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Last updated: 10 Jun 2015
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Meerkat Movies logoMeerkat Movies - 2for1 cinema ticketsYear's 2for1 from £2ish. New & existing comparison site customers

Tue/Wed

If you use the comparison website Compare The Market, or if you’ve used it during the past year, you can get 2for1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for 12 months from the date you use the site to get a credit card, loan or insurance, or switch your energy, broadband, TV or landline provider.

The offer expires 12 months after the date of your purchase or switch, not 12 months from when you activate it. Please note: activation can take at least 48 hours, so you’ll have to be patient.

How much do I have to spend?

Compare The Market isn’t always the cheapest place to buy insurance (see our insurance guides for the top deals), but you can get Meerkat Movies by spending as little as £2ish on a single-trip travel insurance policy for one person travelling within the UK. For more on this trick, read our Deals Hunters blog.

What do I get?

You're entitled to one voucher per week (so you can't go both days) and to get it you can either download the Meerkat Movies app (iPhone and Android only) or log in at the website. You can then simply print the code or show it on your smartphone at the box office. 

If you fancy an IMAX screening, want to upgrade to premium seats or see a 3D film, you'll be asked to pay the price difference between this and a standard cinema ticket.

Where can I use it?

Like the extremely popular Orange Wednesdays (which ended shortly before Meerkat Movies launched), it's valid at most cinemas across the UK - the big chains (eg, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue) as well as lots of independents - but not all of them. If in doubt, check with your local cinema before turning up.

Important: 2for1 cinema tickets should never be your reason for choosing a product like insurance. Use other sites to check it's a good deal and don't be swayed by freebies that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

More info

To qualify for Meerkat Movies membership, you need to purchase one of the following products via Compare The Market: car, motorcycle, home, van, pet, landlord, life, home/content or travel insurance. You can also qualify by taking out a credit card or loan or switch energy, digital TV or broadband supplier.

You can only hold one Meerkat Movies membership in any 12-month period, but if you purchase a second product whilst you have an active Meerkat Movies membership you can choose to claim a cuddly toy instead.

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Amex logoAmerican Express - £10 off £50 House of Fraser & moreOffers incl Vue, Caffè Nero, Fat Face, World Duty Free

Limited availability

American Express regularly releases a new set of cashback offers when you spend a set amount at certain stores. Anyone with a personal Amex card qualifies (including cards issued by Lloyds, TSB, MBNA and Barclays), but not corporate or prepaid cards.

What's more, you can use these offers alongside discount vouchers, or in a sale, to maximise the savings. Plus if you've got an Amex cashback card, you get your normal level of cashback as well.

Until Sun 28 Jun, American Express cardholders can get cashback at the following stores if they add the offer to their cards and spend the qualifying amount (in one transaction):

  • Vue Cinemas - £10 cashback on a £25 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)
  • thetrainline.com - £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 60,000 cardholders)
  • Caffè Nero - £5 cashback on a £10 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)
  • Ocado - £15 cashback on a £60 spend (first 60,000 cardholders)
  • Fat Face -  £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 20,000 cardholders)
  • Heal's -  £10 cashback on a £100 spend (no redemption limit)
  • The Co-operative electrical - £20 cashback on a £200 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)

These offers are available until Sun 9 Aug:

  • House of Fraser - £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 25,000 cardholders)
  • World Duty Free - £10 cashback on a £70 spend (first 20,000 cardholders)

The offer only gets you cashback once at each retailer, but there’s no limit to the number of retailers you can get cashback from before the offer ends. These are only the biggies, see 'more info' for the full list of offers currently available.

How it works

  • Log in to your account. Log in online at American Express or via the Amex app. If your card is issued by an Amex partner (eg, Lloyds, MBNA) you can log in at Amex Connect to access these offers.
  • Go to the 'Offers' section. Choose an offer and add it to your card. You must pre-select the offer online before you visit a store, you can't just walk in and pay. Each offer is valid once per card.
  • Visit a store and shop!  Pay with your connected card in a store or online to redeem the offer. You don’t need a code or a voucher.

Once you've redeemed an offer, you'll have to wait for the cash. It should appear as a credit to your card between three and five days after payment, but could take up to eight weeks to appear in your account.

It's worth noting that once the offers have been redeemed the maximum number of times, they will disappear from the site. See the full T&Cs.

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What if I don't have an Amex card?

If you don't have an American Express card, in theory you could get one to access these deals, but consider first if a credit card is right for you. Read MSE's Credit Cards section for full info. If you do go for it, it'll take around two weeks for your application to be processed and for you to receive your card. Use our credit card eligibility checker to see if you'll be accepted first.

Other cashback offers available:

  • Paper London - £50 cashback on a £300 spend (no redemption limit, until Sun 28 Jun)
  • Otis Batterbee - £20 cashback on a £100 spend  (no redemption limit, until Sat 18 Jul)
  • Achicha.com - £25 cashback on a £85 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Sun 9 Aug)
  • D&D London - £20 cashback on a £100 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Mon 31 Aug)
  • The Landmark Hotel Group - £50 cashback on a £200 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Mon 31 Aug)

Vue logoVue Cinemas - swap Nectar pointsConvert your Nectar points into cinema tickets

500pts = £2.50

Every 500 Nectar points is worth £2.50 at Vue Cinemas. To get the offer, simply hand over your Nectar card at the box office and tell them how many points you'd like to convert.

You have to pay in multiples of 500 points - if you don't have enough you can part-pay with points, a debit card or cash in the same transaction.

1,000 points = 2 Vue tickets (from Wed 1 Jul)

It may be worth saving your points until July, as you can get two Vue cinema tickets for 1,000 points from Wed 1 Jul until Tue 11 Aug, as part of Nectar's Summer Rewards. 1,000 points are normally worth £5, so this is a pretty good deal as an adult ticket usually costs £4-£14.79, depending on location.

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You can't use Nectar points to book tickets in advance by telephone or via Vue's website. Points can't be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount, unless otherwise stated.

You can't currently spend your Nectar points at the new Vue Farnborough cinema. 

Odeon logoOdeon extra 25% off student tickets with NUS ExtraAvailable to all students aged 16+ via £12 NUS Extra card

Mon-Thu

If you're a student with an NUS Extra card you can get an extra 25% off student ticket prices at Odeon cinemas, Mondays-Thursdays. Simply show your NUS Extra card at the box office to get the discount. Ticket prices vary, depending on location and the time of the film.

Who is eligible for an NUS Extra card?

The NUS Extra card is available to all students aged over 16 years (including distance learners, vocational and part-time students). It costs £12 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. You can use it to get discounts at lots of stores and websites, including Asos, Spotify, Amazon and Domino's. It gets discounts at more retailers than the student ID card issued by universities and colleges.

Vue logoUp to 1/3 off Vue Cinemas on TuesdaysVia Super Tuesday code. Discount depends on location & time

Ongoing

You can get up to 1/3 off ticket prices at Vue Cinemas with its Super Tuesday offer. The discount you'll get varies depending on the location and the time of the film, but Vue says you'll get at least an 18% discount.

You'll need a unique code to get the offer - simply enter your details online, or text SUPER to 51055 (standard SMS text messaging rates apply). You can then get the discount by quoting the code at the box office when you buy your tickets. Some exclusions apply - see 'more info' below for details.

Unfortunately this discount isn't valid with the Meerkat Movies deal, which can get you 2for1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (see our Deals Hunters blog - Meerkat Movies trick: £2ish gets 2for1 movies for a year). So check which offer is best for you - if there's two of you, a 2for1 offer could work out cheaper.

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You'll have to pay extra for upgrades, premium seats and special events or screenings. The Super Tuesday offer isn't available at Vue Cardiff.

Odeon logoOdeon £3-£4 'senior' screeningsVia Odeon Silver Cinema, aimed at cinema goers aged 55+

Ongoing

If you're aged 55+, you can get tickets to Odeon Silver Cinema showings (previously known as Odeon Senior Screen) for £3-£3.95, depending on location. See 'more info' below for the prices at different cinemas. You'll also get tea, coffee and biscuits before the film starts.

Odeon says the films selected for Odeon Silver Cinema are aimed at a 'mature audience', aged 55+, but there is no formal age restriction on the tickets.

More info

Tickets for Odeon Silver Cinema are £3 except at the following cinemas:

Ayr, Banbury, Bournemouth Odeon, Bournemouth ABC, Dunfermline, Guildford, Kilmarnock, Kettering, Lincoln and Mansfield tickets are £3.50.

Aylesbury, Bridgend, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Hastings, Newark, Port Solent, Putney, Salisbury, Southend and Tunbridge Wells tickets are £3.95.

You'll need to pay extra to upgrade to other seat types. Odeon Silver Cinema special screenings tickets may cost more - check the cinema's film listings for more information

Cineworld logoCineworld £1.60/£1.75 films for kidsWith free myCineworld account. School holidays and weekends

Mornings

Keep your nippers (and yourself) amused on weekend and school holiday mornings with Movies For Juniors kids’ films at Cineworld. It’s £1.58 per showing, per person if you book online with a myCineworld account, or £1.75 if bought at the cinema box office, for both adults and sprogs. 

What is myCineworld?  

myCineworld is a free online account that gives you access to Cineworld deals (including 10% off online bookings), forthcoming offers, faster booking and a newsletter (if you opt in). To get it, simply register online. It’s totally free. 

3D films are more expensive - £2.93 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £3.25 if bought at the cinema). Remember the glasses aren’t included, so unless you have some already, it’s £1 each on top of the ticket.

The offer's available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.

MSE Anna says:

Although the films on offer aren’t the latest movies, kids’ tickets usually cost upwards of £7, so this is a decent saving. See full listings and cinema details for more info.

We looked at the other major cinemas and found this deal to be cheapest out there for kids - see Cheap Cinema Tickets for Vue and Odeon offers.

More info

Adults can't get this offer unless they are accompanied by a child. A child is classified as aged 14 or under, though films are aimed at under eight audiences. 

Vue logoVue Cinema weekend/school holiday £1.99 ticketsWeekend & school holiday mornings

Kids' deal
Children aged between 2-12 can get tickets from £1.99 with the Kids AM offer on selected weekend and school holiday morning movies. What's more, accompanying adults get in from £1.99 too. 3D films are from £2.79.

You can buy tickets on the day, but seats can sell out, so go early if possible. To be safe, book online or over the phone, though you'll pay a 75p booking fee each (90p for phone bookings).

Offer is available at selected cinemas only. See website for more info.

Odeon logoOdeon kids' screenings for £2.50Weekend & school holiday offer

Kids' deal

On weekends and holiday mornings for selected films, adult and kids' tickets at participating Odeon cinemas are £2.50. The only exceptions are the following cinemas; Worcester, Telford and Dorchester tickets are £1, Dundee, Bristol and Belfast tickets are £1.50, and Weston-Super-Mare tickets are £2.

You can either just turn up at the cinema on the day and trust there'll be seats available. Or you can book by phone or online (website or app) - though you'll pay 50p booking fee per ticket and debit and credit cards carry a 21p fee.

Showings vary between cinemas. See website for full listings.

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Screenings are obviously aimed at a younger audience (kids are classed as 12 and under), so you won't find anything above PG certificate.

Vue logoVue Cinemas armed forces discount15%-20% discount using MoD card

Ongoing

At Vue Cinemas across the UK military personnel can show a Defence Privilege Card or MoD service ID to get up to 20% off a cinema ticket.

Discounts range from 15%-20% and this is dependent on location. The discount is valid seven days a week on all films. Tickets must be purchased from the box office, not online.

More info

Valid for the cardholder’s ticket only. So if you are in the armed forces and buying tickets for others, only yours will be discounted.

Morrisons logoMorrisons free petrol? Big spenders' extreme couponingBuy selected gift cards in-store, get 1p/L off fuel for every £10

Ongoing

This is an awesome bit of extreme couponing. It is fiddly and only works if you are already planning to make a big purchase at one of the 51 retailers included, such as PC World, Homebase and Currys.

As the discount's stackable, buy £50 of gift cards and you'd get 5p/litre off. But play it to the max (ie, buy £1,000+ of gift cards) and you could potentially get a free tank of petrol. See 'more info' below for details.

More info

How it works

Morrisons' Fuel Saver deal gives 1p/litre off petrol, diesel or LPG for every £10 of gift cards bought in-store.

There are 51 retailers to buy gift cards for, including Homebase, Debenhams, Currys, PC World, Next, House of Fraser, Halfords, and iTunes, plus new retailers TK Maxx, Oasis, Boots, Warehouse and Waterstones. The offer's ongoing, but doesn't include Morrisons' own gift cards.

If there's a large purchase you are going to make anyway - eg, £500 on a computer at PC World or a garden shed at Homebase - get it via buying the gift cards and you'll bag 50p/litre off.

If you bought £1,100 of gift cards, it'd effectively make a £1.10/litre tank FREE. Morrisons has also told us there's no limit per transaction on the gift cards, and you can split any amount above this into a second purchase to get a voucher for a second fill-up. Petrol vouchers are valid for 63 days from the issue date.

Use gift cards quickly

Gift cards are non-refundable, and it isn't a good idea to put money on the card to drip-spend over six months. Though most of those mentioned here are big, safe companies, if the firm goes bust you'll probably lose the cash, so ensure you minimise the time between buying and redemption.

It's also worth noting third party retailers (Morrisons in this case) don't have any responsibility to refund you if a gift card's retailer goes into administration. See the Beware gift vouchers MSE News story. Gift cards are generally valid for about two years, but always check.

Full terms on the Morrisons website. Find your nearest Morrisons.

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Section 75

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There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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