Getting Old Pays Off: Wonderful Discounts for Seniors

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By Jane Wells

The higher your age, the lower the price. Kinda makes getting older sound better.

Even as companies chase millennial spending dollars, they recognize that older Americans actually have money. They know baby boomers appreciate a good value.

Here are some of the Top Best Most wonderful discounts for seniors. By the way, can we pick another word? Senior sounds so old. Maybe we should call them Smarter Citizens?


Most airlines provide discounts to fliers who are at least 65 years old, if you ask for them.

Once you're on the ground, The Senior List has discovered that Hertz (HTZ) and Avis (CAR) provide AARP members discounts of up to 25 percent, and Budget will help your budget with discounts as high at 30 percent.

Marriott (MAR) provides 15 percent discounts for customers who are at least 62, but some Hyatt (H) hotels will boost that discount to as much as 50 percent.


Shopping during the week? Good.

Ross Stores (ROST) discounts purchases by shoppers ages 55 and over by 10 percent on Tuesdays. Kohl's (KSS) provides 15 percent discounts on Wednesdays. Banana Republic will discount sales 10 percent if you are at least 63.


The list of restaurants that provide discounts to seniors is very, very long. Many of them will knock 10 percent off the price of your meal.

However, Outback Steakhouse discounts meals 15 percent for AARP members, excluding booze (dang!). Jack-in-the-Box (JACK) provides discounts of up to 20 percent.

Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN) will give you a free donut with the purchase of a large cup of coffee (at participating stores).

PapaJohn's discounts online pizza orders by 25 percent for people who are at least 55 years old if you type "AARP25" in the promo code.

Groceries and Drugstores

Publix knocks 5 percent off the price of your groceries every Wednesday if you're at least 55, except in Florida.

In the Northeast, Waldbaum's will discount orders of $30 or more by 5 percent for shoppers ages 55 and older, usually on Tuesdays. You need to present a coupon.

For prescriptions, AARP discounts of up to 38 percent are recognized at 64,000 participating pharmacies, so ask.

Chains like Rite Aid (RAD), CVS (CVS), and Walgreens (WBA) have special programs that may cost a small fee to join in exchange for discounts on some prescription and generic meds.

Target (TGT) has a prescriptions savings plan that saves 10 to 50 percent on certain prescriptions at participating stores. You don't even have to be a senior citizen to join! So it's not really just a senior discount, it's just a great discount. The bonus here: Other members of your household can use the card, and you can earn reward points toward in-store discounts after filling five eligible prescriptions.

And for dessert ...

If you are at least 60 years old, The Senior List reports you can get 10 percent off your Ben & Jerry's ice cream. That totally makes turning the big 6-0 worth it.
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