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20 Senior Discounts that Prove Retirement May be a Great Time to Travel

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Doesn’t it feel great to save money? Seniors have an advantage because a variety of businesses and services offer senior discounts. When planning travel, retirees can save on everything from airline tickets to destination cruises and more. Every small discount can add up to help make travel fit in your retirement budget. Read through these senior discounts to see if you can save money on your next trip.

Top Transportation Senior Discounts

Airlines
Depending on your destination, there are various discounts and perks for travelers 65 and older. This could include discounted fares or special access and boarding rules. Be sure to call the airline before booking your flight for the discount, as they may not offer these perks through online booking. Some of the airlines offering these deals include:

Trains
Amtrak
Travelers 65 and older receive a 10 percent discount on most rail fares with Amtrak. And if you’re 60 or older and traveling from the United States to Canada (or vice versa), a 10 percent discount can be applied as well.

Car Rentals
Avis
AARP members can enjoy up to 30 percent off Avis’ base rates when renting from participating locations. Use discount code: A359807 when shopping for the lowest rates.

Budget Rental Cars
AARP members can enjoy up to 30 percent off Budget’s base rates when renting from participating locations. Use discount code: Y508501 when shopping for the lowest rates.

Hertz
Travelers 50 and older save up to 20 percent off Hertz’s base rates when renting from participating locations. Use discount code: 2007815 when shopping for the lowest rates.

Buses
Greyhound
Passengers ages 62 and can get a 5 percent discount on Greyhound fares. Simply choose the “Seniors” option under Passengers when booking online or note you’re over age 62 and want the senior rate when you book in-person or over the phone.

Top Destination Senior Discounts

Cruises
Most cruise lines offer some sort of discount for seniors. These discounts are typically reduced prices for seniors or special rates. Some cruises even offer seniors-only cruises exclusively for travelers over age 55.

Some of the cruise lines offering savings for seniors include:

Check AARP for an up-to-date list of additional cruise lines offering deals for seniors.

National Parks
Visitors ages 62 and older can travel to more than 2,000 federal recreational sites with the “America the Beautiful” pass. You can purchase an Annual Senior Pass for $20 or a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80.

Hotels
Choice Hotels – Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, and more!
AARP members or guests 60 and older can save up to 10 percent when you schedule your reservation in advance.

Wyndham Hotel Group – Wyndham Hotels, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, and more!
Guests 60 and older can benefit from exclusive savings off the Best Available Rate when you stay at Wyndham Hotel Groups participating hotels.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts – Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Doubletree and more!
AARP members can receive up to 5 percent off Hilton Hotels & Resorts around the world. Plus, members receive a complimentary late checkout when available.

InterContinental Hotels Group – Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and more!
Guests 62 and older can benefit from discounts that vary by location.

Marriott Hotels
Guests 62 and older can save up to 15% or more on Marriott room rates worldwide.

Motel 6
Guests 60 and older can benefit from a 10 percent discount at every Motel 6 location.

While discounts can be helpful when planning your vacation, it’s important to keep your overall budget in mind. Research travel budgeting tips as you plan to help fit your trip into your day-to-day budget. Retirement can be the best time to travel. Without the pressure of time off from work or small children, the world is yours to explore. With a little budgeting and a lot of planning, your dream vacation can be on the horizon.

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