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Is an AARP Membership Worth It?

If you’ve ever wondered if joining AARP is worth the cost, there are lots of reasons to consider it. Our mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. And an AARP membership gives you access to hundreds of benefits that help you do just that.

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What Benefits Do I Get With My AARP Membership? 

While you might know about the discounts and insurance, here are just a few of the many other programs, services and information that come with AARP membership.


1. Insurance and Auto Services

Members get access to insurance coverage and exclusive benefits through the AARP® Auto and Home Insurance Program from The Hartford. You’ll get special discounts just for being a member, including savings of up to 20% on your home policy and up to 5% on your auto policy when you bundle. Free, no-obligation quotes are available.* 

*AARP and its affiliates are not insurers. AARP does not employ or endorse agents, producers or brokers.

AARP offers more than just insurance to help you stay safe on the road and save in the process. The AARP Auto Buying Program lets you save money on a vehicle purchase with the latest safety features. (As a member, you’ll save even more!). Or you can take an AARP Smart Driver™ course at a discounted rate (in a classroom or online). The course teaches proven driving techniques to stay safe behind the wheel, and you may qualify for a discount on your car insurance upon completion. (Check with your agent for details.) 


2. Travel

You’ll get access to the AARP® Travel Center Powered by Expedia, which includes exclusive savings for members on hotels, car rentals, cruises and vacation packages, plus a variety of other travel discounts.

  • Car Rentals: Members get up to 30% off car rentals from Avis and Budget Rent A Car, as well as an upgrade on compact through full-size car class bookings (based on availability), discounted GPS rates and an additional driver at no cost. There’s also a 43% discount on Zipcar memberships.
  • Hotels: Your membership offers discounts at several hotel chains, including HiltonWyndham and Radisson.
  • Planning: The AARP Travel site has tons of vacation ideas for every budget, plus destination guides and travel tips to help you plan your next trip.


3. Restaurants

Members get 15% off their check every day at Denny's, plus 10% off at Bonefish GrillChart HouseCorner Bakery Cafe, Outback Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick’s.


4. Entertainment

Members save up to 20% on Regal ePremiere movie tickets purchased online (conditions apply), which are valid at all Regal locations nationwide. In addition, you can save $3 on any size popcorn and soft drink combo (you must also be a Regal Crown Club member, but it’s free to join).

In addition to discounts, AARP also offers free movie screenings for members in select cities through the Movies for Grownups program. Screenings have included award-winning movies like Jackie and Moonlight.

If movies aren’t your thing, AARP’s free online games (crossword puzzles, solitaire and more) are a great way to pass the time, work your mind and relax wherever you are. You’ll also find a Members Only section with additional challenges. 

And, for those who like to sit down with a good read, every member receives six issues a year of our award-winning AARP The Magazine packed with inspiring people, great advice and fascinating insights, as well as ten issues of AARP Bulletin, our hard-hitting news report that covers all the key issues related to aging and breakthroughs that could make life even better in years to come.


5. Work & Jobs

AARP can help you find a job and get your résumé ready for prime time. The AARP Job Board is a job search tool that focuses specifically on experienced workers. You can scan job listings and apply. Narrow your results with filters for full-time work, part-time work, location and more.

You can also get a free resumé review. Get expert feedback and personalized recommendations on things like design, layout and the proper use of keywords to make your résumé stand out. Need an expert to write your resume? AARP members get discounted pricing on résumé-writing packages.


6. Home & Technology   

Members can get 5% off domestic and international UPS shipping, discounts on qualified wireless plans from AT&T and Consumer Cellular and 15% off SimpliSafe® home security systems. AARP also offers quick, easy guides for all of your tech needs that can be purchased at a 40% discount for members — there are guides to using your iPhone or iPad and how, what and where to watch TV for less.


7. Health & Wellness

Through AARP® Vision Discounts provided by EyeMed, members and their families receive exclusive discounts at participating providers nationwide, plus savings on complete pairs of glasses (frames and lenses) at LensCrafters, Target Optical and

Members can also take advantage of a free annual hearing test by phone. The National Hearing Test offers a validated method to check for hearing impairment or loss. It’s completely confidential, and the results are available within just 10 minutes. Also, the AARP Hearing Center offers an array of resources and advice for recognizing and managing hearing loss, protecting your ears and more. Even if you don’t need this benefit now, you or a loved one may need it in the future.

While keeping your eyes, ears, and body healthy is important, keeping your brain in shape is just as important. Members get access to the AARP® Staying Sharp program, which provides evidence-based information and actions you can take to maintain and improve your brain health as you age. Choose from articles, recipes, activities, videos and fun brain games designed to fit into your daily routine.

8. Finances

AARP offers a whole bunch of free online tools to help you better manage your finances while planning for your future — figure out the best age to claim your Social Security benefits, calculate how much you’ll need in retirement based on the lifestyle you want, get answers to Social Security questions, and more. Each one is simple — and can help you determine the best options for your situation. 

But it’s not just about getting your finances on the right track, you also have to safeguard your future. The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips to spot and avoid scams, as well as ongoing updates from resources like Watchdog Alerts and a scam-tracking map that provides real-time alerts from law enforcement in your state, or you can even call our free helpline at 877-908-3360 if you or a loved one suspect you’ve been targeted by a scam and need advice on what to do.





Who Is Eligible for an AARP Membership?

All people age 50 and older are eligible for full membership with AARP. Learn more.

How Much Does an AARP Membership Cost?

You can purchase a standard membership for $16 a year, with the option to save on membership fees by signing up for automatic renewal or by choosing a multiyear membership. As a bonus, your membership allows you to add a spouse or partner for free, so both of you get a membership card and can take advantage of AARP’s benefits. That’s two for the price of one! Learn more.


So, Is AARP Membership Worth It?

An AARP membership opens the door to over 200 benefits designed to enrich your life. Some may surprise you. Besides all the benefits you might expect, you also get AARP’s trusted advocacy on issues that matter to you, like Social Security and Medicare. Plus, every member receives our award-winning publications — six issues of AARP The Magazine and ten issues of AARP Bulletin. And it’s all included for only $16 a year. So is it worth it? Don’t just take our word for it. See what others are saying about AARP membership.


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Rather talk to us or have questions about your membership, change of address or member services? Get help at, call the AARP member contact center (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET)  1-888-687-2277 or 202-434-3525 (international callers) or message us.

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