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Has anyone tried calling in for hotel reservations in the past few years? I have always done it online but have heard some people mention doing it over the phone. Anyone know if its better or worse or does anyone have any experience doing it? Would just like to know and see if its worth a shot. Thanks!

Transmute Jun:
I think it depends what hotel you'e talking about. Generally with downtown hotels I haven't had any more luck getting rooms over the phone than I have online, but I have found that if you have a problem (need to connect reservations, change reservations, cancel reservations) then phoning and speaking to someone in person can often make a big difference. JME.

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It depends on the hotel you're interested in booking a room with, like Jun implied above.  Sometimes, calling the front desk can give you a slightly better discount on the room rate than using an online hotel booking website (such as or, but in general, it varies from hotel to hotel.


Oh I apologize! I meant calling Travel Planners when hotel reservations open on the 29th. They say you can make reservations by submitting a form online (which I normally do) or by calling 1-877-55-COMIC. I should have been more specific. I was wondering about calling in to travel planners. Thanks for your other suggestions though! (:

Transmute Jun:
Oh gosh, I didn't even think of that!

It used to be that by phone was the only way  to make the hotel reservations, until they opened up the online option. I think it has become less popular. However, as you can imagine, it takes a lot longer by phone, because you have to pass all your info along to the agent verbally. Since the requests are timestamped, and timestamp makes a HUGE difference in how likely you are to get your room, I'd say phone is a bad idea. You're much more likely to get your request in earlier if you are online.

Of course, there's nothing stopping you from trying on the phone at the same time as you are trying to load the webpage...


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