Ticketmaster still owes me $150 for these Jim Gaffigan tickets!

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By Christopher Elliott

When Diane Ashton asks Ticketmaster for a refund, it returns the money she spent on her Jim Gaffigan event tickets, but not her gift cards. Are the cards refundable or not?

Question

I have been trying to get a refund from Ticketmaster for two tickets I bought almost three years ago. I purchased two tickets for a Jim Gaffigan show at Radio City Music Hall in October 2019. But I used a credit card and a Ticketmaster gift card to pay $224.

The show was scheduled for April 10, 2020, then rescheduled to July 24, 2020, and finally to Sept. 24, 2021. I could not attend, so on Sept. 8, 2021, I requested a refund via email. 

A few weeks later, I received a refund of $74 on my credit card from Ticketmaster, the amount I paid using my credit card. But they still owes me $150, which is the amount I paid using a Ticketmaster gift card. 

I have repeatedly asked Ticketmaster to issue a credit to my account. I have submitted numerous requests through the Ticketmaster app and via email, to no avail. I’ve tried several phone numbers, but none give the option to talk to a real live human. It’s extremely frustrating. If you could help me get the refund, I would be very grateful. — Diane Ashton, Morristown, N.J.

Answer

Jim Gaffigan is funny. Not getting your refund? I fail to see any humor in that.

Ticketmaster should have refunded both the credit card charges and the value of the gift card. Its policy on canceled events is clear: “We will issue a refund to the original method of payment used at time of purchase, once funds are received from the Event Organizer.” There’s no mention of gift cards being nonrefundable. (Related: I couldn’t see P!nk because of a foul-ball net. Can I get a refund from Ticketmaster?)

Why the delay? Part of the problem may have been that you discarded the gift card after you used the credit. But that’s just speculation. Ticketmaster could see that you paid for the tickets with a gift card, and it could have easily returned the credit to a new card — if it had wanted to. (Related: Shouldn’t Ticketmaster give my money back if the opera is canceled?)

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If this were a Jim Gaffigan routine, I could imagine him doing an impression of a Ticketmaster representative. “Oh,” he might say, “You want a reeeeefund on that?” (OK, maybe it works better on stage.)

Will Ticketmaster refund the gift card?

Ticketmaster doesn’t always refund tickets that are eligible per its policy. I’ve advocated a lot of cases where customers like you were left with worthless event tickets. You can blame the pandemic for some of it, but not all.

As I read the correspondence between you and Ticketmaster, I felt a little frustrated. You were polite and brief, and it looks like Ticketmaster just sent you form letters that didn’t even answer your question. (Related: Ticket Liquidator liquidated her Rolling Stones tickets — can she get any satisfaction?)

I publish the names, numbers and email addresses of the Ticketmaster executives on my consumer advocacy site, Elliott.org. A brief, polite email to one of them might have worked.

My advocacy team and I contacted Ticketmaster on your behalf. It sent you a new gift card for $150.

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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.

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