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A Good Side of 65: There Are All Kinds of Benefits Senior Citizens Should Opt Into

Growing older provides an array of gifts such as wisdom, experience and expertise. A lifetime of memories, careers and adventures have earned you respect among your community and family, but there are other benefits that come along with age. Perks such as discounted dinners and Medicare are expected, but did you know special deals on travel and higher education are also available to you?

Reap the rewards of your golden years after reviewing our list.

Travel

Wanderlust isn’t just reserved for the young. It’s also open to the young at heart — and sometimes with sweet savings. As you enter retirement, traveling and vacationing become more accessible because you have more free time. Planes, trains and even automobiles are just a few of the modes of transportation you can get discounted as a senior. In fact, your destination may also offer discounts for you to take advantage of.

  • American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer varying discounts for travelers 65 and above.
  • Alaska Airlines offers 10% off your flight if you’re 62 or older.
  • Amtrak features a 15% discount for travelers 62 and above.
  • Marriott features discounts ranging from 15% or more at most of their hotels for guests 62 or older.
  • Seniors can receive a lifetime pass to national parks for $80 or an annual pass for $20.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz offers 10% discounts on standard rates and free upgrades for AARP members who are 50 and above.

Dining

From the classic early bird specials to AARP discounts, a variety of dining deals are available for seniors. Chances are, your go-to restaurant offers some form of a deal, but many popular establishments and local eateries include discounts, free beverages and special menus. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian food or looking for a quaint new date spot, these discounts are sure to keep you and your wallet full.

  • Select restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Saltgrass Steak House and Outback Steakhouse feature discounted rates for AARP members.
  • Chick-fil-A and McDonalds offer seniors a free refillable small drink or coffee or a 10% discount.
  • Bob Evans and IHOP feature a special discount menu for customers 55 or older.
  • Sweet Tomatoes offers senior meal deals Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.

Finances and Healthcare

Although you’re retired, finances and income can still be in the forefront of your mind. Seniors receive a magnitude of financial perks including tax reductions and medical coverage.  Whether transitioning to part-time work or living off your retirement savings, be sure to review the many ways your wallet and bank account can benefit from your golden years.

  • At 65, seniors can sign up for Medicare instead of working for companies that provide health insurance.
  • There are numerous tax deductions available for seniors and retirees.
  • People 65 and older are not required to file for taxes if they have a gross income of less than $11,850.
  • Seniors and retirees can withdraw from their IRAs without paying any penalties.

Entertainment and Education

The rewards of aging extend far beyond financial benefits and travel discounts. Along with age comes time and experience, perfect for volunteering and part-time work. There are plenty of services available to help you find work or volunteer opportunities best suited for your lifestyle. Seniors can also continue learning with free college tuition in select states, enjoy discounts on grocery shopping or receive a lesser rate for entertainment and adventures.

  • AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas provide a 30% discount for those 55 and above. Discounts can increase on select days and times.
  • SilverSneakers offers free gym membership for seniors who qualify.
  • Select private and public universities will drastically discount tuition or provide free tuition for senior citizens who desire to learn.
  • Publix and Piggly Wiggly offer discounted rates — from 5% to 10% — for seniors, but it varies by store and location.
  • Tanger Outlets provide seniors with an exclusive coupon book

There are plenty benefits out there depending on where you live and your age. Do not be afraid to ask if a restaurant, retail store or any other service offers a senior discount. The worst they can say is “no.” If your company offers a discount for seniors, please let us know and we can add it to our list.

Sources: U.S. News & World Report, Now It Counts, The Senior List and Brad’s Deals

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