One of the best parts of retiring is the ability to travel on your schedule, not on your job. Seeing the world, or even the rest of your home state, has never been easier for seniors with the advent of the internet and an ever-increasing senior travel industry. The world is now your oyster! To maximize the amount of travel you want, or to make kick your trip up a notch, take advantage of some of the many senior discounts available.
Flights, rental cars, hotels, vacation packages, food, and so much more is all at your fingertips, all at excellent discounts. Don’t put off satiating that travel bug!
AARP has long been the gold standard for senior discounts, and they do not disappoint with their AARP Travel Center. While the site may be a bit clunky with ads, all of them can direct you to a myriad of websites and companies offering discounts exclusively for AARP members.
Book flights and hotels, pick up last minute deals, scout out that cruise you’ve had your eye on for years! AARP provides discounts for virtually every kind of travel to countless places across the globe. Discounts include 5% off Hilton hotels, 10% off at Hyatt Regency hotels, up to 30% off Avis car rentals PLUS save $30 weekly.
The AARP Travel Center also has a page dedicated to local offers, making staycations twice as nice and affordable. Don’t forget to check out the AARP dining discounts while there, to plan out where to maximize the most bang for your buck once your stomach starts growling.
Expedia has an entire half of their website dedicated to the AARP Travel Center. It functions the same as Expedia’s normal website, offering Flights, Hotels, Flight + Hotel, Cars, and Things to Do, along with multiple combinations of the listed options, all while offering them at the AARP discount.
Check out Expedia-AARP’s vacation packages and cruises while there! You can also Get Inspired, if the bug has bit but you aren’t sure where yet to go. Get Inspired will show you the top deals for different areas, giving you plenty to mull over. Vegas? Honolulu? New York? Why not?
G Adventures offers heavily discounted vacation packages for seniors. Choose from countless specifically crafted packages for all types of trips, from family trips to trips aimed at comfort, and detailed behind-the-scenes tours even locals don’t have access to. Visit the website periodically, as the discount amounts can change. They have been known to offer double discounts for limited times.
It should be noted the AARP offers discounts typically taken off of full ticket prices. It is possible to receive better discounts and savings for travel through internet-only fares or advanced purchase tickets. Spending extra time pricing out packages is almost always worth the savings.
AMAC members can also enjoy travel benefits. They aren’t as extensive as the much larger AARP, but there are ample ways to save, and when combined with AARP, give optimal travel discounts.
AMAC Car Rental offers up to $40 off major car rental suppliers. They also price match and offer priority booking.
There are also direct discounts available for Motel 6, Wyndham Hotel Group,Red Roof Inn, and La Quinta.
Hometown Travel Agency also works with AMAC members. The website is currently undergoing renovations, but AMAC will assist in working with them to place a killer vacation package.
Head down to Daytona Beach and experience the beauty and relaxation of the Sun Viking Lodge. With countless free amenities, including saunas and poolside bingo, and 20% off for AMAC members, it’s an excellent opportunity to scope out sandy Florida.
Is road travel more your style? Customizers Travel Vans offers a $200 manufacturer rebate to AMAC members. These affordable family travel coaches offer ample comfortable seating, multiple reclining seats, rear storage with hanging racks, and an interior 43% larger than a Suburban. The vans average 24 City/26 Highway MPG. Load up the family, bunco friends, or even the dogs and explore the Great American Landscape in style. Prices start in the mid-$40ks.
Senior discounts are available by promotion only. Currently, Amtrak is offering 50% off on Downeaster tickets, optimal for New Englanders or anyone willing to travel that way. Catch a train to Portland, ME, and explore the Old Port, or head down to Boston for the Freedom Trail. All senior discounts are valid for seniors aged 62 and older, and can include up to two children, ages 2-12, to accompany each senior at half price as well.
Liberty Travel offers free vacation planning. In-person stores are available in select cities, but the services can also be utilized by phone or through their webpage. Fill a simple questionnaire, and the experts at Liberty will work with you to plan the perfect vacation on your budget.
Travelation works much like Priceline and Expedia, with an emphasis on senior discounted travel. Coupon codes are available often and they claim savings of up to 70% off flight booking. They have a 24/7 hotline number and low price guarantees. Currently, they only offer bookings for hotels, flights, and car rentals, but you can book for international travel.
ADDITIONAL WEBSITES FOR DISCOUNTED TRAVEL, NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED
American Airlines periodically offers senior discounts, but they are only available by contacting the reservation department by phone.
Continental Airlines offers senior discounts to seniors aged 65 and older on select routes.
Priceline.com has a separate search engine for Senior Getaways. Name Your Own Price does not honor senior discounts.
Southwest Airlines offers senior discounts, as well as the ability to receive a fully refunded ticket in the event the trip is cancelled.
United Airlines offers senior discounts upon purchasing tickets, but also has a membership-fee-based programmed, called Silver Wings, available to seniors aged 55 and older.
Adventures aren’t limited for the youth. The world is large and waiting.