Senior Citizen Discounts: The Big List For Folks Age 50+

January 23, 2019

Many people dread the day when a young cashier innocently inquires, “do you qualify for our senior discount?”  But relax! A senior discount doesn’t mean you’re “old.”  It means you’re “old enough” to get a great deal on food, clothing, and more. The savings add up quickly when you claim these discounts and register for these loyalty programs.

Note: always check with the merchant before assuming you’ll get a discount.  Many chains allow individual stores to opt out of promotions. You may have to show proof of age or your AARP membership card.

Senior Deals at Restaurants

Restaurant NameAgeDetails
Applebee's60+10-15% senior discounts.
Arby's60+10% senior discount.
Burger King60+Burger King 60+ 10% senior discount & some locations offer other special deals.
Carrabba's Italian Grill50+10% off for AARP members.
Captain D's Seafood62+Most locations offer specially-priced senior meals (including drink) on Sunday & Wednesday for $4.99. Days may vary by location.
Chili's55+ 10% senior discount.
Ci-Ci's Pizza60+10% senior discount. Some locations offer a free drink too.
Country Kitchen55+Choose from specially priced "Great Senior Menu" items.
Dairy Queen55+10% senior discount for AARP members. Some locations offer a free drink.
Denny's50+10% senior discount for AARP members.
Dunkin Donuts50+10% discount for AARP members.
Hardee's52+33-cent beverages all day. Some restaurants also offer 10% off.
IHOP55+Special menu items for seniors.
Jack in the Box55+10-20% off purchase
KFC55+Free small drink with meal purchase
Landry's Seafood50+10% off for AARP members.
Outback Steakhouse50+10% off for AARP members.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery50+Special senior menu all day.
Sonic50+10% off or free soft drink.
Steak and Shake50+10% senior discount
Subway60+10% senior discount
Taco Bell65+5% off meal and free soft drink
Whataburger55+Free soft drink with meal.

Eating out is fun, but can be expensive. Some chains offer special senior menus or discounts in all locations, while others allow franchisees to opt-in or out.  However, most are anxious to please regular customers. They may not widely publicize senior discounts, but will offer them when asked.  It never hurts to ask!


Save on Clothing & More with Retailer Senior Discounts

Belk62+20% off with Belk credit card. 15% shoes and home products.
Goodwill Industries60+Seniors Save Day - Save 10% on Tuesdays
Joann55+Get 20% off on Senior Discount Day
Rite-Aid65+The 65+ program saves member 20% store wide on non-prescription items on the first Wednesday (Wellness Wednesday) of the month. Members receive a free pharmacist consultation and earn "wellness points" on most prescriptions.
Walgreens55+Seniors 55+ or AARP members receive 20% off in-store or online on Senior Savings Day (first Tuesday of the month.) Register for a "Balance Reward" card to earn points you can redeem for coupons.

The great thing about most retailer senior discounts is that you can even get them on sale merchandise.  Some retailers set aside a special “senior day” for discounts, while others offer them daily. You’ll usually have to make the purchase in person in order to verify your age.


Free Food with Restaurant Loyalty Programs

You’ll be happy to see your birthday roll around when you register with many of these programs.  Most offer a free birthday meal – or at least a dessert treat.  Many also offer a sign-up bonus that offers coupon savings or free food.  Note that some programs require you to install an app, while others are email-based.

These rewards are open to everyone, but anyone watching their pennies or living on a fixed income certainly appreciates a free meal and other savings.

Restaurant NameDetails
Arby'sRegister for the Arby's email list to receive a free sandwich (with drink purchase) and an annual birthday offer.
Baha Fresh Mexican GrillClub Baha - Free burrito on your birthday and free taco when you sign up.
Captain D'sRemember to visit on Senior Discount Days too.
Chili'sMy Chili's Rewards offers free chips & salsa and free drink on each visit for guests who visit at least every 60 days and spend at least $5. Free birthday dessert, and personalized rewards.
Dine Rewards (multiple restaurants)Dine Rewards at Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming - Register once for all four restaurants to receive 50% off every 4th visit. Must spend at least $20/visit ($50 at Fleming) during 3 qualifying visits in a 6-month period. All restaurants also offer a 10% discount for AARP members.
IHOPMyIHOP - get free pancakes when you register for the program, on your birthday, and on your membership anniversary.
Moe'sWith their Rockin' Rewards, receive a free burrito on your birthday. As a member, you also get free nachos with a drink purchase.
Olive GardenOlive Garden Rewards offers $5 reward after your first visit. Earn one point for every dollar you spend and redeem them for food rewards. Free dessert on your birthday. You can also earn rewards points at Longhorn Steak House, Yard House, and other participating Darden restaurants. Limited number of restaurant locations. Be sure to check the list!
Red RobinRed Robin Royalty - Free birthday burger, every 10th item free, and regular members-only promotions like buy-one-get-one-free burgers.
Red LobsterMy Red Lobster Rewards - 75 points for joining and 1 point for every dollar spent. Choose from 3 rewards every 125 points. Must download app.
SubwayMyWay Rewards - Earn 4 "tokens" per dollar spent and receive a $2 coupon for every 100 tokens earned. Also, receive free extra food items as well as member-only savings and bonuses. Must download the program app to earn tokens.


Senior Travel Discounts

With the exception of AARP, most of these discounts only apply to seniors 65+ and carry numerous restrictions. If you’re able to plan travel ahead of time, you can usually get a better fare.  However, last-minute travel can be extremely expensive, so claim any savings you can!

AARP50+The largest senior citizen advocacy group offers a number of deals on hotels, car rentals, vacation packages and more.
Amtrak65+Seniors save 10% on regular fares. Review restrictions carefully.
Delta Airlines65+Senior fares are not bookable online. Contact the airline or travel agent for details. Only available in certain markets.
Southwest Airlines65+Senior fares are refundable, but not bookable online.
United Airlines65+Senior fares available in certain markets. Contact the airline directly for fares and details.
US National Parks62+Purchase an NPS Senior Pass for $20 (one year) or $80 lifetime to receive free park admission. Some parks also offer extra discounts for amenities like campsites.


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Questions?  Contact customer service by phone at 1-822-522-9633 or start an online chat at the Web site.

Meanwhile, enjoy your senior discounts and rewards. You’ve earned them!


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