How you can still get Coachella 2017 tickets

Mia Steiber 6 January 2017

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Missed out on tickets? No stress - there are still plenty of ways that you can get your hands on Coachella passes.

Historically, Coachella tickets will go on sale the day after the official line-up is announced and sell out within a few hours. This means that unless you make a split-second decision to attend (or had already been planning to go regardless of the lineup), you're probably going to miss out on getting a ticket.

With passes on sale as of yesterday, many were disappointed when both the General Admission passes and the VIP passes sold out within three hours.

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But don't despair, if you really want to get tickets there are still ways you can do it. Scroll through to see how you can still grab tickets to one of the biggest music festivals in the world.

eBay

If you head to eBay you'll find that there are already 100 or more Coachella passes for sale. Many of these are people who bought in the pre-sale period last year before the lineup was announced and are selling them to make some cash. So unfortunately you're likely to pay more because these sellers are out to make a buck. That said, eBay and PayPal buyer protection is second to none. Your purchase is completely insured and if you have any trouble with the seller or you don't receive your purchase then PayPal guarantees your money back. eBay is the safest option outside buying directly from an official Coachella ticketing agent.

Buy a hotel package

While tickets by themselves are all sold out, hotel packages offered through official ticketer Valley Music Travel are still available. The packages include tickets, any line anytime shuttle passes and of course three nights accommodation at a hotel in the area. These are an unpopular option as they seem very expensive with the cheapest General Admission package at US$2,229 for two people. But before you freak out, you should know that unless you're planning to camp (and camping passes are all sold out), this is roughly what you'll be spending on the weekend anyway. Other hotels and AirBnB rentals are aware of Coachella dates and will raise their prices. By the time you factor the inflated cost of accommodation, cabs or buying a shuttle pass which are roughly US$100 plus the tickets, you're looking at the price of a hotel package anyway. Check out weekend 1 packages here and weekend 2 packages here.

Coachella reddit

If you after a better deal this is the option for you. The Coachella subreddit has a thread specific devoted to people buying and selling tickets. The subreddit has a strict policy that any tickets advertised cannot be sold for more than you paid. "We're about the music... man. See eBay or StubHub if you're trying to make some cash," the thread states. You're allowed to add on a charge for shipping and handling but that's it. So this is the best place on the Internet to get reasonably priced tickets.

StubHub

StubHub is the world's largest ticket ticket exchange. Here you'll find people selling General Admission and VIP passes, camping passes, parking passes, shuttle passes and more. Unfortunately the prices can be quite inflated so keep a keen eye out for a good deal. As a subsidiary or eBay, StubHub has full buyer protection and the company will refund your money if you're not happy.

Viagogo

Viagogo is another popular ticket reseller. Viagogo is seen as being very secure and having favourable buyer protections. Many events will actually use Viagogo as the official ticketing partner because of its high levels of security and customer service.

Craigslist

Classifieds sites like Craigslist are another option if you're looking for tickets. Many sellers will put their tickets up here to avoid paying the 10% commission that sites like eBay charge for the sale. Unfortunately, sites like these don't offer any buyer protection so you need to keep your wits about you in order to avoid being scammed.

Ticket Liquidator

This another ticket reseller similar to Viagogo and StubHub. Ticket Liquidator famously has a "200% money-back guarantee" meaning that if you don't get your tickets the site refunds your money plus more. It also has a customer service line which is open from 7am to 1am (EST) everyday.


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