Some milestones are meant to be celebrated! For example, your 55th birthday qualifies you for these awesome lesser-known senior discounts. Each discount varies from store to store so check your local shop. Here’s a list of discounts other than restaurants and grocery stores.
#1 – Flights
Almost every flight offers discounts for senior citizens. This includesAmerican Airlines (65+), British Airways (50+), Delta (65+), and United Airlines (65+). This makes it easier to get to those cruises and national parks!
#2 – Printing Services
If you’re an AARP member, you can also take advantage of extra shipping discounts at your local UPS Store. This includes 15% off products and 5% off services. Service including printing, packaging, mailbox services, moving supplies, office supplies, fax services, and more.
#3 – Senior Discounts Club
Senior Discounts Club is completely free to use and shares the most recent senior discounts with you daily. As an example, they’ll alert you when a store is offering a senior discount or a discount on an item you might use – like buy one, get one free deals on vitamins.
#4 – Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruises (and many other cruise lines including Norwegian and Royal Caribbean) offer discounts for those over 55 that make it easier for seniors to travel on a fixed income. Flight and car rental discounts are available too (see #6 and #7).
#5 – National Parks
Seniors have access to $20 annual national park passes or an $80 lifetime park pass in addition to up to 50% off amenities at the parks. You must be at least 62 years old to access this great benefit.
#6 – Car Rentals
Avis, Budget, and Hertz all offer discounts on car rentals for seniors. When you combine these savings with savings on flights, hotels, national parks, and rental cars, you can save a substantial amount of money when you travel.
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#7 – Ancestry.com
While almost everybody knows about discounts on dining, the 30% discount on Ancestry.com memberships for AARP members is a best kept secret. Ancestry.com helps you under your genealogy by tracing your family roots and providing access to national records.
#8 – Movie Theaters
AMC Theatres offers discounted tickets for patrons 60 years of age and older (proof of age is required when picking up your tickets). Odyssey Theatres offer senior discounts every day as well, while Cinemark offers Senior Day discounts every Monday.
#9 – Ground Transportation
If you’d rather take the bus or the train than fly, you can take advantage of senior discounts on ground transportation with both Greyhound and Amtrak. Amtrak offers 10% off of “select fares” for those 65 and older while Greyhound offers 5% off for those 62 and up.
#10 – Cell Phone Plans
AT&T (55+), Sprint (55+), and T-Mobile (65+) all offer discounts for seniors ranging from 10% off to discounted unlimited plans and savings on phones and accessories. AT&T offers additional savings for AARP members.
#11 – Hotels
Best Western, Choice Hotels, IHG Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, and Wyndham Hotels all offer discounted rates for seniors and/or AARP members. You can call or visit their websites to explore the discount for each chain or hotel.
#12 – Pharmacies
Several leading pharmacy chains offer senior discounts, including CVS (15% off on Wednesdays), Walgreens (30% off on Tuesdays), Rite Aid (20% off on Wednesdays), and more. Most discounts are for non-prescription, eligible purchases only and age requirements vary.
While many locally owned retailers also offer discounts, we know for sure that LensCrafters offers discounts for AAA and AARP members (as well as senior discounts in some locations), making your new glasses a little more affordable.
#14 – Internet services
Be sure to ask your internet and landline provider if they offer discounts on monthly rates for senior citizens. Comcast, CenturyLink, Spectrum, and AT&T along with a myriad of other large and small providers advertise senior discounts on internet and home phone services.
#15 – Gym memberships
The Silver Sneakers program offers free gym membership for those age 65 and older with qualifying health plans. Additionally, many national chains and local gyms offer discounted memberships for seniors who don’t qualify for free membership under the Silver Sneakers program.
#16 – Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can be an expensive purchase, often not covered by any insurance plan. AARP’s Hearing Care program gives you access to up to 20% off of hearing aids. Locally owned hearing centers might also offer senior discounts; be sure to ask!
#17 – Auto insurance
While premiums naturally decrease as you get older (and wiser…and more responsible), there is more opportunity to lower your rates as a senior. In fact, in 23 states you can lower the cost of your insurance by taking AARP’s Smart Driver course online or in a classroom.
#18 – Thrift stores
You likely already know about the retail stores that offer senior discounts, but you may not have known that Goodwill stores offer a 10% discount to seniors age 60 and up every Tuesday. Check with your local thrift store for discounts, too!
#19 – Amusement parks
Most amusement parks, including Disneyland, Disneyworld, and Six Flags offer either senior discounts on all tickets or a senior day or senior night throughout the year with discounted tickets and amenities.
#20 – Museums
Most museums offer senior discounts – check with your local museum (and the museums you visit while traveling) for senior prices!