How to Get Senior Citizen or Student Discounts

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You can save money merely by being the right age. Senior and student discounts apply to travel, entertainment and a host of products and services. A little digging will uncover all sorts of deals in your neighborhood, and around the world.

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Things you need

  • AARP card
  • International Student ID

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    Senior discounts

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    Call the airlines or go online to find out about discounted tickets for seniors. Bus and rail carriers also offer discounts.

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    Enjoy the arts on the cheap. Most movie theaters, museums and cultural events offer discounts for seniors.

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    Check if department stores or other retailers have special days or hours for senior discounts. Some stores offer 10 to 15 percent off during those times.

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    Ask about early-bird specials, senior menus or senior discounts before you order a meal at a restaurant or fast-food chain.

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    Explore the outdoors. For a small fee, seniors can get a Golden Age Passport, which gives them a lifetime pass to all U.S. national parks. Go to and click on "Info Zone" for details.

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    Contact city hall or a senior center to find local discounts, including public transportation, salons, barbers, pharmacies and grocery stores.

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    Join the American Association of Retired Persons ( to qualify for more senior discounts if you are 50 years old or older.

    Student discounts

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    Visit and apply for an International Student ID Card (for a fee) to get student discounts on travel, hostels, entertainment, books and more.

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    Travel by rail through Europe using a Eurail Pass exclusively for students. See How to Get a Eurail Pass.

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    Be a culture hound. Theaters, museums, plays, opera and other cultural events usually offer student discounts.

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    Call magazines or newspapers and ask for the student rate on subscriptions.

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    Visit your school's student center to find out about other student discounts in your area. Some bookstores, restaurants and Internet service providers offer student discounts.

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    Upgrade your computer at deep discounts at university-run computer stores.

Tips and warnings

  • Always ask before you buy. Contact customer service in person or by phone or e-mail before making a large purchase; salespeople aren't always aware of senior or student discounts.
  • Carry a photo ID with your birth date or your school ID to take advantage of discounts as you discover them.
  • Before you use the discount, ask the salesperson if there is a lower discount available. Better deals sometimes exist through general sales or promotions.

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