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I got an email today announcing the new partnership between United and ticket reseller Score Big. In addition to now being able to earl 5 United miles per dollar when you buy tickets to events via Score Big, you also get 1,000 United miles with your first purchase of $30 or more from now until September 30, 2013. Here is a link to the full terms of that offer.
I had never heard of Score Big before today, so I spent a few minutes playing on their website. It seems to sort of work like Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price”, but with sporting and event tickets instead of with hotels or flights. As an example, for an upcoming Houston Astros game I went through part of the process for putting in a bid of $20 for tickets in a certain section of the stadium. I was warned that my bid might be too low and that I would not be able to re-bid for 24 hours if my bid was not accepted (have they seen the Astros?). Again, this is very similar to how Priceline operates.
The selection of tickets for various events was somewhat limited, but that seems to be something they are working on. I did find a few options to redeem United miles for tickets, but those selections were even more limited than the ones for sale with cash. Since I don’t know the lowest price that a ticket would sell due to the bidding style process with cash, I can’t say for sure how good or bad the miles redemption options are, but they didn’t seem terrible in the limited examples I looked at. I would have to spend more time comparing the mileage redemption rates to actual selling prices of tickets outside of this site to say for sure whether or not it is a good deal, but it was better than I expected at first glance.
If you are interested, here is a little bit more about Score Big taken from their own website:
Around 40% of live event tickets go unsold every year – from the “best” seats to the most affordable – even for events you think are “sold out”. That’s a lot of empty seats! And the ticket industry can’t offer big discounts on some seats and not others in a way everyone sees. So to get those seats filled they give them to ScoreBig, which allows us to pass on those huge savings directly to you!
In exchange for great tickets at great prices (with no fees and free delivery), at ScoreBig, you do things a little differently. For instance, we don’t tell you what to pay, you decide…how much you save is up to you. And by choosing a seating area rather than an exact seat, you’re giving the ticket providers the flexibility they need to give you great deals.
I am all for new ways to earn and redeem miles, so I will absolutely try to use this site at least once before 9/30 to get the 1,000 mile bonus (assuming the price for tickets is competitive). I’ll let you know how that process goes after I actually use it to make a purchase. If any of you have used this site, I’d love to hear your thoughts!