Last week I went to my brother’s 50th birthday celebration. As I listened to all the usual jabs like people asking him if he got his AARP card yet, I asked him if he was ready for all the good discounts he’s now entitled to get.

    A few months back, my cousin sent me an e-mail listing a bunch of businesses that offer seniors discounts and freebies. My brother’s b-day inspired me to check them out and find out what offers are legitimate, so that I can share the list with others. Thanks to the help of our Delco News Network summer intern Kristen Krynski, we called around to validate the list and here are some of the senior discounts we found.

    Before checking it out, I have to say that way over three-quarters of the people I spoke with at these businesses, told me they never check identification to see a person’s age before giving the discount. So, if you look like you are in the fifty plus year old age zone and want to consider yourself a senior, I was told over and over again, you pretty much can get the discount. 

  The people working at the businesses also told me that seniors must inquire about the discount before they are given it. The business will rarely, if ever, volunteer the discount without being asked. So remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

  Also, when it comes to franchises, the discounts seem to vary from place to place, with each place setting its own prices and policy. For instance, when I checked out the coffee deals for seniors at McDonald’s, the Havertown franchise sells small coffees to seniors for 52 cents, while the Woodlyn McDonald’s charges seniors 63 cents for a small cup. So, the deals I list may certainly differ place to place, but just know that if you are a senior, you will get some kind of special offer there.

   I am sure if you inquire at most places, there are way more deals out there that I don’t mention. I don’t know about you, but the coffee’s always better, the hotel is always nicer and the food always tastes better when you get a little discount. Don’t you agree? So without further ado, here’s the list:

Wendy’s: 10% off all meals

Chick-fil-A: 10% off all meals or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)

Dunkin Donuts: 10% purchases Dunkin’ Donuts (If with AARP card, get a free donut with purchase of  a large coffee)

McDonald’s: coffee 50-75 cents

Longwood Gardens: Senior discount to 62 and over

Burger King: coffee 50-75 cents; 10% off (60+)

Applebee’s: Must have Golden Apple Card, 15% to seniors 60+

Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +)

Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)

KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)

Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)

Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)

Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)

Subway: 10% off (60+)

E-Z Pass: offers a ½ price discount on tolls to senior drivers 65 years and older who have vehicles registered in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. You must first obtain an E-Z Pass and then apply for the discount

Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)

TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)

White Castle: 10% off (62+)

IHOP: 55+ can choose from a “special senior” menu at a lower price

Kohl’s: 15% every Wednesday for shoppers 60+

Kmart: 20% for shoppers 50+ with a Gold K Member.

Dress Barn: Discounts are either Tuesdays or Wednesdays depending on location; 10% for shoppers 60+

Southwest Airlines: Offers senior fares when available to guest 65+

Continental Airlines: Provides senior fares at select rates to guests 65+

American Airlines: Senior fares are available through contact with the airline for current options 60+

Amtrack: 15% discount on the lowest available rail fare 62+

Regal Theaters: 60+, ask at theater about pricing

Supercuts: $2 off hair cut (60+) 

Big Lots: 30% off

Clarks : 10% off (62+)

Delaware County Licensing Dept.: Senior discounts on dog licenses, fishing licenses and hunting licenses 

Brandywine River Museum: $8 seniors 65 plus

National Constitution Center: discount tickets for 65 and above

Philadelphia Museum of Art: discount tickets for seniors 65 and above

Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Modell's Sporting Goods: 30% 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+)

Greyhound: 15% off (62+)

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members

Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members

Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% 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

National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)

Best Western: 40% off (55+)

Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)

Waldorf Astoria - NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)

Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)

Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)

Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)

Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% 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: 25% off (62+)

Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)

Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)

Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)

Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)

Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

SEPTA: Senior citizens can ride free on SEPTA, age 65 years or older, at all times on bus, trackless trolley, subway, and trolley service. Regional rail fares vary depending on final destination. 

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)

Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

  There are way more senior discounts out there, too numerous to list here. Also, educators are often entitled to free or discounted tickets at museums and other attractions. Active military and their families and veterans, too, may be pleasantly surprised at how many places now offer them free or discounted admissions or fees.

  Always remember to speak up and ask first when paying admission, fees or fares. Things are expensive enough these days, why not take advantage when a little break is given? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go grab my half-a-buck cup of joe!

Readers can e-mail Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@delconewsnetwork.com or write her c/o DCNN, 1914 Parker Ave., Holmes, PA 19043. Be sure to check out her Delco Deals blog at www.delconewsnetwork.com, listing free offers and free things to do in the Delaware County and surrounding area.

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