On Friday, the hubby and I went to our 2nd movie all year. Last night, I went to the theater again with some friends. And, yes, both times I saw the eagerly anticipated Hunger Games.
I love, love, love the Hunger Games books, and I couldn’t wait to see the movie! It did not disappoint. (Which is rare—I hardly ever like movie adaptations.)
The first time we went, I used my Stubs card to buy our tickets, adding $20 to our accumulating balance. Then, we hit the concession stand. I know, I know. It’s a total racket. I just can’t help it. I won’t tell you what we spent, but I did get a free upgrade on the popcorn and drink with our Stubs card.
Yesterday, I used my Stubs card to buy my ticket—and swiped it again when my friend bought hers since she doesn’t have a card. By the time I got to the concession stand to buy my drink, I had $10 free to spend, with money leftover for the next movie I want to see. (Anybody wanna go to The Hunger Games with me again? So. Not. Kidding.)
That Stubs cash adds up faster than I ever expected! Or, I’ve never really stopped to think about how much a movie costs. But, here’s the thing: I get full price credit on a movie ticket, even if I’m exchanging a promotional certificate! So, I earned $20 with One for the Money, even though I bought our ticket voucher for only $12 on Groupon.
The Stubs card costs $12 per year, but the benefits have already paid for it in my eyes. Here is what you get as a Stubs member:
- $10 FREE for every $100 you spend: At $10 each jut for tickets, it adds up fast!
- FREE upgrades on popcorn and soda: Want a large for free refills? Pay for a medium!
- Online ticket fees waived: Purchase your tickets in advance, through Fandango, and enter your Stubs card at checkout to have the e-ticket fee waived.
- Advanced preview offers: I saw Twilight Breaking Dawn, Part I at 8pm on the Thursday before it was officially released.
Plus, they frequently offer specials for joining Stubs. Right now (through Thursday), you can get a free large popcorn or soda when you buy a Stubs card. And, you totally should. It’s so worth it!
I wish you wouldn’t promote that scam. They’re making you PAY to be “rewarded” for something you already pay for. That’s offensive to me. I used to have one of their MovieWatcher cards, loved it, and had hundreds of points that just disappeared when they came out with Stubs. To add insult to injury they wanted me to PAY for Stubs? No thank you. I go to the movies more than any sane person (I saw 366 movies in the theater last year, and I’m at 151 so far this year), it’s my primary hobby, I mainline movies like crack, but I rarely go to AMC anymore. I stick with Regal or indie art houses now. I only go to AMC when I absolutely have to, there’s no other choice, and then I use Costco passes. I think I’ve been there twice this year, when I used to go dozens of times. Plus, besides the principle of the thing, I have no intention of letting them have my credit card number so they can auto-renew me every year.
Heather Sokol says
It’s not uncommon to pay for perks & rewards. The key is being sure you will earn your money back. I have earned what I paid twice over so far, and I still have 6 months left in my membership. I also have a Regal card, but it doesn’t seem to earn as quickly. I used it for a year before I even got free popcorn. With the AMC Stubs card, I even get a bonus upgrade on my concession snacks every single time.
In response to the first comment. I would just like to tell you that if you were a moviewatchers member then when the stubs program first came out AMC sent out an email to all the addresses they had to let the moviewatcher members know, and they offered a free one year membership to stubs. And if time the renewal of your stubs membership right then you can get a coupon like the one mentioned above, or at christmas time this past year we lowered the membership price to 6 dollars. And I say this because I used to work at AMC. Also in response to the Unfortunate Stubs Member I am sorry that the concessionist did not give you the upgrade, because in my opinion that is the best benefit to stubs. However, the employees are required to ask every customer if they have a stubs card, and if they don’t you can always report them to a manager. Or if they forget to ask you can always get a receipt and go to the Guest Services counter and tell them. They are able to credit what you spent (this includes tickets also) to your stubs account.
I was asked by employee if I wanted to pay for two tickets as one or separate and then he stated some do it and I (he) was not sure why. I stated do as one which I normally do. He tore the stub off and set to the side and with the next few customers he did not they proceeded as usual to person monitoring incoming patrons and tore the stub off and put in bin.
I asked why he tore mine off and not others at which time lady stated it does not matter. So I asked the cashier for the other part and he first tried to give me another stub for another movie then he stated he could not find it then he stated he threw it away so I told him to give me trash bin and I would find it.
I requested a mgR. who tried to do the same thing and gave me tickets that had no info.
So I returned twice and asked that they do refund and put tots. on my card which she finally did.
She also gave me a receipt with half of the wording missing and one ticket has my card number and the other does not.
The employee got loud with me and ignored me and stated it is the same even though the stubs he was trying to give me was not part of my tickets.
Nor did I get points for my purchases. The cashier saw us standing at the front and he let us stand for at least 4 minutes and then told us to come to the other side.
The two cashiers were separating some tickets and some they let the person standing at the entrance separate.
I spent 10.69 x 2 at .50 tax x2 totaling 11.19 x 2 and received no credits.
one ticket has my card number and the other does not. I get senior citizen rate.
I started out with 2571 and ended with 2138 no reward Val and 35 pts. and no points for transactions.
Cashier did not ask me if I had a stubs card nor did he give me a receipt nor did he put the transactions on my card nor would the manager initially and I still ended up with one put on card stubs card.
They were laying the detached parts to the side and when I asked for mine I was told it could not be found and/or it was thrown in the trash but I saw him put it to the side.
The employees and the mgr. tried to give me stubs for others transactions that had no card numbers or cost.
Am I mistaken in thinking I am to get points for EVERY transaction put on my card?
I have never had this happen to me e v e r until this time.
I agree; I use the Stubs program and I actually don’t make it to the movies that often at all, yet I only have to reach $100 once (not hard to do these days at the movies with a family of 4) to almost pay for it. As far as I’m concerned, ANY program that I make out in the end is worth it. As long as I save more than I am paying. It all adds up, especially in this economy! If Equipoise pays $12 each time for his/her ticket and saw 366 movies, the amount paid total was $4,392 (wow . . . ouch). If $10 back is earned on every $100 spent, that’s $439.20 saved, plus an upgrade on all snacks. Plus the e-mails you get with little free things throughout the year. And add onto that the amount spent on snacks, we’re talking over $500 back probably. Well worth the $12 fee and way beyond being stubborn for the principle of the thing. Sorry Equipoise, I respectfully have to say you are crazy for not taking advantage! You should have the last laugh because I’m sure they never expect to have to pay someone back that much money in rewards!
Unfortunate Stub Member says
The program only works if you get the benefits described in the program. If you present your card at the concession stand, you may not get your upgrade unless you specifically ask for it. Don’t expect the AMC attendant to suggest, remind, or offer you the upgrade even though you provide them with your Stubs Card. It is to AMC’s benefit not to give you the upgrade.
Heather Sokol says
Again, that’s true of most perks/reward programs. However, my theater always asks me if I have a card to scan!
As a fellow employee at AMC, if you don’t specify you want to upgrade to the next size, the computer reduces the price to the lower size. Therefore your point is invalid.
If you know your spending habits, and actually READ the terms and conditions, the price of membership pays for itself after $200. You can’t just buy something and hope it works, you have to know what you’re getting into. I recommend for those who know how much they plan on spending at their local AMC, and if it is anywhere near $200, the card is entirely worth it.
Velocity Pictures says
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AMC Stubs Card Number: 1102000007126787
I used your number because I couldn’t find my own card and didn’t want to pay the service fee, but I didn’t steal the $10 reward you have waiting. You should delete your post before someone does.
Blue Digest says
AMC is introducing new FREE and PAID version of stubs membership in select few locations. Once it is available in all locations, the paid membership will no longer be $12. I guess it will be more than that. $15 or $20. For more details: http://bit.ly/1VJXzAs
Hiran Alles says
Why should we sign up for AMC Stubs? I signed up for AMC Stubs around 2010 and I cancelled it in 2013. Because I didn’t see a lot of movies.
Should we sign up for AMC Stubs if we are not big on movies or if we are 50/50 on movies?
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I guess this is an old post, but I found it interesting to learn that AMC reached out to its members to offer them a free one-year membership to stubs. I was a longtime Moviewatcher member and don’t recall ever receiving this notice. I tried using my Moviewatcher card a while back and was told it was kaput and not free Stubs membership was offered to me.
Not sure it sounds like a real good deal compared to Regal’s free program (probably earns slower, but is free) and I’m thinking the better deal are AMC’s Gold tickets.
Personally, I don’t see as many movies as I used to, so a paid loyalty program is even less advantageous for me.
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James Browning says
How do I get a Stubs card?
From their website. If you’re on the fence, just sign up for their free tier… it still allows you to get $5/50 back, and a $5 ticket every Tuesday. Depending on how often you goto AMC (and if you always use concessions) , you can decide on whether Premier or AList is worth it–to you.
I always get a soda or ICE, and one of my friends always gets a popcorn; so, add that to ticket fares, it works out for me.
My friends like that I do all the ticket hunting and purchasing for us, and they just QuickPay me at the end of the night.
I am even considering AList… it pays for itself after 12 movies… minimum NYC ticket price is $16.50… add a drink + popcorn… = $20+.
… We see 8+ movies a year
… and I see at least 2 without the group (Ocean’s 8, Red Sparrow, Jumanji, etc. with my lady)
… and opt not to or forget to go see at least 2 less interesting–but not must see–movies (i.e.: Mission Impossible, Sorry To Bother You, Jurrasic World, etc.) … I could be randomly going see a quick movie, after work. every 1-2 weeks!