Air Travel Discounts for Seniors

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Air Travel Discounts for Seniors

Did you know that Southwest and United Airlines both offer Senior Citizen Discounts for air travel? That gives me something to look forward to as the years fly by! LOL!

From http://traveltips.usatoday.com/airlines-offer-senior-discount-rates-63888.html

"Southwest

Southwest Airlines (southwest.com) offers senior fares to travelers who are 65 or older. Senior fare discounts are fully refundable and offered online, over the phone and through travel agents. Seniors taking advantage of the discounted fare must present proof of age, such as a driver's license, upon arrival at the airport or complete Southwest's age verification process by visiting the airport with proof of age or mailing a copy of the age document to the airline in advance of the flight, to complete online check-in.
United

United Airlines (united.com) offers senior fares, when available to those ages 65 and older. Travelers who select senior fares must bring proof of age to the airport to take advantage of a discounted rate. Seniors who are already part of the Silver Wings Plus program are able to purchase fixed-rate zone fares for themselves and a travel companion."

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Seems like the age to be considered a senior keeps creeping up. Once in a while you could find it for 55 (Mike's getting close), then it was 60, then 62, now 65. I get it, the boomers are aging, but I'm not sure I'll live long enough to enjoy the discounts if they keep raising them! We will never be able to retire so a senior discount would be nice!

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Great advice, Kristen, thanks!!

Need to hold on to every cent when you're planning a big trip!!

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I think it's great that these two airlines offer senior citizens discounts, I just wish they would start them at age 55..that would be even better Smile that sure is closer than the 65.

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Hi, everyone! Think this is my first post! muchlove Not sure about United, but on SW these are not the typical discounted fares - but rather a less costly, fully refundable fare. Also, SW requires a senior to be 65. Since this is will be the big year for me eek I have checked SW fares often - the senior fares are much higher than the discounted web fare, or any other special fares. I just booked SW for January and chose the web fare because it was over $100 less each way than the senior.

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Hello MAGICinMyHeart!! I love your name!
welcome

Thanks so much for updating us on what Southwest is doing with their senior fares and explaining them better that I could. So, if you need a refundable ticket the senior discount is ok, but if you're looking for the cheapest flight, stick to the web deals!

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Hey, Magicinmyheart, and Welcome!

It upsets me that Southwest would even offer so-called "Senior Discounts" if they're not going to offer them the best deal. It's like they're expecting Seniors to come in and not do their research to find what's TRULY the best deal for them. Do not like! It's like taking advantage of people they think might not know their way around the Internet or something...BOOOO!!!

I'm interested to hear how United's Senior Plan truly works now, too!