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For several months there have been rumbles that one of the best travel deals in the United States, the lifetime $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass that is available to US citizens and permanent residents ages 62 and older, would be dramatically increasing in price from $10 to $80. This $10 lifetime pass is such a deal because admission to our beautiful National Parks while always worth it, usually isn’t free, and can be $20 – $30 per vehicle, depending on the park.
$10 Lifetime America the Beautiful Senior Pass Price Increase on August 27th
We now know that the day of the price increase for the Senior America the Beautiful Pass will be August 27, 2017. All eligible senior pass orders postmarked before August 27 will be processed at the $10 price and orders postmarked after August 27 will be processed at the $80 price. There is an additional $10 processing for online and mail orders whether you apply before or after August 27th. If you are eligible for this pass, you 100% want to apply before August 27th so you can pay $10 instead of $80.
My parents have had the $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass since they first became eligible a few years ago, and have put it to good use multiple times to save on their travels to places like Mesa Verde, Arches, Rocky Mountain National Park, Denali, Bryce, Acadia, and more. Next up they will be showing their pass at Yellowstone to avoid the normal $30 per car price of admission.
This pass is especially great since it grants admission to National Parks not only for the pass holder, but also for the rest of the vehicle or party – subject to limits.
How to Purchase the $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass
To order your $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass you have a couple of options.
1. You can order and pay for the senior pass online. After you submit your order, you will be prompted to upload documentation of your US citizenship and date of birth. Your order is not considered complete until you upload documentation such as a driver’s license, passport, or state issued ID as a jpeg, gif, png or pdf.
2. You can also order by mail via a paper form and send in copies of the required documentation.
Not surprisingly, they are experiencing a major increase in pass requests right now, so if you need the pass in your hand before the price increases, then you may be best served by purchasing the pass in person at the first site you visit as you otherwise may have to wait a couple of months to receive your pass. You can check here for a list of sites that issue passes. You also save the $10 processing fee if you obtain the pass in person.
I also want to mention that the passes are not transferrable or replaceable if lost or stolen. This may mean that it makes sense for both eligible spouses or partners to have their own pass, especially at just $10 each.
Do you have a $10 America the Beautiful Senior Lifetime Pass, or do plan to get one before the price increases 8x on August 27, 2017?
Thanks to One Mile at a Time for spotting this price update.
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