August 16 is National Roller Coaster Day, so what better time to search for the perfect credit card that can save you money on your next theme park visit? Co-branded credit cards come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with theme park and resort credit cards quickly becoming a popular option for travelers who love Disney, Six Flags, or theme parks in general. Here are our top picks for the best credit cards that offer big savings at theme parks:
The Best Credit Cards for Amusement and Theme Parks 2021
Here are our top amusement park credit cards for 2021:
Credit One Bank’s Six Flags® Rewards Visa is the newest theme park credit card on the market and offers impressive savings for fans of one of the country’s leading theme park brands. Six Flags currently operates 24 locations in the United States, from Six Flags New England and The Great Escape in the northeast to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Over Texas in the south, and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Greater Los Angeles.
The Six Flags Rewards Visa allows fans of some of the country’s biggest (and best) roller coasters to earn impressive rewards with every purchase. The card earns 3X points on eligible purchases at Six Flags, including admission, merchandise, stays at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, dining in the park, and website purchases. The card also earns 2X points on gas stations, grocery stores, eligible hotel/lodging purchases, and a single point on all other purchases.
Points earned through the Credit One Six Flags Card are redeemable for Six Flags products and services as rewards vouchers and never expire if the account is in good standing and open.
The Disney® Premier Visa® from Chase is a premium rewards card that allows fans of the Happiest Place on Earth to save big when riding Thunder Mountain or Space Mountain – or taking advantage of any of the other amazing attractions of Disneyland Disney World, Epcot, and more.
The Premier Visa earns 2% cash back on all eligible Disney purchases, with rewards taking the form of Disney Rewards Dollars (DRDs). It also earns 2% in DRD on gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurant (inducing delivery and takeout) purchases. All other purchases earn 1% cash back in DRD.
The Disney Premier Visa also offers special financing on select Disney vacation packages, with cardholders enjoying 0% APR for six months on those bookings. New accounts also earn a $300 statement credit bonus after making $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of account opening. The annual fee for the Premier Visa is $49.
ove Disney but don’t want to pay an annual fee? Chase also offers the Disney® Visa® Card. The card features many of the benefits of the Premier Visa – just with a slightly lower earning rate and no annual fee.
The basic Disney Visa Card earns 1% back in DRDs on every purchase. The card also enjoys a $100 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first three months and the same 0% special financing for six months on eligible Disney vacation packages.
Other features with the Disney Cards from Chase include 10% savings on select Disney purchases, such as purchases at ShopDisney.com and any merchandise purchases of over $50 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. This special savings also apply to the Disney Premier Visa.
You don’t need a co-branded credit card with theme park brands to enjoy excellent savings at your favorite amusement parks. The Capital One Savor is an excellent option for those that want a well-rounded rewards card – no matter the occasion.
The main draw of the Savor is the 4% cash back the card earns on dining, entertainment, and popular streaming services. The “entertainment” includes theme parks, allowing cardholders to earn impressive cash back at Disney, Six Flags, or other popular resort destinations. Other accelerated cash back categories with the card include 8% cash back on tickets through Vivid Seats, 3% back on groceries, and 1% back on all other eligible purchases.
Other Savor features include a $9.99 statement credit after paying for Postmates Unlimited membership with the card, a one-time $300 cash bonus after spending $3,00 in purchases in the first three months, and no foreign transaction fees. The Savor features an annual fee of $95.
Want some more roller coaster credit card options to consider? Here are two cards that just missed out on our top spots:
The Chase Freedom Unlimited is a lucrative cash back card that offers 5% back on travel booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, 3% on dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery services, 3% back at drugstores, and 1.5% back on other purchases. New accounts also earn 5% back on groceries for the first year – all for no annual fee.
Chase also offers a debit card that enjoys special savings at Disney. The card provides 10% savings on select purchases at the Disney store and shopDisney.com, 10% off select dining locations most days at Walt Disney World® Resort and the Disneyland® Resort, and 10% off the non-discounted price of select recreation experiences at Walt Disney World® Resort.