Travelers 62+ pay less than half what younger passengers pay to join the America West Club and enjoy the carrier’s private airport lounges. The Club number is 800-406-6501.
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American Airlines Senior Fares
Passengers 65+ may find 10% American Airlines senior discounts on some published fares, depending on the market. Tickets must be booked on the telephone, must be 14 days in advance and include a Saturday night stayover. Always ask if they are available where you are going.
Call the Promotions Department at 800-237-7981.
Fares lower than American Airlines discounted senior rates may sometimes be found on the website: www.aa.com American and American Eagle no longer offer Senior TrAAveler coupon booklets for passengers 62+. The AActiveAmerican Traveler Club for fliers 62+ has also been closed.
Baltia Air Lines
A new U.S. carrier, set to begin non-stop service from New York’s JFK to St. Petersburg, Russia, has not yet launched. Boeing 747 aircraft is configured for three classes: First, Business and Voyager. Senior discounts will be offered. See the website for details, including the Maiden Flight, as they are announced: www.baltia.com
British Airways AARP Flight Discounts
British Airways doesn’t offer senior discounts directly, but regularly offers discounts to AARP members. You or your travel partner must be a member of AARP to take advantage of these offers. Bookings must be made using the AARP link on the British Airways link below.
You can currently save on round-trip transatlantic flights until January 19, 2019.
- $65* off for travel in economy
- $200* off for travel in business
You can find out more by reading their AARP member benefits page.
Canadian Airlines – Has been absorbed by Air Canada. 888-247-2262.
Continental Airlines – Merged with United Airlines
Delta Airlines Senior Discount
The Young At Heart program for fliers 62+ has been closed and the senior citizen discount coupon books have been discontinued.
Delta now provides senior discounts in certain international markets, but are not available online.
Round-trip flights to the following countries are discounted for senior citizens.
Call 800-221-1212 for Delta reservations. Visit their website, www.delta.com, for promotional fares. Ditto Delta Express. Call 800-325-5205 for Delta Express. Delta SkyWise Club, a membership program for passengers 62+, was phased out and closed for good in March 2001.
Where’s the good news? Well, on April 14, 2003, they launched a low-cost subsidiary, Song, to link NYC/JFK with West Palm Beach. Six new routes are being added through August: JFK-Orlando (May 10), Boston-West Palm Beach (May 17), Boston-Tampa (May 24), JFK-Atlanta (June 1), Ft. Lauderdale-Las Vegas (Aug. 25). Song’s lime-on-white all coach aircraft are set to compete with JetBlue’s routes and amenities.
One-way fares begin at $73 and go up to $299. The cheapest tickets start 14 days before travel, increasing at seven and three days, with the highest prices for walk-up purchases. No Saturday stayovers are required and one-way travel is OK. Check the Internet at www.flysong.com or call 800-359-7664. (Don’t expect to speak with a human.)
Delta Shuttle – Fliers 62+ no longer receive discounts on round-trip commutes between Boston and New York. The Flight Pack Coupons have also been discontinued. Tel: 800-221-1212; website:www.delta.com
Hawaiian Airlines Senior Discount
Hawaiian Airlines’ senior discounts are no longer specifically available based on age. However, you can still find Hawaiian Airline Fare Deals from numerous origins to multiple destinations on the islands.
A passenger 60+ may get varying discounts off select fares from the mainland to Hawaii based on availability, but not on inter-island routes. Example: in May the round-trip fare from San Diego to Honolulu on a Tues-Wed-Thurs departure, was $756; the senior fare $685. The senior discount also applies to South Pacific routes. Travelers flying between April-September should ask for the H Fares, for the best deal.
Hawaiian Airlines offers inter-island discount programs available to all travelers starting at $67 per seat. The Hawaiian Island Pass, for non-residents, has been discontinued. Call 800-367-5320 (from Honolulu 838-1555). Lower fares may be found on the website: www.hawaiianairlines.com
Serves 42 western destinations from Alberta to Arizona. Travelers 62+ and a companion of any age qualify for a 10 percent discount on most fares, sometimes even on seasonal sales or Internet fares. Occasionally offers even better senior deals. Call 800-547-9708 or visit www.horizonair.com
JetBlue Senior Discount
New York’s low-fare airline is rapidly adding aircraft and destinations. Currently it serves JFK in New York; Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach, FL; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Long Beach, Ontario and Oakland, CA; Burlington, VT; New Orleans, LA; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Washington, DC; Seattle, WA and San Juan, Puerto Rico.