Senior citizens often enjoy discounts on movie tickets, hotel rooms and restaurants. But seniors will be hard-pressed to find airline industry discounts. Most airlines offer tiered travel discounts based on how far in advance a flight is booked, the destination and flight availability at the time of booking. While not all companies offer senior citizen discounts, there are a few airlines in 2010 that court senior business.
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Southwest Airlines offers considerable discounts to travellers age 65 or older. On certain flights, seniors may benefit up to 20 per cent off the "Anytime" airfare. The senior discount is not as deep as the airline's "Wanna Get Away" discount, but those discounts are limited; so the senior discount is a good alternative for standard-fare flights. If a senior is travelling with a younger companion, the senior discount does not transfer to that companion. Senior fares are available via the website or the telephone. Southwest requires age verification at the airport for those seniors not already age-verified.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines offers seniors a 10 per cent discount. Travellers 62 years of age and older will receive 10 per cent lower than the lowest reservations or web fares offered. This offer is extended to one travelling companion of any age when both the senior and companion book their travel at the same time. Seniors are requested to provide a government-issued photo ID verifying their ages when they check in at the airport. The senior fare is applied before taxes are factored.
Continental extends discounts to senior citizens who are 65 years of age or older. According to Continental Airlines reservations' agents, they do not offer a standard discount rate, and they also don't offer senior discounts for each destination. Seniors interested in flying Continental should call the airline and inquire about senior fares. If your travel is flexible for date and destination, it's more likely that you'll be able to take advantage of one of their senior discount rates.
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