With the start of summer, that means beginning to plan your summer trips. Just as there are many discounts for families or when you are staying at your chosen destination, there are also travel discounts for seniors. Since many senior citizens are in retirement, they have more time to travel. However, senior citizens need to be aware that with all discounts available out there, the “senior discount” may not always be the best deal.
These discounts for older travelers begin at a variety of ages-50, 55, 60, 62, or 65, etc. There are many hotels, airlines and cruise lines that will offer advanced bookings. Also come along with special deals and promotions that are actually a lower discount than if you used the senior discount. When booking your deals, ask about or research all the different discounts that are offered. And then decide which will be the most cost effective for your personal needs.
One discount offer is club memberships. For senior citizens that are a member of AARP, there are dozens of travel discounts on hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. You can visit discounts.aarp.org/travel or call 803-675-4318. There are also alternative organizations for senior citizens that are not a member of and/or do not want to be a member of AARP, such as Seniors Coalitions or the American Senior Associations.
There are also different types of discounts depending on the means of transportation you are using. For example, Amtrak provides a 15 percent discount to travelers 62 and older. Most cruises offer special deals to AARP members. Many hotels in the US will offer travel discounts to senior citizen between 10 to 30 percent off. There are also special deals at restaurants, movie theaters, car rentals, bus travels, etc.
It is important to do research before you do any type of traveling this summer season. You can visit seniordiscounts.com to find other travel discounts for seniors that allows you to search by location and by category for free.