The right products for movie discounts
Get an Axis Bank Youth debit card, a credit card from Kotak Bank, become a Vodafone subscriber, and recharge your DTH connection on freecharge.in to enjoy the best discounts
Going to the movies isn’t cheap anymore. With the swank theatre options available, a weekend show could easily set you back Rs2,500, popcorn and parking considered. It’s not as if weekday shows are cheap either. A Wednesday night show of Ishkq in Paris at a South Mumbai theatre is currently Rs300 for the cheapest seat and Rs350 for the more expensive ones. A show at a similar time at a PVR in Delhi is a standard Rs275. In a couple of months, the DVD of the same picture should be available for about the same prices. But where’s the fun in watching a movie at home, right? What you’re looking for is the movie at the theatre at the right price. The key, it appears, is to become a subscriber of – or at least book with – the right everyday products. Perhaps you’re already using them but didn’t know the discounts were available. So here goes…
Kotak Credit Cards
The two credit cards from Kotak Credit Cards – PVR Gold and PVR Platinum – are the only way you can get a discount at PVR Cinemas, which hasn’t partnered with any website such as BookMyShow.com, which has its own set of discounts, to sell its tickets. For an annual fee of Rs499 (on the Gold) and Rs999 (on the Platinum card), you’ll get two movie tickets every month your spends exceed Rs15,000 and one ticket if your spends are over Rs7,500 (with the Gold). If you spend Rs750 at a PVR cinema in any month, you’ll get an additional two free tickets. These tickets can be purchased for any day of the week for any show. Strangely, though, from all the free tickets you could possibly earn, you can avail of just two tickets per month with the cheaper card and three a month with the more expensive one. This is disappointing, but what should cheer you up is that you will also a single free ticket if you pay for one ticket on Saturdays.
What? Up to three free tickets a month, plus buy one get one free on Saturdays
Where? PVR outlets across India
An oldie, but a goodie. If you’re a Vodafone customer in Mumbai, you get one ticket free on a ticket you buy to any Fame outlet every Tuesday. All you need to do is call 56777 to hear the offers, pick the one you want (movie tickets, in this case) and you’ll receive an SMS with a coupon code. The only trouble with this offer, though, is that you must book the ticket at the theatre. Advance booking is allowed, though.
What? Buy one get one free
Where? Fame Cinemas in Mumbai
Yes Bank Debit Cards
As a holder of a Yes Bank debit card, you’ll receive 20% discounts on any ticket for any show at 62 BIG Cinema outlets across India (tickets must be booked on the official website). You can get a maximum of four discounted tickets every month this way, but unutilised quota will be carried forward to the next month. The downside, however, is that the offer is available only on the first 2000 tickets booked with this card every month, so you may want to plan your outings toward the start of the month. The offer is currently applicable till September 2013 only, but a Yes Bank account may prove beneficial anyway, given the high interest rates they offer on savings accounts.
What? 20% off any day of the week
Where? 62 BIG Cinema outlets across the country
Axis Bank Youth Card
This debit card entitles you to a 15% discount on movie tickets booked on the Cinemax website. It’s applicable to five tickets every month, but unfortunately unutilised amounts cannot be carried forward. The offer is also available on the total bill, so you can even add food and beverages to your ticket total at the time of booking, so that you don’t have to pay full price on this either.
What? 15% off any day of the week
Where? Tickets and food at Cinemax outlets across India
Tata Docomo and Airtel
Compared to the Vodafone deal, these two deals are pathetic. It’s buy two and get one free (but at any cinema, barring PVR) for the first 20 Airtel and 20 Docomo customers on purchases from ticketplease.com on Fridays. The value of the ticket can be no more than Rs200. Worth a shot, but with just 20 tickets available for each network on nearly every major cinema hall in multiple states of the country, the chance you’ll get the free ticket is perhaps very slim.
What? Buy two get one free
Where? Tickets booked on ticketplease.com, a service available in 17 Indian states, including Mumbai, Delhi and Karnataka
This interesting website lets you recharge your prepaid connection, direct-to-home connection and internet dongle for ‘free’. How it does this is by offering coupons in exchange for your spend. One good deal for movie buffs is the discount on Cinepolis outlets in seven Indian states, including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bangalore. What you get is a discount of Rs100 on purchase of two movie tickets at a Cinepolis outlet. And all you have to do is recharge your prepaid connection online. Makes sense.
What? Rs100 off on two tickets
Where? Cinepolis outlets across India
You’ll find a range of discounts with varying expiry dates on this website, including buy one get one free on select IndusInd bank debit and credit cards (expires on August 31, 2013), buy one get one free on Citibank premium debit cards (expires on March 31, 2014), and buy one get one free for Vodafone customers in Maharashra (excluding Mumbai) and Goa. The terms and conditions are generally more restrictive than the ones mentioned above, but are certainly worth looking up if you’re going to a movie anyway.