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Wednesday, August 23, 2005


Senior Special Section: This week's Senior Special is not just for seniors. In our last issue we told you that travelers can now book a senior fare on the Southwest web site. Well, Southwest has made some other changes, this time to its Rapid Rewards credits. Read on below.

SeniorDiscounts Card News: As we said last week, SeniorDiscounts has provided a special offer of $19.95 for its SeniorDiscounts Card Membership. At the end of this month, the price will return to its regular price of $24. For more information on becoming a member of the SeniorDiscounts Card program scroll down or click here.

Senior Discounts Section: We have highlighted SeniorDiscounts Card Member discounts available on Flowers, Home Access and Mobility products, and Carpet Cleaning.

Challenge Section: This is the last week to enter the Nominate a Business Challenge for $200. Scroll down for more information on this challenge and others.


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Shirley, from Smithfield, VA, tells us that Farm Fresh Supermarket provides a 10% discount to shoppers over 55 every Tuesday.

Frank tells us that many Master Cuts salons offer a discount of up to $5 off a hair cut to seniors 62 and older on Mondays. Contact a local Maters Cuts for its details.

We have had many people tell us about the discount that Kroger Grocery Stores offer to seniors. We have been asked by Kroger not to list this discount on our web site. You can contact Kroger for more information about its senior discount program. The web site address is:

Thanks for all of your submissions.

Southwest's Rapid Rewards

Last week we discussed the senior discounts offered by Southwest Airlines and its new online availability. If you would like to read last week's newsletter, please visit our Newsletter Archive located on the SeniorDiscounts web site. Click here.

Southwest has also made some other recent changes. This does not affect the senior discount per se, but we thought it would be important to mention.

At the beginning of this month, Southwest announced changes to its Rapids Rewards program. Some of the changes are good while others may make it more difficult to locate available seats reserved for Rapid Rewards ticket holders.

As of August 10, 2005, all Rapid Reward credits now have a life of 24 months instead of the previous 12 months and existing credits will be valid for an additional 12 months. Along with the extended time to use the Rapid Rewards, Southwest has also eliminated blackout dates on award availability. This will begin on February 10, 2006.

These changes should be welcome to Southwest travelers and should make it easier for them to earn credits and use them whenever they like. There is a drawback though; Southwest has also made changes to the number of seats available for Rapid Reward credits. Awards issued after February 10, 2006, will have added seat restrictions for free travel. Travelers will no longer be assured a seat with their Rapid Rewards credits as long as there is an empty seat available. Southwest will decide how many seats will be available on each flight and may not offer any seats on certain flights. So while you may have more time to use your credits and no restrictions on when you can apply them, the limited number of seats for Rapid Rewards travelers may be a major hindrance.

Rapid Rewards fliers will need to begin booking their flights earlier to snag those reserved seats and although there are no blackout dates, there may be limited seats, if any, during holidays and busy traveling times.

Next week we will look at a senior discount offered by Delta's Shuttle Service and how it could benefit you.

New LifeStyles, The Source for Seniors is your complete guide to senior housing and care, listing all state licensed senior communities and care agencies nationwide. Order a Free print guide by calling 800-820-3013 or visit and search online.

  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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   is a nationwide provider of flowers and gifts. It offers same day delivery anywhere nationwide and is open 24 hours a day. is offering all Senior Discounts Card Members a 20% discount on all of their flower needs.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  SpinLife has items from walkers to power wheelchairs. They promise to meet or beat any published competitor's price for any wheelchair, power wheelchair, electric scooter or home medical equipment product for sale at SpinLife. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive an additional 5% off all orders.
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.
  Burg's Custom Cleaning  
  Burg's Custom Cleaning, in Sterling Heights, MI, is a carpet cleaning company that specializes in dirt and spot removal and odor control. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a 20% discount on all services.
Click here for more details. Search our Local Services category.
  Home Access Services
  Home Access Services, in Frankfort, IL, provides accessibility products such as ramps, stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, platform lifts, for your home and scooter lifts for your car, as well as home modifications such as walk-in tubs and grab bars. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a free in-home estimate.
Click here to for more details. Search our Local Services category.
  Emeeco specializes in products that help your skin look and feel younger. Visit their website for more details. SeniorDiscounts Card Members will receive a $10 mail in rebate for each item of CollagenRX ordered.  
Click here for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retail category.

Nominate a Business Challenge

One week left to earn an extra $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

Earn $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:
How fast does a Space Shuttle travel in space?

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

Last Week's Challenge Question:
What is the highest lake in the world?
Last Week's Challenge Answer:
This was a tricky one. Answers accepted:
Lake Titicaca - world's highest lake navigable to large vessels, at 12,500 feet (3,810 m) above sea level between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east.
Lhagba Pool - 6,368 meters, 20,892 feet, located in Tibet.
Lake with no name - lies nestled in the crater of Licancabur, a dormant volcano in the Andes that rises nearly 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) above sea level, straddling the border between Chile and Bolivia.
Panch Pokhri - the highest named lake in the world as of August 2003.

Our winner this week, Lewis Steingold of Virginia Beach, VA will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from Lewis, 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.


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More Lake Trivia

The 5 largest lakes in the world:
-Caspian Sea
(North America)
-Victoria (Africa)
-Aralb (Asia)
(North America)

The deepest lake in the world is Lake Baikal in Siberia. Its deepest point is 1637 meters. It holds 20% of the world's fresh surface water and is the world's largest freshwater lake by volume.

The lowest lake is the Dead Sea (it's considered a lake but called a sea), which is in the Jordan Valley of Israel. The surface of the water is 1,302 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea is also the saltiest lake in the world. Almost nothing can survive in it besides some special green algae.

Onondaga Lake is a dimictic, hypereutrophic (excessive growth of aquatic plants), hardwater, alkaline lake located in the upstate region of New York State, USA. It has been described as “the dirtiest lake in the United States”.

    began the SeniorDiscounts Card Membership program some months ago. We offered the program at an introductory rate of $19.95. Members receive a personalized SeniorDiscounts Card, our over 500 page SeniorDiscounts Guide Book and exclusive member-only discounts. The goal of this program is to provide more and better discounts to the senior community, while providing an outlet for businesses to let seniors know about their special discounts. On September 1, the price will of a membership will return to its original $24 per year. To visit the SeniorDiscounts Card web site, click here.

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