The United States is one of the world’s great destinations, with hundreds of great places to visit. Luckily for those of us in the baby boomer generation, it’s possible to cut the flight costs by taking advantage of senior discounts. While senior airfare discounts are not as common as they used to be, many airlines still offer seniors travel deals. But is the intended audience aware of the offers and special discounts? Well, this article will do just that. We will look at the special prices offered by various airlines.
Southwest Airlines features an extensive program for those 65 and older. Senior fares are available to book online or via phone for both international and domestic destinations. There are some restrictions, including that the discount can’t be combined with any other fare deal. Travelers can go through Southwest’s “age verification” on the airline’s website to allow for early check-in and faster service through the airport. Anyone who has not been age-verified will need to show proof of age when arriving at the airport. For more information call 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792).
United offers senior fares to selected travel destinations for passengers who are 65 and older. Ask for more details on these great fares when you make your reservation or select the seniors (age 65 and older) category when you make your booking on united.com or contact United’s reservations department at 1-800-864-8331 to find out if a senior discount is applicable for a particular flight.
Delta Air Lines:
Delta offers senior discounts on certain itineraries, but they aren’t available online, so travelers should call 1-800-221-1212 to check eligibility. For international bookings call 1-800-241-4141.
American Airlines and its partner airline American Eagle offer senior discounts for those 65 and over. The discounts are limited to domestic flights and do not include all markets. To book, call 1-800-433-7300.
British Airways doesn’t offer a direct discount for seniors, but AARP members can save up to $200 when booking with the airline. The discount is limited to U.S. residents flying from the U.S. and can’t be combined with another deal. Log in to your AARP account online to book.
Remember that, sometimes, airlines discounted rates may be cheaper than their listed senior fares. If you’re not able to find a senior discount, there are still ways to find low-cost airfares:
- Sign up for airline and travel newsletters and deal notification alerts.
- Sometimes the best deal is not with the airline directly. Searching several travel booking sites can yield substantial deals that are far better than a senior fare.
- Be flexible with your dates. The savings can often be significant if you’re willing to depart on a Tuesday morning rather than a Friday evening, for example.
- Be aware of fees. Airlines nowadays are charging fees for everything, so think ahead by packing only a carry-on, dodging change fees and bringing your own snacks on-board.