Sunday, July 9, 2017

Go To National Parks? You May Want to GetThat Pass Sooner Rather Than Later!

My apologies to all. The former researcher extraordinaire fell down on the job this one. It looks like we are talking anytime they decide to make the change between now and December (the park service refuses to commit, lol). Nevertheless, for the newly sixty and above, realize that it does that awhile for the application and if you are traveling, please do not wait.  Onward and forward.
Happy Sunday everyone!  It's almost twelve and I'm typing from bed after little sleep, thinking about grabbing a nibble and another nap.  Either way, at a hundred degrees out this is an inside day for the next few hours.

Meanwhile this is a public service announcement. Some of you who have annual park tickets may have received this notice, and others may have read it. But since we are in that last half month before rate increase:  Right now, seniors pay 10 dollars for an annual, go as often as you can park pass.  A lifetime pass, I might add

Starting the first of August, folks, that lifetime fee jumps to $80.  That's right $80. I happen to  think that $80 is still a scary good deal if you visit very many  parks over a the years as some of my fellow bloggers do.  And if that were the only lifetime fee option, I would absolutely pay it, even thought I generally hit two parks a year(this year Yellowstone and one in Texas).  As I understand it, that extra money is put into an endowment for park purposes. But still if you don't have a pass and have been meaning to get one, you may want to take advantage of that special price while you can, do it this month.  Got it?


http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-2016/national-parks-lifetime-pass-cost-increase.html

Now go enjoy the rest of your weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Wow, I got mine years ago for free. Eek, $80?

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  2. Like I say, I think it's still probably a good value for folks like my fellow blogger Tamara, who hits a lot of national parks. I would still pay if that were the price but if I could get it for ten..

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    1. Hi Barb, husband turned 62 in June, and we drove to a National Park the next day to pick up his Lifetime Pass. In addition to National Property admission, it saves half on backpacking permits. (I know, not your thing! ☺ )

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  3. Where did you see that it's going up the first of August? All the articles I have read say sometime this year, and my husband found one the other day that said Jan 1, 2018. That was good news for us, as he turns 62 and becomes eligible for the pass at the end of December.

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  4. I bought mine a few years ago and it was $10 and that is it forever. it is not annual. It is lifetime.

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  5. I ordered mine in April and the backlog is crazy. I still don't have it! When I check online, it says it's "in process". Luckily, my DH has one we use when traveling, but they're not transferable, so we each want our own. Apparently the news stories about the rate increase have really spiked the demand. Either that or retired folks like us are catching on to what a GREAT deal this is.

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  6. Got it. And the RV to go with seeing the National Parks.

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    1. good deal, if that's your thing!!@

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    2. You have to be 62 years old, not newly 60. Oh well,.. a year short and still broke.

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  7. Thank you so much for the nudge. My BIL had encouraged the pass and had a great amount of travel using it. But we are stay-at-homers and kept putting it off. This week we go to our nearby Army Corps Lake and get it!

    I read your blog all the time but have not commented before. Thanks for such interesting posts and the helpful ideas :-))
    Jeannine in Iowa

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  8. FROM THE NPS website:
    The price of the lifetime Senior Pass will increase to $80 on August 28, 2017. A new $20 annual Senior Pass will become available at the same time.

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