Is visiting all 50 states on your travel bucket list? If so, you are going to need a place to stay! There are more than 6,000 Marriott-brand locations scattered throughout the U.S. (as well as the rest of the world). With so many locations it’s likely you’ll book a stay at the Marriott at some point.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Marriott Hotels’ Senior Discount Policy Explained
- 6 Other Tips to Save on Your Retirement Travel
- Tips on Booking Accessible Rooms at a Marriott Property
Knocking items off your travel bucket list can get expensive. If cost is a concern, it’s worth seeing if you can get a senior discount on your travel. Some airlines offer senior discounts. And senior citizens can get a reduced rate when visiting U.S. National Parks. You may also qualify for a senior discount when booking your hotel room through Marriott.
Here’s what you need to know about senior rates at Marriott-brand hotels. Keep reading to learn whether seniors get a discount at Marriotts. An important note! The Marriott brand also includes Fairfield Inn and Suites, Residence Inn, Renaissance Hotels, and more.
We will also explain how to book wheelchair-accessible rooms with Marriott.
Marriott Hotels’ Senior Discount Policy Explained
The good news? Marriott hotels have a senior rate, but Mariott Hotels isn't clear how much of a discount seniors receive across all of their properties.
A location in Florida gives seniors (ages 62 and older) a 25% discount on the price of a room. Some other Marriott locations offer a 15% discount for seniors.
Since the Marriott website doesn’t have a published policy, it’s difficult to know if there is a standard discount. Based on the information available online the discount is between 15% and 25% and is dependent upon the location.
It’s not difficult to get a senior discount when you book your hotel room online. To receive your special rate, go through the process of booking a room as usual. After you choose your travel dates, you will be able to choose from a variety of rates. These are all listed under the “special rate” drop-down menu. Choose the “senior discount” rate from the drop-down menu.
The Marriott’s senior citizen’s price is not the same as the rate you get as a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) or the Canadian Association of Retired Persons.
6 Other Tips to Save on Your Retirement Travel
If you are traveling for pleasure, there are many things you can do to save on your travel expenses. Here are some tips for receiving discounts or cashback on planned travel.
Travel in the offseason
One of the benefits of being retired is that you can travel whenever you want. If you don’t have to plan your travel around school vacations or work responsibilities, why not go when it’s less crowded? That flexibility allows you to travel when costs are lower.
Traveling in the offseason is cheaper than traveling during peak season. Plus, you won’t have to stand in long lines to go up the Space Needle in Seattle or ride a boat out to Ellis Island in New York.
Use cash back apps
You aren’t going to get rich by using a cash back app, but you may be able to save a few extra dollars.
Here’s how these sites work. Each site partners with businesses to offer cashback on porches. Some offer cash back on hotel room bookings. You’ll need to do a bit of research to see which sites offer a rebate for Marriott hotels.
Once you decide on an app and open an account it’s simple to get cash back. Click on the link to Marriott hotels while you are logged into your new account.
After your stay, your account will be credited with a percentage of your total purchase. You can get this money in the form of a check or have it deposited into your PayPal account.
Bundle your travel
As you look through the Marriott website, you will notice that they offer several packages. These bundles allow you to purchase flights and hotel rooms together. You can also book car rentals and activities with your hotel room as well.
Bundling your travel not only makes booking easier, but it usually allows you to receive special rates. Make sure you let Marriott know that you are a senior citizen so that you can save even more money.
Live with fewer amenities
Marriott owns a ton of hotels. Some are luxury properties, while others are not.
As you book your hotel room for your next trip, consider booking with one of the cheaper Marriott properties. Likely, you will still get the fantastic service that Marriotts are known for.
Use a Marriott credit card
If you are not opposed to using a credit card to book your rooms, you may be eligible to accumulate reward points.
And if you travel a lot getting a Marriott credit card might be the right choice. You’ll accumulate rewards points for every night you purchase. Those points can be used to earn discounts on hotel rooms.
Be aware of extra charges
When you are hungry or thirsty, those bottles of water and candy bars located in your hotel room look fabulous. If you are trying to save money on your travel, avoid those pricey in-room snacks and drinks.
Also, be on the lookout for extra charges that come with valet parking.
Tips on Booking Accessible Rooms at a Marriott Property
Some seniors have accessibility issues that make staying in a traditional hotel room difficult. Here are some tips on how to book a room if you have mobility or hearing issues.
You can book in person, over the phone, or online
Marriott makes it easy to book a mobility accessible room. If you are talking with a representative in person or over the phone, tell the employee your needs. They’ll be able to reserve you a room that works for your needs.
To book a mobility accessible room online is pretty easy. Go through the process of picking a hotel location and dates of your stay. Once you choose the type of room you want, a new window will pop up on the screen. From there, you can select “Mobility Accessible Room with Roll-In Shower” or “Mobility Accessible Room Tub.”
Download the Essential Accessibility app
If your disability makes it difficult to navigate the web, install the Essential Accessibility app. This app is designed for those who have diagnoses that make accessibility a priority. T
hose diagnoses include arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, mild visual impairment, limited proficiency in English, literacy deficiencies, dyslexia, or other learning or reading issues.
Saving Money on Marriott Hotels
Sometimes travel is for fun, and sometimes it’s not. While this article focuses on planned recreational travel, you may need to book rooms at a Marriott to visit a dying family member or go to a funeral. If you need to travel for a family emergency, you should know that you may be entitled to hotel bereavement rates.
Regardless of your reason for travel, these tips can help. And knowing that you can get a discounted rate at Marriott Hotels can reduce the stress of travel planning. Traveling on a budget is hard. These discounts can make it a little easier.