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Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures that You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50, 2009-2010 (Unbelievably Good Deals & Great ... Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50) Paperback – December 11, 2008

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One American turns 50 every 7.6 seconds, and here's a book that caters to the pocketbooks of this ever-increasing traveling population.

"Ten years ago when I wrote the first edition of Unbelievably Good Deals, active vacation and adventure trips were seldom offered to mature travelers," says author Joan Heilman. "Today, however, these readers, especially baby boomers who've just turned 50, are looking for action, and the book reflects that trend."

This complete compendium for senior discounts includes special offers for adventure travel; lifetime admission tickets to national parks; airfare specials; up to 50 percent off on hotels and restaurants; discounts for golf, tennis, and ski vacations; and trips, clubs and matchmaking services for singles. The book also offers advice on how to beat the cost of car rentals; save money on train, bus, and boat fares; find thrifty alternative lodgings all over the world; uncover the best shopping values; discover volunteering opportunities; and get the lowdown on going back to school.

The last chapter provides an overview of organizations for people over 50 and what they can offer, or what you can offer them. As the author points out, "When you consider that there are more people in this country over the age of 55 than there are children in elementary and high schools, you can see why we have powerful potential to influence what goes on around here." --Kathryn True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Great trips for the over-50 crowd interested in money-saving travel, from clubs and package programs to real adventure travel. -- Midwest Book Review

Scores of reasons to never deny your age. -- Newsweek

The most complete compendium of discounts for those of mature age. -- World News Features

Those who fill the bill will find this trove of packages, discounts, and special tours invaluable. -- Travel and Leisure --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Unbelievably Good Deals & Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 18 edition (December 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071598847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071598842
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should be renamed "Don't expect any deals unless your over 60." There were very few deals for anyone younger than 60 and those that were offered were basically common sense. Ask and you'll get discounts, you don't need to spend money on this book to find the bargains.
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My book club had this book on special so I decided to see if I could get it from Amazon cheaper. BOY, am I glad I did! I certainly would not recommend it. I was highly disappointed because there wasn't much for any one under 60 (62 is more like it). Every "deal" she listed is common knowledge. I gave it two stars only because some of the organizations listed...is worth checking out. But now you have the number so save your money for a really good book.
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This is an excellent book with some great values in it. Unfortunately, it is 3 years old and needs updating since many of the deals have changed or some have been discontinued. There is a wealth of information and savings that can pay for the price of the book in one hotel stay. REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE AN UPDATE PUBLISHE
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This book does three things that make it a valuable present for people 50, 62, 65 and between and above. It lists all the kinds of things you can get a discount on, from travel onward, and tells you what age the discount is available for; it provides contact numbers so you can easily get more information; and it reminds you of things you might not have thought about, like ASKING for a discount on golf, volunteering to be a foster grandparent, or going to a summer tap dancing camp (among other choices) for elders.
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I give a copy of this book to every one of my friends who turns 50 (and those who are over 50 but don't have a copy yet). I believe that it belongs in the library of every over-50 person! It is filled with endless travel perks, and non-travel perks, that (in most cases) you have to be at least 50 to get. This book is one of the reasons I not only was not depressed about turning 50 (two years ago), but actually started looking forward to it. Joan Heilman gives us reason after reason to celebrate entering the second half of our lives. This book is perfect for all independent, thinking, fun-loving people who are 50 and over.
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By Ralph on December 29, 2011
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The book has limited new information. Most of the material is old and outdated. The suggestions for unbelievably good deals cost more than paying retail. The old story--you get what you pay for was certainly true in this case.
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This book is very elementary. The 'Good Deals' represented here are not more than most informed 'seniors' are already aware of, like National Parks discounts, AARP discounts, AAA discounts, etc. Not worth the money or the effort to read it.
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By Susan28 on July 14, 2012
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Amazon, as always,came though with incredible pricing and prompt delivery. This book however, is old and dated, offering no new information. I should have checked to see if it had been revised.
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