One benefit of turning 60 — or even 65? You get access to discounts on everything from dining out to shopping to traveling.
There are many perks of being in your 60s or 70s: Wisdom. Self-acceptance. No more final exams.
And best of all? Special discounts! Sometimes you can even take advantage of the so-called “senior” discount as young as age 55!
This is one time where you shouldn’t be shy to admit your age. If you don’t, you could miss out on discounts of 10 to 20%.
“Many restaurants have senior menus, but even if they don’t, you can often receive … a discount up to 15% off when you dine in and show proof of age,” Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst at DealNews, told U.S. News & World Report.
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Chain restaurants are more likely to give discounts, but the offers may vary by location. Remember, it never hurts to ask!
All AARP members receive 10% off of their entire check when they show their membership card. You can also receive the discount on online orders. Select “pay at restaurant” and then show your AARP card when you pick up your order so that the discount can be applied.
El Pollo Loco
Some participating locations offer a 10% discount to guests aged 60 years or older. If you qualify, ask for the discount at the register.
Some restaurants in this chain offer 55+ menus with some favorite comfort foods like fish and chips and pot roast at a slight discount.
This chain offers a LuAnn special, where you get an entree such as fried fish, roast chicken, or bacon cheese steak, two sides, and bread for $7.99.
At this chain, you’ll find a menu for customers 55-plus, and AARP members save 15% when they show their membership card.
Most big chains have discounts for people over the age of 60.
If you’re over the age of 65, you can save up to 7% at participating Hilton hotels and resorts. You can even book two rooms at this rate!
This chain offers older guests 10% off year-round.
Holiday Inn Resort
If you’re at least 62, you’ll get a discount at any Holiday Inn around the world (the amount of the discount depends on the hotel). Since Holiday Inn is owned by IHG, you can get discounts on all their brands, including Crowne Plaza, Staybridge, and Intercontinental.
Older guests can take advantage of special rates at any of Omni’s hotels and resorts across the country. Bonus: you’ll save even more if you prepay (although it’s non-refundable). The exact savings depends on the individual hotel.
This brand offers older guests 8% off of their best available nightly rates at each of their 1,400+ locations across the United States and Canada.
You can find great discounts on airlines, trains, and car rentals.
They don’t offer discounts for all flights, but they will for some. You can find out by selecting “Senior 65+” when you book your tickets. Your fare will include a discount if it’s available.
Travelers 65 years of age and older get a 10% discount on most rail fares. If you’re traveling between the United States and Canada, you’re eligible at age 60. Discounts don’t apply to business class, first class, or sleeping quarters.
You can revisit your college backpacking days and hop on the Eurail to see Europe by train. You can buy a “senior pass” for 10% off if you’re aged 60 or older.
If you’re aged 50 or older, you’ll save up to 20% on base car rental rates.
Anyone aged 55 or older is eligible for savings. The exact amount varies based on the date, stateroom type, departure port, and destination.
Museums, sports games, and theater can all be pricey when you’re living on a fixed income. Take advantage of these discounts:
NYC Senior Theater Enrichment Program
If you’re planning a trip to NYC, you’ll want to check out this program. It provides tickets to Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance performances, and music concerts in NYC at deeply discounted rates (anywhere from $9 to $47).
America the Beautiful Senior Pass
For $20 a year, or $80 for a lifetime pass, you can explore national parks and federal recreational lands across the country. It’s available for anyone aged 62 or older.
AMC Movie Theaters
If you’re aged 60 or older, you’re eligible for a discount that ranges from $1 to $4, depending on the time of day and show.
Seniors can get discounts on various events, ranging from sports to concerts to arts and theater. Simply select “Senior” as your ticket option.
San Diego Zoo
One of the world’s largest zoos offers impressive perks for its older guests. You’ll not only get a 10% discount on membership, you’ll also get a complimentary one-day guest pass, two 50% off admission coupons, complimentary general parking, and early hours access.
Some retailers offer a senior discount on a specific day of the week or month, while others offer them year-round.
If you’re a senior who receives government assistance such as Medicaid, you can access all of Prime for $6.99 a month (50% off of the regular price).
Ross Dress for Less
Every Tuesday, shoppers aged 55 or older get 10% off on purchases.
If it’s the first Wednesday of the month and you’re aged 65 or older, you can get special perks, such as earning 5x Rite Aid Reward points and a free pharmacy consult. You just need to join the free Rite Aid Rewards program.
If you need new tires or car servicing, you’re in luck. This shop gives a 10% discount for anyone aged 55 or older.
Most stores offer discounts to shoppers aged 60 and older. Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, for example, offers 10% off of their total purchase every Wednesday.
Shopping for Medicare
When you’re on a fixed income, it can be tempting to simply pick the Medicare plan with the lowest premium. But shopping for a Medicare plan is a little more complicated than picking the restaurant with the best senior discount. There are deductibles and co-pays, out-of-pocket limits, different drug formularies, extras like dental or vision care, gym membership coverage, and more. To understand and compare your options, call one of our knowledgeable, licensed agents at 888-992-0738 or check out our easy-to-use Find a Plan tool.