Are you preparing to travel? Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, it is always nice to save some cash in the process. There are lots of ways to save money when you travel, and knowing your discount status is one of the best. There are many things that may qualify you to receive additional and exclusive discounts, the trick is knowing you qualify and in turn asking for your discount. Look below at 6 discounts you should know about when you travel, and see what types of discounts you might be entitled to!
1. The AARP Discount If you are a senior and belong to AARP, you may have discounts coming your way. Your AARP status can get you discounts on hotels, car rentals, even show tickets and other attractions. It is always worth asking if an AARP discount is available. You can find a list of discounted attractions when you visit the AARP website. If you don’t belong to AARP, you should still ask about senior discounts, as many attractions offer discounted senior rates, meals, and more.
2. Educator’s Discounts Often times, an educator’s discount doesn’t just mean teachers. It can also mean teacher’s aids, lunch staff, bus drivers, and others associated with a school corporation. If you have a valid school ID, you can save on some hotels, show tickets, museum tickets, and more.
3. Military Discounts Very few places don’t give a military discount, so if you are active or retired military with a valid ID you can save on hotels, flights, car rental, museum tickets, event tickets, and more. Some travel locations even do military appreciation days with free entrance tickets, free meals, and more. Your service is appreciated, so if you served, be sure to ask if there is a military discount.
4. Law Enforcement Discounts Many hotels give discounts to those in law enforcement as well as to those who are first responders. Also look for attractions that offer a law enforcement appreciation events where you can enjoy attractions for cheap or free.
5. Student Discounts If you are a high school or college student or just traveling with one, be sure to ask about student discounts. While most hotels don’t offer student discounts, you might be able to find discounts on rentals, meals, and attraction tickets. This is a great way to save some money while working your way through school!
6. Union Discounts. Do you belong to a union through your place of employment? Many unions offer discounts to their members on hotels, car rental, and other travel amenities. Check with your union representative to see if your membership includes any travel discounts or perks.
The best way to claim any of these discounts is to make sure you have a valid ID to prove you fall into one of these categories. Many times, you won’t be able to stack discounts (let’s say you are a senior but also a teacher) but it never hurts to ask!
Whenever booking a flight, hotel, or car, always be sure to ask about any discounts they offer so before you sign the dotted line you get any discounts you have coming to you. If you mention it after the fact, the discount may not be able to be applied.
Before you travel, consider these 6 discounts you should know about when you travel. They are a great way to keep some cash in your pocket!