, travel insurance, finances, and much more.
  • Retired Brains – Originally founded as a job and information resource for Baby Boomers in 2003, the site has expanded to provide a wide variety of information, including travel related advice and resources.

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