1. Do you need to have accumulated a certain amount of points to put your name on the waiting list?
No. As long as you have any sort of points you can be on the list.
2. Generally what level of ranking do you need to have to get picked?
I've been giving for about 10 years both in terms of Tradition Fund (for 2 seats) and $100 for TAF. They really gear the whole system to "force" people to give the $100 as this generates the most bang for the buck, so to speak.
Given that, I usually get called and I'm offered 2 in the upper deck. A friend of mine with less than 1 point more than me got offered 2 in the South Endzone (right across the aisle from his other 2) two years ago. They called me later that same day and they only had singles in the SEZ and pairs in the West Uppers left.
3. If you do get picked and don't like the tix, can you say no and try again the following year?
Absolutely. They give you a call when you're "up". They tell you what's available and you have the option to take or reject them. You can then just get on the waiting list the following year.
The only "disqualification rule" that I know of is that you can't add any more than 8 tickets TOTAL to one account. Although I'm not certain, I believe they limit you to adding 2 tickets per year.
4. If you do get picked, does it zero out your points and you have to start over?
No. Your points last for 20 years on a rollover basis.
5. What's the general price ranges (including TAF fee, etc.) for the upper decks, endzones, etc.?
Endzones are $210 Tradition Fee donation (ticket prices vary by game/season but probably average about $60 each) per seat. This is typically the best you'll be offered as the TAF will scoop up the sideline tickets for bigger donations to the TAF.
The only exception are tickets in the first 5 rows of the sidelines. Those often come up as people will buy them one year and get rid of them the next because they SUCK and you can't see sh!t.
I'm sure someone has the donations levels for the upper decks, but generally I believe they run anywhere from $0 to $1,500 (not including suites and club seating). For "average" upper deck seats, they are generally $50-150.
This post was edited on 3/4 at 1:38 pm