Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Concert Tickets: Some Ways to Save

By David Treehouse

I went to a great The Courteeners concert the other day. Not only did I immensely enjoy the concert, here are some tricks I learned that can help you save money when you buy concert tickets in general.

Use Credit Card Benefits

Some credit cards, such as American Express, allow you to use earned points toward ticket costs. A couple of credit cards also offer presale tickets or special reduced prices. You should check your credit card's benefits to see if you're eligible for any perks. If so, use your points towards the ticket price.

Don't Buy Ticket Insurance

Most websites offer ticket insurance after you've selected your ticket. This is usually a charge of between $7 to $15 depending on what site you use. This allows you to be reimbursed if you miss the concert due to an illness, a trip, or unexpected event. But the chance of these events occurring on the date of your concert is minimal. If you're intent on saving money, this might be one additional fee you avoid.

Choose Dates Carefully

Is the artist you're going to see offering multiple concerts? Is one on a Thursday night and the other on Friday? Chances are the Friday night concert is going to be more expensive. Weekend concerts are usually more popular with fans for various reasons. If you have a flexible schedule and going on an "off day" doesn't bother you, choose the Thursday night show.

Group Deals

If you know a lot of people who might be going to the concert, see if you can get a group deal on the tickets. Sometimes larger venues will provide a discount for large parties. Ask your friends if they want to go and have them ask their friends and so on in order to round up enough people. If you're lucky enough to get a venue that offers discounts for groups, this could be a great way to save some money on tickets.

Don't Pay for Printed or Shipped Tickets

A lot of online retailers have varied prices on ticket printing and shipping. Some sites might charge you $1 or $2 if you want to print tickets online while some might charge you $5 if you choose to get tickets mailed to your house. When you're paying for your tickets, make sure you choose the cheapest option. A couple of sites, such as Ticketmaster, don't charge a fee if you choose to print the ticket yourself or pick it up at the box office.

These are just a few ways that you can help save a bit of money when purchasing concert tickets.