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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Last updated: Mar. 31, 2021
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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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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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