Adventures of Seat Fillers in San Francisco

They're Super Secret Free Ticket VIPs

Free Tickets to All Kinds of Events for San Francisco Seat Fillers

By Lu, OTL City Guides & Seat Fillers

Daily life in the Bay Area can be an exciting ride with bicyclists battling for road space, the hustle and bustle during rush hour, and some of the best restaurants and things to do in the country. Seat Fillers in San Francisco also have that adventurous spirit, taking advantage of free pairs of entertainment tickets, sometimes to new venues and shows. They dive in and try new things, and it pays off as life can be more fun!

Seat Fillers in San Francisco are loving life, reserving tickets without worrying about the cost. And, they're out and about more, enjoying all kinds of live entertainment like plays, musicals, comedy shows, and more.

A Winning Formula

If you're not familiar with local seat filling, you're in for a treat, as it's a real WIN-WIN!

  1. San Francisco Seat Fillers receive free pairs of tickets to local shows and events.
  2. Area venues and event promoters benefit from a free, private, and easy way to expand the audience AND introduce their shows to new patrons.

It's Fun Being a Seat Filler in San Francisco

If you're wondering if you'd enjoy being a San Francisco area seat filler through OTL, let me ask you a few questions.

  • Would you be open to last-minute outings instead of planning for weeks or months ahead?
  • Do you enjoy a wide variety of shows and events, even smaller ones held at neighborhood venues?
  • Are you good being a part of a club that fluctuates between slower and busier times?

How Does the OTL Seat Fillers Concept Sound?

If you said yes to my three questions, then I think you'd have fun being a part of OTL. It's not often that you run across a free tickets club. But you have to understand that OTL is a club and not a ticket broker.

All tickets are included, and you get to treat family and friends. Plus, it's super affordable (monthly dues are about as much as a single movie ticket), You get more than one ticket to each show or event you decide to attend, and you can cancel at any time.

OTL Seat Fillers Isn't a Ticket Broker

Please keep in mind, though, that OTL never knows how many or what events will be posted.  Yes, San Francisco seat fillers receive free pairs of tickets. But part of the fun is seeing what pops up out of the blue. Some months are quite busy, while others could be slower. It all depends on the local show calendar and when OTL's entertainment partners have open seats.

Our little OTL family loves expanding the club but doesn't want anyone to join unless they understand the concept. We've had some people join, look to see what's posted in their city, and then cancel the same day. Please understand that's not what OTL is all about, as you need time to see how it all works. Once you start getting those show alerts out of the blue, you'll be hooked. And one event with a higher ticket price could offset your dues for an entire year!

Benefits of Seat Filling in San Francisco

Live Events

Seat Fillers in San Francisco typically attend live shows and events. Although, we might even have a virtual opportunity or unique activity come in from time to time.

Comedy, Plays, and More

There might be the occasional smaller concert from time to time. However, local seat filling is more about plays, musicals, and other theatrical events. OTL also receives quite a few invitations from comedy clubs, as well as burlesque, dance, sports, escape rooms, classes, etc.

Up to Four Free Tickets Per Event

When you're a part of OTL, you get to choose a two-seat or four-seat membership. So, you don't have to go it alone, and free ticket privileges extend to your guest(s), too.

Unexpected Events

San Francisco Seat Filling is more about last-minute opportunities than advance planning. Venues privately offer comp tickets when they know they’ll have some open spots. So, notice tends to be more like a few days rather than several weeks or months. Again, part of the fun is the element of surprise.

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What Types of Events Pop Up for San Francisco Seat Fillers?

Everyone who's new to OTL and local seat filling is quite curious about the types of ticket opportunities offered (and we get it!).

However, the names of individual shows and events are a well-kept secret for members' eyes (and experience!) only. Keeping things quiet is the reason why the seat filling concept has worked so well for more than seven years now.

Secret Seat Filling Invitations

OTL seat filling works because of a policy called "privacy to shows." It's designed to keep the club from impacting each venue's regular ticket sales. If OTL Seat Fillers publicized its entertainment partners, why wouldn't everyone pay less than $15 a month to cover two tickets to every show instead of $10, $20, or even $50 or more per show at the box office?

We’re here to support community shows, events, and activities in the Bay area. The club isn't designed to help audience members work the system. That's why members have to be patient and willing to try new things and are usually pleasantly surprised.

Theatre, Music, Comedy

However, even though we can't share specifics, we can tell you that plays, musicals, and comedy shows are the most frequent offerings, regardless of location. From there, almost anything goes.

Seat Fillers in San Francisco have attended smaller concerts, burlesque shows, sports, and various other live events.

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How Can I Be a Seat Filler in San Francisco?

If you’re excited to be a seat filler in the San Francisco area, it couldn’t be easier to join in on the fun. And you get to take advantage of shows in other cities as well. So, if you travel, you might get lucky on the road!

To be a part of the fun and start reserving free pairs of tickets, go to OTL’s pricing page and pick one of the four Preferred seat filling memberships. You can pay for three months upfront and then take advantage of lower monthly pricing to follow. Or, you can pay for one month at a time at a slightly higher rate. Additionally, there's a discounted Special (two-seat) membership for seniors, military, first responders, teachers, and students (18+).

  • Premiere Preferred – two seats per show
  • Grand Preferred – up to four seats per show

OTL’s low membership dues are all-inclusive - you never pay for tickets.

So, if you have a Grand plan, you can reserve up to four seats for shows and events that pop up. Sometimes there might not be anything, and other times you might have a few options. It's fun to share your secret seat filling VIP privileges with family and friends without worrying about the cost.

And, don't feel like you're "stuck" if you move or are too busy to use your San Francisco seat filling privileges. You can cancel anytime. Memberships automatically renew, but once you click cancel in your member's area, you won't be charged again. Everything is so serious and rigid in the world these days. So, we want OTL to be a positive and relaxed club with members who appreciate the uniqueness of the seat filling concept.

Free Tickets Included. Is There a Catch?

I can’t say that there isn’t a "catch," although that word sounds negative, and the club rules are pretty darn positive.

A Few Rules for San Francisco Seat fillers

Surprises and Unknowns: There’s no guarantee as to the number of shows or specific ones. But that’s the entire premise of local seat filling. While it’s fun to see what pops up, that means one month it could be one event (or maybe no events), and the next, you might have five or six open for reservations.

When You Reserve Tickets, You Must Attend: A second “catch” is that seat fillers in San Francisco can reserve what they want based on what's available at the time but must attend. If you make a reservation, you can’t no-show, as OTL’s partners count on those seats being filled. That's what keeps the wheels turning!

Your Membership is Yours: San Francisco seat filler memberships auto-renew monthly. However, you can cancel at any time without jumping through hoops. Just click cancel in your private member area. We like to keep things very positive and make it as easy as possible to be a part of OTL, so please don't yell at us about your dues auto-renewing. You don't have to jump through hoops or even call us - just click a button if you must cancel.

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Seat Filling for Bay Area Event Promoters

I've been focusing on seat filling from the perspective of the San Francisco seat fillers. But I'd be remiss if I didn't touch on how OTL works for event marketers and promoters, too.

It’s an excellent tool to have in your promotional toolbox, as OTL is a private, free, and easy way to fill some seats or add to your event. And it doesn’t have to be a traditional show with assigned locations. Seat Fillers have gone virtual and also love activities and out-of-the-box opportunities. They’ve been to escape rooms, filmings, festivals, classes, and more. So, if you have a few open spots, why leave them that way?

Two Tools to Promote Shows and Events

If you’re interested in inviting seat fillers to your venue or show, we have an entire section on that'll fill you in on the quick, private, and easy way to extend an invitation and receive a will-call list.