There’s something about being 55 and older that gets you all kinds of discounts that younger folk just aren’t privy to. At least it’s one bonus of getting older! From cruises and movie theaters to supermarkets and restaurants, there are all kinds of senior’s discounts from countless companies.
These are the best senior discounts, all verified might I add, that every senior should not only know about and use, but also spread the word! What’s great about this list is that you’ll be surprised by how many items and services you’re entitled to get a discount for! See which companies offer what, what the minimum age limit is, and how much percent you get off.
Carnival is one of the most well-known and reputable cruise lines that has all kinds of 24 cruise ships, taking millions of passengers every year on 3- to 16-day trips. There are all kinds of destinations, like Mexico, Alaska, and the Mediterranean.
Royal Caribbean is another huge cruise company which offers cruise passengers activities like rock climbing, ice skating, and even surfing at sea. Both Carnival and Royal Caribbean have discounted fares for seniors aged 55 and up on certain ships and trips. Carnival has a special web page that lists its special rates for seniors for various cruises.
Denny’s is the all-American breakfast joint, with more than 1,700 restaurants in the U.S., Canada, and other countries. Denny’s allows 15% off the entire bill for customers who are AARP members, and some locations might even extend the same or a different discount to seniors without AARP cards.
The restaurant also has a special menu for those 55 and older, featuring meals with somewhat smaller portions and correspondingly lower prices. Let’s say you dine at Denny’s at an average of twice a month and get a $30 bill each time, you can save more than $100 per year. Not too shabby!
Feel like going on an outdoor adventure? See next which discounts there are for national parks…
America’s National Park Service, established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, has grown to include more than 400 areas across the country and more than 80 million acres in total. Entrance fees will vary by park, but yearly passes are available that offer access to more than 2,000 recreation sites.
Annual passes usually cost $80, but military folks and 4th graders get a free annual pass. And senior citizens get a discount: those 62 and up can get an annual pass for just $20, or even a lifetime pass for $80. It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!
Have you been wanting to discover your family tree for a while now but haven’t gotten around to doing it? Now’s your opportunity! Tons of people are studying their family tree and exploring their roots with this amazing online service. Ancestry.com offers access to billions of international births, marriage, death, census, military, church, and other records.
And for AARP members, there’s a 30% discount on the membership. Six-month memberships go from $99 for access to U.S.-only records up to $199 for everything the company offers. Yearly savings can range from about $60 to $120.
Do you fancy yourself some pancakes? See which restaurant is senior-friendly…
IHOP was founded in California in 1958, and the International House of Pancakes now has more than 1,750 locations in all 50 states as well as around the world. The special deal they offer seniors is an entire “55+” menu section, with senior-sized portions and correspondingly reduced prices.
Many locations also offer an extra 10% off, with some even offering a 50% off or 2-for-1 dinner specials weekly. That can come out to something like $2 to $8 worth of savings each time you dine at IHOP.
Walgreens, with its parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance, has been serving Americans since 1901, with more than 8,000 locations in all 50 states. Walgreens offers a nice discount for those 55 or older: 20% off eligible items in its stores and 10% off a variety of items on its online store.
For the online store, use the promo code SENIORS10. And you might even qualify for these discounts if you’re a bit younger if you’re also an AARP member, where membership can begin at 50.
Looking for a reason to stay fit? The next fitness club offers free senior’s memberships!
The Silver Sneakers fitness club program offers many seniors aged 65 and older a free gym membership at more than 14,000 gyms and fitness centers in America. That’s pretty amazing! You just need to check out their website to see if your health insurance plan includes this perk.
The program has thousands of seniors members and when they were surveyed, more than 90% reported that it has improved their quality of life. How could it not?
Supercuts offers haircuts and other salon services at more than 2,400 locations across the country. And to make it even more appealing, there are no appointments required (but you’re allowed to make one if you want to.).
Supercuts offers 10% off or $2 off for those at least 60 years old at its company-owned locations (as opposed to the franchised ones). So, ask at your local Supercuts whether a discount is available.
The next discount is at a very popular hotel, which you can use on your next trip!
Best Western offers at least 10% off room rates at many (but not every) hotel and resort owned by the chain. There are more than 4,000 establishments in more than 100 countries. The hotel brands include Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier, Vīb, GLō, Executive Residency by Best Western, BW Premier Collection, and BW Signature CollectionSM by Best Western.
There are also newer franchise offerings: SureStay Hotel by Best Western, SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western and SureStay Collection by Best Western. So, make sure to look for these hotels when you’re booking your next vacation!
Kohl’s is a leading store that sells more than just clothing. It has more than 1,100 stores in pretty much every state in America. If you’re older than 60, you can enjoy a 15% discount in Kohl’s stores every Wednesday. So make Wednesday your new shopping day!
If you were to normally spend about $500 a year on clothing and you can find everything you need at Kohl’s, you’re looking to save about $75 annually.
Hoping to catch a flick? See one at the next theater chain to get a good deal…
Cinemark is a major theater chain, with 533 theaters and about 6,000 screens in the U.S. and more than 12 Latin American countries. The company offers discounted tickets to movie goers aged 62 and up.
Sometimes they have discounts only for certain showings and, on then on designated “Senior” days, it’s all day long. If you enjoy feel like going to the movies with a fellow senior, this is the cinema to go to!
The Fred Meyer supermarket chain has groceries and more in the Northwest. It has more than 130 stores, at an average of more than 150,000 square feet and more than 200,000 different items. Fred Meyer also has discounts to seniors – those 55 and up can enjoy 10% off most items.
If you do a lot of shopping at Fred Meyer and average $100 in spending monthly, you can save $120 per year.
Looking to fly somewhere soon? Try booking with the next airline to get your discount!
Many major airlines, including United Continental Holdings, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines offer discounts to some seniors for some flights, but it’s often limited to domestic flights. You will need to be at least 65 years old and should contact each airline for details to find out if a discount is available for you.
With United, when you book online, look for the “seniors” designation and you should be able to see if there’s a discounted rate. Sure, calling an airline can be a hassle, but if you can receive 10% off of two $400 tickets, you’re going to save $80.
Founded in 1946, AVIS has grown into one of the biggest car rental companies around, with about 5,500 locations in more than 165 countries. What’s great for AARP members is that it offers 30% off its base rates who are renting a car in the U.S. states and Canada.
If you rent from Avis a couple of times a year, spending a total of $600, you can save $180 annually.
Speaking of travel, you can also get discounts on trains too! See, next…
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, otherwise known as Amtrak, has 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. It delivers more than 300 trains every day to hundreds of destinations and it travels up to 150 miles per hour.
For those 65 and older, Amtrak offers 10% off most rail fares on most Amtrak trains. And you only need to be 60 or older to get 10% off fares on cross-border trips operated by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada. Let’s say you take six train rides every year at an average price of $150 each, you can save $90 annually.
Radisson has more than 1,400 hotels around the world, from America to Zimbabwe. When it comes to deals for seniors, they vary by location, so make sure to check with any Radisson hotel you’re thinking of booking at.
Some may not offer a discount, but some have advertised as much as 15% off for those aged 65 and up.
Need some plumbing done? Use your senior discount! See where…
Founded in 1935, Roto-Rooter is the largest plumbing and drain cleaning service company in North America, with more than 600 company-owned and franchised locations in 90% of the U.S. population. Roto-Rooter offers seniors a discount, too.
Online sources cite that there is a 10% or 15% discount for those 55 and up. It will also depend on your local Roto-Rooter. So make sure to ask when you speak to them! Plumbing jobs can cost you a total of $250, and some might even cost $500, which means saving $25 or $50 is a big deal!
Chilis was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1975 and now is found in 32 different countries, offering a wide variety of foods such as ribs, shrimp, and country fried steak. The restaurant offers 10% off for customers aged 55 and older.
If you’re a Chili’s lover and you eat dinner there every other week with someone, spending an average of $50 every time, you can save $130 annually. Are you getting hungry yet?
If you need to make some long-distance calls to your relatives, use the next company’s senior discount!
Annual revenues top $160 billion at AT&T, a telecommunications powerhouse, offering things like wireless phone services, high-speed internet, and more. AARP members (as young as 50) can get 10% off their monthly service charge for qualifying wireless plans, and also 15% off on eligible accessories.
If your monthly service charge is $75, you can save $7.50 per month or $90 per year. If you’re 65 or older, regardless of an AARP membership, AT&T has low-cost nationwide calling programs for basic cell phones, which recently have cost only $30 per month.
Who doesn’t need prescription meds these days? Rite Aid offers pharmacy products and services across the country in 2,569 stores in 19 states. The company also offers seniors aged 65 and up a nice 20% off most items on the first Wednesday of the month.
If you can do most or even all of your shopping at this store on those days, and you average $50 in spending per month, that will save you a total of $120 off of $600 in spending.
If you need to send some packages, there’s a discount for that too!
UPS was founded in 1907 when its main deliveries were done by foot and bicycles! United Parcel Service, now UPS, has become one of the world’s largest delivery companies. It has a delivery fleet of about 119,000 vehicles, 454,000 employees, and 10.5 million customers.
There are more than 4,600 retail locations, and those carrying AARP cards can get 15% off eligible products and services, as well as 5% off domestic and international shipping services. It’s perfect if you send your grandkids and relatives packages on the holidays!
Ben & Jerry’s is such a huge company that it gives away more than a million free scoops annually on its “free cone day” every April! The company gives 10% off to those aged 60 and up, but it might not necessarily be at every location.
You’re going to need to ask before you order your scoops. And who doesn’t love them some good ol’ Ben & Jerry’s?
Eyeglasses! Name me one senior that doesn’t need them. Next, see which discounts are available…
LensCrafters is one of the country’s largest vision-focused retail stores, with more than 1,000 locations in the U.S. and 150 abroad. LensCrafters offers 30% off of a complete pair of glasses (for both the lenses and the frame) for those who are AARP members.
And remember, AARP memberships start at age 50. So, it’s worth it to use that card! If you’re interested in a $250.00 pair of glasses, you can save $75.
Dress Barn started in 1962 in Connecticut but now, with 800 store locations around the country, it’s a very popular retail chain. It offers 10% off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to customers aged 55 or older, but it also depends on the location.
If you’re looking to shop there, you might want to ask about the discounts before completing your purchase.
In the mood for some doughnuts? Who isn’t? See which chain offers senior discounts…
Dunkin Donuts serves more than 3 million customers a day! There are more than 8,500 locations in 41 states and more than 3,200 locations in 36 other countries. They offer seniors aged 55 and up a free doughnut with the purchase of a large coffee.
The deal might not be available at every location and might vary as to what drink you need to order to get the doughnut. Some locations require an AARP membership to get the discount.
You can rent a car from over 1,300 Budget rental locations across America, and can drive around in anything from a minivan to a Mustang. Budget offers AARP members a heft 30% off its base rates to who are renting a car in the U.S. states and Canada.
So, if you rent from Budget a few couple times a year, spending $750, you can save $225 per year. Not bad!
Next, a really yummy bagel spot has discounts too! See which one…
Einstein Bros. Bagels is America’s biggest bagel chain, with more than 700 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia. It offers seniors aged 60 and up 10% off when you buy a baker’s dozen bagels.
If you’re a big bagel fan and buy a baker’s dozens every other week for around $12, that comes to about $312 annually! That sounds like a good deal to me. The question now is: how do you like your bagels? Toasted or soft?
If you need new tires, auto repair or maintenance, you can probably get it done at a Pep Boys in your area. Founded in Philadelphia in 1921 by four men out of the Navy, the company now has about 1,000 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico.
Those who are 55 years old and up can enjoy a 10% discount at Pep Boys. If you get a bill of $250, you’ll save $25.
Next, another place to buy food that you may not have known has discounts for seniors…
Boston Market has everything from rotisserie chicken and pot pie to Thanksgiving turkeys and frozen meals you can prepare at home. The supermarket is feeding millions of Americans every year at more than 450 restaurants and through the local supermarket.
They have a discount to those 65 or older at most of their locations. Check your local Boston Market to see which discount, if any, is available to you. And enjoy the delicious food!
Hyatt Hotels has more than 700 properties in more than 50 countries. They offer discounts of up to 50% to customers aged 62 and up at many locations. But like many companies on this list, it might vary by location.
When they say “up to 50%” it could mean just 5%. It’s better than nothing! But still, make sure to ask before booking.
The next store is a discount that’s worthwhile too!
Goodwill Industries helps hundreds of thousands of individuals train for jobs in all kinds of industries, raising money by selling items donated to it in its 3,200-plus stores. Prices are already pretty low at Goodwill, but those 55 or older can get items for even less.
Many locations will offer seniors 10% off on a certain day of the week, and that specific day might vary by location. See what your local location offers and when.
With more than 865 stores in 49 states, the giant retailer focuses on fabrics and crafting supplies. It offers customers aged 55 and up a nice discount of 20% off their total purchase on its Senior Discount Days. And those days occur several times each year.
For those of you who are big crafters and love to knit your own sweaters for you and your loved ones, this is a sweet deal!
Next, another opportunity to save on flights…
Southwest Airlines has become America’s largest domestic airline, serving 120 million customers with more than 4,000 flights per weekday during peak seasons to 100 U.S. destinations and elsewhere. Customers 65 or older may qualify for special senior fares.
The senior fares may not necessarily be the cheapest for a given flight, but senior fares are refundable, unlike the other fares. Refundability is appealing for seniors who may have to reschedule or cancel due to health issues.
Marriott International is one of the world’s largest hospitality chains, with more than 6,500 locations around the country and the world. Its brands include The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin, Le Meridien, W Hotels, Fairfield Inn Marriott, Residence Inn Marriott, Sheraton, Renaissance, Springhill Suites, and many others.
Marriott has discounts for seniors aged 62 and up of at least 15%. If you stay at Marriott hotels for 10 nights a year, and you pay an average of $175 per night, you can save $263 per year.
If you need to get your car fixed or an oil change done, the next place offers discounts too!
With more than 2,000 locations around the country, Jiffy Lube has lots of automotive services, such as oil changes and tire rotations. They serve 20 million customers annually, including tons of seniors.
So, they can afford to offer discounts to seniors! Check with your local Jiffy Lube to see what specific discount it offers.
The Choice Hotels chain has more than 6,800 locations around the world and in 35 countries. Its brands include Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, EconoLodge, and Rodeway Inn, and others.
The hotel chain has 10% off for those aged 60 and up or those with AARP memberships. Hotels like these and the other ones on this list are really valuable if you plan on booking a hotel either way. So why not bank in on the discount?
If you like yourself some fast food, too, check out the next deal…
There’s no shortage of Wendy’s with 6,600 restaurants across the country and other places. There are special deals for senior citizens which aren’t standard across all locations, but many will offer those 55 and older either 10% off the bill or a free drink.
What’s your favorite thing to order at Wendy’s? Not only do they have some of the best chicken burgers around, but their classic Frosties are to die for!
Bonefish Grill is the place to go for more than just fish. The menu has everything from Cobb salad and calamari to filet mignon and blackened fish tacos. Yummy! They also offer a discount for many older diners.
Those with an AARP membership can get 10% off their bill. So the next time you take yourself and the family out for a birthday meal, it’s going to be nice to enjoy that extra little saving at the end.
The InterContinental Hotel Group includes InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Resort, avid hotels, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites.
There are over 5,300 hotels to choose from and seniors aged 62 and up can get discounted rooms at many of the hotels. Check with the hotel you’re interested in to see what kind of discount is available.
Expedia is one of the top travel-booking websites where millions of people book airfare, hotel deals, car rentals, destination weddings, cruises, and other things. It also powers the AARP Travel Center, with good rates for members on hotel rooms, car rentals, and cruises.
They don’t charge booking fees on flights, which is a real bonus! If you’re an AARP member, this is definitely worth utilizing when you look for all things vacation!