Your family movie night is about to get cheaper.
With these Redbox tips, you should pretty much never have to pay for a movie rental. So go ahead, try one of these tips out this weekend!
1. Get a free Redbox rental for every email address you have.
Join Redbox’s email list to get promo codes and new release info sent straight to your inbox. After confirming your email address, you’ll immediately get a free one-night DVD rental, or $1.50 off a Blu-ray or video game (you’ll have two weeks to use the code).
Sign up here, or text EMAIL to 727272. Sign up your spouse and whatever other email addresses you have on hand to get a few freebies.
2. Join Redbox “Play Pass” to get every 11th rental free.
Redbox’s rewards program, Play Pass, is free to join. You’ll earn 10 points every time you rent (even if your rental was free) and get a free rental for every 100 points you earn.
You’ll also get a free rental on your birthday and your Play Pass anniversary, in addition to regular freebies and promo codes like double points and freebies.
3. Sign up for text alerts to get codes for free rentals and discounts.
Just text ALERTS to 727272, and expect freebies or discounts like $0.50 to $1 off your rental to roll in about once per month.
4. Download the Redbox app and get a free rental when you enable notifications.
Allow notifications when you first download the Redbox app. If you already have the app, go ahead and switch notifications to “On” in your app settings.
5. Rent movies at 12:01 a.m for the longest rental window.
Redbox rents by the date, not the hour. So if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, complete your rental at the kiosk at 12:01 a.m. You’ll still get to keep it until 9 p.m. the following day and still only pay the one-night rental fee.
For example, if you stay up late on a Friday night and rent a movie at 12:01 a.m. (which is technically early-morning Saturday), you won’t have to return it until Sunday at 9:00 p.m.
6. Get a free rental when a Redbox employee is servicing your kiosk.
Whenever a Redbox employee is servicing a kiosk and it’s causing you additional wait time, they’ll usually rectify your inconvenience with free rental codes!
So the next time you see an employee and are tempted to skip your movie stop, go ahead and ask for a free rental instead.
7. Start checking out after renting only one movie, and get $0.50 off a second rental or a free game.
I’m not going to guarantee this trick will work every single time, but I’ve had it work dozens of times. Even if you’re already planning to get two rentals, just add one to your cart and hit “Checkout.”
More often than not, a “$0.50 off a second rental” or a “free game” offer will pop up to tempt you into purchasing a second. Just claim the offer and get that second rental at a discount!
8. Find “free rental” promo codes on your microwave-popcorn box.
Next time you’re buying microwave popcorn, check for the Redbox logo to see which brand is offering a free rental code. Last time I checked, it was Jolly Time.
9. Get 6% off every rental with a discounted gift card from Gift Card Granny or Raise.
10. Rent and return DVDs in different cities on a roadtrip.
You might already have a favorite location, but I’ll often rent a few movies at the beginning of a road trip for my kids and return the movies at our destination. Or at a gas station with a Redbox along the way.