Taking advantage of Senior Discounts is one benefit to getting older. As you plan your next vacation, whether it is a quick road trip or an adventure around the globe, there are a lot of different travel related discounts available.
Many airlines offer senior rates, but each company has its own policies, including varying age minimums for a senior discount, United Airlines, Delta and Southwest each offer senior rates for those aged 65 and above; provided you book by phone, not online. For Southwest air tickets, senior discounted fares are fully refundable. However, for Delta, not all flights offer the senior rate.
AARP, the largest organization for seniors, has a variety of member travel discounts on air fares, car rentals and hotels. AARP has also partnered with our National Parks to provide great senior discounts for tour activities, RV camping and park resort reservations.
Specialty travel programs, such as Classy Ladies Getaways (& Couples Too!), run by C.P. Trips, offers seniors a chance to not only travel with others who want to enjoy the same destination, but can provide these getaways at a lower than standard price. For solo traveling seniors, this is a big plus, as often there is a single rate available, keeping the journey affordable for the solo traveler.
Speaking of solo traveling, there is a new trend with cruise companies, which have long charged single stateroom occupancy at a double rate, to make up the cost of what would normally be two passengers. Now some cruise lines are offering more cost-effective solutions. Viking River Cruises offers special deals from time to time just for solo travelers, while Norwegian Cruise Line offers studio cabins for solo travelers.
If you are ready to travel but have a small budget, there is great organization worth looking into, Road Scholar. This is a travel tour service which provides educational-based travel at discounted pricing. There is a catch though — if you enjoy finer quality establishments and a bit of luxury when you travel, this may not be the program for you, as many of the hotels, while nice establishments, are typically rated 2 or 3 stars only. If the journey and chance to travel is all important however, this could be a great way to go.
One of the easiest ways to get the most out of your senior level status is to work with a travel professional as you plan your trip. Be sure to let your travel professional know you are a senior, as their expertise can help ensure you get every discount you deserve.
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