Ticketmaster sent my refund to a closed credit card account! Now what?

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By Christopher Elliott

When the concert that Matthew Gerstman was planning to attend gets canceled, Ticketmaster promptly sends a refund — to a closed account. Now it’s nearly a year later and his $2,031 is still missing. Can we help?

Question

I had three tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Inglewood, Calif., in the summer of 2020. In February, Ticketmaster notified me that the show had been canceled because of COVID-19.

Ticketmaster had shut down phone and email support. The only mechanism I had to contact them was Twitter and they were inconsistent in responding. Eventually, a representative informed me that they had processed a refund. They gave me a confirmation number. A few weeks later, after I didn’t see the refund on my credit card, I emailed Chase’s executive team and received two voicemails and a letter verifying that they rejected the refund because Ticketmaster had sent the refund to a closed account.

I’ve tried to contact Ticketmaster several times about my refund, but Ticketmaster still has $2,031 — and it’s been more than a year. Can you help me? — Matthew Gerstman, New York

Answer

Ticketmaster should have refunded your tickets swiftly. It knew that you had closed your account and should have contacted you to make alternate arrangements. Instead, it sat on your $2,031. That’s not something you’re likely to shake off. The money belongs with you. (Related: She canceled her credit card. Will she ever see her refund for the BTS concert?)

Ticketmaster’s refund policy is clear. All sales are final, and refunds are only allowed in “limited circumstances.”

If you qualify for a refund — which you do — you’ll see a “Request a Refund” link in your online account.

Ticketmaster’s site states that upon submitting your request, they will process your refund to the original method of payment used during the purchase, once they receive funds from the event organizer.

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It appears the event organizer paid Ticketmaster, and then Ticketmaster tried to refund the original method of payment — and failed. (Related: I couldn’t see P!nk because of a foul-ball net. Can I get a refund from Ticketmaster?)

I reviewed the correspondence between you and Ticketmaster. It looks like you used various methods to communicate with the company, including phone, text and social media. Those can be effective under some circumstances. But when you’re trying to build a paper trail — written evidence that you are trying to resolve a problem — those methods become problematic. In the end, you had to share a Dropbox folder with screenshots. That can make it a little challenging for a customer service agent to follow the progress of a case or lack thereof.

Tracking down that Ticketmaster refund

I think a few carefully written emails to Ticketmaster might have gotten your case moving in the right direction. The Elliott Advocacy research team lists the names, numbers, and email addresses of the Ticketmaster customer service executives in our database. I also have a helpful guide on how to get a refund from Ticketmaster.

It appears that there’s one blank space in your file: An official letter from your former credit card company that says it received and rejected the payment sent by Ticketmaster. Without the letter, Ticketmaster will not reprocess your refund.

You found the document, sent it to me, and I forwarded it to Ticketmaster. In May, more than a year after your concert had been canceled, you received a resolution.

“Our Fan Support has been in touch with Matthew to see if he would prefer to receive a check in the mail or manual credit for a refund,” a Ticketmaster representative told me. “This has now be resolved.”

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Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to solve their problems and helps those who can't. He's the author of numerous books on consumer advocacy and writes three nationally syndicated columns. He also publishes the Elliott Report, a news site for consumers, and Elliott Confidential, a critically acclaimed newsletter about customer service. If you have a consumer problem you can't solve, contact him directly through his advocacy website. You can also follow him on X, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or sign up for his daily newsletter. He is based in Panamá City.

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