This post is for those of you that have purchased recent deal vouchers for movietickets.com. I’ve posted several offers for movie tickets from various deal sites. Most recently there was a post for 2 movie tickets ($24 value) for $10 from Saveology. For the most part, this applies to any of the offering deal sites we see. I’ve bought tons of these deals and have learned a few tips along the way. Here are some secrets that will make your transactions go smoother.
First off, you need to claim your code. Usually the providing company sends you an email. These emails seem to have a tendency to get lost or dumped in spam. If that happens, you will need to go to the deal site, log in and look under the “your account” tab for your voucher or code. Your voucher should be waiting for your there. All the deal sites I’ve posted have this feature. (Groupon, Living Social, Plum District, Saveology, etc).
YOU MUST CLAIM THE VOUCHER BY THE DATE THAT WAS LISTED IN THE FINE PRINT.
Next, click on “view or print voucher” and follow the instructions on the voucher. It’s usually pretty straight forward. Keep in mind, sometimes the code is entered in a special location or on a special website. The codes don’t always get entered on the main part of the website where codes usually go. If your code isn’t working that could be why. Check the instructions. I had that happen with a Fandango code I purchased, and realized later I was entering the code in the wrong location.
SECRET TIP #1: Your voucher usually has a value. In the case of the $10 for 2 tickets via Movietickets.com above, it was $24. That’s what they figure the average ticket cost to be. However, here in Utah, movie tickets are less than the average and MOST of the time you can use that full amount towards more than 2 tickets.
I bought 3 movie tickets for a matinee at $6.50 each with a service fee of $2 per ticket and had to pay just $0.75 for my order after the voucher. So, for $10.75 I was able to get THREE matinee movie tickets. Myself and 2 of my girlfriends get to enjoy a movie for $3.60 each. You could also use the difference for 3D or IMAX tickets.
YOU CAN NOT CARRY OVER YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATE VALUE. IT MUST BE USED IN A SINGLE TRANSACTION
SECRET TIP #2: This will save you a lot of frustration. Usually when you make a purchase with Movietickets.com, Fandango.com or directly through Megaplex.com, you swipe the card you used to pay for the tickets at the theater in order to claim your tickets. HOWEVER: In the case of the codes, maybe you didn’t have to enter a credit card. If this is the case, your voucher will instruct you to give it to a manager when you get to the theater.
Here’s what your need to know! The vouchers don’t always print with the redemption number on them. They XXXX out the redemption code becuase that is usually a customers credit card number. But, in your case, it’s a gift code number. So, swiping every credit card in your wallet won’t get you into the theater.
To save yourself some time and frustration, be sure to make note of the code at the time you print your voucher. You can locate it on the same page where your voucher prints. If you don’t have the redemption code the manager has to call and get the code from Movietickets.com. That could delay you from getting into the theater. Plus, it’s just plain annoying. So, write the code on your confirmation.
SECRET TIP #3: The thing I LOVE most about Larry Miller Megaplex theaters, is that you are able to choose your seats when you purchase your tickets. Unfortunately, you don’t get this luxury when you go through movietickets.com.
Ordinarily, I would not use moviestickets.com for a Megaplex ticket, because the Megaplex website does allow for seat selection and I love the Mega Movie Rewards. When I purchase a deal voucher, I consider this the price for getting a discount and I’m okay with that.
According to my contact at Megaplex, movietickets.com does have preselected seat locations and they aren’t bad. After all, if all they did was to locate folks in the front, rear, or side, of the theater, no-one would use the service.
My tickets for The Hunger Games were midway up, right where we like to sit on the center isle. If you want to choose your own, you still can. It will require a trip into the the theater though. If you live close enough, stop in before the show, give them your confirmation and they will relocate you to any open seats of your choice and you can collect your hard tickets. Or, go a little earlier and change your seats then.
Hopefully this will help you decide what the best option is for you, the next time a movie deal comes along.
Enjoy the show.