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January 19, 2007


Senior Special Section:
As of January 1, 2007, the National Park Service has changed its fee structure and discount programs. This week we review those changes so you know how they may affect you.

SeniorDiscounts News:
SeniorDiscounts will be coming out with its 2007 SeniorDiscounts Guide Book in the coming months. But until that happens, get our 2006 Guide Book for only $6.95, including shipping. This can make a great gift for friends and family. For more details, click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We highlight SeniorDiscounts Card Member discounts available on car rentals, health products and cruises among others.

Challenge Section: SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner for the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. Do you know what the hottest year on record is for the World?

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Martin Freedman from Sea Cliff, NY tells us that the Sunshine Car Wash in his area provides a discount of almost $5 every Monday and Wednesday to customers 65 and older. Regular car wash is $15.50.

James in New York City, NY has informed us that the Metropolitan Museum of Art gives visitors 65 and older a 50% discount on entrance fees.

June of Whiteville, NC reminds us that at all Peebles locations, shoppers 55 and older receive a 15% discount from the total purchase on the first Tuesday of every month. Proof of age is required.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

Let us and others know about senior discounts,
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National Parks

There have been some recent changes to the discounts available at national parks, monuments and historic sites. Many of you may have been familiar with the former national park discount programs. While not too much has changed, we thought it would be a good idea to review it once again, since visiting these areas can be a great way to vacation without spending lots of money.

Let's begin with what used to be available:

The Golden Age Passport was for those 62 and older while the Golden Access Passport was for the blind or permanently disabled. Both were lifetime entrance passes to national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. These passes also provided a 50% discount for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and tours. The Golden Age Passport required a one-time $10 processing fee, while the Golden Access Passport was free with proof of disability.

Here is what is available now:

The Golden Age Passport has been replaced by the "America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass- Senior Pass" and the Golden Access Passport has been replaced by the "America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass- Access Pass."

The senior pass is still a lifetime pass for US citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over and the cost remains at $10. The Access pass is for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass is free with documentation of the disability.


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Both passes provide access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance fee. The passes admit the pass holder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and will admit the pass holder and 3 adults at per person fee areas. These passes can only be obtained in person at parks that charge a fee. These passes also provide a 50% discount on some services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized services. In some cases where these fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

The biggest change:

The National Parks Pass, which was an annual pass available for those of us not yet 62 years of age, is now the "America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass." This pass has increased in cost from $50 to $80 and can still be obtained at park entrances, by phone or online.

This pass also admits the pass holder and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and will admit the pass holder and three adults at per person fee areas. It does not provide the same discounts on other services as the other passes.

All previous National Parks Passes, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

This information and more is available at the National Parks web site located at:

To find National Parks in your area, go to our discount search page. Click here.

 This week, we bring you some of the discounts available in our SeniorDiscounts Card program. The following discounts and over 135,000 more can be found at Included in each listing is the phone number, address, map of the location and more. Remember - we add more discounts every week. 

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 Alamo Car Rentals
 Alamo offers SeniorDiscounts Members unlimited mileage and year-round discounts of up to 10% off Alamo's low rates in more than 700 locations across the globe. Book with your travel agent or with Alamo. Request I.D. Number 706768 at the time of reservation.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Car Rentals category.
 Puritan's Pride

Puritan's Pride is offering Special Savings for SeniorDiscounts Card Members. Members receive $5 off any purchase over $50. Visit its web site and enter promotion code listed in the Online Retail category on our web site. You may also place your order by phone using the same discount code.

Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retailers category. provides Vitamins, Supplements and Natural Health Products. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive 10% off your order. Visit the Vitacost web site or call the toll free number 1-800-793-2601 to receive the discount. You must use SeniorDiscounts Card promotion code listed on our web site in the online retailers category.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retailers category.
 Travel Value Center
 Travel Value Center is a premier cruise agency offering trips by more than 70 cruise lines, (over three times as many cruise lines as Orbitz). SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a special discount that is guaranteed to be lower than any other price available with Travel Value Center.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Cruise category.
 Hospital Health Services Inc.
 Hospital Health Services provides durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, rollators, diapers, CPAP and Oxygen. They accept Medicare/Medicaid and some insurance policies. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 5% discount all the items. Available nationwide.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Medical Services category in Bellaire, TX.
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Add a Discount Challenge

Each week in this newsletter we announce a new winner in the Add A Discount Challenge. Let your fellow senior discounters know about any new discounts you find and keep those discounts coming.

We are looking for any and all NEW Senior Discounts. This means discounts that we don't already have on our web site. Ask at your favorite place of business and find out if it offers a senior discount. If it does, simply submit it on our web site. Click here.

You can also tell us about businesses you think would be interested in offering a senior discount. Provide us with a business's information and we will contact that business and invite it to offer a senior discount. The more discounts you enter, the better your chances of winning. Click here.

As always, we greatly appreciate your participation in adding value to our service.

Our winner of the senior discount challenge this week, Martin Freedman of Sea Cliff, NY will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Martin, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Weekly Internet Challenge

Answer the trivia question correctly and you will be entered to WIN a complimentary SeniorDiscounts Card Membership with included SeniorDiscounts Guide Book.

This Week's Challenge:
What is the World's warmest year on record?

To answer: Click Here and tell us your answer to the Weekly Challenge. Good luck.

Last Week's Challenge Question:
What do you believe is the most common New Years Resolution made by US residents?
Last Week's Challenge Answer:

Most of you got this one...Lose weight or to get in shape.

Our winner this week, Robert Brett of Portsmouth, VA will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Robert, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Corrections Challenge

We can always use help keeping our database of discounts current and our web site free of errors. If you find a discount that is not correct, no longer valid, or an error on our web site, let us know and we will send you a gift. Just e-mail us at: with the mistake you have found and please include a correction if applicable. We appreciate your help.


Warming Tends:

United States:

Fifteen of the years since 1981 rank among the 25 warmest since national record-keeping began in 1895.

United States top ten warmest years on record (Fahrenheit):

1. 2006: 55.01
2. 1998: 54.94
3. 1934: 54.91
4. 1999: 54.53
5. 1921: 54.49
6. 1931: 54.34
7. 1990: 54.24
8. 2001: 54.23
9. 1953: 54.18
10. 1954: 54.13

(Source: National Climatic Data Center)


The world's 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1994 in a temperature record dating back a century and a half, according to the United Nations' weather agency.

The World's five of the six warmest years since 1890: 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006.

There is a 60 percent probability that 2007 will be as warm as or warmer than the warmest year so far, which was 0.52 degrees Celsius (0.94 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 1961-1990 average, according to the United Nations' weather agency.

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