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My Thoughts After a Month With Moviepass & Review
This is a topic a couple of blogs have already covered (Here and Here). I decided to sign up after reading their reviews and seeing how beneficial Moviepass can be. After using it for the last month I have enjoyed the experience so much I thought I would give you my own thoughts.
Details on the Moviepass
Moviepass is kind of like the Netflix of movie theater going. You pay a flat fee and then you can see as many 2D movies as you want during the month. The catch is you can only see 1 movie every 24 hours. You could still easily see 25-30 movies a month if you so choose.
The fee is $9.95 a month. You are billed via a credit card you set up on the account. That is a great deal but you can do even better, and I wish I had found this before signing up.
MoviePass has, for a limited time only,
lowered the price to $7.95 a month with one caveat.
If you are a
Costco member you can get a year of Moviepass for $89.99(Out of Stock). The issue here is you can not cancel it if you decide you don’t like it. Also I believe this deal is for new Moviepass members only so you have to take the jump if you want the deal…no testing it out first.
UPDATE 2: MoviePass has been shutting down some users accounts for abuse. Read more on what they consider abuse of the program.
How Moviepass Works
To be able to use Moviepass you need to have a smartphone. Everything is done via their app. Once you sign up they send you your Moviepass card. It looks just like a debit/credit card.
When you get to the theater you then select which movie you would like to watch from the app. Moviepass then immediately sends the money needed for that movie to your Moviepass card. You must be within 100 yards of the theater in order to load money to your card.
Once the movie is selected and the money is on your card you buy a ticket like you normally would and pay with your Moviepass card. You can even use the theaters reward program to stack your savings. I usually go to an AMC theater and I am an member of their Stubs Program. So I am earning full points on something I paying a fraction of the price for.
Some people have reported certain theaters not allowing members to earn points if paying with a Moviepass. I have not run into this issue but you could always just buy the tickets at an unmanned kiosk to avoid the issue if they are available.
Some have also reported that you can only see a movie one time with Moviepass. This is not the case you can go to the same movie multiple times, at least that is my personal experience.
I have about 50 theaters in the program near my house. All of the major ones are included near me (AMC, MJR, Goodrich, Emagine, Cinemark). The local and more botique theaters are included as well. You can always check out your area’s coverage before taking the leap.
My Figures/Personal Experience
It hasn’t quite been 30 days for me yet but I have gone to 4 movies. The first 3 cost $5.99 per ticket and the 4th one was $9.99. So I have gotten $27.96 in value out of my $9.99 monthly fee.
I used to be a big movie buff and went to the movies frequently. Once our work lives got busier, had kids, and movie costs went through the roof we stopped going as much. I probably went to 2-3 movies per year over the last 4 years.
With Moviepass I have been trying to go to one per week. I guess you could call it my New Year’s resolution. Since there is no additional cost, as long as I stay away from the snacks, I find myself making time for it. Even if the movie is only so so I get value out of it.
How to Maximize it With AMC Stubs
I frequent AMC theaters and I am a member of their Stubs program. If you are going to use their theaters as well, make sure you upgrade to their Premiere program. This will get you 100 points per dollar versus 10 points per dollar in their standard program.
The cost is $15 for the year. You can pay for it with a gift card so make sure you buy a discounted gift card, from a place like CardCash, to pay for it which will save you close to 25%. You also earn 1500 AMC Stubs points for the purchase.
For every 5,000 points your get a $5 gift card. At 100 points per dollar that is a 10% rebate on all of your ticket purchases. In as little as 5 movies you could get a $5 AMC credit. If you go to the movies often this will pay off in the long run.
If you enjoy going to the movies and could see yourself going at least twice per month this is a no brainer. It is an easy set up with a lot of coverage. I am not sure if it will be sustainable or not, as a business model, but I will enjoy the ride while I can!
They also make great gifts. I convinced my friend to get it for his brother for Christmas. His brother spent close to $200 on movie tickets last year so that works out to a pretty amazing gift!
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