How to Find Senior Airfare DiscountsFebruary 1, 2012
“Do airlines still provide discounts to seniors on their airfares? My husband and I are retired and like to travel and are wondering which airlines offer the best discounts to budget conscious seniors.”
While senior airfare discounts are not nearly as common as they used to be, there are a handful of carriers that still offer them. Here’s a rundown of the different airlines that are currently offering senior airfares, along with some tips to help you find the best deals.
The only U.S. airlines that are currently offering senior airfare discounts are:
•Southwest has discounts on all domestic routes to passengers 65 and older. For details on fares call 800-435-9792 or you can search online at southwest.com.
•American offers some senior fares to travelers 65 and older on their American, American Eagle and American Connection domestic flights. Call 800-433-7300 to find out which flights offer these discounts. You cannot search specifically for senior airfares on American’s aa.com website.
•United has some discounts on select flights to those 65-plus but they are few and far between. To search for them, visit united.com and select “child or senior” from the dropdown menu. When the site returns your fare quote, the results for your search will indicate the type of discount you are receiving, if one is available. You can also call 800-241-6522 to find out if a senior discount is available for a particular flight.
•Continental is merging with United in a few months has senior discount fares as well on very few flights to passengers 65 and older. To search, visit continental.com and click on “Advance Search” to access the “seniors” category, or call 800-523-3273.
•Delta has senior discounts that vary by age and apply only to flights from three Latin American nations – Panama, Honduras and Ecuador. Call 800-241-4141 to inquire.