One of the many benefits of being retired in Mexico is having access to the amazing discounts offered through the government’s INAPAM program.
If you’re wondering what in the world I’m talking about, keep reading.
INAPAM is an acronym for Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores. It’s a government initiative, but the real benefit is in it’s discounts on purchases like airfare, medicines, doctor’s visits, and even utilities. Several retailers and government agencies throughout Mexico have partnered with this program, and offer Mexico’s residents age 60 and over a variety of very good discounts.
How Do You Get These Discounts?
To get access to these discounts, you need to apply for an INAPAM card. An INAPAM card is what you show at different retailers to get access to these discounts. To apply you have to meet certain criteria:
- Either be a national or resident of Mexico
- Be retired in Mexico at 60 Years of Age or Older
- Have a Form of ID To Prove Your Age
- Proof of Address in Mexico
A Snapshot Of Discounts For Retirees
This program is not only a great way to help those retired in Mexico access some very good discounts, but can also help you save a lot of money and lower your overall cost of living. For example some of the most common discounts include:
- 15% Off On AeroMexico’s Airfare
- 20% Off Airfare on Interjet
- 50% Real Estate Taxes
- Up To 50% Off Your Water Bill
- 50% Off 2 Bus Tickets Through VivaAerobus
- 50% Off Most Coach Buses (ADO, ETN, Turistar)
- 5-50% Off Hotels in Mexico
- 50% Off Admission Xcaret (see example below)
- Discounted Tickets at Cinepolis and Cinemex
- 5-20% Some Medications At Pharmacies
- and many many more!
Tips For Finding INAPAM Discounts
When the program launched, the government did an excellent job at creating a nice page with PDFs that list most discounts and where they could be redeemed. However, as time has gone by more companies have joined the program offering some amazing discounts and as with most other updates, the Mexican government hasn’t done such a good job of keeping the list updated. Instead, I recommend doing a quick Google search “INAPAM + a purchase you’d like to make” and look at the search results to see if you can use your card to receive a discount.
Another tip is to do a Google search in Spanish. For example “descuento INAPAM + name of retailer” and when you get the search results, you can ask Google to translate to English. Right click on any white space, and click on “translate to English.” As long as you are using an up to date version of Chrome, you should be able to do this for any search results.
In most cases, you’ll have to make a purchase directly with a retailer in person in order to receive the discount. Most companies don’t have the sophistication of adding this type of discount when purchasing tickets or buying a service online. In some cases, you might not be able to find any information about a discount online, and should ask when you are making a transaction.I would especially suggest asking your doctor or specialist if they accept your INAPAM card in exchange for a discount as most doctors in Mexico don’t have any of this information online.It’s worth the trouble of doing a simple search or asking to receive your discount! Because I don’t know about you, but 20% off airfare, or 50% off transportation? Yes please!
Mexican government agencies might not do a good job of keeping websites up to date, but they do a really good job of being active on social media.
To find out the latest about INAPAM’s programs or discounts, follow them on Twitter or Facebook. Not only do they post regular updates regarding their discounts, but do a great job of posting updates regarding programs for the retirees in Mexico.
Let me know in the comments down below if you’ve recently used your INAPAM card and what discounts you received! I’d love to know.