Olympics tickets - buying, reselling and paying
- Ways you can still buy London 2012 tickets
- The rules for reselling unwanted Paralympics tickets
- Reduce the interest you pay on Olympics debt
- Spotting and reporting Olympics ticket scams
How can I sell unwanted Paralympics tickets?
The only way to sell your unwanted tickets is at face value through the official Olympics website. You can re-sell tickets bought from London 2012 if you purchased them more than 48 hours previously.
If you want to buy tickets, you can still do so on the same website.
What if I purchased Paralympics tickets using the paper application form?
Ticket resale is only available online. If you want to submit your tickets for resale using public internet such as an internet cafe or in a library, be cautious around entering in personal details.
If you do want to offer your tickets for resale though, you need to follow these steps:
- If you haven't already, create an online account using the same personal details to those you entered on your paper application form.
- Contact the London 2012 Customer Service team on 0844 847 2012 who will activate your account.
- Sell your tickets
Can I sell unwanted Paralympics tickets on eBay?
No. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) chairman Lord Sebastian Coe recently said: 'It is illegal to sell an Olympic ticket [other than the official channels] and we will enforce this rigorously.'
The maximum fine for selling tickets through any channel other than the official website is £20,000.
I can't afford the Paralympics tickets I've won – what can I do?
The first action you can take is to sell those tickets you cannot afford. See above for details of the resale process.The ticketing rules stipulated that you should only apply for tickets if you could afford to pay for them. The Olympics authority is not responsible for bank fees and charges incurred.
However, there are actions you can take to minimise the interest and charges you pay while you're waiting to see if you can resell your tickets or if you want to keep the tickets you've bought.
If you're struggling with debt, it's worth taking independent advice from a debt advice organisation such as the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS). For a full list of contact details, read our How to deal with debt guide.
If you have used your overdraft to pay for tickets, consider switching to a Best Rate current account for authorised overdrafts. If you're using an unauthorised overdraft, speak to your bank as soon as possible – it may be willing to increase your authorised overdraft facility.
If you've paid on your credit card, think about transferring the debt to a Best Rate 0% balance transfer credit card. The best credit cards offer up to 20 months interest-free.
I haven't got the Paralympics tickets I want – what can I do?
If you're keen to buy tickets, you'll need to check the ticketing section of the London 2012 website. All tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. You may also still be able to buy tickets as part of a hotel/travel package.
The process for buying and reselling Paralympic Games tickets is the same as is was for Olympics tickets.
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Can I get a refund on unauthorised Olympics and Paralympics tickets?
Olympics and Paralympics tickets bought from some providers can be refunded if entry to the event was denied or the tickets never arrived. Read our news report on this for more information on the companies selling unauthorised tickets and the claims process.
I think I've fallen victim to an Olympics or Paralympics ticket scam – what can I do?
If you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam, notify your bank or credit card company immediately and check your credit file for unexpected entries.
You should also report the scam to the Olympics organisers and Action Fraud. Olympics organisers have published a non-exhaustive list of fake and unauthorised websites.
For more details on spotting and reporting scams, read our guide to spotting a scam.
Paying for goods and withdrawing cash at the Paralympic Games in 2012
Visa will be the exclusive payment card at the Games, so if you want to buy goods by card at the London venues, you'll need a Visa-branded debit, credit or prepaid card. Visa plans to install hundreds of point-of-sale acceptance devices at London 2012 venues, as well as an ATM network. Cash will also be accepted in the London 2012 park and venues.
Most UK banks issue Visa debit cards with their current accounts. Very few now use the MasterCard/Maestro network. To get the best current account for you, whether you're usually in credit or overdrawn, read Which? bank account reviews.
If your current account doesn't come with a Visa debit card and you don't want to switch, it's worth getting a Visa credit card. To spread your Olympics spending over a year or more without paying any interest, get a Best Rate 0% purchases credit card.
If you prefer to pay off your bill every month, a cashback or reward credit card will pay you for using the card. Make sure you choose a Visa-branded credit card, rather than a MasterCard if you want to use it for Olympics purchases.
Prepaid cards can be very useful for budgeting: you preload the card with cash and you can only spend what is on the card. Prepaid cards are also suitable if you want to give money to your children or other relatives to spend, but don't want them to have a credit card or carry large amounts of cash.
Prepaid cards are usually either on the Visa or MasterCard network. As with other cards, you'll need to choose a Visa-branded prepaid card if you want to use it for buying Olympics tickets.
However, charges vary enormously between prepaid cards - many card providers impose fees for getting, loading and using the card. Choose a Visa-network prepaid card from Which? prepaid card reviews to get the best deal.