Getting older has its perks.
While increased body aches or tiredness is part of the game, there are also a lot of benefits and rewards you can get as you continue to celebrate your accumulation of years.
In addition to having years of experience and wisdom to share with others, you can also receive helpful discounts and financial rewards just for celebrating your age. Many retailers and services offer special discounts for seniors. These discounts and perks can help you celebrate staying out and about and enjoying all that life has to offer. And these benefits include more than just a 20% discount at restaurants or saving 10% on Tuesdays at your favorite clothing shop.
A popular resource for many seniors is through AARP, an organization that’s dedicated to empowering people age 50 or better to live well. As an AARP member, you have access to a wealth of information, resources, and of course, impressive benefits, that match the stage in life you find yourself in. You’ll get to check out helpful articles and insight on topics you care about, on everything from financial planning to health care to informative podcasts to social security to even today’s trending entertainment.
In addition to these valuable resources, you can also get discounts and benefits as a member. While a great deal of their offered discounts include health care assistance, such as through pharmacies and medicare plans, AARP has discounts for everything else, too.
With so many benefits and valuable resources you’ll want to take advantage of, the savings opportunities may seem overwhelming. To help, here are some of the best discounts that you can find and use to your advantage as an AARP member. Their exclusive travel site provides you tools, guides and other special offers you can’t get anywhere else.
AARP Travel Discounts
Perhaps one of the most common activities you might engage in your retirement years is travel. As an AARP member, you can enjoy benefits as you travel, explore and continue your adventures. AARP has a specially designed Travel Center resource available for members that allows you to plan your trip and receive the discounts and benefits you deserve.
If you’re traveling an exciting getaway vacation, you can save up to $536 on your booked vacation package, when made through AARP’s exclusive Travel Center Powered by Expedia. If you’re heading off by sea, you can save up to $300 in extra credits on select cruises.
Save as you explore new worlds on a tour and cultural immersion experience through Explorations by Collette. Members can save between $50-100 per person in your group for a tour. Book your trip through Grand European Travel and receive a $100 off your guided vacation or river cruise available through Europe and other destinations around the world, from over 300 options. See all those national parks on your bucket list by enjoying a 10% off discount at National Park gift shops, as operated through Xanterra Travel Collection.
No matter your destination or length of stay, it’s easy to find discounts and savings opportunities on your next travel adventure, thanks to your AARP membership.
AARP Car Rental Discounts
Whether you’re traveling on vacation to see the grandkids or on your way to visit an old friend, rental cars can often come in handy. As an AARP member, you can use your status to your advantage when renting out your next car.
As you begin your travel planning, you can utilize AARP’s Travel Center, powered by Expedia, that makes it easy to find benefits for your trip. Based on the rental car service you choose, you can save anywhere from 30-5% on your car rentals. By using the online booking portal available through AARP, you can make your selection easy and smoothly, knowing you get the best discounts.
For example, at Avis Rent a Car and Budget Rent a Car, you can save up to 30% off base rates at Avis as an AARP member. You can also enjoy an upgrade on your car from a compact through a full-size vehicle, based on availability. Add an additional driver to your reservation at no extra cost. These benefits and more can be accessed through AARP’s online portal or over the phone.
When you choose a truck rental through Budget, you’ll also get to save a discount of 20% when you make your one-way truck reservation Sunday through Thursday. You’ll get a 10% discount if you select a Friday or Saturday for your rental. Save even more with a $10 Physical Damage Waiver available per day.
Choosing Payless Car Rental will get you a 5% discount on your base rate for daily, weekly, weekend and monthly reservations. You’ll also be eligible to receive an upgrade on your compact through a full-size vehicle, depending on availability.
When you join Zipcar, a car-sharing service, you’ll get to save 43%, in addition to a $40 credit in free driving. No matter your method of travel on four wheels, you’ll get to impressive savings just for being an AARP member.
When you make your next car rental reservation, be sure you check out what AARP can offer for you as you travel and continue your adventures.
AARP Hotel Discounts
As you continue your travel planning, you’ll also need to find a place or hotel to stay in when you’re away from home. Whether you prefer a quick hotel to relax in after a day of travel or a high-end resort to pamper and treat yourself, AARP has discounts and savings opportunities for you.
If you have a hotel of preference, chances are that AARP has a discount for you. Below are just a few of the hotel opportunities where you can save big on your next reservation just for being an AARP member:
Hotels by Wyndham – When you book your hotel reservation at a hotel by Wyndham, you’ll get to enjoy a 10% off discount on the best possible rate for your room. These hotel options include names such as AmericInn, Baymont, Days Inn, Dazzler, Dolce, Esplendor Boutique Hotels, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, La Quinta, Microtel, Ramada, Super 8, Trademark Collection, Travelodge, TRYP, Wingate, Wyndham Garden and Wyndham Grand. No matter your destination, it’s easy to find a hotel by Wyndham where you can enjoy additional savings just for being an AARP member.
Ascend Hotel Collection – Book your stay at an Ascend Hotel and receive a 10% discount on the best available rate for your reservation.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts – If you’re looking to stay at a Best Western Hotel or Resort, you can enjoy a discount savings of between 5% and 15% off your room reservation. This opportunity includes savings at over 4,000 hotels and includes names such as Best Western, Best Western Plus, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, Executive Residency by Best Western, Best Western Premier, BW Premier Collection, SureStay Collection by Best Western, SureStay Hotel by Best Western, GLo, SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western and Vib. As you book your reservations and accumulate rewards, you’ll also be able to earn 10% additional bonus points for each stay when you join the Best Western Rewards program. With so many hotels to choose from and a boost in their rewards program, you can get to staying and sleeping better.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts – Save 5% on your best available rate when you book your stay at a Conrad Hotels & Resorts location. You’ll also get to savor sleeping in and enjoying your stay longer with a late checkout time of 2 p.m.
Hilton Hotels – If Hilton is your hotel chain of choice, continue your opportunities to save as you stay. As an AARP member, you’ll get 5% off the best available rate for your reservation. You’ll also get more flexibility as you schedule your trip by having a late checkout, up till 2 p.m. These hotel opportunities include places like Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Home2Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Tru hotels. With so many options, you can save wherever you save.
Radisson – Book your stay at a Radisson name hotel and receive a discount of up 10% on your best available rate. You’ll also enjoy Gold Elite status when you join the Radisson rewards program to get you even more benefits for your travels. These Radisson hotel names include locations such as Country Inn & Suites, Radisson Blu, Radisson RED, and Park Inn.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts – Get a 5% discount on your reservation and enjoy late checkout as an AARP member. Choose your location, under the Hilton Portfolio of brands.
Save On Other Hotels
No matter what hotel chain you choose, you can find savings and discounts that meet your travel needs. Below are other hotels, including those under Choice hotels and more, that offer a discount of up to 10% just for being an AARP member and booking through their online portal:
- Ascend Hotel Collection
- Cambria Hotels
- Clarion Hotels
- Comfort Inn
- Comfort Suites
- Econo Lodge
- MainStay Suites
- The Oasis at Death Valley
- Rodeway Inn
- Sleep Inn
- Suburban Extended Stay Hotels
Whether you’re staying a week or a few days; or traveling close to home or across the world, you can find great savings on your hotel chain of choice.
AARP Restaurant Discounts
As you travel around the state, country or world, you need a place to eat. Don’t limit yourself to the senior discounts that are offered at select restaurants and eateries around. As an AARP member, you can enjoy even more savings and discounts just for being a member.
Whether you’re in the mood for high-quality steak, a fresh-caught salmon dish or a sweet bakery treat, you can enjoy it with an easy-to-get discount.
The following restaurants provide a 10% discount off your check. For most restaurants, this impressive discount only applies to dine-in orders. Many of these restaurants are part of the Landry’s Inc. Restaurants group, although also includes much more. While you’ll enjoy the discount on your food purchase, this benefit is not available for alcoholic beverages.
- Bonefish Grill
- Brick House Tap & Tavern
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill
- Chart House
- Corner Bakery Cafe
- Joe’s Crab Shack
- Landry’s Seafood
- McCormick & Schmick’s
- The Oceanaire Seafood Room
- Outback Steakhouse
- Rainforest Cafe
- Saltgrass Steak House
And, on your next trip to Denny’s restaurant, use your benefits to your advantage and get a 15% discount on your check all day, any day at participating Denny’s locations.
Whether you’re heading out for a quick bite to eat or planning an elaborate dinner with the family, you can enjoy the benefits and savings opportunities as an AARP member on numerous restaurants.
AARP Flight Discounts
To get to your next destination, planning for airfare can be a hassle. Let AARP help as you plan your next flight. Using their helpful Travel Center services, you can find helpful discounts and deals on everything from flights to hotels to extra excursions.
For example, when you book your flight with British Airways on your next international trip, you can save between $65-200 on your round-trip flight, just for being an AARP member.
You can also save as you park your car as you jet off with savings through Park Ride Fly USA. AARP members can save 12% on their reservations made through one of 150 parking locations off airports. These reservations also help you with luggage assistance and get you to where you need to go, on time.
Save More As An AARP Member
Reaching that 50+ milestone is a celebration. AARP makes it easy to reap the benefits of that accomplishment with its many discounts and deals available to members.
In addition to these helpful discounts on travel, car rentals, hotels, restaurants and flights, be sure to check out other benefits available through AARP. Check out their customized insurance plans and medicare opportunities that help you to get the care you need when you need it. Save on all your prescriptions with added discounts at several retailers. Move and live with security with specialized insurance options available through popular insurance companies like The Hartford, Foremost and New York Life. Whatever life throws at you in this season of life, live your life to the fullest with discounts and benefits available as an AARP member.
If you’re not a member of AARP yet, joining and getting involved is easy. Just visit aarp.com, click the “join” button and follow the steps to get on your way to better savings.