I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks, and I haven’t had a chance to go to Costco since we got back on Monday. And it really shows in our bare little fridge and cupboards, as well as my blog posts probably. I do have something to post about this week though: AMC movie tickets that I purchased through Costco.com for my sister.
However, before I get to that, I wanted to remind people in the US and Puerto Rico that this weekend is the last one for using the latest Costco Coupon book since it expires after Sunday, September 12. So, if there’s something in there that you’ve been contemplating, you can’t put off purchasing it much longer.
Also, a reader has requested reviews or comments from anyone that has used the Kirkland Signature powdered laundry detergent that comes in the big 20 pound bucket. I’ve never used it, so I’m hoping one or two of you can give some feedback about it.
Now, on to the actual topic of this post, movie passes through Costco.com. It was my sister’s anniversary a few weeks ago and I wanted to get her something that I knew she would like, but also something that my brother-in-law would enjoy too. They go to the movies almost every weekend I think, and I swear sometimes they even see more than one movie in a weekend. So, I knew that movie passes would be an excellent choice for a gift. Since I’m in London, it also was something that I could get online that would be sent to them even with a gift message.
Costco.com has three different movie pass options: AMC Theaters Gold Experience, Regal Theaters Premiere Super Saver Pack, and Regal Theaters Ultimate Premiere Movie Pack. The first two options both come with four tickets that do not expire. However, there are surcharges for seeing IMAX or 3D films. Also, the Regal tickets have a surcharge if you are using them in Manhattan, NY locations. The other option from Regal comes with two tickets and a $10.00 concession gift card, and has the same surcharges.
The Regal tickets are good at Regal Cinemas, Edwards or United Artists Theaters around the US (39 states and more than 500 locations). It doesn’t appear that there is any real difference in the type of tickets that you get with the two Regal packs, except in the first you get four tickets and with the second you get two tickets and a $10.00 gift card. Both Regal options are $29.99, the four ticket pack also requires that you pay $2.30 for shipping and handling. I’m not really sure why you’d buy the second pack of Regal tickets since you only get two movie tickets, as opposed to four. For the four pack of tickets with Regal you are essentially paying $8.07 per ticket when you factor in the additional shipping charges. For the two pack of Regal tickets with the $10.00 gift card you are paying $9.995 per ticket because you are also getting the $10.00 gift card instead of two additional tickets. Math isn’t my strongest subject, but that doesn’t look like a great deal to me and you might as well get the four pack of tickets; double the movie watching pleasure for the recipient.
In any case, I didn’t go with the Regal tickets because the cinema closest to my sister is an AMC theater, so it seemed the better choice for her. The AMC Gold Experience tickets are good at AMC theaters, Loews theaters, Cineplex Odeon theaters, Magic Johnson theaters and Star theaters across the US. This is also a four pack of tickets that are good for any time and any day of the week without an expiration date. These are a little more than the Regal tickets at $34.99, however, you don’t have to pay extra for shipping. With this price though, each ticket comes out to $8.75 or $0.68 more per ticket than the four pack of Regal tickets. In any case, buying the passes through Costco.com will save you $1.25 on the price of a movie (if you live in my sister’s neighborhood at least where the regular prices are $10.00 for an evening movie).
Of course, I wasn’t buying these for the savings over purchasing tickets at the cinema, but just as a gift. However, if you are a frequent movie viewer you might want to figure out if it would save you money to get the movie passes from Costco. While you can buy them online obviously, it would probably be more convenient for most of you to just pick them up in the store when you are there. In Austin, they always had the movie passes available in the store. I also think this would be a great thing to pick up if you like to have little gifts on hand for those times when you forget someone’s birthday, last minute holiday gift, or for some unforeseen special event. And since they don’t expire you can easily keep them on hand without worrying that they will ‘go bad’ if you don’t give them out.