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Old 03-05-2019, 05:14 AM
 
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My dad had to show proof of age some years back to get a senior citizen discount for an Amtrak rail ticket in California.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:59 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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Neither of us has ever been asked for ID to prove our senior ages. We do, however, still get carded at grocery stores when we buy booze.

+1 This, and it still amazes me getting carded for beer. I do realize it's part of the training but not letting the employees have any logical discretion, baffles me!
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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As you all know, during young adulthood, when entering upon an age-related venue like a casino, bar, or other nightclub, a valid ID would be required to get you access depending upon the jurisdiction's age of entry. That's why it's a compliment for someone in their 30s to still get this simply because they look "young" for their age.

That said, many other places have pricing based upon their age, whether its for kids or for senior citizens. The main question is, where and how much do various businesses enforce these requirements to be qualified for a discount? That is, are they more prone to being "carded" like you do with liquor, or is it more of an honor system? For instance, if I was in my 70s and still was being carded for the senior discount, that would be quite a compliment!
I will say that its not always as much of a compliment as some think. Indeed, many stores will have a policy to card if someone looks younger than, say, 35. But that's just a buffer zone in case they are wrong. Still, other stores--taking no chances--will card everyone, no matter how old or how young you look Getting carded in no way means that the clerk thinks you're actually underage

As for things like senior discounts, I have been with my mother (she doesn't look like a senior at all), where she'll ask for a senior discount, and they make her show some form of ID with a birth date/year. Unless my mother personally knows the clerk (who knows her age), asking for ID seems pretty standard in such cases.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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Denny's and budget truck rentals, and some hotels.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I've always (even in my 20's) taken advantage of senior discounts and if they give me any grief I cause a scene and they always give me the discount (sometimes even if they don't have one) just to make me shut up. Once I reach senior status, I'll probably demand an even better discount than what they're offering.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:45 PM
 
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As you all know, during young adulthood, when entering upon an age-related venue like a casino, bar, or other nightclub, a valid ID would be required to get you access depending upon the jurisdiction's age of entry. That's why it's a compliment for someone in their 30s to still get this simply because they look "young" for their age.

That said, many other places have pricing based upon their age, whether its for kids or for senior citizens. The main question is, where and how much do various businesses enforce these requirements to be qualified for a discount? That is, are they more prone to being "carded" like you do with liquor, or is it more of an honor system? For instance, if I was in my 70s and still was being carded for the senior discount, that would be quite a compliment!
Basically if you look like you could be a senior they will give the discount although hotels will check the license you have to give them anyways before giving the discount. Giving the discount to someone not a senior by their definition isn't against the law like being over 21. However, if you are 30 don't expect to get the senior discount if one is offered. Instead you might get a AAA discount if you have AAA. In my opinion anyway, these discounts aren't really all that great, especially hotels. You actually pay the same price as the lowest price online. It's only when you walk in that it might provide a better rate. Restaurants that offer a senior menu I don't think would stop you from ordering from it at 30 anymore than they stop me from ordering a Happy Meal when it is obvious I don't have a kid around. The senior menu is usually a smaller portioned size of the same larger meal which fits in with some older peoples smaller appetites and if you don't eat much might be appealing to you as well.
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:57 PM
 
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You get the senior discount at the movies, if you look older, you get child discount if you say the food is for your child in the car, you get correct price when you use 8675309 as the phone number for stores that use loyalty cards. (The stores say it's a discount but it's not, really.) Other than these three things, use that temporary AARP card - mileage may vary.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:13 AM
 
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I believe Houston it the only major US city where seniors ride free on all public transport. Over 70 gets a special tap-a-card that never needs to be re-charged. The only other I know about is Cincinnati, which has free senior transit only within the central zone.
Philadelphia too, senior rides free. Much more useful in Phily than Houston.
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Old 03-09-2019, 03:14 AM
 
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My dad had to show proof of age some years back to get a senior citizen discount for an Amtrak rail ticket in California.
You can get a ticket on their web portal with the senior discount without showing ID. I suppose a conductor could ask for it when they scan your eticket on your smartphone but thatís unlikely unless you look 30.

Until they killed the discount a couple of years ago, you could use AAA on Amtrak and nobody ever asked for a card. I book hotels and rental cars constantly using corporate discount codes. Nobody has ever asked for an employee ID or business card.
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:50 AM
 
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I believe London has free public transportation for seniors but I am not sure how it works. In NYC there is a discount (50%?) for seniors and I believe one must show a photo ID to get it (but again I am not sure how it works).
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