Get 2-4-1 cinema tickets, free Kindle books and more from The Times’s digital membership, Times+.
When you subscribe to The Times you not get to read the digital version of the newspaper (which is usually behind a paywall), but also access to its reward programme Times +. At full price I think this is too much, but if you can take advantage of the special trial offers that run throughout the year you’ll be able to get access to some great savings.
Time subscription deals and trials
The standard trial is eight weeks for £8, but throughout the year there’s often a three months for £3 deal which is far better waiting for. Occasionally you can also get a month free trial. I’ll share the best deal below.
One month free trial
Sign up for one months for free is the latest offer. Do this across two months (so mid-June to early-July) and you’ll get able to claim the monthly freebies twice times! So that’s two free movie rentals, two free Kindle books and more. Just remember to cancel (more on this below).
Times Plus offers
Free Rakuten movie rental every month
This offer seems to have finished.
Every month you can get 350 “super points” to spend on streaming service Rakuten. This works out as £3.50, giving you a free SD (Standard Definition) rental. If you want HD you’ll have to pay around £1 more. Points tend to last for three months so you can also combine them across a couple of months towards a digital purchase.
Two for one Odeon tickets every weekend
On a Monday you’ll be able to claim a new code that’ll give you two for one tickets for pretty much every Odeon on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday. This has been paused but will hopefully return.
Free Kindle ebook every month
Every month a select title is available to download from Amazon to your e-reader. If you don’t have a Kindle you can read it via the Kindle app on your tablet, phone or computer.
Fee audio book every month
You also get a selected audio book for free from Rakuten/Koko. It can be listened to via the Kobo app.
Theme park discounts
Through the year you can get 40% off at Merlin attractions, but watch out for the summer when there are some very low price deals for the likes of Legoland and Alton Towers.
Cancelling Times Plus
This can be a bit of a pain as you have to phone up to cancel your trial and they will try very hard to persuade you to stay. The last time I did this it took 15 minutes! But if you have your phone on speakerphone you can do this while you’re doing something else!
Also, it’s important to do this early. I call up at least two weeks before the trial ends to make sure no early charges are made.