1. Go to a sporting event as a group.
Gather up your friends, family, and coworkers! Many Major League Baseball stadiums offer significant discounts for groups of at least 15 or more people. For instance, The Arizona Diamondbacks group tickets start at just $10.
For National Basketball Association group tickets, you may need to place a security deposit down before gaining access to seats; however, most group ticket opportunities come with extra perks like getting pre-sale opportunities, discounted pricing, and priority access to fan experience programs.
2. Follow your favorite artists, concert venues, and sports stadiums for pre-sale ticket opportunities.
Bands and artists will often list pre-sale dates on their social media or website for fans and give them advanced notice of when tickets go on sale, so make sure you follow all your favorite bands and sports teams on social media.
Ticketmaster and your local venue box offices also offer pre-sale ticket opportunities to their followers and newsletter subscribers. Set your favorite artist preferences on Ticketmaster, and sign up for venue and sports arena newsletters to get first dibs on concert and game tickets.
3. Join a seat-filling service.
If you live in a metro area, you can join a seat filling service like SeatStir.com to get access to some of the hottest events. A fee-based membership (ranging from $8 to $90) will give you access to reserve spots at award shows, televised sporting events, and show tapings if they have available spots. Check if your city has these opportunities here.
4. Check your local bank and credit union for discounts.
Banks and credit unions now offer discounted tickets to local amusement parks, theater venues, and other local attractions at significantly reduced pricing as part of their membership benefits. Tickets to Kings Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio are $64.00 at the gate, while Fiberglas Federal Credit Union members can nab tickets for $41.50 by purchasing in advance at their local branch. Carnegie Hall offers Bank of America cardholders a 10% discount with a special promo code used at checkout.
5. Avoid extra fees by going directly to the box office.
Skip the hassle of competing online for seats and pop by the box office instead. The venue will usually have some seats set aside for their ticket office to sell, and you likely won’t have to pay the tacked-on service fees that Ticketmaster or Stubhub add to base ticket prices. Those can cost an average of $10 on top of seat prices!
6. Keep your ticket stub to get food discounts.
Make an entire night of it, and take advantage of special deals on dinner and a show! Some restaurants in your local theater district are likely to give a discount or offer specials with a ticket stub from a theater event. For example, The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) in Columbus, Ohio has a restaurant guide on their site for local restaurants that surround the theater and honor ticket holders’ stubs.
7. Check out the view from the cheap seats.
Got a baseball or soccer fan in the family? Major League Baseball has been making efforts to offer better pricing and ticket packages to fill their seats. The Cincinnati Reds even have a new flexible payment plan for their membership package pricing, and several other teams are offering similar payment options. The Reds’ cheap seats start at just $5, where their normal seats can run $28 for bleacher style seating to $200 and more for box seating. If you’re there for the experience and don’t mind watching the big screens for the majority of the action, then the cheap seats are a great bargain. If you want a better view, you’ll want to shell out a few more dollars.
8. Get single-seat savings.
If you don't mind sitting a few seats or even rows apart from your friends, you can score single seats easily as the event date approaches, and often at a significantly cheaper rate since single seats are often the hardest to sell. You can always catch up afterwards!
9. Take advantage of AAA member pricing.
As part of AAA membership, members can get tickets to many events and venues with significant savings. Members can buy books of movie tickets for significant savings, purchase discounted sporting event tickets, and score discounts at family venues like LEGOLAND. Visit AAA.com to connect to your local AAA office.
10. Subscribe to local golf course newsletters for specially priced tournament tickets.
If you live near a golf course, keep an eye out for charity or special tours where pros often make appearances. Specially priced tickets usually sell cheaper than normal tournament tickets do, and proceeds go to benefit worthy causes. It’s a double win for you and the charity!
Check this listing of National Golf Club courses near you.
11. Get pre-sale ticket opportunities through your credit card company.
Many credit card companies, like American Express and Citibank, offer membership reward programs that you can use for steep discounts on anything from hotel rooms, airline tickets, car rentals, and tickets to plays, concerts, or sporting events. Check with your card company on what membership level benefits are accessible to you as they can vary.
12. Make the most of your military ID.
Military service members and their families can stop by their installation's Morale, Welfare & Recreation office or Leisure Travel Services to get fantastic deals on sporting events, theater tickets, amusement parks, and even special pricing to destination resorts like Disney in Orlando. MilitaryOneSource is a great site to explore this terrific benefit.
13. Utilize your labor union member benefits.
If you're a current or retired labor union worker, there are many benefits that you can take advantage of. Union Plus.org is a website to help union members and their families get the most out of their membership. It has an extensive and comprehensive list of benefits, including special venue ticket pricing.