Austin City Limits is expensive, there is no way around it. If you wait too long for a hotel you are easily looking at $300+ a night for a hotel, especially if you want one in a good location in downtown Austin. Even if you go with renting a house it can be really expensive. The point is it’s really expensive and anything that can make it a little less financially stressful is welcomed. Enter Austin City Limits payment plan. Austin City Limits passes are about $275 for a general admission pass and $1,050 for a Austin City Limits VIP pass. If you want to make this steep wristband payment a little less stressful I strongly suggest the Austin City Limits payment plan. This article will go over all the details about the Austin City Limits payment plan and how you can utilize it for your next Austin City Limits passes.
Austin City Limits offers a payment plan to anyone who purchases passes during the Austin City Limits presale. Austin City Limits first offered a payment plan for Austin City Limits 2014 and has offered it each year since then. The payment plan is available to you whether you purchase during the Austin City Limits presale or during the general sale. Similarly the pass is also available whether you are purchases general admission passes or VIP passes to Austin City Limits.
Yes, in years past there has been an additional $7 fee if you wish to utilize the layaway plan for Austin City Limits.
This is can change but in years past it has always split the total cost of the Austin City Limits passes into three payments. The first payment is due when you first purchase the passes, and is roughly 40% of the total value. The next two payments are each 30% of the total cost. The schedule of the payments varies depending on if you bought presale or general sale.
If you bought during Austin City Limits presale:
Payment 1: Day of Presale (October 20th in 2015, 40% of total ACL pass)
Payment 2: February 1, 2016 (30% of total ACL pass)
Payment 3: March 1 (30% of total ACL pass)
If you bought during Austin City Limits general sale:
Payment 1: Day of General Sale (May 6th in 2016, 40% of total ACL cost)
Payment 2: June 1 (30% of total ACL pass)
Payment 3: July 1 (30% of total ACL pass)
ACL 2017 Update: The payment split is the same (40% due on day you purchase / 30% a month later on June 4th / Final 30% another month later on July 4th) as in previous years.
If you want to get Austin City Limits passes as cheap as possible then you should purchase them during the presale / advanced sale. This is the cheapest passes will be for Austin City Limits. Of course you are buying with no knowledge of the lineup, so there is some risk. For Austin City Limits 2017 the presale was on October 18th, 2016. During the presale ACL passes were $240 for the three-day general admission passes. Here’s my receipt. The $240 includes shipping, taxes and all other fees. Note that you can select the payment plan at this stage, in which case you would have owed roughly 40% of this, or approximately $96 per pass.
When you are purchasing your pass during the presale or the general sale you will have the option to select the payment plan when inputting your payment information. You can see the image below for how it should look. When you are entering your credit card information there will be an option for the Austin City Limits layawayplan. Do NOT hit submit payment without selecting the payment plan or you will be charged for the entire pass.
Nope, once you enter your payment information during the presale you should be fine for the rest of your Austin City Limits payment plan. The card you use to purchase the passes originally will be automatically charged each month for one of the payments.
If you lose the card you made the original purchase you need to log-in to your Austin City Limits account and update the payment information. You can do it all online, but you definitely want to do it ASAP. So if you lose your card go to your Austin City Limits account, go to your payment information, and update the card number. If you don’t then Austin City Limits will continue to charge your old card, which obviously won’t go through. If you don’t update your card quickly Austin City Limits will take your wristband and you will be refunded. You can see a full guide on double checking or replacing your method of payment at Front Gate Ticket’s support website at http://support.frontgatetickets.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1851033-i-need-to-retry-a-failed-payment-acl-.
This is a common issue with the Austin City Limits payment plan. In October the year prior (presale) or May the same year you enter your shipping information and you move between then and when you get your ACL wristband. Just an FYI, Austin City Limits passes typically begin shipping in mid-August. Let’s say you move between that time, completely reasonable. Here are the steps to change your address for your Austin City Limits wristbands:
Yes, you can pay off your Austin City Limits payment plan early if you wish to. You simply go to the ACL ticket webpage at https://aclfest-weekend1.frontgatetickets.com/ (Weekend 2 if that’s when you’re going) and then login. After going to your order history and selecting your order there will be an option for “Pay Off in Full”. Click that and you can finish up your Austin City Limits payment plan early.
The Austin City Limits payment plan is a great option if you want to split up the expensive Austin City Limits passes. It will cut your GA pass down to three easy payments. If you still have questions about the ACL payment plan then I haven’t fully done my job. I’d love for you to reach out at Shawn@EventTrk.com, and I will be happy to answer your question and add it to this list.