How do you save money at an amusement park like Six Flags that charges you for almost everything, even parking?
Six Flags is one of the most popular amusement parks in the United States.
It’s a fun place to spend the day with your family. And while it may not be as popular as Disney World, it can get as expensive very quickly.
From the tickets to food, a day out at a Six Flags park can get pretty costly.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways you can get coupons and discounts on tickets, food and drinks, and even parking at any of their many parks across the country – be it their St Louis park, Great America park in Gurnee, IL, Six Flags New England, or any other location.
But before we start listing all the ways you can save money at this awesome park, let me share a few current promo codes that you can use to score some deals instantly.
2016-2017 Six Flags Coupons & Promos
Here are some of the latest working promo codes:
- Coke: Save up to $25 on tickets
- Mcdatl: Up to $20 off Atlanta One Day admission tickets
- JAMZ: Discounted tickets to Discovery Kingdom
- ALUMNISTL: 50% off during Fright Fest Weekends in St Louis
- BURGERKING: Save up to $20 on admission price
- sixflad12: Buy one Get one Free
- 6fla12: Buy one Get one Free
- LABOR16: 30% Off Sitewide
Remember, these are current at the time of writing this, so by the time you read this they may be expired. But fear not as we are going to show you how to get discounts and find other coupons year around.
1. Six Flags Coke can discount
One of the easiest ways to save money on tickets for Six Flags is to bring a can of Coca-Cola with you.
With a simple Cola can, you can get a pretty big discount – sometimes up to $20 off of general admission.
Here are examples of the kind of discounts you can get with just an empty can of coke:
- Six Flags America, Baltimore/Washington DC: $10 off with Coke can
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, San Francisco: $15 off with Coke can
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio: $15 off with Coke can
- Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey: Buy online for the best deal
- Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles: $20 off with Coke can
- Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta: $13 off with Coke can
- Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, TX: $15 off with Coke can
- Six Flags St. Louis: $8 off with Coke can
How to get your Coke can discount
To get your discount, present the can at a ticket booth and save immediately.
If you’re buying your tickets online, which you should be as it’s cheaper, you don’t have to miss out on the savings. Just visit this page and go through the process.
2. AAA Six Flags discounts
If you’re an AAA member, you’re entitled to special discounts.
As an AAA member, you’ll get $5 off your general admission ticket through the special “Show Your Card and Save” program.
AAA members also enjoy a 10% discount on merchandise purchases of $15 or more.
3. Get Six Flags printable coupons
Dontpayfull.com always has a ton of printable coupons and promo codes for all kinds of amusements parks and attractions including SF.
4. Get your tickets online
If you plan to visit Six Flags, don’t wait until you get to the park to buy your tickets. Tickets are discounted online on the park’s website.
The exact amount you can save varies based on which theme park you choose, but you can expect a savings of anywhere from $10 to $30 per general admission ticket.
Just visit https://www.sixflags.com/national/tickets to order and print your ticket online.
5. Check out Groupon
Take a look at Groupon before you buy your tickets. Often, you can find Six Flags discount codes and coupons on there.
6. Take advantage of deals at GoodShop
At GoodShop, you can find coupons, coupon codes, discounts, deals and promo codes for Six Flags.
These offers can give you discounts like $25 off admission tickets.
7. Visit RetailMeNot
Another great place to find Six Flags discounts is at RetailMeNot.
On the site, you can find tons of coupons and discount codes for things like 50% off admission.
The good thing is that you can find coupons and deals for various Six Flags theme parks.
Here are a few coupons I saw when writing this:
- 50% Off During Fright Fest Weekends In St Louis
- Over 50% Off Admission Tickets For Georgia GHSA
- Up To 35% Off Main Gate Prices For Six Flags Theme Parks
8. Go for the refill cup
The prices for drinks at Six Flags can be pretty steep.
Get around this by buying a refill cup. It costs $19.99, but you get free refills for the day and drinks for $0.99 on future visits – so it’s a great way to get a discount on drinks.
Outside drinks are not allowed in the park, making this a good option.
9. Consider a Six Flags season pass
If you plan to visit Six Flags more than once in a year, a Six Flags season pass would be a great money saver.
With a season pass, not only you save money, you also get to enjoy some exclusive perks.
Here are a few perks of a season pass:
- Unlimited visits during the 2017 season.
- Free tickets for friends on select days.
- In-park discounts, exclusive events, and much more!.
- Costs just a little more than a day ticket!
10. Take advantage of meal deals
If you must eat in the park, check out the park’s meal deals. They usually work out cheaper than buying meals individually.
Also, before you leave, check on the Six Flags website for food vouchers.
11. Go with a group
Six Flags group discount is an easy way to save a lot of money.
They offer discounts for various groups, including:
- Youth Groups
- Religious Organizations
- Travel Groups
The minimum number of people needed to qualify for a group ticket varies between 10 and 20 people, so check your local Six Flags website for more information.
You could go with another family – you don’t even need to stick together once you get into the park.
12. Get your parking pass online
Parking at Six Flags costs anywhere from $15 to $30 (for preferred spots near the front)a day. That’s a lot of money to pay just for having your car parked there while you visit a park which you are already paying for.
But that’s the way it is. And unless you have somebody drop you there or find an empty parking lot near the park (good luck with that!) you’re gonna have to shell out that money.
But, there is a way to pay a little less, with a “Parking Pass.”
If you visit the park often, buy a season pass which costs $45 but it gets you free parking for a whole season.
13. Look out for Six Flags discounts on product packaging
A lot of companies have started doing this. They work out a deal with food manufacturers so they can include coupon codes inside the product packagings.
Six Flags is one of those companies.
Some of the products you can expect to find Six Flags promo codes on their packaging include:
- Ortega taco shell boxes,
- Wet Ones
- Post Cereal
- Polly-O and Kraft string cheese
- Tony’s frozen pizza
Keep in mind, though, the products carrying the promo code change from year to year. Currently (in 2016) the main products where you can find SF codes are Ortega and Wet Ones.
14. Check for coupons and discounts locally
Six Flags has parks in many different places and most of them do have their own promotions and deals throughout the season.
So, while in St Louis I may not be able to find a coupon for SF in a local newspaper, in Texas you may. So it’s best to keep an eye out on your local coupon sources.
Look at local papers, magazines and even at your local library and check at stores in your area too.
More ways to save money at Six Flags
Discounts and coupon codes can save you a lot of cash at Six Flags, but they’re not the only way to save money at the park.
Here are a few more things to consider if you’re planning a trip to Six Flags.
15. Budget for the extras
Extras, like the park photographer’s photos, can end up putting you over budget, so don’t forget to plan for them.
Consider skipping the extras altogether, but if you must indulge, give yourself a spending limit to stick to.
16. Manage your time in the park well
When you get into the park, you want to get the most out of your tickets. That’s why managing your time well in the park is so important.
Familiarize yourself with the layout of the park – check a map of it online. Then see which rides and attractions are close together, and plan to target them at once.
Set an itinerary for yourself, and you won’t miss out – plus you’ll get more for your money.
To make this easier, install their official app that not only has an interactive map of every Six Flags park in North America, it also comes with a few perks.
To download the app:
17. Consider getting a Flash Pass
A great way to really maximize your time at the park, and get your money’s worth out of your tickets is to buy a Flash Pass.
It usually costs around $15, but it cuts the time that you wait significantly.
Yes, it might sound counter-intuitive to pay extra for something when you’re trying to save money, but if you plan to visit the park at a busy time, like during the summer, you’ll end up wasting your day waiting in line and you won’t get your money’s worth from your ticket.
18. Eat before and after you visit the park
One of the common questions people have about the park when it comes to eating and drinking is “Can you bring water and food into Sis Flags?”
No, you can not!
Here is the company’s policy on that:
No outside food, beverages or coolers are allowed to be brought into Six Flags Parks. However, exceptions are made for guests with special dietary needs to include food allergies and baby food/formula.
So a lot of people just buy food when they are inside.
That, my friend, is a big mistake for the frugal among us…
You see, SF, like most other similar venues, charges a sh..t ton for food and drink. That’s one of their top money makers.
You know how you pay $6 for a bottle of beer at the games when you can buy a six pack of the same beer for $8 at the gas station? This is the same story.
So if you don’t want to pay an arm and leg for a half-cooked hamburger, eat before you get to the park!
Alternatively, pack a cooler or picnic, take a break at midday and go to the car and eat.
19. Avoid the games
The games at the parks are a lot of fun, but they’re also pretty costly. If you’re not careful, they can really up the cost of the trip.
Avoid the games if you can. If you have kids that really want to play on them, then set a specific budget for games and then stick to it – once that money runs out, no more games.
20. Don’t buy the souvenirs
Park souvenirs are so expensive, and most of the time they’re not worth the price.
So, don’t buy them. Kids tend to stop playing with them quickly anyway.
21. Buy the “souvenirs” beforehand
If not buying souvenirs is out of the question, then consider buying them online before visiting the park.
Look for shirts with cartoons on or something else you think your child will enjoy. Then, when you get to the park, if your child starts asking for a souvenir, just take your pre-bought ones out of your bag – they will never know the difference.
22. Avoid getting a locker
Unless you really have to, avoid getting a locker. It will keep the cost of the trip down. Only take with you what you’re willing to carry.
Of course, this is only an option if you’re not planning to visit the water park.
23. Buy tickets at Costco
Yes, you can actually buy Six Flags tickets at Costco.
The prices aren’t that much lower, nonetheless, you do, from time to time, get really great discounts.
Going to Six Flags can be a lot of fun, but it can end up costing you a lot if you’re not careful.
So, follow our tips on how to save money at Six Flags and make sure you look out for discount codes and coupons.