There aren’t many perks to getting older that make up for the creaky knees and unruly middle sections, so you should try to take advantage of whatever you can find. Once you’re over a certain age you have a ton of options for saving money on various travel amenities, so read on for more details.

Discounts on Hotels

Many options for overnight lodging offer older guests a discount on their stay. Some make the discount available when booking online, and others require you to ask when making the reservation over the phone (or even upon check-in at the registration desk). Here are just a few of the deals that are out there, verified in a helpful article from U.S. News and World Report:

  • Best Western: Guests who are 55 and older can get discounted room rates and free breakfast at participating locations.
  • Cambria Suites: Offers up to 10% off for AARP members (sign up for AARP membership here).
  • Choice Hotel: AARP cardholders (or guests over 60) get a 10% discount on advance reservations.
  • Marriott: Offers a senior discount rate to those over 62.
  • Red Roof: Gives a 10% discount to seniors 59 and older, based on availability.
  • Wyndham Hotels and Resorts: Participating locations grant a senior rate to guests over 60.

Discounts on Air Travel

Airlines are pros at changing policies behind closed doors, so the caveat for this category is to make it a habit to just ask what discounts are available to you if you don’t see any online. That said, here are a few we confirmed at press time:

  • Air France: Offers a senior pass to customers who are at least 65 years old. The pass costs €49 a year and includes benefits like flexible tickets and discounts on flights.
  • British Airways: AARP members can receive between $65 and $200 off round-trip flights (sign up for AARP membership here).
  • Delta: This one requires a phone call (1-800-221-1212), but certain markets offer a senior discount.
  • JetBlue: Retired military and veterans can receive 5% discounts if they’re enrolled in JetBlue’s Veterans Advantage program.
  • United Airlines: Discounts offered to passengers 65 and older for selected destinations.
  • ParkRideFly: AARP members receive a 12% savings when booking airport parking.

Discounts on Train Travel

If you’re not in a hurry to get to your destination, trains are a romantic way to travel. Sure, you’re still stuck in a tube with strangers, but at least you don’t need to go through TSA, and the food and beverage selections are way better.

  • Amtrak: Most travelers 65 and older can get 10% off fares.
  • Eurail passes: If you are 60 and older and purchase a senior pass, you can get up to 10% off European train travel.
  • Grand Canyon Railway: Offers a 15% discount on train tickets to those 62 and older
  • Senior Rail Card: The United Kingdom offers one-third off rail travel for ticket purchasers who are 60 or older.
  • Vacations by Rail: Gives a 5% discount and other benefits to AARP members.

Discounts on Car Rentals

Some of the rental car discounts are better than others, but when you’re traveling long enough to require your own car, even tiny savings add up.

  • Avis: AARP members can save up to 30% off base rates.
  • Auto Europe: Offers a 5% senior discount to those who book online.
  • Budget: AARP members get up to 30% off (at participating locations) plus other benefits and offers (sign up for AARP membership here).
  • Thrifty: Offers 5% off time and mileage charges for people 50 and up.
  • Hertz: Travelers 50 and over can save up to 20% off base rates at participating locations.
  • ZipCar: Offers $20 off annual membership and a $40 driving credit to AARP members.

Discounts on Cruises

Cruise lines will often offer different deals and discounts based on the time of year and the destination (check out this 55Plus Life article for more tips), so it’s always a good idea to call and ask when you’re booking. Here are just some of the discounts some cruise lines offer to seniors:

  • Carnival: Offers cruises for seniors age 55 and older at lowered rates depending on sailing dates and destinations.
  • Collette Cruise Tours: AARP members can save up to $100 per person on select trips.
  • Grand European Travel: AARP members can save up to $100 per person on certain guided tours.
  • Royal Caribbean: Special prices are available on select cruises for guests age 55 and older.

Hopefully, you can take advantage of some of these discounts on travel soon. Just remember: It never hurts to ask. Bon voyage!

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