Ticketmaster Is Issuing Millions of Free Tickets

You could have a free concert in your future.

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Looking for some fun, free events this summer? Look no further than your Ticketmaster account. If you are one of the 50 million people who bought tickets from the website from October 21, 1999, through February 27, 2013, you probably have some awesome benefits waiting in your account. Thanks to a class action settlement in Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster (a suit claiming the ticketing site’s fees were “deceptive and misleading”) the company has agreed to give customers at least $45 million in discounted tickets.

To find out if you have discounts associated with your account, all you need to do is go to ticketmaster.com, log-in to your account, and click “active vouchers.” You’ll probably find at least one of the following types of codes: a code for two free General Admission tickets for a concert at a LiveNation venue, a discount of $2.25 from processing charges, and a $5 discount from UPS charges. You are eligible to get up to 17 codes of each type. When purchasing, you can use up to two codes of each type (but with a four-code maximum for each transaction). Additionally, free tickets for events are first come, first served. You can’t use the codes for resale tickets, either.

But before you try to check out the hottest concert of the summer, know that free tickets are only available for select events, which may have a certain number available. And though the settlement claims that tickets will be available for use starting on or around June 18, 2016, the list of eligible events is not currently live on the site.

Also, be prepared for a less-than satisfactory experience in obtaining your codes. At time of writing, it took about 45 minutes of refreshing and getting an error message before the codes finally appeared. (FYI: Once she was able to log on, a Real Simple staffer found she had nine discount codes and 11 pairs of free tickets!) Make sure you use your codes before their expiration date of June 18, 2020. You can learn more about the settlement here. Happy concert-going!