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How to Save Money on Secondary Market Tickets with Ticket Club

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This is not a sponsored post. Ticket Club is simply a service that has saved Middle Age Miles and our friends & family money on tickets over the past year. In our world as sports and music fans, tickets and travel go hand-in-hand, and we always like to provide you with information on ways we’ve found to get the best value for our travels!

Introduction

At Middle Age Miles, a fair bit of our travel, particularly domestically, is centered around events. As big college football fans, it’s not unusual for us to travel for games, especially if the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame or the Arkansas Razorbacks are playing. And we’ve made several trips to Las Vegas for big boxing matches, which always turns out to be a blast.

One of the major expenses for these event-based trips, of course, is getting the tickets to the big event. We’ve been using Ticket Club recently for these tickets, and the savings compared to other secondary market vendors such as StubHub, Seat Geek and Vivid Seats have been substantial.

Here’s how to save money on the secondary ticket market with Ticket Club:

About Ticket Club

Ticket Club provides a market for ticket re-sale on the secondary market, just like StubHub and other similar services. Like these other services, prices are set by sellers and Ticket Club charges sellers a fee. You can learn more about Ticket Club here:

We’re not sure where Ticket Club pulls its inventory, but in our anecdotal experience with sporting events, Ticket Club seems to have about 70-80% of the inventory that you’ll see on StubHub. So, it’s not quite as robust as the market leader, but there’s usually plenty of inventory to choose from.

Ticket Club has a free membership level that allows you to access and purchase tickets, but the real value of Ticket Club is in its Premier membership level. As a Premier member, you can purchase tickets at the price shown on the site with no added fees or service charges.

Given that StubHub and others generally impose post-pricing fees and service charges in the 15-30% range, the ability to purchase tickets without any of these charges is fantastic. In practice, we usually see that face value prices are higher on Ticket Club than on other sites. But after the other sites add fees and service charges, your total out-the-door price for tickets is usually much less on Ticket Club, often as much as 15-20% less.

Get a Ticket Club Premier Membership for Free

Ticket Club charges $49.99 for a one-year Premier Membership, and thereafter renewals are $9.99 per year. However, it’s easy to get a Ticket Club Premier Membership for free. There are several methods you can use.

1 – Right now you can get a one-year free Premier Membership through a Ticket Club promotion with radio station WFUV in New York. Just go to the link below and sign up. Simple as can be. We used this method to renew our Premier Membership for 2019-20.

2 – If you’re a Wall Street Journal subscriber, you can get a one-year free Premier Membership to Ticket Club through WSJ+. We used this method for our 2018-19 membership.

3 – We found a Mercury Magazines webpage that says it’ll give you a free Ticket Club membership (presumably Premier) plus $10 off your first purchase. We haven’t tested this one.

4 – If you’re a GameStop PowerUp Rewards member, it looks like you can get a one-year free Ticket Club Premier Membership plus a $10 off coupon through this link.

5 – Students can get a free Premier Membership through StudentBeans. You can find more information at this link.

6 – Ticket Club has partnerships with dozens of companies that allow employees of these companies to receive Ticket Club Premier Membership for free. This Ticket Club page lists participating companies, which include Costco, American Airlines, Apple, Boeing, Chase, Delta, ExxonMobil, Ford, GE, Google, Hilton and many, many more. Ironically, the list of Ticket Club’s corporate partners includes Ticket Galaxy.

7 – We have seen in the past where purchase of a Ticket Club gift card entitles the purchaser to a complimentary one-year Premier Membership. Ticket Club gift cards don’t seem to be widely available, but we see them for sale on eBay.

As you can see, there’s no excuse for anyone to pay for a Premier Membership to Ticket Club. Sign up for a free membership now and you’ll be good to go.

As a slight aside, we’d note that we were able to secure a second year of complimentary Premier Membership after our first year expired, using the same email address and password as our first year. We did our first year through WSJ+, and it expired recently. As we prepared for this article, we enrolled the same email address using the WFUV promo, and it worked just fine. Our free membership was confirmed immediately, and soon thereafter we received this confirmation email:

Pricing Example – Ticket Club Savings

Here’s a great and representative example of how Ticket Club can save you money on the secondary ticket market. We looked at a pair of good tickets to Game 4 of the St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks NHL playoff series in St. Louis this coming Friday – same seats on Ticket Club, then StubHub, then Vivid Seats.

Bottom line, here were the all-in prices:

  • Ticket Club: $850
  • StubHub: $957
    • Ticket Club saved 11.2% vs StubHub
  • Vivid Seats: $964.94
    • Ticket Club saved 11.9% vs Vivid Seats

And here are the supporting screenshots:

Ticket Club:

StubHub:

Vivid Seats:

The savings here are representative of what we’ve seen anecdotally in other searches. And as you can see, there were substantial savings through Ticket Club even though the prices displayed on Ticket Club ($425/ticket) were substantially higher than on StubHub ($360/ticket) or Vivid Seats ($374/ticket).

More Ways to Save With Ticket Club

Even beyond the no-fee savings, there are other ways to save with Ticket Club.

1. Periodic 5% Off Codes Through Email

Periodically, Ticket Club sends promotional emails with 5% off codes. These are usually good for one day only, or at least for a very short window.

In fact, there’s a 5% off code available today (Tues 5/14/19; note that there’s a typo in the email and it’s actually for May and not April) – TCFLASH5

2. The Shopping Cart Trick for 5% Off

We’re not sure if this trick works all the time, but it’s worked consistently for us so far. If you’re interested in tickets to an event, go to Ticket Club, put a couple of tickets into your shopping cart, and exit the site without purchasing. Within a short time (usually less than an hour in our experience), you may receive an email from Ticket Club with a promotional code good for 5% off tickets to that event.

Here’s an example from our search for Blues vs Sharks tickets:

This particular code is good for today and the next 3 days thereafter, expiring at midnight Eastern time on 5/17/2019. That timing is consistent with what we’ve seen in the past.

In fairness, we also received a code from Vivid Seats for the Blues vs Sharks game, for 10% off, presumably as a result of the same “shopping cart trick.” We did not receive any promotional discount email from StubHub during the 2 hours between our ticket search and publishing this article.

As far as we know, you can only use one promo code per purchase, so you couldn’t stack a “flash sale” 5% off code with a “shopping cart trick” 5% off code.

3. Go to Ticket Club through a shopping portal – probably Top Cashback

There are a few shopping portals where you can earn cash back on your Ticket Club purchases. In our experience, the best return has been through Top Cashback, where you can earn $10 per order.

As always, check Cashback Monitor to see the best rates on any given day. Note that some of the rates that you initially see on Cashback Monitor for Ticket Club apply only to the purchase of a Premier Membership. You will have gotten yours for free, so you can ignore those rates!

What Credit Card Do I Use at Ticket Club?

We’ll start by saying that we don’t have confirmed data points on this, so these are our best educated guesses. We’d try the following, in order of preference:

  • Citi AT&T Access More card – in hopes of earning 3x ThankYou Points (TYPs) by coding as Online Retail
  • Citi Premier card (or Citi Prestige until 8/31/19) – in hopes of earning 2x TYPs by coding as Entertainment
  • Our best daily driver for everyday purchases, such as the Amex Blue Business Plus card (2x Membership Rewards points) or whatever card we need to hit a sign-up or other spend bonus

We hope that this article helps you save money on the tickets you purchase on the secondary resale market. It’s definitely helped us. We hope you enjoy your next destination event!

What’s your experience with Ticket Club vis-a-vis other ticket resellers and marketplaces? Have you saved money too? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!


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