9 Discounts Seniors Get Only If They Know
Seniors have access to a great range of discounts, but only if they’re in the know. Not every senior discount is well-advertised, which means you’ll have to dig up the information, or you can just read our list! From burgers to roller coasters, and everything in between, we’ve got the senior discounts you need to know.
1. Grab a Bite: Savings at Fast Food Restaurants
Want to grab a bite to eat? You’re in luck, as several popular fast food joints offer big discounts for seniors. First up, Wendy’s, where you can enjoy 10% off your meal purchase if you’re 55 or older. Next is Chick-fil-A, where you have the choice of either a free drink or a free waffle fries.
McDonald’s’ senior discounts aren’t as valuable as the other restaurants on our list, but you’ll still save something: enjoy a reduced price soft drink or coffee.
Krispy Kreme, home of those hot fresh doughnuts has plenty to offer: 10% off your purchase, plus you only need to be 50 or older to get the discount. At certain locations of Jack in the Box, you can enjoy a discount of 20% on your purchase, which is one of the best deals we’ve seen.
Of course, Burger King isn’t bad either, as it offers 10% off to those 50 and up; Arby’s does the same if you’re 55 and up. Finally, if you love Hardees, enjoy $0.33 cent drinks and 10% off at some locations if you’re 62 and up.
2. Book a Room on the Cheap
Traveling isn’t cheap, but your rooms can be, thanks to a series of senior discounts at popular hotel chains. Choice Hotels, who run Clarion, Comfort Inn, Motel 6 and Econo Lodge locations, will give you a 10% off discount if you’re age 60 and up.
Want to relax in luxury? Marriott features 15% off for any guests who are 62 and up, and the discount applies for many Marriott properties including Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collections, Springhill Suites, Marriott Vacation Club, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and more.
Best Western offers 10% off a room to people age 55 and up and La Quinta will offer you a senior rate, free internet and a breakfast if you’re 65 and up. Other hotels may offer an AARP discount so check with the front desk.
3. Catch a Flick – Theater and Cinema Discounts
If there’s anything worth seeing at the cinema or local movie theater, stop on by to see their senior discounts. The AMC Theater chain offers 30% if you’re 60 and up, while Regal Cinemas takes 35% off.
Cinemark features 35% off as well, plus on Mondays, they have a Senior Day with an additional 10% off — you need to be 62 and up. Showcase Cinemas also offers a special senior day, and it applies to all showings, including 3D. You’ll also be able to enjoy a discounted food special of a popcorn and a drink.
4. Get Out of Town – Transportation Discounts
Hotels aren’t the only travel options that offer you a good deal. If you live in a city with public transportation, such as a streetcar, bus, or trolley, you can likely find a great senior discount. You will typically need to show your ID to the driver or attendant, though check your local transportation website for the requirements. You may also be eligible for a reduced monthly or yearly pass as well.
If you want to get out of town, check into the discounts your local train company, such as Amtrak, offers. Amtrak has a 15% off discount for riders 62 and up, though it may not apply to all types of tickets/cars. City buses aren’t the only form of transportation to offer you a sweet discount, because Greyhound offers 5% off for riders 62 and up. If you’d rather get your own wheels, be sure you check into car rental company perks offered with an AARP card — you could get 25% with Alamo and Avis, or National offers 30%. Even if you don’t have an AARP card, you can still enjoy a discount at Dollar, which offers 10% off to 50 and up.
5. Stay Connected – Mobile Wireless Discounts
You need to stay connected with friends and family, which is why you can’t overlook the great senior discounts on mobile wireless services. First check into AT&T, which offers a 10% discount for AARP members on certain wireless plans, while AARP members receive 5% off at Consumer Cellular.
You can also sign up for an independent company wireless company called Jitterbug, which sells a no-frills phone with large buttons, easy-to-use features and an amplified speaker; plans start at $14.99 a month plus taxes for Talk and Text — the phone even features access to the operator that will place calls for you when you push “0.”
Verizon Wireless offers plans for $29.99 a month that feature 200 minutes a month. With all of these discounts, be sure you ask about texting, data and smartphone charges, as well overage charges so you’re aware of the cost.
6. Eat Up
Fast food restaurants aren’t the only places offering food and drink discounts for seniors. You can also find discounts at sit-down restaurants, such as Applebee’s, which offers a 10% to 15% discount on your meal purchase at various locations.
Piccadilly Restaurant features a great senior discount of 10% off from Monday through Saturday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m; you only need to get a “Prime Time for Senior” card for free at your local restaurant.
Golden Corral will give you plenty of bang for your buck with the early bird special — $7.59 Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the buffet and drink if you’re 60 and up.
7. Shop Till You Drop: Discounts at Retail Chains and Stores
What, you can save as a senior at retail stores? Absolutely. Kohl’s will offer 15% off to seniors 60 and up on Wednesdays and you can get 10% off your Michael’s purchase daily. If you sign for the 55+ newsletter from SteinMart, they’ll send you a coupon for each month good for one day so don’t miss that bargain chance.
Varying by location is a 10% discount at Dress Barn on Tuesday and Wednesday. Don’t care what day you shop and you’re age 55 and up? You can join the Beales’ discount card program to get a card good for 15% off your entire purchase on Mondays.
Even upscale Banana Republic gets into the discount game with 10% off your purchase if you’re 50 and up. Clarks will let you enjoy 10% off your shoe purchase if you’re 62 and up, and Modell’s Sporting Goods will give you the same. You can even get retail discounts at stores like Walgreens, which offers 10% off on Senior Day, the first Tuesday of the month.
8. Take an Adventure: Discounts for National Parks and other Attractions
One of the best deals you’ll find for traveling is the Senior Pass from the National Park Service. You can purchase an annual pass for $20, or you can buy a lifetime pass for $80. The fee was increased from $10 to $80 for the lifetime pass in 2016, however, you’re also able to trade in four annual passes to receive a lifetime pass. The discounts continue inside the park as well: you can bring a travel companion for free and you can get discounted boat launch rentals, tours and more. You’ll also find that various aquariums and zoos around the country offer senior discounts so check their websites.
9. Have a Thrilling Time: Amusement Park and Attraction Discounts
Who said you need to stay at home? You’ve got a zest for adventure and the theme parks around the country are ready to give you a thrill or two at a discount. Amusement parks are a great place to spend the day, and there’s great senior discounts at many of them. If you want to take the grandkids for a day out, Legoland Florida has a senior discount of about $7 off certain tickets, and King’s Island in Mason, Ohio features a $10 discount on daily admission tickets as well as season passes. Hershey Park gives seniors a discount of $10-$12 on tickets depending on the type of ticket and Busch Gardens has a rotating list of discounts for senior Annual Passholders. While there’s hundreds of amusement parks throughout the U.S, your best bet is to check with the amusement park before you go so you don’t miss out. Multiple amusement parks may also have AARP offers, for instance, so check with the hotel’s information line.