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An “early-bird ticket” is a ticket purchased far in advance. How would you say “early-bird ticket” in French?

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J'ai lu billets en vente anticipée récemment. Mais je ne sais pas exactement ce que c'est :-) –  Stéphane Gimenez Jul 28 at 21:10
Lève-tôt definitely won't work. That refers only to waking up early. –  Circeus Jul 29 at 1:55

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“Prévente” or “pré-vente” would be appropriate

See wikitionary

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I've seen and been to multiple conferences in France offering early bird tickets. None of them bothered to translate the word in their French descriptions.

As far as I know, there is no strict equivalent. A ticket en pré-vente or pré-réservation doesn't really convey the fact that it's purchased months and months in advance, possibly without even knowing the programme of the conference or event. And to me, pré-vente is generally meant as opposed to sur place (on location).

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On emploie encore très peu l'expression billet earlybird en France (ça reste restreint à certains milieux,festivals de musique, etc.). Disons qu'on l'emploie beaucoup moins qu'en allemand par exemple. Par contre je ne suis pas d'accord avec toi sur le sens de prévente. La prévente ne s'oppose pas à l'achat sur place mais à l'achat avant la disponibilité physique du billet, avant la mise sur le marché. Voir définition ici par exemple. –  Laure Jul 29 at 15:55

As said in Antzi's answer, Prévente or Pré-vente are good.

I would prefer when possible Pré-réservation ("Pre-booking"), a booking being most of the time nothing else than a sale in advance.

Réservation à l´avance is also usual.

For purchases one could use Pré-commande.

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