Senior Discounts at Age 50, 55, 60, and 65
They say 50 is the new 30, but 30 never came with this many deals. With even the youngest Baby Boomers now in the over-50 demographic, retailers, grocers, travel companies, and restaurants are all competing for their business by offering discounts. And yes, some senior discounts really do kick in when you turn 50, as long as you’re a member of AARP and are willing to claim your senior discount when you shop, dine, or book.
If you’re into freebies and deals, you’ll be happy to learn that the number of discounts you’re eligible for rises as you age, so don’t think you’ve explored all your options once you turn 50. Some merchants offer deals for the 55-and-up crowd, while others’ discounts start at age 60 or even 65. To help you find the discounts you or your parents can enjoy now, we’ve grouped the most up-to-date deals we could find by age for 50, 55, 60, and 65. Remember that you can’t age out of these offers, either. The deals in the 50-and-up section still apply after you’re 65.
As always, when you’re deal hunting, there are two things to keep in mind:
- Offers can change, so if you’re really set on getting a particular discount, call or go online to check that it’s still valid. That’s especially true at chain restaurants, where many but not all locations may participate in an offer.
- If you don’t see a senior discount at your favorite shop, go right ahead and ask. Locally owned shops may not promote their offers heavily, and most salespeople and clerks are understandably reluctant to offer a senior discount based on a guess at your age. But many places will give you 5% or 10% off if you remember to ask.
Senior Discounts for Age 50+
Here’s a list of discounts you’re eligible for as an AARP member, starting at age 50. For more details, updates on senior discounts, and information on joining AARP, click here. The membership fee is $16 a year, but as of this writing they’re offering a discount of their own for your first year.
Here’s what you can get with that membership.
Dining Discounts for Age 50 and Up
Dunkin’ Donuts: Free donut with purchase of a large or extra-large drink
10% off at
- Bonefish Grill
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
- Carraba’s Italian Grill
- Charley’s Crab Palm Beach and Grand Rapids
- Chart House
- Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Gandy Dancer
- Grand Concourse
- Krispy Kreme (varies by location)
- Landry’s Seafood
- McCormick & Schmick’s
- Oceanaire Seafood Room
- Outback Steakhouse
- Rainforest Cafe
- Red Sushi Hibachi & Grill
- River Crab Blue Water Inn
- Saltgrass Steak House
- Steak ‘n Shake (Mondays and Tuesdays)
- Tea Room Cafe
- Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks
15% off at
- Denny’s: 15%
- sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt in-store and online
Shopping Discounts for Age 50 and Up
- Columbia: 15% off online purchases
- Fila: 10% off sportswear and tennis gear
- Petplan Pet Insurance: up to 10% off + up to $35 prepaid Visa card
- The UPS Store: 5% off shipping, 15% off other services
Travel and Transportation Discounts for Age 50 and Up
- Budget: one rental day free with rental of intermediate through full-size 4-door car for 3 consecutive days, including a Saturday night
- Budget: up to 20% off moving-truck rentals
- Zipcar: 43% off car share membership
Up to 10% off at
- Best Western
- Comfort Inn
- Comfort Suites
- Mainstay Suites
Up to 15% off at
- Aloft Hotels
- Element by Westin
- Le Meridien
- The Luxury Collection
AARP membership also gives you discount options for car insurance, dental coverage, vision care and eyewear, prescriptions, and many other must-haves.
Senior Discounts for Age 55+
So far, 50 is looking like a good age to start adding up savings. But when you turn 55, a few more deals are on the table.
Dining Discounts for Age 55 and Up
If you’re 55 or older, you can get a free drink with the purchase of a meal at participating KFC and Whataburger locations. You’re also eligible for discounts on coffee at McDonald’s. Here are some more dining discounts that kick in once you turn 55.
10% off at
- Dairy Queen (participating locations)
- Fuddruckers (any senior platter)
Up to 20% off at
- Jack in the Box
25% off at
- Uno Pizzeria & Grill (Wednesdays)
Shopping Discounts for Age 55 and Up
10% off at:
- Goodwill: one day a week (day varies by location)
- Michael’s craft stores
- Ross: on Tuesdays
15% off at:
- Belk’s: first Tuesday of every month
- Bon-Ton Department Stores: on senior discount days at participating locations
- Kohl’s: on Wednesdays
Up to 50% off at:
- Salvation Army Family Stores: one day a week (amount and day vary by location)
Travel Discounts for Age 55 and Up
10% off at:
- Best Western
- Myrtle Beach Resort
Selected trip discounts at:
- Carnival Cruise Lines: discounts on selected trips
- Royal Caribbean Cruises: discounts on selected trips
Grocery and Drugstore Discounts for Age 55 and Up
- Hy-Vee: 5% off every Wednesday for senior discount club members
- Fred Meyer: 10% off the first Tuesday of each month
Senior Discounts for Age 60+
By age 60, you’re probably doing some serious math to plan for your retirement. That means 60 is a good time to review your discretionary spending and find ways to spend less while still enjoying your day to day life. At this stage, many retailers won’t need to see your AARP membership to give you their senior discount, although some may request ID.
Dining Out Discounts for Ages 60 and Up
10% off at:
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Burger King
- Einstein’s Bagels
- Gatti’s Pizza
- Shoney’s: at participating locations
- Sonic: or free beverage, varies by location
- Subway: at participating locations
- Sweet Tomatoes: or senior meal deals at selected times/days
- Village Inn
- Waffle House: every Monday
Up to 15% off at:
- Applebee’s: with Golden Apple Card
Discounts vary by location at:
- Bob’s Big Boy
- CiCi’s Pizza
- Golden Corral
Shopping Discounts for Age 60 and Up
Most of the shopping deals for seniors start at age 55, but once you hit 60, you’re eligible for discount movie tickets from AMC Theaters and Regal Cinema.
Travel Discounts for Age 60 and Up
Up to 10% off
- Cambria Suites
- Clarion Hotels
- Econo Lodge
- Howard Johnson
- Knights Inn
- Motel 6
- Rodeway Inn
- Sleep Inn
Various discounts at:
- Days Inn
Grocery and Drugstore Discounts for Age 60 and Up
5% off at:
- Bi-Lo: every Wednesday with Senior Bonus Card
- Harris Teeter: every Tuesday with VIC card
- Kroger: on Wednesdays at participating locations
- Morton Williams Supermarket: every Tuesday
Up to 10% off at:
- Compare Foods Supermarket: on selected days
- Shop-Rite: on selected days
Senior Discounts for Age 65+
Once you reach 65, you’re at retirement age—in theory. In practice, you may not want to retire, and you may prefer to keep working to save more. Either way, keeping an eye out for discounts—and remembering to ask about them if they’re not offered—can help you maintain your lifestyle or set aside a bit extra in savings.
Dining Discounts for Age 65 and Up
- Boston Market: discount varies by location
- Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages
- White Castle: 10% off
Shopping Discounts for Age 65 and Up
- Banana Republic: 10% off
- Belk: Up to 20% off with Belk charge card
- Carmike Cinemas: 35% off adult admission
- Cinemark Theaters: discounts vary by location
- Dress Barn: 10% off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at participating locations
- Great Clips: discounts vary by location
- Rite Aid: discounts with wellness65+ rewards program
Travel Discounts for Age 65 and Up
- Amtrak: 15% off selected trips
- American Airlines: various discounts, call to book
- Greyhound: 5% discount
- Holiday Inn Express: discounts vary by location
- InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels
- La Quinta: discounts vary by location
- Marriott: 15% off
- Southwest Airlines: various discounts, call to book
- United Airlines: various discounts, call to book
Many local public transportation systems offer discounts or even free rides to people above a certain age. In most cases, the transit authority will want you to visit their office to show your ID or Medicare card and get a senior transit pass made with your photo on it. If you hardly ever use the buses or trains in your area, this may not be worth the steps involved, but if you rely on public transit it can save you a substantial amount of money over a few months or a year.
When you’re visiting museums, zoos, and botanical gardens, remember to ask about senior admission rates. Better yet, ask about free days, especially at museums. Many big-city museums have one day a month when admission is free to everyone – that’s just about the best discount you can get.
Also, when we say you should ask about senior discounts, we mean ask whenever you can. There are some unexpected savings out there if you care to find them. For example,
- Your utility provider may offer a senior discount to help with the cost of electricity, gas, and water.
- Your county tax office can let you know whether you’re eligible for property tax relief to reduce the amount you owe each year on your home.
- Talk to your auto insurer to see if they have reduced rates for safe older drivers, especially if you’re retired and no longer commuting to work.
- Your local animal shelter may offer you a discounted or free adoption for your next dog, cat, or rabbit. Many shelters run Seniors-for-Seniors programs that match older adults with older adoptable pets that are calmer and easier to care for than puppies and kittens.
- Many FFA chapters, animal shelters, and retailers offer low-cost vaccination clinics so you can keep your pets current on shots.
- Finally, you may be able to earn a college degree tuition-free or just take college classes for fun. Frugal-living site The Penny Hoarder has put together a list of free college programs for seniors in every US state.
Senior discounts in your city
If you want local senior deals, we’ve found a lot of them for you. Find your hometown, your parents’ city, or cities you’ll be traveling to and see how you can save. As always, it’s a good idea to double-check with the shop or restaurant to make sure the discount is still valid – and it never hurts to ask local shops, either.
- Senior Discounts in Atlanta
- Senior Discounts in Charlotte
- Senior Discounts in Dallas
- Senior Discounts in Denver
- Senior Discounts in Detroit
- Senior Discounts in Los Angeles
- Senior Discounts in Minneapolis
- Senior Discounts in New York
- Senior Discounts in Phoenix
- Senior Discounts in Portland
- Senior Discounts in San Diego
- Senior Discounts in San Francisco
As you can see, there are a lot of discount options out there once you reach age 50 and beyond. As the retail and grocery businesses have to work harder in the years to come to compete with digital sellers like Amazon, you can probably expect more brick-and-mortar shops and local merchants to cater to seniors with discounts. And remember, it’s always perfectly OK to ask.