Guide for seniors to earn rewards and save money in 2020

By: Micah Lambert | April 3, 2020

Those reaching the senior citizen's age demographic are welcomed into a whole new world of discounts, rewards, perks, and deals. Thousands of restaurants, retailers, and travel companies around the country are offering senior discounts that will help senior citizens earn more bang for their buck. This begs the question, at what age are you officially considered a senior citizen? The answer varies according to the source. Typically, though, people over 55 are considered part of the senior citizen age demographic, with 65 being the most common retirement age. That being said, anyone over the age of 50 can become an AARP member (the American Association of Retired Persons), an organization that partners with companies across the country to provide great deals and services to their members. 


This year, why not take advantage of senior discounts on National Grandparents Day? National Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the Sunday after Labor Day. This year it is Sunday, September 13th. Treat your children and grandchildren to a special meal, trip, or activity to celebrate. Or better yet, let them treat you! We have compiled a list of amazing stores, restaurants, travel deals and more to help you and your loved ones get the most out of this special season of life without compromising quality.


Senior Discounts at Restaurants:

There’s no better way to make lasting memories than sharing a dining experience. Indulge in a delicious meal with your loved ones this year, without stretching your wallet. 


Denny’s: Enjoy 15% off your entire guest check with your AARP membership at participating locations. Simply present your AARP card with your check.


Outback Steakhouse: AARP members enjoy 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages. Simply present your AARP card with your check.


Saltgrass Steakhouse: AARP members save 10% on their check towards food and non-alcoholic beverages. Simply present your AARP card with your check.


Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Present your AARP card with the check to earn 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages. 


El Pollo Loco: El Pollo Loco offers a 10% senior discount for guests over age 60 (maximum of $1). If you qualify, ask your cashier to apply the discount before payment. 


Old Country Buffet: Old Country Buffet offers a senior discount on their delicious home cooking. Contact your local restaurant for details. 


iHop: If you are 55 or older, take advantage of the 10% senior discount on delicious breakfast foods. Senior menu options vary based on location. 


Bonefish Grill: AARP members enjoy a 10% discount on their food and non-alcoholic beverages at Bonefish Grill (Dine-in only, restrictions apply). 


Chart House: AARP members earn a 10% discount on their check towards food and non-alcoholic beverages at Chart House, a unique seafood restaurant. 


Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Feast on a delicious Italian meal at Carrabba's, then enjoy 10% off your check with an AARP membership (excludes alcohol, see website for details).


Senior Shopping and Entertainment Discounts and Deals:

Don’t miss these discounts and perks from some of your favorite retailers, theatres, and neighborhood haunts. 


Walgreens: If you link your AARP membership to your online Walgreens Balance Rewards account, you could earn additional Balance Rewards benefits like 1,000 points per vaccination and three times the points for beauty product purchases. 


Kohls: Kohls offers a 15% in-store discount on Wednesdays for customers over 60. Bring proof of identification to verify your age. 


Rite Aid Pharmacy: AARP partners with Rite Aid to help their members save on prescriptions not covered or not covered fully by their primary insurance. The first step is to sign up for an RX card here.


Goodwill: Most Goodwill locations have either a continuous senior discount or a senior discount day of the week. Check your local store for details. 


Regal: AARP members qualify for up to 20% off Regal ePremier tickets purchased online (restrictions apply). Tickets are valid nationwide for all movies and showtimes. 


Cinemark: Cinemark offer a senior day discount at most locations. Seniors get a discount on any movie at any showtime. Check your local Cinemark for details. 


Glasses.com: Glasses.com partners with AARP to offer members 30% off all orders, plus free basic lenses or 25% off lens upgrades, as well as free shipping and returns, and free frame adjustments at your local LensCrafters.     


AMC Theatres: Don’t overpay for a date with the silver screen! Take advantage of AMC’s 60+ discounts on any movie, any day. Simply select the senior price at checkout. 


Showcase Cinemas: Every Wednesday at all Showcase Cinemas locations seniors over age 60 can enjoy any movie for only $7.75, plus a popcorn and fountain beverage combo for only $4.50. 


Belk: Every Tuesday in-store and online, seniors receive an extra 15-20% off their purchase. 


T-Mobile: T-Mobile offers a 4G LTE network cell phone plan exclusively for customers over age 55, called the Magenta Plan/Magenta Plus. Visit their website for more details on rates, features, and eligibility. 


Verizon: Get the Go Unlimited55+ phone plan with unlimited 4G LTE data for $60 for one line or $40 for two lines. Check their website for eligibility and more information. 


Harris Teeter: Customers ages 60 and over will receive a 5% discount every Thursday. To qualify, you must have a valid VIC card, which is a Harris Teeter discount card. 


Fred Meyer: Fred Meyer is a chain of ‘Hypermarket’ stores or grocery stores that also sell clothing, furniture, electronics, and more. It is found in the western United States. Seniors over age 55 will receive an extra 10% off their purchase total at checkout. 



Senior Travel Discounts and Deals:

Travel to your heart’s content this year with these special discounts and deals on choice hotels, rental cars, cruises, flights, and more. 


Avis Rent A Car: AARP members receive amazing perks when they book their rental car through Avis. Members can save up to 30% off base car rental rates, can get an upgrade on compact through full-size car class bookings (subject to availability), plus they can add an additional driver at no cost, and much more. 


Herz: Passengers over age 50 who rent a car through Hertz can save up to 20% off base rates. 


Best Western: AARP members save between 5% and 15% off the best available room rate. Furthermore, you can earn 10% more bonus points per stay by signing up for the Best Western Rewards for AARP Members program. Book the AARP member rate and then show your membership card at check-in.


Radisson: AARP members save 10% off the best available room rate. What’s more, if you join the Radisson Rewards program, you can achieve Gold Elite status in just four stays. 


Wyndham Hotels and Resorts: AARP members save 10% on the best available room rate at participating hotel and resort locations. Take your pick of beautiful destinations like Florida, California, Australia, Europe, and more. 


DaysInn: DaysInn, a subsidiary of Wyndham, offers AARP members 10% off their best room rate. 


Comfort Inn: Comfort Inn, a part of the Choice Hotels network, offers AARP members or guests 60 and older a 10% discount on the best room rate (must book in advance online or over the phone).


Motel 6: Seniors age 60 and up receive a 10% discount on the best available room rate. At checkout, select the ‘Senior Rate’ from the dropdown menu when booking. 


National Parks: Visitors over age 62 can purchase a Senior Pass for $80. The Senior Pass doesn’t have to be renewed like most annual passes, because it is a lifetime pass. This pass will gain the pass holder entrance into 2,000 national recreation sites including all 417 national parks. Up to three of the pass holder’s adult gusts can also gain free entrance. 


Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruises offers discounts on trips for guests over 55 years of age. Check their cruise calendar to find the best senior deals. 


Royal Caribbean: Royal Caribbean cruise line offers senior pricing on select sailings for seniors over age 55. Check the cruise calendar for availability. 


United Airlines: United Airlines offers senior fares on flights to select locations for passengers over 65. Inquire about these discounts when you make your booking in person or over the phone, or select the senior's category when booking online.


Amtrak: Passengers over 65 receive a 10% discount on most rail fares on most Amtrak trains. Make sure to apply the discount to your next ticket (limitations apply). 


Greyhound: Seniors over age 62 can receive a 5% discount on their next bus fare. Simply book the senior rate and show your photo ID before boarding to verify your age.   


Lastly, since not all senior discounts are publicly advertised, we suggest people over age 55 always ask a staff member if the establishment offers one. And remember seniority rules!



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