No, I’m not going to give them to you. But the Chicago Cubs are having a pre-sale starting February 15, where, if you pay a premium, you can get single game tickets before everyone else.

For whatever reason they’ve made this offer incredibly hard to find on their site, so I figured I’d help you all out. No, this is not an advertisement.

The Inaugural MasterCardĀ® First Chance Pre-Sale offers Chicago Cubs fans the first opportunity to purchase individual tickets at a premium for all Cubs home games, including Opening Day, in advance of the February 19th on-sale date.

Starting Monday, February 15th at 10am CT, fans will have first access to all Chicago Cubs 2010 regular season home games by going to and paying a 20% premium on the face value of the ticket. However, if you use a MasterCard card during this Pre-Sale promotion you will save 5% on the pre-sale price. In addition, you will receive a 20% discount on your next purchase at the Shop when you enter this code (CHC20FEB) and use your MasterCard.

This access to purchase tickets in advance of the on-sale date will be available through Thursday, February 18 at 12pm CT. Act quickly, as there will be a limited number of tickets made available to every regular season home game for the MasterCard First Chance Pre-Sale.Ā

  • N

    This is delightfully insane. Depending how much and which they’re holding back, isn’t this essentially a 20% hike on tickets, across the board?

    • Ace

      Yeah, it’s gonna be a nice money-maker for them – they could have made the tickets available any day. The fact that this promotion is being kept so relatively quiet makes me think they’re afraid of hearing criticisms like yours.

      • Coldneck

        They did send out an email to all people registered at

        • Ace

          Sure. But when you go to the homepage, it’s virtually impossible to find (at least it was this morning). Wouldn’t it seem odd that if they were excited about this promotion, that it wouldn’t have a prominent spot on the homepage?

  • Cardfan

    I noticed on my receipt that the 20% markup has a code (MBSURCHARGE) and originates from Seattle. What is that?

    • Ace

      That’s weird. Mine says “Premium 20,” and doesn’t have a location. No idea what that is – other than a scam, but that’s neither here nor there.

      • Cardfan


        FYI – noticed in your other post the comment about the ST rut. If it’s any consolation, this cardfan is in a LT canyon…