Whether you plan to visit grandchildren who live out-of-state, or you’re traveling abroad, it’s not too late to take advantage of senior discounts this summer. The more you save on each trip, the more trips you can afford to take. Here are some ways to save money on travel once you’ve reached a certain age:
- Dine at restaurants that offer smaller portions or a senior menu.
- Plunk down $10 at a national park and you’ll get a lifetime of FREE admission to 2,000 recreational sites operated by the Federal Government including Yosemite National Park, Everglades National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Abraham Lincoln’s Home in Springfield, Illinois. The America The Beautiful Pass for people 62 and older can be purchased onsite for $10 or online for $20. (Members of the military of any age can get these passes FREE.)
- If you’re 62 or older, you may be eligible for 15% off Amtrak’s lowest fare and if you’re heading North to Canada look for 10% off some VIA Rail Canada fares. Buying a railroad pass before leaving for Europe can save money and if you’re 60 or older you can save even more money booking a senior pass online through Rail Europe.
- Online travel sites often offer the cheapest deals on airlines and hotel rooms, but it doesn’t hurt to ask for a senior discount if your flying on airlines that offer senior discounts such as Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines or Delta Airlines’ international flights or staying in hotel chains that offer senior discounts such as Marriott or Best Western.