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15 Unexpected Places To Score Senior Discounts

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Vesnaandjic / Getty Images

Thinking about retirement can be overwhelming, but thanks to senior discounts, you can at least look forward to saving some money in your golden years. Senior citizen discounts can be found online and in the real world, in restaurants and retail stores, and in hotels and hair salons. However, sometimes the best deals go beyond the standard AARP discounts. Now that COVID is clearing up, millions of seniors are getting vaccinated, and restrictions are being lifted, look for these discounts as you start getting back out into the world.

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ATT building
ATT building

AT&T

  • Senior discount: Waived fees and discounts on both accessories and service

AT&T offers AARP members the AT&T Signature Program, which waives up to $45 in activation and upgrade fees, plus 10% off the AT&T Unlimited Elite plan and 15% off eligible accessories.

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scenic view of Toroweap overlook at sunrise  in north rim, grand canyon national park,Arizona,usa.
scenic view of Toroweap overlook at sunrise in north rim, grand canyon national park,Arizona,usa.

America’s National Parks

  • Senior discount: Senior Pass for $20 per year, $80 for a lifetime pass

The National Park Senior Pass is not only much cheaper ($20 annually) to buy than a standard pass ($80 annually), but it also gets you 50 percent off of some amenity fees for services and facilities like a boat launch, camping and swimming.

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PetsMart
PetsMart

PetSmart

  • Senior discount: 10% off a stay at PetsHotel and Grooming Salon

If you’re 65 or older and you insist on luxury when you board your pet, you can save on stays at one of PetSmart’s PetsHotels. Their “hotel hosts” are safety certified, the cost includes meals and full-service amenities, and a vet is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also save 10 percent at the PetSmart Grooming Salon on Tuesdays only.

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Walgreens store in Nevada
Walgreens store in Nevada

Walgreens

  • Senior discount: Balance Rewards card offers senior-specific specials

Older Balance Rewards members can get exclusive deals and discounts just for seniors. AARP members qualify, as does anyone over the age of 55. Walgreens also periodically hosts special “Seniors Day” events that offer 20 percent off both in-store and online purchases.

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Best Western hotel under the blue sky in Colorado Springs
Best Western hotel under the blue sky in Colorado Springs

Best Western

  • Senior discount: Up to 15% off for guests 55 and older

It’s not unusual for hotel chains to give seniors a break on the price, but Best Western considers “senior” to be anyone a full decade younger than the traditional retirement age of 65. That rule holds true across all 4,200-plus Best Westerns across the world, and you still collect rewards points even if you accept the discount.

Michaels store
Michaels store

Michaels

  • Senior discount: 10% off entire order including sale items for customers 55 and older

Craft and hobby chain Michaels also has a generous policy regarding senior discounts — the minimum age is only 55. Even better, the discount is available every day, instead of only on specific days, like many competitor stores.

Amtrak California passenger train leaves the Santa Fe Depot station. The classic design station.
Amtrak California passenger train leaves the Santa Fe Depot station. The classic design station.

Amtrak

  • Senior discount: 10% off for riders aged 65 and older

If you prefer to travel by train, Amtrak offers 10% off for riders 65 and older for most fares. Or, if you ride internationally on trains operated by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, the discount applies to passengers 60 and older. Various restrictions apply.

A Verizon Wireless store in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
A Verizon Wireless store in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Verizon

  • Senior discount: Ages 55 and older save up to $40 per month

Verizon, too, offers a senior discount, but it’s not open just for AARP members — you only have to be 55 to take advantage of it. The deal includes two lines for $80 per month or $60 for a single line. Unlimited 4G LTE, unlimited talk and text, and an unlimited mobile hot spot are all part of the deal.

Pep Boys
Pep Boys

Pep Boys

  • Senior discount: 10% for customers 55 and older

The Pep Boys discount is good for in-store visits only, not for online purchases. It’s open to anyone 55 and older, and applies storewide, including tires and tire service, traditional service and repairs.

An aerial photo of Waikiki beach.
An aerial photo of Waikiki beach.

Castle Resorts and Hotels

  • Senior discount: Up to 25% off the best available price

Paradise isn’t cheap, but older travelers can get a relative bargain on a trip to Hawaii. Castle Resorts and Hotels maintains 22 locations across the Hawaiian islands, including Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and the Big Island. People ages 55 and older qualify, and the discount applies to the best price available — not just the standard rate.

Hertz rental car
Hertz rental car

Hertz

  • Senior discount: 20% off base rates for customers 50 and older

The Hertz 20 percent everyday discount is open to people as young as 50, but that’s not the only thing that sets the Hertz Fifty Plus Program apart. Members can save even more by making reservations on Hertz.com before they travel. They can also pair discounts with promotional coupons and add a spouse or domestic partner as a driver with no extra charge.

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Lenscrafters store
Lenscrafters store

LensCrafters

  • Senior discount: Up to 50% off lenses, up to 30% off sunglasses

AARP members get exclusive discounts and services from LensCrafters. Members get exams for a $55 copay and discounts of 10% on contact lenses. Lenses or frames by themselves are 15 percent off.

IHOP
IHOP

IHOP

  • Senior discount: 55+ menu

IHOP does not offer senior citizen discounts on regularly priced items, but it does have a senior menu. As the name implies, you only have to be 55 to take advantage, and it’s got plenty of deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — every option is less than $10.

Dennys restaurant
Dennys restaurant

Denny's

  • Senior discount: 55+ menu

Denny’s restaurants are owned by independent franchisees, which means there is no single price structure in terms of senior discounts, which vary from location to location. But like IHOP, Denny’s offers a special menu for seniors with low-price entrees for all three meals.

Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Sign Logo Pics by Mike Mozart of JeepersMedia and TheToyChannel on YouTube.
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Sign Logo Pics by Mike Mozart of JeepersMedia and TheToyChannel on YouTube.

Outback Steakhouse

  • Senior discount: 10% off for AARP members

AARP members can dine at the Australian-themed chain restaurant for 10 percent off. Known for its famous Bloomin’ Onion, Outback has an impressive lineup of big steaks for low prices. A recent steak and lobster deal could be had for under $20.

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