I was shocked to learn that discounts for “seniors” start at age 40 at some hotel chains (mainly American), and to that end, decided to compile my list of senior discounts and list it by age for easy convenience. I’ll be updating this list as I find the discounts. Note that some places will require you to show ID to prove that you can claim the discount, especially in cases where you look way younger than your age.
Apparently, CARP (formerly Can. Assoc of Retired persons, doesn’t have an age limit but most people in their 30’s aren’t looking for senior discounts and its only when you get that magic 40 mark, when you start thinking about being “old”. Membership to CARP is just $24.95 and you have access to an online magazine (or mailed to your address) and discounts to many services and products such as:
- complimentary 3rd night with $25 hotel/spa credit from Fairmont Hotels;
- 20% off best available rate from Wyndham Hotels (Motel 8, Howard Johnson, Ramada Travel Lodge Days Inn; Wingate, TRYP, Baymont Inns, Days Inns, Knights Inn)
- 30% off Dell computers;
- 20% off tickets at Rogers Centre;
- 25% off tickets to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra;
- 25% off base rates at Budget;
- 25% off regular rates in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax at Park ‘N Fly.
Travelodge Hotels (includes Thiftlodge) AARP/CARP members who make advance reservations are given a 15% discount off the regular room rate. 50+ can receive a 10% discount off the regular room rate. Additionally, seniors can also receive in-room coffee, no long distance access charges and free weekday lobby newspapers.
Wyndham Hotels: Baymont, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Hawthorn Suites, Microtel and Travelodge, Wingate by Wyndham – Up to 20% off of the best available rate for CARP or AARP members. 10% off for non-members, ages 50+.
Arby’s: 10% off
Bed Bath and Beyond – 10% off mailing club
Best Western: 10% senior discount on hotel room rates plus some offer early check-in-, late checkin-up, compl upgrade or continental breakfast (location may vary)
Budget, Hertz, Avis: 25% but only for CARP members
Burger King: seniors coffee (location may vary)
Church’s Chicken: 30% Tuesdays ((location may vary)
Denny’s Restaurant: Seniors Section on Menu (location may vary)
Howard Johnson Hotels – AARP members are eligible for 15% to 30% discounts from Howard Johnson and everyone over 55 is entitled to a 10% discount.
IHOP: Seniors Section on Menu (location may vary)
KFC: Free small drink with any meal (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Sandman Hotels – 55Plus Senior Program If you’re 55 years or better, you will find well-deserved discounts and benefits at each of our great locations across Canada. Enroll for your complimentary 55Plus membership online or by calling 1+800+SANDMAN.
Sears: 10% every Tuesday?
Shoppers Drug Mart: last Thursday, some exclusions, need Optimum Card
Wendy’s: varies by location
Thrifty Canada Car Rental: 5%
A&W: discounts on food and coffee/tea (location may vary)
Art Knapps: 20% Wed off reg priced items
Banana Republic, 10% one day a week
Bashir’s Auto: 50% Tues/Thur car washes
Bay: 15% First Tuesday of each month
Burger King: 10% off (60+) plus additional discounts on coffee and soft drinks
Carlton Cards: 10% every day
Choice Hotels International (includes Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, MainStay Suites, Rodeway Inn) – If you are 60+ or an AARP member, you’ll save up to 10% with advance reservations. Just request the Senior Rate* when you call 800-4CHOICE (800-424-6423).
Days Inn: Guests 60 years and older are invited to enjoy special savings off our Best Available Rate when they stay at participating Days Inn hotels. From breakfast to bedtime and all the moments in between, you’re always welcome at Days Inn. Participating Days Inn locations are proud to offer AARP members up to 20% off the Best Available Rate. Reserve your room today!
Hilton Hotels (also includes Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Harrison Conference Centers, Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn, Red Lion) – Another paid membership plan for folks over 60, they guarantee low rates, and 20% off meals at participating restaurants.
Macdonalds: coffee/muffin (location may vary)
Ming Wo: 20% first Monday, regular priced items
M&M Meat Shop: 5% Tuesday, 10% if order over $30
McGavins Bread Basket: 10% Wednesdays
Salvation Army: 10% every day
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Taco Bell: free drink
University of BC, Simon Fraser University and Capilano University all offer significiant seniors discount, continuing ed courses, of special note is Endless Pursuits at UBC each June and Elder University at Capilano University
Value Village: 10% Tuesdays
VIA Rail: 15% seniors discount, other passes and yearly passes
Greyhound Canada: 10% and other significant discounts when senior travels with adults or related children, restrictions apply
Marriott Hotels – If you’re 62 years or older, you can save 15% or more on your room rate at more than 3,600 Marriott hotels worldwide, seven days a week.
Airlines: Air Canada/Westjet no senior discounts but some American airlines do; CARP members have access to various packages on their website
Amtrak: senior discount on passes
Aquabus: senior discount on individual and all passes
BC Ferries: BC Seniors travel at 50% off regular adult fare Monday through Thursday except holidays ; 50% discount after that date on most routes, holidays excluded
BC Parks: 50% off summer rates, some restrictions apply
The Bay Restaurant: 10% (location may vary)
Canadian Tire: 10% off First Wed off reg priced items
Cloverdale Paints: 15%, Any day 25% paint, 15% tools and accessories
Community Centres: 30% off for seniors
Gai Garden: Wednesdays seniors 65+ get 10% off herbs and natural products
Home Depot: Anytime Manager’s discretion
Home Hardware: 10% discounts vary, manager’s discretion; Tues at some locations
ICBC: senior discounts for car insurance
Laura Secord: 15% first Monday
Liquor Depot/Barn: 5% Tuesdays
Lordco: 30% anyday off reg priced items
Panty: seniors menu (location may vary)
Pearle Vision: has given CARP discounts in past
Pharmasave: often 10% off in one day (location may vary)
Rickys All-Day Grill: `10% (location may vary)
Rona’s: 10% anytime
Subway: 10% at Manager’s discretion
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
Translink: concession fare for seniors
UBC Museum of Anthropology: 13% discount
Vancouver Art Gallery: 30%
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: discount varies
White Spot: ask for seniors menu (location may vary)
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ABC Country Restaurant: Senior menu section,
A&W All American Food: 10% Senior discount varies by location
Cinemas (Cineplex Odeon, Landmark) off senior discounts
Hallmark – 10% off one day a week, age date varies by location
KFC: KFS All Groups, Tuesday specials (location may vary)
Knight & Day: seniors menu, spedials 4-9pm (location may vary)
Fairmont Hotels and Resort – Discount varies with each hotel and resort. Ask for senior discount when making reservations.
Lens Crafter: 30%, CAA discount
Park ‘N Fly: 20% for CARP Members
Safeway: 10% off on Air Miles, First Tues, Customer Appreciation Day, min $35 with Safeway card
Banks and Credit Unions
All financial instituations offer 60+ discounts, each vary