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snopes 21 June 2012 10:28 PM

Senior Discounts
 
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Senior Discounts

Keep this list - - - and Send a copy to your senior friends and relatives.

As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy's recently, I
heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized
and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told
me that seniors over age 55 gets 10% off everything on the menu, every
day.

Being of 'that' age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount
too. This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a
list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals and
other types of offers giving various discounts with different age
requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how
some of them start at the young age of 50.

This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family,
too.

Dunkin Donuts gives free coffee to people over 55. If you're paying for a
cup every day, you might want to start getting it for free.


YOU must ASK for your discount!



RESTAURANTS:
Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off (55+)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)

Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili's: 10% off (55+)
CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
KFC: free smal l drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations (55+)
McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney's: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy's: 10% off (55+)



White Castle: 10% off (62+)



RETAIL & APPAREL:
Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
Big Lots: 10% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 20% off (50+)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)
Modell's Sporting Goods: 10% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month
(55+)

GROCERY:
Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60 +)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday
(55+)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+)
Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

TRAVEL: Airlines: Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+) American Airlines:
various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club &
special fares for select destinations Southwest Airlines: various
discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking
for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking
for discount)
Rail: Amtrak: 15% off (62+) Bus: Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+ Car
Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members Avis: up to 25% off for
AARP members Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+) Dollar
Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for
AARP members Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members Over Night
Accommodations: Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30%
off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime
pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 30% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket
(55+)
SeaWorld Orlando, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS:
AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nati onwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

MISCELLANEOUS:
Great Clips: $3 off haircuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)


NOW, go out there and claim your discounts - - - and remember --- YOU must
ASK for your discount --- no ask, no discount.

Darth Credence 22 June 2012 01:39 PM

Why is there a miscellaneous category that only includes hair cutting salons? Couldn't they have just called the category hair cuts?

Jay Temple 22 June 2012 07:17 PM

About 20 years ago, I was someplace where they had a 10% discount for people over 50, and I joked that if you could tell them the amount of the discount without a calculator, then they knew you went to school long enough ago that you qualified.

Horse Chestnut 24 June 2012 02:55 PM

I was at McDonald's this morning, where a small coffee is 50 cents for seniors. The manager was informing an elderly man that after a certain date he would have to pay $1.00 for his coffee. Apparently this man and his friends were sitting in the restaurant sucking up too many free refills.

I really don't care how many businesses offer discounts to senior citizens, though I suppose by the time I am living on my public employee pension my views will change. But please don't offer it, then treat some old man as if he is breaking McDonald's bank by taking too many free refills. The mark-up on beverages is far higher than it is on food. That is why they can afford these drink discounts and free refills in the first place.

Unless there were other reasons, such as bad behavior, for wanting to discourage this man's patronage, just give him his coffee and thank the DOYC that you're not a senior yet.

angel2836 08 July 2013 09:05 PM

Big Lots
 
I know for a fact that Big Lots does not have a Senior Discount. Big Lots has Discount days in which teachers or military members can get a 10% discount. Big Lots will advertise when those days are. Big Lots also has what is called a Friends and Family event 3 times a year in which rewards members can come in on the Saturday that the event is and get a 20% discount on the entire purchase. the Sunday is for anyone who brings in a Big lots Friends and Family coupon. again no senior discount I have no idea where people are getting this information from but it is false. I know for a fact that Big Lots does not have a Senior Discount because I work there.

Zorro 11 July 2013 09:21 PM

The Dunkins in this area offer a free donut with a medium coffee of regular price to senior citizens. I know this one for a fact because a coworker, age 61, gets Dunkin coffee each day and brings in the free donut, which she then gives to a different kid each day.

Cervus 11 July 2013 09:54 PM

The Publix senior discount is only valid at certain participating stores, none of which are located in Florida. They'd probably lose too much revenue in this state if they gave 5% off to seniors.

Also, my mom was extremely reluctant to admit to being a "senior" when she got to be in her 50's and many times she refused to ask for a senior discount even when she knew a store offered it. She considers it insulting when clerks ask if she wants the discount. Occasionally she uses it in some places, but I think she's embarrassed to be lumped in with elderly people even though she's 66.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 12 July 2013 02:03 PM

My BIL hosted his birthday dinner at IHOP so he could order off the senior menu.

I like senior menus (although, alas, I don't qualify for the one at IHOP for another 22 months) because there's less food.

There is one menu item that is on the regular menu and the senior menu (2x2x2 Breakfast). It's 50 cents cheaper on the senior menu.

Seaboe

A Turtle Named Mack 12 July 2013 02:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Horse Chestnut (Post 1638012)
I was at McDonald's this morning, where a small coffee is 50 cents for seniors. The manager was informing an elderly man that after a certain date he would have to pay $1.00 for his coffee. Apparently this man and his friends were sitting in the restaurant sucking up too many free refills.

Unless there were other reasons, such as bad behavior, for wanting to discourage this man's patronage, just give him his coffee and thank the DOYC that you're not a senior yet.

I have seen at a number of McDonald'ses and other restaurants with free drink refills a posting limiting the amount of time one can hang out there. It is fair enough to say they need the tables for customers coming in and so limit all customers to 1 or 2 hours. But it really should be posted in advance and applied to all customers (unless they keep making additional purchases - spending money should give license to stay a while). But the extra charge rather than a time limit is just tacky - don't look jerky over 50 cents.

Sue 12 July 2013 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cervus (Post 1751614)
She considers it insulting when clerks ask if she wants the discount.

I agree with your mother. It is insulting. IME if someone is qualified for a senior discount and wants one they have no hesitation in speaking up. Any server or clerk who asks a customer if they want a senior discount definitely risks, at the very least, hurting someone's feelings and really shouldn't do it. If it's company policy to ask then the company needs to rethink their policy.

A Turtle Named Mack 12 July 2013 03:10 PM

I feel differently. I occasionally go to a restaurant in Macon that I knew had a seniors discount, but I did not know it was two-tiered, with the lesser discount for those in ther 50s. I was glad when asked when I was 49, and began to use the discount once I turned 50. I was not at all offended, and I would not have known I might be eligible if I had not been asked. There is a ticklish point between asking 'would you like to take advantage of the senior discount' - which says that you look obviously eligible - and asking 'are you eligible for the senior discount?' - which makes no assumption but essentially asks the person's age.

Sue 12 July 2013 03:16 PM

I see no difference between 'would you like to take advantage of the senior discount' and 'are you eligible for the senior discount?' especially if you're not. I think the obvious solution is to make the policy clear and post it very publically so that the patron can't miss it.

Bobcat Warrior 12 July 2013 03:23 PM

About 15 years ago (I would have been in my later 40s) I went to a Micky Ds to grab a quick cup of coffee. The girl behind the counter asked if I had my Senior Discount Card. :mad: I replied, somewhat icily, "No, I don't have one." She sold me a cup of coffee at the regular prices (as I expected). She then handed me a small cup of water, which I told her I did not want. She responded with "But all of our elderly customers want water with their coffee." :mad::mad:

I did not go back to that Mickey Ds.

Now it's funny, then - not so much

BW

talk2sparky 12 July 2013 03:57 PM

I used to work at movie theater in the box office. One day, on a slow summer afternoon, an elderly woman came in to buy a ticket. She was by herself and clearly looked old enough to be my grandmother. Our senior discount started at 62 and my own policy was not to automatically give the discount unless someone asked for it. And they usually did. Feeling nice, I just gave her discount without saying anything.

She looked at me puzzled and asked why was it less than the posted ticket price.

I stated, "Well, I gave you the discounted the price."

"What discounted price?"

I paused and then said, "The senior discount."

This old lady then proceeded to rip me a new one for assuming she was a senior citizen. If this woman wasn't in her 80s, that would have shocked me.

A Turtle Named Mack 12 July 2013 04:21 PM

I suppose one could say "I don't know if you are eligible for it, but are you aware of our senior discount - it starts at age XX?"

Gayle 12 July 2013 05:47 PM

A couple of summers ago, my brother and I were driving back to Austin from west Texas. We stopped for lunch and the cashier looked at us and said "Senior discount?" We looked at each other and said "Sure." at the time we were 45 and 50, but we both have silver gray hair.

If you're going to assume, I'm going to take the discount.

Avril 12 July 2013 05:49 PM

Is there a reason why such discounts wouldn't just be posted somewhere?

thorny locust 12 July 2013 06:57 PM

I consider that it is insulting to older people to imply, by saying that it's insulting to be asked if one is over a given age, that there is something wrong with being older.

A Turtle Named Mack 12 July 2013 06:57 PM

They may be posted , but not all that prominently. IHOP has huge signs in the entry (the ones I have been to), but a lot of other places only have small handwritten signs or other less visible manner. It seems like if you are trying to get seniors in you'd make it better known, but it sometimes just doesn't happen

Ariadne 12 July 2013 07:00 PM

At the grocery store where I worked when I was in high school, there was a 5% senior discount on a certain day of the week. Customers were technically supposed to have a little card saying they were entitled to the discount, but this wasn't enforced and we generally just gave the discount to anyone who was over 65. I dreaded senior discount day because, at 17, I was terrible at judging people's ages and I didn't want to embarrass people by asking whether they were over 65. Very often I would complete the transaction only to have a customer ask whether I had applied the senior discount, at which point I would need to void the sale and start again. Some of the customers would get extremely upset if they did not get the discount (which often amounted to only a few pennies), as if I was somehow expected to magically know their age.

There was no way to win. If I asked, I risked embarrassing or upsetting someone, but if I didn't ask, I might anger the customer by neglecting to discount the items. I actually really liked that job, but I hated senior discount day.


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