Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, if you’re already 60 years old, take a look at discounts for senior citizens that are offered from multiple airlines. You’ll be surprised at the amount of money you can save on the cost of tickets.
Delta Airlines. When you want to fly Delta and obtain their senior discounts, don’t go to their website. Call them directly to make your reservations. Their senior fares might apply to selected itineraries, and there are taxes and fees that are applicable depending upon the airport.
Caribbean Airlines. Caribbean Airlines will transport you to the warmth of the islands with good deals for senior citizens. They offer senior special fares for people who are aged 60 and over who book on flexible or semi-flexible fares. The 10% discounts only apply to reservations and ticket purchases conducted at a Caribbean Airlines office.
Japan Airlines. Japan Airlines offers their own senior citizen stand-by fare. If there are seats available at the time of check in, customers age 65 and over are eligible to take advantage of the special. The fare is not available with partner airlines, like Fuji Dream Airlines and Amakusa Airlines. Tickets are valid on the purchase date and for one year thereafter. Reserved tickets are only good for the specified reserved date. Tickets must also be purchased at least 20 minutes prior to departure.
AirFrance. If you are 65 years-old or above, this airline will give you discounted rates for flights within municipal France. You will need to show a photo ID as you travel, because one-way and round trips can be changed at no charge. Costs will also be refunded under certain circumstances. If you need more flexibility, AirFrance offers a choice between a classic price and a flexible trip.
XL Airways. Seniors take advantage of reduced rates when traveling to and from a variety of locations in the French West Indies and Reunion Island. For example, XL Airways have flights to Fort-de-France and Pointe-á-Pitre. XL will take 10% off for people who are 60+ on Eco Standard and flexible fares. Date changes are allowed for a fee, but their deal cannot be combined with any other specials.
American Airlines. Not all airlines based in the United States will provide discounts for international travel. American Airlines, however, will give discount fares for some domestic flights. The discounts apply to seniors ages 65 and older. To obtain the fares, call their reservations line for more information on reservations.
Southwest Airlines. Southwest’s discounts apply to people ages 65 and over. Like many other airlines, you must call their reservations desk to book your flight and to check your eligibility. There are restrictions, and their fares can change. But one major benefit of flying with Southwest is that they will fully refund your money on your flight should it become necessary. Senior Fares cannot be combined with other fares for international travel. On arriving at the airport, you will need to show a photo ID if your age has not yet been verified prior.
United Airlines. United offers senior citizen discounts but only in limited markets. You may make your reservations online or through their reservations desk. If you decide to book through their website, select the “seniors aged 65 and older” category to obtain the discount. Visit their Senior travelers’ travel tips page as well for some practical advice on preparing for your trip. If you call United directly to make your reservations, ask them
the amount of their senior discount and to which flights it applies.
One word of advice. Before you book a flight with senior fares, check the airlines’ regular and “special” fares first. In some cases, other specials may be lower than what you pay with the senior discount. If you’re willing to be flexible on the dates you plan to travel, that is another great way to save.
LowCostAirlines. When you’re researching prices for airfare, check fare finder sites any time to get a consolidated list of offers. There are many websites that will search for deals on airfare for senior travel. LowCostAirlines provides lowest price guarantees on tickets that are non refundable and non transferable. You must call or purchase your tickets online.
Wizz Air. Wizz Air is a Hungarian site that searches for savings offers. Their “Fare Lock” program gives buyers time to decide on their selected fares, as these are held for 48 hours but for a fee. Fare Lock guarantees that the flight won’t sell out nor will the price of the ticket increase during this time. Wizz Air services include bundles, and they vary fares by three categories – basic fares for those traveling light; their popular Wizz Family Go bundle; and the Wizz Family Plus which is the most flexible.
Cheap O Air. This site finds senior citizen discounts in airlines as well. Samples of their deals include round-trips from New York City to Orlando for $148; Los Angeles to Seattle for $178; and San Francisco to New York City for $268. These fares include fuel surcharges, Cheap O Air’s service fees, and taxes. However, they are subject to change and are not guaranteed at booking.
Obtaining a senior citizen discount in airlines is not difficult to do when you know where to look. Fare finder sites or the airline sites themselves have a wealth of information about specials and deals. The 10% discounts on flights within the United States or internationally can save you as much as $20 to $50 per ticket. You may as well spend that money on enjoying yourself at your destination.
If you’re looking for a list of exciting senior discounts, check out this post: The National Senior Discounts List For 2018.
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Note that while discounts have been found on vendor websites, some have not been verified by the vendor. Always check with your local vendor before purchases to ensure a discount is valid.
Author: Linda Noskewicz