Is There A Sonic Senior Discount?


Sonic doesn't have a nationwide senior discount program, but some locations may be willing to discount prices for elderly visitors.
* Photo attribution at the bottom of the post.

Is There A Sonic Senior Discount?

Sonic unfortunately doesn’t have an “official” senior discount policy. However, since many Sonic locations are operated by third-party franchisees – rather than Sonic itself – prices and deals may vary significantly from drive-in to drive-in. So make sure to ask at your nearest Sonic!

Are There Other Ways To Save With Sonic?

Whether or not your local Sonic has a senior discount, you should know that there are other ways to save with the chain.

You can find the latest info on nationwide deals on the Sonic website. Promotions listed on the website should be available at any Sonic location.

An important thing to know with Sonic is that many of its promotions are available only when ordering through the mobile app and/or online. So before going anywhere, make sure to download the Sonic mobile app.

Once you’ve got the app, you’ll gain access to a bunch of exclusive offers. First up, try the 1/2 Price Bacon Jam Cheeseburger, but note that this is a one-time-only promotion.

One-time half-price bacon jam cheeseburger deal at sonic.

Another interesting deal is the 1/2 Price Sonic Cheeseburger. This offer is available every Tuesday after 5 PM when ordering online or in the Sonic app.

Half-price Sonic cheeseburgers are available after 5 PM on Tuesdays.

Finally in the online- or mobile-only category, we have 1/2 Price Drinks & Slushes All Day.

All-day Happy Hour when ordering online or in the Sonic mobile app.

With this promotion, you only pay half the price for Drinks and Slushes when ordering online or through the mobile app. But there are some limitations – here are the terms for this offer from the Sonic website:

. . . Includes Soft Drinks, Iced Teas, Lemonades and Limeades, Ocean Water® and Slushes. Candy, Real Fruit and Flavor Add-Ins cost extra and are not discounted.  Excludes Mini size, Cold Brew Iced Coffee, Combos, Wacky Pack® Kids Meals and other offers.

Sonic adds that mobile ordering is available only “at select locations” and “hours may vary”. The offer is also available at “participating drive-ins”. Make sure to ask at your local Sonic for clarification.

Mobile and online exclusives aside, there also are Happy Hour deals. With Happy Hour, you get Drinks and Slushes for half the price between 2 PM and 4 PM every day. So this basically is the limited edition of the 1/2 Price Drinks & Slushes All Day offer.

Happy Hour deal at Sonic.

In the summer, Sonic also often runs the Summer Nights promotion. During this promotion, you get half-price Floats, Shakes, and Ice Cream Slushes after 8 PM. This promotion typically runs in summer, though in 2018, Sonic decided to launch the promotion in spring.


Interesting facts about Sonic:

  • Believe it or not, Sonic is quite famous for the soft and crunchy ice (called “nugget ice”) it puts into drinks. This ice keeps the drinks cool without watering them down too much. Some people also like to chew Sonic ice.
  • Sonic was founded in 1953 under the name “Top Hat”. But since this name had already been copyrighted by another business, Top Hat was renamed Sonic, inspired by its existing slogan “Service with the Speed of Sound”.
  • In a September 2013 Facebook post, Sonic claimed that it offered 1,063,953 drink combinations.
  • As of April 20, 2021, there were 3,503 Sonic locations in 46 US states and territories. American Samoa, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Vermont, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Maine, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands didn’t have Sonic.


* Photo by Mike Mozart on Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic. Resized and cropped from original.



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