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The Best Senior Citizen Discounts in Dining, Travel, and Retail

And other items of interest to and for seniors.

What you will never see when walking into a store or restaurant, but the discounts are there...

Very few restaurants, stores, or other businesses have a sign like this; but if you ask, you may very well get the discount.
Very few restaurants, stores, or other businesses have a sign like this; but if you ask, you may very well get the discount.

Welcome to this deals and discounts list and directory 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 website of a national chain may 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 question inflection is much more likely to elicit cooperation from the young person behind the counter.

A personal story: 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. It wasn't 100%, but it was just what it was supposed to be.

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.

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.

Also, of course, sales and marketing is a fluid force. Deals and discounts come and go. If you discover a senior discount listed here is no more, please let us know. The good news, what with the continuing population shift, is even more companies will probably initiate discounts for seniors.

Restaurants: Senior Dining Deals

Remember to Ask!

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. Thank you, Roger and D Brandt.)

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.

Dunkin' Donuts does 10% off for ages 55+. Or a free donut (doughnut) when buying coffee.

IHOP is 10% off for ages 55+.

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.

Outback Steakhouse has a 15% senior discount, age demarcation unknown.

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. Thank you, Maggie.

Deals on Travel and Vacations

Alamo Car Rental has discounts and deals ranging up to 25% for AARP members.

Alaska Airlines was 10% off for 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 has a 15% discount for seniors. But they have a whole bunch of restrictions to go along with it.

The 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.

Retail Discounts and Deals

Actually, some of these senior discounts could add up to serious dollars...
Actually, some of these senior discounts could add up to serious dollars...

Glasses

A side note about glasses. 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).

Clothes

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. [Updated July 15, 2015. Thank you, CarissaM.]

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.

Groceries

Grocery stores Albertsons and Kroger do 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 at 55, 60, etc.

Grocery Outlet (western states plus Pennsylvania) gives a 10% discount to people 55+ on Tuesdays or Thursday mornings, at at least some stores.

Hair

Great Clips has $3 off for haircuts. Ages 60 and up.

Super Cuts has $2 off for haircuts. Ages 60 and over.

Pharmacies

CVS doesn't have any senior discounts per se. But you do want to get their Extracare Card. And do give them your email address; they will rain all sorts of worthwhile discounts on you. It used to be if you ran the card through the red machine at the front of the store, a great deal would show up now and again; but I haven't seen any such for a long time now.

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.

Exercise

Bally Total Fitness has a $100-off membership discount for age 62 and over. Personally, I'd rather go jogging; it's free. Or join the activities programs if you happen to live in a mobile home park or other senior citizens' community.

Phones

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 $19.99/month cell phone plan for seniors ages 65+, currently called the Special Senior Nation 200 Plan.

Jitterbug has a $10-a-month cell phone plan for users 50+.

Verizon Wireless has a $30/month plan for seniors ages 65 and over. However, if you have a Lifeline landline, and want to use it to get on the Internet, it could be well worth your while to drop by the Verizon website and see what DSL deals they are offering; no age restrictions, and DSL is plenty good enough for most situations, including streaming videos.

Movies

AMC Theaters gives up to 30% off for ages 60+. 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 show only old movies on that day. [Updated July 2014. Thank you, Jen.]

Regal Cinemas offers a 30% discount for seniors ages 60 and over. Not available for all performances.

Miscellaneous Retail

Big Lots does not do senior discounts at this time. Confirmed by three independent sources. [Updated July 15, 2015. Thank you Alice Ann, JMorgan, and kmobrien!]

Kmart used to give 40% off on Wednesdays for folks 50 and over, but as of 2015 this discount is no more.

More Financial Tips for Seniors

Some of the savings here could actually run into the hundreds of dollars. And not just for seniors.
Some of the savings here could actually run into the hundreds of dollars. And not just 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.

Getting the Best Deal From Financial Institutions

If you or someone you know is being charged fees on your savings, checking, debit, or credit card accounts, you can put a stop to that. It is simply a matter of only doing business with institutions that don't take advantage of their customers. This article, How to Find an Honest Local Financial Institution, will show you the way.

How to Find Online Coupons Safely

Do you do searches for coupons, gift cards, etc.? Then you may want to visit this page: How to Safely Find the Best Free Coupons. The page has been around for years and has served searchers well. The article has all sorts of useful information and it will keep you out of trouble.

Car Loans

If you or someone you know is in a car loan situation, then this How Auto Loans Work and Mistakes to Avoid article is a worthy read.

Sales Taxes

Being accidentally overcharged or even outright cheated on sales taxes happens a lot more often than people realize. This article on How to Mentally Figure Sales Tax and What to Do When Overcharged will serve you well, especially when shopping at the smaller stores.

And a Browser Tip

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Public Service Announcement Browser Tip, re: Ctrl+, Ctrl-, Ctrl0.

Typing "Ctrl" and "+" together will increase the text size in your browser's window on your screen. You can do Ctrl+ more than once to keep making the text larger. Doing Ctrl- will shrink it back down. Doing Ctrl0 (zero) will reset everything back to "normal."

A Karma Note

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And a sincere thank you to all who have contributed to this page.

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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

This is awesome! I'm eligible for many of these discounts already and I didn't even know it! Thanks for writing about it. Voted up.


Sarah 5 years ago

You know, I finally got used to the idea that I'll be 50 in a couple of weeks and WOW would be eligible for senior discounts. Then...just to find out - the age has raised for most of the discounts that my Mom was eligible for at 50! grrrrrrrrrr


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great Hub with great information for people. Thanks!

I have found that Good Will Stores (used books, clothing, housewares, furniture, toys) gives a good senior discount (over 55). Check with your local store, because each store chooses a particular day of the week - Mon, Tues, Wed., etc.

This is probably true of other grocery stores as well, but I know for sure that Kroger gives discounts on Wednesday to people over 55. Happy Shopping.


HolyTerror57 4 years ago

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I just found the Jitterbug cell phone plan!! And I just signed up for their e-mail subscription. Thank You So Much!!


Julie Baldwin 4 years ago

It's amazing being 55+the discounts that comes your way.


mark 4 years ago

jack in the box 20% discount is on drinks only!!


PWalker281 4 years ago

This is a great hub on senior discounts. I will definitely be bookmarking it. One good thing (among many) of being 60+. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, and awesome!

P.S. Found this article on Pinterest, btw :-)


buffy29999 4 years ago

Im now proud to bea senior.


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tamron 4 years ago

I will have to send this link to my dad. Great hub for seniors on saving money!


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sabrebIade 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

50 is senior??!!

I have to go lay down now.....


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Thanks for this hub. Very interesting and valuable. I like hubs that give interesting and useful facts and this one fills the bill. Thanks also for responding to my question about titles.


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molometer 4 years ago

Really useful information. Now all I have to do is get a green card to benefit from all these great discounts. :)

Gave me an idea to do a hub for the UK. Thanks.

Tweeting this one.


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monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

I can't wait to be a senior citizen. :)


Brian Edwards 4 years ago

Brownsville Texas. The Gladys Porter Zoo offers a 20% discount for AARP members and everyone in your party gets the discount. I used it about 4 months ago.FOr a party of 5 I saved over $8 !


nancy cortez 4 years ago

where do apply for senior citizen discount for the transportation


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Janellegems 4 years ago from Virginia

This is awesome information and deals. I will have to let my parents know. Thanks so much.


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

I'm sure there are a lot more discounts for seniors out there that I am not aware of, but your hub is such a great source of info, especially now that I have approached the "senior bracket". Any little bit helps these days! Thanks for the research and great info on the subject! Voted up and shared.♥---Lisa


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Good informative Hub here. I qualify for many of these (darn it!), but I was unaware of some.

I was amazed when I was in Puerto Rico. If you are over 65, you don't pay to ride public transportation, and you get in all the parks free.

I voted this one UP, etc.


Tom 3 years ago

Don't count on a discount at KFC. Some owners of KFC stopped giving discounts to seniors.


Susan 3 years ago

Burger King and McDonald's offer senior soft drinks and coffee for around fifty cents. Backyard Burger gives a free senior drink with purchase.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi PS This article is very useful for the older crowd. Some establishments recently took away the discount. My local cleaners disappointed me by that disservice. Many names do appear on this list, and you did a great job on the hub. I like your sense of humor that accompanies your writing, in addition to the well-placed dividers. I sure will try to find some of these great discount establishments. Thanks for sharing the information, and good luck with your writing.


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Bishop55 3 years ago from USA

excellent Hub, voted up and re-pinned on Pinterest.


slila 3 years ago

55 considered a senior- that is comical--


Jackie 3 years ago

I just tried the discount at Jack-in-the-Box. She said it's for coffee only, not all beverages. However, I tried it last week and the clerk gave me the discount on my drink and my friend's shake. It depends on your clerk.


Ed 3 years ago

I wish there were more student discounts like there are senior discounts...


unanymous 3 years ago

How ant vision?


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jtrader 2 years ago

Useful resource. Tweeted and voted up. Any discount is worth it, especially if all you have to do is ask.


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Don Schiller 2 years ago from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Denny's has senior menu so will only discount with AARP card. This per Napa Ca. Location.


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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

You are sweet and kind Mr or miss. Paradigmsearch for writing about senior discounts. I turned 50 in July. I am full of joy knowing that I am getting a big deal discount in many places. You made my day happy. Thank you. I like your hub.


david 2 years ago

The Wendys in my area gives a free soft drink to seniors +65.


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Bishop55 2 years ago from USA

Useful. Shared on a FB page I manage (Thrive Happy). Very helpful. I have elderly parents 82 and 71, it's never to late to save a buck! Thanks voted up.


cb 2 years ago

Denny's in my area gives no discount unless you have AARP, then it's only 15%.


Bigg3469 2 years ago

I went to my local Carls Jr and I received a 10% senior discount for my meal and I'm only 52 years young!


Angela 21 months ago

AMAC also has discounts!!!!!


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miriamyentraccm 20 months ago from Montclair, CA. 91763

Thanks for this information! I'm eligible for some discounts already, but not for others.... I can't believe some places won't participate -- that's almost un-American! ...Wait till THEY get older....Great work!


Elda r Flores 20 months ago

This is good but how can I get discount for vision.


Maggie 19 months ago

Wendy's in Topeka, KS is drink as your senior discount, not 10% off.


Diane 18 months ago

Goodwill 55 or older on Wednesday...


Deborah Ward 18 months ago

My first attempt at getting a senior discount....denied....our Subway in Grandville, Michigan does not offer any. :(


woody 18 months ago

Some cashiers tell me "there is no discount " while others give it.


roger 17 months ago

Burger King in Elkhart IN says they do not give senior discounts. Eat elsewhere.


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erorantes 17 months ago from Miami Florida

Hello miss. Paradigmsearch. Some airports have a senior line to get faster to the search point to get inside the gate of the departures. It is a good feeling to get to the gate fast. I recently found this information.


Alice Ann 17 months ago

Was in Big Lot on Sunday, asked for my Senior discount. I was told there was no such thing as a Big Lot Senior Discount. Never was!!


JMorgan 17 months ago

Big Lots does not give Senior discounts.


CarissaM 17 months ago

Hi! I work at Kohl's and I wanted to clarify that the 15% off discount we offer is only available to customers on Wednesdays. Also, our store generally says 60+ on the age demarcation.


kmobrien55@aol.com 17 months ago

I received this today from Big Lots after inquiring about a senior discount:

Thank you for contacting Big Lots.

Our stores currently do not offer senior discounts. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you again and have a nice day.

Cristian

Customer Care Department

Big Lots Stores, Inc


Donna G 16 months ago

What a great site! I knew about some of these but there's quite a few I didn't know. Thanks so much! DG


Tommy 14 months ago

Kmart stated they don't have seniors discount anymore


Linda 14 months ago

I always have CVS discounts available to me with my "Extra Care" card. It is no longer red, but white with red & blue lettering. Perhaps you need to update your card.


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miriamyentraccm 14 months ago from Montclair, CA. 91763

Thanks for the info! Looks like I have to wait 5 more years to qualify for the sr. discount on some stores; good to know!

=)


D Brandt 13 months ago

Our Burger King in Hartland, Michigan only offers a small coke. No other discounts.


Andrea 9 months ago

Back Yard Burgers' senior discount is 10% your purchase at participating locations.


Susan 9 months ago

Outback gives 15%

Roy Rogers 10%, but you have to ask.


Tom 6 months ago

05/19/16 Just came from Taco Bell. Was told by manager that the only senior discount given is a lesser charge on senior drink. The cost for that drink is .75. Manager stated they started charging for senior drinks about 3 months ago. Even though I was at the same Taco bell two days ago and they gave me a free senior drink. Have never received the 5% discount that you have listed on this page.


Debbie 5 months ago

Walgreens has great sales AND Senior discount first Tuesday of the month. I know, I work there...and your 20% senior discount is higher than my 15% employee discount. I'd also recommend using the monthly savings book AND checking out in the Cos Department. ...we have tons of coupons and keep up on best current deals.


Rufus 5 months ago

Got an Applebee's Golden Apple Card today and it is now a 10% discount.


Sara 7 weeks ago

Farmer Boys restaurant in Eastvale, CA --10% to seniors


joyce 6 weeks ago

Pollo Tropical Chicken in Florida give a discount any day or time to seniors. the dont know the age but offered my a discount and know I always get one me and my husband are in our 50;s

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