Everyone seems to have their own ideas about what age you become a senior citizen in the US. Yet, regardless of how old you feel, or whether you classify yourself as a senior, chances are you love a bargain.
The good news is that people as young as 50 can qualify for seniors vacation discounts, so keep reading if you’d like to take advantage of some great travel deals.
AARP Seniors Vacation Benefits
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit group for everyone over the age of 50. If you join this organization, you qualify for several savings by virtue of your membership.
This includes discounts on travel deals and insurance as well as vacation packages.
You’ll also have access to the Expedia Travel Center for AARP members. Here you’ll find awesome rates on rental cars, cruises, flights, hotels, and activities.
Most major car rental companies offer special rates to AARP members too. Greyhound bus lines and Amtrak offer discounted tickets for people over 52 and 65 respectively.
Hotels and Cruises
If you’d rather cruise to some or other exotic destination, you’re in luck. Carnival Cruise Lines and Grand Circle Cruise Lines all offer discounts for travelers over the age of 55.
If you have limited mobility, cruises are one of the best vacations for seniors wanting a good mix of fun and relaxation.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination courtesy of substantial savings on transport, you’ll find no shortage of places to lay your hat for less too.
Some of the hotel groups that offer discounts for seniors include:
- Best Western
- Golden Tulip
- Comfort Suites
- Crown Plaza
- Hampton Inn
- Holiday Inn
Many smaller establishments also run regular discounts for seniors, especially during quieter times. If you like staying at a hotel that doesn’t openly offer discounted senior rates, it can’t hurt to ask.
Eating Out on Vacation
Plenty of food franchises are also on board with spoiling customers of a certain age, too. You can get a percentage off your meals, choose off special senior menus, and get free stuff with your order.
The best part about these franchised outlets is that you’ll find many of them all over the world. Call ahead or check their notice boards to see which discounts apply to you in different locations.
If you prefer to self-cater during your trip, you can save at most major supermarkets on certain days of the week or month too.
If you’re looking for a new wardrobe for your travels, look out for senior discount days at major retailers.
You can save up to 20% on the latest fashions at many of these stores.
See the World
Whether you’re a resident in a retirement community, living at home or not even considering retirement yet, you deserve a break. If you’re over 50 don’t be too self-conscious to ask for a senior discount, you could get to see more of the world that way.