I’ve been waiting a while now for an opportunity to buy Hamilton tickets at a reasonable price. In New York, Hamilton has long been sold out and resale prices have been through the roof. I had seriously considered Extreme Stacking my way to cheaper seats (see: Hacking Hamilton), but even quadruple-dip rewards weren’t enough to make the prices reasonable to me.
Then, on June 7th, presale tickets became available to Amex Platinum and Centurion cardholders for the New York show. By the time I learned about that, though, it was too late. Only the $800+ seats were still available.
I knew that the show would soon be opening in Chicago as well, so I emailed the Platinum Concierge (Platinumrequests@concierge.americanexpress.com) and asked if presale tickets would be available for Chicago as it was in NY. And, if so, could I get a code? The Concierge answered, in part, as follows:
Unfortunately, there has been no official information released for the Hamilton on sale in Chicago at this time. The show dates have been uploaded to Ticketmaster, however no on sale date or time have been publicly announced. I would be more than happy to add you to the American Express Entertainment Access newsletter in order to keep you in the loop for the most up-to-date information regarding American Express presale events. If an offer code will be associated with the Chicago on sale, you can expect to receive that information via email well in advance to the on sale date/time – similarly to New York.
So, the takeaway was that nothing had been announced yet, but that he/she would add me to the “American Express Entertainment Access Newsletter” so that I would get a code if one were to appear.
Then, just 2 days later, the email with my offer code arrived! Shawn published a Quick Deal: Platinum cardholders who missed out on the NY Hamilton tickets get a second chance in Chicago.
My wife also has a Platinum card (remember that recent 100K offer?) but she didn’t receive an offer code. Friends wanted to join us, so on the night before the presale went live, she emailed the Platinum Concierge to ask for her code. It arrived in her email about an hour before the presale began.
We were both ready at 10am CT to jump in and buy tickets for our preferred date and time. We spotted two options for 8 seats together, but our first choice disappeared before we could grab it. We managed to buy our second choice though! Our tickets were $177 each (just over $200, after fees). Compared to New York prices, that was a steal.
Preparing for future Amex presale offers
For future opportunities, whatever they may be, it would be nice to simply receive an offer code via email without having to do anything special to get one. While recent Hamilton opportunities were limited to Platinum and Centurion cardholders, there’s always a chance that other cardholders will get access to other presale events. In other words, it may be worth enrolling even if you’re not a Platinum cardholder.
Here’s how to enroll:
1) Log into your Amex account and click “Account Services” from the top menu row
2) Click “Communication and Privacy Preferences”
3) Click “Subscription E-Newsletters”
4) Turn on “Ticket Access Newsletter”
The text claims that this gives you “Advance tickets and insider access to spectacular sports and entertainment events.”