You’re not just getting older, you’re getting better. And the world wants to reward your six decades of experience by offering deals aplenty.
Traditionally, turning 62 has been a signal that it’s time to begin to slow down. But baby boomers are overturning that notion. And these deals reward those on the move.
The discounts on this list are geared toward travel. So, anyone who has had a 62nd birthday and still has plenty of wanderlust will find savings of up to 50 percent off.
Best of all, these offers are available to anyone who has reached that magic age. You don’t have to join AARP to take advantage.
Following are seven great offers that kick in when you turn 62.
Whether you travel for work or fun, turning 62 will earn you a price break on Amtrak. You can score a 15 percent discount on the lowest available fare on most of this carrier’s trains.
If you plan to travel into Canada, you can score a 10 percent discount on cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada. This discount actually applies to riders age 60 and older.
Some limitations apply to these discounts, so be sure to check Amtrak’s website before planning your next trip.
If you prefer to travel by road rather than rail, Greyhound has a deal for you. Passengers who are 62 or older can net a small discount — 5 percent — on fares.
The senior discount is not available on Greyhound Canada routes, and other restrictions apply. So be sure to check Greyhound’s website.
3. National Park Service
Many people dream of traveling the country in retirement, and the National Park Service helps turn such fantasies into reality by offering $80 lifetime passes for citizens and permanent residents who have turned 62.
The price of this lifetime senior pass jumped from $10 to $80 in August due to federal legislation that mandated the first price increase for the pass since 1994. If you missed your chance to snag one at the $10 price, know that the lifetime senior pass is still a deal even at $80. People under age 62 pay $80 just for an annual pass.
The pass also qualifies you for a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees associated with park facilities. This discount may apply to the following fees:
- Boat launch
- Specialized interpretive services
If $80 is too steep for you, you can buy an annual senior pass for $20. Or just wait until the next time the Park Service waives admission fees for everyone, which happens several times a year.
You can buy national park passes in person at federal recreation sites, via mail or online. Please keep in mind that there is an additional $10 processing fee if you buy the pass by mail or online.
Travelers who are 62 or older save at least 15 percent when booking a room at more than 4,000 Marriott-brand hotels across the globe. That includes:
- Marriott Hotels & Resorts
- JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
- Renaissance Hotels & Resorts
- EDITION (a boutique hotel in London)
- Autograph Collection
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
- TownePlace Suites by Marriott
- Springhill Suites by Marriott
- Marriott Vacation Club International
There is no limit on the number of nights per stay with this discount, but there are other terms and conditions to note on Marriott’s website.
Do you prefer Hyatt hotels? Luckily for you, Hyatt offers a senior discount — and it’s a big one. You can save up to 50 percent on your room at participating hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada. As with all items on this list, 62 is the magic age at which you qualify for the price break.
6. Holiday Inn
Participating Holiday Inn hotels in the U.S. and Canada also offer a senior discount to travelers age 62 and older. However, the chain does not specify the size of the price break on its website. Call your preferred location for details, or use the search feature on the senior discount webpage — you can select the “Senior Discount” option in the “Rate Preference” field.
7. Crowne Plaza
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is the fourth hotel chain on our list to offer a senior discount to anyone who has turned the big 6-2. Like Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza does not specify the size of the price break on its website. But you can select the “Senior Discount” option in the “Rate Preference” field when searching for a hotel on Crowne Plaza’s site.
For more senior-friendly lodging options, check out “10 Hotel Chains That Offer Discounted Rates to Retirees.” Several of those price breaks are available to people as young as 55.
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