Kristin loves to share simple and easy ways to save money when spending the day at a Six Flags amusement park.
A Day at Six Flags
Spending the day at a Six Flags theme park or waterpark is guaranteed to be filled with thrills and fun, but the price of a ticket can be a downer, especially for families.
With 24 parks scattered across the United States, Six Flags offers fun for all ages, from water-themed rides to roller coasters. Adult ticket prices range quite a bit depending on the park you are visiting; for example, you can get them for $73 at the St. Louis location, while they're $119 in Los Angeles. However, with a little bit of planning, it's easy to get discounts and avoid paying full price.
1. Buy Tickets Online
One of the easiest ways to get a discount is to simply purchase your ticket online at sixflags.com at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. The amount of savings varies by theme park but can range from $15 to $25 per general admission ticket.
You can print your online ticket or save it to your phone.
Here is a look at the difference between the prices online versus at the gate. I've also included the rate you'll get when going with a group. I've chosen parks from different areas of the United States to give an overview of what you'll find.
Using the website's drop-down menu, navigate between locations and find the prices for purchasing online and the differences in price for children, adults, and groups.
|Park Location and Name||Adult Tickets at the Park||Online Purchase||Groups (size)|
Pheonix, Arizona's, Hurricane Harbor
St. Louis, Missouri's, Six Flags
Jackson, New Jersey's, Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Coke Can Six Flags Discounts
One of the most popular ways to save on Six Flags park tickets is to bring an empty can of Coca-Cola brand soda (Coke or Sprite) to the ticket booth. Just remember, you have to bring the can with you to get the discount. Soda can discounts can vary by theme park, but they usually mean savings from $15 to $21.
Some people wonder if Six Flags is still doing the Coke cans discounts since Coca-Cola no longer prints them on the cans. The answer is yes, they do. The cans do not need to be specially marked to get the discount.
Keep in mind that the savings from Coke cannot be combined with other offers and can only be applied to adult-ticket prices.
Coke Online Ticket Discount
It is also possible to use the promo code "COKE" at sixflags.com for discounts on online tickets. You can either print these tickets or save them on your phone. This discount is often more than the regular discount Six Flags gives for online ticket sales.
One thing to note is that there is a processing fee for each online ticket transaction. The fee is about the same whether you buy one ticket or ten. If you only need one ticket, you'll save more by bringing a Coke can to the ticket booth.
Take Great America Chicago, for example. You save about $15 when you bring a can to the park. The online price with a Coke can discount for that park is $23. However, the online processing fee is $9 per transaction (not per ticket). So if you're only buying one ticket, you'd save more by bringing a can to the ticket booth. In this scenario, if you buy two or more cans, you'll save more by purchasing them online, even with the processing fee added.
3. Six Flags Coupons on Product Packages
You'll find good discounts for tickets on various food and household item packaging. Though the products and brands I list below are no longer offering discounts, pay attention to similar products that may now be offering them.
- Ortega: Most discounts and coupons for Six Flags tickets can only be used for adult admission. In the past, Ortega had a coupon that could be peeled off its taco shell boxes and be used just for kids' tickets. With the coupon, children nine and under got in free on a weekday with the purchase of a full-price general admission ticket. The coupon also was for $10 off an adult general admission ticket. Both deals expired in 2015, but always be on the lookout for similar offers.
- Wet Ones: In past years, Wet Ones had an offer where you texted or emailed your receipt showing a purchase of Wet Ones hand wipes so you could receive a coupon good for one free weekday kids' admission with the purchase of a full-price adult general admission ticket. This coupon was also good for $10 off a full-price weekend general admission ticket.
- Other products: Watch for discounts on other food and product packages, as they often pop up throughout the summer months. Here are some from past years: Post Cereal, Polly-O and Kraft string cheese, Tony's frozen pizza.
4. Six Flags Season Pass
For frequent visitors, purchasing a season pass is a must. Not only do season pass holders enjoy significant savings off admission, but the booklet is filled with lots of other valuable coupons. For example, the GOLD Six Flags pass includes only general parking, while the PLATINUM pass allows you preferred parking at every Six Flags location. PLATINUM and DIAMOND passes allow you admission to any Six Flags outdoor park for the duration of a year.
Other pass books offer significant savings on bringing friends along. Season pass books are cheaper when purchased early in the season or when bought online in multiple numbers.
The Summer Thrill Pass costs less than the regular season pass, but does not come with the coupon book and is only valid during the summer season (not for off-season events like Fright Fest).
5. Group Discounts
It's tons of fun to spend a day at an amusement park, but it's even more fun when you go with lots of friends!
As stated briefly before, Six Flags offers significant savings to groups. Minimum numbers vary by park, so make sure to find out ahead of time what restrictions apply near you.
When you go with a large group and purchase tickets in advance, you can receive one free ticket for every 10, 15, or 25 admissions purchased (it depends on the location). Some parks have different group ticket prices for parties over 100 people or for student/youth groups as well.
6. Grocery Stores and Other Merchants
Grocery stores and merchants located near Six Flags amusement parks often have tickets and passes available for purchase at discounted prices. For example, grocery stores like Jewel Osco sell Six Flags tickets for the following prices (including tax), valid at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois (Chicago):
- One-day ticket: $46.99 (compared to $79.99 + tax at main gate)
- Season pass: $59.99 (compared to $189.99 + tax at main gate)
Kroger stores, located in the southeast U.S., sell discounted Six Flags season passes and may sell discounted one-day general admission tickets to both Six Flags parks in Georgia.
7. Hotel and Resort Packages
If visiting a Six Flags park is part of your vacation plans, be sure and ask about ticket packages to the theme park before booking your hotel room. It may be worth paying a little more for a hotel room if it comes with discounted or free theme park tickets and a free shuttle. Plan ahead.
For example, the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Gurnee, Illinois, is worth considering for visitors of Six Flags Great America. It usually offers Great America packages and has a free local shuttle to get you to and from the Chicago theme park.
Often hotels near Six Flags theme parks may sell discount tickets to their guests. Be sure and ask the front desk when you reserve your room.
8. Employers and Credit Unions
Companies and businesses located near Six Flags amusement parks may give their employees discounted admission tickets. Reduced-priced tickets can also often be purchased at local credit unions.
More Ways to Save at Six Flags
With just a little planning, it's easy to save money on the cost of a general admission ticket to Six Flags parks. Look into these other ways to receive discounts:
- City Passes and City Go Cards (save on admission to multiple attractions within a city)
- Entertainment books
- Military discounts
- Alumni associations
- Other organizations like AAA
Share Your Six Flags Experience!
If you have had good luck getting discounts for Six Flags park tickets, share your experience below! Or, if you've had trouble with any of these ways to save money at Six Flags, let us know that too. You may help another amusement park lover save some money.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.