PSA: Buy National Park Senior Pass Before Massive Price Hike on August 28

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The popular senior lifetime pass to America’s national parks is about to get a price hike. And it’s a big one. Act fast to save $70 before August 28, 2017. The pass covers entrance fees to more than 400 national parks for an unlimited number of visits. It’s available for anyone 62 and older. Currently, the pass is only $10. If you purchase online or through the mail, you pay an additional $10 processing fee. But starting on August 28, the price is going up to $80.

The senior pass has not had a price increase since 1994, but why is the new price $80?  Here is your answer: The legislation states that the cost of the lifetime Senior Pass be equal to the cost of the annual America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which is currently $80.  To find out more about purchasing your senior pass – either online or in person – click here.

I love my pass and use it a lot. Make sure to get yours, or at the very least, find a bestie who has one :) Where’s your favorite place to use yours? I’m partial to Point Loma in San Diego, and to parks in Hawaii.

Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego. Image: http://coastalsandiegorentals.com/about-san-diego/

13 thoughts on “PSA: Buy National Park Senior Pass Before Massive Price Hike on August 28

  1. Shelli Post author

    You’ll love it, cj. One bit of advice, if I may. A lot of people keep it in their car because they think they’ll most often use their own car to get into the parks. I suggest keeping it in your wallet, as you never know whose car you’ll be in! ENJOY!

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    1. Shelli Post author

      I agree, Canadians have lovely parks. I do still think it’s always a fun experience to visit the parks here in the U.S. too. And if one qualifies, why not get in on this deal while it lasts? Have a great weekend, Nick!

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      1. Billy

        Plus, if one is eligible and gets it now while it’s still only $10, it’s just about the same as no charge (being good from 62 to whatever age you live to with no limit on how many places you visit, AND covering a certain # of others that travel with you (varies place to place) – it doesn’t take many visits to drop that cost below $1/place.

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        1. Shelli Post author

          Thanks for adding to the conversation, Billy. I intend to live a long time, so my goal is to get my visits down way below $1 a place:) Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Another Nick

    Reading between the lines, are you using a senior pass and recommend for us (also under 60) to get one as well?

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    1. Shelli Post author

      HI Another Nick, I am the author, not Grant, so sorry if that’s what confused you. I do have a pass because I qualify. Grant has a few years to go before he’ll be eligible :)

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  3. Lindy

    Is it per person, or per couple? My parents are both ~70. I’d like to gift them a pass. Should i purchase 1 pass or 2?

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    1. Shelli Post author

      Great question, Lindy. I would purchase one for each of them. It’s a lifetime pass and assigned to one person. And you never know what the future holds. Very good idea to gift this to people who qualify!

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