Get a Movie Break with Fandango and Visa

It’s summer time, and I’ve probably watched more movies over the past month than I did all of last year. There’s nothing like a dark, heavily air-conditioned room to make me feel like I am far away from this year’s unbearable East Coast heat. And Fandango’s partnership with Visa makes this much appreciated escape a little cheaper.

With a Visa Signature card (which I have through the amazing British Airways offer that was available two years ago), you can get 2-for-1 tickets through Fandango every Friday until September 30, 2011. All you have to do is buy two tickets through fandango.com/visasignature on a Friday for any movie that same day and one of the tickets will be free of charge. Granted, this offer requires that you actually buy through Fandango, which charges a convenience fee, but I sometimes would rather pay the convenience fee than stand in line while I miss the first few minutes of the movie, or, even worse, have the movie be sold out by the time I get to the movie theatre. Besides, the 2-for-1 deal also applies to the convenience fee; with your Visa Signature card you are only charged the fee for one ticket.

The 2-for-1 deal only works on Fridays, but for all other days, a Visa Signature card also gets you $5 off a purchase of $25 “Fandago Bucks,” the Fandango equivalent of a gift card/ voucher. This discount is only being offered until Sept 30th, but Fandango Bucks never expire, so you can buy the vouchers now and use them whenever you get tickets through Fandango in the future.  Or you can just hold onto them and give them away for Christmas if you run out of gift ideas.

the two offers, stacked up

Now the technical stuff: To find out whether you have a Visa Signature card, just look at your credit card and see if it says “Visa Signature” on it, check out this page showing most of the Signature cards offered by Visa, or enter your card number on the Fandango/ Visa Signature page to verify. The discount only applies if you buy through fandango.com/visasignature and pay with your Visa Signature card. And you can only get one 2-for-1 deal per month with each Visa Signature card you have, but you can buy up to $100 Fandango Bucks (for $80 with the discount) each month.

Summer break might be almost over, but the heat is probably staying for a while longer. If you need a weekend activity that involves being outside for the least time possible but that is also affordable, going to the movies with Fandango/Visa isn’t a bad deal. And considering the insanely high concession stand prices, a 2-for-1 deal on movie tickets or the $5 discount may even free up some cash so you can actually afford popcorn or a snack.

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The MarketPlace is Not Unique, but Isn’t Bad Either

MasterCard has been heavily advertising its new MarketPlace online portal, and it in fact offers some valuable deals.

When it comes to online shopping, portals for discounts, cash, points, or miles already abound.  These are websites that, if you visit an online store through one of their links rather than by typing the store’s name directly, you can get a credit towards your account with the portal.  Even before the MasterCard MarketPlace, there were already many around, including Borders Rewards Perks, Fatwallet, ShopDiscover, Bank of America’s Add It Up, Amtrak’s Points for Shopping, and AAdvantage eShopping, to name just a few.  But one thing the portals have in common is that they all require payment by credit card at the online store, and the portal owners are paid a commission on the purchase their facilitated.  As a credit card company, MasterCard has launched MarketPlace as a way to cut out the middle-man and get a cut not only for the usage of its credit card, but also for the referral through its portal. Continue reading