AARP membership benefits include a wide array of travel discounts, specialized insurance and health care plans and access to events and advocacy meetings. Membership to AARP is open to those over the age of 50 who pay a $16 annual membership fee.
Members of AARP have access to numerous travel benefits, including discounts for air and rail travel, cruises and tours, hotel stays and car and truck rentals. As of March 2015, businesses participating in these programs include British Airways, Vacations by Rail, Avis Rent-a-Car, Budget Rent-a-Car, Norwegian Cruise Line, Clarion Hotels and Comfort Suites.
Specialized health care programs open to AARP members span the gamut from discounts on eyeglasses from glasses.com and Sears Optical to specialize dental insurance plans, prescription drug plans and Medicare supplement plans. Discounts and specialty offerings for insurance also comprise AARP benefits, including life insurance plans, insurance for classic vehicles and plans that cover specialty vehicles, such as ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles.
In addition to the numerous discounts available to AARP members, this lobbying group also holds events and sells discounted books focusing on topics tailored to older people, whether they're retired or not. This group also lobbies politicians concerning laws that affect retired persons and those retiring soon and holds meetings in a variety of venues that allow members to communicate what's important to them individually.