Lists of the Best Senior Citizen Discounts in Dining, Travel, and Retail
Welcome! This article provides a list and directory of deals and discounts for seniors age 50, 55, 60, 65 and over. Usually, no sort of membership nonsense is required. However, none of these national chains or other places are likely to have any prominent signs advertising any senior discounts or deals. The company websites also usually do not tell you what the policy is. You will have to ask.
The best way to obtain the discount is to just say, “Hi, I understand you have a senior discount?” Note the wording: a question, instead of a statement or demand. A inquisitive inflection is much more likely to elicit cooperation from the young person behind the counter.
My Experience With Discounts
I walked into Taco Bell and asked what the deal-of-the-century was for this week. They said there was none.
I knew that; they grinned; I grinned. I ordered five 99-cent tacos. I informed them, "I'm a senior, so I'll take the usual 100% discount."
They said, "That would be nice...." More grinning; they were fine; I was fine; just having fun. I wandered out the door with my tacos. Yep, the discount was there. Of course it wasn't the 100%, but the senior discount had indeed been applied.
Ten Percent Is Worth It
Many seniors may think a 10% discount is not worth the bother, but this is usually just a matter of perception. If instead of the deal being stated as a 10% discount, it had been stated as “Pay No Sales Tax for Life!”, everyone of all ages would be all over it. Yet the 10% discount would almost always be the better deal, leastwise in the US. Europe and Canada are whole different stories. They have what's called a value-added-tax (VAT); that tax is usually way over 10%. Are senior discounts applied to VATs in such cases? I have no idea. No matter; again, wherever you are, always remember to ask concerning senior discounts.
Know of a Senior Discount or Deal?
If you know of a senior deal or discount not listed here, we would like to know about it. Post it in the Comments Section below or drop us a note. We will include it in the next page update.
Sales and marketing is a fluid force; deals and discounts come and go. There is also the situation where many businesses are franchises; in many cases, the franchisee owner is the decision maker as to whether a senior discount will be available at a particular location. If you discover a senior discount listed here is no more, please let us know. The good news, what with the continuing population shift, even more companies will probably begin initiating discounts for seniors.
Restaurants: Senior Dining Deals
Senior Discounts at Restaurants
- Applebee's gives a 10% discount (reduced from 15%) to seniors age 60 and over who have the Applebee's Golden Apple Card.
- Arby's gives 10% off for ages 55+.
- Back Yard Burgers has a 10% senior discount for your order at participating locations, reasonably certain the age is 55 and over..
- Burger King has a 10% discount for ages 60+, and additional discounts on coffee and soft drinks. As of Oct. 2015, though, Burger King may be like Denny's, i.e., some stores give discounts and some don't.
- Chili's is 10% off for ages 55+.
- Denny's gives 10% off for age 55+. They will make it 20% off if you are an AARP member. As of 2014, each franchise owner was making his/her own decisions regarding this, so your results may vary. A menu just for seniors is also offered.
- Dunkin' Donuts does 10% off for ages 55+. Or a free donut (doughnut) when buying coffee.
- Golden Corral senior discounts are reported as random and varied.
- IHOP is 10% off for ages 55+. There maybe even be a second, optional menu for seniors.
- Jack in the Box has a 20% beverage discount for seniors age 55 and over. Though again, as of August 2013, the Jack-in-the-box discount may not be a sure thing.
- KFC will give you a free small drink with a meal if you are 55+, although again, it’s reported some KFC's will and some won’t.
- Long John Silver's has various discounts for 55+. Depends on location, so your results may vary.
- McDonald's has discounts on coffee and soft drinks for the 55+ crowd.
- Old Country Buffet is said to have discounts for seniors, 55+.
- Outback Steakhouse has a 15% senior discount, age demarcation unknown.
- Perkins Restaurants may have a special menu for deals for seniors, 55+.
- Roy Rogers Restaurants gives a 10% discount for seniors, age demarcation unknown.
- Sonic gives a choice of free beverage or 10% off for folks 60 and older.
- Subway is 10% off for ages 60+; though at least occasionally, a store owner will deny the discount, either because they are uninformed or because of individual franchise policy.
- Taco Bell is 10% off, apparently up from the former 5%; plus free beverages. Age requirement is 65 and over. Discount may be franchisee specific.
- Wendy's is 10% off for ages 55+, though at least one Wendy’s in Topeka, Kansas gave a free drink in place of the 10% discount. Not known if this is the new policy or a franchisee-specific incident.
Deals on Travel and Vacations
Senior Transportation and Motel Deals
- Alamo Car Rental has discounts and deals ranging up to 25% for AARP members.
- Alaska Airlines has 10% off for seniors, ages 65+. It is now reported to be 50% off. Other fees, however, are unknown. Airlines like to wiggle out of things; call first to ask about the discount and fees before making plans or booking.
- American Airlines has discounts and deals for seniors 62 and up. Various discounts can reach up to 50% for non-peak periods (Tuesdays through Thursdays). Other fees, however, are unknown. Airlines like to wiggle out of things; call before booking.
- Amtrak have a 10% to 15% discount for seniors. But they have a whole bunch of restrictions to go along with it.
- Avis car rental company has discounts and deals ranging up to 25% for AARP members.
- Best Western motels have a 10% discount for seniors age 55 and over.
- Comfort Inn motels have discounts ranging from 20% to 30% off for seniors age 60 and over.
- Southwest Airlines is reported to have various discounts for ages 65 and up. But the usual warnings apply: call first, find out about other fees, etc.
- United Airlines does provide discounts for seniors 65 and over. The amounts, locations, and other restrictions are all over the map (pun intended). A reminder to meticulously read their online menus and/or ask their customer representatives pointed questions.
Note: Look for special senior menu options on their websites.
Retail Store Discounts and Deals
Glasses are expensive and serious business. When selecting a store, it wouldn't hurt to do a "StoreNameHere review scam" search to see what complaints there are about them. And it could be unwise to have the exam done at one place and the glasses made at another; if there is a problem, each will point to the other as being the cause.
LensCrafters is reported to have a 30% discount for AARP members. Frankly, I'd find out the prices for everything first before mentioning the discount. Then spring the AARP card on them before taking the exam and see what happens. It wouldn't hurt to check frames and lenses prices at Walmart and Sears first for comparison.
I had an unprofessional experience at Pearle Vision a couple decades ago; I was verbally assaulted the second I walked in the door. I immediately realized the franchisee or store manager was extremely defensive about something. I cleared out after about 30 seconds and never did find out what his problem was (in retrospect, maybe it was because they had the highest prices in town, not sure).
- Goodwill gives 10% off one day a week (your day may vary). A 2015 report states for at least one store the age is 55 and the day is Wednesday.
- Kohl's does 15% off on Wednesdays for folks 60 and over.
- Ross Dress For Less, also known as Ross Stores, has an Every Tuesday Club for customers age 55 and older. Just sign up at the customer service desk to receive a discount card. Folks with the discount card receive a 10% discount for in-person purchases made on Tuesdays.
- The Salvation Army thrift stores give up to 50% off for folks 55 and over.
Grocery stores appear somewhat resistant, but it is worthwhile to ask. Your results will definitely vary.
- Albertsons is said to be 10% off, but you will have to work for it. If the first employee you ask doesn't know the answer, ask the store manager as to days and dates, and whether the discount applies when 55, 60, etc.
- Farm Fresh has a 5% discount on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These are probably their slowest shopping days, thus the discounts. Ages 55 and over.
- Fry's Food is reported as requiring a VIP card to qualify for any discounts, card valid only the first Wednesday of the month.
- Grocery Outlet (western states plus Pennsylvania) gives a 10% discount to people 55+ on Tuesdays and/or Thursday mornings, at least some stores.
- Hy-Vee (Midwestern states) offers a 5% discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Definitely varies by location and the age demarcation may be 65.
- New Seasons Market, located in parts Washington, Oregon, California. Wednesdays have a 10% discount, no doubt the slow shopping days thing.
- Piggly Wiggly. Each store is independent. It is rumored some locations may have senior discounts. Availability, types, age requirements, percentages, other parameters are unknown and probably constantly vary.
- Great Clips has $3 off for haircuts. Ages 60 and up.
- Super Cuts has $2 off for haircuts. Ages 60 and over.
- CVS doesn't have any senior discounts per se. But you do want to get their Extracare Card. If you run the card through the red machine at the front of the store, a great deal sometimes shows up now and then. And do give them your email address; they will rain all sorts of worthwhile discounts on you.
- Costco pharmacies are exempt from store membership requirements in most states.
- Rite-Aid has 10% off on Tuesdays. And there is 10% off on prescriptions. Age demarcation unknown.
- Walgreens generally charges the highest prices in town for everything, especially in the pharmacy department.
- Walmart pharmacies are always worth checking out.
If you don't happen to know what Lifeline is, you definitely want to check that out no matter who your phone company is. If you qualify, you will save between $200 to $300 a year on your phone bill. You qualify based on income, not age.
- AT&T has a $30/month cell phone plan for seniors ages 65+, currently called the Senior Nation Plan.
- Jitterbug has a $15-a-month cell phone plan for users 50+. However, I'm not sure about these guys. Their phones seem expensive and there are complaints as to their quality.
- T-Mobile has recently added senior discounts, details vary as to types and amount of service.
- Verizon Wireless has a $30/month plan for seniors ages 65 and over. However, if you have a Lifeline landline (Verizon or Frontier), and want to use it to get on the Internet, it could be well worth your while to drop by the Verizon or Frontier website and see what DSL deals they are offering; no age restrictions, and DSL is plenty good enough for most situations, including streaming videos (depending how close the substation is to your residence).
- Burner Phones. Inexpensive and free cell phones and cell phone plans are one complicated mess to research; especially when federal and state subsidies are mixed in. If your situation doesn't qualify or is not feasible for the federal/state free cell phone and plan program(s) and you only want the cell phone for occasional use; perhaps simply going to Walmart or wherever and getting a prepaid, pay-as-you-go burner phone is the answer. Needless to say, read and understand everything on the packaging first. Actually, why not just shop for the critter online? First find what looks like the best deal on whatever retail store website, then go to that brand's website and see what they have to say. Once you've found what you want, buy from whichever site is best.
- AMC Theaters gives up to 30% off for ages 60 or older. AMC specifically says, "If you're at least 60 years old, you've probably seen a lot of great movies in your lifetime. And if you haven't, get started now with discounted tickets on Senior Day." I underlined that phrase because it makes me wonder if they only show old movies on that day.
- Landmark Theaters have discounts for folks 62 and older. I do believe this is the first senior discount I've seen anywhere that wasn't rounded to a 5 or 10 age increment . The amount of the discount is unknown.
- Marcus Theaters have $5 admissions for Friday matinees, seniors age 60 and older.
- Regal Theaters/Cinemas 30% discount for seniors ages 60 and over may be a thing of the past and was only available for some performances; ask. There may be some senior discounts when buying certain snacks and drinks.
- Showcase Cinemas. Turns out that Showcase Cinemas (also known as UCI Cinemas) is an international company theater chain. $7 Admissions to seniors beginning at age 60.
Local Area Discounts
Many local area senior discounts are mentioned in the Comments Section. Try a browser search (Ctrl-F) for your state, town, or establishment; you might get lucky.
And if you happen to know of a local area senior citizen discount, by all means comment about it. You never know who you might be giving a helping hand.
More Financial Tips for Seniors
Utility Company Discounts
It is imperative to drop by your utility companies' websites, particularly your gas, electric, and phone companies. They almost certainly have various discounts available, for example:
- low income assistance discount
- energy savings discount
- energy efficiency discount
- seasonal discount
- time-of-day discount
- medical discount
There could be other discounts. Once you are signed up, you get significant savings month after month without any additional work on your part.
If the discount info is not readily available via the website menus, use their search box and enter the bulleted phrases above. If that doesn't work, then do the searches directly from your favorite search engine, for example type in: "low income assistance" YourUtilityCompanyName.
And a Browser Tip
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Questions & Answers
What are some TV cable senior discounts?
Most cable companies claim to have senior discounts, but won't specify the details. You have to call and ask; probably not much or an outright scam. Frankly, I ditched cable years ago and get everything for free or next to free on the internet. There's even the technology to have it display on your TV screen.Helpful 43
Do Best Western Hotels have a senior discount, and if so, how much?
Best Western has a 10% discount for seniors 55 and older. Unfortunately, it is not a discount one can count on. Best Western also says, "Not available at all Best Western® Hotels & Resorts and is subject to availability at the time of the request."Helpful 12
Do Sleep Inns have a senior discount?
Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn, and a bunch of others are all owned by Choice Hotels. The Choice Hotels website claims an "up to" 10% discount for seniors. However, one must make a reservation in advance through their Choice Hotels website or via their Choice Hotels phone number and specifically mention the senior discount for folks who are 60 or older. Also, beware of their use of the phrase: "up to."Helpful 12
Does U-Haul offer senior citizen discounts?
Apparently not, but do check their website. There are dozens of variances.Helpful 7
Does Big John's Performance offer senior discount?
Their coupon page on their website does appear to offer some worthy discounts, but nothing is mentioned about seniors.Helpful 5