Tickets to Beyoncé concerts are now so expensive in the US that American fans ... trends now
Music lovers are complaining that the price of concert tickets in the United States is now so expensive it is cheaper to buy a plane ticket and see the show in Europe.
Beyoncé fan Mercedes Arielle, from Dallas, announced on Instagram that she had saved money by booking a flight to Stockholm to see the Renaissance tour, rather than buying a ticket in her hometown.
And Beyonce is not the only musician whose shows in Europe are dramatically cheaper than those in the United States: an analysis by DailyMail.com showed that, this summer, the same level of tickets for Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Pink and Ed Sheeran can be found at big discounts in Europe.
'Beyoncé is a ministry,' said Arielle, explaining the lengths she went to to get tickets.
She told The Washington Post: 'When I think about the things she is saying in her music about experiencing joy and celebrating black women? She made us feel empowered and capable and strong and worthy.'
Arielle told NBC News she bought VIP tickets to the Stockholm show for $366, while her friends in Dallas spent $900.
Mercedes Arielle, from Dallas, shared her tips for getting European tickets for the show
Beyoncé is seen on stage in Pasadena in July 2018. Her European shows are significantly cheaper than her U.S. ones
Tickets are available for Beyonce's show in Stockholm for 2,325 Swedish krona, or $225
The same type of ticket in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 9 costs $822
She said she was so close to the stage, 'Beyoncé is gonna sweat on me. That's how close I am.'
Arielle, whose Instagram account offers tips to 'hack luxury by any means possible,' said she was using points from travel loyalty cards to pay for her hotel.
Another Beyoncé fan, Kylyn Schnelle, 28, from Louisville, Kentucky, said tickets for the show in her hometown were on resale sites for over $800.
Schnelle told NBC News that she looked online and found tickets in London, and a flight, with the trip adding up to the same cost as seeing the singer in Kentucky.
'When I looked in London, it was 167 pounds [about $200], and the flight was, like, $660,' she said.
'I was like this is genuinely the same cost.'
Schnelle's best friend lives in London, so, she said, it took 'very little to convince' her to go.
'If you're going to spend $800, why would you not milk it as much as possible?' she said.
The tactic used by Arielle and Schnelle could save music lovers thousands - especially if they have airline points to use, or have already booked their tickets to Europe.
Tickets are currently on sale for Beyoncé's show in the Swedish