Read more about how to Get Senior Discounts on Airlines
While senior airfare discounts are not as common as they used to be, some airlines still offer passengers of a certain age travel deals. Some airlines offer senior discount booklets that are sold comprising one-way tickets, while others offer a fixed percentage off the fare.
Here’s what airlines currently offer elderly passengers as incentives to fly:
Some airlines don’t offer discounts on flights but have partnership agreements offering senior discounts on hotels, rental cars, and attractions and events. Organizations like AARP have an active discount travel program that covers car rentals, hotels, tours, and cruises, so check them out before booking.
Many of the airlines’ regular discount fares are cheaper than 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.
- 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.
- 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.
One last thing to remember: While senior fares may sometimes cost more than the airline’s online-only specials, the cost is rarely more than a few dollars and there are advantages. Senior fares may not be as restrictive as other fares, can be used for last-minute travel deals and are refundable if you have to cancel your flight. If you are flexible about when you fly or you have missed out on the internet special fares, senior fares may be your best option.