3 Mistakes People Make When Booking Kentucky Derby Tickets

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 @ 15:31 PM

3 Mistakes People Make When Booking Kentucky Derby TicketsBooking tickets for the Kentucky Derby is no simple feat. With so many options on the secondary market, it become a process of trying to figure out if you’re getting a good deal, if the source is credible, and whether or not the seats are decent. After all, when you’re purchasing tickets to an event you’re about to check off your bucket list, you don’t want to be stuck in the nose bleeds or worse, have your tickets not be valid.

It’s important to do your research and to ask the right questions. Now, before you heed this advice and click away to do your research, freeze! The hard part is already done.

We’ve aggregated the three biggest mistakes people make when booking Kentucky Derby tickets. This way, you can learn from these mistakes and ensure that you’re Derby experience will be perfect and unforgettable.

1. Booking through the Secondary Market

Booking Kentucky Derby tickets through the secondary market is numero uno. The Kentucky Derby is a high profile event and everyone wants to get their hands on tickets. Most companies trying to sell tickets in the secondary market don’t actually have their tickets yet. They post options and wait for you to purchase at an incredibly high price. Then, they turn around and try and find tickets to match your criteria.

The problem with this process? You don’t actually have the tickets in your hand at the time of purchase. They aren’t secure. And you probably paid a pretty hefty mark up so that this company can make a profit off of what they sold you. Definitely not an ideal situation.

2. Purchasing a “Ticket”

3 Mistakes People Make When Booking Kentucky Derby TicketsThat’s right, purchasing a “ticket” is number two on our list! Why? Because the alternative is so much better: ticket packages.

Think about it. With a ticket, you’re buying a high price ticket (hopefully not in the nose bleeds), entering Churchill Downs and forking out a pretty penny on drinks, snacks, souvenirs and anything else you fancy on Derby day. And don’t forget to factor in the costs for parking on Derby day, renting a car and securing accommodations if you’re from out of town.

However, with a ticket package, all these costs are included into one lower price! That’s right – all those things! With ticket packages, you’ll receive a ticket to both race days (the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby) with exclusive hospitality access and fantastic seats. Not to mention, within the hospitality area, you’ll be invited to enjoy complimentary food, open or cash bars, and meet celebrities!

Luxurious accommodations and transportation can also be included in ticket packages so that you’re left with essentially no planning to do! Pretty sweet, eh?

3. Waiting ‘til the Last Minute

3 Mistakes People Make When Booking Kentucky Derby TicketsThis is one of the biggest blunders you can make when it comes to booking your Kentucky Derby experience. To put into perspective, there were 164,906 people in attendance! That’s how many people you’ll be competing with to get tickets.

When you wait until the last minute, you eliminate a lot of the best seating areas because those always fill first. Prices also typically rise closer to the event so you wind up paying more. Additionally, hotels are booked up so far in advance that you might not even end up staying remotely near Louisville!

Booking early is key.

How to Correctly Purchase Kentucky Derby Tickets

Woo! That was a lot to take in, right? Well, before you start worrying about how you’re actually going to find ticket packages from a secure source and about how you’re going to be able to afford a trip like this right now, relax!

We’ve got that research for you here too! Take a look at how you should correctly plan your 2015 Kentucky Derby experience:

3 Mistakes People Make When Booking Kentucky Derby TicketsFirst, you’re going to visit your one stop shop for the Kentucky Derby: Derby Experiences!

Derby Experiences is Official Partners with Churchill Downs, so its tickets come direct from the source. So instead of you chancing it in the secondary market, you’ll have 100 percent security that your tickets are valid and will be in your hand well before Kentucky Derby day.

Also, Derby Experiences offers Official Ticket Packages! So you’ll receive the benefits of packages that were mentioned prior instead of having to fork out cash on the spot. Additionally, Derby Experiences offers a plethora of other experiences that you could tack onto your ticket package such a tours, parties and other concierge services! Everything that you could possibly want to be a part of to take your Derby experience to the next level can be found with one company.

For pictures of the 2014 Kentucky Derby experience, view our Facebook Album>>

As for the price of Official Ticket Packages, Derby Experiences gets its. With easy payment terms, you can break up the cost of paying for your ticket package over a series of payments so you don’t have to pay it all up front.

There really is no simpler way to experience the Kentucky Derby!

Take Me to the Kentucky Derby!

Now that you’ve done your research, it’s time to take action! Call 1-888-384-7088 to speak to a representative or visit Derby Experiences website to view the 2015 Official Ticket Packages that are currently on sale. It’s time to start your Kentucky Derby experience!


Be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #KyDerby141 and #DerbyVIP!

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