Updates for 2017: The AARP discount for British Airways business class flights is now only $200 (It was previously $400). As our Lindsay Graham would probably say, this is mucho sad.
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AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, is one of America’s first and most powerful pressure groups. They lobby to protect Medicare and Social Security.
That’s all well and good, but as a 23 year old, I’m far more interested in the other things AARP has to offer — like discounts. AARP has an extensive list of partners that provide discounts to members spanning the likes of British Airways to Denny’s to Regal Cinemas. Almost everyone believes you have to be 55 to join up, so some of these discounts are pretty generous. British Airways will take $400 off the price of their flights (first/business class) or $65 off the cheapest economy seat. Denny’s lops 15% off your bill. Regal Cinemas discount tickets to $9.50. The list goes on and on.
Luckily for all us young folks, AARP doesn’t believe in age discrimination (even though Google seems to think you have to be 50 or older to join) so you can actually become a member if you apply through this application link no matter how old you are. It’ll set you back $16/yr, but I think it’s well worth it. I’ve saved over $1200 on flights so far and taken my friends to the movies at senior rates ($18 vs $10) and I only joined last month. This is already a very profitable venture for me and hey, I love the looks I get when I flash my AARP card.
Aspiring AARP members can apply here: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?keycode=UBBORG1&intcmp=DSO-HDR-JOIN-EWHERE[Archived — November 1, 2015]