What are The Sun Superdays and how do they work? Tips and tricks to get ahead!
You might be wondering what The Sun Superdays is? The Sun Superdays is a yearly promotion that offers free tickets to major UK attractions. It is often mentioned in different money-saving websites and on social media as a great way of saving money on days out. And yes, it can be. By buying The Sun newspaper and collecting codes you can book two free tickets to a variety of attractions. There are a few nifty tips and tricks how to make the most out of it so keep reading for an explanation of how The Sun Superdays work.
What is The Sun Superdays promotion and how does it work?
The Sun Superdays is a great way of getting two FREE tickets to a variety of big theme parks and Merlin Attractions in the UK - there are tickets available for Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures, Madame Tussauds, SEALife, Shrek's Adventure, Bear Grylls, Warwick Castle and so on - there have even been free Cineworld tickets in the past and cheap London Eye add-on tickets with other ticket purchases. All you have to do is buy The Sun paper during the 18-day long collection period, collect the codes inside, enter them on the app, and after you have enough (typically 9 codes) you can book two tickets.
In 2022 there are tickets to:
- Thorpe Park, collecting starts on 14th May
- Warwick Castle, collecting starts 11th June
- Madame Tussauds, not confirmed
- London Dungeons, not confirmed
- SEALife, not confirmed
- Bear Grylls, not confirmed
- Shreks Adventure, not confirmed
How do The Sun Superdays work?
- Download the Sun Savers app or register at Sun Savers website using your full name that corresponds with your ID. You need to be 18+ years old.
- On the day collecting starts, buy The Sun newspaper (physical copy) and input the unique code to the Sun Savers mobile phone app or Sun Savers website. The code is inside the paper, labelled as Sun Savers code. I personally prefer to use the app, as you can scan the code rather than type it in.
- You will need to buy nine papers on consecutive days! Not nine papers on one day. So for example, you need a unique code from paper on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc etc, not just several codes from Monday newspaper.
- Make sure you input each code in. You can do them in a batch, or one each day, but make sure you do this before the day the booking opens, as there are often issues with the site/app due to high traffic.
- When the booking opens, typically around 10AM, you can choose your two free tickets. If there is high demand when the booking opens, you may be in a virtual queue.
- You need to book on the day the booking opens if you want to get a weekend, or a school holiday date, as these go quickly.
- The codes are available for 18 days, of which you need nine. Term-time tickets can often be booked through out the whole booking period, so if you are after them you don't have to be quite as organised and can afford to miss some days.
Are Sun Superdays tickets really free?
No, not really, but it is still an excellent deal. You have to buy The Sun newspaper on nine consecutive days. This comes to £7.2 (price of seven weekday newspapers at 70p and Saturday £1 and Sunday £1.3) and in addition a £2 booking fee. So all in all you get two "free" tickets for an outlay of £9.2.
Compare this to the online advance prices of £37 or on the day prices of £56 for one ticket to some of the theme parks, and you can see why people do this faff.
How many tickets can I book with Sun Superdays?
You are limited to two tickets per household. If you were to create two accounts, and book two sets of tickets, they would both be cancelled and you would often not find out until you get to the attraction.
Now, some people manage to circumvent this by using two separate names, emails and address details, and of course buying the papers twice every day, but it is more of a hassle than I can bear. If you wanted to go as a group or use four Sun Superdays tickets for your family, you would both have to log on at the same time and hope you manage to book the same day - and this is far from certain and quite stressful to organise. The weekends and school holiday dates go ridiculously quick.
Rather than trying to beat the system, I would recommend other means of finding cheap tickets. I've explained a few ideas here on my Legoland Windsor on a Budget post
Can I change the dates after I've booked Sun Superdays tickets?
No, you cannot change the dates after booking, nor can you get any rainy-day guarantees or potential Covid-cancellation-refunds. It's too bad, but it just is what it is with these types of promotions.
Can you buy/sell/gift the Sun Superdays tickets?
No, you cannot sell/buy/gift Sun Superdays tickets. You may be asked for an ID at the gates. If you do not provide the ID that corresponds with the name that is on the booking, you will be denied entry.
Due to people selling tickets on eBay and social media, there has been a bit of a crackdown by The Sun and the participating attractions and people are more and more asked for an ID at the gate and The Sun Superdays tickets checked against it. The terms and conditions I believe state now you should have photo ID, but in the past a bank card has been OK. To be on the safe side I'd bring a photo ID.
Also, do not buy the codes online either from anyone. You are likely to be scammed by someone who has copied codes off newspapers without buying them, or using ghost codes, and your tickets may be invalidated.
What is a ghost code and how do you use them for Sun Superdays?
Ghost code is a print run code - so sometimes there may be regional issues that make it impossible for unique codes to be printed on the papers. In this case, all papers from that print shop might have the same code, so there might be hundreds or thousands of the same code. These are sometimes shared online, such on a private Facebook group. This in a way is truly free, as you do not need to buy the newspaper to get the unique code, you just input the ghost code and it ticks that day.
However, using too many ghost codes might invalidate your tickets! In 2022, there were nine ghost codes shared for Legoland booking period. These were then shared on social media by various pages and influencers, and also on extreme couponing and money-saving sites. Presumably this led to an influx of bookings using only the shared (free) codes, breaking the figurative camel's back and The Sun issues a statement on the app saying those tickets will be invalidated as they have broken the terms and conditions. A bit conflicting statements so far - some statements said it is a combination of certain codes, or more than three ghost codes, or bookings using only ghost codes.
How can The Sun find out if I use ghost codes / double-bookings?
They might not, or they might do. It is not too difficult to find out using current data analytics tools if there are multiple same names or same address details on separate bookings. Or if there are a lot of ghost codes attached to a wide variety of regional areas, it would flag up as suspicious, for example, if you were one day using a code issued in Cardiff, next day at Aberdeen, and third day in London. And tickets do get invalidated and cancelled if you break the rules and are found out - this has definitely happened to some.
Best tips for Sun Superdays - Conclusion
The best thing really is try not beat the system, and just buy The Sun paper on the relevant days for the attraction you want to book, and book two tickets per household. Just make sure you are ready and have enough codes for when the booking opens and are ready to log into it as it opens, as weekends and school holidays run out one the first day.
And a helpful tip, there is The Sun Superdays Facebook group which has been really helpful for tips, and also to keep up to date with any changes and the dates, and has lots of lovely helpful people there. It may be worth joining if you have any more questions after reading this post!
Photos are from some of the various places I have booked tickets using The Sun Superdays - see how many you recognise! You might also like this post about how to do Legoland Windsor on a budget.
Have you used The Sun Superdays tickets? How did it go?