Event Ticket Refunds: A Guide for Event Organizers and Attendees

Handling event ticket refunds with transparency, empathy, and professionalism, strengthens relationships between event organizers and attendees, and enhances the overall event experience. But, deciphering when it’s appropriate to give or receive a refund can be tricky.

By giving event organizers direct access to their funds, Ticketbud trusts event organizers to utilize their best judgment when issuing refunds. Below we share our expectations for Ticketbud site users, along with key considerations event organizers should make when evaluating their refund policies. 

Who is responsible for issuing refunds for events hosted on Ticketbud?

Refund requests from ticket buyers are directly overseen by the event organizer, not Ticketbud. Each hosting organization or person will have their own terms and conditions for refunds. 

Ticketbud does not have authorization to issue any event ticket refunds. We don’t control the proceeds from ticket sales. These are processed through a payment provider and go directly to the event organizer’s account. 

However, if you are an attendee and would like to discuss an issue with an event hosted on Ticketbud, please reach out to cs@ticketbud.com and our team will look into the issue.

How should attendees request refunds to events hosted on Ticketbud?

If attendees purchased ticket coverage through Refund Protect, they can follow these steps to request a refund for qualifying situations.  

Otherwise, attendees should contact the event organizer regarding refunds to their scheduled event. Event organizers have sole access to revenue from tickets processed via Ticketbud. They may issue refunds if requests comply with their organization’s refund policies. If the refund policy is not clear, contact the event organizer for more information before purchasing your ticket. 

You can search for your event here. On the event page, click on the gray “Contact Organizer” button to reach out to your event organizer directly.  

Contact organizer button as it appears on event page

If an event organizer is unresponsive to refund requests, ticket buyers are within their rights to dispute the charges with their banks or credit card company. If doing so, buyers should also alert the Ticketbud customer service team. Our team will conduct an internal investigation and may prevent the organization from hosting future events on the site.

Understanding credit card chargeback policies

The policy for credit card chargebacks can depend on several factors:

  1. Card Issuer’s Policies: Different card issuers have specific policies regarding the timeframe for initiating a chargeback. The standard policy is usually 60-120 days since the transaction. However check the terms of your credit card regarding disputes for services not rendered. 
  2. Reason for Cancellation: The reason for the event’s cancellation can influence the likelihood of a successful chargeback. If the event organizers declared bankruptcy or there was another uncontrollable factor like severe weather, the process might be different compared to a cancellation without a justifiable reason.
  3. Date of Discovery: For events purchased months in advance, some credit card issuers may extend the chargeback deadline to start from the date you were supposed to receive the service (the event date) rather than the transaction date. This means the timeline for requesting a chargeback might start from the date the event was scheduled.
  4. Documentation: Keeping all documentation related to the purchase and cancellation is crucial. This includes emails about the event’s cancellation, your attempts to contact the organizers for a refund, and any responses received.
  5. Communication with the Event Organizer: Before initiating a chargeback, attempt to resolve the issue directly with the event organizer. If this fails, documenting these attempts can strengthen your case when you approach your card issuer.

Contacting your credit card issuer as soon as you learn about the event’s cancellation is advisable to clarify eligibility and initiate a chargeback. If the event is postponed but has not been rescheduled within the chargeback period, you need to decide your comfort level on trusting the organizer. Decide if you’re prepared to risk access to a refund via chargeback by not taking action before the window closes.  

event billboard with cancellation notice

When should event organizers consider issuing event ticket refunds?

Our number one recommendation to event organizers is POLICY CLARITY.  Manage expectations and minimize disputes by establishing clear refund policies at the time of ticket purchase.

Navigating the waters of event ticket refunds requires a delicate balance between meeting customer expectations and protecting your event’s financial health. Ultimately, a blend of empathy, integrity, and business pragmatism should guide the decision to refund tickets. 

Some key considerations include: