Early booking or wait until the last minute?

@besweet (7230)
Greece
September 22, 2015 1:37pm CST
My friend found a great discount package on theater tickets for this winter. If we book them until the end of the week, the cost is five times lower than the starting price. The only issue is that the shows start on December and go until February, and we have to book in advance the exact dates and times. I have a busy schedule and it's not always possible to plan so far ahead. I would like to watch three of the plays and tomorrow we are going to decide on the best possible dates. I hope it will go as planned and we won't lose our money due to unexpected plans when the time comes. Do you prefer to book in advance or you usually wait and decide at the last minute?
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@LadyDuck (147380)
• Switzerland
23 Sep 15
I prefer to wait, every time I have decided to book in advance I had to gift the tickets because I had a problem.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
23 Sep 15
There are many things that can go wrong until then. I may have to work late or be out of the city for example. However I am thinking that even if I go to one of the shows it will cost me the same as if I had buyed a full price ticket. Gifting the other tickets is a great idea.
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@LadyDuck (147380)
• Switzerland
24 Sep 15
@besweet It is a shame to waste the tickets, I usually give them to my niece and her boyfriends, at least they can enjoy the show.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
24 Sep 15
@LadyDuck I agree. Every time I have tried to give tickets to friends, they have plans already so I don't offer any more. Maybe if give them in a nice envelope as a gift, it will be better appreciated.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 15
It depends. I'm usually pretty organized when it comes to traveling and going to events because I like to have everything planned in advance. But sometimes last minute deals are the best so there are times when I just prefer to wait until I can get a good deal.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
23 Sep 15
I plan early for vacations as well. In that case I can ask for some days off work in advance and have everything sorted out. Lst minute deals in theaters might be great but they usually give the seats with partial view behind columns or the side tickets.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
25 Sep 15
@besweet Yeah I guess that's the disadvantage if you get a last minute deal in theaters. You won't really get to enjoy the experience.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
26 Sep 15
@cahaya1983 I hope they don't give the current offer for limited view seats, I haven't clarified that yet.
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@jaboUK (53407)
• United Kingdom
23 Sep 15
I would go for it, and hope that nothing goes wrong to stop you attending.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
23 Sep 15
I think that even if I watch one of the three plays, it would still be a win. Three discount tickets cost as much as one regular on a Saturday night.
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@jaboUK (53407)
• United Kingdom
23 Sep 15
@besweet Well, there you are then, you win if you go once and you're sure to be able to manage at least one.
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@valmnz (12596)
• New Zealand
22 Sep 15
I prefer to wait until closer to the date, even if it does mean paying more. I hope the dates work out for you.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
22 Sep 15
Thank you, I am still considering it. I think it will be best to book in advance, the tickets are too cheap.
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@simone10 (21671)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Sep 15
If at all possible, I would prefer to book in advance and save the money. I am also a planner and like to know what is ahead.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
27 Sep 15
Yes, it's best to plan ahead especially if there are great discounts. But plans can change and we need to find the dates that are less possible to be canceled. The offer has been extended for another week so I still have time to think about it.
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@simone10 (21671)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Sep 15
@besweet Sometimes we have to wait if we don't have the money to book ahead. Waiting can either cost more or less, depending on how full the plane is and where and when you are going.
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@simone10 (21671)
• Louisville, Kentucky
2 Oct 15
@besweet I'm sorry to hear that. They impost so many guidelines sometimes that it can really make it difficult.
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@kaka135 (13990)
• Malaysia
1 Oct 15
I will wait and decide at the last minute, though I might purchase the tickets at the higher price. I just can't confirm my schedule so early. Many of my friends like to book flight ticket very advanced, so they can really enjoy the cheaper rate. I just can't do that, as I can't be very sure I will be free at that time. So, my husband and I always prefer to buy the tickets when we need to.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
1 Oct 15
I like early bookings in plane tickets. When it's about vacations, I can plan everything early and clear my schedule. But on a random weekend anything can happen. I would buy those tickets though because they were too cheap and it turns out it was possible to change the dates before the show if we coudn't attend with a small fee.
@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 15
I would much rather book just a few days ahead or wait until the day if possible, anything could happen before you got there otherwise!
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
30 Sep 15
I know what you mean, it can easily happen with long term plans for events or shows. When it's about travelling, we can take days off and clear our schedule. BUt it's harder to plan for a Saturday night in two months for example. It was a great offer though and I decided to buy the tickets. Unfortunately we didn't get them because they had huge lines with people waiting for the same offer for hours, and I couldn't leave from work to wait in the line.
• Preston, England
26 Sep 15
I try to book as soon as possible. If it is a show I really want to see I hate to find it has sold out.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
27 Sep 15
These are pre-sale tickets and I think they will have a limited amount for the offer. When it's a successful show, it is best to go early. Last February, I was trying to book tickets for the most successful play in my country and I couldn't find three consecutive seats in the theater. I managed to book the tickets for mid-April but it was worth the waiting. It was based on a book so I also had the chance to read it before the play.
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@Inlemay (16484)
• South Africa
24 Sep 15
Some booking need planning especially if you are a busy person and if you are travelling far, but otherwise spontaneous plans can be wonderful. I have a story to relate to planned booking, will write a post.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
26 Sep 15
I agree, it needs correct estimation of my work for December and then I need to keep up with that schedule. I like long term plans and goals but I am not sure if they always work. I will be happy to hear about your experience as well.
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@Susan2015 (20161)
• United States
23 Sep 15
I prefer to wait because I never know for sure what my schedule is. It changes sometimes quite a bit.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
23 Sep 15
Sometimes there are last minute deals as well. I have an unpredictable schelude as well but my friend insists and it's only $4 per ticket.