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2018 Travel Senior Discounts: Save on Hotels, Cruises, Car Rentals

Updated April 2, 2018

Now that you’re in retirement or nearing it, it’s time to take those trips you always put off. Luckily, you’ll be able to get a senior discount on many of your vacation’s expenses. From hotels to train tickets to car rentals, travel discounts for seniors will help you save big.

Note that many travel discounts require an AARP membership. Also, the American Seniors Association – the “conservative alternative to AARP” – offers many travel discounts to its members. ASA membership, for ages 50+, costs $15.

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Another tip for saving on travel: One of our readers suggests scheduling trips off-season. You’ll get the savings of off-peak rates plus your senior discount. After all, if you’re retired or an empty-nester, you don’t have to schedule vacations around work and school anymore.

Note: Although this list is as up-to-date as possible, senior discounts are subject to change. Always ask about the current state of the senior discount before booking.


Here’s information on the big chains, but if you prefer to stay at a B&B or smaller hotel, just ask if they have senior discounts. In most cases, they will.


Best Western
AARP members save 10%.

Choice Hotels (Cambria, Comfort Inn, Quality, Clarion, EconoLodge)
AARP members save 10%.

Hilton Hotels
(Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn)
AARP members save 5%.

La Quinta Inns
AARP members save 10%

Super 8
AARP members save up to 20%. Discounts at age 60 for others.

AARP members save up to 20%.

Wyndham Hotels
(Wyndham, Days Inn, Super 8, Ramada, Knights Inn, Howard Johnson, Travelodge):
AARP members save up to 20%


Motel 6: 10% senior discount


Up to 50% off at select locations.

InterContinental Hotels Group
(Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Kimpton)
Discounts available at participating hotels.

Savings of 15% or more.



Senior discounts for airline tickets are not readily published.

AARP members can search savings through the AARP website.

Ages 65+ can call the airlines for available discounts.


Car Rentals

Alamo Car Rental
Discounts available through the Senior Circle program.

AARP members save up to 30%.

Budget Rental Cars
AARP members can get a free weekend day.

50 Plus Car Rental Program available.
AARP members save up to 25%.

Payless Car Rental
AARP members save 5%.

AARP members save 43% on membership.


Trains, Buses & Subways

60+ save 10%; ages 62+ save 15%.

62+ save 5%.

Trailways Buses
Discounts of 5% to 10% for 62+ or 65+.

Metro transit systems often have discounts for seniors:

San Francisco Bay Area: BART
65+ save 62.5%.

65+ save 50%.

Washington, D.C.: WMATA
65+ get reduced fares up to 50%.

Chicago: CTA
65+ can get a reduced fare permit.



AARP members get discounts to a variety of cruise lines. In addition:

Ages 55+ can get discounts at:

Royal Caribbean
Celebrity Cruises
Carnival Cruise Lines


Museums & Parks

Being retired also means you’ll have free time to enjoy yourself. Here are some discounts so you can be smart and active while having fun.


Many museums offer senior discounts, though most set the age threshold at 65+. Just a few examples are:

Metropolitan Museum of Art ($8 off for 65+)
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ($3 off for 62+)
Art Institute of Chicago ($6 off for 65+)
Seattle Museum of Flight ($3 to $4 off for 65+)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles ($3 off for 62+)

Aquariums, Zoos and Theme Parks

Look for discounted ticket prices. Just a few examples are:

Bronx Zoo ($2 off for 65+)
Georgia Aquarium ($2 to $3 off for 65+)
Busch Gardens Tampa ($8 off annual pass for 65+)

National Parks

U.S. citizens ages 62+ can buy a National Parks Senior Pass for $80 (the price went up from $10 on Aug. 28, 2017). This provides lifetime access to the national parks as well as many federal recreation facilities.

Discount Alert: National Parks Senior Pass Is Jumping to $80


Did we miss any of your favorite travel senior discounts? If so, share them in the comments below. If you believe any of this information is inaccurate, let us know that as well.

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    1. Robbe Morris says:

      The American Seniors Association offers its members free access to the Last Minute Travel Club and Snazzy Traveler. The prices between these are almost always lower than the other discount travel sites on the web especially hotels.

    2. Motel 6 no longer accepts aarp

    3. My husband and I are looking for an apartment for 60 plus.
      We want to live wth people our own age and we are in good health with no health problems . We do not need special needs.
      We are very active with walking, dancing and beach people.
      Out budget is $1000 to $1200 , two bedrooms and bath, top floor and no government assistance with rent.
      We live in Dania at the Sheridan ocean club for the last three years and would like to move on the east coast. Thank you. Help!

    4. Bettie R Holt says:

      I’m thankful for this site. What great discount information for seniors!


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