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Update: Wadacash has shared in the comments that in addition to getting discounted theme park tickets, they were offered a status upgrade for being a season ticket cardholder. If you have a season ticket, you can get upgraded from no status to Gold, from Gold to Platinum or from Platinum to Diamond depending on what status – if any – you already hold. That upgraded status is valid through December 31, 2022 which is a great offer if you’ll be staying at any Choice properties or want to try status matching to other programs.
Choice Privileges has come out with a slightly unusual new benefit for elite members of its program – discounts on theme park tickets at numerous locations nationwide. Having said that, you might not need to be a member of Choice Hotels’ loyalty program in order to take advantage of the savings.
- Choice Privileges elite members can save on Cedar Fair theme park tickets.
- Direct link to offer.
- Expires December 31, 2021.
- Discounts available for Gold, Platinum & Diamond elite members.
This is a slightly strange offer as it’s only valid through the end of the year. Many of these theme parks close for the year sooner than December 31, so in reality it’s a temporary benefit for elite members that’s only valid for a couple of months.
Even then, it doesn’t look like you need to be an elite member to take advantage of the discounts. In fact, you probably don’t need to be a Choice Privileges member at all because the landing page above seems to link to the savings at the various theme parks without needing to verify any kind of Choice membership. I haven’t gone through the entire booking process though, so perhaps there’s some kind of verification later on, but I doubt it.
There seem to be some actual savings available here, although that might depend on which theme park you want to visit. For example, Knott’s Berry Farm tickets purchased online directly cost $54 on weekdays and $59 on weekends, while they’re $51 and $54 respectively via this Choice partnership.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there are even larger savings available though. Local grocery stores sometimes sell discounted theme park tickets, sites like Groupon might offer some kind of discount and other sites like RetailMeNot sometimes have some kind of coupon code listed which can save you even more.