Travel discounts for seniors are there for the asking
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Another agency that specializes in travel for seniors is Saga International Holidays Ltd. Situated in Boston, it is an American branch of a British company designed to provide tours for those 60 and over. Tours go to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Saga also offers long-term apartment rentals in the winter in Denia, Spain. Phone (617) 482-0085.Skip to next paragraph
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Yugotours of New York has a senior-citizen program in Yugoslavia; a stay at a resort for two weeks ranges from $929 to $1,179, all inclusive, double occupancy. Call (212) 563-2400, or write Yugotours, Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018. Books can be helpful
Two books on travel for seniors help answer just the kinds of questions that usually occur. One is ``The Discount Guide for Travelers over 55,'' by Caroline and Walter Weintz (E. P. Dutton). A revised edition is due out in August. This lists hotels all over the United States that offer senior discounts.
Another book, just out, is a compilation of useful general travel information. It's called ``Travel Easy,'' by Rosalind Massow. It is published by AARP. Travel-study programs
Just reading the Elderhostel catalog makes you feel like going somewhere. Elderhostel is a network of colleges, universities, and other educational organizations that offer inexpensive courses to adults 60 and over (a younger spouse may be included). Most offerings are in the US, but participants include Canada, Australia, Bermuda, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Scandinavia, and Spain. The cost is between $190 and $215; this includes dormitory-style lodging, meals, the SENIORSENIOR[ufmrk,161l] courses, and some extracurricular activities.
Course offerings are extensive and delightful: The colleges are in places of historic and scenic interest, and the selection of subjects sprightly. To get a copy of the spring catalog, write Elderhostel, 100 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass. 02116 or call (617) 426-8056.
A smaller, newer offshoot of Elderhostel is Interhostel, a two-week international travel-study program. Special emphasis is put on enabling participants to socialize with their contemporaries in the host country. The two-week programs cost $850 per person, plus air fare. Past participants have ranged in age from 50 to the late 80s. Universities are in many countries: Britain, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, among them.
For information, write the University of New Hampshire, Division of Continuing Education, Interhostel Program, Brook House, Durham, N.H. 03824. Hotel discounts
Some hotels offer senior discounts simply with proof of age. In many big chains, however, hotels are individually owned, so policies within a given chain may vary.
For those over 55, most Rodeway Inns, Econo-Lodges, and Best Westerns give a 10 percent discount; at Ramada Inns, it's 15 percent. Days Inn has its own September Days Club: For $10 per year for an individual or couple, you can join at any Days Inn and get a 10 percent discount off lodging, restaurant, and gift shop charges.
Most Holiday Inns offer a ``Freedom Rate'' of $29.95 for a single; for each additional person, add $5. You must be at least 65.
Most Hyatts offer a discount to seniors; it can be as high as 40 percent, depending on location and date. Red Carpet, Scottish Inns, and Masterhost offer 10 percent off to those over 60, while Sheraton offers 25 percent.
TraveLodge offers different rates at different places. You can get the same rate as AARP by joining the Golden Guest Club (for those over 55). Call 800-255-3050. Planes and trains