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Save more with senior citizen discounts

April 14, 2014

Here are just some senior citizen discounts we found from a quick peruse.

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By Caitlyn Ng

Inflation is bad enough on the retirement kitty even at its lowest. For many seniors, opting out of entertainment expenses and luxuries like nice meals out seem like the only way to stretch your retirement funds. But taking advantage of senior citizen discounts can help you save sometimes half the adult price and still have a good time. If you really don’t mind confessing to a mere number (go ahead and admit it, you may also need to prove it, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of), there’s a way for you to rack up some great senior citizen discounts!

You may need some time invested to search for the many, many discounts available but the savings is definitely worth the effort. Here are just some senior citizen discounts we found from a quick peruse.

Getting around
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If you ever need to make use of public transport in order to get from one point to the other, then this is the right time for you to prove your years of wisdom (60 years and above) and apply for the Senior Citizen Concession card that became available on 1st January 2012. According to the official website of the MYRapid company, it states there that “senior citizens will enjoy concession fares of a 50% discount for ticket fares on the LRT and KL Monorail”. One setback of this benefit is that the individual will have to travel to the registration counter at Pasar Seni LRT station first, in order to sign up and be eligible for the card. In addition, one would also need to purchase a new ticket each time they make a change from one type of train to another, or move to a different destination.

There is also the matter of taking the public bus service as a means of travel. Since February 2011, there are already concession fares that have been implemented on RapidKL buses with the use of concession cards, allowing the elderly to travel cheaply.

Entertainment and time out
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Whoever said senior citizens can’t enjoy themselves by having a trip to the cinema every now and then is sadly mistaken! Since it’s a nice way to escape into another “world”; allowing them to get their minds off Life’s little worries every now and then, it would be a good thing to have benefits for them. And that is exactly what GSC (Golden Screen Cinemas) offer in the form of special rates that are applicable for all weekday shows before 6pm (not for the Twin Seats, Premiere Class or Gold Class), for those aged 55 years and above. Some of the ticket prices, after the discount is given, can reach as low as RM6!

What about the occasional trip out with the children and the grandchildren? A general rule to remember is that public places of attraction like museums, parks, zoos and science centres will most certainly have special rates for the elderly. For example, at Zoo Negara, an adult who produces a MyKad will have to pay a RM30 entrance fee whereas for a senior citizen holding a MyKad, the fee is only priced at RM15. Similarly, for a fun yet enriching experience for all, a visit to the National Science Centre located in Bukit Kiara will only cost the elderly an entrance fee of RM3 as compared to the normal price of RM6 for adults.

And when it comes to taking air travel for the short weekend getaway, what better way to fly, than on a concession fare? For example, MAS offers a special rebate on all flights within Malaysia on the basic adult fare in economy class (except for flights on MASwings and promotional fares). Now one and all can travel!

Dining
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More often than not, there are many eateries out there that offer good discounts for senior citizens, allowing them to enjoy the delicious pleasures in life without burning their pensions in the process.

However, many of them do not openly advertise or promote those discounts and as such, it can be that much harder to locate them. The best way is to always ask before sitting down to order. A majority of the restaurants / cafes that can be found in hotels will have discounts for senior citizens to enjoy, one will only need to ask and provide a form of documentation as proof.

Some of these hotels include Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur (50% discount), Cititel Hotel Penang (RM20 discount), First World Cafe Genting Highlands (50% discount) and Thistle Johor Baru (25% discount). Now you can bring your parents or grandparents (if you are an individual reading this article in the golden years of your life, I’m referring to you too!) to enjoy these sumptuous buffets and reignite family bonds, all without having to break the bank.

Caitlyn Ng is an Investigative Journalist of SaveMoney.my, an online consumer advice portal which aims to help Malaysians save money through smart (and most of the time painless) savings in their daily banking, technology, and lifestyle spending habits.


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