McDonald’s Senior Coffee & Senior Discounts FAQs

Short Answer: Though McDonald’s has individually owned franchise locations, many McDonald’s restaurants offer discounted coffee for seniors aged 55 and older. Many locations also extend this senior discount to soft drinks. See below for more information about the McDonald’s senior coffee discount, as well as similar fast food chains that offer senior discounts.

McDonald’s Senior Coffee

McDonald’s used to offer free coffee to all senior citizens, but there is currently no companywide senior discount policy. Individual franchise owners set their own promotions, but most restaurant locations offer a discount on coffee and other items for senior citizens.[1] McDonald’s advises customers to contact their nearest location for information about specific discounts.

We contacted a number of franchise locations, and we found that many McDonald’s restaurants offer an everyday discount on coffee to seniors 55 and older. You may be asked to provide an ID as proof of age.

Typical McDonald’s coffee prices range from $1 to $1.50 (with occasional promotions). 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, see our article explaining where to get free coffee as a senior.

Other McDonald’s Senior Discounts

In our conversations with individual locations across the U.S., we found that the majority of McDonald’s restaurants also offer a reduced price on soft drinks for seniors. As with coffee, the McDonald’s senior citizen discount age requirement for soft drinks is typically 55 years old.

Similar Restaurants With Senior Discounts

A number of other fast food franchises offer discounts to seniors of varying ages. Some of these restaurants include:

  • Arby’s
  • Burger King
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Jack in the Box
  • KFC
  • Wendy’s

For more places with senior savings, see our list of more than 100 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. During our research and communications with restaurants, we found that the following establishments don’t offer a senior citizen discount but do participate in AARP discounts and offers.

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

You can visit the organization’s website to find out more about the benefits of an AARP membership.

  1. McDonald’s corporate customer service (800) 244-6227[]