Every hack to get Hamilton tickets
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- •Ready your AmExAmerican Express cardholders got early access to Hamilton tickets at box office prices during three presale events in August and September 2015, and January 2016, all of which "sold out within days," said a spokeswoman for the card issuer. The most recent block was available a week before sales opened to the general public. But it's unclear if this will continue to be a viable strategy.
- •Enter the ticket lotteryThere's one for every performance, offering the chance at 21 first-row seats for $10 each. The lottery is digital for all performances except Wednesday matinees, where you'll need to show up in person to enter. Each winner can snag up to two tickets. The in-person lottery tends to draw large crowds, too, said New Yorker Mark Levy, who chronicles his attempts – 31 and counting – on the Facebook page "Will Mark Levy ever See Hamilton?" (Levy, who saw the show with a standing-room ticket in Jan.
- •Shop the resale market – carefullyBut there are a few factors to be mindful of – namely, timing. "Each day is its own market," SeatGeek.com's Leyden said. Friday and Saturday shows tend to be priciest. Sundays are cheapest . "Looking at 'Hamilton' prices, the highest they are is about three and 25 days out from the show," Leyden said. "Either buy a month out, or try and wait until the last minute."
- •Beware fake tickets.Before you buy, check to see what the selling site's policies are for problems including canceled shows and counterfeits, said Matcovich. (StubHub, for example, promises comparable replacements or a refund if tickets don't arrive on time or aren't valid.) "You should be buying from a reputable dealer," he said. There have been several arrests of individuals for allegedly selling counterfeit "Hamilton" tickets. Miranda and producer Jeffrey Seller have also warned fans to be cautious about fakes
- •Try for cancellation seatsSold out isn't always sold out, if you're willing to get in line outside the box office on the day of the show. It's common for the box office to hold seats for guests of the stars and in case of VIPs, he said, which would be released at the last minute if not needed. There may be standing-room tickets reserved for guests of the cast and crew, or unclaimed lottery seats.
- •Buy in as a plus-oneWhen there's a Broadway show Richard Laermer, chief executive of RLM PR, wants to see, he heads to the theater shortly before curtain time in search of someone with a spare. There's always at least one ticketholder whose friend got sick or stood them up – yes, even for "Hamilton," said Laermer, who has scored face-value tickets on both of his attempts to see the hit show. It's a legal purchase.