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Minivanman
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Booking fees.

Film showing in town myself and the Mrs rather fancy so being cheapskates and courtesy 'Meerkat Movies' it's two for the price of one plus, we travel into town using our free bus passes!

But here's the rub and something which always irritates, why, on top of the price of booking the tickets online do they then add on a booking charge of 75p - each.

What the...

It's not the money it's the principle as surely if anything advance booking should be cheaper not more expensive - or apart from a few brain cells, am I missing something?

PS. I wonder if the popcorn is half price for pensioners. 👴👵


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shutter
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Re: Booking fees.

Booking fee is just another way of ripping off the customer....or hiding a price increase....

some people MAY think that, because they have paid a "fee" they are something special.... as regards being able to reserve the seat(s) ...

personally, I would wait until it comes out on the telly ! ! ! ...  or even Youtube ! ! ...  Yeah I know it`s  long wait...

 

but.. I generally have better things to do with my life than sit in a darkened room watching a group of people pretending to be super heroes ! ! ! ..

 

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Re: Booking fees.

@Minivanman  did you work out who's charging the booking fee ?

Is it the Meercats, an agency used by the cinema, or the cinema itself ?

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@Champnet 

Not sure now you've asked, but we presume it's the cinema (Vue) as that's who the booking was made with after entering the Meerkat code. 

@shutter 

The film is 1917 - apparently it's a 'big screen must' so....


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Re: Booking fees.

Looks like it's seat reservation, from the Vue website :

"You can buy tickets on the day, but seats can sell out, so go early if possible. To be safe, book online or over the phone in advance, though you'll pay a 75p booking fee per ticket (90p for phone bookings)." 

 

Minivanman
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@Champnet 

Ah right thanks.

Given we are going midday it's hardly going to be a full house though is it. But still, we get to choose our seats - with the Mrs as far away as possible so she does not pinch my popcorns. 😛


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Re: Booking fees.

Think back to the bygone courting days with a young Mrs Minivan elect on the back row of the cinema.

What film did you see - no idea.  

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I went to the cinema with my daughter and her son one Wednesday.

We had booked 3 seats online and grudgingly paid the booking fee.

We got to the cinema quite early so out came the phones.

After a minute or so 2 women came in and sat down just in front of us.

A minute later a group of 3 people came in and went to the seats the two women were sitting in.

They pointed out that they had tickets for those seats and asked the women to move. The women grudgingly moved to another 2 seats.

Almost immediately a few more people came in including a couple who went to the seats these women were now occupying.

Amazingly they refused to move again so the couple went back out and returned with a staff member who asked to see their tickets.

As you've probably guessed they didn't have any and were escorted out of the cinema.

They had clearly worked out a way of evading ticket check.

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Minivanman
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Re: Booking fees.

Planning ahead (otherwise it never gets done) and booked up online for two concerts over the next couple of months. No booking fee, but a discount on one of £2 each for booking ahead.

Seventy five pence is not much, but the Vue cinema chain must be making more than a few pennies and get this, despite having done so elsewhere the one in Carmarthen refused to cut their ticket prices last year making it the most expensive out of the six they have in Wales.

 


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Re: Booking fees.

@Strat 


@Strat wrote:

I went to the cinema with my daughter and her son one Wednesday.

We had booked 3 seats online and grudgingly paid the booking fee.

We got to the cinema quite early so out came the phones.

After a minute or so 2 women came in and sat down just in front of us.

A minute later a group of 3 people came in and went to the seats the two women were sitting in.

They pointed out that they had tickets for those seats and asked the women to move. The women grudgingly moved to another 2 seats.

Almost immediately a few more people came in including a couple who went to the seats these women were now occupying.

Amazingly they refused to move again so the couple went back out and returned with a staff member who asked to see their tickets.

As you've probably guessed they didn't have any and were escorted out of the cinema.

They had clearly worked out a way of evading ticket check.


Not surprised at that.

We have really nice cinema/concert venue in Cardigan and either the tickets checkers are volunteers, or there are none at all. The last time we went there to watch a movie nobody was checking anything so we could so easily have just waltz in and sat down!

Pretty daft (and dishonest) for those two to have made a fuss. 


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@shutter wrote:

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personally, I would wait until it comes out on the telly ! ! ! ...  or even Youtube ! ! ...  Yeah I know it`s  long wait...


@shutter 

Probably available from 'another source' near you sooner (rather than later).  Wink

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Re: Booking fees.

Sadly it's the way of the world and grasping businesses.

What often starts out as a convenient and cut price opportunity for the customer gets quickly turned into an extra profit opportunity for the business as soon as it gets popular.

The same also applies when things become "necessary". Like broadband for example.

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@billnotben 

I don't suppose Meerkat movies would be happy to learn of somebody taking advantage of their discount offer in order to make a profit for themselves. 

'Dear Meerkats, it has come to my attention... ' 😛


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