Did you know that there are credit cards that offer you deals and discounts on movie tickets? Whether you’re looking for a new credit card that helps you save on entertainment expenses or just interested to see what promotions there are floating around, here are some of the best credit cards to use when going to the movies in Malaysia.
Deal: 1-for-1 standard movie tickets at GSC and TGV on Fridays
Minimum income requirement: RM24,000 per year
Annual fee: RM90 per year (free for the first three years)
Buy one standard ticket using your Citi Clear Credit Card and you’ll get a second ticket for free. For movies at GSC, tickets have to be bought through its online website or mobile app to be eligible for the buy-one-free-one offer, whereas TGV tickets must be bought over-the-counter. Each cardholder is entitled to one set of 1-for-1 tickets and the deal is not applicable for advance purchases.
This promotion is only valid for standard tickets in a common cinema hall, but it’s rewarding because there is no cap on the total number of 1-for-1 tickets Citibank gives out on a given Friday. Moreover, the deal can be used at both GSC and TGV outlets, while most other cards only offer for one cinema.
Deal: RM7 flat price for standard tickets at GSC every day
Validity: Until 28 February 2019
Minimum income requirement: RM24,000 per year
Annual fee: RM250 per year (fee waiver for the first year and with a minimum annual spend of RM20,000)
The Standard Chartered JustOne Platinum Card allows you to buy up to two standard tickets at GSC for a flat price of RM7 each. The offer is valid for same-day purchases on any day of the week (except for Wednesdays) and is only eligible for tickets purchased through the GSC website or mobile app. As this offer is only valid for standard tickets, you won’t be able to use it at GSC Signature.
Although this deal is generous in that it’s valid for six out of seven days in a week, it is only available for 121 tickets on a first-come-first serve basis each day. So, there’s a chance that you might not be able to score tickets at this price if the quota has been reached. That said, the Standard Chartered JustOne Platinum Card isn't just good for buying movie tickets – it is one of the better cashback credit cards in the market.
Deal: RM6 off on all movie tickets at GSC every day (except Wednesday)
Minimum income requirement: RM24,000 per year for Gold; RM60,000 for Platinum
Annual fee: RM150 per year for Gold; RM300 per year for Platinum
Unlike other credit cards which offer movie promotions as just part of their wider benefits, this entire credit card has been designed for movie-goers in particular. The Hong Leong GSC Credit Card offers GSC movie ticket deals, discounts on snacks and drinks, and its own GSC Reward Points scheme.
Cardholders get RM6 off all movie tickets at GSC every day except for Wednesdays for all halls and types of movies, including GSC Signature and Gold Class screenings. This discount is only valid for tickets purchased via GSC website or mobile app and is capped at three transactions per day.
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You can collect reward points when you spend using the Hong Leong GSC Credit Card as seen in the table above. 200 rewards points amount to RM1 in value, which can be used to claim movie tickets for 2D, Premiere, Gold Class, and other non-standard tickets.
The Hong Leong GSC Credit Card comes in two editions, Platinum and Gold. New Platinum cardholders are granted 10 free GSC tickets whereas new Gold cardholders will receive 5 free tickets as a card approval bonus – however only those who don’t already have an existing Hong Leong Bank credit card are eligible to receive this offer.
Deal: RM12 for preferred seats at TGV on weekends
Validity: Until 14 July 2019
Enjoy a flat rate of RM12 for preferred seats at TGV cinemas on weekends with any HSBC or HSBC Amanah credit card. Preferred seats refer to preferred seats in a standard TGV hall only and do not apply to tickets for 3D, Premium, IMAX classes, and so on. The tickets must be purchased at the TGV counter for same-day showings, so you can’t buy tickets in advance, online, or on the TGV app. This offer is also applicable for multiple ticket purchases in one transaction (up to 10 tickets per day) but there is a catch: the flat rate price is limited to 1,000 tickets every weekend.
Deal: Cheaper tickets at TGV every day before 6pm
Validity: Until 31 January 2019
The cheaper pricing for tickets is as follows:
- RM10 for standard halls ticket (standard and preferred seats)
- RM20 for IMAX 2D Ticket
- RM24 for IMAX 3D Ticket (with 3D glasses)
Like the promotion for the HSBC cards, tickets must be bought over-the-counter for same-day viewing. It is not applicable for early bird prices, non-IMAX 3D facilities, Twin Premium seats, Beanie, LUXE, or INDULGE.
Deal: Percentage of cashback on cinema tickets
Not all credit cards offer deals on movie tickets through promotions or flat-rate prices. You can also save money on movie tickets by earning credit card cashback on your expenditure.
For example, the UOB One Card offers 8% cash rebate at GSC ticket counters on weekends. For weekdays, you only get 2% worth of rebate from the UOB One Card, with this percentage being reduced in 2019 to merely 0.2%. There is no cap on cashback for cinema expenditure using this credit card. Of course, another reliable cashback option would be the Maybank 2 Credit Cards – the American Express card offers 5% cashback as well as 5X TreatsPoints on all weekend spend.
Earning cashback is beneficial especially if you tend to splurge on the pricier seats at higher-end cinema halls such as GSC Gold Class, TGV LUXE, and the rest. If you’re curious to see what we thought about premium cinemas in Malaysia and whether they’re worth your money, you can read about it in our review.
Never Pay Full-Price For A Movie Ticket Again
With all these cinema-related promotions available, it wouldn’t be too hard to secure yourself some cheaper tickets if you’ve got the right credit card. The Hong Leong GSC Credit Card would be best for the most frequent GSC patrons, but if you’re just looking to save some money for your movie outings, you could opt for a credit card which has other non-cinema related benefits too. Each credit card’s promotions are also valid for different periods, methods of purchasing, and cinema outlets, so you would have to see which is best suited to you.
Remember, to make your search for the right credit card easier, you can always use our RinggitPlus credit card comparison tool and apply for your next credit card all in one place.