Pensioner Discounts

Reporter: Graham Marshall

Finally...getting older has its benefits...

From discount travel... To free money... Your twilight years need not be frugal years..

From government-run schemes to private businesses.. saving money has never been easier..

The Seniors Card provides a savings bonanza. It's free...to qualify you must be aged 60 and over...65 in Queensland...

70 year old pensioner Edith Martin is always on the lookout for a good deal...

A flash of her seniors card...and a trip to the movies and dinner with a friend sets Edith back just $20...

Managing Director of Metro Cinemas Tom Schouten says offering seniors movie tickets for just $7 is a win-win...with most taking up the offer in the least busy times...

"They come throughout the day more often we also offer them free tea and coffee it's just so nice to see a smile on their face." Said Tom

In Victoria...the Seniors Card has gone online making it easier than ever to search for local bargains. According to David Davis...the Victorian Minister for Health and Ageing...the scheme is gaining popularity...with more than 3,500 businesses getting on board...

"If you're from NSW or QLD or WA those discounts will be available when you come to Victoria and vice versa. And we're particularly proud to have that arrangement with New Zealand as well." Said David Davis

The Seniors Card entitles you to discounts on prescription medicine...it can also entitles you to one-off government rebates on gas and electricity. And...depending on where you live...you can travel on public transport for half price or even free on weekends...

Prescription medicine

Restaurants

Attractions

Travel

Insurance

Clothing

Shoes

Florists

Dry cleaning

Gardening

Hairdressers

Optometrists

For those looking for a real change of scenery...your age could save you more than $500 on a trip on the famous Ghan...

The Ghan

Return trip from Melbourne to Alice Springs

2 adults $6,294

2 seniors $5,734

Saving $560

Those as young as 50 will benefit from the National Seniors discount card...which is similar to the government-run Seniors Card. With a membership fee of $35 a year...there's discounted dining...entertainment...accommodation and tickets on offer. Michael O'Neill is the organisations Chief Executive...

"Varying for accommodation entry into theme parks really great savings on wine and I'd have to say seniors like their glass of wine to relax at the end of the day so those savings are available for people helping drive the dollar a bit further." Said Michael O'Neill

But the best deals are those that don't cost YOU a cent. A little known pot of gold is the Seniors Supplement provided through Centrelink...designed to help with the cost of energy bills...rates and car registration...

Eligible to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders..you must be of pension age but NOT be claiming an income support payment or payment from The Department of Veterans' Affairs...

Singles can receive $845 or $1274 for a couple...

Singles $845

Couples $1274 combined

Zac Swindells from ONEseniors promises cheaper and less confusing internet...home phone and mobile deals for the over 55's...

"We spend quality time on the phone with our customers to make sure they're fully understanding what's going on and they stay on the phone until the customer's happy and they resolve their problem. We don't have expensive tv campaign or radio campaigns what we offer is a good quality service to our customers and they spread the word of mouth for us." Said Zac Swindells

30,000 seniors are taking advantage of cheaper communication...like 68 year old pensioner Kathy Barnes...

"For the internet and the mobile phone $40 a month which is great. I know where I stand there's no hidden costs." Said Kathy

But just because a product is labelled as "senior" don't assume it's better value. Do your research.

Contact details

Senior Stays - www.seniorstays.com.au

Seniors Card - www.seniorscard.com.au