The 53 Best Senior Discounts to Use in 2021

From cheaper food to savings on travel, all kinds of senior citizen discounts are available to folks who are 50 or older.
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Senior discounts are one of the few truly great perks that come with growing older. You can even start collecting senior discounts at age 50 from some stores, so you could save big long before you even qualify for retirement benefits!

To help you keep track of all the deals on entertainment, dining, travel, and more, we've compiled four handy senior citizen discount lists. Plus, we share some fascinating senior trends from a recent survey we conducted.

Be aware that for many businesses, the senior citizen discount varies by location; brands may let individual franchisees decide whether to provide senior perks. As a result, one of your local restaurants might give you a higher percentage off than the same chain would across town.

Senior discounts can vary by location, so check with your local store before heading out to eat or shop.

Before heading out on a shopping spree, check with your local store about the discounts for seniors on offer. (This can be a helpful strategy when it comes to birthday freebies and military discounts, too.)

Senior savings have been around for decades, but it seems like retailers are slowly phasing them out. In some cases — such as the Publix grocery chain — stores are allegedly changing tactics to provide better savings all around. However, other retailers — like Gap and some of its brands — have simply dropped their senior discounts altogether.

One industry where senior discounts still thrive is travel. Many major airlines, hotel chains, cruise lines, and rental car companies offer senior discounts of up to 30% off, which can make vacationing much more affordable. Still, these deals aren't always obvious: you may have to hunt for senior rates on business websites or simply call and ask directly.

The Best Senior Discounts in 2021

Store Discount Eligibility
AMC Theatres Discounted tickets;
Present proof of age when purchasing or picking up your tickets
60+
Cinemark Discounted tickets for Senior Day;
Check your local theater for details
62+
National Parks Discounted $20 annual park pass or $80 lifetime park pass, plus pass holders get up to 50% off select amenities costs;
Must provide proof of age and residency or citizenship. A $10 fee applies to passes bought online or by mail
62+
Regal Up to 20% off, plus additional discounts may be available at your local theater;
Present AARP card and check with your local theater for additional discounts
50+, 60+
Showcase Cinemas Discounted $7.75 tickets for all films (including 3D, MX4D, and IMAX) on Wednesdays, plus $5.50 popcorn and drink 60+
Store Discount Eligibility
Bonefish Grill 10% off;
Present AARP card with check
50+
Bruster's 25 cents off;
Present Kid at Heart card at checkout. Check your local restaurant for details
60+
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Carrabba's Italian Grill 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Carrows Restaurants Discounted items;
Order off the seniors menu
55+
Chart House 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Corky's Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery Discounted seniors menu and Senior Frequent Diner Card (buy nine meals, get one free);
Ask your local restaurant for details
55+
Denny's 15% off and discounted seniors menu;
Present AARP card or order off the seniors menu
50+, 55+
El Pollo Loco 10% off (up to $1);
Present proof of age at checkout
60+
IHOP Discounted seniors menu;
Order off the seniors menu
55+
Landry's Restaurants 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Luby's Senior Luann Special for $7.99 from 3 pm to close, and potentially other discounts at select locations;
Order Senior Luann Special
55+
McCormick & Schmick's 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Outback Steakhouse 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Rainforest Cafe 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Saltgrass Steak House 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
The Oceanaire Seafood Room 10% off;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
The Old Spaghetti Factory Discounted 3-course meal;
Order off the seniors menu
Check with local restaurant
Store Discount Eligibility
American Airlines Discounted fares;
Select senior fare when booking online (by selecting passenger age) or by phone
65+
Amtrak 10% off most fares;
Present proof of age when booking
65+
Avis Up to 30% off rentals;
Book online, or call and ask for the AARP rate
50+
Best Western Up to 15% off;
Select AARP/Senior rate when booking online or by phone, and present AARP card at check-in
50+
British Airways Up to $200 off flights;
Book online through British Airways' AARP page
50+
Budget Up to 30% off rentals;
Book online through Budget's AARP page, or call and ask for the AARP rate
50+
Carnival Cruise Line Discounted select cruises;
Contact Carnival for senior prices
55+
Choice Hotels Up to 10% off;
Select Senior/AARP rate when booking online or by phone, and present proof of age at check-in
50+, 60+
Delta Discounted senior fares on select flights;
Call Delta directly to book
65+
Hertz Up to 20% off rentals;
Book online through Hertz's senior page, or call and ask for the senior rate
50+
Hilton Hotels & Resorts 2% off or more;
Book online through Hilton's AARP page or book by phone and ask for the AARP rate, and present your AARP card at check-in
50+
IHG Hotels & Resorts Discounted room rate;
Select senior rate when booking online or by phone, and present proof of age at check-in
62+
Marriott Discounted room rate;
Select senior rate when booking online or by phone, and present proof of age at check-in
62+
Motel 6 8% off;
Select senior rate when booking online or by phone, and present proof of age at check-in
60+
Red Roof 10% off;
Select senior rate when booking online or by phone, and present proof of age at check-in
59+
Royal Caribbean Discounted senior prices on select cruises;
Contact Royal Caribbean for discounted sailings
55+
United Airlines Discounted senior fares;
Select senior fare when booking online (by selecting passenger age) or by phone
65+
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Discounted rates at age 50+ for AARP members and 60+ for anyone;
Select Senior/AARP rate when booking online or by phone, and present proof of age at check-in
50+, 60+
Zipcar Discounted $40 annual membership for AARP members;
Join through Zipcar's AARP page
50+
Store Discount Eligibility
AT&T 10% off select plans and 15% off select accessories for AARP members, plus a discounted $29.99 Senior Nation plan for anyone 65+ 50+, 65+
Fred Meyer 10% off select items, primarily store brands on the first Tuesday of the month;
Present proof of age at checkout
55+
Harris Teeter 5% off on Thursdays;
Sign up for the VIC program and present your VIC card at checkout
60+
Joann Fabric 20% off on Senior Discount Days;
Watch Joann's website or Facebook page for the next Senior Discount Day
55+
Kohl's 15% off every Wednesday;
Present proof of age at checkout
60+
LensCrafters Discounted lenses, frames, contacts, and eye exams;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Rite Aid 20% off on the first Wednesday of the month for Wellness65+ members;
Sign up for a Wellness+ card and the Wellness65+ program, and present card at checkout
65+
T-Mobile Discounted Unlimited 55+ plans: starting at $55 for two lines;
Sign up for Unlimited 55+ plans online, by phone, or in-store
55+
The UPS Store 5% off shipping and 15% off other products and services;
Present AARP card at checkout
50+
Verizon Wireless Discounted 55+ Unlimited Plan: $60 for one line, $80 for two lines;
Subscribe to the 55+ Unlimited Plan online, by phone, or in-store. Existing Verizon customers need to subscribe by phone or in-store
55+
Walgreens 20% off on the first Tuesday of the month if you're a myWalgreens member. AARP members can get discounts starting at age 50;
Sign up for myWalgreens and present card at checkout
50+, 55+

Like any other age group, senior citizens have their own shopping habits. We've highlighted some of the most fascinating senior statistics we uncovered when we conducted a recent survey of more than 1,100 U.S. adults. (To learn more about the survey results, check out our articles on consumer buying behavior and shopping habits.)

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Seniors Are More Likely to Shop Online

Seniors are sometimes seen as a less tech-savvy generation, and while that might be true to some extent, it's not the case for all of those folks. For instance, we found that 58% of our survey respondents over 60 are more likely to shop online, compared to about 42% who say they're more likely to shop in-store.

42% of our senior survey respondents said they're more likely to shop in-store, compared to 58% for online.

Additionally, we learned that out of the major online storefronts, seniors overwhelmingly prefer to shop at Amazon, with 94% of those respondents saying they shop there. For reference, the other retailers we asked about in our survey included Walmart, eBay, Apple, Home Depot, Wayfair, Best Buy, Target, and Costco.

Interestingly, although more seniors may shop at Amazon than other stores online, they're also the age group that's least likely to have a Prime membership. In fact, only 65% of respondents over 60 affirmed that they were Prime members, compared to as much as 79% in other age groups.

They Don't Wait for Shopping Holidays

Many consumers are used to waiting for holidays like Black Friday to roll around before making purchases, but a lot of senior citizens don't seem to practice that. In fact, 89% of our senior survey respondents said they mostly shop whenever they need something beyond their day-to-day necessities; only 56% of respondents in the 18-29 age group said the same. That may prove especially useful in 2021, as 62% of seniors stated that they plan to avoid stores that look crowded now.

Most Don't Get Groceries Delivered

During 2020, plenty of consumers jumped on the grocery delivery bandwagon. However, not everyone was so keen. When we conducted our survey, we found that 71% of senior respondents hadn't had groceries delivered.

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This could be due to a few factors. For one, seniors are often on a fixed income and might not want to spend already limited funds on higher-priced groceries. Also, many discounts must be redeemed in person — especially those related to groceries; this could be another reason why seniors have opted out of delivery.

Speaking of delivery, the 60-plus crowd isn't totally opposed to it. We found that 55% of the seniors that responded to our survey have ordered food or restaurant delivery in the last year. Unfortunately, this is a bad way to receive senior discounts, as those are often available for dine-in or pickup orders only.

They're More Likely to Be Prepared

2020 had many of us questioning the future and how we can be prepared for uncertain situations like global pandemics. Out of all the age groups that responded to our survey, seniors are the ones most likely to keep a 1-month supply of personal protective equipment and emergency goods on hand at all times. Additionally, they're the group that's most likely to have an emergency fund — but also the least likely to plan to increase it.

Readers, what are your favorite stores for senior discounts? Did we leave a retailer off our list? Let us know in the comments!


DealNews Contributing Writer

Originally working in IT, Elizabeth now writes on tech, gaming, and general consumer issues. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Time, AOL, PriceGrabber, and more. She has been one of DealNews' most regular contributors since 2013, researching everything from vacuums to renters insurance to help consumers.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).

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