Whether you age gracefully or you choose to not act your age, aging has some advantages when it comes to saving money. Many restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues offer discounts to senior citizens. Seniors can travel for less, too, with discounts from airlines, hotel chains, and rental car companies.
How old is old enough to save? Generally senior discounts start at age 65 but some establishments offer them at 55, 60, or 62. For AARP members, senior discounts may start as early as 50 years old. If you’re unsure of a discounted rate or at what age you may receive it, always call or ask customer service before you shop or place an order.
Websites like Senior Citizen Discount Lists can help you find discounts listed by state, which is helpful for finding local businesses in your area and in places you may be traveling to. To get you started on your search, here’s a list of the most-popular senior discounts across the United States.
The policies vary by location, but Applebee’s offers a discount between 5% and 15% for diners who are at least 60 years old. Some locations may require you to sign up for their Golden Apple Card rewards program or their email list. Call your nearest Applebee’s to find out their policy.
Participating Arby’s restaurants offer senior diners 10% off their meal or a free drink with the purchase of food. Be sure to ask before you place your order.
3. Bob Evans
Many Bob Evans locations offer a senior menu upon request that features smaller portions for a lower price for patrons aged 55 or over. They also offer a discount on Wednesdays and Sundays for diners who are at least 62 years old.
4. Burger King
Burger lovers aged 60 and over may ask for a 10% discount at Burger King. Some locations also offer a free small coffee or soda with the purchase of food.
Ask about the senior discount the next time you’re at Chick-fil-A. Most locations offer either a free small soft drink or coffee with purchase or a 10% discount on your order. The age these perks start vary by each restaurant.
Culver’s, the home of frozen custard and butterburgers, may offer a 10% discount for diners aged 60 and over. This discount may not be offered at all locations, so be sure to ask before you order.
Most Denny’s locations offer their 55+ menu, a selection of popular menu items in smaller portions for a cheaper price. AARP members also get a discount at participating locations.
8. Dunkin’ Donuts
The discounts vary by location but Dunkin’ Donuts may offer a senior discount of 5% or 10%. Participating restaurants also give AARP members a free doughnut with the purchase of a large or extra-large coffee.
9. Golden Corral
The Golden Corral Senior’s Buffet features special pricing for diners aged 60 and over. Seniors can save even more when they visit during the Early Bird Special hours Monday through Saturday. Specific pricing varies by location so call your local Golden Corral to find out what they offer.
IHOP has a 55+ Menu with smaller portions for seniors. Some locations offer a senior discount of up to 10% off and some offer free or discounted meals for seniors during certain hours. Call ahead to find out about your local IHOP’s senior deals.
Each McDonald’s has a different policy for senior discounts but many offer free soft drinks and coffee to seniors with the purchase of food. Be sure to ask before you place an order what the restaurant’s senior deal is.
12. Olive Garden
Olive Garden does not offer a specific senior or AARP discount. They recommend all visitors go to their website to find a variety of specials for dining in and take-out that change often, from “buy one, get one” lunches to reduced-price beer and wine selections.
13. Outback Steakhouse
At participating Outback Steakhouse restaurants, AARP members receive 10% off their check.
Senior diners at Sonic may get 10% off or a free drink. Not all Sonics participate in a senior deal so be sure to ask when you place your order.
At Souplantation, diners aged 60 or older can get a meal, including a beverage, for $7.99 on Mondays through Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm. All other times, seniors may enjoy a 10% discount on their meal.
Participating Subway restaurants may offer seniors a discount of up to 10% off. Be sure to ask when you place your order, as different locations have different policies.
17. Sweet Tomatoes
Sweet Tomatoes has a Senior Meal Deal from 2 pm to 5 pm on Mondays through Fridays. Senior diners get their meal and a beverage for $8.29.
18. Taco Bell
Most Taco Bell locations offer either a 10% discount on an entire meal or a 5% discount plus a free drink to seniors aged 65 and over. Call ahead or ask the cashier before you place your order to find out what the deal is at your location.
It varies by location, but most Wendy’s restaurants offer a discount between 5% and 10% plus a free drink to senior diners.
20. American Airlines
American Airlines offers a discount on select routes for travelers who are at least 65 years old. Before booking your next flight, call them to find out if their senior fare is the best option for you.
Seniors can save 10% on most Amtrak fares. In the United States, the senior discount starts at age 65. For cross-border trains that travel between the United States and Canada, the discount age is 60 years old or older.
22. Best Western
Guests who are at least 55 years old save up to 15% on bookings at all Best Western locations worldwide.
23. Delta Air Lines
Delta does not have a standard senior discount but they are available in some markets for some itineraries. These are not available on the website so be sure to give them a call when you’re booking your next flight.
While they don’t offer a senior discount, Enterprise is an AARP partner so members get a 5% discount on their rental rates.
Drivers who are 50 years old or older may enroll in Hertz’s 50 Plus benefits program and receive up to a 20% discount on car rentals and other perks.
For guests who are 62 years old or older, Marriott offers a 15% discount at all its hotels worldwide. These reservations must be made directly through Marriott and not through another booking site. If the online reservation doesn’t offer the discount, be sure to call their customer service line.
27. Southwest Airlines
One of the lowest-cost airlines is an even better deal for seniors. Travelers who are 65 years old or older receive discounted fare at Southwest Airlines. Call to make a reservation or be sure to choose “Senior” rather than “Adult” when making an online booking.
28. United Airlines
Certain routes and itineraries are available at a discounted fare for seniors who are 65 years old or older. Either call United to book your reservation or be sure to select “Senior” on the passengers menu when searching for fares online.
Shopping and Services
AAA, or Triple A as it’s called, does not have a senior discount for its membership cost. Membership, however, helps seniors get additional discounts on everything from restaurants and shopping to travel itineraries and special insurance rates.
30. Amazon Prime
While Amazon does not offer a discount specifically for seniors, those who are on Medicaid, which includes many seniors who are 65 years old or older, can get Amazon Prime for only $5.99 per month. That’s about $25 less than the standard annual fee.
31. AMC Theaters
Move lovers aged 60 and older save up to 15% on movie tickets at participating AMC Theaters. Some locations have special senior screenings, too, with additionally discounted tickets and deals at the concession stand as well.
AT&T offers a Senior Nation plan, featuring hundreds of monthly minutes without roaming and distance charges for customers aged 65 or older. In addition, AARP members receive 10% off certain service plans and 15% off eligible accessories.
The Internet Essentials program from Comcast offers eligible customers — including many seniors aged 62 and over — low-cost, high-speed internet and access to an inexpensive laptop. The deal can also be combined with various cable and phone packages.
While DirecTV does not offer a specific senior discount, they encourage new customers to visit their Deals & Specials page to see if they have any promotions going on that suit your needs.
35. Fred Meyer
Senior shoppers at Fred Meyer may receive a 10% discount on many grocery items with the coupon in the weekly flyer. At some locations this discount is only offered on select days. Shoppers should check the flyer or ask at the customer service desk for their local store’s policy.
The discounts vary by location, but most Goodwill shops offer a senior discount on selected days. Contact your local Goodwill to find out which days they celebrate seniors.
37. Harris Teeter
At Harris Teeter, shoppers aged 60 years old and older can enjoy a 5% discount every Thursday. You must have a VIC card and tell the cashier that you’d like the discount.
38. Home Depot
Home Depot does not offer a senior discount. They will, however, price match with a product if it’s for sale from one of their competitors at a senior discount price.
Every Wednesday, Kohl’s offers its customers aged 60 and over a 15% discount. Be sure to ask for it when your purchase is being rung up.
Unfortunately Kroger recently ended its nationwide senior discount policy, claiming it will help them lower prices for all customers. Some locations still offer a discount for seniors so it’s worth asking at customer service on your next visit.
Lowe’s does not offer a senior discount. They recommend that eligible seniors sign up for their veterans’ discount and encourage all customers to visit their Savings page and their Rebate Center in order to save the most money at Lowe’s.
42. Ocean State Job Lot
While they do not have an everyday senior discount, each year Ocean State Job Lot holds a Senior Salute. For one week, customers aged 62 or older receive a 25% discount at all locations.
Every Wednesday, participating Publix stores offer a 5% discount to shoppers who are 60 years old and older. Inquire at the customer service desk before you shop to see if your store offers this.
44. Ross Dress for Less
At Ross Dress for Less, shoppers who are at least 55 years old can join the Tuesday Club, which gives them a 10% discount every Tuesday.
Spectrum does not have a senior discount, but many seniors qualify for their Internet Assist program for affordable high-speed internet.
The Sprint Unlimited 55+ plan offers great service starting at just $50 a month. Stay in touch with family and friends without breaking the bank.
Target offers a discount of 10% off for shoppers who are 60 years old or older. As an additional benefit to shopping there, Target is the retail home of Consumer Cellular, one of the largest providers of cell phones and data plans for seniors. And Target Optical is partnered with AARP for $10 off glasses and 10% off contact lenses, and deals on eye exams, too.
48. T.J. Maxx
Participating T.J. Maxx stores may offer seniors a discount of up to 10% off. Be sure to ask before you shop, since the discount varies by location and may only be on certain days.
The Magenta 55 plans from T-Mobile offer a variety of phones and service plans to customers who at least 55 years old. From unlimited data to a free Netflix subscription, these plans offer seniors all the conveniences of a smart phone without paying a premium.
Verizon’s 55+ Plan starts at $60 a month for customers who are 55 years old or older. The plan includes unlimited 4G data, talking minutes, and texts.
If you are an AARP member or are aged 55 years and older, Walgreens offers a 20% discount on select days. At most locations, the discount is available every Tuesday. To get this discount you must also have a Walgreens Balance Rewards card.
There is no nationwide policy for senior discounts at Walmart. Some locations offer discounts on certain days, so ask at customer service before you shop.