Senior Discounts on Travel, Shopping, Services, and More!
Getting older comes with lots of great perks, including hundreds of ways to save money with senior discounts. Some programs are free to join and provide a discount just by showing your ID. Other senior-specific programs like AARP and AMAC do require an annual fee, but depending on your lifestyle, they may be worth the small investment.
Check out these websites and resources to learn where you can take advantage of senior discounts — both in-store and online.
Discount Membership Programs
The following discount programs do require an annual fee, but they are highly regarded and can quickly pay for themselves with the discounts you’ll receive. AAA is available to people of any age, while the AARP and AMAC programs are primarily designed for those ages 50 and up.
- AAA: (available at any age) requires paid membership / provides free roadside assistance and travel discounts
- AARP: (for ages 50+ / spouse under 50 can also become a member) requires paid membership / provides senior resources and discounts on entertainment, healthcare, travel, insurances, magazines, auto care, + much more
- AMAC: (full membership for ages 50+ / associate membership for those under age 50) requires paid membership / conservative organization that provides senior resources and discounts
Senior Entertainment Discounts
Enjoy a visit to one of the dozens of amazing National Parks, check out one of the most popular traveling circuses, or stay close to home with a film at your local theater.
- Cedar Point: Senior Sundays (62+) one-day admission for $29.99
- Cirque du Soleil: senior discount (65+) specific days – details can be found at the bottom of the Ticket page for each city
- Movie Theaters
- AMC: Senior pricing (60+) of about 30% off is available for most shows
- Cinemark Theaters: offers ongoing “Senior Days” – see website for participating theaters
- Marcus Theaters / Movie Tavern: Seniors (60+) see movies for $6 before 5:30 pm at select theaters
- Regal Cinemas: Senior pricing (60+) of about 30% off is available for most shows
- Showcase Cinemas: Senior pricing (60+) of $7.50 on Wednesday
- US National Parks Annual Pass – $20 for one year pass or $80 lifetime pass
Senior Restaurant Discounts
Take a day off of cooking and cleaning and let the restaurant staff delight you with something new. These national chains provide nice senior discounts, plus remember to check with local places where you may find even more discount offers.
- Bonefish Grill: 10% off w/ AARP card
- Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – 25¢ off with a “Kid at Heart” card (available at stores)
- Bubba Gump: 10% off w/ AARP card
- Carrabba’s: 10% off w/ AARP card
- Carrows Restaurants: value-priced Golden 55 menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Chart House: 10% off w/ AARP card
- Denny’s: 15% off w/ AARP card
- El Pollo Loco: 10% off for 60+ (up to $1.50 off)
- IHOP: menu for people 55+ at select locations
- Norms: 20% off from 12pm – 10pm
- Outback Steakhouse – 10% off w/ AARP card
- Piccadilly: (Mon-Sat, 2 pm – 5 pm) seniors (55+) receive a 10% discount off their meal purchase with a “Prime Time for Seniors” card (available for free at local Piccadilly Restaurants)
- Perkins Restaurants: Fifty-Five Plus menu Offers special deals (55+) plus occasional Seniors Day coupons sent via email good for 20% off
- Ryan’s: restaurants offer senior discounts but vary by location (contact local store for details)
- The Old Spaghetti Factory: Spaghetti Factory “Senior Menu” 3-course meal with a smaller portioned entrée served with freshly baked bread, soup or salad, and spumoni or vanilla ice cream
Shopping Senior Discounts
Although a few major chains like Kroger have dropped their senior discount programs, many stores still offer a discount to their senior shoppers.
- American Discount Stores – 10% off on Monday (62+)
- Fred Meyer: 10% select items (55+)
- New Seasons Market: 10% off most items on Wednesdays (65+)
- Bealls Outlet: Loyalty members 50+ get 15% off on Mondays (in-store only)
- Belk: get 20% off (15% off home/shoes) on Tuesdays for Senior, Teacher & Service Day (for active military, veterans, teachers & seniors)
- Goodwill: % off discount on one day each week (varies by store – contact for details)
- Kohl’s – 15% off on Wednesday (60+)
- Michael’s: 10% off every day (55+)
- Walgreens – monthly seniors days (55+) / varies each month (details posted online)
Senior Travel Discounts
Enjoy your retirement and golden years by traveling to the places you’ve always dreamed about. Seniors qualify for discounts on plane tickets, car rentals, train tickets, hotel rooms, cruise packages, and more.
Get discounts on hotel stays by choosing the “senior discount” in the special rates area when booking online – this usually provides 10% off!
- Best Western (includes brands Glo, SureStay + more)
- Choice Hotels (includes brands Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, Econolodge, Rodeway Inn + more)
- Hilton (includes brands DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites + more)
- IHG (includes brands Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza + more)
- Marriott (includes brands Sheraton, Westin, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn, W Hotels, Ritz Carlton + more)
- Radisson (includes brands Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn + more)
- Wyndham (includes brands La Quinta, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge + more)
Enjoy discounts on air, car, and rail travel with your Senior status from these providers:
- AIR / British Airways: AARP members save $65 travel in economy (World Traveler) and save $200 for travel in business (Club World) – book by 1/31/2020
- AIR / Southwest Airlines: Senior Fares (65+)
- AIR / United Airlines: Senior Fares (65+) to select travel destinations – ask for senior fares when you make your reservation or select the seniors’ category when booking online
- CAR RENTAL: discounts with AARP membership card at
- RAIL / Amtrak: 10% off full-price tickets for seniors (65+)
- RAIL / Greyhound: 5% off full-price tickets for seniors (62+)
- RAIL / Trailways NY: 10% off full-price tickets for seniors (65+)
- Senior Citizens age 65 and older, individuals with a disability benefit, and those on Medicare are entitled to ride for half-fare on select Trailways of New York routes.
Cruising can be a wonderful way to visit multiple locations while enjoying top-notch dining and entertainment as you travel between destinations. Be sure to look for the “Senior Fares” and packages as you browse the available cruising options.
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Azamara Club Cruises
- Royal Caribbean
- Silversea Cruise
- Holland America
Senior Services Discounts
Essential services like medical care and cell phone service are also discounted for seniors at many places.
- Eye Care America provides 2 main services:
- The Seniors Program connects eligible seniors 65 and older with local volunteer ophthalmologists who provide a medical eye exam often at no out-of-pocket cost, and up to one year of followup care for any condition diagnosed during the initial exam, for the physician services
- The Glaucoma Program provides a glaucoma eye exam at no cost to those who are eligible and uninsured (this awareness program provides a baseline glaucoma eye exam to those who may not be aware they are at increased risk)
- See the blog post Health, Wellness, and Medication Discounts for information on discounted and FREE prescriptions, fitness classes, and more
Mobile Phones & Plans
- AT&T: senior plans are available to those 65+ and also to AARP members
- Sprint: Seniors ages 55+ are eligible for discount plans
- T-Mobile: Seniors ages 55+ are eligible for discount plans
- Verizon Wireless: senior plans and discounts for ages 55+
In addition to all of these great senior offers, you can save even more when you sign up for company loyalty programs and e-newsletters. These reward programs used to be limited to free airline miles, but now they are available for everything from department stores to restaurants. Be sure to sign up to receive even more coupons, free birthday gifts, and status upgrades!
What are your favorite ways for seniors to save money?
Wow, this is an amazing way to reward the elderly. A very long list of discount and free programs and offers to make elderly lives more fun. This article needs to go viral because a lot of people do not know this. Elderly people who love travelling can explore some of these opportunities with their partners as long they are healthy and fit.
Hi Bethel, Seniors are often on a fixed budget so excursions to do new things can be cost-prohibitive — hopefully these great senior discount programs provide financial relief!
Great summarisation for discount programs! It’s not always easy getting by these days with everything getting more expensive and salaries/pensions staying the same. These days you have to be inventive and creative to save some extra money. But I do believe that it’s possible though ;). And great ideas come out of it.
It does help to get a deal on things wherever you can! Why pay more when you don’t have to?
Great information on senior discount rewards. We are a small group of retired seniors. We love to travel and enjoy going out for nice food :).
Thank you for sharing all the fun activities for seniors. This year we plan for a cruise vacation. We will check on those few in your list for good discount.
Hi Christine, Cruises are such a great way to see the world. I love how you can leave the traveling to an overnight crew and wake up ready to explore in a new location!!
I hope you and your group of retired seniors are able to find some discounts that you can use. Enjoy that cruise! Bon voyage!!
Warm Regards, Alyce
I love your site!
I am at the age that some of my friends are eligible for senior discounts or about to be eligible. These discounts sound like a great deal for seniors on a very tight budget. Well, we all like to save money whenever possible.
I must admit, I got hungry while reading the list of restaurants that have specials for seniors.
Of the entire list, I think the National Parks pass sounds like my favorite benefit that is available to seniors.
Hi Sondra, Our national parks are such treasures that I hope a large number of seniors are able to take advantage of their amazing discount. Everyone has seen photographs of the Grand Canyon, but there is no comparison to seeing it in person. It’s awe-inspiring at any age.
Age is just a number… and as these senior discounts keep appealing to younger audiences, it’s great to enjoy the a senior discount while still young in years or young at heart!
Warm Regards, Alyce
The moment I saw this post, I admired that youthful spirit of the old men and women vs what I’ve seen most in my country. I don’t know if it’s culture or just the negative thinking; however, I really wish the senior citizens in my community think they still deserve to have fun, enjoy more with discounted prices, etc.
Which is why I really admire your interest in writing this post. Kudos to you and for informing their grandchildren or their children with these discounts they could avail for their young and vibrant grandparents.
Thanks Mecyll, It great that there are so many ways for seniors to take advatage of more free time during their retirement and enjoy themselves. These discounts make it much easier to do so while on a retirement income. Hopefully it inspires some fun memories for the seniors in our communities.
Warm Regards, Alyce
This is really cool. Even though my dad hates to admit it, but he is a senior citizen now lol. He is retired and doesn’t do nothing but sit around the house all day. He always complaining to me about how he is bored and wants to get out and still have fun. And I agree with him. So I was searching the internet for things to do and came across your article and I didn’t know senior citizens get discounts on so many fun activities. I am definitely going to take my dad to the AMC theaters to see a movie tonight on DISCOUNT :). Great article, very helpful. I am going to share this on my Facebook page so others can be informed as well.
HI Garrett, Thanks so much for the kinds words and sharing the post with your facebook network. I hope you and your Dad find a good summer blockbuster movie that you both enjoy!
Warm Regards, Alyce
Hi, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am really glad there are medical discounts as I would inform my dad who is 68 years old. He will be very happy as he really needs to do that glaucoma exam and it costs too much for him to be able to pay. Thanks a lot for sharing, this will help many people who need professional help.
Hi Daniel, I’m so glad to hear that your Dad may be able to benefit from the senior medical programs from Eye Care America. He’s lucky to have a thoughtful son like you looking out for him!
Warm Regards, Alyce
Wow great post for seniors! I didn’t realize there were so many great discounts out there for seniors. The US National Parks Annual Parks not only looks like a great discount it seems like a great trip for seniors to take. Bonefish Grill, Bubba Gump and Denny’s at 15% off all look like great restaurant options. For retail Belk and Kohl’s offer some pretty nice discounts. What a great idea to add cruises to list. It’s nice to know that seniors are being taken care of out there, well done!
Hi Pentrental, I’m glad you enjoyed the post about senior discounts. There are a lot of ways to help those on fixed incomes to stretch their dollars!
Warm Regards, Alyce