A Complete Guide to Senior Discounts

By Emily Lugg, Cheapism.com

Aging doesn't always have its perks, but we've compiled a list of discounts that might add some pizzazz to the fact of getting older. Starting at age 50, seniors can cash in on numerous price cuts just for being born on or before the date, month, and year that qualify for the bargain. To collect on most discounts, just flash an ID (be assertive and request the special deal), although a few require membership in AARP. Note that discounts are not always available at some chain locations. The comparison tables below showcase discounts allotted to seniors in a variety of product and service categories.

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Restaurant Discounts for Seniors
Age Restaurant Discount
50+ Krispy Kreme 10 percent

Steak 'n Shake 10 percent on Monday & Tuesday
55+ Arby's 10 percent

Chick-Fil-A 10 percent or free small drink or coffee

Chili's 10 percent

Fuddrucker's 10 percent on any senior platter

IHOP 10 percent

Denny's 15 percent off your entire check (all day)

TCBY 10 percent

Wendy's 10 percent
60+ Burger King 10 percent

CiCi's Pizza 10 percent

Einstein's Bagels 10 percent on baker's dozen (bagels)

Golden Corral 10 percent

Mrs. Fields 10 percent (select locations)

Sonic 10 percent or free beverage

Subway 10 percent

Waffle House 10 percent on Monday
62+ White Castle 10 percent
65+ Boston Market 10 percent

Taco Bell 5 percent and free beverage

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Apparel & Other Retail Discounts for Seniors

Age Retailer Discount
50+ Banana Republic 10 percent

CJ Banks 10 percent on Wednesday

Rite Aid 10 percent on Tuesday; 10 percent on prescriptions
55+ Belk's 15 percent on first Tuesday of month

Dress Barn 20 percent

Goodwill 10 percent one day/week (day varies by location)
60+ Kohl's 15 percent on Wednesday
65+ Hallmark 10 percent one day/week (day varies by location)

Grocery Discounts for Seniors
Age Store Discount
50+ American Discount Stores 10 percent on Monday
55+ Albertson's 10 percent on first Wednesday of month

Publix 15 percent on Wednesday
60+ Food Lion 6 percent on Monday

Harris Teeter 5 percent on Tuesday

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Travel Discounts for Seniors
Age Company Discount
50+ Dollar Rent-A-Car 10 percent

Alamo Car Rental Up to 25 percent (AARP members)

Avis Up to 25 percent (AARP members)

Budget Rental Cars 40 percent; up to 50 percent (AARP members)

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 5 percent (AARP members)

Hertz Up to 25 percent (AARP members)

National Rent-A-Car Up to 30 percent (AARP members)
55+ Best Western 40 percent

Myrtle Beach Resort 30 percent

Waldorf Astoria, NYC $5,000 off nightly rate on Presidential Suite
60+ Cambria Suites 20-30 percent

Comfort Inn 20-30 percent

Comfort Suites 20-30 percent

Econo Lodge 40 percent

Motel 6 Free Sunday nights

Rodeway Inn 20-30 percent

Sleep Inn 40 percent
62+ American Airlines Some 50 percent discounts during non-peak periods, Tuesday-Thursday (call before booking)

Holiday Inn 20-40 percent, depending on location

Hyatt Hotels 25-50 percent
65+ Amtrak 15 percent

Greyhound 15 percent

InterContinental Hotels Group Various discounts

Southwest Airlines Various discounts; refundable tickets (call before booking)

Trailways Transportation System Various discounts

United Airlines Various discounts (call before booking)

US Airways Various discounts (call before booking)

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Entertainment Discounts for Seniors
Age Company Discount
50+ Busch Gardens Tampa, FL $13 off one-day ticket

SeaWorld Orlando, FL $3 off one-day ticket

Regal Theaters $3 off popcorn/soft drink combo (AARP members)
55+ AMC Theaters 30 percent

Regal Theaters up to 30 percent off tickets
62+ Bally Total Fitness $100 off membership

U.S. National Parks $10 lifetime pass; 50 percent off additional services, including camping
65+ Carmike Cinemas 35 percent
Cell Phone Discounts for Seniors
Age Provider Discount
50+ Jitterbug $10/month cell phone service

Consumer Cellular 5 percent/month cell phone service; 30 percent/select accessories (AARP members)
65+ AT&T Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month

Verizon Wireless Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month

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