How to Score Cheap Hamilton Tickets via Amex
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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Update 9/20/16: Amex has again released cardholder-only presale tickets, this time available to all Amex cardholders as opposed to just Platinum and Centurion. There’s very limited availability left for this presale for $199 orchestra tickets between May 23 and August 2017, but some $179 rear mezzanine tickets do seem to be available on several dates during that period. In order to access Amex presale tickets, select American Express Card Member Presale on Ticketmaster for a Hamilton performance date between May 23, 2017 and August 13, 2017 and use your American Express Card to pay. To access American Express Preferred Seating, eligible Card Members should select American Express Preferred Seating and enter the Amex 800# phone number on the back of your card in the offer code box (without the “1” and with no dashes).
When we called the Platinum concierge, we were told that there were still some concierge-allotted tickets available, so if you’re interested in possibly finding $199 tickets, it’s best to skip searching online and just call the concierge. The concierge also told us that there’s some more availability for dates from the original presale (February to mid-May), so calling is your best bet at securing those tickets. Additionally, there’s apparently an Amex cardholder-only show scheduled in early February, and there are still tickets available for that show — call the concierge to book.
Update 3: We just received word that Amex will be sending out emails tomorrow about ticket availability for Hamilton in Chicago. Keep an eye on your inbox or contact the Amex concierge tomorrow if you’re interested!
Update 2: Please note that these $199 tickets are not discounted — $199 is the face value of these tickets, however only more expensive tickets are typically available.
Update: If you’re unable to find availability via Ticketmaster, the Centurion (or possibly Platinum) Concierge may be able to purchase tickets for you by contacting Spotlight directly. Additionally, if the Concierge purchases tickets through Spotlight, Ticketmaster fees most likely will not apply.
The Platinum Card from American Express is one of the best travel rewards credit cards out there, and its invite-only counterpart, the Centurion Card from American Express, is just as exclusive. Both cards have some great benefits, such as Centurion Lounge access, SPG and Hilton Gold status, Delta SkyClub access and free Boingo Wi-Fi, among many others. But, an added perk might save you some big bucks on one of the hottest tickets in New York City.
Hamilton has taken over Broadway, and now Amex is offering Centurion and Platinum cardholders the chance to get presale tickets at a reduced price. Yesterday, around 30,000 cardholders were emailed presale codes to purchase their Hamilton tickets on Ticketmaster. And now all cardholders can access a code when they call the Amex concierge at (800) 525-3355 and request it, allowing them to search on Ticketmaster. Each cardholder has access to four tickets with each code, and authorized users are also eligible for their own code.
With the presale, TPG was able to successfully score four orchestra tickets for just $796 — $199 per ticket!
The presale tickets for Hamilton are available for shows from January 31 through May 21, and there appears so be some scattered availability at reasonable prices. It’s worth noting that TPG’s Centurion concierge said that there was much more availability for the $850 seats in the Orchestra level. He also mentioned that the offer is non-transferable and that the tickets would be sent electronically, however, TPG wanted to gift the tickets and his concierge is going to send hard tickets one or two weeks before the show.
Only Amex Platinum and Centurion cardholders are eligible for the presale. As a recent Platinum cardholder (following the great 100,000-point sign-up bonus), I called the Amex concierge to secure some tickets to the show. Be forewarned, there will be long wait times — when I called, I was on hold for around 30 minutes before connecting with a concierge. She was very helpful and gave me a code so I could check for tickets on Ticketmaster’s website. I’ve been scanning the site for the past 20 minutes and have yet to see anything in the $200 range, but there is a lot of availability for the $850 seats.
Given how high the demand is for Hamilton, this is an amazing deal that shouldn’t be missed if you’re in (or can get to) New York. Tickets to Hamilton shows regularly exceed the $1,000 threshold, oftentimes reaching near $2,000 and even as high as $5,000 per ticket.
Were you able to score Hamilton tickets through Amex?