How to Buy Cheap NFL Tickets
1.) Beware of Fees
By far, the easiest way to save money on NFL tickets is by avoiding high fees. Unbeknownst to most fans, many resale ticket sites add on hidden fees of anywhere from 10% to 25% at checkout. These companies will try to draw your attention away from their crazy high fees by not showing them to you until checkout, or trying to get you to focus on their discount and loyalty programs, which usually give a small percent of each order back on future orders (i.e. If you spend $100 on this order, you get $5 off a future order).
There are two very important caveats to these discount and loyalty programs:
A.) The discount is only applicable toward future orders. If you are looking to save on tickets that you want to buy soon, and you don't already have a coupon code, most of these loyalty and discount programs won't be able to help you.
B.) These discount and loyalty codes are only good for a small portion off the total ticket price. In other words, what is 2% or 5% off really worth when they're charging you 10 to 20% just to buy tickets from them?
So, what's the alternative? They are called "no fees tickets", and they are, without a doubt, the number one best way to save money on tickets. Unlike other ticket marketplaces, TickPick has no hidden fees or commissions. While other companies will charge you upwards of 15% for buying tickets from them, we only markup the tickets on our site 10%.
2.) Time It Just Right
When the NFL season schedule is first announced, ticket prices often jump significantly. However, they generally fall back down as the hype decreases. One to two months prior to the start of the season is a great time to buy NFL tickets.
Unfortunately, if you have waited until your team starts kicking butt to look for tickets, you've blown your best chance. Nevertheless, roughly 75% of NFL tickets decrease in price as game day approaches. For all but the most popular teams, the longer you wait, the more likely the cheap tickets will become even cheaper. While when you buy NFL tickets is certainly up to you, we recommend making a purchase 2 to 7 days before the game. During this time period, there is usually sufficient ticket inventory, cheap prices, and plenty of time to get the tickets delivered to you.
3.) Score a Discount
I know that telling you to score a discount may seem to contradict what I just said earlier when I told you to beware of discount and loyalty programs. And allow me to be very clear about this: Getting a coupon for 5% off is no excuse for paying 10 to 20% in fees. But, if you are already purchasing from a no fees ticket site, and they're offering a discount for an extra couple bucks off the price of your tickets, why not go for it? Since these companies already have super-low margins, you may be hard pressed to find a discount code, but these sites will generally use such an offer to incentivize you to take some "leading" action. In TickPick's case, we give you up to $20 off the price of your ticket when you sign up on this page
4.) Name Your Price
Naming your price is another big way you could save 5-10% off the price of your tickets. Here at TickPick, we flip the script and allow you to tell sellers what price you are willing to pay for tickets. If you are looking for a deal, hoping to buy the absolute cheapest tickets, or are thinking about buying tickets but only if they drop to the right price, then bidding on tickets is for you. On the other hand, if you are risk-averse, are dead-set on going the game, concert, or show, or are buying tickets for a special event such as a birthday or anniversary, then bidding on tickets is not for you. Check out TickPick's Bidding Tutorial
to learn how you can save money by telling sellers what price you're willing to pay.
5.) Read the Reviews
Money isn't the only thing you save when you buy from a ticket site with good reviews. How much is your time worth? No one knows a company better than its customers. That's why it is so crucial to read the online reviews before you buy a ticket. If you're unsure about where to buy tickets, reviews posted by real customers on Yelp and Google+ should be the deciding factor. When you're buying tickets to that dream game, you're going to want to know that they're going to come through for you they way they have for their previous customers. Check out what our customers have to say about us here
Navigating the maze that is the online ticket industry can be hectic, overwhelming and confusing. If you have any questions about how to find the best seats, score the best deals, or generally win at buying tickets online, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]