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One of the many perks about being retired is the ability to travel and see the world. But, you don't have to break the bank doing it.

Our travel page will help you find discounts on airfare, hotels, cruises and other enjoyable travel destinations. Bon Voyage.

 

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How and Where to Get Travel Discounts

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Travel Doesn't Have to Be Expensive

Travel Discounts | Passport Application | Airfare | Cruises | Hotel | Car Rental | National Parks

 

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One of the great perks about being retired is having the time to travel.

The years of long weekends and two week vacations are over.

At last you have the chance to hit the open road, friendly skies, or rolling ocean waves. You can hit the beach, or head to the mountains.

Or you can just relax somewhere without worrying about a desk full of work on your return.

You can also take advantage of spur of the moment deals that pop up from time to time.

On our Baby Boomer Helper Travel Page you will find links to all sorts of discounts and important travel information to save you money and make any getaway a fun trip.

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How And Where to Get Travel Discounts

Here are some tips on how to get senior discounts

 

How to get Senior DiscountsIn spite of what TV and other advertising mediums might tell you the 18-49 age group is not the only attractive group to advertisers.

Hotels, motels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation destinations want that Baby Boomer business.

And, they don't mind giving up some discounts to get it.

Here are some tips on how to get discounts at various places:

 

Ask for a Senior Discount:

Many places offer discounts but don't always tell you they do. When making reservations always ask upfront what senior citizen discounts might be available.

 

Sign Up For Travel Deal Notices:

Yes, I hate email too but I also hate wasting money. Often last minute trips become available so why not take advantage of them if you can?

Check out Orbitz.com and Travelzoo.com or visit their web sites for bargain pricing.

 

Make Some Calls:

Sometimes deals are only available on travel web sites. Other times they might be emailed to you or you might need to have your travel agent do some investigation. Usually there is some kind of discount available.

 

Sometimes Your Age Matters:

Some discounts are available at age 50. Others might kick in at 60, 62, 65 or 70 and over. Each time you turn over one of these milestones ask if your recent age qualifies.

 

Always Ask For Discounts Upfront:

While computers might make our lives easier in some ways they can prevent you from getting a discount. For example, when you make a reservation, eat in a resturant, your discount might not be available if you don't ask upfront.

Some franchises may not be able to cancel a room or meal and start over due to the possiblity of employee theft. If a manager or supervisor is not available to override the transaction you might be stuck for full price.

 

Your Age Covers Everyone:

If the person making the reservation for several people is of a qualifing age then everyone flies or travels at the discount rate regardless of their ages.

 

Protect Your Senior Discount With A Credit Card:

Most credit card companies allow customers 30 days to dispute or reject an expense on the card. If you find when your credit card statement arrives and their is not discount applied contact your credit card company and let them know that you are disputing the bill.

 

Be Able to Prove Your Age If Asked:

I'm not talking about getting carded in a bar. If you are an AARP member make sure you carry your card with you if you have to prove membership to get a discount through them.

Usually a driver's license or passport will be enough to do the trick for most discounts based on age.

 

The Senior Discount Might Not Be The Best Discount

While you should get all the info about senior discounts there might be other discounts to any age group that might be better.

 

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You Are Going To Need A Passport

You will need a passport to travel to most destinations outside the US

 

PassportMost places in the world are going to require either a passport or some other legal travel document to enter the country.

Only about one third of Americans have a passport but numbers are increasing as more Baby Boomers are retiring each year and are traveling more.

With the current state of world affairs, overseas travel requires you to jump through a lot of hoops not only to leave the US but to enter other countries.

Prepare well in advance before the purchase of an unrefundable airline packages or other travel deal to be sure you have all the documentation you need to make the trip.

Below are some links to answer some of your passport travel questions.

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Senior Discounts on Airfare

Here is information on some of the many air fare discounts seniors travelers qualify for.

 

Senior Discounts on Airfare

 

Any time you fly there is almost a 100 percent chance that the person sitting next to you did not pay the same price you did for their seat.

While some airlines are charging for bags and peanuts that's doesn't mean the deals aren't out there. Here are some sites to get the best airfares around.

 

Find Low Airfares at: Cheap Flights

Set up a fare watch allert at Airfarewatchdog

Guidelines for Southwest Airline Senior Fares and Discounts

Make an Airfare Budget

 

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Senior Discounts on Cruises

Here is information on some of the many cruise ship discounts seniors travelers qualify for

 

Senior Travel Discounts on Cruises

 

In spite of some of the negative publicity lately I would still sign up for a cruise. Stuff happens but for the most part thousands of passengers have very enjoyable getaways on cruise ships.

Do your homework. Check deals. Ask friends who have taken cruises for the good, bad and ugly about ocean travel.

Here are some sites that will get you started on your own sea cruise.

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Senior Discounts on Hotels and Motels

Here is information on some of the many hotel and motel discounts seniors travelers qualify for

 

Senior Discounts on Hotels

 

I've stayed in great hotels and lousy hotels. How do you know where the bargains are and where to safely stay for less?

Here are a few sites and tips to help you find a clean, comforable room at a reasonable price.

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Senior Discounts on Car Rental

Here is information on some of the many car rental discounts seniors travelers qualify for

 

Senior Discounts on Car Rentals

 

You might not be able to rent the pictured car for much of a discount but you can ride around in style if you know where to look.

Here are some sites to acquaint you with the car rental vacation challenge.

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See Our National Parks for Less

Senior Discounts for travel to US National and State Parks

 

Senior discounts at national parks

 

Get a Senior Lifetime Pass to over 2,000 State and National Parks

  • $10 Lifetime pass

  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail is twenty dollars ($20). Ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
  • (http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html)

  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.

  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Senior Pass

 

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