AARP Travel


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In this episode: FAQ is: Karen asks, At what age can I join AARP?

Today’s Special Edition is on AARP Travel

Today’s Mistake- Being frazzled in the airport

Travel Advice: Room service is overrated.

FAQ: Karen asks: Is there an age requirement for AARP?

Answer: What is AARP's Membership Age? While AARP is dedicated to people over 50, there is no minimum age to join. People of all ages can get an AARP membership for as low as $12 per year with auto-renewal. Anyone can become an AARP member and gain access to hundreds of discounts, programs and resources.

My brother joined when he was 40. You can join at any age. They have a promo now if you purchase 5 years of membership. That sounds like a good offer if you plan on being a traveler soon.

Today’s Special Edition is on AARP Travel

I’ve been an AARP member, which stands for American Association of Retired Persons.

I’m on their mailing lists and get a lot of travel information from them. Some years I join and others I don’t.

They make travel a worry-free experience with partners who are tested.

I recently got a magazine from one of their vendors, Grand European Travel, or GET tours. This vendor has tours in every continent with discounts if you book early for summer travel. I like to look at these brochures and dream about travel, and the places that I will go. Good photography is their high standard. They also claim to be eco-friendly. Each of these tours is with a trained guide.

AARP doesn't protect Social Security and Medicare. It prevents any serious discussion of meaningfully reforming these programs, which are in great danger of becoming insolvent. AARP, with its nearly 38 million members, is one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in Washington. AARP members can receive discounts at Walgreens, RiteAid, Kohl's, Goodwill, UPS, and TJ Maxx..The AARP is a massive organization that boasts around 38 million members in the United States. Because of its stature, AARP has the ability to partner with big companies and give their members all of their discounts, benefits, resources, advice, and other things.

You can get discounts for restaurants like McCormick & Schmick’s, Claim Jumper, Outback Steakhouse, Denny’s, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and many more. You can also get discounts on entertainment options like Regal movie tickets, Ticketmaster, and Ancestry.

There are financial benefits that come with investing in an AARP membership that can be effective in helping you deal with your money and retirement. Some of the benefits you can receive from having an AARP membership include money management links and worksheet and Social Security benefits calculator. This calculator helps individuals to determine when they can expect to start receiving Social Security benefits.The AARP also provides identity theft protection services, which is very important.

Today’s Mistake-Being frazzled in the airport

I was hot, tired and hungry in an airport recently. I wanted to purchase a water bottle. It was $5 bucks. I can’t drink water in Mexico unless it’s been treated or I will get sick. I was thinking about that as I packed up my wallet to leave. But I almost left the water behind on the counter. That’s careless behavior. The cashier called after me, “you forgot your water.” Of course I thanked her. That was kind.

Today’s Travel Advice- Room service is overrated.

Instead of ordering room service, many hotels let you order food from around town. Hyatt has a pilot program for snack delivery with GoPuff app to deliver prepackaged and hot mails to rooms in certain of their properties. So far it’s going well, they say. See the show notes for the link. Thousands of items delivered fast for as little as $3 fee. Think about ice cream, cookies or yogurt delivery.

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