When looking to buy no fee tickets without hidden fees, it’s tough to find an honest company with real customer support – until now. Here’s a list of the best resale ticket sites with no service fees.
You know how it goes, it looks great up until you make it to the checkout page, where they nail you with some 10% to 25% service fee. I mean, all sites must have some fees, but obviously some charge less than others. Some sites offer “no fee tickets” by marking up the tickets and showing you all-in ticket prices. This is a more honest approach, but you need to pay attention and make sure that they’re not marking up the tickets more than a reasonable amount. This blog is a review on the best ticket sites without any hidden fees.
If you search for “No Fee ticket sites,” this is what you’ll find:
1. TicketFinder: They say they have no fees but really what they are doing is marking up their tickets by roughly 15%. Additionally, their cheapest shipping and handling option is a $20, USA 3-5 day shipping option.
2. Luckydaytickets: This one was somewhat shocking to me; I haven’t purchased tickets from them, so I can’t speak with high confidence, but they are one of the better no fee ticket sites out there. They have no extra fees and from the looks of it, they are one of the few other sites besides TickPick (discussed below) that doesn’t falsely advertise and only modestly marks ups their tickets with a small fee (to cover costs). With that said, when I tried to go to their About Us page, the link was broken. On the homepage, it says that they’re available on the evenings and weekdays, so it appears that the no fee tickets come at the expense of decent-to-potentially-nonexistent customer support.
3. Feefreeticket: Another site that has very competitive ticket prices and keeps true to their name. However, when I was comparing ticket prices, it appears that they mark up their inventory by 3% more than the prices showing on TickPick and 1-2% more than some of the other players.
4. Nofeestickets: This site is similar to the other three sites. When you get to the checkout page, you’ll see that they have no hidden fees; however, all three checkouts bring you to the same place, which is called tickettransaction.
Tickettransaction is a 3rd party service company that handles the checkout process and is part of a larger ticket company. This is not a bad thing, but it’s just something to be aware of. All these sites are different entities with different designers, but they are using the same software to sell you tickets. When using these sites you will ultimately be dealing directly with the seller, which has its benefits. But the disadvantage is that you no longer have a 3rd party or middle man that ensures that the transaction and the process goes smoothly. If there’s a dispute, the seller will obviously have their best interest in mind, as will the buyer, but these are the times you want an intermediary or 3rd party involved.
5. TickPick: Like these other sites, TickPick charges no additional fees, so the price that you see is the price that you pay. TickPick’s ticket prices were the lowest price on more than 90% of the tickets that we searched and compared. With TickPick, you get cheap tickets without any of the fees or hidden service charges, all with a great customer support team that’s available 24/7 via email at [email protected] and 9am to 9pm by phone at 845-538-4567.
Now you know TickPick is the best ticket site without any fees on concerts, sports or theater tickets!
This is a little late, but in regard to ticket service fees for primary sellers (aka the box office or venue), that’s an entirely different story. For example, if you are looking online on TicketMaster and are frustrated by the ticket service fee that they are applying at checkout, there’s not much that you’ll be able to do.
In this case, TicketMaster is the primary seller and has been hired by the venue to sell their tickets. With that said, assuming that similar tickets for a cheaper price aren’t available on a resale site like TickPick, there still may be hope. If you’re able to go to the venue to buy tickets, you’ll be able to avoid the majority of all the ticket service fees which are added on by the online ticket sellers such as the “convenience fee,” the “delivery fee,” or of course, the “ticket service fee”.
Finally, whether it’s Ticketmaster, TicketFly, Eventbrite, AEG or some other primary seller, contacting the box office to see if you can buy tickets in person is the only way you’ll be able to avoid the ticket service fee that primary sellers charge. With that said, it’s always a smart thing to check TickPick before doing that, as you never know if resale sites have tickets and no service fees, for less.
If you have any questions or need help buying tickets, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments below!