Buying Tickets on TicketMaster – Tips & Tricks

Real TicketMaster Tips

If you are reading this, then you’re likely looking to buy tickets to a concert that will sell out. Well here are a few TicketMaster tips on how best to buy tickets on TicketMaster fast, and how to get the best seats possible, at the cheapest prices.

TicketMaster Tips

  1. Check TicketMaster for pre-sale opportunities, fan club pre-sales, special credit card pre-sales and Facebook TicketMaster presales.
  2. Get the App (avoid the security code, instructions below).
  3. Check frequently; pre-sales and special offers for different credit cards come and go.
  4. Save the direct link to the event page and have the general on-sale saved in your calendar.
  5. Have an account created on the website before trying to buy tickets.
  6. Shop around: compare ticket prices on TicketMaster vs other ticket sites (tips below).


TicketMaster Presale Codes

TicketMaster Presale Codes are easy to find when you are looking for the credit card presales, however these presale codes won’t work unless you have one of the actual credit cards.

For the TicketMaster American Express Presale you can enter the code: 8005253355. This will allow you to see the tickets, but when you get to the checkout you’ll have to use an Amex card.

The TicketMaster Presale code for Citi Card is: 542418

The Chase Presale code for TicketMaster is: 414720

Having these cards are the only chance to getting access to these specific presales, but Fan Club, Mobile, Facebook and other TicketMaster presales are fair game, and easy to find via a quick Google search. My friend Ryan at TicketCrusaders often blogs about the hottest concerts and the relevant presale codes.


When tickets go on sale don’t listen to TicketMaster, use multiple browsers!

Here’s why: let’s say you get tickets at 10:01am, and you have two seats in your cart. How do you know that those really are the best available seats?

By using multiple web browsers (I recommend Google Chrome because it’s the fastest; but Firefox, Safari and IE9 work as well) you will be able to maximize your options. If you only use one browser with multiple windows or tabs looking for tickets in TicketMaster, the last window or tab that loaded is the only one that can move forward through the checkout process.

Here’s the key: focus on one browser. Leading up to the on-sale, start refreshing the page often.


The Best Way To Buy TicketMaster Tickets – The App

If you have a smartphone, than downloading the TicketMaster app for the Iphone or Android will be your best bet for speed and maybe even ease (as long as you have an account already).

Two reasons why you should download the TicketMaster App:

  • As we mentioned before, both TicketMaster and LiveNation allocate tickets specifically to mobile sales: this makes sense, since Ticket Broker Software aka Bots, don’t work with mobile devices, so this is one way to reduce the resale of tickets.
  • Buying TicketMaster tickets on the app is the fastest way to buy tickets online. That’s because by following some simple steps (provided by TicketMaster) you can avoid having to enter the security code, which apparently checks if you are a human.  Unfortunately, this only works on the iOS app and not the Android app, as far as we can tell.

Step 1. Exit the TicketMaster app and go to your Iphone settings (then)—>Notification Center—>Then select Ticketmaster or Live Nation and make sure to change the “Alert Style” from None to Banners or Alerts (see picture below).

Step 2. Then go back into your Ticketmaster / Live Nation app, go to More – > Settings -> Notification Settings and then select push notifications to “On”. Once complete, restart your app: say goodbye to typing security codes (note on occasion you may need to enter the code, specially if you refresh too quickly).

TicketMaster Tips & Tricks 

Note: If you didn’t follow step 1, than the screenshot labelled Step 2, is what you would see, try it again. If you have problems let us know in the comments below.


General TicketMaster Tips

Don’t get greedy; it’s easier to get two tickets than four.

Once you get through the security checkpoint, start searching for tickets in your other browser(s).

Remember: the clock is ticking. The first page in the checkout process only gives you 2 to 3 minutes before you need to choose if you want to proceed or search again.

The whole point of the second browser is to keep the tickets that you got in the first browser while searching for new tickets, so if time is running out on the first pair of tickets (before a second pair of tickets becomes available in a different browser, or if the second pair of seats is worse than the first), move through the process on the first pair of tickets.

You’ll have roughly ten minutes of time to search for a second pair of tickets (in a different browser) while you hold on to the first pair in the other checkout. If within 10 minutes you don’t find anything better, we highly recommend that you buy the tickets you found in your first browser. You can spend an hour doing this, and ultimately you may not get anything better.

TicketMaster themselves recently published their own Insider Tips, to be honest, I didn’t find any information that was valuable. In addition, they do say one thing which I disagree with, which is to only use one browser. If I refresh a browser too quickly I have had my IP address blocked for a couple hours, but this never happened by using multiple browsers. TicketMaster suggests that you use multiple computers, unless you’re a ticket broker, there’s no reason to have to do this.

Expert Tips For Buying Tickets

Have you thought about what tickets may already be available for sale on other sites such as TickPick and Stubhub? We previously discussed how Ticket Brokers get their Tickets, and this may come to you as a surprise, but you can often benefit from ticket brokers.

If you’re a pro, than you’ll keep an eye on ticket prices on the secondary ticket industry, that’s because ticket prices often drop below face value, or available face value tickets may not be the best deal. For instance, for the upcoming Jay-z concert, you should check TickPick before committing to the assigned seats & tickets that TicketMaster limits you to.

TicketMaster Ticket Option – Section 124 row 7, total price $200 a ticket:

TicketMaster Tickets - Compare Tickets Prices

TickPick Ticket Option – Section 23 row 12, total price $216 a ticket

Should You Wait to Buy Concert Tickets?

If you were looking to spend around $200 a ticket, would you not spend $15 more to sit in a lower section and 10 rows closer?

This situation may be a toss up, but you should always price shop and yes of course we are biased, but thanks to our fee structure (10% to sellers and 0% to buyers) TickPick has the cheapest resale tickets 90% of the time.

For more great tips on how to get cheap concert tickets you should check out our latest guide, which provides tips and info that can save you tons of money. For example, did you know that 80% of concert ticket prices go down as it gets closer to the event?

With that said, we know you can’t always gamble and wait for ticket prices to go down (plus 20% of the time prices go up). So here’s our last tip: if tickets on TicketMaster sell out, there’s typically a small window where tickets are available at a small mark up. Once the concert is officially announced as a sell out ticket brokers know to raise their prices, but if you act fast you can get a good deal.

And now that you know how to purchase tickets on TicketMaster, you will become the TicketMaster master! If you have any questions, leave them below and we’ll answer them!

  • antonK

    I don’t know you guys but when I try to but tickets on Ticketmaster app (I’m on an iPhone), it asks me to enter a NEW credit card, it won’t read the one I have saved in my account, but when I add the card again, it says it’s already in my system. So basically I can’t buy tickets there :( Any help? has this happened to you? thanks!!

  • Joel Kelly

    Do you have settings instructions for an android?

    • Joe Cassitto

      Joel – Ticketmaster has not yet released the push notification feature for Android, but we have heard it is in the works and probably due to launch within a few months.

      • Joel Kelly

        Thanks Joe!

  • Ivy Grossman Abrams

    Last time Segar came to Detroit there was a chance to join a fan club for free to get pre sale tickets so I did. Then it said I had to pay a fee for better tickets & they send a t shirt. I paid even though I didn’t care about the shirt. We got nose bleed seats in the highest row, horrible scam ! That was 1-2 years ago. Years ago, American Express sold me pre sale at a Fisher Theatre months in advance for a play. Saw friends rows ahead of me who bought their tickets days before. I miss the 70’s with no scalpers, scammers & 1st come 1st serve.

  • chloe

    I was trying to buy some tickets to the x factor tour! I entered all my details,debit card number etc and at the end of it it said there was mo money in my ‘cart’ how do i add money into my cart?

  • Jaime Rodriguez

    Do you have the presale code for pitbull tickets for usairways phoenix jan 29 ? Presale starts nov 3.

  • Brian H

    For an Amex preorder, can you use an Amex gift card if you don’t have an actual Amex credit card to access the preorder?

  • Lenny

    Nicole, only insomniac browser will work for multiple tabs. Otherwise you have to use multiple browsers.

  • steve

    Any idea how to get rid of the security check for android??

    • Daniel Zinger

      Im looking for the same answer. My iphone was great but android isnt working so good.

      • Joel Kelly

        So am I.

  • Paul Beal

    i love my miami heat lets see if this works 10 am saturday the 31 of may

  • Nicole A. Smith

    When buying tickets on ticketmaster do you have to use different browsers, or can you just use different windows or tabs?

    Any additional tips on how to buy tickets fast, or faster than other people?