Seniors flying Southwest Airlines (LUV) will soon have to pay full price for their airfares.
The airline plans to discontinue its senior citizen discount on Dec. 11, according to an announcement on its website. Southwest cited the program’s lack of popularity as a reason for its demise, according to a report from USA TODAY, and that a "relatively low" number of senior citizens took Southwest up on its offer.
The “benefits that come with the senior fare product are just as readily achieved in the Wanna Get Away product with reusable funds and everyday low fares,” the company said in an email to Yahoo Finance.
Senior passengers will still be able to take advantage of Southwest’s other perks like no-change fees and two free checked bags. Refunds are also still available with the airline’s “Anytime” and “Business Select” fares.
Just because Southwest is sunsetting its senior discount fares doesn’t mean seniors are now relegated to paying full price. Other major carriers still offer discounts to flyers aged 50 and up.
American Airlines: Select senior fares are available to American Airlines passengers, but you have to call the reservation number to learn if your route is eligible and to find out pricing information. To book, call 1-800-433-7300.
British Airways: AARP members are eligible for up to $200 off a roundtrip transatlantic ticket when booked on British Airways now through Jan. 31, 2020. AARP membership is available to those 50 and older for $12 a year when you auto-renew annually.
Delta Airlines: It’s possible to purchase a senior citizen fare, but it comes with two major caveats: Fares aren’t publicized online and are only available in specific markets. Senior discounts can only be booked by calling the airline’s reservation line at 1-800-221-1212.
United Airlines: United offers discounted fares to select travel destinations for passengers ages 65 and older. When booking online, toggle the traveler’s drop-down to seniors to see the available deals.
Stephanie is a writer for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @SJAsymkos.