Senior Adults 50+ Work Part Time To Save On Travel Perks
August 12, 2022
by Michael Yublosky
Debra Kamin wrote an interesting article for the New York Times just yesterday. It was entitled: “Silver-Haired and Shameless About Perks: Retirees Take Part-Time Work in the Travel Industry”. In it she describes on some older workers save money on travel while working part-time.
A senior adult couple claims to have saved over $5,000 on a short European trip to celebrate one of their birthdays recently. They are part of a growing community of “seasoned, silver-haired and shameless about the fact that they’re in it for the perks.”
Maria spends about 15 hours a week loading and unloading baggage at a California airport. This is the minimum time to be eligible for flight benefits from the airline. Benefits include free unlimited standby travel for herself and a loved one in the U.S. Discounted standby travel is also available outside the states for international locations services as well.
Her partner Joey works part time for a hotel chain. Perks include deeply discounted rooms across the chain’s globe locations. The couple has also taken advantage of their perks by enjoying a staycation and getaway. The European trip was the first they combined their benefits to make.
Hotels and airlines are still struggling to fill worker vacancies due to the mass layoffs due in 2020 to COVID. Employment in the hospitality sector was down last month while demand was up. Senior adults looking to reenter the workforce should consider the opportunities which may offer additional benefits such as signing bonuses.
In fact the article mention statistic from the U.S. Bureau of Labor. “The number of hospitality workers over the age of 65 has outpaced that sector’s population growth since 2012” it “comes as inflation hits record highs, a phenomenon that hits retirees and those on a fixed income the hardest.”