If you haven’t logged into your Ticketmaster account in the last few days, you may be in for a treat. Ticketmaster was the defendant in a class action suit that began in 2003 and was settled this year. The suit claimed the site had unfairly tacked on additional costs unbeknownst to customers.
The plaintiffs argued these costs were not the standard online processing fees (OPFs) one has grown accustomed to despise, but instead an arbitrary profit generator for the company. Without getting into the minutia of the case, Ticketmaster has chosen to settle for nearly $400 million, with over $40 million of the settlement being returned to customers in the form of free ticket vouchers.
Knowing Ticketmaster, they’ll probably continue to delay this list of eligible events until they have met with leading scientists from around the world and crafted the perfect list of underperforming acts to attend.
Ticketmaster began sending emails to eligible members a month ago with terms and conditions. However, if you are a normal functioning adult, you probably had it filtered into your spam along with that all expense trip to the Bahamas email and the racy email sent from SusieX0X0@hotmail.com. Luckily, these free ticket voucher codes can be found by logging into your Ticketmaster account and then going to the left-hand column and clicking “Active Vouchers.” On that page you will see what vouchers you have acquired. Of the vouchers, the most appealing will be the free tickets, which can be used at any of the Live Nation-owned or operated venues that are considered eligible. To find out which events are indeed eligible, you can go to this address.
Now as good as this sounds, let’s get something straight. One, the last thing that sounded this good was when Kanye spontaneously announced a free concert in New York City that never happened. Two, these “eligible events” have yet to be listed on the website, although Ticketmaster says there are plans to update this list periodically. With heavy hitters such as Beyonce, Kanye, Drake and Taylor Swift all set to tour this summer and fall, it is unlikely Ticketmaster will allow for people to use their new free tickets for those shows. Knowing how Ticketmaster works, they’ll probably continue to delay this list of eligible events until they have met with leading scientists from around the world and crafted the perfect list of underperforming, uninteresting, middle-of-the-road acts to attend.
Or they’ll just give us all free tickets to Nickelback.