Money Matters - Simplified


400 fans with Super Bowl tickets denied seats

Imagine buying tickets for Super Bowl, and not making it to the game due to mismanagement on part of the organizers? Enraged is definitely an understatement. Well, the 400 Super Bowl ticket holders experienced a similar situation, as they were refused seats at Super Bowl XLV, Sunday.

Southwest unveils new frequent flier program

Southwest Airlines has announced a revamped frequent flier program. The new system which will come into effect from March, 1 will award credit points according to the price of ticket.

Fee conflict continues between AA and online travel agencies

The ongoing feud between American Airlines and online travel agencies is showing no signs of ending but the industry experts are hopeful that the dispute will be resolved ultimately.

Expedia stops sale of American Airlines tickets

Expedia Inc. has said that it will not be selling tickets online for American Airlines. The announcement is the latest in the ongoing feud between the Airlines and online travel agencies.

Men ticketed for playing chess in park

New York -- Seven New York men said they were issued desk-appearance tickets for playing chess in an area of a park designated for kids.

The men said they were playing at the chess tables in a Manhattan park Oct. 20 when police officers arrived and issued them tickets for "failure to comply with signs," the New York Post reported Thursday.

The chess tables at the park are in a fenced-in area bearing a sign reading: "Adults allowed in playground areas only when accompanied by a child under the age of 12."

One of the men, Yacahuda Harrison, 49, said the group plays chess at the tables regularly and even once received the go-ahead from a park ranger.

'South Park' creators head to Broadway

New York -- Tickets to "The Book of Mormon," a new Broadway musical from the creators of "South Park," are being sold first to fans of the animated series.

The show is set to open March 24 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Manhattan. Previews are slated to begin Feb. 24.

Tickets for "The Book of Mormon" are currently on sale exclusively at They will go on sale to the general public Nov. 19, producers of the stage musical said.

Singer raises millions for flood relief

Nashville -- Singer Garth Brooks sold more than 140,000 tickets and raised more than $3.5 million for flood relief for a series of concerts in Nashville, officials said.

It only took about three hours for the country star's concerts at the Bridgestone Arena to sell out Saturday, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported.

Brooks said last month he would play a flood relief concert, and priced the tickets at $25, about one quarter the price for tickets for an artist of his stature, the report said.

More than 13,000 tickets were available for each show.

Boulder eases penalties for streakers

Boulder, Colo. -- Nude runners in Boulder, CoIo., this Halloween could get tickets but no harsher penalties, the police chief said.

If the Naked Pumpkin Run tradition is revived on the Pearl Street Mall this year, runners caught wearing nothing but pumpkins on their heads will get municipal tickets for violating the city's new public nudity law and may incur fines, Chief Mark Beckner told The Daily Camera.

Before the city council passed an ordinance in April prohibiting nudity, police issued state public indecency and indecent exposure tickets for offenses like streaking. These carried possibly severe penalties, including having to register as a sex offender.

M.I.A. announces free NYC concert

New York -- British singer-songwriter M.I.A. plans to perform a free concert at New York's Brooklyn Bowl, Interscope Records said Monday.

The event is to take place Oct. 6. Tickets are available to those 18 and older, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, the record label said.

Doors are expected to open at 9:30 p.m. and people may begin lining up at 7 p.m. that night.

M.I.A. is best known for her hit "Paper Planes" and "Swagga Like Us," which she performed with Jay-Z and T.I.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Camera clock delay led to ticket errors

San Francisco -- San Francisco transport officials said more than 500 drivers received erroneous tickets due to incorrect times on parking cameras.

Officials said 17 of the bus-mounted cameras, which are designed to spot illegally parked cars, were not adjusted for daylight saving time, causing a 1-hour difference between when the cars were parked and the time reflected on the cameras, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.

The Municipal Transportation Agency is working to reimburse those affected by the error, which was spotted by officials at the end of June.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).