Looking for Cheap Concert Tickets? Here Are 11 Tips!
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Wondering how to get cheap concert tickets?
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Here at Hip, we’re huge fans of a good experience, especially when it comes to travel and concerts! Because a bunch of team members love a good concert, we’re willing to splurge but at the right price. We know you’ve probably asked yourself how to get cheap concert tickets. We’re sharing our tried-and-true tips so you can enjoy your favorite shows and artists at the best rate!
Do concert tickets get cheaper closer to the date?
Sometimes waiting last minute pays off! If you have the patience to wait and you’re willing to take the risk, you can always try buying your concert tickets the week of the show, or sometimes even the day of the show!
Venues often hold back tickets for the artists, promoters, and for their use. Many artists will also have tickets that are held as a part of a VIP package; if there are packages that didn’t sell, those tickets typically will go back up for sale.
People have mixed feelings about StubHub; however, since it’s powered by real sellers, I’ve first-hand experienced sellers dropping the price dramatically day-of because they want those tickets sold, especially if there are quite a few tickets still available!
Even better, StubHub protects your purchase with its 100% guarantee. If your tickets purchased from StubHub end up being invalid, you’ll get your money back, and they will try and get you replacement tickets. You’ll also receive a full refund if your event is canceled and not rescheduled. A bunch of us on the team have never had an issue with StubHub; I’ve been both a seller and buyer!
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Sign up for emails from Live Nation and/or Ticketmaster.
While they’re owned by the same company, when creating an account, sign up for emails from both Live Nation and Ticketmaster! I recently received an email from Ticketmaster that Big Time Rush was having a two-tickets-for-$44 sale, which I wouldn’t have known unless I saw the email.
Since Ticketmaster keeps track of all your prior events, they’ll also know what sorts of artists you’re interested in, and you’ll be the first to know about tours and presales.
Many readers were also mentioning Live Nation’s infamous $25 All-In Tickets, where you can score tickets to thousands of summer shows just for $25 (formerly $20)! Similar to last week, the participating shows will likely be announced in late April, so keep your eyes peeled!
Groupon tends to have unbeatable local concert deals.
Keep your eyes peeled for Groupon offering tickets to see your favorite artists for up to 75% off original ticket prices. While these won’t be front row or super close seats, they are priced much lower and will often have no additional handling fees tacked on so they are often a great value!
Ticket resellers can be your best friend (or worst nightmare).
While you can often find tickets on sale from individual sellers on social media, Craigslist and other apps, you have to be careful that you’re not buying counterfeit tickets.
If you’re buying from a Ticket Broker you can check to see if they are a NATB Member (National Association of Ticket Brokers) by going here. When you buy a ticket from a NATB Member, they will deliver your tickets or will refund you 200% of the price of your tickets.
Buy tickets in person at the venue.
The box office also receives a certain amount of tickets. While it may seem like there aren’t as many seating options, you’ll avoid the Ticketmaster service fee, which is sometimes a hefty saving.
Sign up for Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan PreSale or a fan club for exclusive access.
While Ticketmaster has had its fair share of controversy (aka bots scoring tickets versus actual fans), many artists will have Verified Presales. This usually first becomes available through an artist’s website/fan club. They will link to the registration, and you sign in with your Ticketmaster account.
Ticketmaster then vets the requests; the day before the presale you’ll either get a code or be waitlisted. If you have the code, you’ll receive instructions and a link to the ticket page. You’ll then put the code in and be put in a virtual queue. From there, you will hopefully be able to score tickets.
While there are only a handful of tickets available during the presale, the best tickets tend to be sold during this time. Plus, you’ll get first access before the general public! I always sign up for these presales and have almost always gotten success!
Check your phone carrier and credit card for special rates.
Did you know you can score the best rates just by having a certain phone carrier or credit card? One of the many incentives these companies use is their perks! Entertainment is a big one, and they’ll usually partner with ticket websites to get their users first access or discounts. Below, you’ll find just a few of the perks!
- American Express – Select AMEX users have exclusive access to concerts and sporting events.
- Capital One – On top of exclusive tickets and perks, Capital One users can also use rewards to redeem tickets!
- Citi – Citi users get preferred seating and presale access to exclusive events.
- Chase – Chase experiences include perks for a variety of events and venues across the country.
- T-Mobile – T-Mobile customers get reserved tickets for music festivals and concerts using an exclusive code.
- Verizon – Verizon Up offers and upgrades tickets to a variety of experiences.
Be the Lone Ranger at a concert!
I know this isn’t everyone’s bag, but I often go to concerts alone! It doesn’t bother me being there without a squad and I’m often able to grab awesome single seats that people are trying to sell on eBay, Stub Hub, etc. at a reduced price. Sometimes random single seats that are close to the stage will pop up on Ticketmaster, you just have to keep checking, and checking, and checking again – trust me, it’s worth it!
Students and faculty, sometimes your campus offers exclusive rates!
Readers have shared that sometimes universities and colleges will offer discounted tickets to their students and faculty! I benefited from this in college, and it allows you to see a variety of different artists.
Many campuses will also host concerts annually exclusively for students! This varies, but make sure to check out your school’s event calendar so you don’t miss out on any experiences.
Press your luck and try to win tickets!
If tickets aren’t in your budget, then don’t give up on seeing your favorite groups. You just have to be resourceful and have luck on your side. Many groups will give out tickets via their social media accounts, online contests, and radio promotions. My Hip sidekick Angela has won tickets to see Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Van Halen, and Big Time Rush!
She won Madonna tickets just by sending tweets on Twitter to her tour manager during a contest he was running! Her daughter scored the Big Time Rush tickets just by tagging the group on social media during a contest along with a selfie. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Check out these sites for discounted tickets.
These sites have been recommended by our readers! While you may not find every event you’re looking for, it’s a great resource to check before you splurge on any event.
Looking for a part-time gig? Become an usher at a concert venue!
Whether you want to volunteer or score a part-time job, venue ushers tend to be in demand! Check with your local venue’s career page to look at all open positions. While you’ll be working, you’ll still be able to enjoy the shows for free.
Have any tips or tricks to saving money on concert tickets? Let us know in the comments!
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