If you have at any point in the past 15 years bought tickets via Ticketmaster online, you probably now have free ticket vouchers in your account.
Sweet! Free concerts are just a click away.
Well, sort of. Especially if you live in Kansas City.
As part of the nearly $400 million settlement of the 13-year class action Schlesinger et. al. v. Ticketmaster lawsuit, anyone who bought tickets from Ticketmaster between Oct. 21, 1999, and Feb. 27, 2013, is eligible to receive up to three types of redeemable vouchers that are good through June 18, 2020.
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Here’s the hitch for KC residents: While the credit and shipping discounts ($2.25 and $5 each, respectively) can be combined and applied toward any Ticketmaster purchase, the free tickets are another story.
According to Ticketmaster, the free passes may “potentially” be redeemed for two general admission tickets to select concerts at Live Nation Entertainment-owned and -operated venues. Live Nation is Ticketmaster’s parent company.
From now through Oct. 29, there are more than 400 qualified concerts across the country, including Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, Rascal Flatts, Bob Dylan, Jill Scott and the Cure. However, there are no Live Nation venues in Kansas City. The closest ones are in St. Louis or Chicago.
What’s more, because of the settlement terms, in which Ticketmaster has to pay out only $42 million of the $386 million, this may be the best time to act on your ticket vouchers.
Ticketmaster has released $10 million in free tickets through May 2017. After that, the total will decrease because Ticketmaster is required to annually release only $10.5 million in credits and free tickets combined over the next three years. For example, if $6.5 million in shipping vouchers and credits are redeemed one year, Ticketmaster will be required to release only $4 million in free tickets to cover the difference.
If you’re planning to move quickly, here are some of the concerts in St. Louis through Oct. 29: Weezer, Joan Jett, Dierks Bentley and ZZ Top.
You can sign up for a concert newsletter via the settlement website for periodic notifications of eligible concerts over the next four years here.
The 2003 joint lawsuit accused Ticketmaster of two misleading and excessive charges: A UPS fee and an order processing fee. The joint lawsuit was granted class-action status in 2011. The settlement’s final judgment was reached last month.
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