5. Steep Discounts On Travel For Seniors : AWM

5. Steep Discounts On Travel For Seniors

One of the best things about being retired is you have more time to travel the world. But, travelling can get expensive quick. Did you know that many hotels, airlines, and transportation companies offer a discount for senior citizens?

Hotel Discounts for Seniors

Most major hotel chains offer some type of discount for senior citizens. If you prefer to stay at a smaller hotel or bed and breakfast, simply ask if there are any discounts available for senior citizens when making a reservation.

Aloft Hotels – AARP members can save 5 to 15 percent.

Best Western – AARP members save 10 percent and can earn bonus points on their stay.

Choice Hotels – Those over 50 can save up to 10 percent.

Days Inn – AARP members are eligible to save 10 percent off the best available rate.

Hampton by Hilton – Those 50 and over can save up to 10 percent.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts – AARP members are eligible for a 5 percent discount.

La Quinta Inns & Suites – AARP members may save up to 10 percent.

Marriott Hotels – Those over 62 receive a 15 percent discount.

Motel 6 – Those over 60 can receive a 10 percent discount.

Red Roof Inn – A discounted senior rate is available when booking online and is only eligible at certain locations.

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts – AARP members are eligible for a 5 to 15 percent discount.

Super 8 – AARP members can receive a 10 percent discount.

Travelodge – AARP members are eligible to save up to 20 percent on their next stay.

Wyndham Hotels – AARP members are eligible to save up to 20 percent on their next stay.

Airfare Discounts for Senior Citizens

American Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines all offer a discount on airfare for those 65 and older. Seniors must call for details before making a reservation as senior citizen discounts are not always available when booking online.

Car Rental & Transportation Discounts for Senior Citizens

Amtrak – Those 62 and older are eligible to receive a 15 percent discount.

Avis – A 5 percent discount is available to senior citizens.

Budget – AARP members can enjoy savings of up to 30% off Budget base rates when renting a vehicle from a participating location.

Greyhound – Those 62 and older may ask for a 5 percent discount on fares.

Hertz – Travelers 50 and over are eligible to save up to 20 percent on base rates.

Zipcar – A special discounted rate over 40 percent is available to AARP members.

From data compiled by Wikipedia, the number of hotel rooms available globally is quite staggering:

Country                         Hotel rooms in 2011-12            Average rooms per hotel         Overnight tourists traveling from each country, annual 

United States                4,900,000                                    93                                                        58,000,000

China                              1,500,000                                    132                                                       83,000,000

Japan                              1,370,000                                    27                                                         18,000,000

Italy                                1,100,000                                    32                                                          29,000,000

Germany                        950,000                                      27                                                         72,000,000

Spain                              900,000                                      47                                                        12,000,000

Mexico                          660,000                                       37                                                         16,000,000

United Kingdom         650,000                                       17                                                         57,000,000

France                          620,000                                        36                                                        26,000,000

Thailand                       530,000                                       NA                                                         6,000,000

Indonesia                     410,000                                        25                                                           7,000,000

Greece                          400,000                                        41                                                            5,000,000

Brazil                            400,000                                       40                                                            8,000,000

Turkey                          330,000                                       117                                                         16,000,000

Austria                         290,000                                        22                                                          11,000,000

Russia                          260,000                                        33                                                          44,000,000

Global total            21,000,000                              41                                                     876,000,000

And another list shows the top desitnations for torusits in 2015:

Rank  Destiantion        Number Of Tourists (2015)

1          France                   82.6 million

2          United States      75.6 million

3          Spain                    75.6 million

4          China                    59.3 million

5          Italy                       52.4 million

6         United Kingdom  35.8 million

7         Germany                35.6 million

8         Mexico                   35.0 million

9         Thailand                32.6 million

10       Austria                   28.1 million

 

Tourism finally grew to surpass a $1 billion a year business in 2011 and just one year later international tourism surpassed the 1 billion travelers in 2012. Three markets, in particular, saw the largest growth which includes the countries of  China, Russia, And Brazil.