Are you a member of AARP? Confession time: Alan and I used to belong but dropped our membership because we didn’t find it valuable. That is—until last week when AARP Member Advantages invited me to attend the [email protected]+ event in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with 12,000 boomers and seniors attending the show, I learned that member benefits are getting better all the time, especially when it comes to travel. Today, I’m highlighting the best AARP travel discounts that I discovered at [email protected]+. They have been created specifically for AARP members and go above and beyond what you might find in many other travel discount offers. That’s a good value considering AARP membership is only $16 a year.
Avis car rental discounts for AARP members:
Up to 25% off at participating Avis locations. AARP benefits also include:
- Free upgrade
- Reduced rental fee for Garmin GPS ($6.99 per day)
- One additional driver fee waived
Save on already low Expedia rates:
Visit the dedicated Expedia page for AARP members for these discounts:
- Save an extra 10% with AARP preferred hotel providers
- Extra on board credits of up to $100 on select cruises
- Savings of up to $525 on vacation packages
- And the same great Avis and Budget car rental discounts that I’ve just told you about
Up to 18% discount on a MedJetAssist membership
Alan and I think every traveler should belong to MedJetAssist. The evacuation program flew me to my home hospital last December after I suffered a back injury in Switzerland. Find out more at AARP. But AARP discounts aren’t just for travel. You can bet that we’ll be taking advantage of this one:
15% off general products and services at UPS.
You’ll also receive 5% off domestic and international shipping. That should come in handy during the holiday season. Check out the details at AARP. AARP Member Advantages will be rolling out a newly-designed travel portal. Although it’s not quite ready for prime time, I got a sneak peek at [email protected]+. Stay tuned for more about it once all the features are live.
And if you’ve never been to [email protected]+, I encourage you to go. Next year’s events are in Boston (May 8-10, 2014) and San Diego (September 4-6, 2014). You’ll be entertained with fun musical performances, educational seminars and the opportunity to meet AARP partners in person. Oh, and benefit from event-only discounts.
I traveled to Atlanta as part of a boomer blogger initiative created by AARP Member Advantages. What did my colleagues think about the event? Have a look. And while you’re at it visit their websites too.
- Zippy Sandler at Champagne Living wrote about the joys of attending a blogging event with bloggers her own age. And she liked the discounts, too.
- Veronica of the Gypsy Nesters wonders if she could possible be old enough for AARP.
- At GoNomad’s Readuponit blog, Max Hartshorne shares his experience volunteering at the AARP morning of service.
- Lisa Carpenter of Grandma’s Briefs went to a movie screening and ended up hugging the star.
- At BoomerPlaces, Robert Fowler writes about a night of musical entertainment for “our” generation.
- David Porter at the Roaming Boomers gives an overview of [email protected]+ in Atlanta.
- At Chris Cruises, Chris Owens shares his opinion about the AARP Member Advantages discounts.
Disclosure: AARP Member Advantage provided this travel experience. As always, the opinions are my own.