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Updated on Friday, February 28, 2020
The AARP, or American Association of Retired Persons, is a member organization for Americans aged 50 and older. Founded in 1958 by a retired high school principal, the AARP now has a whopping 38 million members. And for good reason — beyond its advocacy work and research, the organization also provides members with advice on healthy aging and access to dozens of money-saving offers. For just $16 dollars a year, you can save on everything from travel to health care.
Thinking about joining? We reviewed AARP’s list of available deals and highlighted some of the best options for members.
Travelers will get a lot of use out of an AARP membership, as it gets you a notable discount with a long list of rental car agencies, hotel chains and tour companies. Pair your AARP discount with a travel credit card to take advantage of maximum savings.
- Avis Rent A Car: When you rent a car with Avis Rent A Car, having an AARP membership gets you a 30% discount on base rates. On top of that, you’ll get upgrades, based on availability, when you reserve compact through full-size cars.
- Zipcar: Zipcar is a car-sharing membership service that allows you to rent a car on demand, from various locations throughout your city, by either the hour or the day. You pay both a monthly or annual membership as well as a fee each time you use a Zipcar, but having an AARP membership gets you a 43% discount on the annual membership and $40 in driving credits.
- Hilton Hotels: Get a 10% discount off of your room rate as well as late checkout, depending on availability, at all Hilton brand hotels.
- Wyndham Hotels: At Wyndham brand hotels, you’ll save 10% on your room rate.
- Best Western Hotels: At Best Western brand hotels, you’ll get a discount of anywhere from 5% to 15% off of the regular room rate.
- Radisson Hotels: You’ll save 10% on your room rate at Radisson brand hotels with your AARP membership. Your membership also makes it easier to achieve elite status with Radisson: You’ll get Gold Elite status after completing as few as four stays.
- Grand European Travel: AARP members get $100 off per person on guided tours to six different continents and luxury river cruises in Europe, Asia and Egypt with Grand European Travel.
- British Airways: With an AARP membership, you’ll get $65 to $200 off of select round-trip British Airways flights.
- AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia: Having an AARP membership gives you access to a travel booking portal, powered by Expedia, where you’ll get up to $349 off of flight and hotel vacation packages.
- Collette Tours: Collette and Explorations by Collette run intimate cultural immersion tours as well as regular tours by land, rail, river cruise and more to all seven continents. AARP members get a $50 to $100 per person discount on these tours.
- MedjetAssist: Requiring medical evacuation or transportation while on vacation can be an expensive travel emergency. While travel insurance sometimes covers medical evacuation to the nearest hospital, MedjetAssist is a membership service that will cover medical transportation to get you to your hospital of choice, even if it’s across the globe, when you’re traveling more than 150 miles from home. AARP members get 20% off MedjetAssist memberships.
Keep your savings account balance high by taking advantage of the discounts an AARP membership can get you at some of the most popular chain restaurants in the U.S.
- Bubba Gump: Save 10% on your meal and nonalcoholic drinks at this Forrest Gump-inspired seafood restaurant.
- Denny’s: Get 15% off of your meal, whether you’re dining in at this classic diner chain or taking it to go, at participating Denny’s locations.
- Bonefish Grill: When you dine in at this casual seafood restaurant, your AARP membership will get you 10% off of all food and nonalcoholic drinks.
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Dine-in guests with an AARP membership save 10% on food and nonalcoholic drinks at this Italian-American chain.
- Chart House: At this upscale chain specializing in seafood and steak, you’ll get 10% off of your food and nonalcoholic drinks with an AARP membership.
- Corner Bakery Cafe: AARP members enjoy a 10% discount at this American cafe chain featuring baked goods, breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, soups and salads.
- Joe’s Crab Shack: At this beachy seafood chain made popular by their crab buckets, your AARP membership will get you 10% off of all your food and nonalcoholic drinks.
- McCormick & Schmick’s: This fine-dining chain specializing in fresh seafood offers a 10% discount on food and nonalcoholic drinks for all AARP members.
- Outback Steakhouse: You’ll get 10% off of your food and nonalcoholic beverages at this ubiquitous Australian-style steakhouse chain with an AARP membership.
Health & Wellness
It’s no secret that health care costs are high, especially as you reach retirement age. Having an AARP membership saves you money on everything from eyeglasses and hearing aids to prescriptions that aren’t covered by your insurance.
- LensCrafters: At this popular eyewear retailer, AARP members get 30% off of a complete pair of glasses, both frame and lenses included. For glasses with transition lenses, members will get 40% off of the lenses and 30% off of the frames. Finally, members pay only $55 for an eye exam.
- Philips Lifeline: Philips Lifeline’s medical alert systems give you 24/7 access to emergency help whether you’re out and about or at home. The system operates on a monthly subscription basis, and AARP members get 15% off of their subscription fees as well as free shipping and setup.
- Hearing Care Program: Members get a 20% discount on all hearing aids purchased through the AARP Hearing Care Program, as well as free hearing aid cleanings, free hearing check-ups and three years’ worth of hearing aid batteries for free.
- Prescription Savings: Through the AARP Prescription Discounts program, members get an average discount of 61% off prescriptions that aren’t covered by their own insurance. This discount can apply to dependents, as well.
- Glasses.com: AARP members get 30% off all of their orders from this eyeglasses retailer. In addition to this generous discount, they get basic lenses for free, 25% off lens upgrades and free shipping.
The entertainment discounts are a favorite amongst AARP members. If you go to the movie theater often, the Regal Cinemas discount alone will pay for your membership in no time.
- Ancestry: Ancestry is a genealogy company that helps customers trace their heritage and discover information about past and living relatives. Customers can choose from different membership tiers that give them access to varying levels of access to the Ancestry records and information about their own family tree. AARP members get 30% off of their first year of a World Explorer or All Access subscription.
- Regal Cinemas: At all Regal movie theater locations, AARP members get a 20% discount on Regal ePremiere tickets when they’re purchased online, as well as $3 off of popcorn and soft drink combos.
- Ticketmaster: As an AARP member, you’ll get exclusive savings on certain ticketed events from Ticketmaster, including two for the price of one ticket deals, a discounted price for groups of four tickets and select events with tickets under $40 for members.