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Redbox Tips

Want to rent a movie or a video game?

Redbox is America’s go-to spot for inexpensive, convenient rentals. Check out these money saving tips and secrets you may not know about before you hit the little red kiosk on the corner!

1. Sign up for emails and get a free rental.

Redbox rental

When you sign up for Redbox Emails (new members only), you’ll receive special offers in your inbox every week. Plus, whenever you confirm your email address, you’ll receive a follow-up email that includes a promo code valid for a FREE 1-day DVD rental or $1.75 off the first night’s daily rental fee for a Blu-ray Disc or video game. The promo code will expire 2 weeks after issuance.

*Note that it may take up to 24 hours to receive your first confirmation email after signing up.

Hip Tip: If you have more than one email address (consider asking your hubby and kids to sign up with their email addresses!), be sure to sign up under each email account as you’ll receive a FREE 1-day DVD rental promo code per email address! Note that these codes are one-time use and you can only use one code per transaction, regardless of the number of rentals.

2. Join Redbox Perks for rewards.

redbox rewards

If you rent Redbox movies or games often, it’s definitely worth signing up for their FREE rewards program! Whenever you join Redbox Perks (formerly Redbox Play Pass), you’ll get a FREE 1-night DVD rental that will show up as 1,500 points in your account within 48 hours of signing up.

Plus, you’ll get the following perks for each level…

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🍿 How to earn points with Redbox Perks:

  • 100 points/night for every paid DVD rental
  • 125 points/night for every Blu-ray rental
  • 200 points/night for every video game rental
  • 125 points/transaction for every On Demand rent/buy transaction

🍿 When to redeem points with Redbox Perks:

  • FREE 1-night DVD rental when you earn 1,500 points
  • FREE Blu-ray rental when you earn 1,750 points
  • FREE 1-night Game rental when you earn 2,500 points

3. Download the Redbox App for rewards.

Redbox Mobile App

Rent on-the-go! Whenever you download the FREE Redbox Mobile App, you’ll earn 150 bonus Perks Points. Plus, you’ll be able to reserve movies & games ahead of time to pick up at the kiosk, turn on push notifications to unlock exclusive offers, alerts, and more. Also, you may be able to score a free rental whenever you download the app and turn on push notifications for the first time!

Here’s how to turn on notifications:

  1. Download the Redbox mobile app.
  2. Under your settings, select ON for Redbox notifications.
  3. Check back within 24 hours for your welcome deal and to reserve your movie.

You’ll also earn 150 Redbox Perks points for adding a credit card to your profile, 200 points for completing every section of your profile, and 250 points for Setup Box Sign In.

4. Join the Redbox Text Club.

Redbox front

Whenever you sign up for the Redbox Text Club by texting SIGNUP to 727272 on your mobile device, you’ll receive an exclusive promo code every month, as well as occasional deals sent straight to your phone (up to 2 texts/week). You’ll also be the first to hear about the latest news, releases, and more!

5. Squeeze the most time out of your rental.

redbox perks

Making a late-night trip to Redbox? To get the most time out of your rental, consider waiting until after midnight (try 12:01AM) to rent or confirm your reservation. If you rent at 12:01AM today, you have until 9PM tomorrow evening to return the movie, which is almost TWO full days to enjoy it!

6. Watch for promotions at the grocery store.


Planning to buy popcorn at the grocery store for a movie night? If so, consider buying specially marked boxes of Jolly Time popcorn that include a FREE Redbox rental code inside the box!

Hip Tip: For the latest Redbox promotions and discounts, check out their deals page!

7. Look for discounts at the kiosk.

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This trick may not work every time, but it has worked many times for me on previous trips. Just add one rental to your cart and hit “Checkout” on the kiosk – even If you’re already planning to get two.

Many times, if you wait a few minutes before paying for your rental, you may see a pop-up box on the screen offering you a discount if you add an additional movie or game to your order! Instant savings!

8. Follow Redbox on social media for promotions.

redbox play perks

Follow Redbox on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as they often give out Redbox codes for FREE or discounted rentals. Plus, Instagram users can enter their Weekly Giveaways for a chance to win FREE Combo Packs, Movies, Prize Packs, and more – just answer in the Giveaway comments section.

⭐ Be sure to bookmark this page on Hip2Save to stay up-to-date on all the free promo codes!

9. Return Redbox movies in different cities.

Redbox Road Trip

“Are. We. There. Yet????”…sound familiar?

If you’re planning a long road trip and have a DVD player in your vehicle, Redbox can be a lifesaver! Since you can return your rental to ANY Redbox kiosk across the country, and because there are over 41,500 kiosk locations, this is a great way to keep the little ones entertained in the back seat for hours.

As an idea, you could rent a movie in the morning in Texas, return it in the afternoon in Louisiana, and rent another movie in Mississippi that evening. How convenient! 🙌🏻

10. Buy discounted Redbox eGift cards.


Rent movies often? Before heading to the box, check first and buy a discounted Redbox eGift card as you’ll save around 4-6% or more! Every little bit helps!

Plus, Redbox eGift Cards and promo codes make great gifts! Check out these fun and free printables that make it super easy to gift Redbox promo codes to teachers, neighbors, or any movie lover!

Redbox Pay it Forward

Although this isn’t technically a money-saving tip, it’s a great way to pay it forward and make someone smile! 😁 The next time you’re returning your movie to the Redbox kiosk, consider leaving a few dollars inside the case for the next person so they can buy movie snacks or other rentals.

Just be sure not to cover up the barcode on the DVD as that will cause the movie to not be rented until it is fixed by a Redbox employee. Also, be sure to share and tag your good deed to social media with #RedboxPayItForward! While the tag isn’t often used anymore, if anyone can revive this HIP way to make someone’s day, it’s our generous community of readers!  😍

Happy Renting! 🍿

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Comments 18

  1. Katie

    That’s a great idea to use redbox for road trips!!!

  2. Deb

    The 10th idea sounds great, but since Redbox movies can be returned to any box, they rely on their workers to physically move popular movies from one place to another, so they get distributed evenly. I wonder how much of the “snack money” finds its way into the pockets of their employees?

    • Tara

      Was thinking that same thing!! I see redbox employees at the kiosks often!

    • Sara

      Just because it’s a different recipient than originally intended doesn’t mean you’re not paying it forward.

    • Laura

      When you catch Redbox employees stocking the kiosk, they actually will give out free promo codes for the inconvenience that they’re making you wait. I’ve always found them to be super nice and some of them put in a few dollars into some of the movie cases themselves.

  3. Katie

    Something I have noticed is when I am browsing for a movie I add it to my cart then go look for another movie but don’t add it to my cart. Almost every time I get an offer for 50 cents off!

    • Amber

      I was gonna offer this tip, too! Before choosing a second movie, push check out and more often than not an offer will pop up for 50 cents off. The only drawback is that it usually doesn’t include new releases.

  4. Jessica

    I love the Play Pass.. I’m constantly renting games for my nephews Xbox so it pays off 🙂 I also like their emails because they always come with coupons!

  5. Kerryiu

    Ooh, I never thought about renting at 12:01 AM. Now I gotta start doing that!

  6. bb

    certain food products i.e. microwave popcorn at times have codes for a free rental.

    • Grey

      YES! JOLLYTIME Popcorn – check the sides of the box for the redbox logo – it will have a free movie code in it. Also, you can send in 3 upcs to exchange for different stuff. I have gotten a lot of reusable bags for free. Also, each thing they send you comes with more coupons for more popcorn!

  7. Sandy M.

    I buy codes on the internet and pay about 10 cents for each. (Sadly sometimes the movie we get isn’t even worth that!!)

  8. candace

    You also earn the playpass points on your free rental codes. Sometimes around Christmas there’s so many free rental codes I’ve earned a free credit off of free rentals 🙂

  9. llc

    Watch ur late fees from redbox. I never return movies late but i was sick and it was 9:30 the night they were due. Took them back the next night just before 9. 2 movies was $8. Now i have to call and get it adjusted. I used a promo b1g1 for first night. Should have 2 late fees. Which should be $4.50 plus tax. I wont be using them again.

    • Kim McChesney

      I noticed that too. I returned late one time after using a B1G1 code and not only did they charge me for a second day (which I expected), but they made it so it was like I never used the B1G1 code at all. I guess the codes completely cancel out if you keep the movies more than one night? I couldn’t find that small print anywhere.

  10. Terri Marks

    You can get a free rental using your Kellogg’s Family Rewards points!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Hi Carol! I tried each of the codes and they did not say they were invalid or expired, but just not valid for my location. I think they are still valid but for selection areas. Hope that helps! 🙂

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