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
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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)
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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.

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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!