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I’ve mentioned on this blog a few times that my husband and son are planning to go to Boston later this year for the Laver Cup. We scored some free hotel nights using our certs from our Chase IHG cards. While we haven’t purchased flights yet, we had planned to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points. So, the only sizeable expense would be the Laver Cup event tickets.
No biggie, right?
The Cost of Event Tickets
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed the price of concert and event tickets getting higher and higher, and not just by the inflation rate. I’m baffled at how people will spend $500 for a 3-hour concert ticket but complain about paying $100 for a 12-hour day at Disney World. But regardless, the price of event tickets can be insane.
For the Laver Cup, the official website says tickets for the event will start at $250 a person. That’s the price for multi-day tickets that include five events over three days. That price seems reasonable to me.
However, pre-sale events are going on right now through some tennis tour groups and resellers. The lowest tickets are going for $1000 each! And those aren’t good, low-level seats or seats that come with any VIP or hospitality benefits. These are seats in the upper level sections.
Officially, the event tickets go on sale in March. Can we get tickets for $250 like the website says? Or, will ticket brokers snatch them up within seconds and re-sell them for $1000 or more? I don’t know.
My Son’s Reaction
This morning, I told my son that the tickets were much higher than we expected at $1000 each. His response? “Ok.” Just like Pete Davidson in those “Ok guy” SNL skits. Since he doesn’t pay bills, he really has no concept of how expensive that it. But, that’s another story for a different post.
When I told him that they might not be going to the Laver Cup after all, he was really disappointed. He is REALLY into tennis and was looking forward to seeing a live event. Plus, the Laver Cup has some really big tennis stars playing in it, so he’s guaranteed to see some of his favorites play.
He is turning 16 this year. We are considering getting these tickets as his big sweet 16 birthday present. And no, he’s not getting a car. But still, that price!
We haven’t yet decided what we’re going to do. This is a prime example of how a “free” trip using miles and points can still be quite pricey depending on what you do when you get there.
Our choices are:
- Buy the $1000 tickets as a splurge for his birthday
- Wait until March for the official ticket launch and see if we can get lower-priced tickets or seats with a better location for the same price
- Go to the US Open in NY instead and get cheaper tickets to multiple matches
- Scrap the entire idea
Readers, how do you feel about the price of concert and event tickets? Do you think the experience is generally worth the price? What tickets have you splurged on with or without regrets?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.