If you belong to an organization (like AARP or AAA) that entitles you to a travel discount, be sure to have your membership cards with you when traveling. You never know where it might help you get a better deal. Restaurants, museums, historic sites, theaters and many other places you visit may honor your card.
When planning a trip, be sure to check out available promotional discounts that are not related to age. Search out the best deal offered at the time. You may land yourself a great deal that turns out to be a better bargain than the senior discount.
Try to plan your vacation when the best discounts are offered. Some travel discounts only apply to specific travel dates or may be limited to certain seasons of year.
Deals may exist even if they are not publicly promoted. Always ask about senior discounts in the early stages of planning whenever you are making travel arrangements, whether making reservations for airfare, booking a hotel or signing up for a tour. If you wait until it is time to pay your bill to ask for a senior discount, it may be too late.
Use Internet travel sites. Some have deals you won't find anywhere else and may still have availability for a hotel even if it appears to be booked via the hotel's own website. Just make sure the travel site is reputable.
Always carry identification with you that verifies your age. A passport or driver’s license are the most common ways to prove your age, but your birth certificate or medicare identification card may be accepted as well.
Nobody wants to spend more money than necessary on a vacation. That’s where senior discounts can come in especially handy. There are all kinds of discounts out there for travelers who fall into the “senior” category, which in some cases may be offered as early as age 50. If you want to find the best deals available, it helps to do a little research to find out what is out there.
Keep the following tips in mind: