I’m a huge fan of any search engine that gives me options. For travel, I use a Travelzoo supersearch, which checks nine different travel sites at once (Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline and so on) so I’m sure I’m getting a good deal. SeatQuest is promising to deliver the same type of service for show tickets.
The idea is simple: enter the name of a show you’re interested in seeing, and the SeatQuest engine returns a list of dates, times, and venues. If you click on one from the list, you’ll see a map of the theater along with available seats, along with the ticket vendor that is selling them. If you change your quantity and price range, the seat map will update itself automatically.
I like the idea behind SeatQuest, but time will tell whether or not it leads to better bargains than when buying through the box office or straight from vendors. The makers of SeatQuest promise that they sell theirs with the lowest fees, which may put them ahead. I do like the layout of the website, navigating the pages is intuitive and they present a clear visual of what exactly it is that you’re buying. If you decide to try out the website, I’d be interested to hear about your experience. You can visit them at seatquest.com.