The CDC is currently cautioning against travel, local and international, as well as outings to places such as amusement parks, theaters, and other areas with large crowds. Some venues have temporarily closed while others are operating with restrictions.
Eventually, travel restrictions will ease up and you’ll be free to head to exotic locations and trendy venues. You can start planning now with this list of the best senior travel and entertainment discounts for 2021.
Further discounts can be found through organizations like AARP and AMAC. Compare memberships of each to find what might suit you best.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts give seniors over 55 a 15 percent discount at participating locations. They also have veterans and AARP member discounts. If you stay at Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier, SureStay Collection, SureStay Hotel, SureStay Plus Hotel, VIB Hotel, or Glo Resorts and Hotel locations, you can save between 5 and 15 percent if you are an AARP member.
Choice Hotels, including Ascend Hotel Collection, Cambria Suites, Clarion Hotels, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inns, Econo Lodge, Quality Inns, MainStay Suites, Rodeway Inn, Sleep Inn, and Suburban Extended Stay Hotels give AARP members up to 10% off at participating hotels when you book online.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides AARP members a 10 percent discount at Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Home2 Suites, Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Tru, and Waldorf Astoria hotels. Participating hotels that are part of the Hilton Portfolio also offer a military family rate for veterans.
Extra Holidays gives 20 percent off resort stays at participating establishments in the U.S., including Hawaii and the Virgin Islands, Canada, Fiji, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Hampton Inn & Suites offers a 10 percent discount off the Best Available Rate for individuals over 65 when you book online. A valid I.D. is required at check-in.
Marriott Hotels, including Courtyard Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, EDITION, Sheraton, Marriott Vacation Club, Delta Hotels, Le MERIDIEN, Westin, Renaissance Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, Four Points, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Protea Hotels, A.C. Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Moxy Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, TownePlace Suites, element, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, Autograph Collection Hotels, Design Hotels, and Tribute Portfolio, have a senior discount for those over 62 when you book online.
Motel 6 has veterans and AARP member discounts. Both discounts are 10 percent. When booking online, select “Military” from the check-out page to get the discount. A valid AARP membership I.D. number is required at check in to qualify. AMAC members can receive a 10 percent discount with code CPYHDR7E.
Red Lion Hotels offer a 10 percent veteran and senior 55+ discount. Hotels in this chain include Hotel R.L., Red Lion Inn & Suites, Signature Inn, GuestHouse, Knights Inn, Americas Best Value Inn, and Canadas Best Value Inn.
Red Roof Inn has a 20 percent discount for AMAC members with code VP 602805.
Studio 6 Hotel provides a 10 percent discount for AARP members.
TripBeat, Endless Vacation, gives AARP members up to 25 percent off stays at more than 2,400 rental properties worldwide.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts gives AARP members a 10 percent discount at AmericInn, Baymont, Dazzler, Dolce, Esplendor Boutique Hotels, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, La Quinta, Microtel, Ramada, Super 8, Trademark Collection, Travelodge, TRYP, Wingate, Wyndham Garden, and Wyndham Grand hotels. Most of these hotels also have a senior discount for those over 60 and a veteran discount. AMAC members receive a 20 percent discount at most locations.
Avis gives AARP members up to 30 percent off base rates, a free upgrade, and an additional driver for no extra cost. Avis gives AMAC members an SUV rental for $25 per day or $209 per week at participating locations.
Budget Rent-A-Car provides a 30 percent discount for AARP members, an additional driver at no extra cost, and a free upgrade. Budget provides AMAC members a 25 percent discount on base rates with promo code (BCD) D633300.
Payless Car Rental offers AARP members a 5 percent discount on daily, weekly, weekend, and monthly base rates. You can also get a free upgrade.
Zipcar Car Sharing provides a 43 percent discount for AARP members on an annual membership and $40 in free driving credit.
Some airlines require a negative COVID-19 test before boarding. Some countries require a period of quarantine upon arrival. Contact the airline for more details when planning your trip.
British Airways gives AARP members $65 off economy and premium economy, or $200 off business class fares when you buy round-trip transatlantic tickets online to specific destinations.
Delta offers a senior discount in specific markets, but it is not available through Delta.com. You can call reservations to ask if the senior fare is available for your destination.
United Airlines offers senior fares to some destinations for those over 65.
Vacations By Rail gives AARP members a 5 percent discount on rail vacations around the world.
Amtrak has a 10 percent discount for those over 65 on most trains. Seniors over 60 can get a 10 percent discount on cross-border routes.
Greyhound has a veteran discount. You can save 10 percent on your ticket when you buy it at the station. If you have the Veterans Advantage card, you can use the discount when booking online.
Peter Pan has both a senior and veteran discount. Riders over 62 and retired military members can receive a 15 percent discount with a valid I.D.
Some cruise tours have been suspended. Others require a negative COVID-19 test before boarding and a period of quarantine upon arrival. Contact the cruise line for more information.
Carnival Cruises offers senior fares for those over 55 on select cruises.
Celebrity Cruises offers a military discount for veterans on select 4-night or longer trips with a valid I.D.
Royal Caribbean has reduced prices on select cruises for seniors over 55 and honorably discharged veterans.
America the Beautiful Senior Pass is good at national parks and federal recreational lands throughout the U.S. A lifetime pass is $80, and an annual pass is $20. You must be over 62 and provide proof of age and residency or citizenship. The pass may also give you a 50 percent discount on specific amenities.
Collette gives AARP members up to $100 off per person on seven-day or more extended tours.
Collette Spotlights provides a $50 discount for AARP members on single-city tours.
Explorations by Collette will give AARP members $50 to $100 off per person on guided tours.
Grand European Travel offers AARP members $100 off per person on hundreds of guided vacations and river cruises.
Senior Travel Discounts Summary
Although 2021 probably isn’t going to be a tremendous year for travel, it’s good to know that seniors can take advantage of travel discounts now and in the future!