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5 Ways to Save Money on Tickets to Major Events

Gary Wilkinson: Along with their own credit card and loyalty programs, many major event venues or associations have packages for families or large groups that can get you some pretty nice discounts on decent seats.

If you’re attending a major event in the near future, you’ll know that tickets can often become expensive, especially if you want the best seats in the house! Concerts, major sports games (like the Superbowl), award ceremonies, these are all events that can often cost you an arm and a leg to get into. Here are five ways to save money on tickets to major events.

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  1. Buy Early...or Not

Depending on the event you’re attending, purchasing your tickets early can be the best practice, but you’ll want to pay close attention to ticket prices. Sometimes, a venue will dramatically drop the price of tickets just before the event takes place if they didn’t sell enough of them during presale or the sales drive.

Usually, presale tickets will be pretty reasonably priced, but last-minute tickets to fill up seats are often well below the regular ticket price. It can be a gamble, however, to wait until the last minute, so you should research the expected attendance for your event before making a purchasing decision.

  1. Sponsored Credit Cards with Rewards Programs

Many sporting associations and other major venues have their own credit card or loyalty programs that can help you get cash back and/or points towards your next purchase, or a nice discount on event tickets.

The NBA, NFL, and NHL, and even NASCAR have their own credit card programs specifically aimed at helping fans get rewards for attending events and purchasing merchandise. Earning cash back or points on things you already buy during these events can really go a long way in trimming down the overall cost of your attendance.

If you’re looking for something like Emmy Awards tickets, you won’t find a credit card or loyalty program available, since The Emmy’s are a black-tie event and only those who are eligible may RSVP.

  1. Family Packages

Along with their own credit card and loyalty programs, many major event venues or associations have packages for families or large groups that can get you some pretty nice discounts on decent seats.

Along with their own credit card and loyalty programs, many major event venues or associations have packages for families or large groups that can get you some pretty nice discounts on decent seats.

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Essentially, the more tickets you buy, the more of a discount you will get. This will save everyone who’s attending the event money, and you won’t have to always settle for nosebleed seats.

  1. Verified Secondary Sellers

By “verified secondary sellers”, we don’t mean the scalper at the gates of the concert trying to offload ten or twelve tickets for a ridiculous price. Ticketmaster actually has a verified, free to use fan-to-fan resale program. This ensures you’re getting genuine tickets from verified sources.

Resale tickets are usually from fans who can no longer attend the event due to personal reasons or a scheduling mishap. Their loss can be your gain when you buy from a verifiable source. It’s always better to trust tickets that have been verified by the original seller rather than accepting tickets from a random person at the gate; you never know what you’re actually getting with scalpers!

  1. Give up the Best Seats

Before you say “absolutely not!”, just take a second to read on. If you’re attending an event and you don’t have the best seats in the house, does that really change how much you enjoyed yourself? The best seats in the house are the most expensive, and while being closer to the stage or field is certainly exciting, it’s not a necessity for having a good time.

Save the best seats in the house for the most important events of the year. If you’re a football fan, maybe purchasing poor seats throughout the year will help you save the money for great Super Bowl seats. Sacrificing the best seats early on in the season can pay off big when the bigger events come around.

Conclusion

Event tickets don’t have to break the bank; in fact, you can find reasonably priced tickets if you simply follow these five tips and always be sure to price check the tickets you find. Comparing prices is pretty much a requirement for any modern online shopping, so don’t skimp on your research. Pay attention to trends and hype for events as well, as knowing the expected attendance for an event can help influence how and when you purchase your tickets.

Gary Wilkinson

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