How to Use Sinemia’s (Complicated) Cardless Advance Ticket Purchase Feature

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  A few weeks ago, I wrote about Sinemia’s Summer Sale, where you could get 3 movies per month for $9.99 (same price as MoviePass without the BS!).  I didn’t want to wait for my Sinemia card to arrive in the mail, so I paid extra to activate Sinemia Cardless, which lets you start using your Sinemia membership right away.  With Sinemia Cardless, you get a virtual debit card number that you can use to purchase movie tickets through AtomTickets.com or MovieTickets.com.  You can purchase movie tickets up to 30 days in advance and select specific seats, if your theater allows that feature.  In this post, I will walk you through the complicated process of using Sinemia’s Cardless advance ticket purchase feature.  Now that I’ve booked my first advance ticket (I watched Peppermint), I will show you how to use Sinemia Cardless.

After downloading the Sinemia app (Apple App Store or Google Play Store) and signing into your account, go to the Planning tab and click the Advance Ticket box.  The app will then walk you through the steps of using the Advance Ticket feature.  All screenshots come from my iPhone, but I assume the Android version of the app is very similar.

Here are the Advance Ticket Rules.  Basically, all you have to do is find the exact movie you want, tell Sinemia which movie you want to see, and then purchase your ticket online.  I will explain more as we go through the process.  To get started, click the Get Advance Ticket button.

Select the movie theater you want to visit.  Then select the website you want to purchase your ticket from.  I had never used AtomTickets.com or MovieTickets.com, so I checked out AtomTickets.com first to see if that website would work for me.

Unfortunately, the movie theater I wanted said “Ticketing is not available at this location.”  That was disappointing.  Maybe other movie theater chains will show up on AtomTickets.com.  Up next, I checked out MovieTickets.com and hoped that website would work for me.

Thankfully, my theater worked with MovieTickets.com and I found my movie.  MovieTickets.com runs on the Fandango network.  Make note of the date, time, and movie format.  You will need that information in order to use Sinemia’s advance ticket feature.

Back on the Sinemia app, I clicked the MovieTickets.com button.  Since I found the exact movie I wanted on MovieTickets.com, I clicked the green button.

I then selected the date (September 13), the starting time (4:50pm), the movie format (2D), and clicked the Reserve Ticket button.  I confirmed all the details and clicked the Confirm button.

My Sinemia virtual debit card was loaded and I could see the card information to purchase my movie ticket.  This virtual debit card number is valid one time and you must purchase your movie ticket within 2 hours.  Sinemia will also remind you to check in for the movie when you get to the movie theater.

I went back to the MovieTickets.com website and proceeded to purchase my movie ticket.  I selected a matinee ticket and clicked the Buy Tickets button.

If you have a Fandango account, you can sign in and earn Fandango VIP Rewards.  If not, you can check out as a guest.  Then enter the Sinemia virtual debit card information into the website and click the Complete My Purchase button.  Remember to use the zip code linked to the Sinemia virtual debit card.  By going through MovieTickets.com, you can earn Fandango VIP Rewards and your theater’s rewards (if applicable).

My movie ticket was purchased and paid for with my Sinemia virtual debit card.  Sweet!

Back in the Sinemia app, you are again reminded to check in for the movie when you get to the theater.  Sinemia lets you check in for the movie between 30 minutes before the movie starts and 30 minutes after the movie starts.  If you do not check in for the movie, your credit card on file with Sinemia will be charged.

A minute later, I received the Fandango confirmation email.  You can either print out your ticket or get a QR code sent to your phone via text.  First, I clicked the VIew My Ticket button.

I then clicked the Print At Home link.

I then clicked the Print Ticket button.

Here is what the Fandango ticket looks like.  Print out the ticket and bring it to the movie theater.

If you want a QR code sent to your phone instead, click the Text My Ticket button in the Fandango email.  Then enter your cell phone number and click the Send Mobile Ticket button.

Congratulations, you just texted your movie ticket to your cell phone!

Click the link in the text to view your Fandango QR code movie ticket.  I took a screenshot of the QR code and saved it to my phone.

Before I entered the movie theater, I opened the Sinemia app, clicked the Watch tab and clicked the Check In button.  Select your movie you are seeing or scroll to the bottom and search for the movie.  Once you find the movie, click the Confirm button.

Congrats, your check in was successful!  You can view all the movies you’ve seen with Sinemia by clicking the Profile tab, then clicking on your profile, and then click Watched with Sinemia.

If you have any questions about Sinemia’s cardless advance ticket purchase feature, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

If you are not a Sinemia member, please use my referral link to join!  Thank you.

8 thoughts on “How to Use Sinemia’s (Complicated) Cardless Advance Ticket Purchase Feature

  1. E

    Haha, I feel like I need a PhD to get a ticket using this method! I wish Sinemia streamlined this system so that it was more like moviepass (for those theaters that did e-ticketing).

    Although I canceled my membership with moviepass, it was super easy to get a ticket ahead of time.

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    1. Grant Post author

      I haven’t received my physical Sinemia card yet, but I’m hoping that movie ticket purchase process is a little simpler to figure out.

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  2. Debbie

    Hi I have about 167,000 miles with American Airlines my husband and I want to go to Barcelona in May and I am having such a hard time booking points. They don’t use point for premium economy and then I thought I could use the avíos points to book through Iberia or Finnair but they won’t let me transfer points to those airlines. So what’s so great about avíos points if you can’t transfer them? So frustrating!

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  3. askmrlee

    Debbie – It sounds like you want to transfer American points to Avios. If you have American AAdvantage miles you have to book using American’s program which you found that does not allow Premium Economy. You mention Avios. This is another company’s program. You cannot transfer American Airlines points to Avios or any other program, which it sounds like you want to do. There could be other options with your credit cards.

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    1. Grant Post author

      Correct, you have to go to those websites separately outside of the Sinemia app to see showtimes. Then you plug that info into the Sinemia app to create a virtual Sinemia debit card. Then you use that debit card info to purchase a ticket on AtomTickets.com or MovieTickets.com. Does that make sense?

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