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With Meerkat Movies 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.

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One of the best ways to get cheaper cinema tickets is via the Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 cinema tickets deal – and you can bring the price down even more by stacking it with other deals.

In this blog, I’ll explain how it works, how to get the code, and whether you can use it at Odeon, Vue, Cineworld, Picturehouse and other cinemas.

You can also watch this video from a few years ago explaining the trick – it still works the same!

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 the £1.20 point – but right now it’s possible to get it for just £1.01!

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

Which cinemas allow Meerkat Movies codes

You can search for cinemas in the app, or in this Meerkat Movies map. it looks like you’re less likely to find an independent cinema that accepts the codes, however the following big chains all let you use Meerkat Movies codes:

  • Odeon
  • Vue
  • Cineworld
  • Picturehouse
  • Empire
  • The Light (some locations)
  • Reel

Cinema chains that don’t allow Meerkat Movies include:

  • Curzon
  • Everyman
  • The Light (some locations)

Stacking other savings with Meerkat Movies

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

One way to stack is to pay with a discounted gift card. It’s harder to get these since Zeek shut down, but Tesco generally has 10% off the likes of Odeon, Vue and Cineworld every few months.

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. Combined with the 2 for 1 code, I think this is the cheapest way to get an Odeon ticket.

Look out for discounted locations, with some cinemas charging just £5 a ticket midweek – meaning you’ll pay £2.50 per person with your Meerkat code.

Meerkat Movies is also a great way to save money at the posher Luxe screens, or the recently refurbished Odeon Leicester Square. You’ll still pay more for these locations though.

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

Again, some Cineworld locations are really cheap mid-week – so check the prices near you. You can use Meerkat movies with child, student and senior tickets alongside normal adult ones.

Though it’s not an official policy, regular Cineworld goers with an Unlimited Card seem to have no problems with combining their membership with the code to get 2 for 1 cinema tickets.  These passes cost £17.90 a month (£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 money on the annual price.

> Use Meerkat Movies at Cineworld

Meerkat Movies at Vue

The supercheap Vue day is now on Mondays, so you can’t combine it with Meerkat anymore. Still try for 

Meerkat Movies at Picturehouse Cinemas

In my experience, you can use your reduced membership price with a Meerkat code – though officially the chain says you can’t.

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.

> 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. 

> Use Meerkat Movies at Empire Cinemas

Don’t forget Meerkat Meals

With your £1 travel insurance policy you also get two for one discounts at restaurants with Meerkat Meals. I’ve taken a look at what you get.

More ways to save at the cinema

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


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