This is a “guest” post written by husband, Frankie Sachs, former Sports Editor for the Jerusalem Post and current Managing Editor for the Euroleague. (Yeah, I’m a little proud. But really, that’s my way of letting you know he comes by his knowledge of sports honestly.)
My children have followed in my footsteps as avid sports fans. However in today’s day and age, paying full price seems to cost an arm and a leg. And that’s before they hit you with the added processing, printing, shipping and various others costs.
So before I head out to the ballpark, I do my research and end up saving quite a bit off the face value of any ticket. In this two-part series I am going to share a number of my tricks and tips to getting discount tickets for sporting events.
The newest competitor in the online ticket sales is ScoreBig. It’s free to sign up and then you get access to exclusive offers and discount codes.
ScoreBig is a ticket bidding site, but there’s a trick: You have to bid blindly.
The biggest advantage of ScoreBig is that there are no hidden fees. You choose the seat section that you are interested in, click how much you are willing to pay per ticket – and then you either get it at that price or you don’t.
If you win, they mail the tickets to you at home. The two times I have won tickets, they were actually FedEx’d to my home, so I had them in less than 48 hours.
If you don’t win, you can bid again for the same tier tickets again in 24 hours.
Moreover, deal a day sites often offer discounted credits – for example, Plum District currently has $25 to spend at ScoreBig for only $5. If you grab this credit, you can come out with a real steal.
I have done this twice. Once I bid $21 for three $10-each tickets to a baseball game in Cincinnati, which I won. I used my $20 credit (which cost me $2) plus another buck. In the end, I paid only $3 out of pocket for $30 worth of tickets! That’s a 90% savings!
More recently, I bought tickets for the last baseball game of the season in Kansas City. Three $34-each tickets ended up costing me $8.50 per ticket on SaveBig, which after my $20 voucher was a total of $7.50 for three tickets, delivered to my front door by FedEx. That’s a savings of 94%!
While the savings are very impressive, I do want you to know about a few drawbacks to ScoreBig. First, you must plan in advance. You can’t make a spur of the moment purchase for the day of game. Second, you can only bid once per tier class every 24 hours.
And the third disadvantage is that you can’t choose your specific seat. ScoreBig divides the stadium/arena into five tiers and you bid on tickets within that tier. In some cases, that could mean not knowing if you are buying tickets in the outfield or the upper deck until after you make the purchase. Still, if you get a great deal – especially thanks to the Saveology credits (or from other deal a day sites), I think it’s definitely worth it.
Stay tuned next week when I share two other ways I get great deals on sporting tickets.
What’s the best deal you’ve snagged on tickets to a sporting event?