WHAT IS BLASTPASS?
BlastPass is a cashless(touchless) wristband that all guests must use to purchase everything onsite at NIOSA (food, beverages, and souvenirs); guests will no longer use paper coupons.BlastPass stores credits on the wristband for an easy payment process that is a convenient, cleaner way to pay for items, with no need for paper coupons that can easily get lost. You load credits on your BlastPass using cash or credit card.
On the grounds, you can load any dollar amount you want to!
HOW DOES BLASTPASS WORK?
Credits are stored on your BlastPass wristband using cash or credit cards. As you make purchases at NIOSA the credits are deducted from the BlastPass. At every location, you are able to see the amount deducted and the amount left on your BlastPass. If you run out of credits you can always add more via credit card or cash at the BlastPass Reload or Purchase stations, marked with a bright blue sign.
HOW DO I PURCHASE A BLASTPASS WRISTBAND IN ADVANCE?
Order your wristband and load credits online HERE (https://www.niosa.org/p/tickets). You can also add more credits on the NIOSA grounds at the many BlastPass Purchase or Reload stations marked with a bright blue sign during the evening with cash or credit card.
HOW DO I PICK UP MY WRISTBAND IF I PURCHASED ONLINE, IN ADVANCE?
- BEFORE NIOSA: BlastPass wristbands purchased in advance will be available for pick up at the “Fiesta Fiesta Celebration” on March 31, 2022, 4-9 p.m. in Hemisfair Park, 434 South Alamo (the free event that marks the beginning of Fiesta San Antonio). NOTE: Wristbands can also be purchased and loaded with credits at “Fiesta Fiesta.” Check the NIOSA website and our Facebook page for announcements of other early pickup options.
HOW DO I PURCHASE BLASTPASS WRISTBANDS ON NIOSA GROUNDS?
- DURING NIOSA: At 5 p.m. each night of NIOSA, pickup stations for BlastPass wristbands purchased in advance will be available outside the following gates: the Hilton gate (near the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel at Alamo and Villita streets), Nueva and Presa Street Gate, and Presa Street Gate. See map for gate locations. Just present the BlastPass purchase code (on your phone or a printed copy) to redeem for a BlastPass wristband.
- You can also pick up your BlastPass wristband at BlastPass stations on the grounds
Look for bright blue BlastPass signs on the grounds to purchase wristbands and reload credits on your BlastPass wristband with cash or a credit card. You can also purchase a BlastPass wristband with a credit card beginning at 5 p.m. outside the Hilton gate (near the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel at Alamo and Villita streets), Nueva and Presa Street Gate, and Presa Street Gate. If you want to load or reload with cash, a limited number of "cash" BlastPass stations to purchase and reload your BlastPass will be available inside the gates.
CAN I PUT MY ENTRANCE TICKET ON THE BLASTPASS?
No, digital entrance e-Tickets will be issued separately and can be purchased HERE on this website. You must present your e-Ticket by phone or print-out of your ticket code at the entrance gates. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. No advance paper tickets will be sold at locations around San Antonio, as in past years. Entry tickets will be available at each gate.
IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THE BLASTPASS WRISTBAND?
Yes, there is a one-time charge of $2.00 for each wristband.
WHERE CAN I USE MY BLASTPASS WRISTBAND?
You can use BlastPass everywhere on the NIOSA grounds. BlastPass is the only form of payment accepted by NIOSA for all purchases on the grounds. The loose and dirty paper coupons are gone.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY WRISTBAND?
Wristbands are like coupons: if you lose your wristband, you lose the credits. Fortunately, BlastPass can be secured on your wrist and your credit card information is not stored on the bracelet.
HOW LONG ARE MY CREDITS GOOD FOR?
Credits are valid during the entire event from April 5-8, 2022. Credits cannot be used after NIOSA 2022 ends, nor for NIOSA 2023.
HOW DO I RELOAD MY BLASTPASS WRISTBAND?
You can reload your BlastPass at any of the Reload or Purchase stations marked with a bright blue sign on the grounds.
CAN I USE MY BLASTPASS WRISTBAND EVERY NIGHT OF NIOSA 2022?
The BlastPass wristband is based on credits. As long as you have available credits you can use your wristband any time during NIOSA 2022! Additional credits can be refilled anytime during the event.
CAN I GET A REFUND ON THE CREDITS THAT I DON'T USE?
No. As with NIOSA coupons in the past, there is a NO REFUND policy of purchases.