AARP is currently offering a 5-year membership for $45 (anyone can join, you don’t need to be elderly like me). At the same time, the shopping portal Rakuten is offering an increased return for AARP memberships right now of $20, so you can pay a net $25 by clicking through that before buying.
Rakuten also has a referral promotion going on, where both sides get $30 (or 3,000 Membership Rewards) after the referee signs up and spends $30 through the portal. That bonus would automatically be triggered by this purchase, so it turns the deal into a net $5 profit.
Update: Reader Alex shares that there is also an AARP Chase Offer that gives $8 back on a membership purchase of $15 or more. His expires on 8/29, so check your cards as that would make this deal even better.
- AARP is currently offering a 5-year membership for $45. Go through the shopping portal Rakuten to potentially get $20-$50 back.
- Direct link to AARP (but you probably want to go through Rakuten)
- Direct Link to AARP page on Rakuten
If you’re not a Rakuten Member and would like to use one of our referral links, you’ll find them below (each side will get $30 after you buy your AARP membership or make $30 in purchases within 90 days):
- Membership may set to auto-renew, but you can change this in account settings
I’ve been a card-carrying AARP member for years, primarily because of the various travel benefits it provides, as well as the opportunity to buy discounted gift cards through AARP Rewards. Anyone can join AARP — you don’t need to actually be retired. I got my membership in some sort of similar deal and, while I don’t use the benefits often, they do come in handy from time to time.
Probably the most popular perk among frequent flyers is a discount on paid premium cabin flights on British Airways. There are also hotel discounts with Wyndham and Choice and restaurant discounts that include places like Denny’s, Outback Steakhouse, and Carrabba’s.
Rakuten is offering $20 back / 2,000 Membership Rewards points on purchases of 5-year AARP memberships, which would cut your net cost to $25 total or $5/year. For me, that’s a no-brainer, even without using the referral promotion.
(h/t: Monkey Miles)