How To Get Movie Tickets When On a Budget
Love going to the movies but hate paying full price for a movie ticket? There are quite a few ways to find discount movie tickets to help you save at the box office.
Go to a Matinee
You might be surprised at how much you can save by attending a matinee or even a pre-matinee (shows before noon). In looking at a local AMC Theater ticket pricing for an adult ticket, shows before noon were $7, then jumped to $10.75 (between noon-6pm) and movies after 6pm were $12.50. That is a discount of $5.50 to see a movie before noon versus after 6pm!
Movie Theater Rewards Programs
By joining a movie theater rewards program, similar to a grocery store or drugstore rewards programs, you can earn rewards every time you spend money. AMC Stubs gives you $10 for every $100 spent plus tons of other benefits (cost of $12/year). You can also earn rewards through the Regal Crown Club (free to join).
Online Ticket Seller Promos (i.e. Fandango)
Online ticket sellers, like Fandango, are almost always offering up some type of discount or offer. For example, Fandango currently has an ongoing promotion through August 2nd where every Friday you can get BOGO Free Movie Tickets when you purchase them online with your Visa Signature Card. (If you are not sure if your Visa Card is a Visa Signature Card, go HERE to enter your number and it will tell you.) Tickets must be purchased on Friday for a Friday showing and limit of one free movie ticket per card, per 30 days. Check out all of the Fandango current offers before heading out to your next movie. If you use another online ticket purchasing site, be sure to check their “offers” page as well.
Buy in Bulk
If you are a frequent movie goer, you may want to consider buying in bulk. For example, at AMCNationalSales.com you can buy 50 Silver Experience Tickets (restrictions apply) for just $6.50 each, or 50 Gold Experience Tickets (no restrictions) for just $8.00 each.
Discount Tickets at Work
Many employers offer perks such as discount movie tickets. Check with someone at your work or have your friends and family check at their workplace. Many people don’t even realize their workplace offers these types of perks. You can usually save quite a bit by purchasing discounted tickets this way.
Senior or Student Discounts
If you fit either the senior or student profile, be sure to check at your local theater as many of them have student and senior discounts. Save on tickets by showing your student id or regular id (for senior discount).
Don’t forget to check those membership perks. You pay a membership fee for a reason and in many cases it comes with lots of great perks. Check places like AAA or Costco for discount tickets. In searching for AAA for my local area, I can save up to 40% off tickets to Regal Cinemas or 15% off at Fandango.com.
Summer Movie Specials
During the summer, many movie theaters offer discounted family movies in the morning. Check out the previous post I did on the Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express $1 Movies this summer. If you don’t live near a Regal Cinema, check your local theater for a similar summer program.
One thing to keep in mind with buying discounted movie tickets, most will have restrictions about which movies they can be used for. You usually will not get to see a movie the first weekend it is out with a discounted ticket, however some promos include those. Just be sure to read all the fine print carefully.
So if you love going out to movies, be sure to check into all the options available to find discount movie tickets before you head out to the theaters for your next movie!
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