Last Updated on March 24, 2023 by Melissa S.
Price comparison sites are more popular than ever, and it’s hard to remember a time before they were commonplace. Imagine the time and effort it would take to visit several different websites, entering in all your details each time, and having to keep a note to compare prices.
This is just one reason why many people didn’t bother, and just auto renewed their insurance and other financial products, even if it meant they were paying significantly more than they needed to.
Thankfully, price comparison sites have now got us covered, and while some providers such as Direct Line are not on these platforms, it provides an easy way to compare prices and save money.
Indeed, because of their popularity, price comparison sites are now vying for our custom, offering freebies and incentives if we sign up via their site.
While I would always advise choosing the best product for your needs ahead of whatever special offer it gives you, Compare The Market definitely has one of the best incentives around with their Meerkat Movies and Meerkat Meals offer.
And not only this, but I’ve got a sneaky tip for how you can take advantage of it for just over £1. So even if you find better cover elsewhere, or aren’t due to renew any financial products any time soon, you can still take advantage of a year’s Meerkat Movies and Meals with this clever trick.
What is Meerkat Movies?
Meerkat Movies is the chance to get 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday all year round when you buy a qualifying product from Compare the market. The tickets are valid for standard 2D showings for adult and child tickets, and in some cases are eligible for senior and student tickets as well.
This is a fantastic saving and one that I regularly take advantage of.
Which cinemas do Meerkat Movies?
Currently, Meerkat Movies is valid at most major chains of cinema, including:
- The Light (not all locations included)
Some smaller independent cinema chains such as Parkway cinemas also accept Meerkat movies, but it is always best to check in advance via the Meerkat Rewards app.
If you don’t get have Meerkat Movies but want to check in advance where it is valid, you can search for your nearest participating cinema here – scroll to the bottom of the page to find a Meerkat Movies cinema locator.
What is Meerkat Meals?
In addition to Meerkat Movies, customers will also get access to Meerkat Meals where you can save on dining out on a range of offers, including 2 for 1 on starters, mains and dessert, or 25% off your total bill on varying days of the week.
Some popular offers include:
50% off at Domino’s pizza, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut when you spend £30 or more;
25% off at Cafe Nero on barista made drinks and pastries;
25% off at Sizzling Inns Monday to Thursday;
25% off at Ember Inns Monday to Thursday;
25% off at Toby Carvery Monday to Thursday.
You will also find a range of offers on local and independent restaurants when scrolling through the app.
How to get access to Meerkat Movies and Meals
In order to get access to both Meerkat Meals and Meerkat Movies, you simply need to make a qualifying purchase from Compare the Market. You only need to make one purchase to access both rewards.
Meerkat Movies & Meals Membership Qualifying Products
- Car insurance,
- Motorcycle insurance,
- Van insurance,
- Contents and/or Buildings insurance,
- Pet insurance,
- Life insurance,
- Over 50s insurance,
- Landlord insurance,
- Travel insurance,
- Business insurance,
- Income Protection insurance,
- Caravan insurance,
- Motorhome insurance,
- Taxi insurance
- Health insurance;
- Switch: Broadband, Home telephone or Digital TV;
- Obtain: a Credit card or Loan,
- Mobile phone;
Please ensure you check the latest terms and conditions from Compare the Market in conjunction with this information. (or…head to the bottom for a sneaky hack to claim the full year of rewards for just over £1!)
How do you activate Meerkat Rewards?
Once you buy a qualifying product, click the rewards tab on the Compare the Market website. You will then need to fill in the details of the policy you bought, including the provider and the policy number. Once this is done, you should get instant access to Meerkat Movies and Meals.
Meerkat Movies can be accessed either through the app or the website, but for Meerkat Meals you do need to download the app.
How do you use Meerkat Movies?
Once you have activated your Meerkat rewards account, head to the Meerkat Movies section of the app or the website and click on the cinema tickets icon to generate your unique code.
This code can then be entered when booking tickets online, or shown in the cinema when buying your tickets. As the Meerkats would say, simples!
How do you use Meerkat Meals?
Meerkat Meals can only be accessed via the app. Once you have downloaded it and logged in to your account, tap the gold membership card in the top right corner and select the restaurant where you are dining.
How to claim at this particular restaurant or takeaway will then be displayed. This will vary especially with independent restaurants. Some require booking in advance in order to use the Meerkat Meals discount. If the offer isn’t valid on the day you are accessing the app, it will warn you, which is handy to avoid any embarrassment at the point of paying!
How do I get 25% off at Cafe Nero?
To claim 25% off at Cafe Nero, there is a separate tab for this offer on the homepage of the app. Tap this to generate a unique QR code which can then be scanned in Cafe Nero. Each code can only be used once.The offer applies to barista made drinks and pastries only, and is limited to 2 codes per day per customer.
Cheapest way to get Meerkat Meals & Movies for one year
Now we’ve gone through all of the benefits to the Meerkat rewards programme, here’s my sneaky tip on how to get a year’s access to it all for just over £1:
- Go to the compare the market app
- Select Travel Insurance
- Select 1 day cover for a UK trip (providing you are in the UK of course!) and select a date for this trip in the near future.
- Provided you are 18-65, enter your date of birth and state that you have no pre-existing medical conditions. (Don’t worry – remember we are not actually using this policy).
- If you do have pre existing medical conditions and don’t feel comfortable about not declaring them, you could always ask a partner or friend if you can buy the policy for them. However, as we will not be making a claim on this policy, not disclosing them will not matter.
- Ensure the voluntary excess is set to the maximum and baggage value compensation is set to the minimum.
- Accept the terms and conditions – again bear in mind we are not really using this policy.
- Select your policy – when I did this in March 2023, the cheapest cover was £1.01!
As soon as I got confirmation for the policy, I was able to click on the Rewards tab and activate my Meerkat Meals and Movies access. Hooray!
Will you take advantage of the Meerkat Movies hack?
Do you have a policy that needs renewing soon, or are you going to try the £1 trick? Share your thoughts below.
About the Author
Melissa is a working parent who left behind a senior management salary for a better work/life balance. Following her own money saving and money making strategies she was able to clear debt and live a life she loves. Blogging, selling digital products on Etsy and selling preloved items on eBay are her favourite side hustles. Read her story here.
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