Dreaming of hitting up a sporting event, attending a concert or comedy show or even watching a horse race? This may be the time to do it: Bruce Springsteen and Elton John are touring, baseball is in full swing, and Amy Schumer and Chris Rock are making the rounds — just to name a few acts you might want to catch. And many in-person events that were canceled over the last couple years due to COVID are now back on.
No doubt, you’ve heard of big players in the ticket world like StubHub and TicketMaster, but there are other options with their own unique perks. Here are our three favorites.
Best if you’re picky about your seat location: SeatGeek
SeatGeek is the new kid on the block of ticket services — it launched in 2016 – but it has quickly became one of the best places to find tickets for sports, music, horse racing, WWE, theater and more.
One of its best features is its seat view preview function, which allows you to click on a seat and see what your view of the event will look like before purchasing. SeatGeek also has a grading system based on both seat quality and price that helps making decisions easier.
One of its recent improvements is giving customers the option to see what ticket prices look like with service fees before they buy. Another perk: The company protects tickets and offers full refunds if an event is canceled or rescheduled. And on ratings site TrustPilot, it has a 4.3/5 rating, which is higher than popular ticketing sites Ticketmaster and StubHub.
Learn more at SeatGeek.
Best if you’re a frequent event attendee: Vivid Seats
After redesigning its website in 2021, Vivid Seats — which sells tickets to sports, music, theater, comedy and more — has one of the best user interfaces in the online ticket market. They provide tickets to sports and events that aren’t always advertised at the top of most ticket websites.
One feature consumers may enjoy is the “Super Seller” function that is similar to AirBnb’s “superhost” category, where customers can buy tickets from sellers with a solid track record.
We’re big fans of their loyalty program, where if a customer purchases 10 tickets through Vivid Seats, they’ll get their 11th ticket for the unbeatable price of free. “Fans earn reward credits each time they purchase tickets. Buy 10 tickets and get your 11th ticket free — no exclusions, no limits,” the spokesperson for Vivid Seats says. Signing up with Vivid Seats is an investment worth it for those who frequently like to get out of the house.
Learn more at Vivid Seats.
Best for transparent pricing: TickPick
There might not be a more frustrating experience than sifting through a ticket website and finding a seat at a comfortable price point — only to get hit with sizable service fees. With TickPick, you get the full upfront price when you’re browsing for tickets to see your favorite artist or team.
Outside of evading service fees, customers will find the site to be user friendly. TickPick grades seat quality and pricing to help customers get the most out of their experience even after they have purchased their tickets. The idea is you can find your seat, find the price that satisfies your wallet and head to checkout without a second thought.
Learn more at TickPick.