Getting older isn't all bad when you put it into perspective. I'm sure we've all heard the notion "the older you get the wiser you become," for example. Luckily, old age comes with more than simple wisdom; it comes with cash benefits.
That's right; there are a ton of senior discounts out there you might be missing out on right now without realizing it. Fortunately, I'm here to solve this problem for you by filling you in on the best senior discounts around.
Below is a brief description of which discounts are generally offered, who is eligible for senior discounts, and how to make sure you get one if you're eligible. I will also go through a list of 75 discounts for seniors you may be missing out on.
In This Guide
Types of Senior Discounts
There are various types of senior discounts out there for anyone who meets certain age requirements; age requirements generally differ depending on the company you're dealing with.
Here are the types of senior discounts available:
- Travel and Vacation Discounts
- Retail Discounts
- Restaurant Discounts
- Health and Medicine Discounts
- Entertainment Discounts
- Insurance Discounts
- Cell phone and Internet Discounts
Who is Eligible for a Senior Discount?
Eligibility for senior discounts really depends on the company you're dealing with. For example, senior discounts at the movie theater may require you to be 60+ while an airline may require you to be just 55.
In comparison, certain companies like AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and AARP's competitor AMAC (American Association of Mature American Citizens), start senior discounts at the young age of 50!
If you're an AARP member or if you become one, you'll have access to more discounts and benefits than you'll know what to do with. A membership only costs $16 a year. AMAC dubs itself the conservative version of AARP and will give you access to a whole other slew of benefits for the same $16 price per year.
It never hurts to ask about a senior discount if you're 50 or older, whether you're out to lunch or booking your next big vacation. I recommend also calling ahead to make sure your local stores and restaurants participate in senior discounts. You might as well take every advantage you can get for getting older, right?
75 Discounts For Seniors
After ample research and verification of all discounts, here are some of the best discounts for seniors to take advantage of today.
Cell Phone & Internet Discounts
AT&T offers AARP members 10 percent off of their cell phone plan and 15 percent off of certain accessories from AT&T. You can either shop online through AARP or show you AARP member card in-store. AT&T has a Lifeline program you may be eligible for as well. Use our cell phone savings calculator to see how much you can with AT&T!
2. Consumer Cellular
Consumer Cellular provides plans for under $25 a month. AARP members receive discounts on services and certain accessories as well. You also get an extended risk-free guarantee with your service.
3. Club Cellular
Club Cellular partners with AMAC to give AMAC members 5 percent off of rates and accessories with no contract and no early termination fees. Go to the website to learn more and grab your discount.
4. Cricket Wireless
AARP members can get a $20 mail-in rebate from Cricket Wireless if they meet certain conditions. Check the website for details on how to apply.
5. Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast has a Senior Internet pilot plan starting at $9.95 month plus taxes and fees for seniors ages 62 and up. This plan doesn't require a credit check, contract or installation fees. It is also only being offered in Boston, MA, Palm Beach County, FL, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco County, CA, and Seattle, WA. Check the website to see if you are eligible. Here are some great alternatives.
6. Pure TalkUSA
If you're an AMAC member, you have access to affordable cell phone plans from Pure TalkUSA with no contract, hidden charges, or roaming fees. You can also get one month free and a free sim card.
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Travel and Vacation Discounts
7. AARP Travel Center
The AARP Travel Center will save you money on booking anywhere in the world with discounts on AARP travel, insurance, and general member discounts on all of your travel needs. Just make sure you're an AARP member. Here are the buyer's guide to hotel booking sites.
8. Grand European Vacations
AARP members can get $100 off of each person's tickets on various cruises, tours, and events when booking with Grand European Vacations.
9. La Quinta Inns & Suites
La Quinta Inns and Suites partners with the AMAC to give its members 10 percent off when booking. The promo code is AMAC50 for online booking, according to the website.
Greyhound offers a 5 percent discount to anyone who's 52 and older. Just make sure to check with your cashier and be able to show an ID for age verification.
11. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines offers a discount for passengers ages 65 and over; to receive the discount, you'll need to verify your age with your government-issued ID.
12. Wyndham Hotel Group
The Wyndham Hotel Group partners with the AMAC to bring its members 20 percent off of the best rate available when booking online. You can also call with your special ID number. Check the site for details.
Hertz rental cars have a 50+ car rental program that offers up to 25 percent off for AARP members. Make sure to ask when you book.
The Marriott hotel offers discounts for people 62 and older at 4,000 of their hotels across the world. Save 15 percent or more on your stay! Just call 1-888-236-2427 and ask when you book.
15. Choice Hotel
Choice Hotel offers senior discounts for anyone age 60 or older. You can receive up to 10 percent off online by selecting the Senior/AARP option or by calling 1-800-424-6423.
16. Best Western
Both AARP members and guests over 55 can get at least 10 percent off on a room at the Best Western Hotel by providing proof of age or membership at check-in. The discount may not be available at all locations, however.
17. Carnival Cruiseline
Carnival Cruiseline offers amazing discount cruise prices for those 55 and over. Check the website for prices, terms and conditions.
18. AMAC Car Rental Discounts
AMAC partners with Hertz, Alamo, and more to give its members a discounted rate on car rentals when they book with an AMAC membership. Check the site for more information.
Retail and Clothing Discounts
Kohl's gives 15 percent off every Wednesday for those ages 55 and up. The offer is in-store only; just ask the cashier to make sure they participate and be prepared to show ID.
On the first Tuesday of every month, Walgreens offers 25 percent off to AARP members and anyone ages 55 and up. You must also be a balance rewards member to receive online and in-store discounts.
Goodwill has a senior day every Wednesday for seniors 55 and older. You'll get 20 percent off your total purchase if you can show a valid ID.
1-800-flowers gives AARP members 20 percent off of some of the best flower arrangements online and $20 off of any baskets over $79.99. You'll need to sign into your AARP account online to apply the discount.
You can get 10 percent off at participating ROSS in-store locations if you are 55 or older. Their website doesn't say so but their customer service does.
24. Tanger Outlets Free Coupon Book
If you're an AARP member, you can get a free coupon book for the Tanger Outlets to save as much as possible on your favorite products. All you have to do is show your AARP card to the Shopper Services at your local Tanger Outlets.
UPS offers 15 percent off of their general products and services for AARP members. Just show your card at purchase (in-store only).
26. Michael's Crafts
Michael's Crafts provides 10 percent off every day for seniors ages 55 and up. Just show them your ID at checkout (in-store only).
Food and Restaurant Discounts
Denny's diner provides an entire discounted menu for those 55 and over. They also offer separate discounts at certain locations. Just ask your server to find out.
28. Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen may offer a free small drink and 10 percent off your entire purchase for those ages 55 and up. It varies by location, however, so you might want to call ahead.
29. Papa John's Pizza
Papa John's Pizza offers 25 percent off of regular menu price orders to AMAC members only when you order online. Just create a Papa John's account and enter the promo code 25SAVE.
AARP members can get 10 percent off on an entire meal at Carrabba's with an AARP card.
Similar to Denny's, IHOP provides an entire menu portioned and priced for people ages 55 and up. Just ask your server when you sit down.
32. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will give AARP members 10 percent off on food and non-alcoholic beverages with an AARP card.
33. Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse provides 10 percent of your bill excluding alcoholic beverages, taxes, and tip.
34. Bonefish Grill
You can save 10 percent off with an AARP card membership at Bonefish Grill excluding alcoholic beverages, taxes, and tip.
35. Dunkin Donuts
AARP card members can get a free donut when they buy a large or extra large drink at Dunkin Donuts. Keep in mind, however, the discount may vary based on location.
Chili's offers 10 percent off of your bill at participating locations. Just call ahead to check on the age requirement and whether or not your local Chili's participated.
You may be able to get a free small drink with your meal at KFC if you're 55 or over. Just ask your cashier politely to see if they participate in the deal.
Health and Medicine Discounts
38. Medicare (A,B,C,D)
Medicare is a federally funded health insurance program providing free insurance for seniors 65 and older. It has four parts: A- hospital insurance, B-medical insurance, C-Medicare Advantage plans, and D- prescription drug coverage. Check the Medicare website or call 1-800-633-4227 for more details.
If you have expensive prescriptions, you can sign up for the Free Rx discount card online to start receiving discounts on all Rx prescriptions today. You can save up to 80 percent on generic medicine and 15 percent on name brands. There is actually no age requirement for this card. Here are some great health insurance options you can look at.
40. AARP Dental Insurance
The AARP Dental Insurance Plan is administered by Delta Dental Insurance company and provides AARP members with guaranteed acceptance, no waiting periods, and savings on copays and dental procedures.
41. Target Optical
If you have a Target Optical near you, you can get various discounts and benefits with an AARP card. For example, get 30 percent off a pair of prescription sunglasses or regular eyeglasses. Not all providers participate.
42. AARP MedicareComplete Plan
AARP's MedicareComplete Plan will give you various discounts and benefits. For example, you will likely have routine eyewear coverage and a $0 copay. Check the site for details and to see if you're eligible.
You can save 30 percent on prescription eyewear and up to 60 percent on eye exams at LensCrafters with an AARP card.
Get 25 percent off any order of $200 and up and get free basic lenses from Glasses.com with an AARP membership. Save 15 percent on anything less than $200. Just sign into AARP and buy through your account.
RiteAid gives a 20 percent discount to members of the free wellness 65+ program on the first Wednesday of every month. You'll just have to show proof of membership.
46. Hear USA Hearing Shop
If you're an AARP member with hearing issues, you can get 15 percent off on Easy Listening Products including amplified telephones and TV listening sets with Hear USA. The promo code is AARPHCP for online purchases.
47. YMCA Membership
If you're 65 and older, you can get a senior discount on a monthly membership at your local YMCA. Check your local YMCA website and call ahead to make sure they participate.
48. Sears Optical
AARP members get $55 eye exams from Sears Optical when you show your AARP card in-store. You can also get 40 percent off transitional lenses. Not all providers offer discounts, however.
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49. Regal Cinemas
You can save up to 25 percent on your movie ticket from Regal Cinemas if you are 60+ or have an AARP membership. Just make sure to ask when you buy or select the senior/AARP option online. You may have to show a valid ID or AARP card when you go.
50. American Museum of Natural History, New York
The American Museum of Natural History offers $5 off for seniors. There is no age requirement on the website, however, so call ahead before you go. You'll have to provide a valid ID.
Ticketmaster provides 25 percent off for AARP members purchasing tickets for any event in groups of 4. You can buy through your AARP account.
52. America The Beautiful Pass
The America The Beautiful Pass is for national parks and recreation across the U.S. If you're over 62, you can get a senior access pass for a full year for just $20. Just be able to present a valid ID.
53. Busch Gardens, Florida
Busch Gardens and Seaworld provide senior passes for Florida residents and nonresidents at a significantly discounted price. Call ahead to see how to apply your discount.
54. Yellowstone National Park Pass
If you're 62 years or older, you can get a lifetime Senior pass for $10 instead of $80 to the Yellowstone National Park with a valid ID. Check the website for fee details.
55. The Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona
The Grand Canyon Railway offers 15 percent on railway tickets year round for AARP members feeling adventurous enough to explore the canyon. Make sure to buy through AARP if you're purchasing online or show your card in person.
56. Cirque Du Soleil
AARP members can save up to 20 percent on Cirque Du Soleil tickets when buying online. Just go to the AARP Cirque Du Soleil website to apply your discount and see where they're playing next.
57. The Hartford Automobile Insurance
You can get a ton of benefits and discounts from The Hartford Automobile, Homeowner's Insurance and more if you're an AARP member. Check the website for details. Here are some car insurance alternatives.
58. New York Life Insurance
59. Foremost Motorcycle Insurance
Foremost Motorcycle Insurance gives AARP members benefits and discounts on insurance. They also provide benefits on mobile home insurance. Check out the site to see which perks may interest you and how to apply. Here are some other motorcycle insurance options.
60. Real Legacy Property and Casualty Assurance
Real Legacy Assurance offers flexible payment options for seniors who are AARP members looking for property or casualty insurance. Check the site for details on benefits.
61. Allstate Insurance
Allstate Auto Insurance gives a 10 percent discount to those 55 and older who are not currently seeking full-time employment, according to their website. Make sure to ask customer service about the discount to get it applied.
62. Plymouth Rock Auto Insurance, Massachusettes
If you live in Massachusettes and are an AARP member, check out the website to see what discounts and benefits Plymouth Rock provides to its seniors through AARP. Its benefits are unique compared to most!
63. Traveler's Auto and Home Insurance
Traveler's Home and Auto insurance provide amazing discounts and benefits to AMAC members including decreasing deductibles. Contact the AMAC to learn how to apply your discount. Here are some of the best home insurance alternatives.
64. Pet Plan Insurance
You can save 10 percent online and get a $35 Prepaid Visa Card if you are an AARP member looking for Pet Plan Pet Insurance. Just sign up through AARP. Here are 20 ways additional ways to save on Pet Insurance.
65. The Popcorn Factory
The Popcorn Factory provides AARP members with 20 percent off or $20 off any purchase that is over $79.99. You can buy them online through AARP.
66. Ancestry Membership
Ancestry offers 30 percent off of a membership for senior AARP members. It's a great way to learn your family history! Just head to their site through your AARP account.
67. AARP Auto Buying Program
AARP Members will save at least $100 more than nonmembers when buying a car through the AARP Auto Buying Program. On top of a cheaper price, you'll get an all around better car-buying experience from start to finish. Start searching online today.
68. Fannie May Fine Chocolates
AARP members can get 20 percent off or $20 off a purchase of over $79.99 from Fannie May Fine Chocolates. They could be the perfect present!
69. 1-800 Baskets.com
1-800 Baskets.com provides the same deal: 20 percent off for AARP members or $20 off of a purchase of $79.99 or more. Their gift baskets include gourmet cheeses, chocolate, and other yummy edibles. Just order through AARP.
70. AARP Bookstore
Receive 40 percent off at the AARP bookstore where AARP publishes books on a technology, health, home, food, money, and more.
71. Grocery Coupon Center
AARP membership also gives you access to the Grocery Coupon Center for ultimate savings on groceries. Just sign into your AARP account to gain access.
72. Cheryl's Cookies
Get 20 percent off or $20 off an order of $79.99 or higher if you're an AARP member looking for some cookie treats from Cheryl's Cookies. Buy through your AARP account.
73. AMAC Real Estate Services
AMAC Real Estate Services is for AMAC members who are looking to buy or sell a house. The program will help you get a significant rebate of the commission you've paid to the realtor among other perks. Check the site for details.
74. Office Depot
Office Depot provides a 10 percent discount on thousands of office products to AMAC members. They'll also give you free next-day delivery for orders over $50 when you order online. Check the website to apply your discount.
75. Vinesse Wines
Vinesse Wines has partnered with AMAC to create an exclusive wine club! If you're an AMAC member, you can get four bottles of wine delivered for just $29.98.
How to Apply for Senior Discounts
There are different ways to apply for senior discounts depending on what company you're dealing with. Some companies require you to be signed up for AARP or the AMAC with a membership card, online account, or promo code while other companies simply require you to show a valid government-issued ID to verify your age. If you're making a purchase online or in person with an AARP or AMAC membership, you may have to buy through your account. You can check the site for details on applying your discount.
Keep in mind, senior discounts can vary depending on the location and management, so you should never expect one wholeheartedly. Companies are allowed to change their promotions whenever they want.
However, you should never be afraid to politely ask your server, cashier, airline service, or service provider if there is a senior discount available. Also, keep in mind that some discounts are only available on certain days of the week or year. Don't be afraid to call and ask.
Ask For a Senior Discount Today!
Now that you know all about the amazing senior discounts available, go out and get em! If you're an AARP or AMAC member, it's easy to apply your discount by either signing into your online account, finding the right promo code, calling customer service, or showing your card in person. If you're not an AMAC or AARP member, you can always call ahead or ask customer service to see if there is a senior discount and what you need to verify it.
If you're not an AMAC or AARP member, you can always call ahead or ask customer service to see if there is a senior discount and what you need to verify it.
Keep in mind there are some caveats with these discounts. Many chains only offer them in certain areas or at the discretion of local management. If you find that your local establishment doesn't offer a deal, or offers a different deal than is listed here, please let us know in the comments below.