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Staying Sharp is separate from the AARP membership.  It's a series of exercises to help you to improve brain health. Dues for Staying Sharp do not include AARP membership dues, from what I've been able to determine. But I'm not entirely sure about the whole Staying Sharp thing.

 

I was just now quoted current AARP dues:  $63.00 for five years (a 21% savings over our one-year rate), $43.00 for three years (a 10% savings), or $16.00 for one year.

 

If you are currently a member of AARP, log into your Account page. There is a "Chat Now" link on the lower right hand side. They may be able to answer your questions better than I can.

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What is a "Stay Sharp" membership? Can someone tell me how much you were quoted for a 10 year membership? And the lowest I've seen for 5 year is $49 - did anyone get a lower offer?
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sorry - I threw it in the bin

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Hello, @RKauders, thank you for your post. By any chance do you still have a copy of the mailing? With that in hand, would you please call us toll-free at 1-888-687-2277 so an AARP customer service agent can help resolve the matter for you. Thanks.

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I received membership renewal form in the mail. One of the renewal choices was to login. The instructions "forced" me to advise my account which I found on my AARP Card. Lo and behold membership still had 2 more years before it expired!

 

Thank You AARP!

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Same situation here!  Renewed for five years prior to the expiration of membership in October 2014.  Got cards that expire in March, 2018 rather than October 2019.  Cannot get any response regarding this from anyone despite repeated inquiries.  Frustrating to say the least!

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re-opening this topic...

 

I have "Lifetime" (as printed on card) membership from 2003 and after 18 minutes discussing with support no answer. Will let you know how lifetime membership can be upgraded when I know,

 

(Lifetime was $250 when I bought in; not sure if t's still available but only available through calling NOT web.back then)

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I, too, received a special rate invitation but I called AARP Customer Service and negotiated a much lower rate than either of the two posters paid here. You should call subscriptions like this, your cable company, your newspaper, your cell provider, and others because almost all will negotiate a lower price than even the lowest "public" price. I had a problem with AARP Customer Service sending me a receipt but it was resolved. The resolution included an extra 5 months added to my lowest priced membership.

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My AARP membership was due to expire this year (November 2014).  Two months ago I sent them a $49 check for the 5 year special renewal offer that I received in the mail from their Chief Executive Officer (Addison Barry Rand).  Instead of extending my membership to November 2019, AARP sent me new membership cards which were only valid to April 2018.  I sent AARP Membership an e-mail notifying them that I was shorted by 19 months.  "Siva" from Member Communications responded that my membership would be extended to November 2019.  However, they just sent me new membership cards valid to September 2019, which is still 2 months short.  My advice: if you take their offer, keep a copy of all their correspondence and any payments you make to them.
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I too received AARP renewal notices a year before my membership was due to expire. Most of the time I put them in the recycle bin. Since I knew my membership expired in March, I opened the latest mailing because of the message of the envelope: NOTICE: Your Membership Options Have Changed.

Inside I find a "Renewal Confirmation" form with two membership options:
- Basic Membership (5 years @ $49)
- Stay Sharp Membership (5 years @ $55)

Both rates are lower than the price on the AARP website (5 years @$63)

I also found it strange that the ONLY way you can pay for these reduced price offers is to mail a check or money order along with the special form.

Has anyone else received this offer? Is it legitimate?  Why can't I find these options online? Is AARP practicing price differentiation and product differentiation?

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