According to my AMC account, I’ve saved more than $1100 since April 2013 as an AMC Premiere and AMC A-List member. What that number doesn’t mention is that more than $900 of that is from the last year.
How did I save that much money last year while seeing more than 50 movies from June through March yet cost me less than $220 in total?
The magic words are AMC A-List, a movie subscription service that I recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who frequents their local AMC movie theater a lot and enjoys saving money.
Why I Picked AMC A-List:
When AMC announced its new movie subscription service last summer, I signed up on day one. At that time, I had recently learned about other movie subscription services, namely MoviePass and Sinema. I had also learned about the growing pains of both services. I decided to hold off until both of services had stabilized (as it turns out, neither of them have as of the end of March 2019).
AMC A-List seemed like a godsend to me. I had already given AMC more than $400 last year in movies alone between January and June (most of it Marvel and Disney). Here was a new generous service that extended the benefits I already had as a long-time Premiere Stubs member.
My Full Review of AMC A-List
The Pros of A-List
- It has the same benefits as Premiere (a great deal for $15 a year): free concession upgrades, 100 points per $1 spent, priority lanes at the box office and concession stand, waived online fees, $5 Tuesdays, free large popcorn refills, $5 for 5,000 points ($50), and a birthday large popcorn and drink.
- It’s less than $25 a month for up to 3 movies a week every month with a yearly price guarantee. I’m currently paying $19.99 plus tax in my first year in Massachusetts. As of June, I will pay the price increase of $23.95.
- The movie selections include IMAX, 3D, Dolby, and 2D movies. This is why I’m happy to pay the price increase. In Boston alone, a Dolby movie is $18.49 so it basically pays for itself if I see 1-2 movies a month. During peak blockbuster season, I see 2-3 a week easily.
- You can use the benefits immediately. I signed up and was able to see my first movie that day.
- You can watch the movies in whatever way you want. It can be a marathon of three movies or one at a time.
- It’s also easy to buy tickets for you and others at the same time if you want to sit together.
- The app and website are extraordinarily easy to use.
- The weekly movie reset happens on Friday morning just in time for the new movie releases.
- You can have up to 3 movies reserved at any time (including the blockbusters you’re anxiously waiting for).
- AMC recently announced that most of their theaters will be expanding to all reserved seating. So you won’t have to stand in line for 3 hours for the latest Avengers movie.
- They will notify you at least 90 days ahead of changes in their terms of service. For example, they announced the price increases in November for January for new subscribers and at the end of their year terms for current subscribers like me.
- It’s super simple to update your information online especially your billing information. You can cancel online through your account or you can call AMC directly.
- If you are a Premiere member and join A-List, they will put your Premiere subscription on hold until you cancel A-List then reactivate it immediately.
The Neutral Parts of A-List
- Though you receive 100 points for every dollar spent, it does not apply to the movies you use A-List for. In other words, you get points for your monthly subscription fee, your concession purchases, and any extra movies you pay for, but not for the 12 movies you see.
- You have to show your ID every time you want to see a movie with your A-List. It’s an anti-fraud measure, but it can be hard to carry my popcorn, drink, and ID sometimes.
- If you have a reservation slot for a future movie, your current week is reduced by the number of advanced reservations you have. You have to see a current movie in order to release a slot for other movies that week.
- Their customer service is mixed, both in theaters and via email. On the other hand, they do respond within a reasonable amount of time.
The Cons of A-List
- It doesn’t include certain movies (no special events or Fathom events particularly).
- While it is one of the bigger movie chains in the US, AMCs are not always available everywhere. A-List is obviously not for people who don’t have an AMC near them.
- Smaller AMCs with fewer screens sometimes only show blockbusters and a lot of independent films. Since A-List is only limited to AMC, it might not be a good plan if you don’t really care for blockbusters.
- Not all of their theaters are updated yet though there are plans in the works to upgrade most of them in the next few years.
- You have to be 16 or older due to the ID requirement. It doesn’t affect me, but it does affect families with younger children. However, AMC has already lowered the age to 16 from 18 in the few short months. It may change again.
- There is no family or pairs plan so it’s a lot of coordination between people. As someone who likes to go to the movies mostly by myself, it’s no big deal. When I have to buy tickets for friends, we can’t both be A-List.
- You have to be enrolled for 3 months at a minimum. You need to be sure that you sign up during a period with movies you want to see.
- If you cancel, you have to wait 6 months before you can enroll again.
- You can’t pay for an AMC A-List subscription with gift cards.
Why You Should Sign Up for AMC A-List Today
With the same benefits as Premiere plus an additional 12 movies a month, AMC A-List is an absolute steal. In particular, I view going to movies as a form of self-care. AMC now allows me to take advantage of it in a much cheaper way. I’ve always been a fan of AMC, but A-List has turned me into a super fan. As a long time movie lover, I recommend the AMC A-List to anyone who enjoys going to the movies and wants to save money.
Do you have a preferred way to save money at the movies? Let me know in the comments below.