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Traffic Tickets Often Don't Raise Insurance Costs, Survey Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Contrary to what many drivers believe, getting a ticket doesn't automatically lead to hefty car insurance premium increases.

In fact, only 31 percent of drivers ticketed in the past five years paid an increase, according to a survey just released by comparison-shopping site

"It's a myth that insurance companies are constantly checking your record, and that if you get ticketed you'll be noticed right away," says Laura Adams, the site's senior insurance analyst.  "It might be the case if you're a younger driver.  But for the majority of drivers, it's not."

If you're between the ages of 18 and 25, she says, your insurer probably is pulling up your Motor Vehicle Report (the document that keeps tabs on any tickets that you have gotten) once every six months.  Because insurers view young drivers as risky, they monitor their records more closely.

"But if you're an older driver," Adams says, "and you've got a good record -- if you've gone 10 years, say, without a ticket -- then they're not going to be pulling it often, if at all."

The reason is cost.  Pulling the report is expensive for insurers.

Some 41 percent of young drivers who got ticketed said they saw their premiums increase, compared with 32 percent of drivers aged 30 to 49 and 15 percent of drivers aged 50 or older.  The most common increase was $100 a year or less, according to the survey.

Some kinds of tickets, of course, invite more scrutiny -- and are costlier -- than others.

Of the 1,000 respondents in the survey, most (62 percent) were ticketed for speeding.  The next biggest group (19 percent) had run a stop sign or red light.  Seven percent were ticketed for careless driving, 3 percent for driving while telecommunicating, and another 3 percent for driving drunk.  

Some 58 percent said they had gotten only one ticket in the past five years; 25 percent got two and 9 percent got four or more.

Whenever possible, says Adams, you should try to have a ticket expunged from your record, since a repaired record reduces the odds you'll pay more for insurance.  Tickets for minor infractions are easily expunged in many states by attending traffic safety school.

Getting a second ticket, regardless of type, within six to 24 months of your first is such a red flag in the eyes of an insurer that you may lose coverage altogether.

Adams recommends that drivers with serious and/or multiple infractions consult an attorney.  The laws of every state differ, she says, when it comes to ticketing and penalties.

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Movie Ticket Prices Hit New High in 2012

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Huge box office hits in late 2012 like Skyfall, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey helped drive the average ticket price for the year to $7.96.

The figure is a new all-time high, but it is up only three cents from 2011, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners, reports 

The growth rate, at 0.4 percent, is near 2011′s 0.5 percent but it doesn't compare to the even larger growth in previous years, including 5.2 percent in 2010, 4.5 percent in 2009, and 4.4 percent in 2008.

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Super Bowl 2013 Ticket Mania Kicks Off

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Now that the two teams for Super Bowl 2013 are known, fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens who don’t have tickets are off to the secondary market, where the average ticket price of a Super Bowl ticket is about $3,195.14.

As of Monday morning, the lowest price for resale tickets was $2,168, according to ticket tracker TiqIQ.

Last year, the average price on Jan. 21 was $3,678.12, with the lowest price at $2,037.

Even before Sunday’s playoff games that determined who would compete in Super Bowl 2013, marketers and others in the industry were watching with anticipation who would be competing in one of the most-watched sporting events of the year.

Chris Matcovich, director of data and communications at TiqIQ, said the National Football Conference’s San Francisco 49ers and American Football Conference’s Baltimore Ravens going head to head would be the “golden game” for ticket sales for two reasons.

First, advertisers and the media have already become excited about the match-up between coaching brothers Jim Harbaugh, 49, of the 49ers, and John Harbaugh, 50, of the Ravens.

Second, the 49ers have a large market in San Francisco, meaning a large fan base that might  be willing to travel to New Orleans.  Plus, the 49ers haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1994.

“At the end of the day, marketers and ticket sellers are hoping for a good game and praying for the right teams,” Matcovich said.

Tim Nelson, president of Chicago-based advertising agency Trisect, said a match between the 49ers and Patriots may have been a favorite among other advertisers.

“I think some of the appeal in the games is the quality of the franchises, plus their heritage and history in the game,” said Nelson, who  grew up in New England and admitted he was a Pats fan.

For any fan, getting a ticket to Super Bowl XLVII will cost a pretty penny.

The National Football League held a fan drawing of about 1,000 tickets last year.

In the past two weeks, the NFL began distributing tickets to its teams to sell to fans through drawings, or to distribute to sponsors.  The NFL gives out 17.5 percent of tickets to the AFC team and 17.5 percent go to the NFC team.  The host of the 2013 Super Bowl game on Feb. 3, the New Orleans Saints, received 5 percent of tickets.  Each of the remaining 29 NFL teams receives 1.2 percent of the tickets.

The official list prices for the Super Bowl’s upper bowl, lower bowl and club seats are $850, $950 and $1,250 for 2013, according to Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman.

McCarthy cautioned that the only guaranteed secondary ticket seller of the NFL is the NFL Ticketmaster Ticket Exchange.

“Buyer beware beyond that,” McCarthy said.

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NFL's Average Ticket Prices Up 2.5 Percent

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets can at least call themselves champions in one category: ticket prices.

The Jets have the highest average, non-premium ticket price in the league at $117.94, according to Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index, which was released Thursday afternoon.

The Jets topped the Patriots, who have sold out every game since 1994, by 10 cents ($117.84).

In its annual survey, Team Marketing Report (TMR) found that the average NFL ticket, purchased from a team, will cost $78.38 this season, up 2.5 percent from last year. The average cost to bring a family to the game and buy four regular tickets (not suite or club), two beers, four hot dogs, parking, a program and two adult size hats is $443.93, up 3.9 percent from last year.

Besides the Jets and Patriots, three other teams have non-suite tickets that are selling for more than $100: the New York Giants ($111.69), the Chicago Bears ($110.91) and the Dallas Cowboys ($110.20).

The teams with the cheapest average tickets are the Cleveland Browns ($54.20), the Buffalo Bills ($58.36) and the Jacksonville Jaguars ($59.54).

TMR says that 10 teams raised ticket prices by at least one percent this year, that up from the nine that dared to make increases coming into the lockout last season. The largest increase? The Chicago Bears at 9.3 percent. The average cost of a beer at a game is up 15 cents from last year to $7.28, the study found.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Nearly One Million Olympic Tickets to Go on Sale

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nearly one million Olympic tickets will go on sale Friday, including tickets to the highly coveted opening and closing ceremonies.

The upcoming sale gives hope to the one million people who applied previously but didn’t get tickets.  First dibs will go to the 20,000 people who missed out on the initial ballot and again on a subsequent second sale. They will have 31 hours of exclusive access.

After that, those who applied in the initial ballot will have five days to purchase tickets.

There are a total of 8.8 million tickets to the Olympic Games.  The Telegraph reported that of those, about six-and-a-half million are for fans, another million for countries sending athletes to the games and the final million are split between sponsors, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), guests and hospitality partners.

Unauthorized websites claiming to sell Olympic tickets are plentiful.  LOCOG, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, has a “ticket checker” site with a list of known unauthorized sites.

For those who are able to score tickets in this latest sale, airfare and lodging to the Olympics is still available.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Coming Soon: Just Tweet ‘Buy’ to Purchase Flight

TweetAFlight(NEW YORK) -- Ever see an airline sale advertised on Twitter? Tweeting about last-minute deals is a great way for airlines to move unsold seats. Here’s a recent deal tweeted by an airline:

“Boston to Dallas flights from $99 one-way!”

Well that sounds pretty good. What happens next? By clicking on the link, you are taken to a page that allows you to buy the airfare on, of course.

But maybe something happens along the way. The page takes more than a second to load and you get distracted. You get caught up writing an email to your boss and forget about the sale. You remember and go back, but the seats are gone. Or, you get on the correct page and it’s not immediately clear how to purchase. And you never do buy those $99 tickets to Dallas.

You’re not alone. Nearly 40 percent of potential buyers get lost in the conversion from Twitter to website, said Steven Frischling, founder of the Travel Strategist, which specializes in the research, development and implementation of social media strategy for airline, aerospace and travel companies.

So what’s the solution? It may be TweetAFlight.

TweetAFlight, Frischling said, allows consumers to simply tweet the word “buy” in response to a tweeted airline sale and the transaction is complete.

That may be good news for those among us who are easily distracted -- which, if you use Twitter, you are. The average attention span of a Twitter user is 2.8 seconds, said Frischling.

How does it work? The technology of TweetAFlight relies on not only Twitter, but Chirpify and PayPal to complete the transaction.  Potential buyers must have accounts with both. Then:

  1. See an airline tweet a route and sale fare.
  2. Tweet “Buy.”
  3. An email is sent to the purchaser using the address provided to Chirpify. An additional confirmation is sent by PayPal to confirm the transaction.


TweetAFlight, according to Frischling, is getting close to becoming a traveler’s reality. The technology is well in place, and he says  the company is in the final stages of talks with two major airlines. He estimates consumers will be using TweetAFlight this summer.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Ticketmaster to Refund Processing Fees

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As if high ticket prices weren't enough, concertgoers and sports fans purchasing their seats through Ticketmaster are slammed at checkout with extra charges known as "processing fees."

The ticket distributor has reportedly profited from these fees, and now, ticket buyers may be in for a refund.

Business Insider reports a proposed class action settlement is ordering Ticketmaster to give customers $1.50 for each ticket purchased between Oct. 21, 1999 and Oct. 19, 2011.  Under the settlement, ticket buyers would be able to get their money back for up to a total of 17 orders placed during the 12-year window.

The settlement, which is expected to be approved on May 29, 2012, could end up costing the ticket seller millions.  But it stops short of blocking Ticketmaster from banking on the extra charges; the online ticket seller simply needs to denote it on its website.

Customers who are eligible for a refund won't be credited before April 15, 2012, according to Business Insider. The credits should roll out within 30 days after the settlement is approved.

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Millions in Lottery Jackpots Expiring before Being Claimed

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you are the ticket holder for the winning Massachusetts Mega Millions consolation prize with the numbers 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29, we have some bad news for you. You have just missed your chance to claim $250,000.  The jackpot expired Wednesday.

In six more days, on Aug. 3, a $900,000 jackpot is in danger of becoming little more than wishful thinking for some unlucky "winner" in Florida.

ABC News has found at least six other jackpots ranging from $10,000 -- two in Arizona expiring Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 -- to $16.5 million -- in Iowa, expiring in December -- that are about to evaporate over the next four months.

Other prizes at risk of vanishing are $55,404 in Florida on Aug. 23, $297,525 in California next month and a California treasure of $226,991 on Sept. 22.  In a sampling of just four states, ABC News found $17.5 million of unclaimed prizes in danger of expiration, leaving would-be winners with not even a penny of their prize money.

Topping the annals of the biggest losers is Clarence Jackson, a Connecticut man who turned in his winning ticket three days too late in 1996, missing out on a $5 million bonanza.  Any unclaimed ticket has since been known in the business as a "Clarence Jackson."

Some poor -- or poorer -- lottery player is blissfully unaware of missing out on a $51.7 million Powerball ticket sold in Indiana in 2002.

Less heartbreaking, but still lucrative tickets expire every month throughout the country.  In fact, approximately 2 percent of lottery prizes in the U.S. go unclaimed each year, according to Alex Traverso, the spokesman for the California lottery.

That percentage may seem miniscule but in California alone that amounted to $17.25 million of unclaimed prize money last year.

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Airlines Changing Ticket Policies Amid Japan Crisis

John Foxx/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Canceling travel plans can be costly to consumers, and with the crisis in Japan leaving many international travelers scrambling, some airlines are making changes.

American Airlines is the latest carrier to announce changes in ticket policies for people traveling to and from Japan.

"American Airlines decided much to their credit that they were going to give a full refund to anyone who wanted one in the form of the original payment even in the form of a non-refundable ticket," says George Hobica with

Hobica advises travelers to be aware of an airlines policy on changes or cancellations when booking any flight.

"It's a good idea to get travel insurance especially if you're traveling during a period of bad weather such as during the winter," he says.  "Travel insurance would certainly protect people in the Japan situation."

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How to Avoid Rising Plane Fares and Fees

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The airline industry is looking to add new fees for travelers in response to the rising price of oil that has sent fuel costs soaring.  So how can consumers fight back against high fares and more costs?

"They have to be flexible.  Airlines love people that have to go on a certain day and a certain time," says Rick Seany, CEO of the travel website

Seany suggests travelers should "fly on Tuesday, Wednesday [or] Saturday, which are the cheapest days."

As for when to buy a ticket, "the best time to shop is Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. EST and be careful about shopping on the weekends," says Seany.  The cheapest fare may not be available by the end of the week -- some deals run out on Thursday.

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