Hotels can be your largest travel expense. Fortunately, you may be able to get senior hotel discounts if you or someone you are traveling with meets the minimum age requirement. For most senior citizen hotel discounts, the minimum age is between 55 and 65 years of age.
However, you may be able to enjoy senior hotel rates earlier by signing up for a membership or loyalty program. The amount shaved off your bill depends on where you stay and when, but you can typically see a discount between 10 to 50 percent at more than 70 different hotel chains.
How to Find Senior Hotel Discounts
So, how do you find hotel deals for seniors and save big bucks on your upcoming trips? Search engines like Kayak and Orbitz can show you great deals, but they do not allow you to search for senior discounts. Likewise, they may not state the hotel senior discount age minimum, so you should check with the hotel’s website or call directly.
If you are a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), there is no better place to find senior discounts than its partnered website with Expedia. You can search for accommodations by location and date and then filter the results by AARP member-exclusive deals. Hotels with senior rates for AARP members usually reduce costs by 10 to 20 percent.
The Expedia-AARP search engine lets you further sift out properties that meet your needs and preferences, like:
- Star and guest rating.
- Property type, such as a hotel, house, or villa.
- Amenities, including pools, meals, and pet-friendly.
- Accessibility for disabilities, wheelchairs, and service animals.
- Experience, such as business-, family-, or LGBTQ-friendly.
Similarly, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) provides members with significant hotel discounts. AMAC claims to have the best senior hotel discounts and rates less than hotel and major online travel agencies’ websites.
Hotels With Discounts for Seniors
Not all hotel deals for seniors start at the same age. The senior discount age for hotels varies by brand, location, and time.
If you are looking for hotel discounts for seniors 55 years of age or older:
- Castle Resorts and Hotels’ senior discount can save you up to 25 percent in Hawaii.
- Best Western senior rates can be as high as 15 percent. In some locations, the senior discount includes a free breakfast and Wi-Fi.
- Omni Hotels and Resorts’ special senior rates vary by location.
Red Roof might cut your hotel bill by 10 percent at 59 years of age.
The Hilton senior rate age is 60 years of age, but you can also qualify for a discount of up to 10 percent if you are an AARP member. The hotel senior discount age is the same at Wyndham Hotel Group and its 21 hotel brands. And, you can get an 8 percent discount at Motel 6 and up to 10 percent at Choice Hotels and its 12 other brands.
The minimum age for Marriott senior discount is 62 years of age, and you will need to present proof of age at check-in. The Marriott senior discount is up to 15 percent. You can book up to two rooms per night, so you can reduce the rate for your younger traveling companions. As an eligible senior, the reservation for both rooms must be in your name.
The Marriott senior rate is available under “Special Rates” when booking your room through its website. If you are not of Marriott senior discount age yet, you may qualify for the other discounts, including government, military, and AAA.
The IHG senior discount is also available once you are 62 years of age, but the specific rate depends on the property. For example, you can receive up to 30 percent off your stay at The Kimpton Hotel Wilshire in Los Angeles. However, the Holiday Inn senior discount may only reduce your bill by 10 percent.
At Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, you can save up to 50 percent at participating locations in the United States or Canada once you reach 62 years of age.
Tips for Reserving the Cheapest Hotel as a Senior
While senior hotel rates can be less than the standard, they may not be the best rate. You may be able to get a more affordable fee with an AAA membership or military discount.
Most hotels’ online booking sites have “Best Available Rate” as the default. This will show you the cheapest results, no matter your age.
Signing up for loyalty programs can also reduce your hotel bill. Many companies reward their customers who frequently stay at their locations, such as Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy. You can also sign up for memberships with online agencies, like Expedia Rewards, which grants an automatic 10 percent discount for bookings with “Member Price” tags, regardless of the hotel chain.