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 lifestyly, 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.

Discounts and Benefits for Senior Citizens

Discounts and Benefits for Senior Citizens

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 primarilty 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
Entertainment Discounts for Seniors including Cirque du Soleil

Entertainment Discounts for Seniors including Cirque du Soleil

Senior Entertainment Discounts

Enjoy a visit to one of 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 5:30pm 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 Discounts when Restaurant Dining - BestRewardsPrograms.com

Senior Discounts when Dining Out

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, and remember to also check with local places where you may find even more discount offers.

Shopping Discounts for Seniors Online and in Stores

Shopping Discounts for Seniors Online and in Stores

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.

Grocery Discounts

Retail Discounts

  • 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)
Scenic Train Route Through Mountains - BestRewardsPrograms.com

Scenic Train Route Through Mountains

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.

Lodging Discounts

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)
  • Hyatt
  • 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)
  • Radission (includes brands Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn + more)
  • Wyndham (includes brands La Quinta, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge + more)

Transportation Discounts

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.
Senior Cruise Ship Deals

Senior Cruise Ship Deals

Cruise Discounts

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 crusing options.

Eye Glasses

FREE Eye Exams for Qualifying Seniors

Senior Services Discounts

Essential services like medical care and cell phone service is also discounted for seniors at many places.

Medical Discounts

  • 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 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!

Enjoy!

14 Responses

  1. Virendra says:

    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.

  2. Christine says:

    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.

    • Alyce says:

      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

  3. Sondra M says:

    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.      

    • Alyce says:

      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

  4. Mecyll Gaspary says:

    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. 

    • Alyce says:

      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

  5. Garrett says:

    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.  

    • Alyce says:

      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

  6. Daniel says:

    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.

    • Alyce says:

      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

  7. Pentrental says:

    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!

    • Alyce says:

      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

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