Travel for Seniors

Travel for Senior Citizens and Baby Boomers

There are numerous travel programs available to seniors and baby boomers today. Deals are available for senior couples, single senior travelers and senior groups. Travel to Go is proud to offer the following information about a few of the services we recommend for seniors interested in travel.
The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass for Seniors

One of the easiest and best ways to save money for seniors is to visit the National Park Service website and purchase the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass which costs only $10-. As age and residency must be verified, the pass must be purchased in person at a participating Federal recreation site or office. For a list of frequently asked questions click here for the official FAQ page.

The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Senior Pass is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are aged 62 and over. The pass provides access to Federal recreation areas that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee. It also admits the pass holder and passengers in non-commercial vehicles that charge a per vehicle fee and for parks and recreation areas that charge a per person fee, the pass holder and 3 other adults are admitted (children under 16 are always admitted free). The pass also provides a 50% discount on some expanded amenities fees to include camping, swimming, boat launching and specialized interpretive services.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

The AARP offers one of the most comprehensive discount programs available anywhere which includes extensive travel discounts. For an annual membership fee ranging from only $16.00 for one year to $63.00 for five years, members can enjoy discounts not only on travel but on virtually everything from shopping, dining, fitness and wellness to health care, home auto and technology. Click here to see their homepage for more information.

Misc. Transportation Discounts

The New York City Transit Authority offers half price fares using your Medicare identification card. Seniors can also acquire a Reduced Fare Metro Card which enables individuals to transfer for free from a subway to a bus or conversely from a bus to a subway. To acquire an application individuals can call 1-718-243-2499 or ask for an application at any police precinct house, Department of Aging office, public library or subway toll booth.

Amtrak offers a 15% discount on most fares for riders 62 years of age and older. You can click here to see their website for more information on their senior discount program.

Greyhound Bus Lines offers an unrestricted 5% discount for seniors. Click here for more information.

Airline Discounts

Many airlines offer regular discounts fares that are actually cheaper than their senior fares. However, senior fares typically are sold at only a few dollars more than other discounted fares but offer fewer restrictions than other discounted fares. For instance, senior discounts apply to last minute travel deals and are refundable even if you have to cancel your flight. So for many, the airlines’ senior discount programs are the best option.

Below is a sampling of some of your options with the airlines:

Delta Shuttle offers senior fares for travelers age 62 and above. Delta Shuttle operates 16 daily flights between New York and Boston, and 15 daily flights between New York and Washington, D.C., Monday through Friday (and reduced weekend schedules).

American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection may offer senior fares in some domestic markets for seniors age 65 or older.

Southwest Airlines: travelers 65 years of age or over may get details on fares, limitations, and any restrictions via reservations on the Web site, from a reservations sales agent or a travel agent.

United Airlines offers travelers age 55 and older saving along with several of its travel partners and as much as 50% off at participating luxury hotels and resorts by joining its Silver Wings Plus program.

Northwest offers senior discount fares in select markets. Identify yourself as a senior when proceeding through the booking process on http://www.nwa.com/.

Continental offers senior fares to select travel destinations for passengers who are 65 and older.
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