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Wednesday,
May 30, 2007

 

This Week's Special Section:
United Airlines will be ending its senior discounts program next month. What does this mean for you and for current members?

Sound Off:
What do you think about the government enforcing minimum gas prices and thus revoking the gas station owner's ability to provide a senior discount? Here is what one member had to say:

"I suggest that the government require oil companies to maintain a minimum gas supply that would reflect current demand. That way the oil companies could not reduce the supply to justify increased prices."

Let us know what you think in our Discussion Boards.

Senior Discounts Section:
We highlight discounts available with other airlines this week.

Challenge Section:
SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner in the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. Do you know what type of whales swam up the Sacramento River?

 

Elliott, from New York, NY tells us that the California Grill in Camarillo, CA offers an Early Bird Special from 5pm to 5:30pm every day. Prix Fixe meals including prime rib and salmon from $14.95.

Victor, in Mineola, NY, lets us know that Entenmann's Bakery provides a 10% discount every Wednesday to customers 65 and older.

Thomas, of McHenry, IL, informs us that the Grand Buffet Chinese Restaurant has a 15% discount as well as free ice cream, iced tea, coffee, soda and hot tea with a buffet purchase. Available to people 60 and older.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

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United Airlines Quits Silver Wings Plus

Over the past years, we have seen many airlines change or adopt new policies for their senior discount programs. This is largely due to the competitive prices now available through online travel web sites. While Budget airlines entering the market may have helped to lower the ticket costs for many, they have also contributed to the changes in many carriers' senior programs.

United Airlines is now making a major change and will be discontinuing its senior discount program Silver Wings Plus. Starting on July 1, 2007, Silver Wings Plus will no longer offer annual memberships and will no longer activate, renew or extend annual memberships.

What was the Silver Wings Plus Program?

The Silver Wings Plus program was open to all people 55 years of older for an annual fee. The amount of the fee depended on the level of membership, but started at $25. Members had access to Zone Fares for domestic and international destinations. These fares divided destinations into zones. Members could fly within their zone for as little as $191 round-trip or travel to the next zone for slightly more. Members also received travel credits, and discounts with other travel partners.

What does this mean for Current Members?

United Airlines will be providing refunds for the unused portions of current memberships. Members can choose from a cash refund or opt for bonus miles or other perks provided by United. Members who do not choose a refund option by May 31, 2007, will automatically be provided a cash refund and will have the amount credited back to the credit card on file.

Current members can redeem existing travel credits through June 30, 2007 for domestic or international travel through the Silver Wings Plus travel desk. After June 30, 2007 travel credits will be converted to electronic certificates which can be use through United's web site. All travel credits must be redeemed, and travel completed by June 30, 2008.

If you joined Silver Wings Plus before September 2005 or are a lifetime member, United will continue to provide those members will access to special zone fares, but you must contact United directly and use your current Silver Wings member number.

If members need to make any changes to current itineraries or for those made after July 1, 2007, and booked with Silver Wings, contact the airline, car rental company, hotel, or cruise line directly.

For more information you can contact United's Silver Wings Plus program at 1-800-720-1765, or visit the web site for all of the information. Click here.

  
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 This week, we bring you some of the discounts available for Gold and Premium Members in our SeniorDiscounts Database. The following discounts and over 135,000 more can be found at www.seniordiscounts.com. Included in each listing is the phone number, address, discount details and more. 
  
 
Southwest Airlines
 
 
Southwest Airlines offers special Senior Fares for travelers 65 years of age or over. Senior Fare tickets are fully refundable and the maximum one way ticket price is typically $159 + tax. (Details, limitations, and any restrictions are available on Southwest's web site or from a Southwest Airlines Reservations Sales Agent.
 
 
 
 
Hawaiian Airlines
 
 Hawaiian Airlines offers senior fares through its reservations department for travelers age 60 or older on select flights. The senior discount can be up to 10% off select published fares. 
 
 
 
Continental Airlines
 
 
Continental offers senior fares to selected travel destinations for passengers who are 65 and older. Ask for more details about these fares when you make your reservation, or when you make your reservation online, select the Seniors (age 65 and older) category. Seniors and their spouses can also purchase lifetime memberships to the Continental Presidents Club at discounted rates and with no initiation fees (normally $50).
 
 
 
 
Virgin Atlantic
 
 
Virgin Atlantic is currently unable to process a Senior Citizen discount online, however a discount can be offered at Virgin Atlantic's own discretion, on certain routes and fare types to passengers over the age of 60 years. One must contact the reservation department by phone.
 
 
 
  
Details about these discounts and information about thousands more are available on our web site for our Gold and Premium members.
 
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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.

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

Our winner of the senior discount challenge this week, Thomas Sproull of McHenry, IL, will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Premium Membership and Guide Book. Thomas, please e-mail us at: newsletter@seniordiscounts.com to claim your prize.

Weekly Internet Challenge

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

This Week's Challenge:
Two whales appear to finally be back in the ocean after venturing up the Sacramento River. What type of whales were they?

To answer this week's question and for last week's challenge and answer, click here.

Our winner of last week's challenge, Norma Goldberger, of Canton, OH, will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Premium Membership and Guide Book. Norma, please e-mail us at: newsletter@seniordiscounts.com to claim your prize.

 
   
 
 
 

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