Do you dislike being called a senior? I do, too. I’m over sixty, and apart from a couple of physical kinks from time to time, I actually feel youthful.
However, age has its benefit, and for our age group, there are many privileges, called Senior Discounts. You might have been trying to avoid them because it shows that you are old, but they’re cool. Here’s why.
I embarked on an Amtrak journey to Laguna Woods’s senior living community from San Fernando Valley to see my podcast-partner who lives there.
It was highlighted on an hour 90+ Study and was formerly known as Leisure World. We are of the same age, but she made “such a deal” to reside there. When I wanted to reserve online for my train ticket, I’m eligible for senior discounts. Yipee! This saved me a couple of bucks, and I was excited.
The age qualification for discounts for seniors differs depending on the business or service. Amtrak begins at the age of 62, but the subway line in LA is 65 years old. Also, Greyhound (62+) and Trailways (50+) offers discounts for senior.
The fact is, take advantage of the privileges at whatever point you can. The longer we live, the more cash we will need, and God knows, unless I win a lottery, I’ll be working for the rest of my life.
Companies that offer discount and benefits for Baby Boomers and seniors
Since I turned 50, I’ve been an associate of AARP, and membership offers various benefits.
It’s more crucial than ever to join this organization since it’s imperative to ensure we don’t lose Medicare and other essential benefits as we age.
AARP offers senior citizens discounts on travel, healthcare, insurance, various other services, and Amazon shopping.
If you think AARP is too open-minded for your preferences politically, you can become a member of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens.
They also offer discounts for senior citizens, though not that many compared to AARP.
Apps for Senior Discount
Also, you might want to download the Sciddy app, which will alert you in case you’re near a business that offers a discount for seniors.
Reduce your mobile phone bill
There is a possibility you’re paying far too much, and you might have discounts that are available for seniors.
AT&T — there’s a Senior Nation Plan here, which you can exploit for $29.99/month. Two hundred minutes anytime, nights and weekends, and cellphone -cellphone minutes. You won’t have to grapple with roaming or long distance charges.
Verizon Wireless — you can confirm here if they offer a nationwide plan for 55 or more unlimited talk and text service in your region.
Consumer Cellular — if you’re a member of AARP and over 50 years, you’re entitled to these selective savings on monthly android service fees and discounts on add-ons.
Boost Mobile – the Boost Mobile Unlimited plan costs $50 every month with limitless calls, text, and fast data plans. If you’re a senior who is familiar with tech, this is the plan for you.
Walgreens — if you’re part of AARP or older than 55, find out about the discounts.
Goodwill — Tuesdays, senior citizens receive a 10% discount.
Kohls — every Wednesday, individuals above 60 years receive a 15% discount.
Jo-Anns — they occasionally offer senior discount days. You can visit their website.
Rite Aid — seniors get a 20% discount on the first Wednesday of every month if you’re above 65 years old.
Ross Stores — it also offers a 10% off day on Tuesdays for people aged 55+. I went to the stores on a Tuesday, and it was full to the brim, but that 10% discount is not insignificant.
- Applebees — 10% discount off your invoice
- Burger King — 10% discount off your invoice
- IHOP — 10% discount off your invoice
- Dennys — get 10% discount when you order from the senior menu
- Subway — 10% discount
- Outback Steakhouse – 10% discount using an AARP card.
- AMC Theatres — provided you’re above 60 years, there’s a discount. Come with your ID.
- Regal Entertainment — up to 30% off the price for a regular adult ticket if you’re 60 years or older.
- Landmark Theatres — Check with your local Landmark theatre for senior discounts.
- Ancestry with an AARP card offers a 30% discount.
Travelling is costly so take advantage of any discount you can get.
Travel companies that have senior discounts include:
- American Airlines (get across to them via a phone call to apply – (65+)
- United Airlines (get across to them via a call to apply – (65+)
- Southwest Airlines (get across to them via a call to apply – (65+)
- U.S. Airlines (get across to them via a phone call to apply – (65+)
- British Airlines (through AARP)
- Royal Caribbean Cruises (55+)
- Carnival Cruises (55+)
- Celebrity Cruises (55+)
- Norwegian Cruises (55+)
- Comfort Suites (60+ or through AARP)
- Best Western Hotels (through AARP)
- Days Inn (60+)
- Clarion Hotels (60+ or through AARP)
- Crown Plaza (62+)
- Hyatt Hotels (62+)
- Knights Inn (60+)
- Sleep Inn (60+)
- Hampton Inn & Suites (through AARP)
- Hilton Hotels (through AARP)
- Howard Johnson Hotel (60+)
- Marriott (62+)
- La Quinta Inn (65+)
- Motel 6 and Super 8
- Travelodge (through AARP)
- Wyndham Hotels (through AARP)
- Alamo Car Rental (through AARP)
- Hertz Rental Cars
- Avis Car Rental (through AARP)
- Payless (Via AARP)
- Budget Rent-a-Car (through AARP)
- Uber — seniors over 65 can take a ride for free twice toward the start of the month.
How it functions using Uber:
- Open Uber app
- In the Promotions tab, type the promo code UBERSENIOR
- The Senior icon pops up on the 1st day of every month
- Put in a request for a ride from a Senior
- Show the driver an authorized senior citizen ID when you go on the ride
- Pep Boys – 10% off if you’re more than 55 years
- Jiffy Lube – 10% discount if you’re above 55
Public Parks and Camping:
If you’re 62 or older, you can obtain an interagency pass. It makes you eligible for an annual $20 or $80-lifetime access to visit the National Parks and federal recreational areas, in addition to a 50% discount on other park and forest services, including camping.
The best thing to do is to inquire about senior discounts from restaurants, hotels, and the likes.
With Gratitude and Love