If you've waited for your retirement to travel, you may have saved yourself a bundle. Many travel companies offer generous discounts to people who hit the road in their retirement years. Whether you're flying to see your grandchildren or just taking a pleasure trip, it's worth checking around to see what kind of deals you can get when you book your vacation.
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles
- Flight Deals: Deals on airline tickets for older adults are harder to come by than they were 10 years ago. As more people purchase their flight tickets online, prices become more unpredictable, and that makes it harder to know whether the discounted fare for older adults is really the least expensive. Try shopping around for the lowest fares without a discount first, then contact the airline (or check its website) to see if you can get a better deal.
- Train Deals: If you're not in a hurry, traveling by train is a great way to see more as you go from point A to point B. No stressful airports, no traffic jams you can just sit back, relax, and watch the countryside fly by your window. Even better, Amtrak offers a 15 percent discount on tickets to passengers age 62 and older.
- Car Deals: If you plan on driving to your destination, a rental vehicle is a way to try out a new set of wheels while saving your car the extra mileage. Most car rental companies offer discounts for membership in associations like AAA or AARP. Be sure to check with your rental company on any discounts that could be available to you.
Staying in Hotels
Like car rental companies, most hotels offer discounted rates for members of AAA and AARP. But even if you don't have a membership to one of these associations, you can still get a reduced rate on your hotel stay. Most hotel chains offer rates discounted 10 percent or more to their older guests. You just need to ask about discounts when you're booking your room. Some hotels even provide perks, like free room upgrades, free breakfast, early check-in, and late check-out.
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