I’m finally old enough to get a discounted Ski Lift Ticket. Women usually don’t tell their age, but I’ve earned these bragging rights. I’m 70 years old and saved $25 on my ski pass. Yeah, baby!
Not too long ago if you were still skiing at age 70, resorts would give you a free lift ticket.
According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), the percentage of baby boomers ages 55 to 64 on the slopes has more than doubled in the past 10 years, with the number of skiers 65 and older rising as well.
Ski areas want them to return with their grandkids and are enticing them by charging the same price as a young adult ticket. Other ski areas call you a senior if you’re between 65 and 69, but if you’re 70 or older, they call you a “super senior,” which entitles you to a bigger discount.
With the millions of baby boomers still skiing or snowboarding, how long will these discounts last? According to the NSAA, some ski areas are already eliminating the senior ski pass or moving the senior discount age to 80 years old.
There are fewer senior discounted air fares available now than five or ten years ago. Also the senior discounted price may not be the best price available.
Tips for locating and bagging the best bargain:
Some of the travel sites that enable you to search many of the airlines at the same time are Orbitz, Kayak, Travelocity, or Cheapoair (my favorite) and will provide a good price base to begin your search.
Once you have established which airline has the best rates and the times that work for you, compare the prices against those published on the airline’s web site. After finding the lowest fare, call the airline and ask about its senior discount and its price, if you cannot locate it on the website. This will ensure you are receiving the best deal.
AirfareWatchdog works best for travelers ready to take off at the drop of a deal. The site has actual people lurking on airline Web sites in anticipation of fare sales. Bonus: The site includes fares from Southwest, Allegiant and other small airlines that may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak and Bing.
Another tip: Most airlines post their lowest fares on Tuesday through Thursday.