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Saving money on travel with AARP

AARP Life@50+ in Atlanta

Atlanta welcomes boomers to [email protected]+

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.

Do you belong to AARP? Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email with your comments or questions.

Disclosure: AARP Member Advantage provided this travel experience. As always, the opinions are my own.

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