If you’re gone to see any live event in the United States, it’s more than likely you’ve bought a ticket from Ticketmaster. That’s the company you pay a “convenience fee” to for every ticket you purchased even if you’re buying right at the box office. There was a huge class action lawsuit named the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster Class Action that settled in 2013 and you may have received a benefit as a result, but you have to look for it. Here’s a little background on the settlement:
1. What is this class action settlement
In 2003, the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action lawsuit was filed, alleging that Ticketmaster failed to fully disclose to consumers all aspects of its UPS and order processing fees. While vigorously defending the lawsuit, Ticketmaster settled the case in 2013, with the court granting final approval of the settlement in February 2015.
The settlement class generally includes all consumers who purchased tickets on Ticketmaster.com between October 21, 1999, and February 27, 2013 (the “class period”).
2. Why do I have discount codes and ticket vouchers
As part of the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster settlement, Ticketmaster agreed to provide:
To each class member, one discount code (worth $2.25 off a future purchase of primary tickets) for every purchase made on Ticketmaster.com during the class period, up to 17 discount codes per person.
To class members who used UPS delivery during the class period, one $5 UPS discount code for every purchase made on Ticketmaster.com that included UPS delivery, again up to 17 UPS discount codes per person.
To each class member, one ticket voucher (potentially redeemable for two eligible general admission tickets for select events at Live Nation owned or operated venues, subject to availability and limitations) for every purchase on Ticketmaster.com during the class period, up to 17 vouchers per person. The Settlement Agreement limits the value of vouchers that are to be redeemed in a given year. Please be aware that due to high demand and limited availability, we expect these tickets to be redeemed quickly
If you haven’t done so already, you can check if you have any credits or vouchers on your account by looking at www.ticketmaster.com/member/vouchers. It’s important for you to look at ALL of your Ticketmaster accounts as the settlement includes tickets purchased all the way back to 1999. We had four different accounts with Ticketmaster between the two of us and three of them have vouchers on them.
After you see if you have any credits or ticket vouchers, you can search to see what shows are available to use them for. The $2.25 discount code and $5.00 UPS discount codes can be applied to most tickets you will purchase on Ticketmaster.com.
13. Where do I apply my discount codes?
To redeem your $2.25 discount code or $5.00 UPS discount codes, log on to www.ticketmaster.com using your Ticketmaster username and password from your desktop or laptop. Enter the code(s) you would like to use in the applicable area on the billing page. Please note that discount codes may not be redeemed via mobile or mobile apps. For step by step instructions, check out more info at http://settlement.livenation.com.
The ticket vouchers are a little more difficult to redeem. They only release a certain number of tickets for select events. The tickets are only for general admission and are scooped up quickly. Here is instructions on how to use the vouchers
14. Where do I apply my ticket vouchers?
To redeem your ticket vouchers, log onto www.ticketmaster.com using your Ticketmaster username and password from your desktop or laptop and find your ticket vouchers, then click here. Note that voucher redemption is only available for events that are linked from this page. Once you select an event, click the “Redeem” button. On the billing page, look for a “voucher code” link and enter your code to receive your discount(s). Please note that ticket vouchers may not be redeemed via mobile or mobile apps. For step by step instructions, check out more info at http://settlement.livenation.com.
You can search concerts in the venues near you. For example, there are currently no tickets for New York City but tickets are available for shows at the PNC Bank Arts Center (to me it’s still the Garden State Arts Center)
These are the seats available for all Florida locations.
Tickets seem to be released in bunches and the best way to find out when they are is to sign up here for alerts.
I’ve yet to find any event to use my free ticket vouchers for, but I’m finding use for the discount codes because I can apply two of the codes to each Ticketmaster purchase and save $5.50. As long as I keep going to see concerts, I’m sure I’ll be able to put those discounts to good use.
Have you logged into your account to see if you have any discounts or free tickets? Do any of these concerts interest you?
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