Here’s an account of a Swiftie scoring Taylor Swift tickets for “The Eras” tour!
There’s probably nothing more elusive at this point in music history than tickets to Grammy award winner Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour.” Particularly in Asia where a “Great War” is bound to take place since the singer will only have only two stops in the region: Japan and Singapore.
Believing that she “Never Forgot That We Existed,” I originally wanted to catch her in Singapore since it would be virtually easier to go there (No visa required for Pinoys!). But, as it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who thought of that strategy.
In fact, reports had it that over 22 million people registered on Ticketmaster.sg to do the exact same thing!
Seeing my slim chances of getting a pre-sale code from Singapore, I have considered other nearby and accessible options. There’s Brazil (also visa-free for Filipinos!) and then there’s the Land Down Under, Australia. Having an eager friend in Australia made it easier to commit and do EVERYTHING in my power to score tickets either in Sydney or Melbourne. Visa notwithstanding.
Lo and behold, after endless manifestations, desperate prayers, hours of waiting, and endless planning, I did snag two tickets during the General Sale for Melbourne last June 30, 2023!
So how was I able to do it? Read on to know!
Follow the official social media accounts of the ticketing platforms
Needless to say, you will have to do a lot of research on how you can score tickets for the show. In my case, I opted to follow Ticketek and Frontier Touring, the official ticketing platform and production company of “The Eras Tour” in Australia.
This would be useful before, during, and even after the entire ticket sale as you can be updated on the available packages and tickets.
Take advantage of pre-sale privileges
Taylor’s concert has pre-sale events both in the Asian and Australian legs that are tied up with several credit card companies. While this really increases your competition, you can also look at it as another chance to get your own ticket.
I personally signed up for Frontier Touring’s pre-sale, got myself a code, and queued for eight long hours during the pre-sale event. However, the moment that I got in, the only available ticket was a VIP package, which was way beyond my budget.
Save your log-in details
Regardless if you’re using a tablet, a mobile phone, or a laptop, you must be able to save your log-in details on the ticketing platform. Because this simple task saves you valuable time once you get in the queue. That’s what it did for me since securing a ticket for Australia is only limited to seven minutes per person.
Add your payment option or credit card to your Ticketing account
Luckily, I was able to add my credit card details to my Ticketek account the night before all the General Sale chaos descended upon us. I can’t probably stress enough how doing so really cut significant seconds from my allotted booking time.
Use Google Chrome in incognito
Even though I am also logged in on other browsers, the two times that I was able to go beyond the ticketing lounge took place when I was using Google Chrome browser. So I highly suggest that you do the same.
Identify your preferred date and seat but be flexible
I know this tip comes as a complete irony but trust me it worked for me. The night before the General Sale, I have already jotted down my preferred date and seat and even labeled some as “priorities.”
But following what happened during the pre-sale wherein I read accounts of people getting booted out of the platform before checking out, I knew I had to be decided and yet I should also be ready to grab whatever ticket is available on my preferred date. And that’s exactly what I did!
Keep calm and book on!
Trust me when I tell you that you have to be calm during the entire process because the last thing that you want is to accidentally click the close button when what you meant to click was “send.”
Be calm and patient enough to wait for hours and hours. When I got my ticket, I literally woke up to prep for the general sale as early as 7:00 am PH time and I was only able to book my tickets at around 1:00 pm.
So, just continue planning and praying because if I was able to get tickets, then there’s a chance that you might just be able to do it, too!
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