When I check for hotel rates, I always check all the available rates, not just the ones I qualify for. Recently I was checking rates for a stay after my birthday and it dawned on me that I would be eligible for the senior discount at that time. Who knows, it may be one of the best benefits of getting older....
By checking all the rates, I found that the senior rate at the Marriott Fallsview in Niagara Falls was 55 rather than 62. It saved us a significant amount of money.
Make sure that you check all rate categories. In some instances you will find the senior rate lower however don't be surprised to find it higher on occasion than either the regular rate or the AAA Rate. Also if you are booking in advance it pays to re-check rates as you get closer to your reservation dates as these to can change.
Yes, absolutely re-check rates over time before you travel. I'm glad you brought that up! When I've booked several to a few months or weeks in advance, I do always re-check the rates, often weekly, even daily, after I've made a reservation. In many cases, the rate has dropped and then I cancel and re-book at the lower rate. This can result in savings of hundreds of dollars over a year of travel.