How to get entertainment discounts

Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood reviews websites and companies that offer entertainment deals and specials and investigates whether they are truly value for money for South Africans.

vouchercloud

Through vouchercloud you have access to a variety of vouchers and coupons for products, services and activities around South Africa. There are three different voucher formats available: voucher codes for online shopping, mobile vouchers that you can access instantly from your cell phone or mobile device, and print vouchers which you can print directly off the website.

When you log on to the website, you simply select which voucher format you would like, and the relevant vouchers in that format will be displayed. You can also select the category that you are looking for. Among the categories available on the website are: food and drink, day out, leisure and entertainment, and travel and accommodation.

The vouchers available on vouchercloud are currently free. The website’s terms and conditions state: “vouchercloud currently provides the vouchercloud application to you free of charge. However, when you use the vouchercloud application, you may be subject to charges imposed by your wireless or other applicable carrier. Payment of such charges is solely your responsibility.”

The validity of the voucher (i.e. the date that it expires) is displayed on the website when viewing the voucher, and will differ per voucher.

To view the deals on offer at vouchercloud, click here.

The Entertainer

The Entertainer was established in 2001 and offers two-for-one incentives in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. The app offers two-for-one specials on dining, activities, attractions, spas and hotels worldwide.

The Entertainer has partnered with merchants in the various countries where it operates in order to offer specials and deals to members at a discounted price.

However, the app is not free, and has an annual membership fee which allows you access to all the deals and offers provided on the Entertainer app. When you initially register for the app, you get a 14 day trial membership.

I downloaded and registered the app on my cell phone for the free 14 day trial. The welcoming email that I received explains: “During this trial period, you are welcome to use any of the free monthly member offers within your App. Each offer entitles you to one buy one get one free offer on the item indicated on the offer, valid seven days a week (public holidays excluded) and can be used multiple times over your trial period.

“The offers which are available for you to use will be listed under “My Entertainer Offers” within your App. There are also many other offers that are visible within the App but are not available for you to use. These offers are part of our full paid Entertainer mobile product.

“To make these offers available you can upgrade to full Membership by purchasing a full paid Entertainer mobile product. This will unlock the offers associated with that mobile product within the App and allow you to extend your Membership through to December 30, 2015,” revealed the email.

The website says: “You are automatically registered as a Member when you purchase an Entertainer book or a mobile product via our website or from us in person. If you buy a book from one of our retail partners then you just need to visit our website to create an account for yourself and register the unique number written inside as proof of purchase.”

According to the company’s customer service department, the Entertainer currently offers deals in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, and Durban. Membership costs R345 annually for the purchase of the physical or digital book for that year.

As a full member of the Entertainer app, you have access to:

  • Additional monthly “Members Only” offers. These may include offers for restaurant openings, and exclusive offers from the app’s merchant partners.
  • Members Only promotions and contests
  • As a full member, you can use the member offers in any of the 23 countries where the app operates without the need for further purchases, according to the Entertainer.
  • Access to buy one get one free hotel room night offers (included for free in every Entertainer paid mobile product) at over 120 hotels worldwide.

Entertainment

Entertainment provides dining, travel, accommodation and retail deals for Gauteng. Once you are a member, you can access discounts for a variety of hotels, restaurants, leisure and retail activities, and services. This includes discounts and deals for the Johannesburg zoo, and for a cinema experience. In addition, locals from Gauteng can also enjoy discount on their travel and retail for locations such as Cape Town and Australia.

There are two options for membership: the Entertainment Book printed membership, or the Entertainment Digital membership, each costing R300. According to the website, once you are a member, you will have access to more than R60 000 in special offers until 30 June 2016.

These books are not available directly through the Entertainment Book website, but rather through one of the fundraising organisations that they have an affiliation with, with 20% (R60) of your purchase going to the organisation that you select.

The website explains: “The Entertainment Book is a local restaurant and activity guide which provides hundreds of up to 50% off and two-for-one offers from the finest restaurants, cafes, attractions, activities, retailers and hotel accommodation. The Membership entitles buyers to exclusive offers that are virtually restriction free, literally pages and pages of offers to enjoy all year long.

“The Entertainment Digital Membership puts all of the value of the Entertainment Book into the Member’s smartphone. With ‘near me’ technology and the ability to show and save using a phone, this is perfect for the person on-the-go, with no card or voucher to present.”

For more information on the Entertainment Book and where to buy a membership, click here.

Moneybags

Not to be forgotten, Moneybags also advertises local and national deals for a variety of South African companies.

Moneybags highlights: “Budgeting for you entertainment need not be chore and making smart decisions on how to spend your money will ensure that you are able to make the most of what you have. So whether you’re after exclusive restaurant specials, or just want some reliable advice, it’s all here at Moneybags.”

The team at Moneybags sources the latest deals for restaurants, travel, entertainment and retail from around the country and places them in one easy to view and access location. Simply select the category you are looking for (i.e. shopping, travel, entertainment, health and wellness or money) and browse through our carefully selected deals and sales.

Alternatives

In addition to these apps and books, there are other places that you can go to find discounts for your entertainment. Ecommerce websites have been around for a while in South Africa now and the likes of Groupon, Daddy’s Deals and Wikideals are just a few that offer an array of savings and deals in multiple categories including food and drink, things to do, getaways, and beauty and spas. Local and national newspapers also advertise specials that are on in your area or nationwide.

There are also companies that offer member discounts for entertainment so keep an eye open when visiting websites to see if they have any specials or discounts running.

For example, Ster-Kinekor offers Edgars Club members a saving for two tickets every day. Children who have a Discovery Vitality Ster-Kinekor card aged between two and 18 get to view movies for free before 19:00, and Ster-Kinekor Club members get tickets for half-price on a Tuesday.

Signing up for newsletters is another way to stay abreast of the latest offerings from entertainment providers.

Moneybags tip

When making use of a special or deal, it is important to take note of the terms and conditions, as well as the expiry date of the special or discount, to ensure that you get the full benefit of it. If you sign up for membership anywhere make sure that the service is something that you like and that you will use often enough to make it worthwhile paying the membership fee. Too often we forget to make use of the services we subscribe to and then the membership fee wipes out the benefits any discounts would otherwise have brought.



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