Anyone who has recently gone to the cinema will know that it is not a cheap night out. After you have forked out for tickets, drink and snacks, you can easily spend £40-£50.
But there is a clever trick that means you get two-for-one cinema tickets for an entire year – and it will only cost you £1.
THE DEAL EXPLAINED
It’s not new, but you may not have heard of Meerkat Movies. It is the scheme offered by comparison website, Comparethemarket.com, and means you can claim voucher code for use every Tuesday or Wednesday where you can get two tickets for the price of one. It is available at a lot of the big chains like Odeon, Vue and Cineworld. I’ve done it for the last two year and really think it offers great value. If my husband and I went to the cinema once a month, for instance, we would save as much as £157 in a year. A good return on my £1 investment, if you ask me.
Here is how you can get a piece of the cheap cinema action.
To qualify you must make a purchase through Comparethemarket, such as a travel, home, car or life insurance policy.
But you needn’t to sign up for expensive deal, you can buy the cheapest product available simply for the sole purpose of qualifying for the offer – in this case, a one-night travel insurance policy for cover within the UK. Thanks to the terms and conditions of the offer, which does not stipulate a minimum cover period, I was able to buy travel cover from ERV Express Lite Single Trip (IDL) and it cost just £1.02.
HOW TO USE THE BARGAIN
Once you have made your purchase at www.comparethemarket.com, you will need to register for the rewards programme in order to claim your code for your free cinema ticket. Simply download the Meerkat Movies app to your mobile device or tablet or visit comparethemarket.com.
You will need to activate your Meerkat Movie membership by providing details about the qualifying purchase – usually the policy number, which can be found in your purchase confirmation email.
As it could take up to 48 hours for your details to be validated, it is best to make the travel insurance purchase a few days before your intended cinema trip so you don’t miss out.
Once your membership has been validated, you can claim one 2-for-1 cinema code per week by using the Meerkat Movies app or going online
When buying tickets online, you will be prompted enter the discount code when you buy online. Or if you are making the purchase at the theatre itself, simply present the code to the cashier to receive one cinema ticket at no cost. The lowest priced ticket will be free.
THE SMALL PRINT
As is the case with any good deal going, there is always a catch or two. Fortunately, the small print on this scheme is very reasonable and simply limits the codes claimed to just one a week.
This offer only applies to standard cinema screenings and excludes premieres, previews, school bookings, corporate or private hires, third party bulk ticket purchases, private screenings, event cinema, and live broadcasts.
Bear in mind that membership is valid for 12 months from the date you make the travel insurance policy purchase, rather than from the date you activate your membership, so register as soon as possible to maximise your savings.