Report: Ticketmaster Allegedly Changed Their Refund Policy Amid COVID-19 Outbreak


A recent report running over at Digital Music News has word of a concerning refund policy change that primary ticket provider Ticketmaster has allegedly instituted amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. As we’re all aware, the implications of the aforementioned disease and its highly contagious nature have created devastating consequences for the live touring industry.

Thus far, months worth of shows, events and public gatherings in general having been either postponed, rescheduled or cancelled altogether in a bid to combat the spread of the disease. According to the above report, Ticketmaster had previously been offering refunds for tickets purchased for events that had been ‘postponed, rescheduled or cancelled.’

However, new verbiage since appears to have replaced that previous policy, the latest stating ‘Refunds are available if your event is canceled.’ With a seeming majority of artists opting to instead postpone or reschedule their events, this essentially means obtaining a cash refund is impossible for quite some time—an unenviable situation as the financial strain of the lockdown begins to take its toll on the public at large.

While Ticketmaster shared the below statement outlining their updated policies on March 12th, 2020, the mounting sense of frustration over it has been ramping up on social media as money becomes tighter for the general populace. Ticketmaster‘s March statement on the matter reads:

‘Caring for the safety and well-being of our fans has been and always will be Ticketmaster’s most important priority, especially during challenging times like these. As global health concerns continue to develop, our team is working diligently behind the scenes, coordinating with federal, state and local officials in monitoring and assessing overall impact, while actively supporting the artists, teams, festivals and venues you love as they determine how best to proceed with the thousands of events they have on the horizon.

As we receive updates from artists, teams and show organizers on their postponed and rescheduled events, as well as their individual refund policies, we will be providing fans with the latest news on their event status via this comprehensive information portal. For events in Canada, please click here.

As always, canceled events are automatically refunded. If an event organizer is offering refunds for postponed or rescheduled events, a refund link will appear on your Ticketmaster account. Otherwise, you are encouraged to periodically check back online to see if the status of their event has changed.

In the meantime, please see below for more detailed guidance:

  • For future events that are still scheduled, you’re all set. There’s nothing you need to do, and if anything changes, we will contact you with updates.
  • If your event was canceled, there’s also nothing you need to do. It’s Ticketmaster’s standing policy to automatically refund the full cost of the ticket and fees to the original purchaser’s method of payment used at time of purchase. For any canceled events, due to the unprecedented volume of cancelations, please note that you should expect to receive your refund in as soon as 30 days.
  • If your event was rescheduled, we are working with the event organizer to identify new dates, and we will contact you as soon as we have confirmation. At that time, if you have any questions or concerns, you’ll be able to reach out to Ticketmaster Fan Support for assistance.
    If your event organizer is offering refunds for a rescheduled event, a refund link will be visible under the event in your Ticketmaster account.
  • Please note that given the unprecedented circumstances, event organizers are constantly assessing the situation and making determinations regarding refunds. If your event is not currently enabled for refunds, check back later, as this status may change.
  • If your event was postponed or rescheduled and you are unable to attend (and resale is enabled for your event), you can sell your tickets to other fans on our safe and simple Ticketmaster resale marketplace. If refunds are not allowed for your event and you post through, we will waive seller fees for fans that create(d) resale postings from March 17 through May 31.
  • For additional information, you can contact our Fan Support team. Please note that due to the high volume of inquiries, we are experiencing longer than normal wait times. We very much appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

For now, we want to thank you for being such a valued part of the live entertainment family. We are working around the clock on solutions to make this process as streamlined as possible for our fans.

At Ticketmaster, our mission is to connect people through the power of live events. What makes these experiences so special is the pure joy we feel from being a part of the broader community of like-minded, dedicated fans, which is why we’d like to take a moment to offer our most heartfelt support to any of our fellow fans, friends and family who have been affected by this virus. We wish everyone the best health and safety during this difficult time, and we look forward to returning to our favorite live events as soon as possible.



As secondary market ticket providers such as StubHub and others have expressed already in the wake of the viral outbreak, they are presently unable to offer cash refunds for the sheer number of affected shows and effectively remain in business.

Given the more complicated business model that secondary ticket providers utilized with sellers and such, vouchers are instead being offered in place. That practice hasn’t sat well with some though, as the policy shift recently saw StubHub get hit with a class action lawsuit by a disgruntled concertgoer angry at his inability to obtain a cash refund for tickets he purchased through the service.

Whether or not Ticketmaster will meet the same fate due to their apparent switch in policy remains to be seen.

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