4 Airlines That Still Offer Discounts to Seniors

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Airlines are constantly changing their ticket prices, fees and flight schedules. For instance, Southwest announced recently that it no longer offers senior fares.

To score a sale or promotion on your next Southwest trip, the airline encourages you to sign up for Southwest Click ‘N Save emails.

Of course, it’s not the same as getting exclusive pricing. For that, you’ll have to turn to other major airlines. There are still a select few offering discounted tickets for travelers over a certain age.

Whether you’re retired or simply enjoying an empty nest, these are prime traveling years. Take advantage of your newfound free time with discounted airfare — not to mention discounted hotel room rates.

The following is a list of airlines with special senior savings you can get by booking online, over the phone or both.

1. American Airlines

American Airlines’ policy for senior discounts remains the same, a company spokesperson confirms with Money Talks News. The airline offers discounted tickets on select international flights for passengers over the age of 65.

To view such fares, the airline advises using the advanced search feature on its website.

Visit the AA.com home page and click on the words “Advanced/Multi-city search” just below the blue “Search” button.

On the next page, fill in your flight preferences and then look for the drop-down menus in the “Passengers” section. From there, select the “Senior (65+)” passenger age option to indicate the number of passengers who are eligible for any senior discounts that may apply to your itinerary.

2. British Airways

Turning 50 years old comes with a few perks, including eligibility to join AARP. Currently, AARP members can save up to $200 on trans-Atlantic flights with British Airways.

This discount applies to round-trip flights from select U.S. gateways to the United Kingdom and beyond that are booked by April 30, 2020.

According to British Airways’ terms and conditions for this offer, “All discounted fares will be highlighted with word ‘Discount.'”

The discount is available to both AARP members and those traveling with an AARP member, according to the terms. However, flights must be booked through the AARP website to be eligible and only an AARP member who is a registered user of AARP.org can do that.

3. Delta Air Lines

Delta may offer seniors’ discounts in certain markets, according to the airline’s website. However, they are not available on Delta.com.

To find out if you’re eligible for a senior discount for your next trip, contact the airline directly.

The phone number for the general sales and service department is 800-221-1212, which you can call 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

4. United Airlines

This airline offers senior fares for selected destinations to customers age 65 and older, according to United’s website.

Ask for more details about these rates when making a reservation. Or, if you book through United.com, select the number of “Seniors (65+)” under the “Travelers” drop-down menu to indicate how many people are eligible for any available senior discounts.

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