Deals, deals, deals. When you’re traveling around the country, there’s no reason to pay full price for anything. But here’s the real question: What discounts can you get as a senior? The answers may surprise you.
Here’s 10 of the best senior deals you can take advantage of while traveling.
First things first: Where are you going to stay? This can be an even bigger question if you’re traveling as a group for a family reunion, graduation, or wedding vow renewal. There’s no reason to cram everyone into Aunt Betty’s craftsman bungalow.
Deals for AARP Members Only: As an AARP member, you can get up to 10 percent off select hotels. Even better, you can get group hotel deals. If you book nine or more rooms at once, you can enjoy a 5% rebate that amounts to $350 in savings. Take a peek at the AARP hotel discounts to find something that works for you and your family.
2. National Parks
Shhh, can you keep a secret? A senior annual pass to the national park system is about 75% cheaper than the average price. It’s a little easier to relax in nature when you know you got away with dirt cheap prices.
3. Car Rentals
Sometimes renting a car is the simply the best way to get around a city or the surrounding area. There’s no reason to pay full price when you can snag senior car rental deals.
Deals for AARP Members Only: If you’re wondering if AARP offers discounts on car rentals, the answer is yes! You can save up to 30% off base rates, along with perks like free car upgrades or insurance benefits.
You may be surprised how often you can get discounts at major entertainment festivals. From the Cleveland Film Festival and the Gilroy Garlic Festival, to the Arizona Renaissance Festival and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, there are senior discounts for major events around the country. Simply check the ticket page for each event and see how much you save as a senior.
Ready to leave your worries behind? Time to embrace the cruise life. With excellent meals and breathtaking sights, cruising is an experience you don’t want to miss. You can find plenty of cruise deals for seniors.
Deals for AARP Members Only: AARP members can get up to $300 extra onboard credit, along with perks like 50% off a second guest.
6. Public Transportation
When you don’t feel like walking or driving, there’s always public transportation. Public Transportation fares are often reduced for seniors. In San Francisco, for instance, the senior BART fare is offered at 60% off the normal rate. Simply check each mode of transportation’s ticket page to see your discount.
If you’ve always wanted to go on a train trip across America, you can purchase a ticket at a reduced rate. Some rail lines offer senior fares up to 10% off the normal price. Just check their websites to see the senior deal before booking. Those pretty landscapes seem just a little more majestic when you see them at a discount.
8. Dining Out
It’s as true in your hometown as it is when you’re traveling: Many chain restaurants and cafes offer senior discounts. This may include complimentary treats or a percentage off full-priced menu items.
Booking attractions ahead of time is one of the easiest ways to score a good discount. As an AARP member, you can enjoy a healthy discount on most tours and attractions. For example, some of the top Las Vegas activities include deals on things like tours, concerts, and rides on popular attractions.
If you prefer outdoor activities, there are plenty of deals for that, too. For instance, Orlando attractions includes discounts on airboat tours, horseback riding, and guided paddle trips.
10. Sending Mail
When you’re having the time of your life, it’s important to let the world know. Many UPS locations offer 5 to 15% discounts on certain products. This includes items such as office supplies and packaging materials. Send some souvenirs home to your family or to yourself so you can avoid extra weight in your carry-on.
Traveling shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. With a little savvy planning, you can find senior vacation deals that cut down expensive charges. From cars and cruises to food and festivals, enjoy the discounts you’ve earned.
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