All right. After hearing everyone in your social circle and work life talk about it nonstop, you’ve finally jumped on the MoviePass bandwagon.
And yes, it’s amazing. For $10 a month, you can see one movie a day at participating theaters. You’ve never had more things to talk about with your casual acquaintances.
“Yet,” you wonder, “is there more?”
With such a weird, obfuscated service like MoviePass, there appear to be many loopholes that a savvy person can use to get an even better deal than unlimited movies for $10 a month.
The key is the strange protocol of using your app to check into a theater, having MoviePass add money to a credit card, and then buying a ticket from the box office/kiosk. It opens the door to a number of hacks.
Let’s show you how to be the best MoviePass subscriber you can be. Just keep in mind that this fluid system may shut down these cheats as soon as we list them. They’re still worth a try.
For your conscience’s convenience, I have listed them in order from least to most sketchy.
1. Go early to get a seat
My biggest complaint about MoviePass is that you have to buy a ticket on the same day that you want to see the movie. For big releases, they might be sold out by the time you get to the theater.
However, you can buy tickets for the same day well in advance. So, if you want to make sure you get a seat for that 7:00 show, just swing by the theater earlier in the day and buy tickets then.
2. Get a theater rewards card
If you go to the same theater often, and they offer a rewards card, then definitely go ahead and take advantage of it. So if you go to Regal theaters regularly, get the Regal Rewards card. You’ll earn points with every time you see a film, and you’ll be able to use them on concessions. Some also have other promotions and special events tied to them. Do it!
3. Reserve seats with apps like Fandango
If you really don’t want to miss a movie at a theater with reserved seating, this might be an option for you. It is possible with some apps like Fandango to buy a ticket or two in advance, and reserve whatever seats you need. Then, when you get to the theater, cancel one of the tickets on the app, and buy it with MoviePass.
There are a lot of ways that this could go wrong, but give it a shot if ya’d like.
Bonus hack: scalp ’em!
If you have TONS of time to kill and want to make a quick $6, then you could buy a ticket for a busy movie and then go outside and try to sell it. Or give it away.
You’ll definitely get in trouble if you get caught by theater staff, but it’s your life.
If you search for MoviePass hacks, you’re going to see a lot of people saying that you can load up your card by checking into a theater and then use the money on concessions, 3D movies, etc. MoviePass explicitly says that they will charge you $25 if they think you’ve done this.
According to the terms of service:
If you use your MoviePass Card for any purpose other than to purchase a 2D movie ticket at a theater kiosk, or we have reason to believe that you have done so, you acknowledge and agree that we have the right to charge a fee of $25 (twenty-five U.S. dollars) (“Penalty Fee”) per occurrence on the form of payment you provided to us for your MoviePass subscription. If you believe that you have been charged a Penalty Fee in error, you may contact customer service to dispute the charge within 60 days of incurring such charge.
So don’t do this.
Lastly, always use the theater kiosk. Some theater chains still frown on MoviePass and multiple reports exist of box office employees making things difficult for users. Skip the humans and let the machines do the work on the ticketing side of things.
Have fun, and don’t talk during the movie!