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Taylor Swift fan from San Antonio flies to Germany to see a pop star in concert

SAN ANTONIO – With the high ticket prices in the US, some Taylor Swift fans are making the trip to Europe to see her in concert.

San Antonio resident Mia Garza-White is making friendship bracelets, a staple at Taylor Swift concerts, to hand out with her husband at an Eras Tour show later this summer.

“How many are you planning on making?” asked KSAT reporter Daniela Ibarra.

“As much as I have time,” Garza-White said. “I probably will. My husband and I will probably spend some time making it before and or maybe on the plane.”

They will have plenty of craft time on board their flight to Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

“Why don’t you go see Taylor Swift in one of the US states?” Ibarra asked.

“I originally wanted to visit her on one of the US dates, and I tried to get tickets,” Garza-White said. “However, it didn’t work. The tickets were too expensive. It was too difficult to get tickets.”

That’s why Texas is joining the federal government in suing LiveNation and Ticketmaster, accusing them of monopolizing the concert industry.

Resale tickets to see Swift in the US this fall are high, starting around $1,600.

“Our tickets in Germany are, I think, around $300,” Garza-White said.

Jacob Tyler, an Air Service Development Officer at San Antonio International Airport, said the aviation industry is seeing more and more people stepping up.

“Why couldn’t we get a cheaper Taylor Swift ticket and also take a European trip, all for the same price as visiting her in the United States?” he said.

The Garza-Whites plan to take the new direct flight from the airport to Europe.

“We can literally fall asleep in San Antonio and wake up the next morning in Frankfurt, which is huge,” Garza-White said.

It is loyalty that reaches new heights.

“I hope other people have the opportunity to go to the concerts they want to go to and have the affordability and accessibility to do so,” Garza-White said.

Live Nation has maintained that artists and sports teams set prices and decide how tickets are sold. Dan Wall, the company’s executive vice president of corporate and regulatory affairs, said in a statement Thursday that factors such as rising production costs, artist popularity and online ticket scalping are “actually responsible for higher ticket prices.”

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