Save Money on Movie Tickets. If you love going to the movies then you know that tickets have never been more expensive. For those of us who don’t always want to go to the matinee here are the best ways to save on tickets at all the major movie theater chains. All prices and deals were available at time of publishing.
Discount movie gift cards and tickets from warehouse clubs
Discount tickets if you buy your tickets at the box office
Costco offers online (and possibly in-store call your local store to find out) a four (4) pack of AMC passes for $35.99 and a ten (10) pack of Yellow ticket passes for $89.99 plus shipping. AMC Passes can be used at: AMC®, AMC Showplace, Loews®, Cineplex Odeon, Magic Johnson or Star theatres office at time of payment. Terms and conditions for Yellow passes. These passes can only be used at the box office but you avoid the fees when buying tickets online. You do not earn any Stubs rewards when redeeming passes.
Discount gift cards if you buy your tickets online
Costco sells online (and possibly in-store call your local store to find out) four (4) $25 gift cards to MovieTickets.com for $74.99.These gift cards are redeemable at Movietickets.com and the MovieTickets.com iOS/Android App only. Convenience fees apply. These are redeemable at theater chains such as AMC, Regal Cinemas, Carmike Cinemas,Harkins Theatres and more. These gift cards can only be used online so you’re forced to pay the fee every time you want to go to the movies. The ticketing fees are waived for all AMC Stubs Premiere members ($15 per year for membership). AMC Stubs Insider members (membership free) can get the fees waived for purchases of 4 or more tickets only.
Sam’s Club is selling $25 AMC gift cards for $23.88, $50 cards for $47.88 as well as some other packages with minuscule discounts. Yawn.
Bulk ticket purchases
AMC Theaters offers Black passes. Review the AMC website thoroughly before purchasing. If you aren’t a member of a warehouse club or you and a group of friends go to a lot of movies you can buy passes directly from all the major movie theater chains online.
If you have a business or a friend who does you can buy in bulk directly from AMC National Sales. AMC allows business-to-business sales in multiples of 50 passes for $8.70 each plus $9.95 for ground shipping. If 50 passes exceeds your requirements try to get some friends to go in with you. Restrictions apply. Review the AMC website thoroughly before purchasing.
Landmark Theatres sells tickets directly to consumers or businesses in multiples of 25 for $8.00 each plus $5 shipping.
Check with your employer or have your friends check with theirs. Some large companies offer discount movies passes as an employee benefit through the human resources department.
Credit card discounts
Some credit cards will periodically offer additional points or cash back when making purchases directly from movie theaters. You can time your bulk purchases with those discounts for additional savings. If you have a credit card that offers cash back at grocery stores or drugstores I’ve seen AMC gift cards at Mariano’s, CVS and Walgreens.
Theater Loyalty Programs
Each theater group has a loyalty club that offer various benefits based on your spending level. Here are the big three:
AARP members pay $8 for Regal tickets purchased online (conditions apply).
Discounted gift cards from resellers
In the past I would have suggested that you buy discounted gift cards from resellers. Given the amount of gift card fraud publicized in the media I no longer do this.