Saturday, July 30, 2011

International Senior Travel Discounts

I have an Internet friend, Rick, who resides in the Philippines. He recently asked me about any senior discounts that we had available to us on our Southwest trip. I used my Senior Lifetime Pass from the National Park Service. That saved us a small fortune on entrance fees to the national parks and national monuments that we visited. Otherwise, there wasn't a heck of a lot of other opportunities.

Things, though, are quite different in the Philippines. According to Rick, "a 20% discount are mandated by law for card-carrying senior citizens for such services as restaurants, hotels, theaters, medical prescriptions, hospitals, and public. Alas the keyword here is "citizens". Foreigners can't legally avail of this benefit".

He did continue to say that some establishments will extend a discount to any senior citizen so he is able to take advantage of some discounts because of his age.

(See Update on this information.)

Our 'conversation' got me to thinking, wondering if there are other countries that mandate a discount for senior citizens and, also, what countries might offer senior discounts to anyone, even tourists.

If you have information on this, please leave a comment. Thanks!

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