Remember the days of accessing films on the cheap with a friend via “Orange Wednesdays”? Well, despite the mobile operator, Orange, pulling the offer shortly after a merger with T-Mobile to become EE, offers still exist. These offers exist in two forms. Either obtaining a Meerkat Movies code or accessing free preview screenings via companies like showfilmfirst. For a few years, I’d use free screening codes to access films, but these became trickier to get reliably and were not always for films I would usually want to see. In Norwich, where I am based, a standard cinema ticket for an adult can cost up to £15 for a 2d viewing. Using a meerkat movies code, you can slice this in two by sharing the cost of 2-4-1 tickets with a friend. Plus, you can use it in combination with Odeon student discounts too.
NOTE: It’s untested, but occasionally you can get 2 for £10 and 5 for £20 Odeon Cinema Tickets from Groupon.
I’ll explain how the Meerkat Movies code works, how to get it, and show you a couple of deal stacking tips for Odeon and Vue cinemas.
What cinema is Meerkat Movies an option at and how do you get one?
Meerkat movies is a reward app that’s accessible to those that buy products or services from the Compare the Market brand site. With the app, you can access weekly codes to get you “buy-one-get-one-free” tickets at most UK cinemas all year. These codes, can, in turn, be used on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays for the 2-4-1 cinema offers. Note that not all cinemas will treat these the same. For example, some will levy an additional charge for 3d or exclusive seating. Most cinemas will let you use the codes online when booking which can occasionally allow extra discounts for booking via cinema chains own website. There’s no real clarity on how many tickets can you buy with meerkat movies if teaming up with friends etc.
Meerkat movies codes are accepted at a number of UK cinemas. These include, but are not limited to Odeon, Showcase, Vue Cinemas, Cineworld, Reel, Empire, Light and Picturehouse cinemas. There might also be independent cinemas that accept Meerkat Movie codes. Often, phoning up these independent cinemas and mentioning you have a code may entice them to give you a 2-4-1, even if they usually wouldn’t be a meerkat movie cinema. Why? Well… you’ll still be a pain customer and your bum on a seat paying for potentially pricey snacks and drinks.
You can also use the Meerkat Movies app to find participating cinemas in your area. Simply boot up the app and navigate to see which are eligible for code use near you. You can filter the cinemas near to you in ascending distance. As mentioned above, this also shows locations of cinemas that do not accept meerkat movies codes – just give them a call and ask nicely.
Terms for using Meerkat Movies codes at Odeon, Vue, Cineworld, Empire and Showcase Cinemas
There’s a variety of terms and conditions for acceptable use of meerkat movies codes. I’ve not included them all below, but you’ll get a flavour of the terms and conditions offered by the bigger cinema chains.
Can I use Meerkat Movies Codes at Showcase cinemas?
There a couple of different types of Showcase Cinema in the UK. the main one of these is the standard Showcase Cinema. You’ll find these common place across the UK. Alongside the standard Showcase cinemas are the more grand Showcase Cinema de Lux. It doesn’t matter which of these you use as the T&Cs for both are the same.
Remember I mentioned it’s always worth phoning the cinema to see if they think codes? Well, with Showcase Cinemas, that’s the only way that accept meerkat movie codes. You’ll have to generate your code using the app and then phone up box office with your nearest Showcase Cinema to book tickets.
The Showcase terms and conditions do not allow you to use gallery seating for their IMAX venues. However, you’ll be able to use all XLR, XPlus and 3D digital screenings if you choose to. Whilst the Meerkat movie code allows access to standard seating, you can also pay a small additional surcharge for the other screening types mentioned above.
How do I use Meerkat Movies at Odeon cinemas?
Odeon is probably the biggest cinema chain in the UK… so it’s no surprise that they accept meerkat movie codes. Unlike Showcase above, you can use your code to book online or using the Odeon app on your smartphone.
You can also use your meerkat code directly at the self-service ticket booths in ODEON Cinemas. This is great because, if your local ODEON is like mine in Norwich, there’s more self-service booths visible than staff these days. Should you be lucky enough to encounter a staff member, you can also use your 2-4-1 code directly with them at the booking kiosk.
If you has academic institution email address (an ac.uk) you can you register for student status and get a student discount on Odeon tickets. You can use this is your name paid ticket because even though it’s discounted it’s still a valid ticket type and doesn’t count as a discount code. This means, for two adults, you can effectively get two people into the cinema for just the price of one student card admission.
As was the case with Showcase cinemas, ODEON charges a small top-up fee to use non-standard seats in screenings. Some new releases may also be excluded in their premiere weeks. The Meerkat code is also valid on IMAX screenings at ODEON Cinemas.
Do Vue, Cineworld and Empire Cinemas accept Meerkat Movie Codes?
Vue is exactly the same as sodium in terms of their terms and conditions for meerkat movies code usage. It’s worth noting that online bookings have a 75p surcharge on each seat.
Meanwhile, Cineworld will accept meerkat codes both online and via the phone box office. If you’re looking for a premium ticket, you’ll not only need to pay the surcharge on the “paid” ticket but also on the freebie. That being said, it still is good value and access to 3D, Superscreen, IMAX, Impact and all of Cineworld’s other screening types, including 4DX. If Cineworld is a venue that you visit regularly it’s worth looking into the Cineworld Unlimited membership too which will stack with Meerkat Movies offers.
Finally, Empire Cinema. You can you use a meerkat movie code at all in the cinemas except for on there Tuesday saver days. You can try at the box office to use it for save the date that don’t count on success. Whilst I have found that I can use Meerkat Movie codes with certain “special day”offers at Vue that aren’t meant to work, I think this might be ultimately down to staff training and goodwill. As I say, at Empire, it’s best not to depend on it working in this way.
Getting a Meerkat Movies code
The process is pretty simple. To get the codes you need to have bought a valid insurance product from the Compare the Market comparison website. The beauty of this is that the insurance product you buy doesn’t need to cost much at all. In fact, you’ll most likely only need to spend a few pounds! If possible you’ll want to tie this into a run of the mill insurance such as your car or home products. However, I’ve don’t this just to cover a simple day out in the car with the kids via a travel insurance policy.
Now prices will vary but the cheapest policies, for day or single-trip cover, start around £1 to £2. To access the Meerkat Movies cinema codes you’ll need a policy number after getting a quote. If you don’t need a proper cover for a trip, use the following options to get a throw-away cover that allows you to access a valid policy number for the purposes of getting Meerkat Movies codes.
How to get your Meerkat code.
- Get a quote for travel insurance
- Select UK > Single Trip > 1 Night/Person > No additional covers/conditions
- Remember this is, for most, a throw-away policy (we’re not interested in if being to claim on).
- You should get a list of providers, order by cheapest.
- Select the cheapest, pick and buy.
- Await policy number and enter it to access the app and a whole year’s worth of cinema codes.
Whilst out at the cinema, consider other ways to save as a family in the retail and restaurant outlets that normally surround a cinema venue. You can read more about ways of maximizing your cinema savings and cutting the costs of dining out in my article on saving money on activities with kids. Max out these deals further by trying to stack other cinema deals on top like using an NUS card to access 25% extra off at Odeon and get cheaper Odeon cinema tickets.
At my local Vue cinema in Norwich, I can currently access any film, any day for £4.99. Add in a 2-4-1 Meerkat Movies code and it’s an absolute bargain equating to just £2.48 per person! In some cases, it’s even cheaper than streaming some older titles online at home! Just remember whilst there’s no real etiquette with answering the question “how many tickets can you buy with meerkat movies?”, the service itself suggests just one account and code per week. Nothing I can see stops multiple accounts though should you wish a massive cinema outing.
How many people can use meerkat movies?
The is no limit to the number of people that can use meerkat movies. However, you will need to register as members via the Meerkat Movie website. Once you’ve registered you will be able to get 2-for-1 cinema tickets via your account each week. You can only have one Meerkat Movies membership activated against your account at any one time. If you have other friends and family with accounts they can claim codes and tickets too, meaning you can all benefit from the 241 Meerkat Deals. However, for the purposes of answering “how many people can use meerkat movies?”, the answer would be ONE CODE, PER ACCOUNT, PER WEEK.