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Meerkat Movies replaced Orange Wednesday a couple of years ago, and it’s far better than the old scheme. Anyone can get a year of 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday for a one-off fee – giving massive savings to film fans. Even better, it could cost as little as £1.10.

Last week I went to see a movie at a Vue cinema in central London. A ticket would normally have cost £13.79 – but I paid just £3.50, and that was partly down to the Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 cinema tickets deal.

In this blog, I’ll explain how it works, how to get the code, and how to take advantage of deal stacking to get even bigger discounts at Odeon, Vue, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Empire cinemas. You can also watch this video explaining the trick.

How Meerkat Movies works

Once a week you can access a code on the Meerkat Movies app to get you “buy-one-get-one-free” tickets at most UK cinemas all year. You can then use this code on either Tuesday or Wednesday for standard cinema seats – not all cinemas allow you to use it for 3D or premium screens, or they might charge extra to do so. All the big chains except Picturehouse let you use the code to book online a week ahead.

You have to use the code for the same film, so you can’t do a solo double bill, and you can only use one code each week.

How to get Meerkat Movies codes

You can read more detail about how Meerkat Movies works in my post from when it launched, but essentially you need to buy an insurance policy through the Compare the Market comparison site.

That’s great if you’re looking to sort out insurance for your car or home, but if not there’s a sneaky trick to get you access for just a few quid. Prices vary and normally sit around £1.50, but right now it’s possible to get it for £1.10!

All you need to do is get a quote for travel insurance and choose the following options.

  • UK
  • Single trip
  • One night
  • One person
  • No extra cover
  • No pre-existing medical conditions

Follow this and you should be offered a policy with a company called ERV. You’re not going to use this insurance so you don’t need to read into any of the terms and conditions. Buy this and you’re now eligible to get 2 for 1 cinema ticket codes every week!

>> Sometimes there are even cheaper tickets – bookmark my latest cinema deals page for the hottest tickets

How to deal stack with your 2 for 1 cinema ticket code

Two for one is already a great deal, but you can often save even more by combining the Meerkat Movies code with other promotions.

Use a discounted gift card

One of the easiest ways to save a little extra is to buy a cut-price gift card from the app Zeek. Discounts range from 3% to 15% on Odeon, Vue, Cineworld and Empire gift cards, potentially even higher as it’s the seller who sets the price. Buy one of these and pay for your tickets with it, and you’re saving again. Use the code CLEVERCASH and you’ll save an extra £5 off your first purchase!

You can also use your Meerkat code with other cinema deals. Officially you aren’t meant to combine any offers, but in my experience you often can. Here’s what to try for at each of the big chains.

Meerkat Movies at Odeon

Odeon seems to let you use Meerkat Movies with any type of ticket – and that includes the extra 25% off student prices you can get with an NUS card (remember, even non-students can get hold of this). Combined with the 2 for 1 code, I think this is the cheapest way to get an Odeon ticket.

Officially the Odeon Limitless card doesn’t work with your Meerkat code, but it’s worth a try. These memberships cost £17.99 (£19.99 in London) a month for 12 months and let you go to as many films as you like, potentially bringing the cost of two people to see a movie every week down to as low as £2.30 per ticket – IF you go every week, and only on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

>> Use Meerkat Movies at Odeon

Meerkat Movies at Cineworld

Though it’s not an official policy, regular Cineworld goers with an Unlimited Card seem to have no problems with combining their membership with code to get 2 for 1 cinema tickets.  These passes cost £17.90 (£20.40 in London) and let you see as many movies as you want. To save even more, Tesco Clubcard points can be used to save you more than 50% on the annual price.

>>Use Meerkat Movies at Cineworld

Meerkat Movies at Vue

Sadly Vue moved its cheap ticket day from Tuesday to Monday so it no longer works with Meerkat Movies.

>> Use Meerkat Movies at Vue

Meerkat Movies at Picturehouse Cinemas

I’m a big fan of Picturehouse memberships. You get free tickets to cover around half the fee, then you save around £2 or £3 per ticket on top of that and get 10% off at the bar, plus most will have a cheap ticket day and member previews.

In my experience, you can also use your reduced membership price with a Meerkat code. At my old local, the Stratford Picturehouse, that meant the 2 for 1 cinema tickets could work out as just £2.50 each!

>>See what’s showing at Picturehouse

Meerkat Movies at Empire

Empire says it’s adult and child tickets only, but the codes work with senior and student prices on their website. So, an NUS card will be well worth investing in.

>>Use Meerkat Movies at Empire Cinemas

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This article was first published in May 2016 and has been updated

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