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Friday, May 26, 2005


Senior Special Section: Have a great Memorial Day weekend. This week's discusssion was inspired by a reader who was looking for discounts on a recent flight. She found that the senior discount the airline was offering was not the best price available. Read below for tips on how to locate the best price.

SeniorDiscounts Card News: In an effort to increase the number of businesses providing deeper discounts for our members we will be starting a new Nominate a Business program next week. Read below for details. For more information about the SeniorDiscounts Card program, click here.

Other News: We are making some changes to our structure for sending our newsletters. The changes will take place this weekend and will should not affect our current subscribers. If you have difficulties updating your settings or removing yourself from our publication, please e-mail us at

Senior Discounts Section: We have highlighted discounts available through our SeniorDiscounts Card program including discount car rentals and medical supplies.

Challenge Section: This is the last week to enter our $200 Nominate a Business challenge available through our SeniorDiscounts Card program. To enter, click here. Read our challenge section below for more details and other available challenges.



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Bill, from Granite City, IL, tells us that the Hen House Restaurant offers a 10% discount to people over 65 years of age.

Rikki, from Waco, TX, tells us that the Animal Clinic on Woodway Drive provides a 10% discount on Wednesdays to people 65 and older.

Tom of Highland, NY, informs us that Golden Glow Tanning Salon
offers seniors 50 and older a 10% discount on all packages.

Thanks for all of your submissions.


Airline Discounts

Many airlines still offer a discount for seniors, but before you decide to purchase a ticket at the senior rate, be sure to do some research. The senior discount may not always the best price. Senior rates can be higher than some other specials that may be offered by the airline.

Start with some of the travel sites that enable you to search many of the airlines at the same time. This will provide a good price base from which to work.,,, or are good sites to begin with. Search the dates and destination you wish to travel and find out what the best prices are and for which airlines. Be sure to check the time of the flights as well as the airport the flight originates and departs from. Long layovers, early or late flights, or smaller airports may be reasons for the less expensive flights.

Once you established which airlines have the best rates and what times work for you, compare the prices against those published on the airlines' websites. Many airlines now claim that their lowest prices available can only be found on their websites. Once you have done your research and established the lowest fare, call the airline and ask about its senior discount and its price. This will ensure you are receiving the best deal.

Typically the senior discount will be the best rate when traveling at the last minute or during a busy time of the year. (To review the list of airline senior discounts located in our search engine, click here.) Some airlines may also have blackout dates for their senior fares, so check the website or ask an agent for all of the restrictions. If you are not traveling alone, the senior fare can be a good choice as many airlines will also extend the senior fare to a companion regardless of age.

Here other tips for finding the least expensive price. Most airlines will post their lowest fares Tuesday through Thursday, so it is best to search for pricing during these days. If you have some time before you are taking your trip, you can ask the airlines or other travel websites to e-mail you when the better price for a particular trip becomes available. You can also try websites like If the day and time you leave and return are flexible, you can place a price bid for that trip. Be careful though; once you place the bid, you can not receive a refund for the trip and you are stuck with the airline and times they provide to you.

We hope you all have safe travels this summer.

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  This week we are bringing you some of the discounts available in our SeniorDiscounts Card program. The following discounts and over 125,000 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.  

Do you know of a senior discount that we don't? Tell us and you could win $100.
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  Budget Car Rentals  
  Budget now has special offers for members of the SeniorDiscounts Card program. For the most up to date offers, visit our discount search page and click on the car rentals link.  
Click here to go to our discount search page.
  Texas Medical Supplies
  Texas Medical Supplies located in Garland, Texas sells medical products as well as provides home health care services. SeniorDiscounts Card members receive a 20% on medical purchases.  
For details, click here. Located in the Health and Nutrition category.
  Franklin Medical Supply
  Franklin Medical is a handicapped-owned business that provides adjustable beds at low prices. SeniorDiscounts Card members receive a $100 discount on Adjustable Beds and a $20 on Hospital Beds from Franklin Medical's already guaranteed low prices on Invacare beds or bed packages.  
For details, click here. Search the Online Retail category.
  The Senior's Companion  
  The Senior's Companion in Richmond, VA, makes it possible for the elderly to maintain as much independence as possible, by providing appropriate in-home assistance. SeniorDiscounts Card members receive 10% off first month's service.  
For details, click here. Located in the Health and Nutrition category.
  Cynthia Franklin/San Antonio Realtors
  Cynthia Franklin, in San Antonio, TX, will offer a $600.00 check at closing to SeniorDiscounts Card members who list a property with her. Please contact her and mention the SeniorDiscounts Card number.  
For details, click here. Search the Local Services category.

Nominate a Business Challenge

This is the last week to win $200. SeniorDiscounts Card is always looking for new exclusive business discounts to add to its discounts program. If you know of a business you think would be interested in offering an exclusive senior discount for our Card members, simply let us know and we will send it a registration form. Click here to enter.

Submit a Discount Challenge

Win $100. We are looking for any and all NEW Senior Discounts. This means discounts 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. The more discounts you enter, the better your chances of winning. Click here to enter.

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

Weekly Internet Challenge

Answer the trivia question and you will be entered to WIN a complimentary $10 gift certificate from

This Week's Challenge:
Which community was proclaimed in 1966 by the U.S. government as the birthplace of Memorial Day?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
What US state has the largest national forest acreage?
Challenge Answer:

Our winner this week, Edie Kutlus of Myrtle Beach, SC, will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from Edie, 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 correction you have found and please include a description of the mistake. We appreciate your help.


For great deals on books containing senior discounts, click here.



Memorial Day was founded to honor military personnel who died in The Civil War.

The original name for Memorial Day was Decoration Day.

Since the end of World War I, Memorial Day has also been called Poppy Day.

So long as there are men there will be wars.
--Albert Einstein

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
--Albert Einstein


The SeniorDiscounts Card program has just registered Budget Car Rentals to provide special discounts to our members. We are continuing to work with other large national companies such as hotel chains and retail stores to provide more substantial benefits to our members.

We will be starting a new Nominate a Business challenge next week and would like to hear what businesses you would like see offer a discount through our Card program. To nominate a business, click here.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail us at:


Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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