One of the best things about retirement is having more time for travel. Senior travel discounts help retirees explore the world without breaking the bank.
Don’t Be Shy About Asking About Senior Discounts
It pays to ask because many travel-related companies and services don’t advertise their senior discounts. You also need to shop around because senior discounts can vary from 10% to 15% or more.
Call and speak to a real, live person to ask about discounts not available when booking online. While you have them on the phone, ask if any other special rates or discount programs are available – senior discounts are not always the best deal!
Become A Member of AARP
AARP membership provides a wide range of advantages and travel deals. Major hotels and resorts worldwide offer great discounts to AARP members – including Hilton, Marriott, Best Western, and more. You can also get discounts on car rentals, cruises, and other travel necessities via AARP.
Travel Just Before Or After The Peak Seasons
Traveling during the off-peak or shoulder seasons is a strategy that can get you deep discounts on hotels, air travel and restaurants. Depending on the destination, even museums and local tours lower their prices during the off seasons. Another benefit – fewer crowds.
Consider Alternatives To Pricey Hotels
Instead of a chain hotel, why not try a cozy bed & breakfast, or rent an RV? Try a short-term apartment or house rental. Companies like HomeAway™ and Airbnb™ can get you deals on alternative accommodations around the world. In some cases, you can rent an entire house for less than the cost of a hotel.
Look For Free Things To Do
Anywhere you travel, many of the world’s most amazing landmarks, historic streets and parks are free to visit. Take some time to research freebies at your dream location – you may end up doing an excursion or visiting a location you never would have thought of previously!
Take The Scenic Route – By Rail
There are cheaper alternatives to air travel and, even better, they beat the hassles of flying. If you’re not pressed for time, consider traveling by train – an adventure in itself.
Riding the rails has always been popular in Europe, but more and more people are choosing train travel to tour the U.S.A. Compare round-trip train fares on Amtrak® to any of the major airlines and you’re likely to save as much as 50% and more.
Look For Bundle Deals
Companies like Expedia® and Travelocity® offer excellent savings when you bundle airfare and accommodations – some even bundle car rentals. Also known as vacation packages, they can save you as much as $100 and sometimes much more.
During peak travel seasons, bundled package deals cost less than booking your flight and hotel accommodations separately. Another advantage – if you have to take a last-minute, spontaneous flight, a package deal can help you avoid airline penalties.