McDonald’s Senior Coffee & Senior Discounts FAQs

McDonald’s is not only the most well-known drive-thru burger joint in the U.S. but also the largest fast-food chain in the world. Its menu offers everything from burgers and fries to salads, ice cream, and breakfast foods. This versatility — and the convenience of affordable food on the go — makes McDonald’s a popular choice. For seniors, special discounts can add to this appeal of eating under the golden arches. Read on to find out how senior citizens can get discounted coffee and other savings at McDonald’s.

Free Coffee at McDonald’s for Seniors?

McDonald’s senior coffee is popular for a reason. That’s because the McDonald’s senior coffee price is free. Free coffee for seniors used to be a tradition at McDonald’s but this offer now varies by location. According to McDonald’s corporate customer service department, there is no standard senior discount policy; individual franchises set their own promotions and policies. McDonald’s advises customers to contact their nearest location for information regarding discounts.

After contacting a number of franchise locations, we found that many McDonald’s restaurants offer a discount on coffee to seniors 60 and older. The discounted coffee prices for seniors at the locations we spoke to ranged from $0.64 to $0.87. None of the locations we contacted offer free coffee. (For a few free coffee options for seniors, see our article: Where to Get Free Coffee as a Senior.) To verify if your local McDonald’s offers reduced-price coffee for seniors, call your preferred location.

Other McDonald’s Senior Discounts

Coffee isn’t the only McDonald’s menu item with a senior discount. In our phone calls to individual locations across the U.S., we found that the majority of a McDonald’s restaurants also offer a reduced price on soft drinks for seniors. As with coffee, the McDonald’s senior citizen discount age for soft drinks is also 60 years old.

Similar Restaurants with Senior Discounts

A number of other burger and fast-food franchises offer senior discounts. For this entire list, we called individual restaurant locations for each chain to confirm the current senior discount. We called individual restaurants to find out if they offered discounts because offers vary by location and owner, making it hard to report specific information for any restaurant chain as a whole.  Use this list as a guide to the franchises that participate in senior discount programs but also contact individual locations in your area to confirm location-specific information.

When inquiring about any of the following restaurant’s senior discount offers, you’ll want to bring along your ID, just in case. In addition, some discounts may be available for dine-in only.

1. A&W

  • Senior discount: Ranges from 10 to 15% off purchase, depending on location
  • Eligibility: Must be 55+ though most locations don’t ask for ID
  • Find an A&W

2. Arby’s

  • Senior discount: Reduced drink price of 50 cents
  • Eligibility: Age 55+ though most locations don’t ask for ID
  • Find an Arby’s

3. Backyard Burger

4. Burger King

  • Senior discount: discounts on coffee and soft drinks
  • Eligibility: Minimum age ranges from 60-65 with ID
  • Find a Burger King

5. Captain D’s

  • Senior discount: Some locations offer $4.99 senior meals on Sundays and Wednesdays while others offer $1 off on Tuesdays or 10% off every day
  • Eligibility: Minimum age ranges from 55 to 62
  • Find a Captain D’s

6. Carl’s Jr.

  • Senior discount: 10% off purchase
  • Eligibility: Minimum age ranges from 55 to 60
  • Find a Carl’s Jr.

7. Chick-fil-A

  • Senior discount: Free drink
  • Eligibility: Not available at all locations, minimum age ranges from 60 to 62
  • Find a Chick-fil-A using (Find Location) in the top menu

8. Culver’s

  • Senior discount: 5 to 10% off purchase
  • Eligibility: Minimum age ranges from 55 to 60
  • Find a Culver’s using the search box in the top menu

9. Hardee’s

  • Senior discount: 10% off purchase
  • Eligibility: Minimum age ranges from 55 to 60
  • Find a Hardee’s

10. Jack In The Box

  • Senior discount: Some locations offer 10% off while others offer a discount on drinks
  • Eligibility: Minimum age 55+ with ID
  • Find a Jack In The Box

11. Sonic

  • Senior discount: 10% off purchase
  • Eligibility: Age 65+ with ID, not available at all locations
  • Find a Sonic

12. Steak ‘n Shake

  • Senior discount: 10% off purchase
  • Eligibility: Age 50+ with ID, not available at all locations
  • Find a Steak ‘n Shake using the search box in the top menu

13. Wendy’s

14. White Castle

  • Senior discount: 10% off purchase
  • Eligibility: Age 55+ with ID, not available at all locations
  • Find a White Castle

15. Whataburger

  • Senior discount: Free drink with purchase
  • Eligibility: Age 55+
  • Find a Whataburger using the search box in the top menu

For more places with senior savings, see our list of over 90 senior discounts by age.

Restaurants with Senior Discount for AARP Members Only

While many fast-food restaurants offer senior discounts, some restaurants and chains don’t. Of those restaurants that don’t offer a general senior discount, many of them do offer a discount to AARP members. In our research, we came across these eateries that do not offer a senior citizen discount but do participate in AARP discounts and offers. You can find out more about the benefits of an AARP membership by visiting their site.

  • Dunkin’
  • Denny’s
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill

In Summary

Though most McDonald’s restaurants extend a senior discount of some sort, including free or a reduced price on coffee, it is up to the franchise owner of each individual location to determine what discounts and free menu items to offer. Because of this, it’s best to ask about any available senior discounts either by calling ahead or by visiting any one of McDonald’s nearly 40,000 worldwide locations. You might pay less than you expected — or (if you’re lucky) find yourself enjoying a free cup of joe.

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