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Wednesday,
August 22, 2007

 

This Week's Special Section:
Earlier this year, SeniorDiscounts let you know that United Airlines would be dropping its Silver Wings Plus Program for mature travelers. Well, another airline has now discontinued its senior discount, but there is still some good news.

Sound Off:
The Shuttle has landed safely back on Earth. Do you think the US government should be allocating more or less funds to our space program? Let others know what you think in our Discussion Boards.

Senior Discounts Section:
We highlight discounts available at Costco, on boating and fishing supplies and travel, among others.

Challenge Section:
SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner in the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. Do you know what the most polluted city in the United States is according to the American Lung Association?

 

 

Renee of Santa Barbara, CA reminds us that Ross stores throughout the United States offer a 10% discount every Tuesday to shoppers 55 and older.

Albert, in Buffalo Grove, IL informs us that the Arlington Academy Beauty College provides a 20% discount Monday-Thursday to people 60 and older.

David form Hillsboro, TX lets us know that the many stores with in the Outlets at Hillsboro provide a 10% discount every Tuesday to customers 50 and older.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

Let us and others know about senior discounts,
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Disappearing Airline Discounts?

On July 1, 2007 United Airlines discontinued its former senior discount program, Silver Wings Plus and is no longer offering annual memberships and will no longer activate, renew or extend annual memberships. (However, United still offers discounts for flyers 65 and older.) Another airline, Virgin Atlantic, has now removed its discount for senior citizens.

Virgin Atlantic offered some discounts on certain routes and fare types to passengers over the age of 60, but as of this late summer has discontinued offering these discounted rates.

While these two airlines have dropped their senior discount programs, there are still a few that extend an extra discount to their older clientele. You just have to know where to look and how to ask for them.

In the age of the Internet and online ticket sales, airlines have become very competitive in their ticket pricing. This is probably the main reason that there are fewer senior discounts now than there were five years ago. This also means that the senior discount may not always be the best price available. While most airlines now guarantee that the best fare can be found on its web site, many still do not provide an online option for searching for the senior rate.

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 from. Orbitz.com, Sidestep.com, Travelocity.com, or Cheapflights.com are some great 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 and smaller airports may be the reason for the less expensive tickets.

Once you have established the airlines with the best rates and the times that work for you, compare the prices against those published on the airline's web site. Now that 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. Southwest, Continental, ATA, and United will allow you to search for the senior fare online.

Typically the senior discount will be the best rate when traveling at the last minute or during a busy time of the year. Some airlines may also have blackout dates for their senior fares, so check the web site or ask an agent for all of the restrictions. If you are not traveling alone, the senior fare can be a good choice as some airlines will extend the senior fare to a companion regardless of age.

Here are other tips for finding the least expensive price.

  • Most airlines will post their lowest fares on the Internet Tuesdays through Thursdays.
  • Many airlines and other travel web sites have the ability to e-mail you when the price you would like for a particular trip becomes available.
  • Try web sites like Priceline.com. If the day and time you leave and return are flexible, you can place a price bid for that trip

SeniorDiscounts lists airlines like Southwest, Continental, Hawaiian Airlines and American Airlines and their various senior discounts on its web site at www.seniordiscounts.com.

  
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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. 
  
 
Costco
 
 

Before September 1st, join Costco Wholesale and receive a $10 Costco Cash Card. The annual Costco membership also includes a free Household Card. ($10 Costco Cash Card offer is available only to non-members for their first year of membership. Limit one offer per household.)You must print out the application form and bring it to the nearest Costco location. (New discount offers will be available on September 1, 2007.) Click here to print the form:
http://www.seniordiscounts.com/Costco.aspx

 
 
 
 
Vitacost.com
 
 Vitacost.com has vitamins, supplements and natural health products. SeniorDiscounts members receive 10% off all orders. You must use the link provided on the SeniorDiscounts.com web site to receive the discount. (Must be a Gold or Premium Member.)
 
 
 
 
BoatersWorld.com
 
 

BoatersWorld.com is a website dedicated to bringing you the best selection of boating supplies, fishing gear and clothing items at the most competitive prices available, plus they offer a low price guarantee, no sales tax and free shipping (for qualifying orders over $100). SeniorDiscounts members receive a 5% discount on-line at BoatersWorld.com. You must use the link provided on the SeniorDiscounts.com web site to receive the discount. (Must be a Premium Member.)

 
 
 
 
Hostelling International USA
 
 
America's largest network of quality hostels, with more than 4,000 hostels in over 60 countries. These hostels offer a warm and friendly atmosphere and are great places to meet people from around the world. Receive $10 off, or about a 35% discount on membership fees.
 
 
 
  
Details about these discounts and 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, R Norton of Mobile, AL, will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Premium Membership and Guide Book. R Norton, 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:
According to the American Lung Association, what is the most polluted city in the United States?

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

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

 
   
 
 
 

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