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Title: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angology on July 23, 2018, 02:16:09 PM
Battling the post con blues by starting the thread for next year. Any hotel stalkers find some decent backup options?

Don't forget those hotel reviews!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: quantumslip on July 23, 2018, 03:59:52 PM
one quick tip - do not pick the Pendry if it shows up on the lotto list. it still seems to be for non-attendees for the lotto despite showing up for regulars. was a waste of a slot on my request list.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: EscoBlades on July 23, 2018, 05:32:17 PM
There are some hotels with rooms right now on 3rd party sites, just in case you want to hold something until the lottery next year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on July 25, 2018, 01:38:48 PM
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one quick tip - do not pick the Pendry if it shows up on the lotto list. it still seems to be for non-attendees for the lotto despite showing up for regulars. was a waste of a slot on my request list.

Now watch it be open for regular attendees next year, but nobody picks it because they assume it's not, so people who don't even pick it get randomly assigned to it. ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on July 25, 2018, 01:56:45 PM
I wonder if the new luxury hotel opening soon in downtown (on the same block as the Wyndham) will be part of the lottery pool, or it'll be like Pendry and only for VIPs and ballers.

https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/san-diego/sanhb/hoteldetail

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-intercontinental-construction-20171129-story.html

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on July 25, 2018, 03:31:22 PM
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I wonder if the new luxury hotel opening soon in downtown (on the same block as the Wyndham) will be part of the lottery pool, or it'll be like Pendry and only for VIPs and ballers.

https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/san-diego/sanhb/hoteldetail

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-intercontinental-construction-20171129-story.html

Based on the address in that article, it's going to be a bit of a distance to the convention center.  That shouldn't mean much to the celebs.  They can be limo'd to the CC.  I know quite a few celebs are housed at the Hotel del Coronado.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rabbitwarren on July 25, 2018, 04:21:54 PM
Another one opened up in June About 2 miles from the convention center in Cortez Hill

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/santd-towneplace-suites-san-diego-downtown/
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on July 26, 2018, 05:07:20 AM
I can't wait to hear someone report on their stay at ....The Pendry.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on July 26, 2018, 09:29:55 AM
This year was the first year I didn't have a back up hotel and it was a little scary when it seemed I didn't get anything. I have had some awesome back up hotels in the past, need to keep a watchful eye out.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: FBS on July 26, 2018, 09:29:57 AM
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I can't wait to hear someone report on their stay at ....The Pendry.
But... but... but... We were told that some attendees were staying there. That some actually got rooms and it wasn't a complete waste of a pick ;)

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ccparka on July 26, 2018, 09:30:10 AM
So I went in 2017 but never participated in the hotel lottery. I got a crappy hostel in uptown SD and it was miserable. So for 2019 I want to go a little fancier and get a nice place to stay. My questions are:

How Bad is the hotel lottery, and would it be better to be in the early bird buyout instead?
(I personally don't mind staying far, but it would be fun to stay in a hotel close to gaslamp/the convention center/somewhere with some celeb sightings)

What kind of info is asked when filling out the forms for the hotel lottery? Is the process so extensive that by the time you fill out the form you are actually out of luck for booking the hotel room?

Does group buying for a hotel help you get a room easier, or does it matter if you're on your own?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on July 26, 2018, 09:45:43 AM
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So I went in 2017 but never participated in the hotel lottery. I got a crappy hostel in uptown SD and it was miserable. So for 2019 I want to go a little fancier and get a nice place to stay. My questions are:

How Bad is the hotel lottery, and would it be better to be in the early bird buyout instead?
(I personally don't mind staying far, but it would be fun to stay in a hotel close to gaslamp/the convention center/somewhere with some celeb sightings)

What kind of info is asked when filling out the forms for the hotel lottery? Is the process so extensive that by the time you fill out the form you are actually out of luck for booking the hotel room?

Does group buying for a hotel help you get a room easier, or does it matter if you're on your own?
The hotel lottery went fairly smoothly this year, with plenty of hotels showing up much later within the last couple of weeks of the con.
onPeak seemed to hold back a lot of downtown hotel rooms until the end.
Unfortunately, these things tend to change every year, so there is no guarantee the same will happen next year.
If you're the worrisome, just go with the early bird and enjoy.

Currently, you have plenty of time to fill out the form once on their site.  It is not a race.
This year, you needed your contact information, the names of up to 6 downtown and 6 non-downtown hotels, the type of room you wanted, and the names of all your roommates staying with you.
onPaek will post a sample form prior to the hotel day for you to prepare.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dune930 on August 02, 2018, 03:00:24 PM
I hope to attend SDCC next year for the first time. So to put in good vibes with the universe, I was able to book a hotel that's just a 30 minute walk from the convention center. - in the Little Italy area. For me, a 30 minute walk ain't a problem, but for others it may be. In any event, if I don't get a badge, I can easily cancel and it's refundable.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on August 02, 2018, 03:35:07 PM
Does CCI gobble up all the rooms for a hotel, including the high-end suites? If you're rolling in cash, I imagine you could book one of those $$$$ suites directly through the hotel, yeah? Or I wonder if CCI takes those and reserves them for VIPs. Now that I think about it, I wonder if they do that for the Pendry.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mark on August 02, 2018, 03:39:48 PM
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I hope to attend SDCC next year for the first time. So to put in good vibes with the universe, I was able to book a hotel that's just a 30 minute walk from the convention center. - in the Little Italy area. For me, a 30 minute walk ain't a problem, but for others it may be. In any event, if I don't get a badge, I can easily cancel and it's refundable.

That's smart. Personally, if I can't be right close by downtown I would always choose Little Italy. Especially now with so much great food. If you do end up there, make certain to check how close you are to the hotels in the area that are on the shuttle routes.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on August 02, 2018, 03:56:01 PM
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Does CCI gobble up all the rooms for a hotel, including the high-end suites? If you're rolling in cash, I imagine you could book one of those $$$$ suites directly through the hotel, yeah? Or I wonder if CCI takes those and reserves them for VIPs. Now that I think about it, I wonder if they do that for the Pendry.

I don't know about the suites, but you can often book rooms through many of the hotels directly at HUGELY inflated prices.  Like, there have been MGH rooms (just regular rooms) available for over $900/night.  I've seen this for MMM and BFH as well.  And yes, some people would rather pay that than worry about the Hotel Sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dune930 on August 02, 2018, 03:56:25 PM
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That's smart. Personally, if I can't be right close by downtown I would always choose Little Italy. Especially now with so much great food. If you do end up there, make certain to check how close you are to the hotels in the area that are on the shuttle routes.

Thanks! Funny thing is that I'll be traveling to Italy in May of next year, so staying at a hotel in the Little Italy section of SD for CC would be perfect! And thanks for the intel about nearby hotel shuttles. Perhaps if I'm too tired to walk after a long day, I'll look into that. But otherwise, I'll look at the walk as exercise and a good way to decompress from all the crowds at the convention center.  8)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on August 02, 2018, 06:30:51 PM
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Thanks! Funny thing is that I'll be traveling to Italy in May of next year, so staying at a hotel in the Little Italy section of SD for CC would be perfect! And thanks for the intel about nearby hotel shuttles. Perhaps if I'm too tired to walk after a long day, I'll look into that. But otherwise, I'll look at the walk as exercise and a good way to decompress from all the crowds at the convention center.  8)
Stayed in Little Italy my first year at SDCC.  It was not bad at all.  I did the walk to the convention center the first day, but the return is all up hill.  Even 11 years ago, it was too much for me.
It's easy to catch the trolley, though, and the Doubletree has a shuttle stop you can use.
Good luck getting badges next year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on August 02, 2018, 06:58:41 PM
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Stayed in Little Italy my first year at SDCC.  It was not bad at all.  I did the walk to the convention center the first day, but the return is all up hill.  Even 11 years ago, it was too much for me.
It's easy to catch the trolley, though, and the Doubletree has a shuttle stop you can use.
Good luck getting badges next year.

Similar story here. I stayed at the Radisson -- which is now DoubleTree -- back at my third con in 2005. I remember making the walk on the first day, and I was a sweaty, tired mess by the time I reached the convention center. After that, it was all shuttle.

Now, I think Westin Gaslamp is about as far as I'd be willing to walk without ever considering the shuttle. Downtown hotels beyond that, it'd probably be a mix of walking & shuttles / trolleys.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TheNeck on August 29, 2018, 10:24:36 AM
just got this email from my good night inn reservation near seaworld for next year. this was my backup hotel. :(

Dear Valued Guest,
We see that you have made reservations with the Good Nite Inn near Seaworld during the dates of July 16, 2019, to July 22, 2019. 
Due to a major system failure, erroneous rates posted at time of your booking that will not be honored.
You will need to cancel your reservation with the 3rd party channel you booked, and we invite you to please re-book with us again.  The correct rates have been published, please call us and book directly with us or with 3rd party channel of your choosing.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
Steven Worthington
General Manager
619-543-9944
[email protected]
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on August 29, 2018, 10:27:00 AM
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just got this email from my good night inn reservation near seaworld for next year. this was my backup hotel. :(

Dear Valued Guest,
We see that you have made reservations with the Good Nite Inn near Seaworld during the dates of July 16, 2019, to July 22, 2019. 
Due to a major system failure, erroneous rates posted at time of your booking that will not be honored.
You will need to cancel your reservation with the 3rd party channel you booked, and we invite you to please re-book with us again.  The correct rates have been published, please call us and book directly with us or with 3rd party channel of your choosing.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
Steven Worthington
General Manager
619-543-9944
[email protected]

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login -  Well that is crappy of them.  Sorry to hear that.   >:(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on August 29, 2018, 10:34:45 AM
Wow, that is super scummy of them. If the rates were wrong, they should raise them, but honor the previous bookings. Not classy.

(And now I'm thinking, 'Stay classy, San Diego.')
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ccparka on August 29, 2018, 10:57:07 AM
My backup is at a hostel, I hope they don't pull the same thing on me. Sorry about that, hopefully you find something else? Are their new prices doubled or something?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on August 29, 2018, 11:00:04 AM
Certainly not surprising though.
I noticed this morning a VRBO downtown for around $200 a night during SDCC 2019.
I'm sure that this rate will never be honored.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TheNeck on August 29, 2018, 11:24:46 AM
thanks everyone, someone posted the deal in the sdcc 2018 hotel thread a while ago. so i booked it.

no big deal

hopefully i won't need a backup hotel come next year after the hotelapocalypse. ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on August 29, 2018, 11:34:05 AM
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thanks everyone, someone posted the deal in the sdcc 2018 hotel thread a while ago. so i booked it.

no big deal

hopefully i won't need a backup hotel come next year after the hotelapocalypse. ;)

It was worth a try!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sonic77 on August 29, 2018, 01:00:42 PM
Lol I feel like SDCC is year round once it ends always looking for that hotel then everything else.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: thehay95 on September 23, 2018, 02:27:09 AM
There are some hotels with rooms right now on 3rd party sites, just in case you want to hold something until the lottery next year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: EscoBlades on September 25, 2018, 07:19:04 AM
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There are some hotels with rooms right now on 3rd party sites, just in case you want to hold something until the lottery next year.

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There are some hotels with rooms right now on 3rd party sites, just in case you want to hold something until the lottery next year.

Nani??! (its funny is all)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on October 22, 2018, 01:04:11 PM
from https://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels

Hotels

The Comic-Con 2019 Early Bird Hotel Sale will be opening soon! Please check back in early November for more information.

Quote
last year's Early Bird started on Nov 7 https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=8898.0
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on October 22, 2018, 01:19:01 PM
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from https://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels

Hotels

The Comic-Con 2019 Early Bird Hotel Sale will be opening soon! Please check back in early November for more information.

Well...ok, then.  Let the fun begin!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on October 22, 2018, 03:23:59 PM
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from https://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels

Hotels

The Comic-Con 2019 Early Bird Hotel Sale will be opening soon! Please check back in early November for more information.

Wow, things are moving along!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on October 22, 2018, 03:46:01 PM
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Wow, things are moving along!

Does anyone remember what date they started last year? I feel like this is early.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on October 22, 2018, 03:52:49 PM
Someone said last year it started 11/7, which sounds right. I remember being blown away by how early it was.

Honestly I wish they'd move Hotelpocalypse up to match everything else - April still seems insanely late to me. I'd love it to go back to late February like it was a couple of times.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on October 22, 2018, 04:23:13 PM
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Someone said last year it started 11/7, which sounds right. I remember being blown away by how early it was.

Honestly I wish they'd move Hotelpocalypse up to match everything else - April still seems insanely late to me. I'd love it to go back to late February like it was a couple of times.

Thanks. Yeah that is early too, but looks like they're going to do it around the same time.

Yeah, especially as people may want to make other accommodations, outside the CCI hotels, if they want to.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jazzyj on October 22, 2018, 06:00:05 PM
On the one hand, I want to get Hotelpocalypse done with for 2019 but on the other hand, I don't think I'm emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually ready to do another Hotelpocalypse. I still don't think I've recovered from the anxiety this year. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angology on October 23, 2018, 03:18:40 PM
Per the calendar links on last year's Early Bird thread

    SDCC 2018 Early Bird Hotels Open: November 07, 2017
    SDCC 2018 Early Bird Hotels Closed 12PDT: April 03, 2018

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ccparka on November 02, 2018, 12:10:14 PM
So I wanted to get a little more prepared for Hotelocalypse, since I've never done it before. I just opted to stay at a Hostel my first CC back in 2017, but this year I can afford to do a bit better for myself. (Hostels are easily the worst way to go for Comic Con)

When you go to sign up for hotels in the lottery system, and if you get chosen, are you required to pay the whole of your reservation bill at once, or do you pay a deposit and then pay the rest in full upon arrival?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on November 02, 2018, 12:13:57 PM
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When you go to sign up for hotels in the lottery system, and if you get chosen, are you required to pay the whole of your reservation bill at once, or do you pay a deposit and then pay the rest in full upon arrival?

You pay 2 nights' deposit to hold your spot, and the rest at the hotel during the con.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on November 08, 2018, 09:18:25 PM
Last few times I stayed at a hostel but they have more than doubled the price, it is not worth it anymore and they are filled anyway. Still looking for a good backup hotel or hostel in case I fail with the lottery  :blank:
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on November 08, 2018, 10:30:15 PM
What happened with The Pendry? Were people able to book just to have their reservations cancelled later?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: FBS on November 08, 2018, 11:58:10 PM
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What happened with The Pendry? Were people able to book just to have their reservations cancelled later?
It was on the hotel list of options but nobody ever got it.
Seems to be a waste of a choice when picking six hotels.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on November 09, 2018, 07:30:06 AM
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It was on the hotel list of options but nobody ever got it.
Seems to be a waste of a choice when picking six hotels.

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Well that's a dirty trick...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on November 09, 2018, 08:09:43 AM
I just need it to be far enough out after Christmas to give me a chance to recover ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on November 09, 2018, 11:04:00 PM
For the early bid hotels, they are non-refundable, but can the room reservation be taken over by someone else?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: joyful_314 on November 10, 2018, 11:31:56 AM
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Per the calendar links on last year's Early Bird thread

    SDCC 2018 Early Bird Hotels Open: November 07, 2017
    SDCC 2018 Early Bird Hotels Closed 12PDT: April 03, 2018

So we are later on when it opens already.. but maybe they will tighten the early bird sale this year? I hate waiting until April/May to know where I am staying  ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: magicalme7 on November 10, 2018, 12:16:14 PM
Can someone tell me about how much rooms are for the nearby hotels?? I got an Airbnb last year (great price BUT it was about a half hour away)... I would much rather stay nearby so I can go to my hotel to rest if need be but need to see if we can budget for that.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: retired on November 10, 2018, 12:29:27 PM
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Can someone tell me about how much rooms are for the nearby hotels?? I got an Airbnb last year (great price BUT it was about a half hour away)... I would much rather stay nearby so I can go to my hotel to rest if need be but need to see if we can budget for that.
$230 to $400 per night for gaslamp district. and adjacent hotels. Basicaly anything about a half mile or closer. Hotels in downtown but further out are ~200night. Im pretty sure you can see last years prices here on this forum as well as the comic-con.org website and the unofficial blog sdccblog.com , if you were curious about a particular hotel

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Zero on November 10, 2018, 03:57:34 PM
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Can someone tell me about how much rooms are for the nearby hotels?? I got an Airbnb last year (great price BUT it was about a half hour away)... I would much rather stay nearby so I can go to my hotel to rest if need be but need to see if we can budget for that.

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$230 to $400 per night for gaslamp district. and adjacent hotels. Basicaly anything about a half mile or closer. Hotels in downtown but further out are ~200night. Im pretty sure you can see last years prices here on this forum as well as the comic-con.org website and the unofficial blog sdccblog.com , if you were curious about a particular hotel

Adding to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login's post, indeed you can! 

Check them out here, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, in this thread:
https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=9145.0

^__~ Hope that helps!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rabbitwarren on November 12, 2018, 07:53:57 AM
I am booking travel for work and decided to see if I could get a corporate rate for SDCC. The preferred San Diego hotel for our very large organization is the Pendry and I see that July 18-21 is blacked out this year b
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dune930 on November 12, 2018, 09:49:27 AM
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I am booking travel for work and decided to see if I could get a corporate rate for SDCC. The preferred San Diego hotel for our very large organization is the Pendry and I see that July 18-21 is blacked out this year b

Hotels can get three times + their regular rates for that weekend, so there's widespread blackouts, even for places half an hour away. It's ridiculous. But I'm lucky that I booked a smaller hotel in Little Italy area back in August for next year. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on November 12, 2018, 10:52:14 AM
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Last few times I stayed at a hostel but they have more than doubled the price, it is not worth it anymore and they are filled anyway. Still looking for a good backup hotel or hostel in case I fail with the lottery  :blank:

Any hotel on the shuttle route is a good backup (IMO).   Plus, I really don't worry about them filling up.  My first year I didn't know anything about hotelpocalypse (long story).  I booked my own hotel using the list from CCI.  Of course everything downtown was booked, so I looked further away at those that were on the shuttle route.  I booked in May on Shelter Island.  I got the convention rate.  As I was checking in, a couple walked in and made a reservation.  They ended up paying $100 more/night than me (I was eavesdropping), but they got a room.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on November 12, 2018, 11:09:26 AM
Yah, that's the thing: you WILL get a hotel, and most likely on a shuttle route. Whether it's downtown or way further out, that's based mostly on luck. But even if things look bleak right after Hotelpocalypse and you get completely shut out, rooms invariably open up. In fact, if you are tenacious enough and check often (like several times a day), you will find downtown rooms. Maybe not all four days, but often 2+ days. If you already booked a room further out, and the new room you find is for Fri/Sat/Sun, I think it's worth it to book that and do a mid-con hotel switch. I've actually done that a few times.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on November 13, 2018, 06:03:45 AM
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I am booking travel for work and decided to see if I could get a corporate rate for SDCC. The preferred San Diego hotel for our very large organization is the Pendry and I see that July 18-21 is blacked out this year b

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login - Perhaps you can solve the mystery of the unbookable Pendry hotel.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on November 14, 2018, 10:57:02 PM
Mid-November and no info posted on early bird hotel sale yet :o
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on November 15, 2018, 03:09:17 PM
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I just need it to be far enough out after Christmas to give me a chance to recover ;D

I'm dependent on my tax return and work bonus for both hotels and airfare so I hope it's February or later.  Otherwise I can't even afford the darn deposit.  I moved into my own place and good lord it's expensive lmao.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Zero on November 19, 2018, 08:29:08 PM
Forum Housekeeping:

Locked and unstickied the SDCC 2018 Hotel Discussion thread (located here for reference: https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=8591.0).

Stickied this SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion thread in the previous thread's place.

^___^d
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: EternalZan on November 20, 2018, 02:19:33 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, I went to look for the hotel exchange threads from past years and I can't see any of them. How can I get access to them now?  I'd appreciate the opportunity to do some research before the 2019 information is released.

I used to mostly lurk in here so it is possible that I didn't have access to them and never noticed. It is possible I'm forgetting something, but right now only thread I remember using in the past is the Room Sharing Thread. I had gotten my own hotel in the lottery but ended up cancelling it and joining someone else's room.

Thanks so much for your time.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: susanml10881 on November 22, 2018, 11:57:37 AM
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I am booking travel for work and decided to see if I could get a corporate rate for SDCC. The preferred San Diego hotel for our very large organization is the Pendry and I see that July 18-21 is blacked out this year b

Pendry opened up a couple years ago and has been blocked out since then each Con. It seemed like a studio or someone(s) booked out the place. It’s a small boutique hotel. It’s listed on the hotel sale but never opens up.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angology on November 23, 2018, 05:55:46 PM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, I went to look for the hotel exchange threads from past years and I can't see any of them. How can I get access to them now?  I'd appreciate the opportunity to do some research before the 2019 information is released.

I used to mostly lurk in here so it is possible that I didn't have access to them and never noticed. It is possible I'm forgetting something, but right now only thread I remember using in the past is the Room Sharing Thread. I had gotten my own hotel in the lottery but ended up cancelling it and joining someone else's room.

Thanks so much for your time.
The hotel exchange is a special section that is only visible during hotel prime time. We don't leave it up all year. It should return again for 2019.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on November 23, 2018, 07:17:23 PM
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The hotel exchange is a special section that is only visible during hotel prime time. We don't leave it up all year. It should return again for 2019.

Great, good to know. That section saved me for two years in a row in terms of getting a hotel after failing with the lottery  :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on November 26, 2018, 07:16:15 AM
I get more and more terrified of Hotelpocalypse every single year.

They say the instant people are good yet every year we have 1-3 people get in immediately or within the first minute and get garbage or nothing.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on November 27, 2018, 06:44:46 PM
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Mid-November and no info posted on early bird hotel sale yet :o

text changed from November to soon

"The Comic-Con 2019 Early Bird Hotel Sale will be opening soon! Please check back soon for more information."
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on November 28, 2018, 04:12:03 AM
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text changed from November to soon

"The Comic-Con 2019 Early Bird Hotel Sale will be opening soon! Please check back soon for more information."

Oh boy...could this really happen before the end of the year?!!  Not sure how I feel about that... ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on November 28, 2018, 10:32:52 AM
I started checking flights, just to get an idea of what I'm in for (I fly from New York).  A couple of airlines offer a package (flight and hotel).  I clicked to see what was available for the following days (7/15 - 7/21/2019)

Only Two downtown hotels came up.

Intercontinental (New Hotel)  -  $4184

Manchester Grand Hyatt . - $6967

Anybody got the coin for this .   :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: thekoz on November 28, 2018, 05:32:49 PM
I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, however, if say I had a 2 bedroom time share that sleeps 6 in the mission valley area close to the shuttle buses to comic-con from 7-17 to-7-24, what would a fair price be?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on November 28, 2018, 07:15:53 PM
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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, however, if say I had a 2 bedroom time share that sleeps 6 in the mission valley area close to the shuttle buses to comic-con from 7-17 to-7-24, what would a fair price be?

The average price for a 2 bed hotel room in MV was in the ballpark of $200/night last year with breakfast included.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on December 05, 2018, 10:19:50 PM
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I started checking flights, just to get an idea of what I'm in for (I fly from New York).  A couple of airlines offer a package (flight and hotel).  I clicked to see what was available for the following days (7/15 - 7/21/2019)

Only Two downtown hotels came up.

Intercontinental (New Hotel)  -  $4184

Manchester Grand Hyatt . - $6967

Anybody got the coin for this .   :) :)

Well speaking of coin that is only roughly 1-2 bitcoins  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on December 30, 2018, 09:00:17 AM
Is anyone else gonna go for multiple rooms like 5+?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tt7777 on December 31, 2018, 07:42:50 AM
No. Just me.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jclemy on December 31, 2018, 05:12:12 PM
Anyone know about the Wyndham Garden? It's got some bad comments but it's super cheap (which might be because it sucks).

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 01, 2019, 07:04:52 PM
I think I'm going to try and go for more rooms than I need in order to help the group out. Maybe it'll work out in our favor this year that way.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tt7777 on January 01, 2019, 07:18:42 PM
You’re awesome!!!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on January 01, 2019, 07:22:51 PM
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I think I'm going to try and go for more rooms than I need in order to help the group out. Maybe it'll work out in our favor this year that way.

How do you do that?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 02, 2019, 10:21:49 AM
Well, the early-bird hotels are definitely not as early as last year... we're now in the same year as Comic-Con 2019 (yay, Happy New Year!!!) and the announcement hasn't gone up yet.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on January 02, 2019, 02:47:23 PM
Anyone know if HBF is keeping their word on mini-fridges in every room this year? It will greatly increase my desire to stay there if so, haha.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on January 02, 2019, 03:26:38 PM
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How do you do that?

When you complete the form you can request more than one room.  You need to fill in names of occupants, but you can fill in anything, really, which isn't that much of a stretch since lots of people decide on roommates closer to the con.  I've had luck doing this with MGH.  I get two rooms for my own travel party, plus there are a couple buying group members who never seem to get in quickly and travel alone, and I've gotten rooms for them.

I'm still hoping they'll move into the 2000s and let us book hotels through our member ID in real time rather than the crapshoot they currently use.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 02, 2019, 03:28:33 PM
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When you complete the form you can request more than one room.  You need to fill in names of occupants, but you can fill in anything, really, which isn't that much of a stretch since lots of people decide on roommates closer to the con.  I've had luck doing this with MGH.  I get two rooms for my own travel party, plus there are a couple buying group members who never seem to get in quickly and travel alone, and I've gotten rooms for them.

I'm still hoping they'll move into the 2000s and let us book hotels through our member ID in real time rather than the crapshoot they currently use.

Thank you for telling You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login because my chat was being weird and wouldn't let me respond for some reason earlier. I hope it works out since I plan on going for the Omni this year again.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 02, 2019, 03:39:06 PM
Now that it's the new year I'm going to be refreshing my W-2 page at work constantly because my tax refund is basically my SDCC hotel fund.  I hope hope HOPE that my refund and Hotelpocalypse coincide nicely this year.  Pleaase.

Gonna be trying for the Bayfront again :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 02, 2019, 03:51:37 PM
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I'm still hoping they'll move into the 2000s and let us book hotels through our member ID in real time rather than the crapshoot they currently use.


From your lips to CCI's ears. We know it's possible given that other conventions do it, and it would even be good for CCI too - less churn and probably less staffing expense to deal with problems. The only ones it wouldn't be good for is OnPeak, and as they've never seemed to care whether or not there was any service in their customer service, I won't be sad to see them gone (or at least their part of the process greatly reduced).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 02, 2019, 03:57:13 PM
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From your lips to CCI's ears. We know it's possible given that other conventions do it, and it would even be good for CCI too - less churn and probably less staffing expense to deal with problems. The only ones it wouldn't be good for is OnPeak, and as they've never seemed to care whether or not there was any service in their customer service, I won't be sad to see them gone (or at least their part of the process greatly reduced).

And they don't deserve for it to be good for them anymore. It'd come down to the fastest fingers again which I miss a little negl.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on January 02, 2019, 04:24:33 PM
I would be ecstatic if they even showed any effort whatsoever (even a small one) was added to the process this year. An updated layout? A clear timetable? At this point, them changing the typeface would give me a small boost of enthusiasm.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 02, 2019, 04:50:42 PM
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And they don't deserve for it to be good for them anymore. It'd come down to the fastest fingers again which I miss a little negl.

I was really bad at this game my first year.  Took me 4 minutes to submit my hotel request and i thought that was "fast."  Then I got better! Then they changed it...   :o
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 02, 2019, 05:07:52 PM
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I was really bad at this game my first year.  Took me 4 minutes to submit my hotel request and i thought that was "fast."  Then I got better! Then they changed it...   :o

I got to 1 minute or less and then they did it this way and now my whole group gets washed even though, every year, we've had someone get in INSTANTLY!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 02, 2019, 05:18:33 PM
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I got to 1 minute or less and then they did it this way and now my whole group gets washed even though, every year, we've had someone get in INSTANTLY!

Same!  We got super good at it and got our top choice for two years.  We've washed out every single year since then.  We either get one of our 5th/6th choices, something not on our list, or nothing at all.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 02, 2019, 05:26:25 PM
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Same!  We got super good at it and got our top choice for two years.  We've washed out every single year since then.  We either get one of our 5th/6th choices, something not on our list, or nothing at all.

They swear it's based on time of entry, yet when you ask, they have no clue how it happened but can't help you...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on January 02, 2019, 06:31:49 PM
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From your lips to CCI's ears. We know it's possible given that other conventions do it, and it would even be good for CCI too - less churn and probably less staffing expense to deal with problems. The only ones it wouldn't be good for is OnPeak, and as they've never seemed to care whether or not there was any service in their customer service, I won't be sad to see them gone (or at least their part of the process greatly reduced).

Other conventions may do it, but are other conventions as huge as SDCC.

I would be surprised if OnPeak is dropped.  Some people may not like it, but they provide a service that allows the Comic-Con organization to focus on the convention, which is a huge logistical challenge.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on January 02, 2019, 10:50:16 PM
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They swear it's based on time of entry, yet when you ask, they have no clue how it happened but can't help you...

Are we sure that timing matters? I thought in 2016 that they were processed in random order? Did that change back to timing?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 02, 2019, 10:59:01 PM
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Are we sure that timing matters? I thought in 2016 that they were processed in random order? Did that change back to timing?

The order you are selected to enter the form is random now. But the forms are then processed (supposedly, according to OnPeak, so take it with a large grain of salt) in order of form entry.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on January 03, 2019, 01:54:44 AM
I'm still not convinced it's strictly by order of getting in. Even though they say you can take your time filling out the form once you get in, I still think actual submission time factors in as well. Also, we don't have 100% clarity how their duplication detection works. Is it just by emails/phone numbers? Do names factor in? Addresses? IP addresses? (Though I'm fairly confident it's *not* IP addresses, with OnPeak, you just can't be certain).

I do agree with others though. I miss the fast-fingers years. I was really really good* at it, especially in the second year when my browser had autofill on, and most fields were filled out for me.

* The exception was the two years where I mistakenly selected Twin instead of Double, hence ending up with one bed instead of two. In my mind, Twin and Double are synonyms!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on January 03, 2019, 05:19:41 AM
One of my favorite parts of the hotel process last year was watching all of the hotels pop in and out right up to the last day.  It was really astonishing what showed up.  I liked everyone helping each other second by second sometimes.  Of course now my hair is completely grey, but it was a bit exhilarating!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on January 03, 2019, 09:23:50 AM
^ So true! I was able to snag HBF for some people in my group in the middle of June. Who knows if it will be the same, but now seems like a good time to remind first-timers that the Hotel Sale never really ends, so don't get discouraged if you strike out in the initial sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 03, 2019, 09:59:43 AM
I'm glad that some people are able to find great hotels later on, but that would drive me crazy. The anxiety/panic around Hotelpocalypse is bad enough (and it's so LATE usually! for any other trip I'd have booked a hotel months earlier) that I can't imagine keeping it going for weeks/months until I could trade up to something I liked.

For me, I have to get the best placement or trade I can in the first couple days after Hotelpocalypse, and then make peace with it. Otherwise I'll just be miserable. Yet another reason why live booking would be such a boon for worriers like me - even if I didn't get something I really wanted, at least I'd KNOW there was nothing better likely to become available (I know there will still be a few good cancellations, but substantially less) and I'd at least get to "pick my poison" based on exact location/amenities/etc.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on January 03, 2019, 05:18:31 PM
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I'm glad that some people are able to find great hotels later on, but that would drive me crazy.

It indeed is a miserable experience, just not a futile one. The times I had to monitor that dang OnPeak site waiting for random inventory to pop up were days that I got absolutely no work done. Last year was even more difficult, IIRC the days after refund deadlines were the days when unicorn hotels popped into the inventory, so people had to resort to juggling a time/loss/cost scenario while furiously trying to fill in a hotel form.

Really hoping a new system is at least being thought about at this point. Even just... like... maybe a post-it note with "Hotel Sale Update" scribbled on it stuck somewhere on a whiteboard in the SDCC offices.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 03, 2019, 05:56:37 PM
New system proposal: FoCC members get first dibs.  All other attendees must fight to the death.   >:D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jclemy on January 03, 2019, 05:59:44 PM
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New system proposal: FoCC members get first dibs.  All other attendees must fight to the death.   >:D
This is a great idea! Thunderdome style!

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on January 03, 2019, 09:21:38 PM
First dibs for FoCC?

Sounds good to me  8)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on January 04, 2019, 03:14:13 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login - Love the term 'unicorn hotels'!   :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on January 06, 2019, 04:28:08 PM
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Anyone know if HBF is keeping their word on mini-fridges in every room this year? It will greatly increase my desire to stay there if so, haha.

Did they say last year that they'd move towards having mini fridges in every room? Because it's usually a crapshoot, unless you get in early, to get a fridge in your room when you stay there. It would be nice if they did, finally, but the past 5-6 year I've been there, it's always been up in the air.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TheNeck on January 06, 2019, 09:21:04 PM
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Anyone know if HBF is keeping their word on mini-fridges in every room this year? It will greatly increase my desire to stay there if so, haha.
an employee at the front desk mentioned them getting mini fridges in all rooms as well last year. and said it should happen this year, but wasn't sure if it would happen before this year's SDCC.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 08, 2019, 09:19:23 AM
Early bird is now two whole months later than for SDCC 2018. Do we think this means changes, or just CCI's usual complete inconsistency of dates?

If the hotel booking process isn't going to materially improve, I wish it was at least always around the same time(s) of year. :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 08, 2019, 09:22:47 AM
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Early bird is now two whole months later than for SDCC 2018. Do we think this means changes, or just CCI's usual complete inconsistency of dates?

If the hotel booking process isn't going to materially improve, I wish it was at least always around the same time(s) of year. :(

Honestly I'd bet it's just inconsistency.  I've learned not to rely on previous year's dates as a predictor for when things will happen this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 08, 2019, 09:42:04 AM
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Honestly I'd bet it's just inconsistency.  I've learned not to rely on previous year's dates as a predictor for when things will happen this year.

SDCC is consistently inconsistent when it comes to Early Bird lmfao. That works in my favor this year because the longer they wait, the less likely that Hotelpocalypse will be on Mardi Gras day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 08, 2019, 10:07:48 AM
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SDCC is consistently inconsistent when it comes to Early Bird lmfao. That works in my favor this year because the longer they wait, the less likely that Hotelpocalypse will be on Mardi Gras day.

Works for me because of funds.  I've mentioned like 4 times that I'm dependent on tax refund for hotel, but I'm going to a different con that's earlier that I need to pay for too.  So now I'm hoping it coincides with my March bonus LMAO.  Please SDCC work specifically for MY financial schedule here.  Do me a solid.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 08, 2019, 10:08:29 AM
Wasn't Hotelpocalypse in February once? I miss that, I loved getting it over with.

But if Mardi Gras is a bad day for you I hope it isn't then either.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 08, 2019, 10:13:26 AM
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Wasn't Hotelpocalypse in February once? I miss that, I loved getting it over with.

But if Mardi Gras is a bad day for you I hope it isn't then either.

Yes, It was like 2 weeks after Gen Reg which was a bank account's nightmare.

Mardi Gras is late this year (March 5th) so that's why I'm worried about it.

I also need a job.  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 08, 2019, 10:23:06 AM
Yeah, I feel for everyone who needs it to be a specific time of year for $$$ reasons. I usually just put it on a low interest credit card if I haven't scraped together enough cash yet but I know not everyone can do that. I just hate the waiting and worrying.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 08, 2019, 10:31:36 AM
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Yes, It was like 2 weeks after Gen Reg which was a bank account's nightmare.

Mardi Gras is late this year (March 5th) so that's why I'm worried about it.

I also need a job.  ;D

Uh oh.  I get my bonus March 7th.  Seems one of us is gonna be unhappy no matter what lmao.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 08, 2019, 10:43:56 AM
It was very odd last year to have Early Bird so early. Yet now we've come to expect that, and it feels late. Sigh... I begin to see CCI's side in this. But I agree with the desire to have things come out on a consistent timeline.

It's not that difficult to open up Early Bird, presuming that the hotel contracts have been negotiated. It's just a booking system. This leads me to hope *crosses fingers* that the issue is that they're changing the provider/booking system? Maybe?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 08, 2019, 11:21:43 AM
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It was very odd last year to have Early Bird so early. Yet now we've come to expect that, and it feels late. Sigh... I begin to see CCI's side in this. But I agree with the desire to have things come out on a consistent timeline.

It's not that difficult to open up Early Bird, presuming that the hotel contracts have been negotiated. It's just a booking system. This leads me to hope *crosses fingers* that the issue is that they're changing the provider/booking system? Maybe?

I *could* see CCI's side in this and most other things, *if* they would just communicate. Like regularly posting updates on the Toucan blog with some indication of what they're thinking. Something like "hey guys, we were hoping to do early bird as early as last year but some internal-office challenges have delayed it. We'll get it up as soon as we've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's. Thanks for your patience!"

Notice that the ^^^ contains no actual information, just some reassurance and a vague apology. But they refuse to even do that, instead preferring to operate in a perpetual cloud of mystery. I lose patience with them pretty quickly because of that.

Personally I would like them to either 1) do it RIGHT, 2) do it CONSISTENTLY, or 3) tell us what's going on. They've pretty much managed option 1 on badge sales now, which I appreciate, but hotels are still none of the above. :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 08, 2019, 11:29:29 AM
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I *could* see CCI's side in this and most other things, *if* they would just communicate. Like regularly posting updates on the Toucan blog with some indication of what they're thinking. Something like "hey guys, we were hoping to do early bird as early as last year but some internal-office challenges have delayed it. We'll get it up as soon as we've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's. Thanks for your patience!"

Notice that the ^^^ contains no actual information, just some reassurance and a vague apology. But they refuse to even do that, instead preferring to operate in a perpetual cloud of mystery. I lose patience with them pretty quickly because of that.

Personally I would like them to either 1) do it RIGHT, 2) do it CONSISTENTLY, or 3) tell us what's going on. They've pretty much managed option 1 on badge sales now, which I appreciate, but hotels are still none of the above. :(

I love vague corporate non-information style announcements haha.  And that sounds sarcastic but it's true.  Because at least I know they are THINKING about it instead of just... nothing.  I used to be the primary email contact for my company (they took it away recent grumble grumble find me on Twitter for my personal grumblings on this) and got super good at phrasing things vaguely but hopefully lmao,
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on January 08, 2019, 02:26:46 PM
Has HBF got hip to lower rate bookend dates? Realized I hadn't booked yet (which I thought I did) and went to book at prices are over $300 a night from days before and after the convention. Wondering now if the reason I haven't booked yet is because prices were just as a high a few months ago.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on January 09, 2019, 10:11:57 AM
Early Bird Sale Announced!!!

https://comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-2019-early-bird-hotels-are-sale-now
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 09, 2019, 10:14:35 AM
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Early Bird Sale Announced!!!

https://comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-2019-early-bird-hotels-are-sale-now

Ya beat me! lol was just coming here to share that.

I'm scanning the info available and I don't see an end date for the early bird sale.  Usually the early bird sale ends around when Hotelpocalypse happens, yeah?  Things change of course and nothing is consistent but I was hoping for a date so we can wildly speculate lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on January 09, 2019, 10:18:01 AM
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Ya beat me! lol was just coming here to share that.

I'm scanning the info available and I don't see an end date for the early bird sale.  Usually the early bird sale ends around when Hotelpocalypse happens, yeah?  Things change of course and nothing is consistent but I was hoping for a date so we can wildly speculate lol

This looks like the end date...

Name changes and adding nights to your stay will be accepted through onPeak up to April 25, 2019.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 09, 2019, 10:32:31 AM
Last year the "changes" date was 4/25/18 for early bird... but Hotelpocalypse was 4/4/18. Are we thinking 4/3/19?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rushfanyyz on January 09, 2019, 10:41:51 AM
I just booked mine at Town and Country as I usually do.  Something I found odd, and it's probably just an onpeak problem since comic-con talks about the shuttle-when you sort by shuttle service only the Sheraton comes up as available, and on my confirmation email for Town and Country it actually says "Shuttle Service:  Shuttle service between the hotel and the event is NOT provided."  Weird.  I didn't take that into too much consideration because I usually use the trolley at least half the time, but it still makes me worry a bit.  But on the other hand, it's probably an onpeak problem....maybe.

Edit: I just checked my confirmation for last year, in the same field it said "Shuttle service between the hotel and the event is provided" so I'm assuming that field does refer to comic con shuttles and not a hotel specific shuttle.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Blubutterfly505 on January 09, 2019, 10:54:37 AM
I just looked at the hotels that are available for Early Bird. I'm only seeing 9 hotels. Is this the normal amount or were there more and they sold out that fast?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on January 09, 2019, 10:58:43 AM
There are usually more hotels available in MV.  Hope this is just a start.  Keep checking!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 09, 2019, 11:01:16 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Hmm. I checked last year's list and there were 11. Looks like the missing two are Doubletree by Hilton Mission Valley and San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Maybe they'll pop up later? (I have no idea, I've never done early bird.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on January 09, 2019, 11:09:33 AM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Hmm. I checked last year's list and there were 11. Looks like the missing two are Doubletree by Hilton Mission Valley and San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Maybe they'll pop up later? (I have no idea, I've never done early bird.)

There’s are a  couple more missing like the other The  Doubltree by Hotel Circle.  I stayed in MV and preferred  it over downtown as it easier to a table at a restaurant for dinner.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Blubutterfly505 on January 09, 2019, 11:15:11 AM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Hmm. I checked last year's list and there were 11. Looks like the missing two are Doubletree by Hilton Mission Valley and San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Maybe they'll pop up later? (I have no idea, I've never done early bird.)

i've never done early bird either. By chance do you know if they need to have a Comic Con badge in order to book the Early Bird rooms? My parents 50th Wedding Anniversary is on Wednesday, July 17th and my kids are trying to convince them to come to San Diego so we can celebrate out there.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on January 09, 2019, 11:17:49 AM
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i've never done early bird either. By chance do you know if they need to have a Comic Con badge in order to book the Early Bird rooms? My parents 50th Wedding Anniversary is on Wednesday, July 17th and my kids are trying to convince them to come to San Diego so we can celebrate out there.

No, you don't need a badge. :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 09, 2019, 11:20:13 AM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on January 09, 2019, 11:21:27 AM
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Last year the "changes" date was 4/25/18 for early bird... but Hotelpocalypse was 4/4/18. Are we thinking 4/3/19?
I'm betting on April 3!! Right after WonderCon!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 09, 2019, 11:27:23 AM
Hmm. That would be RIGHT after Wondercon. I think I'll change my guess to 4/10/19.

Sigh, another week later.  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on January 09, 2019, 11:34:47 AM
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Hmm. That would be RIGHT after Wondercon. I think I'll change my guess to 4/10/19.

Sigh, another week later.  :(
You're probably right, semi! The sale wasn't right after WonderCon last year, but the following week.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 09, 2019, 11:37:45 AM
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This looks like the end date...

Name changes and adding nights to your stay will be accepted through onPeak up to April 25, 2019.

Ah, I was skimming too fast and missed it.  Yes that looks like it could be it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on January 09, 2019, 11:57:41 AM
4/3 or 4/10...I've set it up so I'm "working from home" both days, just in case :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on January 09, 2019, 12:48:43 PM
I am going to be working a new job so it will be hard this year.  Open workspace also!  I am just going to tell them I am taking lunch at 9:30-10:30 am!   Worried about there system blocking it but no place I have ever worked at before has blocked them.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 09, 2019, 01:55:05 PM
Ugh what timezone is this in?  Pacific where the con is?  Because I might get away with waking up early to do it or being slightly late to work.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on January 09, 2019, 01:57:29 PM
Oh, how I have missed going to the OnPeak page to dream about hotels for SDCC  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on January 09, 2019, 01:59:21 PM
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Ugh what timezone is this in?  Pacific where the con is?  Because I might get away with waking up early to do it or being slightly late to work.

Yes, it's always Pacific time. Historically it's usually at 9am.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 09, 2019, 02:01:48 PM
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Yes, it's always Pacific time. Historically it's usually at 9am.

Ugh that's the worst.  That's 7am my time which is smack dab in the middle of my commute time.  Need to figure out if I head out to work early that day or stroll in late. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on January 09, 2019, 10:28:37 PM
Is it possible to book it and then transfer the booking later on?

Terms say the booking is non transferable, but it says name changes are allowed until April 25, 2019. Isn't that a contradiction? Couldn't you use a "name change" to transfer the room to someone else? Or perhaps the original credit card must be used and/or the original booker must be one of the people attending?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tsnyder on January 10, 2019, 06:14:33 AM
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Is it possible to book it and then transfer the booking later on?

Terms say the booking is non transferable, but it says name changes are allowed until April 25, 2019. Isn't that a contradiction? Couldn't you use a "name change" to transfer the room to someone else? Or perhaps the original credit card must be used and/or the original booker must be one of the people attending?
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but you can transfer the name but your card would have already been charged the full amount.  It is also highly unlikely you are going to be able to find someone after the lottery that is going to take over your early bird hotel and pay you full price.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on January 10, 2019, 08:38:33 AM
I’m spoiled and like being downtown but then again no stress of hoping and praying you get in.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Kguthrie5 on January 11, 2019, 08:22:49 PM
This will be my first time attending the Con. Just wanted to know if you do not get your preferred hotels in the lotto sale will you still be able to get a hotel in say maybe mission valley if all the downtown hotels are gone? ? All of this is new to me and I just don’t want to be stuck without a hotel at all. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on January 11, 2019, 08:50:23 PM
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This will be my first time attending the Con. Just wanted to know if you do not get your preferred hotels in the lotto sale will you still be able to get a hotel in say maybe mission valley if all the downtown hotels are gone? ? All of this is new to me and I just don’t want to be stuck without a hotel at all. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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There will be hotel availability on the shuttle route in Mission Valley, Hotel Circle, and even Shelter Island.  My first year (2015) I didn't know anything about the hotel sale (long story). I took a look at the list of hotels provided by CCI and booked a hotel on Shelter Island. I didn't book until June and got the convention rate, and there were plenty of con goers out there. And the shuttle works great.

Don't let the hype of the hotel sale scare you.  That's really for the people that live and die by staying downtown.  I prefer downtown, but I know there are many options, so I don't really stress about it. I've heard people stay even further out and come in by either car or other public transportation.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 11, 2019, 08:53:06 PM
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This will be my first time attending the Con. Just wanted to know if you do not get your preferred hotels in the lotto sale will you still be able to get a hotel in say maybe mission valley if all the downtown hotels are gone? ? All of this is new to me and I just don’t want to be stuck without a hotel at all. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Yes, the Mission Valley Hotels and most hotels at least three miles out or more will be available.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tt7777 on January 12, 2019, 12:03:12 PM
I know this is probably the wrong thread, but this year if I’m not able to get a hotel I would like to try to get into one of the groups so that maybe I can have a better chance of getting into the Omni or the Hyatt or the Marriott with an eight blocks of the convention center. Any suggestions on how I could be proactive this year for the first time?TIA


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on January 13, 2019, 01:45:06 PM
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I know this is probably the wrong thread, but this year if I’m not able to get a hotel I would like to try to get into one of the groups so that maybe I can have a better chance of getting into the Omni or the Hyatt or the Marriott with an eight blocks of the convention center. Any suggestions on how I could be proactive this year for the first time?TIA


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I would wait until the day that Hotelpocalypse is announced. The forum usually becomes more active then and you'll see more people talking about it. There's also a roommate search thread so I'd go check it out. Then when assignments come, see if you're lucky; if not, people are really generous on here. Be nice, polite, and grateful to the people you make contact with.

That's pretty much it from me!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Agoyo on January 15, 2019, 10:56:15 AM
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This will be my first time attending the Con. Just wanted to know if you do not get your preferred hotels in the lotto sale will you still be able to get a hotel in say maybe mission valley if all the downtown hotels are gone? ? All of this is new to me and I just don’t want to be stuck without a hotel at all. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Mission Valley Hotels will still be open however some of the choice nights and rooms will sell out quickly. Last year double rooms for Friday night sold out at the MV Marriott and Springhill Suites within a couple weeks after the downtown hotel lotto sale. If you dont get what you are looking for in the lotto it is best to book a place right after the rooms open up again if you have a specific hotel in mind. I am not sure what it might signal that the Marriott and Doubletree hotels are not in the early sale for 2019 but I am a bit concerned.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on January 15, 2019, 11:02:49 AM
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I am not sure what it might signal that the Marriott and Doubletree hotels are not in the early sale for 2019 but I am a bit concerned.

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I'm curious what is your concern.

Is it that perhaps they will only be available during the hotel sale, or that they won't be available at all due to some major issue (i'm thinking construction/renovation).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on January 15, 2019, 01:16:10 PM
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..... I am not sure what it might signal that the Marriott and Doubletree hotels are not in the early sale for 2019 but I am a bit concerned.
as You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login implied, i'm guessing the reason those hotels are not in the EB is either due to the 'T's not being crossed' for the deal OR they're trying to 'run with the big boys' in hotelpocolips. Neither of which should effect us. If it's the former the hotels will come on line shortly, if the latter- very very few folks will be trying for them as a first choice. Don't forget the hotels rate is a little higher after EB ends  >:D

iow, i don't think we can read much into this exclusion yet ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 15, 2019, 01:22:04 PM
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they're trying to 'run with the big boys' in hotelpocolips.

Well that's gonna be a failed experiment.  Nobody in the Hotelpocalypse is aiming for Mission Valley.  If you want MV, you do early bird.  smh
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tsnyder on January 17, 2019, 08:18:24 AM
Sorry if this has already been answered somewhere else. Has the after sale FOCC analysis shown any effect of requesting a 2 room block vs just 1 room during lottery? I've always just entered one but we have a bigger group year and rooms close would be awesome. My thought was it would only hurt you if it was down to the very last room at hotel and since you asked for 2 didnt get it but chances are that are super slim. Just wanted to see other opinions.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on January 17, 2019, 10:52:28 AM
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Mission Valley Hotels will still be open however some of the choice nights and rooms will sell out quickly. Last year double rooms for Friday night sold out at the MV Marriott and Springhill Suites within a couple weeks after the downtown hotel lotto sale. If you dont get what you are looking for in the lotto it is best to book a place right after the rooms open up again if you have a specific hotel in mind. I am not sure what it might signal that the Marriott and Doubletree hotels are not in the early sale for 2019 but I am a bit concerned.

Hopefully more in Mission Valley gets added to the Early Bird Sale list, since the hotel I stayed at for the last five Con is among the missing.  I for one do want to participate in  Hotelpocolypes.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 17, 2019, 11:55:35 AM
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Sorry if this has already been answered somewhere else. Has the after sale FOCC analysis shown any effect of requesting a 2 room block vs just 1 room during lottery? I've always just entered one but we have a bigger group year and rooms close would be awesome. My thought was it would only hurt you if it was down to the very last room at hotel and since you asked for 2 didnt get it but chances are that are super slim. Just wanted to see other opinions.

I do not believe that this has been addressed in the hotel analysis that Mark has generously performed for us every year. Officially, it shouldn't make a difference (as you suggested, unless you're right on the cusp and you're requesting more rooms than the hotel has remaining) But in the past I've seen anecdotal stories stating that people who request fewer rooms are more likely to get what they want. Since OnPeak is just a black hole, no one knows for sure. But if you need 2 rooms, request 2 rooms. I do this myself, due to our large traveling party. The most important thing for us is to all be at the same hotel.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Agoyo on January 17, 2019, 12:56:18 PM
I realize the prevailing attitude for SDCC is downtown or nothing which means downtown no matter what I have to do, but for those who might not be as fortunate or have the right connections it isnt unreasonable to have a concern that some of the better hotels in Mission Valley are not on the early bird sale list and what that might mean. It could mean nothing but if those hotels are no longer in the mix it affects other aspects such as parking, shuttles, public transportation, rental cars, etc. Again, knowing those logistical topics mean nothing to those who will be downtown but it might mean something those who may be end up in Mission Valley.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on January 17, 2019, 01:15:26 PM
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I realize the prevailing attitude for SDCC is downtown or nothing which means downtown no matter what I have to do, but for those who might not be as fortunate or have the right connections it isnt unreasonable to have a concern that some of the better hotels in Mission Valley are not on the early bird sale list and what that might mean. It could mean nothing but if those hotels are no longer in the mix it affects other aspects such as parking, shuttles, public transportation, rental cars, etc. Again, knowing those logistical topics mean nothing to those who will be downtown but it might mean something those who may be end up in Mission Valley.

Totally valid concern.  I'm not only a "downtown or bust" type of person, but a "I need to SEE THE CON CENTER FROM THE HOTEL" type of person.  One year when I ended up stuck in Mission Valley it felt like I went through Hotelpocalypse for nothing.  The hotel I was at was an Early Bird special, so what was the point?

That said, even though Hotel Hell sucks, I feel like you'll have an easier chance getting what you want so you just need to show up and do the thing with relatively low stress.  You'll get an MV hotel.  Which one, though, who knows. For your sake I hope they add your desired hotel to the Early Bird list.  Hotel Hell sucks.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on January 22, 2019, 08:08:50 PM
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I'm betting on April 3!! Right after WonderCon!

There's no way it could be before April 1, I believe?? If that's true then I can chill under end of March for checking the date  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on January 22, 2019, 08:27:30 PM
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There's no way it could be before April 1, I believe?? If that's true then I can chill under end of March for checking the date  ;D
I think you are safe until after Wondercon!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on January 22, 2019, 09:35:01 PM
Are there buying groups for the hotel sale? How do I join one? Thanks!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on January 23, 2019, 11:14:06 AM
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Are there buying groups for the hotel sale? How do I join one? Thanks!

No, no buying groups for hotels.  However the forum does help facilitate trades and transfer of rooms between members.  Info and threads and such will be posted once the sale is closer.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 03, 2019, 05:58:13 PM
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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but you can transfer the name but your card would have already been charged the full amount.  It is also highly unlikely you are going to be able to find someone after the lottery that is going to take over your early bird hotel and pay you full price.

It really depends on where you are at in the hotel transfer.  But if the card has been charged they will not change credit cards.  I would not encourage anyone to take a room that has a down deposit paid if you don't know and trust the person.  Even if they transfer the hotel to you they can dispute that charge at any time. 

If they have not put down payment for the room they can give you the password to the reservation and you can pay for it yourself, change the email and password, and call onpeak to change it to your name.  Ultimately, they still have the reservation number though and can give that to onpeak to gain access.  This is why I say call onpeak and change it to your name.  If they give their name, hopefully, it would flag the person on the phone.   At the end of the day, the person who put the credit card down probably has the most control as far as onpeak is concerned.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on February 05, 2019, 10:19:07 AM
Just to give everyone a heads up. Due to a number of real life issues, we're going to be dealing with hotels a little differently this year. We're still in the beginning stages of working out the process so i can't go into details.

I will say there will be an area on the forum which opens specifically for the Hotel event. We will be using sheets (google doc) to keep track of what folks want.

I am posting this so people aren't thrown by the different process we'll be using. The new procedures are a reaction to the changing process by OnPeak and tailored to the capabilities of our **VOLUNTEER** staff.

As always be kind to people - Con Karma is real ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on February 05, 2019, 10:22:21 AM
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Just to give everyone a heads up. Due to a number of real life issues, we're going to be dealing with hotels a little differently this year. We're still in the beginning stages of working out the process so i can't go into details.

I will say there will be an area on the forum which opens specifically for the Hotel event. We will be using sheets (google doc) to keep track of what folks want.

I am posting this so people aren't thrown by the different process we'll be using. The new procedures are a reaction to the changing process by OnPeak and tailored to the capabilities of our **VOLUNTEER** staff.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 05, 2019, 12:03:57 PM
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I am posting this so people aren't thrown by the different process we'll be using. The new procedures are a reaction to the changing process by OnPeak and tailored to the capabilities of our **VOLUNTEER** staff.

As always be kind to people - Con Karma is real ;)

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Are these new OnPeak changes coming that you're aware of, or are you responding to past experience.  Just curious.  :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on February 05, 2019, 12:15:48 PM
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Are these new OnPeak changes coming that you're aware of, or are you responding to past experience.  Just curious.  :)
past experience!
Last year due to the shift in OnPeak policy on modifying hotel room reservation ownership, we had a *lot* less offers of rooms. We are assuming that parameter remains the same or trends to more restrictive.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on February 05, 2019, 10:54:00 PM
Thanks for the update! Looking forward to seeing the new system.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 06, 2019, 06:25:04 AM
I have a question about the hotel process. If you have to submit your submission and someone else's on the same computer, can you open multiple tabs in the same browser for different member IDs, or is it like the badge sale where you had to have separate browsers for each member ID?

Thanks!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 06, 2019, 07:07:20 AM
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I have a question about the hotel process. If you have to submit your submission and someone else's on the same computer, can you open multiple tabs in the same browser for different member IDs, or is it like the badge sale where you had to have separate browsers for each member ID?

Thanks!

It's not the same as the badge process.

Last year I opened multiple browsers with the same ID that was sent by CCI
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 06, 2019, 07:41:16 AM
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It's not the same as the badge process.

Last year I opened multiple browsers with the same ID that was sent by CCI

Thanks! Just for clarification, will I need the SDCC member ID of the person I'm buying for; and by "SDCC member ID", I mean the one that we use to purchase badges.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 06, 2019, 08:00:25 AM
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Thanks! Just for clarification, will I need the SDCC member ID of the person I'm buying for; and by "SDCC member ID", I mean the one that we use to purchase badges.


With the Hotel Sale, assuming nothing has changed, you're filling out a form where you specifying your preferences.  You don't know whether you're going to get your choice or not for a few days.  It's not until you're notified that you submit all the info necessary for the reservation.

There may be a copy of the form somewhere on the forum.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on February 06, 2019, 08:08:43 AM
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Thanks! Just for clarification, will I need the SDCC member ID of the person I'm buying for; and by "SDCC member ID", I mean the one that we use to purchase badges.
Last year there was a field for MemberID in the form, but it was not required to submit the form.
It may or may not be required this year, but it would be safer to have that information handy just in case.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on February 06, 2019, 08:28:11 AM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Hmm. I checked last year's list and there were 11. Looks like the missing two are Doubletree by Hilton Mission Valley and San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Maybe they'll pop up later? (I have no idea, I've never done early bird.)

The San Diego Marriott Mission Valley is now on the OnPeak Early Bird hotel list.  The Courtyard By Marriott SD Mission Valley (have added King Beds) and Courtyard By Marriott SD Airport / Liberty Station have more availability for Comic-Con dates.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on February 06, 2019, 01:24:49 PM
a word to newer folks, members who've been around a long time tend to look at post counts and contributions to the forum community if they have an extra room...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 06, 2019, 03:15:47 PM
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Last year there was a field for MemberID in the form, but it was not required to submit the form.
It may or may not be required this year, but it would be safer to have that information handy just in case.

I’ve always wondered what the point of the MemberID field was, since it’s optional. I can see it as a easy way to check for duplicate submissions, in which case it’s better to leave it blank. But if they use it to prioritize hotel rooms (eg. two submissions with nearly the same time stamp, then priority goes to the one with a MemberID), then in that case you really do want to enter that field. But if it’s simply for metrics & data collecting, then I’d lean towards leaving it blank.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 03:37:07 PM
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Last year there was a field for MemberID in the form, but it was not required to submit the form.
It may or may not be required this year, but it would be safer to have that information handy just in case.

I filled it out just in case!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 06, 2019, 03:40:06 PM
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I’ve always wondered what the point of the MemberID field was, since it’s optional. I can see it as a easy way to check for duplicate submissions, in which case it’s better to leave it blank. But if they use it to prioritize hotel rooms (eg. two submissions with nearly the same time stamp, then priority goes to the one with a MemberID), then in that case you really do want to enter that field. But if it’s simply for metrics & data collecting, then I’d lean towards leaving it blank.

Last year the only guy in my group that got a room for us didn't have an actual badge for the con.  He came mainly for the offsites.  Those of us without a badge got nothing.  I always thought that was sort of hilarious luck.  We all put our member ID's in though.

Who knows what'll happen this year.  We rarely ever get two years of consistency lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 03:50:53 PM
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Last year the only guy in my group that got a room for us didn't have an actual badge for the con.  He came mainly for the offsites.  Those of us without a badge got nothing.  I always thought that was sort of hilarious luck.  We all put our member ID's in though.

Who knows what'll happen this year.  We rarely ever get two years of consistency lol

They could just place me in the hotel I had last year, I wouldn't complain at all!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 06, 2019, 04:03:44 PM
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They could just place me in the hotel I had last year, I wouldn't complain at all!

Me too. I was the top floor of the Bayfront, convention center side.  I've been spoiled oh no  :-\
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 04:09:20 PM
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Me too. I was the top floor of the Bayfront, convention center side.  I've been spoiled oh no  :-\

Have yo seen the corner rooms?  I need to learn to flirt better.  I had a friend get moved there once.  I wondered if the guy behind the counter recognized her.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on February 06, 2019, 04:14:44 PM
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Have yo seen the corner rooms?  I need to learn to flirt better.  I had a friend get moved there once.  I wondered if the guy behind the counter recognized her.
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 06, 2019, 04:19:01 PM
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Have yo seen the corner rooms?  I need to learn to flirt better.  I had a friend get moved there once.  I wondered if the guy behind the counter recognized her.

I had a corner room once! I had asked for a room facing the convention center, but they wanted to charge me extra. I declined, but they decided to put me in a corner room on the bridge side, still facing away from the convention center, but it had windows on two sides, and one side, I had a perfect view of the Hall H tents.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 06, 2019, 04:24:13 PM
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Have yo seen the corner rooms?  I need to learn to flirt better.  I had a friend get moved there once.  I wondered if the guy behind the counter recognized her.

No, but if I recall I think Erin and Devorah did once.  It was pretty awesome.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 04:36:35 PM
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I had a corner room once! I had asked for a room facing the convention center, but they wanted to charge me extra. I declined, but they decided to put me in a corner room on the bridge side, still facing away from the convention center, but it had windows on two sides, and one side, I had a perfect view of the Hall H tents.

That is amazing!  I had two friends want the convention side and they tried to charge them $50 a night.  Joke was on them they had an email that stated it was only $15.  They won.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 04:37:26 PM
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No, but if I recall I think Erin and Devorah did once.  It was pretty awesome.

I think they should just skip the lotto and put us in corner rooms.  it's the right thing to do!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 06, 2019, 04:43:08 PM
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I think they should just skip the lotto and put us in corner rooms.  it's the right thing to do!

Absolutely! FoCC gets first dibs, then the rest of the attendees have to duke it out lmao  ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 04:47:29 PM
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Absolutely! FoCC gets first dibs, then the rest of the attendees have to duke it out lmao  ;)

They could give to the FoCC and then for the rest, it could be a year-long battle.  They could create an online game.  You have to have a member ID with a badge to play it.  Points in the game determine your position in the lottery.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TheNeck on February 06, 2019, 06:47:35 PM
FoCC 1st dibs for sure.

Last year I picked our HBF room in the Hilton app, the room had a perfect view of hall h tents and everything line. I’ve never had a corner room, I guess I should learn to flirt more too. 😉
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 06, 2019, 06:49:27 PM
lol watch our sdcc, the FoCC crew is coming with their flirt on ready to take all the corner rooms


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on February 06, 2019, 07:59:58 PM
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FoCC 1st dibs for sure.

Last year I picked our HBF room in the Hilton app, the room had a perfect view of hall h tents and everything line. I’ve never had a corner room, I guess I should learn to flirt more too. 😉
flirting never works for me ;) but sometimes being overly polite & friendly helps  8)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 08:14:47 PM
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flirting never works for me ;) but sometimes being overly polite & friendly helps  8)

I have tried that, they are too busy to care!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 08:16:34 PM
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FoCC 1st dibs for sure.

Last year I picked our HBF room in the Hilton app, the room had a perfect view of hall h tents and everything line. I’ve never had a corner room, I guess I should learn to flirt more too. 😉

Please let me know when you are checking in so I can come to watch this!  I mean you did get that guy to let you go through all the keys after the lady told me no the night before.   So I do think your skills are above mine.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on February 06, 2019, 08:21:22 PM
Being polite works very well but you should always be polite to those working in the hospitality industry.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 08:24:31 PM
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Being polite works very well but you should always be polite to those working in the hospitality industry.

Really you should just always be polite no matter the industry.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on February 06, 2019, 08:25:00 PM
I want to be on the Flirting Squad!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TheNeck on February 06, 2019, 09:11:49 PM
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Please let me know when you are checking in so I can come to watch this!  I mean you did get that guy to let you go through all the keys after the lady told me no the night before.   So I do think your skills are above mine.

it must be this cosplay from fundays last year that put me over the top! LOL

(https://i.imgur.com/eprut9G.jpg)

being polite might not work the 1st time, i ask about extra room keys card last year one night and they said they didnt have any left or something like that. so i tried again the last day, maybe even monday, and they gave me a whole set of them. ;) and i wasn't even in my cosplay outfit. LOL
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 06, 2019, 09:29:12 PM
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I want to be on the Flirting Squad!!


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 07, 2019, 05:39:10 AM
Yikes, I've been married for a long time... don't think I know how to flirt anymore! I go with Alyssa's approach of being polite and friendly.  ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 07, 2019, 07:25:37 AM
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it must be this cosplay from fundays last year that put me over the top! LOL

(https://i.imgur.com/eprut9G.jpg)

being polite might not work the 1st time, i ask about extra room keys card last year one night and they said they didnt have any left or something like that. so i tried again the last day, maybe even monday, and they gave me a whole set of them. ;) and i wasn't even in my cosplay outfit. LOL

You should definitely wear that when you check in!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 07, 2019, 07:27:15 AM
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Yikes, I've been married for a long time... don't think I know how to flirt anymore! I go with Alyssa's approach of being polite and friendly.  ;)

Join the squad! You know you want to!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on February 07, 2019, 07:30:48 AM
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Really you should just always be polite no matter the industry.

Of course, that’s understood. I just said hospitality because that was the current subject matter.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RustyPonds on February 07, 2019, 07:44:32 AM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 07, 2019, 07:59:50 AM
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Of course, that’s understood. I just said hospitality because that was the current subject matter.

Oh Gotcha, I can't imagine how stressful it is to be the people checking us in.  I was a server though, so I know they are trying to do there best with so many factors out of their control.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on February 07, 2019, 08:42:41 AM
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Oh Gotcha, I can't imagine how stressful it is to be the people checking us in.  I was a server though, so I know they are trying to do there best with so many factors out of their control.

I’ve been front desk on and off for 10 years. Events can be absolute hell and front desk would always catch the brunt of the ire
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 08:52:39 AM
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Oh Gotcha, I can't imagine how stressful it is to be the people checking us in.  I was a server though, so I know they are trying to do there best with so many factors out of their control.


I know we’re veering slightly off topic here, but yeah. I currently work customer service in an extremely stressful industry (not hospitality) and it’s put a lot of other industries into perspective.  I’ve been working customer service in general since I was 16, but now helping customers who are sick, dying, and/or broke, I find it hard to get upset about something like a room not being ready for early check in or a meal taking a little longer to cook in a crowded restaurant. It’s really changed my outlook lol.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 07, 2019, 09:02:28 AM
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Ohhhhhhh, can I be knighted too? I'll start practicing my flirting skills now, because I am DEFINITELY out of practice.  ;)

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I know we’re veering slightly off topic here, but yeah. I currently work customer service in an extremely stressful industry (not hospitality) and it’s put a lot of other industries into perspective.  I’ve been working customer service in general since I was 16, but now helping customers who are sick, dying, and/or broke, I find it hard to get upset about something like a room not being ready for early check in or a meal taking a little longer to cook in a crowded restaurant. It’s really changed my outlook lol.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 09:22:03 AM
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Ohhhhhhh, can I be knighted too? I'll start practicing my flirting skills now, because I am DEFINITELY out of practice.  ;)


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 07, 2019, 10:14:14 AM
We might need to put up a thread looking for a volunteer to teach us how to flirt to get better rooms.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on February 07, 2019, 10:19:20 AM
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We might need to put up a thread looking for a volunteer to teach us how to flirt to get better rooms.

It's all in the smile :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 07, 2019, 10:32:36 AM
uhhh....

I saw 'The Omni San Diego Hotel' on the Early Bird site.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I actually tried to book, but I got an error.  I called On Peak, and they confirmed it was an error.

 ??? ??? >:(

I'm not having any luck posting the screen grab in the forum.  I did create an account in imgur, and I'm posting the link here.


https://i.imgur.com/692pqfy.png



Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 10:38:48 AM
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uhhh....

I saw 'The Omni San Diego Hotel' on the Early Bird site.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I actually tried to book, but I got an error.  I called On Peak, and they confirmed it was an error.

 ??? ??? >:(

I have the screen grab, but I don't know how to post it on the forum.

Host on an outside image host and then use the "insert image" option up above to hyperlink to the image.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 07, 2019, 10:46:22 AM
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Host on an outside image host and then use the "insert image" option up above to hyperlink to the image.

Actually it's a screen grab of me trying to make the reservation, but I don't quite understand your instructions.

Thanks
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on February 07, 2019, 10:52:02 AM
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Actually it's a screen grab of me trying to make the reservation, but I don't quite understand your instructions.

Thanks
i don't know if this would help
https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=5925.0
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 10:54:19 AM
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Actually it's a screen grab of me trying to make the reservation, but I don't quite understand your instructions.

Thanks

So you use an outside image hosting like tinypic or imgur to upload your picture off site.  I'm going to use my own website as an example since I can hotlink to my own URL easily.

Once it's uploaded, you take the direct URL, click the image option up above, like so:

(https://thegeekiary.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IMG1.png)

Once you click that, you simply insert the URL between the brackets like so:

(https://thegeekiary.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IMG2.png)

And then we can see your images.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on February 07, 2019, 11:27:56 AM
i use https://imgur.com/ for imgs if they're not part of the blog ;)
they have fun gif's too but i digress
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 07, 2019, 01:08:22 PM
The real takeaway here is that I need a job as a hotel desk clerk so I can have dozens of con goers flirt with me.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on February 07, 2019, 01:12:45 PM
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uhhh....

I saw 'The Omni San Diego Hotel' on the Early Bird site.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I actually tried to book, but I got an error.  I called On Peak, and they confirmed it was an error.

 ??? ??? >:(

I'm not having any luck posting the screen grab in the forum.  I did create an account in imgur, and I'm posting the link here.


https://i.imgur.com/692pqfy.png

(https://i.imgur.com/692pqfy.png) edit added url

That's definitely an Early Bird price.  When seeing that on the site, the thumbnail only said price TBD and then got an error note when clicking, before that hotel disappeared.

Edit: added Tapatalk version of that screengrab for viewing/discussion.
 (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190207/1dea9c81ef98b26ae998783d65987578.jpg)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 01:17:05 PM
I can’t open up imgur on my work computer and the screen grab is too small on my phone, but that looks like $280 a night for the Omni? Definitely feels way too low for the general sale, but Omni as an early bird makes no sense either.

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The real takeaway here is that I need a job as a hotel desk clerk so I can have dozens of con goers flirt with me.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 07, 2019, 01:20:52 PM
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That's definitely an Early Bird price.  When seeing that on the site, the thumbnail only said price TBD and then got an error note when clicking, before that hotel disappeared.

Is it still there? I didn't see it when I went to the website.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 01:23:21 PM
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Is it still there? I didn't see it when I went to the website.

Sounds like it disappeared.  Likely a mistake.  Wonder if anyone nabbed it before they took it down.  It's SUPER odd not just that a downtown hotel was there at all, but at such a low price.  Makes me wonder how that even happened.  What wire got crossed where.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on February 07, 2019, 01:42:35 PM
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uhhh....

I saw 'The Omni San Diego Hotel' on the Early Bird site.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I actually tried to book, but I got an error.  I called On Peak, and they confirmed it was an error.

You should have told them you were well-versed in Bird Law and made them give it to you, haha. ;)

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 07, 2019, 01:43:26 PM
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Sounds like it disappeared.  Likely a mistake.  Wonder if anyone nabbed it before they took it down.  It's SUPER odd not just that a downtown hotel was there at all, but at such a low price.  Makes me wonder how that even happened.  What wire got crossed where.

I tried to book, but got an error on the last screen.   I called On Peak, and they said it was definitely an error and it was removed very soon after I got off the phone with them.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on February 07, 2019, 02:10:50 PM
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I tried to book, but got an error on the last screen.   I called On Peak, and they said it was definitely an error and it was removed very soon after I got off the phone with them.

Well, darn!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on February 07, 2019, 02:32:44 PM
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I can’t open up imgur on my work computer and the screen grab is too small on my phone, but that looks like $280 a night for the Omni? Definitely feels way too low for the general sale, but Omni as an early bird makes no sense either.
Last year the Omni was $279 for one bed and $289 for two beds.
I imagine that onPeak was just updating their database with new hotel data and forgot to exclude the Omni listing from the Early Bird sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 02:58:55 PM
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Last year the Omni was $279 for one bed and $289 for two beds.
I imagine that onPeak was just updating their database with new hotel data and forgot to exclude the Omni listing from the Early Bird sale.

Interesting.  Omni is currently listed at $305 per night on most sites for tonight ($287 discounted on one website).  Feels weird it'd be cheaper for OnPeak during SDCC.  But Omni is usually my 3rd or 4th on my list so I don't recall it off the top of my head like I do Bayfront ($400 for 4 people EEK!!).  Shoulda googled last year's list tho maybe haha.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 07, 2019, 03:24:15 PM
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We might need to put up a thread looking for a volunteer to teach us how to flirt to get better rooms.

Wait, I thought you were going to do that, and provide a helpful Google doc full of instructions... ?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 07, 2019, 05:42:12 PM
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Wait, I thought you were going to do that, and provide a helpful Google doc full of instructions... ?

I'm retired until I find a job that doesn't block google docs.  I mean you don't think I do my volunteer work on my free time do you?   >:D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on February 07, 2019, 06:29:57 PM
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It's all in the smile :D

Listen, I'm on to you guys. It's not the flirting--it's that there are nerds among us who have FINALLY PERFECTED THE JEDI HAND WAVE. I hereby humbly submit myself as Padawan to anyone looking for an apprentice.  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 07, 2019, 06:49:43 PM
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Listen, I'm on to you guys. It's not the flirting--it's that there are nerds among us who have FINALLY PERFECTED THE JEDI HAND WAVE. I hereby humbly submit myself as Padawan to anyone looking for an apprentice.  ;D

Quick someone make a meme that says "this is not the room I'm looking for, you want to give me the corner room"
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on February 07, 2019, 07:03:56 PM
You guys are hilarious, thanks for the laughs and let me know when the google doc with flirting tips goes up.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 07, 2019, 07:26:15 PM
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Listen, I'm on to you guys. It's not the flirting--it's that there are nerds among us who have FINALLY PERFECTED THE JEDI HAND WAVE. I hereby humbly submit myself as Padawan to anyone looking for an apprentice.  ;D

Shoot, guys, he’s onto us. 



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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on February 11, 2019, 08:38:32 AM
I am hoping that SDCC and Epic do something different this year with hotels.  With 2019 being the 50th milestone and fewer hotels participating in the  Early Bird Sale, I fear this year’s Hotelapocolypse is going to be more cataclysmic than usual as more badgeholders and  without-badge folks will be vying for rooms.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on February 11, 2019, 08:40:04 AM
Has the voting started for the Day of The Hotelpocalypse?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 11, 2019, 08:48:42 AM
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I am hoping that SDCC and Epic do something different this year with hotels.  With 2019 being the 50th milestone and fewer hotels participating in the  Early Bird Sale, I fear this year’s Hotelapocolypse is going to be more cataclysmic than usual as more badgeholders and  without-badge folks will be vying for rooms.

Don't get your hopes up.

The hotels and 'On Peak' are 'For Profit', and operate that way.  They are going to do what they think is best for them to maximize their profits.

For CCI's part, they negotiate the rates.  'On Peak' handles the reservation traffic, and the hotels provide the housing.  That's the crux of it. 

I'm not criticizing, just stating my opinion. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on February 11, 2019, 09:17:09 AM
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April 4, the Thursday after WCA?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 11, 2019, 09:21:27 AM
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April 4, the Thursday after WCA?

That or the following week are my best guesses.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 11, 2019, 10:18:51 AM
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April 4, the Thursday after WCA?

Isn't it normally on a weds now?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 11, 2019, 10:33:11 AM
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Isn't it normally on a weds now?

Yup. Past two Hotelpocalypses have been on Wednesdays. April 4th, 2018 & April 26th, 2017, both Wednesdays. For 2016, it was April 5th, a Tuesday.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 11, 2019, 10:39:00 AM
I hope it stays on Wednesday, as Tuesdays and thursdays are locked up for me! *crosses fingers*
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 11, 2019, 10:45:21 AM
All weekdays are equally terrible for me so I have no horse in this race.  Except I have early morning meetings on Tuesdays so maybe not Tuesdays.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 11, 2019, 10:53:47 AM
Mine depends if it lands on a day we are closing the books or not.  April is when we close the year so I suspect any day will be bad.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 11, 2019, 11:24:34 AM
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I fear this year’s Hotelapocolypse is going to be more cataclysmic than usual as more badgeholders and  without-badge folks will be vying for rooms.

This is what surprised me a bit. I've never participated in the hotel sale before so I just assumed it was only open to badge holders. So when I found out that not only do you not need a badge, but you don't need a member ID either; my initial thought was that this was going to be a clusterf*ck. Too many people vying for few resources.

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All weekdays are equally terrible for me so I have no horse in this race.  Except I have early morning meetings on Tuesdays so maybe not Tuesdays.

Same. I work Monday through Friday, and although it's a desk job, trying to purchase hotel rooms during work hours is not ideal.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 11, 2019, 11:32:09 AM
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So when I found out that not only do you not need a badge, but you don't need a member ID either; my initial thought was that this was going to be a clusterf*ck.

This is the part that confuses me about even having the option to put in your member ID.  Why have it there if it doesn't come into play at all? I wonder if they'll ever actually implement a system where you need a badge to participate or if it's just a left over option from an idea they had but didn't use.  Why is it there at all  :o
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 11, 2019, 11:33:01 AM
I think every year we think things will be worse and it's not, well except the first year they did the random queue. Usually, people had only one person in the room trying.  No one was prepared for that.  Nowadays my roommates and I all try, then whoever gets in first enters for us and we close down the other forms for fear of duplicate info.

But overall I don't think more people will flock to the hotels because it's the 50th.  I think that occurred during general badge sale.  While many attend the con outside the 50th doesn't really impact them as much.  Most of that will be inside the con.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 11, 2019, 11:35:21 AM
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This is the part that confuses me about even having the option to put in your member ID.  Why have it there if it doesn't come into play at all? I wonder if they'll ever actually implement a system where you need a badge to participate or if it's just a left over option from an idea they had but didn't use.  Why is it there at all  :o

I think you nailed it, left over from an idea they were going to do, then realized it was too much work.  Or CCI asks them to collect it so they can determine the % of badge holders trying for rooms?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 11, 2019, 11:37:19 AM
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I think you nailed it, left over from an idea they were going to do, then realized it was too much work.  Or CCI asks them to collect it so they can determine the % of badge holders trying for rooms?

So it's like...  the appendix or the tailbone of the form.  It had a use at some point, but it no longer does and it's just... hangin around.

I'm sorry I'm tired and ill and weird toda  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 11, 2019, 11:40:00 AM
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my initial thought was that this was going to be a clusterf*ck. Too many people vying for few resources.


Actually (IMO), the 'few resources' are really what I call "The Big 6"

Hilton Bay Front
MMM
MGH
Hard Rock
Omni
Marriott Gas Lamp

I don't stress over hotels, because I know worst case scenario (and I don't consider it horrible), I'll get a non-downtown hotel on the shuttle route.  There are rooms 'out there' up until almost the first day of the Con.  I did that my first year, and I was fine.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 11, 2019, 11:40:09 AM
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So it's like...  the appendix or the tailbone of the form.  It had a use at some point, but it no longer does and it's just... hangin around.

I'm sorry I'm tired and ill and weird toda  ;D

Possibly, we will never know unless someone at CCI decides to crack and tell us.  Do they make their employees sign NDA's?  I wouldn't be surprised if they do.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 11, 2019, 11:46:03 AM
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Possibly, we will never know unless someone at CCI decides to crack and tell us.  Do they make their employees sign NDA's?  I wouldn't be surprised if they do.

Their phone reps don't seem to be held to secrecy.  But they also don't seem to know what's going on most of the time.  Calling them is always fun and interesting.  Sometimes they reveal more than they should, and sometimes they don't even know enough to reveal anything of value.   :'(  If we knew someone who worked more the backend of things, that'd be someone whose brain I'd love to pick for info.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 11, 2019, 12:10:59 PM
NCDS makes a good point: there was probably much more demand for badges because it is the 50th, but I don't think that will translate into a lot more demand for hotel rooms from non-badgeholders (no more than usual).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on February 11, 2019, 02:27:11 PM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 11, 2019, 02:28:52 PM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 11, 2019, 02:53:29 PM
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NCDS makes a good point: there was probably much more demand for badges because it is the 50th, but I don't think that will translate into a lot more demand for hotel rooms from non-badgeholders (no more than usual).

I love it when I make good points!

Happy B-day Mario!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 11, 2019, 02:59:33 PM
I'm confused about why birthday wishes are in the hotel thread but like happy birthday my dude hahaha
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on February 11, 2019, 03:14:48 PM
I did not know where else to put it. Also, we have to remember what is important before The Hotelpocalypse drives us crazy!


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 11, 2019, 03:23:32 PM
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I did not know where else tout it. Also, we have to remember what is important before The Hotelpocalypse drives us crazy!


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Hahaha fair enough.  There's a "random chat" thread down in the random forum.  But yeah a happy pick me up is good lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 11, 2019, 08:11:41 PM
Happy birthday, Mario! I hope you get a SDCC hotel room to celebrate!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Mario Wario on February 12, 2019, 07:09:34 AM
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Happy birthday, Mario! I hope you get a SDCC hotel room to celebrate!
Thank you!  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 12, 2019, 07:16:04 AM
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I'm confused about why birthday wishes are in the hotel thread but like happy birthday my dude hahaha

We are keeping a tally for the big hotel party we have every year for B-days.  Oh were you not invited.  AWKWARD!  Guess you have been staying at the wrong hotel  :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 12, 2019, 09:02:27 AM
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We are keeping a tally for the big hotel party we have every year for B-days.  Oh were you not invited.  AWKWARD!  Guess you have been staying at the wrong hotel  :P

Well if I can't come, nobody else who has a birthday on July 23 can come either WOOPS
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 12, 2019, 09:12:16 AM
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Well if I can't come, nobody else who has a birthday on July 23 can come either WOOPS

As far as I am concerned we only celebrate July 23rd and everyone else is out!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 13, 2019, 06:36:43 AM
Hey! I have another question about the hotel sale. What constitutes a duplicate submission. I know that having the same names will; but will having the same address trigger a duplicate submission as well? What will happen if 2 different people from the same address try for a room? Will Onpeak assume that they are rooming together?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on February 13, 2019, 07:33:25 AM
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Hey! I have another question about the hotel sale. What constitutes a duplicate submission. I know that having the same names will; but will having the same address trigger a duplicate submission as well? What will happen if 2 different people from the same address try for a room? Will Onpeak assume that they are rooming together?
As far as I could tell, duplicates were determined mostly by phone number and email address, which are the easiest to match, then possibly by name, but then again a lot of people can have the same name, so that's a tough one.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 13, 2019, 07:33:53 AM
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Hey! I have another question about the hotel sale. What constitutes a duplicate submission. I know that having the same names will; but will having the same address trigger a duplicate submission as well? What will happen if 2 different people from the same address try for a room? Will Onpeak assume that they are rooming together?

Someone else can weigh in, but...

I think that's the million dollar question.  No one knows, and OnPeak can't/won't answer the question
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 13, 2019, 09:10:58 AM
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Hey! I have another question about the hotel sale. What constitutes a duplicate submission. I know that having the same names will; but will having the same address trigger a duplicate submission as well? What will happen if 2 different people from the same address try for a room? Will Onpeak assume that they are rooming together?

I would alter everything slightly just to play it safe.  We know for sure that names get flagged.  I got an email one year (can't remember the year. Want to say 2016?) because my name is SUPER common (think the most anglo saxon first and last name for women possible) and there was another attendee with a reservation too.  I responded that we were different and they let us both have submissions.  If all of the room people are the same, though, that's beyond coincidence. 

Emails, addresses, etc I don't think have been proven to be flagged, but I wouldn't risk it.  You can always correct the information on whatever submission gets a room later.  I know that two of my roommates are married and have the same address, but I don't think their submissions have ever been flagged as duplicates.  But it's possible it was and we were just never told so.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2019, 10:24:31 AM
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I would alter everything slightly just to play it safe.  We know for sure that names get flagged.  I got an email one year (can't remember the year. Want to say 2016?) because my name is SUPER common (think the most anglo saxon first and last name for women possible) and there was another attendee with a reservation too.  I responded that we were different and they let us both have submissions.  If all of the room people are the same, though, that's beyond coincidence. 

Emails, addresses, etc I don't think have been proven to be flagged, but I wouldn't risk it.  You can always correct the information on whatever submission gets a room later.  I know that two of my roommates are married and have the same address, but I don't think their submissions have ever been flagged as duplicates.  But it's possible it was and we were just never told so.

I wouldn't suggest more than one submission, but I get it if you and your roommates are at work and you can't communicate you aren't going to have just one person try.  At that point, I would communicate in advance to find out what you are putting in to make sure you don't duplicate.

I know husbands and wives have been flagged for the same address or home phone.  I have also heard, email, name, it all seems to vary.  Luckily I am the only person in the world with my last name entering.  No I won't tell you what it is.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 13, 2019, 10:50:39 AM
The past few years, my sister and I have played it safe. We obviously use different email addys, and we use different mailing addresses. But I use her middle name as my guest, and she uses my middle name as her guest. So honestly, the only thing that they could possibly flag as duplicate is that we're both trying from the same IP address. Although a couple times, just to play it even safer, I've used a VPN for my session, so OnPeak will see different IPs for our sessions.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 13, 2019, 11:10:16 AM
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I know husbands and wives have been flagged for the same address or home phone.  I have also heard, email, name, it all seems to vary.  Luckily I am the only person in the world with my last name entering.  No I won't tell you what it is.

Ohhhhh this is good to know.  As far as I know my husband and wife roommates have NOT been flagged.  But I'll relay this information to them just in case.  In the three years we've been doing this, they haven't been the ones to secure a room for us anyway.  So I suppose it's possible they HAVE been flagged.  When I was flagged, I got an email about it (and was able to fix it).  Is an email in these situations standard or do they just delete them without notification?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 13, 2019, 11:15:29 AM
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Ohhhhh this is good to know.  As far as I know my husband and wife roommates have NOT been flagged.  But I'll relay this information to them just in case.  In the three years we've been doing this, they haven't been the ones to secure a room for us anyway.  So I suppose it's possible they HAVE been flagged.  When I was flagged, I got an email about it (and was able to fix it).  Is an email in these situations standard or do they just delete them without notification?

This! This is what I'm worried about. Not knowing that 2 similar submissions can get flagged and being removed from the sale without even knowing.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 13, 2019, 11:23:01 AM
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This! This is what I'm worried about. Not knowing that 2 similar submissions can get flagged and being removed from the sale without even knowing.

Yep, so play it safe.  I'm going to be relaying that to my husband/wife duo as well.  We already change names but we're going to adjust accordingly this year.  Thanks for bringing this up!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 13, 2019, 11:48:36 AM
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Yep, so play it safe.  I'm going to be relaying that to my husband/wife duo as well.  We already change names but we're going to adjust accordingly this year.  Thanks for bringing this up!

No, thank YOU - for appreciating my anal retentivness.

This is the sh*t I'm worried about when I should be working. Lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2019, 12:05:32 PM
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Ohhhhh this is good to know.  As far as I know my husband and wife roommates have NOT been flagged.  But I'll relay this information to them just in case.  In the three years we've been doing this, they haven't been the ones to secure a room for us anyway.  So I suppose it's possible they HAVE been flagged.  When I was flagged, I got an email about it (and was able to fix it).  Is an email in these situations standard or do they just delete them without notification?

You get an email if you both secured a hotel.  But if they take out your submission before they delegate them you get no notice.  That is how we truly learned they just remove duplicates.  When they moved to the lotto that first year there were tons of people that got nothing.  When they called they found they were removed for same names, phone numbers, emails etc. 

I think the amount of good hotels in the 2nd round show less is flagged as duplicates and people take the room they need and release the other rooms.  So the good news is 2nd round doesn't always mean you are doomed, but the chances of a downtown hotel are lower.  BUt if you are in the same house I still suggest just filling out the one that gets in first to be safe!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 13, 2019, 12:13:05 PM
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You get an email if you both secured a hotel.  But if they take out your submission before they delegate them you get no notice.  That is how we truly learned they just remove duplicates.  When they moved to the lotto that first year there were tons of people that got nothing.  When they called they found they were removed for same names, phone numbers, emails etc. 

I think the amount of good hotels in the 2nd round show less is flagged as duplicates and people take the room they need and release the other rooms.  So the good news is 2nd round doesn't always mean you are doomed, but the chances of a downtown hotel are lower.  BUt if you are in the same house I still suggest just filling out the one that gets in first to be safe!

Ohhhhhhhh shooooot.  This means that 2 of our group have probably been removed without us even knowing for years.  No wonder we've been consistently unlucky.

Proof here folks that even people who have been attending for a long time (since 2011) can learn new things!  God, I love this forum <3
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2019, 12:28:46 PM
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Ohhhhhhhh shooooot.  This means that 2 of our group have probably been removed without us even knowing for years.  No wonder we've been consistently unlucky.

Proof here folks that even people who have been attending for a long time (since 2011) can learn new things!  God, I love this forum <3


Yep, it's why I tell people only do one form if possible.  Tons of people think they are unlucky but in reality, it's the duplicates that get them.   I get it though we all want rooms and if you have more than one person in your room why would only one person try.  That would be like your family only logging in with one of the registration codes.  But remember just like you can only get one badge, you can only get one room.  Just sadly the system doesn't tell you upfront you have been blocked.  Since time isn't a factor in filling out the form we have a group text.  The first person to get in texts that they are going to submit.  Then we know not to submit ours.   So far the strategy works for us.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 13, 2019, 12:44:00 PM
Communication is hard during this for us because we are all spread out (Hawaii, New Zealand, New York, Texas) so we basically all submit and discuss afterwards. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2019, 01:02:12 PM

I get that, you could always do google hangouts, FB messenger, or something like that.

I wish they would have it on the weekend!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 13, 2019, 01:04:28 PM
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I get that, you could always do google hangouts, FB messenger, or something like that.

I wish they would have it on the weekend!

We have been using Whatsapp, but yeah not everyone is a great communicator and not everyone is able to divide their attention between the website and the app easily.  But we do try.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 13, 2019, 01:14:33 PM
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We have been using Whatsapp, but yeah not everyone is a great communicator and not everyone is able to divide their attention between the website and the app easily.  But we do try.


The continual struggle for us organizers!  If only people would do what we say and when we need them to do it!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 13, 2019, 01:16:53 PM
Thanks for all of your help guys!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 14, 2019, 08:12:07 AM
Communication IS hard! During Open Reg, I was simultaneously communicating with my primary group over FB Messenger, our extended group over regular text, and this other group we partnered with over a separate FB chat. And I was the nexus, so I had to constantly relay messages back and forth. It was rather hectic.

For hotels, it’s just me and my primary group, so it should be a lot easier.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 14, 2019, 08:23:47 AM
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Communication IS hard! During Open Reg, I was simultaneously communicating with my primary group over FB Messenger, our extended group over regular text, and this other group we partnered with over a separate FB chat. And I was the nexus, so I had to constantly relay messages back and forth. It was rather hectic.

For hotels, it’s just me and my primary group, so it should be a lot easier.

That sounds horrible.  Maybe you could get them all in one FB chat?  I refuse to communicate in multiple places during the sale. I tell everyone I need to focus. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 14, 2019, 09:12:39 AM
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That sounds horrible.  Maybe you could get them all in one FB chat?  I refuse to communicate in multiple places during the sale. I tell everyone I need to focus.

It was one of those things where I arranged things at the last moment to increase our odds of getting a badge. None of the three groups knew each other, and I kinda wanted to keep them compartmentalized and not have to go through introductions or reassure people of badge buying priorities.

In the end, it worked out for everyone, but next year, I’ll have to plan ahead to make things easier on myself.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on February 14, 2019, 09:18:44 AM
How many people can we list for additional rooms?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 14, 2019, 09:32:51 AM
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Forgive me, it's early here and I'm tired but do you mean how many rooms and how many people per room?  I think you can book up to 5 blocks and up to 4 people per room.  So theoretically if you had a group of 20 you could all be on the same reservation.  If I'm misinterpreting what you're saying, sorry.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on February 14, 2019, 10:04:24 AM
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Forgive me, it's early here and I'm tired but do you mean how many rooms and how many people per room?  I think you can book up to 5 blocks and up to 4 people per room.  So theoretically if you had a group of 20 you could all be on the same reservation.  If I'm misinterpreting what you're saying, sorry.
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on February 14, 2019, 10:07:21 AM
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Forgive me, it's early here and I'm tired but do you mean how many rooms and how many people per room?  I think you can book up to 5 blocks and up to 4 people per room.  So theoretically if you had a group of 20 you could all be on the same reservation.  If I'm misinterpreting what you're saying, sorry.

I always wonder about this.  So say I only need 1 room but I request 5 rooms.  They get to me and I am in for my number 1 hotel but it only has 2 rooms left.  Now I get moved to the next hotel available on my list.  That could be my 2nd, 3rd or even 6th choice hotel.  Also, you have to put in names for all the people in the room.  So if you do 2 per room to save your time filling it out (and it does have a timer of 15 mins).  They give you king size beds instead of two queens.  You won't know until you get to the hotel if you will have two beds or one.  Okay so you only need one room, now you need to find 4 groups that are okay with a possible king bed that can take all day or two depending on the hotel you have (people are working and can take a long time to get back to you), you also need them all on at the same time (which is hard depending on  time zone).  Otherwise, it charges 5 rooms to your CC.  If you don't work then great, you have the time, but personally, I just think it becomes a burden.  I would suggest requesting 1 or two rooms depending on your need.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on February 14, 2019, 07:06:58 PM
Early Bird Hotel update

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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Hmm. I checked last year's list and there were 11. Looks like the missing two are Doubletree by Hilton Mission Valley and San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Maybe they'll pop up later? (I have no idea, I've never done early bird.)

OnPeak added the Doubletree by Hilton Mission Valley Rate $215 for Single/Double, $235 for Triple, $255 for Quad

from the info tab

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Early Bird Reservations

This rate requires a minimum stay of 4 nights and MUST INCLUDE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS (7/19-20).

This reservation will be eligible to purchase 2 Continental Breakfast Coupons at a 50% discount upon check-in. Room rate also includes complimentary guest room internet.

Each room reservation requires full prepayment at the time of booking. Reservations are fully NON - REFUNDABLE.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on February 14, 2019, 08:23:59 PM
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Early Bird Hotel update

OnPeak added the Doubletree by Hilton Mission Valley Rate $215 for Single/Double, $235 for Triple, $255 for Quad

from the info tab

I wonder what kept them from listing on Early Bird sooner?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 15, 2019, 06:50:27 AM
Maybe the contract hadn’t been worked out.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: f22raptor on February 15, 2019, 12:28:52 PM
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Maybe the contract hadn’t been worked out.

Hopefully more hotels in MV are getting added.  The initial list didn’t make my cut.  The Double Tree is definitly one of better ones due to its proximity to restaurants and it being the last stop on the purple route to the convention center.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on February 16, 2019, 06:27:53 AM
Lord this makes me miss the fastest fingers method lmao.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: janray on February 16, 2019, 09:08:12 AM
Me too. At least if you weren't successful you had a real reason why, you weren't fast enough.
With the ever mysterious OnPeak process you really don't have a feeling of fairness in the results.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 20, 2019, 11:06:45 AM
I see 'The Residence Inn Gaslamp' on the Early Bird link, but it's showing that it's sold out.

Does anyone know what that is about?

Another error by On-Peak?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 11:12:06 AM
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I see 'The Residence Inn Gaslamp' on the Early Bird link, but it's showing that it's sold out.

Does anyone know what that is about?

Another error by On-Peak?

Huh.  Interesting,  My guess is yes, it's another error.  Though Residence Inn is slightly less shocking than one of the adjacent hotels.  Still anything Gaslamp gets an eyebrow raise.

OnPeak get your stuff together y'all come on
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on February 20, 2019, 11:13:24 AM
They are making a LOT of errors lately
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on February 20, 2019, 11:20:14 AM
If you go to the Early Bird sale & enter the dates 7/19-7/21 and sort by distance all the downtown hotels pop up but as “unavailable”.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 11:30:00 AM
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If you go to the Early Bird sale & enter the dates 7/19-7/21 and sort by distance all the downtown hotels pop up but as “unavailable”.

things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on February 20, 2019, 11:30:07 AM
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If you go to the Early Bird sale & enter the dates 7/19-7/21 and sort by distance all the downtown hotels pop up but as “unavailable”.

If you don't sort by distance,  ALL the hotels show up as sold out.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on February 20, 2019, 11:41:57 AM
Hoping this means for an earlier-than-normal hotel sale, but I think Exhibitor Hotels have been open since December so it may just an instance of some leftover variables not being properly hidden.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 11:59:16 AM
I am so SO bad at dates.  Do we have the past few years of sale dates on hand?  I'm sure they are in other threads somewhere but I also know that some of you all have it at the ready lmao.  I feel like the general consensus right now is that it'll be the first or second week of April, but I'm struggling to recall if this is early, late, or right about on time.  I think people are assuming it'll fall AFTER WonderCon, but not too long after.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on February 20, 2019, 12:04:17 PM
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I am so SO bad at dates.  Do we have the past few years of sale dates on hand?  I'm sure they are in other threads somewhere but I also know that some of you all have it at the ready lmao.  I feel like the general consensus right now is that it'll be the first or second week of April, but I'm struggling to recall if this is early, late, or right about on time.  I think people are assuming it'll fall AFTER WonderCon, but not too long after.
It was Wed April 4 last year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on February 20, 2019, 12:06:53 PM
Hotel registration dates:

2018Wed., Apr 4th
2017Wed., Apr 26th
2016Tues., Apr 5th
2015Tues., Mar 24th
2014Tues., Apr 8th
2013Tues., Feb. 26th
2012Wed., Mar 29th
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 12:11:45 PM
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Hotel registration dates:

2018Wed., Apr 4th
2017Wed., Apr 26th
2016Tues., Apr 5th
2015Tues., Mar 24th
2014Tues., Apr 8th
2013Tues., Feb. 26th
2012Wed., Mar 29th

YAS Beautiful. I knew someone would have this on hand much quicker than it'd take me to fumble around in old threads looking for dates.  Love you.

So April seems "normal."  I can see why people are fairly certain now.  I also don't think they'd do it before WonderCon. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: janray on February 20, 2019, 01:18:14 PM
Has the hotel sale ever taken place before the Early Bird Sale closes?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 01:21:25 PM
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Has the hotel sale ever taken place before the Early Bird Sale closes?

As I stated, I'm not the best with dates, but I DO recall one year making an observation that they overlapped slightly.  Hopefuly a hero will come in and bust out those dates too.  But I don't think it's a common thing at all.  I would not count on it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 20, 2019, 01:23:15 PM
I don't have exact dates, but I do recall the hotel lottery taking place before Early Bird had closed... BUT the results of the lottery came out AFTER early bird closed.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on February 20, 2019, 01:32:00 PM
When will they tell us the date of the sale? Is it a week before like the badges?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 01:37:04 PM
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When will they tell us the date of the sale? Is it a week before like the badges?

It's fairly short notice, yes, though more notice than badges. A week or two.  Maybe 3?  It's fairly quick.  But by the time it's announced there's so many rumors buzzing around that you kinda expect it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on February 20, 2019, 01:55:15 PM
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It's fairly short notice, yes, though more notice than badges. A week or two.  Maybe 3?  It's fairly quick.  But by the time it's announced there's so many rumors buzzing around that you kinda expect it.

In both 2017 and 2018, the email announcing the general hotel sale went out 5 days before the sale itself.

Not sure if the Toucan Blog or social media confirmed it earlier though?

Edit: In 2018 the Toucan Blog announced the sale date 3/27. So... eight whole days notice, if you keep up with the Toucan Blog. Five if you waited for the email.

Edit 2: In 2017 the Toucan Blog announced the same day as the email went out, April 21. Five days notice.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 02:45:38 PM
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In both 2017 and 2018, the email announcing the general hotel sale went out 5 days before the sale itself.

Not sure if the Toucan Blog or social media confirmed it earlier though?

Edit: In 2018 the Toucan Blog announced the sale date 3/27. So... eight whole days notice, if you keep up with the Toucan Blog. Five if you waited for the email.

Edit 2: In 2017 the Toucan Blog announced the same day as the email went out, April 21. Five days notice.

Yikes!  Maybe I'm mistaking Internet unofficial announcements for the emails.  My bad.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on February 20, 2019, 02:50:52 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Yeah, the SDCC UBlog is in the habit of announcing the hotel sale date several weeks to a month in advance, and as far as I can remember they were only wrong one year? But in terms of official notice, it's usually a VERY short timeframe.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dubb on February 20, 2019, 03:36:53 PM
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I don't have exact dates, but I do recall the hotel lottery taking place before Early Bird had closed... BUT the results of the lottery came out AFTER early bird closed.

It was 2-3 years ago. The early bird sale officially closed before the lottery, and the links were taken down from the SDCC page, but if you had the link saved you could still access the early bird site and book.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 20, 2019, 03:42:09 PM
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It was 2-3 years ago. The early bird sale officially closed before the lottery, and the links were taken down from the SDCC page, but if you had the link saved you could still access the early bird site and book.

Yeah, I just remember one year where everyone who felt like they did badly in the lottery (i.e. had a late time or were shut out) ran to early bird and booked whatever was left.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on February 20, 2019, 04:08:28 PM
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When will they tell us the date of the sale? Is it a week before like the badges?

and even though they don't give you much notice before the sale, you won't actually have to "book" the hotel for another week (or two if you get sorted into the second group) and then you have a good amount of time to actually book and pay after they place you.

That being said, that is how its worked in the past. I'd love to see live-booking this year but that probably won't happen.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on February 20, 2019, 04:11:52 PM
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I'd love to see live-booking this year but that probably won't happen.

I'm not a pagan and in general don't believe in ritual sacrifice, but if there was something I could burn to make live-booking happen it would be on fire right now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Roo_bear on February 20, 2019, 04:59:03 PM
WonderCon dates            Hotelpocalypse
2012 March 16-18           March 29
2013 March 29-31           February 26
2014 April 18-20             April 8
2015 April 3-5                 March 24
2016 March 25-27           April 5
2017 March 31-April 2     April 26
2018 March 23-25           April 4         
2019 March 29-31            ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on February 20, 2019, 05:25:16 PM
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WonderCon dates            Hotelpocalypse
2012 March 16-18           March 29
2013 March 29-31           February 26
2014 April 18-20             April 8
2015 April 3-5                 March 24
2016 March 25-27           April 5
2017 March 31-April 2     April 26
2018 March 23-25           April 4         
2019 March 29-31            ???

So besides 2013 and 2015, it seems like it's consistently 1-3 weeks after WonderCon.  Usually 1-2.

Also for some reason the ??? cracked me up. What a Big Mood.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on February 20, 2019, 10:15:21 PM
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So besides 2013 and 2015, it seems like it's consistently 1-3 weeks after WonderCon.  Usually 1-2.

Also for some reason the ??? cracked me up. What a Big Mood.

But exceptions do exist ... there goes my plan of checking out on stressing over the hotel date until end of March  :o
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: omraged9 on February 23, 2019, 12:18:11 AM
That's interesting. If it will take place 1-3 weeks after Wondercon, so the likely dates will be April 10th or 17th Wed?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DaveG on February 23, 2019, 06:52:21 AM
So this week I get a jury summons for dates in early April.  All I can think is, how do I participate in hotel registration if I'm on a jury?  "Judge, can we please call a recess?  And can someone escort me to a location with a good wifi signal.  This won't take long."

Suffice it to say I requested a postponement in the dates until at least May.  With my luck they'll give me new dates that take place during the actual con.   :'(

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: debster on February 23, 2019, 07:23:23 AM
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So this week I get a jury summons for dates in early April.  All I can think is, how do I participate in hotel registration if I'm on a jury?  "Judge, can we please call a recess?  And can someone escort me to a location with a good wifi signal.  This won't take long."

Suffice it to say I requested a postponement in the dates until at least May.  With my luck they'll give me new dates that take place during the actual con.   :'(

I switched mine from April 1st! :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on February 25, 2019, 10:58:21 PM
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So this week I get a jury summons for dates in early April.  All I can think is, how do I participate in hotel registration if I'm on a jury?  "Judge, can we please call a recess?  And can someone escort me to a location with a good wifi signal.  This won't take long."

Suffice it to say I requested a postponement in the dates until at least May.  With my luck they'll give me new dates that take place during the actual con.   :'(

I can't even imagine trying to work jury duty around the hotel sale and SDCC itself. I, probably shouldn't say this lest the registration system somehow sees this, haven't been called for jury duty since my third year of uni/college, which would be like 2011 or 2012. There is a reason they didn't call me for it and it was a legitimate reason (and still is to a certain extent), but for some reason they never put me back on the active list and I've not been inclined to let them know... especially because it can't interfere with my plans now.

I'm trying to catch-up with all that's gone down in the hotel thread. I started a new job and a new class, so I've just been completely MIA from everywhere.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mellyreid on March 03, 2019, 05:41:22 PM
Is $283 per night for Four Points by Sheraton (downtown) a good hotel idea for a backup plan for SDCC? From what I can tell you can get to a shuttle from there and its refundable up to the end of June. What do you think....?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Mel on March 04, 2019, 12:43:21 AM
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Is $283 per night for Four Points by Sheraton (downtown) a good hotel idea for a backup plan for SDCC? From what I can tell you can get to a shuttle from there and its refundable up to the end of June. What do you think....?
That's a solid backup

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 04, 2019, 09:24:28 AM
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Is $283 per night for Four Points by Sheraton (downtown) a good hotel idea for a backup plan for SDCC? From what I can tell you can get to a shuttle from there and its refundable up to the end of June. What do you think....?

Wow yes that's a fairly good price for something downtown.  It's a little further away than I personally like to stay, but still a lot closer than, say, Mission Valley or something.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on March 04, 2019, 09:49:29 AM
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Is $283 per night for Four Points by Sheraton (downtown) a good hotel idea for a backup plan for SDCC? From what I can tell you can get to a shuttle from there and its refundable up to the end of June. What do you think....?
You might as well go for it, especially since it's refundable!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ALF on March 04, 2019, 10:23:08 AM
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Is $283 per night for Four Points by Sheraton (downtown) a good hotel idea for a backup plan for SDCC? From what I can tell you can get to a shuttle from there and its refundable up to the end of June. What do you think....?

Its only for a King Size Bed though...Only Drawback.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: foxbatkllr on March 05, 2019, 11:48:30 AM
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I can't even imagine trying to work jury duty around the hotel sale and SDCC itself. I, probably shouldn't say this lest the registration system somehow sees this, haven't been called for jury duty since my third year of uni/college, which would be like 2011 or 2012. There is a reason they didn't call me for it and it was a legitimate reason (and still is to a certain extent), but for some reason they never put me back on the active list and I've not been inclined to let them know... especially because it can't interfere with my plans now.

I'm trying to catch-up with all that's gone down in the hotel thread. I started a new job and a new class, so I've just been completely MIA from everywhere.

Yeah Jury Duty sounds like it would be difficult to work around SDCC planning.  That being said when I recently had Jury Duty they had free wifi and we stayed in the waiting area until 9:30 or so.  So it could have been done.  I had to to SDCC registration while at Stan Lee's LA ComicCon 2 years ago.

 It's been such a long time since returning registration that I've been in Comic-Con sleep mode.  Finally time to wake up and start getting myself ready.  Started planning some costumes.  I'm only doing WonderCon one day this year because we're also going to DragonCon.  I just hope to have better luck on my own in the hotels this year.  I was really good at the fast entry but since they switched it to entry time I've had to rely on the kindness of others to get a good room.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sangelus on March 05, 2019, 01:01:03 PM
Just wanted to thank all of you for the great info I've found here. This is my 3rd SDCC but 1st hotel lottery and I am super nervous, but you all have eased my stress a bit.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 05, 2019, 01:25:36 PM
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Just wanted to thank all of you for the great info I've found here. This is my 3rd SDCC but 1st hotel lottery and I am super nervous, but you all have eased my stress a bit.

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Just curious...

If this is your 1st lottery after having been to 2 SDCC's, what did you do for housing the first 2 years.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sangelus on March 05, 2019, 02:24:41 PM
1st year, I did early bird at Days Inn in MV. Last year my husband found a decent place on Air BNB that was in Old Town and pretty cheap.  This year we want to stay close to the action if possible, which is why I'm going for the hotel lottery.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sefton42 on March 05, 2019, 03:26:03 PM
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That's interesting. If it will take place 1-3 weeks after Wondercon, so the likely dates will be April 10th or 17th Wed?

Please don’t be April 10, that’s when I fly to Star Wars Celebration!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Violet on March 05, 2019, 04:40:16 PM
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Just curious...

If this is your 1st lottery after having been to 2 SDCC's, what did you do for housing the first 2 years.

We didn't attempt the hotel lottery until our 4th year (2015) when the allure of downtown became too great... Now we HAVE to stay downtown, haha.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on March 06, 2019, 05:59:15 AM
It gets harder every year to get a hotel especially when you need a downtown hotel.  I have to use an ECV because of bad knees so shuttle are not an option for me.   It's a stressful time trying to get a hotel.  I've been checking since last July.   If I wanted to spend $1000 a night I could get one booked, but I work at a school and spending that much is a pipe dream.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 06, 2019, 10:57:12 AM
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We didn't attempt the hotel lottery until our 4th year (2015) when the allure of downtown became too great... Now we HAVE to stay downtown, haha.

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Just curious (again)...

Was there a particular reason you didn't do the lottery in previous years, and what did you do for housing instead.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on March 06, 2019, 11:12:27 AM
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Please don’t be April 10, that’s when I fly to Star Wars Celebration!
I have a weird suspicion that it will be April 10..What time is your flight?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sefton42 on March 06, 2019, 11:31:53 AM
Late enough that I can do the hotel sale and haul ass to the airport.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on March 06, 2019, 11:46:17 AM
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Late enough that I can do the hotel sale and haul a$$ to the airport.
That's good! Just be all packed and ready to go! :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: thawk on March 06, 2019, 02:30:37 PM
I don't know why, but I had a Spidey Sense on hotels the other day - feeling like it had to be coming soon.  Feels like 1000 years ago we did the badge sale!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Violet on March 07, 2019, 09:15:13 AM
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Just curious (again)...

Was there a particular reason you didn't do the lottery in previous years, and what did you do for housing instead.

Well, our first year (2012) we didn't know anything about the hotel sale, either Early Bird or General. We got lucky and scored badges our first time trying, then booked our hotel the same day. Just looked for something cheap in the general area. We booked at a place called California Suites, which is a couple miles North of Hotel Circle, because it was only like $100/night (I don't think they're quite so cheap anymore). Then after that we learned how things worked and did Early Bird for the next 2 years. By that time, we got tired of dragging all our stuff around so far for our Hall H camp outs, haha. So for 2015 we tried Hotelpocalypse for the first time and scored Hilton Bayfront! That was the first year that you could leave the line and come back the next morning, so it was nice that we actually got to sleep in our super expensive beds!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Violet on March 07, 2019, 09:19:42 AM
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Well, our first year (2012) we didn't know anything about the hotel sale, either Early Bird or General. We got lucky and scored badges our first time trying, then booked our hotel the same day. Just looked for something cheap in the general area. We booked at a place called California Suites, which is a couple miles North of Hotel Circle, because it was only like $100/night (I don't think they're quite so cheap anymore). Then after that we learned how things worked and did Early Bird for the next 2 years. By that time, we got tired of dragging all our stuff around so far for our Hall H camp outs, haha. So for 2015 we tried Hotelpocalypse for the first time and scored Hilton Bayfront! That was the first year that you could leave the line and come back the next morning, so it was nice that we actually got to sleep in our super expensive beds!

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I just realized I didn't really answer your question about why we didn't do the lottery for the next 2 years after our first year when we didn't know any better. I think it was just for financial reasons, since the Hotel Circle hotels were so much cheaper than downtown. Plus with Early Bird it was a sure thing, and stress free.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on March 08, 2019, 09:15:07 AM
Stress free and lower rates are good advantages but the convenience of being downtown and close by the convention center has strong marks.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on March 08, 2019, 11:27:19 AM
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When will they tell us the date of the sale? Is it a week before like the badges?

I stayed on the outskirts of downtown (Bristol, Westin by Spreckles) for the first couple years, then I stayed at the Bayfront one year. One afternoon I thought to myself, "I need to go drop off these bags" so I walked over to my room at the Bayfront and was back at the convention center in less than 15 minutes... from that point on, I was was spoiled.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 08, 2019, 11:43:41 AM
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I stayed on the outskirts of downtown (Bristol, Westin by Spreckles) for the first couple years, then I stayed at the Bayfront one year. One afternoon I thought to myself, "I need to go drop off these bags" so I walked over to my room at the Bayfront and was back at the convention center in less than 15 minutes... from that point on, I was was spoiled.

100% same here.  I can't be anywhere except convention adjacent now.  But I don't think everyone needs that.  Everyone has different priorities. But oh god I need to be able to drop stuff off at my room mid day now and I can't imagine anything else for me.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 08, 2019, 11:50:50 AM
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100% same here.  I can't be anywhere except convention adjacent now.  But I don't think everyone needs that.  Everyone has different priorities. But oh god I need to be able to drop stuff off at my room mid day now and I can't imagine anything else for me.

Me too. I know it's incredibly spoiled, but it would totally change my entire convention experience now to be anything farther than directly across the street (and adjacent is of course preferred). I cosplay and like to go out to evening events so being able to pop back to the room to change or reapply makeup or ditch impossible shoes feels like a necessity now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on March 08, 2019, 11:57:33 AM
Yeah, its definitely not a requirement for everyone. I see the benefit of staying outside of downtown completely too, just depends on how you frame your trip in your mind.

But once you've got a taste of downtown, its much harder to stay anywhere else  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 08, 2019, 12:16:37 PM
When I was 26 and doing the hotel thing at SDCC for the first time, budget was my top priority.  I was a retail worker and could barely afford the airfare to the con, let alone a $400/night room.  All of our choices were a mile or more from the con center.  We ended up stuck in Mission Valley anyway, but it was cheap (like $180/night split 5 ways because we were young and room stuffing which I don't recommend because fire codes etc etc etc).  Now I'm a little older and have a better job and hey I can do that $400/night room right next to the con center.  Just 6 years apart, drastically different priorities.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 08, 2019, 12:32:42 PM
FWIW, I know a lot of people who drive to the con and park below the convention center. It is just as convenient (perhaps more so) to drop off things in the car parked underneath the convention center than it is to walk back to a hotel (even an adjacent hotel). Just saying... ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 08, 2019, 12:50:57 PM
haha fair point.  Fun fact: I've never owned a car  ???

Also, relevant related post: https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10274.0
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on March 08, 2019, 12:55:27 PM
Yes, being able to drop off bags and merchandise is a big reason why I love having a hotel next to the convention center. But if we're being completely open and honest, another reason is to have a nice clean and quiet bathroom to use. :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 08, 2019, 01:25:16 PM
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Yeah, its definitely not a requirement for everyone. I see the benefit of staying outside of downtown completely too, just depends on how you frame your trip in your mind.

But once you've got a taste of downtown, its much harder to stay anywhere else  ;D

There's downtown...  And then there's DOWNTOWN (Convention Center Adjacent)!!!

Last year I got SpringHill Suites (1 mile from the Convention Center).

I'd stay there again.  It's right off the trolley line and of course on the shuttle route.  I don't do heavy duty cosplay, and I don't do heavy shopping every day, so I don't usually feel the need to go back to my room in the middle of the day.  I'm also pretty good at finding clean bathrooms.   :) :)

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 08, 2019, 04:01:35 PM
Staying downtown last year was so helpful for my group. One of us has an anxiety disorder that causes really bad panic attacks. During SDCC last year she felt like she were close to having one a few times (and did end up having one, once). She told us that being so close to the hotel (we stayed at the Omni) was a blessing, in that it allowed her to step away from the crowd and regroup in a quiet, safe feeling place. If anyone else struggles with crowd-induced anxiety, a downtown hotel might be a HUGE help.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 08, 2019, 04:17:27 PM
I have social anxiety (and GAD) and can confirm it has been hugely helpful.  I've escaped to the room multiple times for that reason.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on March 08, 2019, 07:18:58 PM
I have severe anxiety too, to the point of frequent panic attacks for periods of time sometimes. I've definitely escaped to my hotel room to get a breather from the chaos, and hopefully calm down before it goes full-blow. Being adjacent is super helpful for that.

If you have any physical health issues that pop up during the day it can feel like a must to be adjacent or at least close. I know when I was recovering post-brain surgeries and went to the con (I basically told my doctors that I would do SDCC even if it killed me), escaping to the Bayfront periodically through the day, and being able to not be completely out of the con environment was such a boon. Those trips were frequent those times I went to the con. Plus, I finally got to experience more time in my, expensive, hotel room those years. Many necessary, quick naps were had and enjoyed.

Hell, I had an asthma attack (one of the very few actual ones I've had throughout the entirety of my life) at SDCC. I was so wiped out after calming down I doubt I'd have made it much further from Hall H than our Bayfront room at the time (though when you're exhausted and sore those buses can be super comfy.)

Honestly, my group is incredibly spoiled now by adjacent hotels especially because we camp out for Hall H at least one night every year and the convenience of the Bayfront for that is amazing. But, I've also stayed in Mission Valley multiple years and driven from home multiple times. I wouldn't drive from home again (unless I wasn't doing anything that was time sensitive), but I would be fine in Mission Valley if it came down to it and somehow I didn't have my back-ups.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: foxbatkllr on March 08, 2019, 08:43:08 PM
For me the importance of an adjacent hotel is cosplay. I have costumes that have a lot of prosthetics, armor and/or uncomfortable shoes.  Being adjacent makes it so much easier.  I’ve stayed a mile or two away from the convention center when I had little/no costuming and it was a perfectly fine experience.  I also spent 2003-2011 just driving and parking/no hotel but that’s not an option since I now live in OC.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: vegasndn on March 09, 2019, 04:27:22 AM
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FWIW, I know a lot of people who drive to the con and park below the convention center. It is just as convenient (perhaps more so) to drop off things in the car parked underneath the convention center than it is to walk back to a hotel (even an adjacent hotel). Just saying... ;)
I’ve done both and parking under convention center is nice, you can take all your stuff back to your car and relax for a bit. You save money by having a hotel that’s not downtown and cheap con parking. If you have a hotel downtown it’s nice you can relax just walk back and forth. Sometimes you may get a little too comfortable at your room and take a nap that leads to missing out on some things. Raise your hand if you’ve done that


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 09, 2019, 05:21:59 AM
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I’ve done both and parking under convention center is nice, you can take all your stuff back to your car and relax for a bit. You save money by having a hotel that’s not downtown and cheap con parking. If you have a hotel downtown it’s nice you can relax just walk back and forth. Sometimes you may get a little too comfortable at your room and take a nap that leads to missing out on some things. Raise your hand if you’ve done that


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Took a nap and when I woke up I turned the tv on. There was a Dr. Who marathon on. I watched an episode. :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DaveG on March 09, 2019, 05:22:49 AM
My first SDCC I stayed out on Mission Circle.  That was quite a while ago.  I'm not even sure if they had shuttles, but I drove down to the convention center every morning.  Parking was very, very easy.  Then I decided to stay downtown, but ended up on the edge of downtown.  It was ok.  I know there was a shuttle, but it was only about a fifteen minute walk to the convention center and almost as fast as the shuttle.  Since then, I've stayed at a number of hotels that are very close to the convention center.  I can't imagine doing it any other way.  But as someone who doesn't mind sleeping outside overnight for Hall H, I still very much appreciate when I can go back to the hotel to shower and change clothes before getting back in line.  I'm not sure how doable that is when you stay further away.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on March 09, 2019, 10:55:48 AM
Priorities are always interesting, especially as they change.  For the first few years, when we actually got more than one day, we stayed with a friend's sister since she lived in Chula Vista (yay for being poor college students) and then we just kind of stayed wherever the lottery allowed us.  Been trying to stay within a mile, walking a mile in cosplay isn't the worst thing and there is also the trolley.  One year we managed to get MMM and yeah, it spoiled us so much.  Springhill/Residence Inn Bayfront has been our go to for the past few years.  Now, aside from price.. it's like we need to make sure the hotel has a pool to appease the (now) 6 year old because that's what she mostly wants to do when we go to San Diego (and dress up, she pleases me).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on March 10, 2019, 04:14:49 PM
I can't be anything but con adjacent for 1) anxiety reasons like mentioned earlier in the thread and 2) when I work the con and my legs can barely support me by the end of the day. It's a blessing to be close by in that it gives me that extra bit of peace.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on March 11, 2019, 10:28:33 AM
I have to be by the con.   Unfortunately my knees are not what they used to be so I need a scooter to get around which means no shuttle.  Last year it took forever to get a hotel near the convention center and I really dread going through this again.  I see there are others in the same boat with different issues.  Good luck to us all.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dubb on March 11, 2019, 11:01:58 AM
My wife has both fibromyalgia and arthritis. Being close the the center is a life saver.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Roo_bear on March 11, 2019, 01:48:04 PM
I’m hoping for April 17. I’m off that day. That being said, I have my usual backup in place, USA hostel on fifth. It’s ok for me, I only need a place to lay my head, and I usually only sleep 2-3 hours a night during con anyway. I don’t think my wife would like the accommodations.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ALF on March 11, 2019, 02:15:12 PM
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When I was 26 and doing the hotel thing at SDCC for the first time, budget was my top priority.  I was a retail worker and could barely afford the airfare to the con, let alone a $400/night room.  All of our choices were a mile or more from the con center.  We ended up stuck in Mission Valley anyway, but it was cheap (like $180/night split 5 ways because we were young and room stuffing which I don't recommend because fire codes etc etc etc).  Now I'm a little older and have a better job and hey I can do that $400/night room right next to the con center.  Just 6 years apart, drastically different priorities.

You just dated yourself hehehe ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ALF on March 11, 2019, 02:19:10 PM
Yea we all have a reason to be close to the con..<----- New Dad.... So everyone good luck! Does everyone here have a backup plan or everyone on this site extremely lucky with hotels and parking?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 11, 2019, 02:23:47 PM
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You just dated yourself hehehe ;)

lmao indeed I did.  I've been doing that a lot lately xD
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Kmd2103 on March 11, 2019, 02:25:04 PM
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Yea we all have a reason to be close to the con..<----- New Dad.... So everyone good luck! Does everyone here have a backup plan or everyone on this site extremely lucky with hotels and parking?
Mixed bag for my crew! I think we've split years between lucking into a downtown hotel and having one on the shuttle route! We don't do a backup and roll with what the lottery deems us worthy of!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 11, 2019, 02:31:45 PM
Wow, reading all of these posts reminds me how many of us need a downtown room due to health concerns of one or more of our group members (no shade to anyone who wants to stay downtown simply for the pleasure/ease of it, I think everyone deserves a fair shake at getting a chance).

Point being—I’m seriously hoping the addition of the new Moxy and Guild hotels actually ends up giving attendees more chances to stay in a downtown hotel...you know, as opposed to the fiasco with the Pendry last year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 11, 2019, 02:51:38 PM
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I’m seriously hoping the addition of the new Moxy and Guild hotels actually ends up giving attendees more chances to stay in a downtown hotel...you know, as opposed to the fiasco with the Pendry last year.

Forgive me if this has been posted in one of the threads somewhere, but do we know how many new rooms the two hotels have?  No public confirmation on if either are even part of the lottery yet, but it'll be good to know how much of a boost it'll be.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 11, 2019, 02:55:59 PM
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Forgive me if this has been posted in one of the threads somewhere, but do we know how many new rooms the two hotels have?  No public confirmation on if either are even part of the lottery yet, but it'll be good to know how much of a boost it'll be.

I’ve been looking, and if there is, I’ve missed it. I know better than to expect something the size of the MMM but I’m hoping they’ll at least be mid-sized and just not tiny boutique hotels.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on March 11, 2019, 02:59:21 PM
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Forgive me if this has been posted in one of the threads somewhere, but do we know how many new rooms the two hotels have?  No public confirmation on if either are even part of the lottery yet, but it'll be good to know how much of a boost it'll be.
I believe that the Moxy has 126 rooms and the Guild has 162 rooms.
No telling how many will be available in the SDCC 2019 block.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 11, 2019, 03:03:07 PM
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I believe that the Moxy has 126 rooms and the Guild has 162 rooms.
No telling how many will be available in the SDCC 2019 block.

That's a decent amount.  Not a huge amount like Omni or MMM or something, but enough to relieve some pressure.  And yeah, after the whole Pendry fiasco, WHO KNOWS  :'(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 11, 2019, 03:03:54 PM
The Moxy and the Guild are both advertising themselves as "boutique" hotels, so it's not surprising they're small.

Backup for Steve's numbers here:
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-guild-hotel-ymca-20181027-story.html
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-moxy-hotel-opening-20181006-story.html
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 11, 2019, 03:14:59 PM
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I believe that the Moxy has 126 rooms and the Guild has 162 rooms.
No telling how many will be available in the SDCC 2019 block.

Thanks You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login! Agreed You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login as room numbers go, that’s not as high as I’d hoped but it could definitely be worse. It’s comparable with a hotel like the Andaz. Again, provided the public gets a chance at reservations during the lottery. Argh.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on March 11, 2019, 03:15:32 PM
Isn’t there a new Intercontinental popping up soon as well? And it’s a way larger hotel.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 11, 2019, 03:16:40 PM
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The Moxy and the Guild are both advertising themselves as "boutique" hotels, so it's not surprising they're small.

Backup for Steve's numbers here:
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-guild-hotel-ymca-20181027-story.html
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-moxy-hotel-opening-20181006-story.html

When I'm not doing SDCC stuff, I prefer boutique hotels.  When I went into town early a couple years ago I stayed at the Ramada, which has probably about this many rooms (and is super old and way cool).  So it's pretty cool to see these here.

Unfortunately, as established, all that goes out the window for SDCC and I'm a con-adjacent-or-bust person haha. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 11, 2019, 03:22:30 PM
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When I'm not doing SDCC stuff, I prefer boutique hotels.  When I went into town early a couple years ago I stayed at the Ramada, which has probably about this many rooms (and is super old and way cool).  So it's pretty cool to see these here.

Unfortunately, as established, all that goes out the window for SDCC and I'm a con-adjacent-or-bust person haha.

Yep, same here. My criteria for SDCC used to be a combination of distance + price, but now that all the really close hotels are within about $20/night of each other and I'm a little older and make a little more money, my criteria list is pretty much just DISTANCE DISTANCE DISTANCE.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 11, 2019, 03:27:26 PM
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Isn’t there a new Intercontinental popping up soon as well? And it’s a way larger hotel.

Yep.

It's right across from SpringHill Suites

I mentioned it in another forum on new hotels.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 11, 2019, 03:34:54 PM
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Yep, same here. My criteria for SDCC used to be a combination of distance + price, but now that all the really close hotels are within about $20/night of each other and I'm a little older and make a little more money, my criteria list is pretty much just DISTANCE DISTANCE DISTANCE.

Age and pay increases sure do change things don't they  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Violet on March 11, 2019, 04:09:14 PM
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haha fair point.  Fun fact: I've never owned a car  ???


Me neither! I don't even have a license!  :-[
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on March 11, 2019, 09:55:24 PM
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I’ve done both and parking under convention center is nice, you can take all your stuff back to your car and relax for a bit. You save money by having a hotel that’s not downtown and cheap con parking. If you have a hotel downtown it’s nice you can relax just walk back and forth. Sometimes you may get a little too comfortable at your room and take a nap that leads to missing out on some things. Raise your hand if you’ve done that


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Been there, done that too. I missed a panel I wanted to go to because I was just going to lie down for a few minutes because of the beginning of a migraine and boom I was out. Love how I can't get to sleep in ideal situations, but get me in a situation where I can nap and I'm out.

___

I really just want to know when the sale is so that I can alert work that I'll be in late that day. Sure, I could do it FROM work, but it doesn't feel the same and I'd be stressed about even more than just the sale (which is ALREADY stressful enough.)

Edit:

Yay new hotels. I'm not sure they'll be on my list, but any amount of additional rooms is helpful at this point.

Assuming they'll actually be in the lottery OR available for direct, reasonable reservations (which it looks like at least one isn't directly available.) I'm still unclear as to what actually happened with the Pendry and hope this is not another repeat.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on March 12, 2019, 01:05:35 AM
I'm definitely not putting any of the new hotels on my list, if they're available. I'm going for tried-and-true hotels, and only after I've heard others have had success "winning" one of the new hotels will I consider them for next time.

Also, apparently the exhibitors have already had their hotel sale. I saw a couple tweets from some of them getting their downtown hotels set for SDCC already.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 12, 2019, 08:42:06 AM
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Yea we all have a reason to be close to the con..<----- New Dad.... So everyone good luck! Does everyone here have a backup plan or everyone on this site extremely lucky with hotels and parking?

My backup will be Shelter Island (which gets NO love).

I stayed there my first year because I didn't know anything about the hotel sale.  I stayed at Humphreys Half Moon Inn.  It was a very nice hotel, and it's on the shuttle route.  I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get a room if I absolutely don't get anything downtown.  And that's even waiting for cancellations up until the end of May.  I know this because my first year, as I was checking in, a couple MADE A RESERVATION AT THE DESK!!!    ??? They paid $100/night more than me (I couldn't help but over hear this).

So...that's my backup plan .  :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 12, 2019, 08:46:00 AM
I was just on the Guild hotel website, and it says they're not opening until May 2019, so it seems unlikely they'll be part of the CCI sale. There's no place to reserve a room at all yet. If May 2019 was an estimate, they might not even be open quite yet by the Con.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 12, 2019, 08:46:06 AM
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Also, apparently the exhibitors have already had their hotel sale. I saw a couple tweets from some of them getting their downtown hotels set for SDCC already.

For some reason I had no idea that exhibitors had a separate sale until just now.  Anyone know what that’s like? Are all the same hotels available?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on March 12, 2019, 08:53:57 AM
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For some reason I had no idea that exhibitors had a separate sale until just now.  Anyone know what that’s like? Are all the same hotels available?


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Yep, same hotels with a limited block per hotel for them.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 12, 2019, 09:27:42 AM
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Yep, same hotels with a limited block per hotel for them.


Good to hear there are limited blocks! That makes sense or otherwise the Bayfront would be entirely booked before the rest of us got to it.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on March 12, 2019, 10:36:13 AM
Yeah, exhibitor sale started Dec. 5 IIRC.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on March 12, 2019, 05:08:29 PM
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My backup will be Shelter Island (which gets NO love).

I stayed there my first year because I didn't know anything about the hotel sale.  I stayed at Humphreys Half Moon Inn.  It was a very nice hotel, and it's on the shuttle route.  I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get a room if I absolutely don't get anything downtown.  And that's even waiting for cancellations up until the end of May.  I know this because my first year, as I was checking in, a couple MADE A RESERVATION AT THE DESK!!!    ??? They paid $100/night more than me (I couldn't help but over hear this).

So...that's my backup plan .  :) :)

I totally will give Shelter Island love. The first ever time I stayed at a hotel for SDCC (that wasn't part of the lottery), was when I stayed at Shelter Island. I was at Humphrey's Half Moon Bay. Great place!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on March 13, 2019, 03:11:10 AM
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Yeah, exhibitor sale started Dec. 5 IIRC.

Dec 5 sounds super early.  Nice for them to be able to get all settled and get prepared before con. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on March 13, 2019, 08:18:37 AM
If things go like last year, there will be plenty of chances to grab a downtown hotel or adjacent to the convention center. I have some numbers and dates from last year:

May 3rd - HBF MGH go up, 5 plus rooms

May 10th - 11th MGH goes up, 5 plus rooms

June 6th HBF goes up, to 4 rooms

June 7th HR, Andaz, Embassy, courtyard 5 plus rooms

June 25th HR, GRANT, INDIGO, OMNI up 4 rooms


So yeah :)
I had gotten the U.S. Grant on the second wave but then cancelled and grabbed  MGH on May 3rd.

Hope this helps:D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Stoops on March 13, 2019, 10:09:00 AM
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If things go like last year, there will be plenty of chances to grab a downtown hotel or adjacent to the convention center. I have some numbers and dates from last year:

May 3rd - HBF MGH go up, 5 plus rooms

May 10th - 11th MGH goes up, 5 plus rooms

June 6th HBF goes up, to 4 rooms

June 7th HR, Andaz, Embassy, courtyard 5 plus rooms

June 25th HR, GRANT, INDIGO, OMNI up 4 rooms


So yeah :)
I had gotten the U.S. Grant on the second wave but then cancelled and grabbed  MGH on May 3rd.

Hope this helps:D


Yeah this is how I got my room at MGH. I was so freaking stoked
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on March 13, 2019, 10:18:09 AM
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If things go like last year, there will be plenty of chances to grab a downtown hotel or adjacent to the convention center. I have some numbers and dates from last year:

May 3rd - HBF MGH go up, 5 plus rooms

May 10th - 11th MGH goes up, 5 plus rooms

June 6th HBF goes up, to 4 rooms

June 7th HR, Andaz, Embassy, courtyard 5 plus rooms
June 25th HR, GRANT, INDIGO, OMNI up 4 rooms


So yeah :)
I had gotten the U.S. Grant on the second wave but then cancelled and grabbed  MGH on May 3rd.

Hope this helps:D

I just checked...I got the Hilton Bayfront on July 3! Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 13, 2019, 11:32:53 AM
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I just checked...I got the Hilton Bayfront on July 3! Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

That took nerves of steel!!!   :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on March 13, 2019, 02:44:19 PM
Here's an idea.  Why doesn't one of the cruise ship companies park a cruise ship in the bay for comic-con?  It's an instant hotel.  During a re-positioning, the ship is basically empty or they charge really low prices for the rooms.  Why not park it in the bay for a few days.  At $200+/night a room, they could make money on it.  It much more than they charge for the same cabin during re-positioning.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 13, 2019, 02:52:02 PM
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Here's an idea.  Why doesn't one of the cruise ship companies park a cruise ship in the bay for comic-con?  It's an instant hotel.  During a re-positioning, the ship is basically empty or they charge really low prices for the rooms.  Why not park it in the bay for a few days.  At $200+/night a room, they could make money on it.  It much more than they charge for the same cabin during re-positioning.

I like this idea but logistically I don't think it's possible.  Might get in the way of harbor traffic if it's parked out in the deep water areas.  Shuttling people back and forth could get tricky too.  I'm not sure how close a cruise ship could park to get around these two issues.  But I like this idea!

Funnily enough, Fyre Festival had this idea too. I think it was in the Hulu documentary? Or possibly the Netflix one. And, well... that event was a disaster. But not for THIS reason lol.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on March 13, 2019, 03:06:09 PM
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I like this idea but logistically I don't think it's possible.  Might get in the way of harbor traffic if it's parked out in the deep water areas.  Shuttling people back and forth could get tricky too.  I'm not sure how close a cruise ship could park to get around these two issues.  But I like this idea!

Funnily enough, Fyre Festival had this idea too. I think it was in the Hulu documentary? Or possibly the Netflix one. And, well... that event was a disaster. But not for THIS reason lol.

Oh, I don't mean in the middle of the bay.  I mean at the cruise ship terminal.  It's about a 15-20 min walk to the convention center.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 13, 2019, 03:24:41 PM
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Oh, I don't mean in the middle of the bay.  I mean at the cruise ship terminal.  It's about a 15-20 min walk to the convention center.

Hmmm I don't know where this terminal is.  But that'd be convenient if no other cruise ships need it.

Fyre Festival wanted to park it just off their island.  So that's what I was visualizing lol.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sefton42 on March 13, 2019, 03:32:21 PM
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Here's an idea.  Why doesn't one of the cruise ship companies park a cruise ship in the bay for comic-con?  It's an instant hotel.  During a re-positioning, the ship is basically empty or they charge really low prices for the rooms.  Why not park it in the bay for a few days.  At $200+/night a room, they could make money on it.  It much more than they charge for the same cabin during re-positioning.

Someone already had a similar idea in 2016.  https://sdccblog.com/2015/11/pop-up-resort-luxury-cruise-coming-to-san-diego-comic-con-2016/
It ended up being canceled before the convention.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: luckystar on March 15, 2019, 11:06:46 AM
Hello! Long time lurker, first time poster! I have a question I hope is right to ask here!

Ok! So, last year was my first time at San Diego Comic Con and I must say I had a great time. In the Hotel Sale, I Got Hilton Bayfront, and I extended my vacation to the states by a few extra days and combined my reservation at the hotel when I arrived! I read that it was a possible on this forum, so thanks for sharing that!

My question is this - when I checked in Hilton Bayfront, I had my deposit transferred, then I paid for my extra reservation, then my total stay. So I paid about two thousand all together! Whew! But fun!

Ok, now when I was checking out - they required my card again. I showed them that they had already charged me on my online statement - but I think the guy at the desk was confused about what to do. They might have charged me again if I did not say anything.

Is it normal or should I expect that in the future? I just want to prePare properly, saving 2k is much easier than saving 4k. I know the authorization would have fallen off after a few days, but is that to be expected? Thanks for any help Good luck in future hotel sale!

(PS - I normally pay with debit, I don't like charging vacations AT ALL but will switch to credit if you think that was why it didn't Work. But that doesn't seem likely the reason, no?)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sefton42 on March 15, 2019, 11:13:59 AM
Honestly, it could have just been a mistake when you combined the reservation.  Sometimes that messes things up at hotels.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on March 15, 2019, 11:30:26 AM
Unless your add-on reservation was a pre-pay, and your reservation were truly combined, you should not have had to pay the balance until check-out.
They may have run your card at check-in in order to verify funds, but you really shouldn't have been charged until you checked out.
You may have also had two check-out dates, one for the initial reservation, which you would have been charged the balance of your onPeak reservation, and then a second check-out for you extra reservation, which you would have been charged any balance owed for those days, unless, of course, the extra days were pre-pay.
Different hotels operate differently though, so Hilton policies may be different.
Hopefully you only got charged once for your entire stay.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 15, 2019, 11:56:10 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login The Hilton Bayfront in particular is a little... sloppy with their credit card charging. I think one year they tried to charge the full stay when people checked in, even though OnPeak had already transferred the 50% deposits. Another year, my friend gave her credit card to them when she checked in, and was very specific that all charges should go to that card, was told at check out that her card was indeed the card charged... and then it showed up on my credit card anyway (mine was the original card on the initial reservation).

Bottom line - I wouldn't expect it every time, but definitely always go through your receipt/folio very carefully if you're at the Bayfront.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: vegasndn on March 15, 2019, 12:21:49 PM
When we stayed at the Hard Rock 2 yrs ago I believed we were overcharged about $75. The rate on nightly charge was different than deposit paid. If I paid $300 for prepaid deposit nights and the other nights was $335. It was something like that. I went to front desk to asked about it l was told we don’t know why it’s different but this is what we charge go talk to onpeak about it. I just left because I didn’t want to argue, if it was more money I definitely would’ve said more.
  Not bashing on HR just informing people to check bill. Last year I had no problem at the Omni.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 15, 2019, 12:29:21 PM
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When we stayed at the Hard Rock 2 yrs ago I believed we were overcharged about $75. The rate on nightly charge was different than deposit paid. If I paid $300 for prepaid deposit nights and the other nights was $335. It was something like that. I went to front desk to asked about it l was told we don’t know why it’s different but this is what we charge go talk to onpeak about it. I just left because I didn’t want to argue, if it was more money I definitely would’ve said more.
  Not bashing on HR just informing people to check bill. Last year I had no problem at the Omni.


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Holy yikes.  Though I must say, as a customer service person IRL, thank you for being kind to the desk agent.  They probably don't have any control over it.  But I'm still sorry that happened. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 15, 2019, 12:44:02 PM
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Hello! Long time lurker, first time poster! I have a question I hope is right to ask here!

Ok! So, last year was my first time at San Diego Comic Con and I must say I had a great time. In the Hotel Sale, I Got Hilton Bayfront, and I extended my vacation to the states by a few extra days and combined my reservation at the hotel when I arrived! I read that it was a possible on this forum, so thanks for sharing that!

My question is this - when I checked in Hilton Bayfront, I had my deposit transferred, then I paid for my extra reservation, then my total stay. So I paid about two thousand all together! Whew! But fun!

Ok, now when I was checking out - they required my card again. I showed them that they had already charged me on my online statement - but I think the guy at the desk was confused about what to do. They might have charged me again if I did not say anything.

Is it normal or should I expect that in the future? I just want to prePare properly, saving 2k is much easier than saving 4k. I know the authorization would have fallen off after a few days, but is that to be expected? Thanks for any help Good luck in future hotel sale!

(PS - I normally pay with debit, I don't like charging vacations AT ALL but will switch to credit if you think that was why it didn't Work. But that doesn't seem likely the reason, no?)

My comment is along the line of you combining your extended stay when you arrived at the hotel.

Someone else can comment or correct me, but if you plan to do it again, I would check the reservation rates for those dates after the Con.  They may be less than the Con rate.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dubb on March 15, 2019, 01:30:40 PM
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When we stayed at the Hard Rock 2 yrs ago I believed we were overcharged about $75. The rate on nightly charge was different than deposit paid. If I paid $300 for prepaid deposit nights and the other nights was $335. It was something like that. I went to front desk to asked about it l was told we don’t know why it’s different but this is what we charge go talk to onpeak about it. I just left because I didn’t want to argue, if it was more money I definitely would’ve said more.
  Not bashing on HR just informing people to check bill. Last year I had no problem at the Omni.


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You sure it wasn't the resort fees?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on March 15, 2019, 01:40:51 PM
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You sure it wasn't the resort fees?
Given it was the Hard Rock, I'm sure it had to be some kind of fee.  Maybe a running water fee, or breathable air fee?  :o
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: vegasndn on March 15, 2019, 01:48:10 PM
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You sure it wasn't the resort fees?
Nope. It wasn’t any resort fees and I was just surprised at their answer which was take it up with onpeak. We had a good time there so I just meh’d.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: vegasndn on March 15, 2019, 01:54:02 PM
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Given it was the Hard Rock, I'm sure it had to be some kind of fee.  Maybe a running water fee, or breathable air fee?  :o
Haha At the time I told wife it was rubbing elbow with the stars fee.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dubb on March 15, 2019, 02:20:08 PM
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Nope. It wasn’t any resort fees and I was just surprised at their answer which was take it up with onpeak. We had a good time there so I just meh’d.


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I mean, there ARE resort fees there.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on March 16, 2019, 02:15:52 AM
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Hello! Long time lurker, first time poster! I have a question I hope is right to ask here!

Ok! So, last year was my first time at San Diego Comic Con and I must say I had a great time. In the Hotel Sale, I Got Hilton Bayfront, and I extended my vacation to the states by a few extra days and combined my reservation at the hotel when I arrived! I read that it was a possible on this forum, so thanks for sharing that!

My question is this - when I checked in Hilton Bayfront, I had my deposit transferred, then I paid for my extra reservation, then my total stay. So I paid about two thousand all together! Whew! But fun!

Ok, now when I was checking out - they required my card again. I showed them that they had already charged me on my online statement - but I think the guy at the desk was confused about what to do. They might have charged me again if I did not say anything.

Is it normal or should I expect that in the future? I just want to prePare properly, saving 2k is much easier than saving 4k. I know the authorization would have fallen off after a few days, but is that to be expected? Thanks for any help Good luck in future hotel sale!

(PS - I normally pay with debit, I don't like charging vacations AT ALL but will switch to credit if you think that was why it didn't Work. But that doesn't seem likely the reason, no?)

Sometimes hotels place a hold on your card, sometimes for a set amount below the price of the stay or sometimes the entire amount, for "incidentals" (extra towels, mini bar stuff, or even in the event that you trash the room.) It's very common to do the whole stay in a "hold" on your card when checking into a US hotel. It's basically to ensure that you pay for your room, all of the stuff you may charge to the room, and kind of a "security deposit" in case you destroy the room. Usually, so long as you pay the full amount and didn't do anything to harm the room in a lasting way, the charge disappears from your card after checking out (it can take a few days for the hold to disappear though.)

I can't say for CERTAIN that this is what happened with you, Hilton Bayfront has a history of being weird about charging con-goers oddly. One year, the full amount was charged to everyone's cards a few months before the event in some glitch/mistake despite a deposit already being paid. People only realized when they checked their statements and it was quickly reversed (no doubt because of all the panicked calls.) Semigeekgirl already mentioned a few of the other instances where they were wonky with their charging.

Honestly, I get not liking to charge things to a credit card if you have the money in your checking account to pay for it outright, but I really recommend putting US hotels/other travel charges on a credit card that has a limit of at least double of your stay's costs. That way, if it happens again your actual cash funds aren't tied up for an indeterminate amount of time and it's only your credit being utilized. It's also, often, easier to get improper charges taken off your credit card compared to your debit card. In addition, if there IS an issue and you have to dispute a charge, not every bank will automatically "lend" you the funds to temporarily replace the funds tied up on your debit card.

Of course, your mileage my vary because I don't know how your credit card and banks operate in your country/the laws and regulations surrounding them. But I know if I dispute a charge on my debit card, my bank will immediately return the funds pending investigation; however, not all banks do that (usually only big ones.) My mum was once horrified by how much I charged to my debit card (I didn't have a credit card for most of uni) except bills because of the issue of real money being tied up as opposed to credit.

Take what I said with a grain of salt, because like I said that could just be the Bayfront being screwy. However, I vaguely recall having the same thing happen and to my friend at least twice during our stays at the Bayfront, but I thought it was normal so I didn't say anything about it/didn't take it up with customer service because it is normal in the US and the charges disappeared quickly.

Some hotel chains do it commonly, I've heard (and looked it up a bit) that Marriott properties often practice this in the US at least and most hotels I've stayed at have done this as well.

Basically, I recommend using a credit card with a higher limit or be prepared to have at least 2x the amount of your stay in your checking account/debit card tied up for a few extra days past checking out.

In the event it is actually a hold/authorization on your card, ALWAYS check that it falls off in a few days after check-out. There are definitely incidents of the charge not falling off and people having to dispute the charges because something went wrong.

I hope this helped!

Edit: I forgot to say, if you're still iffy about using a credit card, you can still charge it to your cc and then IMMEDIATELY pay it off once you get home. That's usually what I do with my credit card as much as possible.
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Webdude007 on March 18, 2019, 01:47:31 AM
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Hello! Long time lurker, first time poster! I have a question I hope is right to ask here!

Ok! So, last year was my first time at San Diego Comic Con and I must say I had a great time. In the Hotel Sale, I Got Hilton Bayfront, and I extended my vacation to the states by a few extra days and combined my reservation at the hotel when I arrived! I read that it was a possible on this forum, so thanks for sharing that!

My question is this - when I checked in Hilton Bayfront, I had my deposit transferred, then I paid for my extra reservation, then my total stay. So I paid about two thousand all together! Whew! But fun!

Ok, now when I was checking out - they required my card again. I showed them that they had already charged me on my online statement - but I think the guy at the desk was confused about what to do. They might have charged me again if I did not say anything.

Is it normal or should I expect that in the future? I just want to prePare properly, saving 2k is much easier than saving 4k. I know the authorization would have fallen off after a few days, but is that to be expected? Thanks for any help Good luck in future hotel sale!

(PS - I normally pay with debit, I don't like charging vacations AT ALL but will switch to credit if you think that was why it didn't Work. But that doesn't seem likely the reason, no?)

Every hotel has it's own policy.  Here's my experience...

Marriot Marquis and Marina (MMM) is absolutely awesome! In order to check in, they only put a hold on your card for the nights you didn't put a deposit down for, plus incidentals.

Hotel Solamar, US Grant, and I believe Manchster Grand Hyatt: In order to check in, they put a hold for the entire stay.

Horton Grand:  My memory is a little vague because I was more worried about seeing a ghost there and the hotel decor had a creepy vibe, but I think they wanted to charge me for the whole stay but when I protested, the manager came out from the back, did some sort of magic on the computer, and handed me the room card.  So they must have only put a hold only for the 2 remaining nights plus incidentals.

I know for those with great credit, it's generally not an issue.  But for some of us with not so big credit limits, it's helpful to know.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on March 18, 2019, 01:20:28 PM
Yeah, it varies from hotel to hotel as others have mentioned.

IIRC, our group had some of the same issues with the Hilton Bayfront last year. I believe someone in our party had a deposit hold for a thousand as well as the final charge upon checkout for another thousand and the pending charge was on their card for at least a couple of weeks after they got home. It does always seem like HBF is the one hotel that always has some variations to whatever their official policy is.

One semi-related tip that I can pass along is if you don't plan on ordering room service or anything like that is to make sure to tell them at check-in that you want to disable "bill to room" charges. Last year at the HBF in the middle of the night I had a $100 charge notification on my credit card for the bar in the hotel and it turned out someone (perhaps erroneously) charged their bar tab to one of our rooms. We called the front desk and they immediately took care of it, but I'll definitely disable that feature at any future check-ins.

Call in advance, talk to a manager about their deposit policy, and if they try to do something different at check-in let them know what you were told when you called. Of all the hotels I've stayed in over the years, I've never really had a bad experience with any of the hotel staff *knock on wood* and everyone is super helpful and accommodating.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 18, 2019, 01:36:26 PM
Just found out a co-worker is going to a work related convention in San Diego.  He's staying at the Hard Rock.  It's his first time to San Diego.  I gave him the low down on distance from the airport to the hotel, and distance from the hotel to the convention center. 

It's scary how much I know about this stuff...and I don't live anywhere near there.

 :) ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on March 18, 2019, 02:08:55 PM
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It's scary how much I know about this stuff...and I don't live anywhere near there.

It's awesome! I was just having a discussion about this the other day; I feel like I know downtown San Diego very well just from my time going to the conventions every year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: vegasndn on March 18, 2019, 11:48:20 PM
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Just found out a co-worker is going to a work related convention in San Diego.  He's staying at the Hard Rock.  It's his first time to San Diego.  I gave him the low down on distance from the airport to the hotel, and distance from the hotel to the convention center. 

It's scary how much I know about this stuff...and I don't live anywhere near there.

 :) ???
Same here when friends head to San Diego I say take this freeway that freeway and you’re there. We’ve stayed at a lot of places during our time at comic con. So I help them out as much as I can.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on March 19, 2019, 03:09:08 AM
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It's awesome! I was just having a discussion about this the other day; I feel like I know downtown San Diego very well just from my time going to the conventions every year.

I have poured over downtown maps so much I think downtown San Diego is imprinted in my brain.  :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: janray on March 19, 2019, 05:51:13 AM
Me too! Guilty pastime on break at work, Google Maps street view "walking" downtown.  :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 19, 2019, 06:59:44 AM
First year I attended CC I didn't leave until Monday evening, so, had the day to do what I wanted. Daughter and I took the trolley around the loop that it travels, getting off several times to sight see. It was a really good way of getting the "lay of the land" for the following year!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on March 19, 2019, 07:06:31 AM
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First year I attended CC I didn't leave until Monday evening, so, had the day to do what I wanted. Daughter and I took the trolley around the loop that it travels, getting off several times to sight see. It was a really good way of getting the "lay of the land" for the following year!

Hmmm...I might do that this year....great idea1 ::)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 19, 2019, 07:37:43 AM
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First year I attended CC I didn't leave until Monday evening, so, had the day to do what I wanted. Daughter and I took the trolley around the loop that it travels, getting off several times to sight see. It was a really good way of getting the "lay of the land" for the following year!

I thought I was weird for doing things like that.  Now I know I'm 'normal'.   :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on March 19, 2019, 10:36:05 PM
Do we have a tentative date of when hotel registration goes up? I want to put in PTO for work in advance.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on March 19, 2019, 10:39:07 PM
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Do we have a tentative date of when hotel registration goes up? I want to put in PTO for work in advance.

April-ish is the best guess.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on March 20, 2019, 12:09:44 PM
Hotel Circle? Mission Valley?
Early Bird? Get real!
Bring on the Hotelpocalypse,
Give us Bayfront deals!

Anxiously we wait,
For the hotel hunt from hell,
Toucan blog we ask,
“When the heck is the sale?!”

Killing time, skimming posts,
Reading poll after poll,
Our mouse wheels are smoking,
As we scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll.

Be ready when it comes,
Click it fast before they’re gone,
Con gods, please smile upon us,
and grant a room to everyone!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 20, 2019, 12:21:25 PM
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Hotel Circle? Mission Valley?
Early Bird? Get real!
Bring on the Hotelpocalypse,
Give us Bayfront deals!

Anxiously we wait,
For the hotel hunt from hell,
Toucan blog we ask,
“When the heck is the sale?!”

Killing time, skimming posts,
Reading poll after poll,
Our mouse wheels are smoking,
As we scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll.

Be ready when it comes,
Click it fast before they’re gone,
Con gods, please smile upon us,
and grant a room to everyone!

Some talented musician please sing this and post it to YouTube  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on March 20, 2019, 02:19:59 PM
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For the hotel hunt from hell

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Nicodimas on March 21, 2019, 02:42:30 PM
Has anything been announced for the hotel lottery...shouldn't we know by now so we can you know plan...

did i miss the memo
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 21, 2019, 02:55:36 PM
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Has anything been announced for the hotel lottery...shouldn't we know by now so we can you know plan...

did i miss the memo

No, nothing announced.  And this delay is somewhat normal. There's usually unofficial news a few weeks before hand and there is some chatter and speculation.  Official news happens much closer to the date.  General consensus is that it'll be the first couple weeks of April.  So official news any time!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on March 21, 2019, 04:11:17 PM
I just checked my email from last year and they sent it on Friday March 30th. Sale was on Wednesday April 4th.

So I'm guessing just a few days before the sale happens!   ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dag2121 on March 21, 2019, 11:40:11 PM
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Has anything been announced for the hotel lottery...shouldn't we know by now so we can you know plan...

did i miss the memo

i am getting really nervous  :-[
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 22, 2019, 06:45:27 AM
They won’t send the email on March 30 this year! It will most likely be after WonderCon.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on March 22, 2019, 06:51:23 AM
That seems reasonable.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on March 22, 2019, 07:15:00 AM
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They won’t send the email on March 30 this year! It will most likely be after WonderCon.

That's reasonable, last year they sent it a week after Wonder con. So I'm thinking they'll send the email April 5th and sale goes one April 10th this year :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Violet on March 22, 2019, 08:28:48 AM
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That's reasonable, last year they sent it a week after Wonder con. So I'm thinking they'll send the email April 5th and sale goes one April 10th this year :)

Those were my thoughts as well! :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on March 23, 2019, 12:01:14 AM
Has anyone tried logging into on peak to make sure their information is ready to go? I forgot my password and now my account is locked out. I tried to put in the on peak id that was from last year so it would send me an activation code, but it says invalid.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on March 23, 2019, 01:27:40 AM
I think it like resets itself every year, basically your 'account' ends once the convention is over; like I was able to log into 2018's portfolio but 2019 shows that the email is invalid.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 23, 2019, 10:17:54 AM

Is anyone else feeling...surprisingly Zen about Hotelpocalyse this year? Like, don’t get me wrong, the nerves are still there, but for once, instead of feeling an impending sense of DOOM, I have this feeling that everything’s going to go smoothly. Maybe I’m just getting accustomed to the stress after doing this for three, now this will make four, years. I’m hoping it’s a premonition though lol.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: retired on March 23, 2019, 01:52:32 PM
I have never and will never call it hotelpocalypse because i dont feel its that bad. I discovered this forum while searching for any advantage in getting a close room and have become a member ever since. Really theres so many duplicate requests that they have to release extra rooms every year leading up to the con. Just check diligently and youll see the downtown rooms appear after the lottery through onpeak. The exchange here is certainly a plus but is not how most people get their rooms.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 23, 2019, 02:49:31 PM
Lol, and I'm the opposite. I do not do Zen. I do not have faith. I'm freaking out about Hotelpocalypse and will remain freaked out until the massive initial deposit clears my credit card. All other nervous Nellie's are welcome to sit with me.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on March 23, 2019, 02:55:08 PM
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Lol, and I'm the opposite. I do not do Zen. I do not have faith. I'm freaking out about Hotelpocalypse and will remain freaked out until the massive initial deposit clears my credit card. All other nervous Nellie's are welcome to sit with me.

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I’m sitting with you because I haven’t had an easy time since they switched to a lottery based entry system.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 23, 2019, 04:03:18 PM
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I’m sitting with you because I haven’t had an easy time since they switched to a lottery based entry system.
I am to the point where my butterflies have butterflies...other then my 1st year going I have never been lucky at getting a downtown hotel.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 23, 2019, 04:42:19 PM
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Lol, and I'm the opposite. I do not do Zen. I do not have faith. I'm freaking out about Hotelpocalypse and will remain freaked out until the massive initial deposit clears my credit card. All other nervous Nellie's are welcome to sit with me.

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To be fair, there's a good chance I'll be right back there in panic mode when we're about 48 hours out from the sale. I'm glad my primal fear center in my brain has given me a reprieve for the time being, but I may have to sit with you in the nervous Nellie section too, come that time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 23, 2019, 05:17:03 PM
I get nervous and butterflies in my stomach every time there is ANYTHING for SDCC< even if I do not have a horse in the race. For  example, even if I gt a badge in pre-reg, I am nervous during general reg. Even though I don't need parking, the parking lottery makes me nervous. Even if I don't want any of the 'exclusives', the lotteries for them make me nervous.

Everything about SDCC makes me nervous, but on the flip side, it also makes everything so exciting! Perhaps it's that everything about SDCC is so exciting that it makes me nervous...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on March 23, 2019, 05:20:12 PM
For me, it’s the 4-5 days between the lottery and getting the hotel email that’s the most nerve wrecking. Especially if you don’t get a hotel in the first wave and you have to wait another whole freaking week to see if you got anything.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on March 23, 2019, 05:25:52 PM
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For me, it’s the 4-5 days between the lottery and getting the hotel email that’s the most nerve wrecking. Especially if you don’t get a hotel in the first wave and you have to wait another whole freaking week to see if you got anything.

That is the WORST!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on March 24, 2019, 05:07:10 AM
Can someone please refresh my memory?  When buying rooms through the hotel sale, can you reserve dates beyond the last day of the convention (Sunday)?  I seem to remember having to add dates for the next week directly through the hotel. Am I remembering that correctly?  We are planning on staying until Monday or Tuesday and just now got to thinking I may need to see if the hotel has availability for those days.

Of course, without knowing which hotel you may/may not get, that is a bit of a challenge.  :-\ 
I assume that most hotels will start to see plenty of openings starting Sunday night??
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tsnyder on March 24, 2019, 06:04:57 AM
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Can someone please refresh my memory?  When buying rooms through the hotel sale, can you reserve dates beyond the last day of the convention (Sunday)?  I seem to remember having to add dates for the next week directly through the hotel. Am I remembering that correctly?  We are planning on staying until Monday or Tuesday and just now got to thinking I may need to see if the hotel has availability for those days.

Of course, without knowing which hotel you may/may not get, that is a bit of a challenge.  :-\ 
I assume that most hotels will start to see plenty of openings starting Sunday night??
You can through the lottery sale but you pay the convention prices for those days as well. Best to do wed-sun through lottery and get the bookend days separately, cheaper that way. Last two years doing that hard rock and bayfront let us stay in same room for the 3 reservations with no problems.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on March 24, 2019, 06:22:52 AM
I think being zen does help. When you really want something sometimes you need to let go, trust the process, and be thankful for the opportunities you've received thus far.

This was the first year that I stopped obsessing about the badge sale, and I actually got some this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on March 24, 2019, 09:22:49 AM
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Can someone please refresh my memory?  When buying rooms through the hotel sale, can you reserve dates beyond the last day of the convention (Sunday)?  I seem to remember having to add dates for the next week directly through the hotel. Am I remembering that correctly?  We are planning on staying until Monday or Tuesday and just now got to thinking I may need to see if the hotel has availability for those days.

Of course, without knowing which hotel you may/may not get, that is a bit of a challenge.  :-\ 
I assume that most hotels will start to see plenty of openings starting Sunday night??

You almost definitely will be able to find a cheaper rate for days before Wednesday and days after Sunday booking directly through the hotel. And if you’re worried about no availability, you shouldn’t be. Past two years I had no problems booking Tuesday night, even a couple months after the hotel lottery has finished. And if in some unlikely scenario the hotel you get through lottery doesn’t have rooms available before or after, you’re most likely near another hotel that does, and it shouldn’t be too inconvenient to switch hotels. Heck, I’ve switched hotels mid-con (rode a shuttle with my luggage to the convention center and walked to our hotel from there).

I’ve never had a problem getting a hotel to combine multiple reservations. In fact, last year we lucked out. Our hotel lottery res was for one bed, but our Tuesday reservation was for two beds, and they were able to combine the two and let us stay in the two bed the entire time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on March 24, 2019, 12:21:20 PM
As someone who has always reserved the bookend dates outside of OnPeak - it appears as HBF has wised up this year. HBF rates have been $300/n for the pre-con dates since I've been monitoring them.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on March 24, 2019, 12:42:45 PM
At the MGH last couple years the bookend rates haven't been much lower than the con rate.  But it is definitely worth checking!  And I've never had a problem getting bookend dates, we come early and stay late :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 24, 2019, 12:51:49 PM
You can also usually get a AAA discount on bookend nights, making them cheaper.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on March 24, 2019, 01:48:52 PM
Worried about hotelapocolypse.  For the past three years we haven’t even gotten a hotel thru the lottery and then have to watch everyday hoping something will open up.  My boss never likes me during this time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on March 24, 2019, 02:49:05 PM
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My boss never likes me during this time.
Right?! What gives??? Who doesn’t understand the importance of having time off to set up a 5 laptop command center in your living room in an effort to score tickets to a four day costume party and geek festival on the other side of the country???? I mean, what do they expect? Geesh


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on March 24, 2019, 03:53:42 PM
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Right?! What gives??? Who doesn’t understand the importance of having time off to set up a 5 laptop command center in your living room in an effort to score tickets to a four day costume party and geek festival on the other side of the country???? I mean, what do they expect? Geesh


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 24, 2019, 04:15:48 PM
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Right?! What gives??? Who doesn’t understand the importance of having time off to set up a 5 laptop command center in your living room in an effort to score tickets to a four day costume party and geek festival on the other side of the country???? I mean, what do they expect? Geesh


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 24, 2019, 07:31:48 PM
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Right?! What gives??? Who doesn’t understand the importance of having time off to set up a 5 laptop command center in your living room in an effort to score tickets to a four day costume party and geek festival on the other side of the country???? I mean, what do they expect? Geesh

Surely you should be able to take a day of paid leave for such an important endeavor!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on March 24, 2019, 08:53:56 PM
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Worried about hotelapocolypse.  For the past three years we haven’t even gotten a hotel thru the lottery and then have to watch everyday hoping something will open up.  My boss never likes me during this time.

I had just started a new job last year. I swear that any time someone walked by my cube I had just previously gotten an alert from FoCC and was updating the hotels page on my phone. Somehow still held the job despite appearing like I was on my phone 24/7 (I don’t use work PC’s for personal biz).


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 24, 2019, 11:56:36 PM
I’ve already warned my boss I’m going to be late for work that day.  With the timezones, it’ll likely be around 6am my time. I usually leave for work around 6:15-6:30.  So I’m just bumping it back a bit. My supervisor had approved it and said to just let her know when the date is announced. Everyone in the office is aware of how important the con is to me so they’re use to odd requests like that that they don’t understand but know are important to me lol


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on March 25, 2019, 12:19:42 AM
I'm wondering what kind of natural disaster is going to happen on hotelapocolypse.  Both days for badge registration this time around the power magically went out at my house - thank god for friends.  If it happens that day too, I'm going to laugh because of course! (and cry a little).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on March 25, 2019, 08:06:03 AM
The power went out for me on badge day too. It was temporary thank goodness. We had random heavy winds that day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: karli2067 on March 25, 2019, 08:40:25 AM
question regarding the hotel lottery--has anyone used their phone to fill out the form?  is it compatible?  (I have an iphone 6s).  And second question--has anyone had any experience with renting a hot spot?  that has to be a thing right?  i'll be at work and ive already informed all my coworkers that I am commandeering their computers but I wanted to bring my laptop in and we do not have wifi.  Last year I had a hotspot on my phone but since leaving Verizon I don't have that anymore
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jamiesugah on March 25, 2019, 08:43:03 AM
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question regarding the hotel lottery--has anyone used their phone to fill out the form?  is it compatible?  (I have an iphone 6s). 

I have not but I know people on this forum have used their phones in the past.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 25, 2019, 08:58:11 AM
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Last year I had a hotspot on my phone but since leaving Verizon I don't have that anymore

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I'm confused...

Is Verizon the only carrier that offers the option of using your phone as a hot spot?

Who is you current carrier?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: karli2067 on March 25, 2019, 09:44:26 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I have straight talk now and everything I read so far says it will not support use as a hot spot. (and where I used to be able to turn on the hotspot it is just a never ending loading circle)  its so much cheaper so I cant complain too much I guess
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on March 25, 2019, 09:45:02 AM
I have an IPhone 6S and had no trouble filling out the form. Also, have ATT and Hotspot works well for me.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on March 25, 2019, 11:52:12 AM
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I’ve already warned my boss I’m going to be late for work that day.  With the timezones, it’ll likely be around 6am my time. I usually leave for work around 6:15-6:30.  So I’m just bumping it back a bit. My supervisor had approved it and said to just let her know when the date is announced. Everyone in the office is aware of how important the con is to me so they’re use to odd requests like that that they don’t understand but know are important to me lol


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You luck out on the time!  It's 10am here (I leave for work at 6:30 am) and I can tell you my boss won't understand.  She has already told me I don't get SDCC off in 2020.  So I am just going to have an emergency that day vs asking and getting told no. 

Already looking for a new job, the silly boss thinks that I will stick around after she told me no SDCC IN 2020. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 25, 2019, 12:07:20 PM
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You luck out on the time!  It's 10am here (I leave for work at 6:30 am) and I can tell you my boss won't understand.  She has already told me I don't get SDCC off in 2020.  So I am just going to have an emergency that day vs asking and getting told no. 

Already looking for a new job, the silly boss thinks that I will stick around after she told me no SDCC IN 2020.

Aren't you scheduled for emergency pneumonia on that dates of SDCC 2020? And very contagious, so no one could visit you in the hospital...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 25, 2019, 12:17:22 PM
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She has already told me I don't get SDCC off in 2020. 


I'm kind of flabbergasted by that.  But then again, I've been working a long time, and have enough cred to TELL my boss when I'm taking vacation.

I'm curious how a boss can tell you they're not going to give you vacation that's more than a year away.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on March 25, 2019, 12:25:19 PM
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I'm curious how a boss can tell you they're not going to give you vacation that's more than a year away.
There are plenty of jobs that require employees to take their vacation during certain times of year, for example many production facilities in my area shut down for a week at July 4th and a week at Christmas for maintenance repairs. For those who only have two weeks of vacation, that is the only time they get unless they are able to work out another arrangement with the boss (which typically doesn’t get approved ). I used to work at such a place and it sucked!!


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on March 25, 2019, 01:00:51 PM
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There are plenty of jobs that require employees to take their vacation during certain times of year, for example many production facilities in my area shut down for a week at July 4th and a week at Christmas for maintenance repairs. For those who only have two weeks of vacation, that is the only time they get unless they are able to work out another arrangement with the boss (which typically doesn’t get approved ). I used to work at such a place and it sucked!!


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When you've worked for as long as I have, you tend to forget about those kinds of restrictions.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on March 25, 2019, 01:04:10 PM
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Aren't you scheduled for emergency pneumonia on that dates of SDCC 2020? And very contagious, so no one could visit you in the hospital...

I will be if I don't get a new job by then!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on March 25, 2019, 01:05:12 PM
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Thank You You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  for enlightening me. 

When you've worked for as long as I have, you tend to forget about those kinds of restrictions.

I feel like my degree should have come with a warning.  I don't know what you do but I may have to switch to your career!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 25, 2019, 01:08:03 PM
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You luck out on the time!  It's 10am here (I leave for work at 6:30 am) and I can tell you my boss won't understand.  She has already told me I don't get SDCC off in 2020.  So I am just going to have an emergency that day vs asking and getting told no. 

Already looking for a new job, the silly boss thinks that I will stick around after she told me no SDCC IN 2020.

I'm going to be rooting for you to get a new job then because that's terrible.  Absolutely terrible.  My job has some restrictions, like only 4 people can be out on Christmas Eve (that's a third of our department), but smack dab in the middle of summer?  With lots of advanced notice? Nah man.  That's an oppressive work environment.  Prayer circle for a better work environment in your future.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: debster on March 25, 2019, 05:31:21 PM
One of my friends who usually goes to SDCC with me has to cancel this year because there's a vacation freeze at her work because of the timing of a big project she's involved with - I feel really bad for her.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on March 26, 2019, 07:18:14 AM
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One of my friends who usually goes to SDCC with me has to cancel this year because there's a vacation freeze at her work because of the timing of a big project she's involved with - I feel really bad for her.

I had this happen at my work one year, however, I lucked out.  They understood it was my big trip and since it was approved before the freeze was announced I got to go.  That place was great, I could put my vacations in the system for 3 years in advance.  The minute we found out the dates I asked for the time off.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on March 26, 2019, 08:04:21 AM
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I had this happen at my work one year, however, I lucked out.  They understood it was my big trip and since it was approved before the freeze was announced I got to go.  That place was great, I could put my vacations in the system for 3 years in advance.  The minute we found out the dates I asked for the time off.

3 years in advance?  Wow...we have to wait until six months before to even request vacation time.  Nice!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on March 26, 2019, 08:20:13 AM
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3 years in advance?  Wow...we have to wait until six months before to even request vacation time.  Nice!

My new place is definitely under a year, I keep looking to see, just in case I don't find a new job for 2020.  I figure I can put it in and see how serious my boss really is about I can't take it off in 2020.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 26, 2019, 10:26:06 AM
My job only lets us officially request it off once we've accumulated enough time.  But unofficially you can put it in the calendar whenever you want.  It's just not locked into our clock in system until the PTO is accumulated. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on March 26, 2019, 10:38:16 AM
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My job only lets us officially request it off once we've accumulated enough time.  But unofficially you can put it in the calendar whenever you want.  It's just not locked into our clock in system until the PTO is accumulated.


That seems fair,  does it calculate what PTO you will have at that time or just what you have?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 26, 2019, 11:26:20 AM
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That seems fair,  does it calculate what PTO you will have at that time or just what you have?

It used to not calculate it and I had to do it by hand, but I think a recent update created a new column that gives you the chance to project.  I don't trust it though.  I've been calculating by hand for four years and I'll continue to do it lol. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on March 26, 2019, 02:11:30 PM
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It used to not calculate it and I had to do it by hand, but I think a recent update created a new column that gives you the chance to project.  I don't trust it though.  I've been calculating by hand for four years and I'll continue to do it lol.

I keep a spreadsheet also, I never trust the robots!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 26, 2019, 02:13:51 PM
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I keep a spreadsheet also, I never trust the robots!

There's a Terminator or Westworld joke in here I can feel it...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 26, 2019, 04:06:37 PM
So I'm seeing chatter on Twitter that OnPeak didn't give the hotels the deposits for Wondercon.  omg please do not let this be a sign of things to come for SDCC.  This is a major error and people seem to be having trouble checking in (including one of my writers).  Goodness.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on March 26, 2019, 04:10:36 PM
I think the problem is on the hotel side of the house.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 26, 2019, 04:11:42 PM
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Oh? That could be good as far as OnPeak goes at least.  Different city.  Different set of hotels.  So it might not carry over. I'm seeing a lot of blame thrown at OnPeak, but it could just be people projecting since they've had issues in the past.  What makes you think it's the hotel side of things?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on March 26, 2019, 04:30:10 PM
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Oh? That could be good as far as OnPeak goes at least.  Different city.  Different set of hotels.  So it might not carry over. I'm seeing a lot of blame thrown at OnPeak, but it could just be people projecting since they've had issues in the past.  What makes you think it's the hotel side of things?
I called the hotel and they said that they are processing the data from OnPeak.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on March 26, 2019, 04:35:58 PM
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I called the hotel and they said that they are processing the data from OnPeak.


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Thanks for the info! I'll put my pitchfork down... for now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on March 28, 2019, 11:50:10 AM
Does anyone think Hotelpocalypse will be NEXT week since WonderCon is this weekend?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on March 28, 2019, 11:58:49 AM
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Does anyone think Hotelpocalypse will be NEXT week since WonderCon is this weekend?

So We're thinking they'll send the email April 5th and sale goes on April 10th this year.
Wonder Con is March 29th - 31st


Last year they sent the email March 30th and sale was April 4th.
Wonder Con was March 23rd - 25th


A week after WC :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on March 28, 2019, 12:13:16 PM
Yes!!!


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on March 30, 2019, 08:50:56 AM
In an attempt to prepare for the hotel sale, I’m looking over the hotel list from last year and need help understanding some of the red letter notes. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190330/1ac2cba671ae7eaab4afc614971f03ef.jpg)Where it lists the column for “1 Adult/2 Beds (2 beds not guaranteed)”, does this mean you could potentially pay for a more expensive room and still show up at the hotel to find out you only get 1 bed??? Forgive me if this is a silly question to which there is an obvious answer that I am just overlooking


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on March 30, 2019, 09:03:42 AM
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In an attempt to prepare for the hotel sale, I’m looking over the hotel list from last year and need help understanding some of the red letter notes. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190330/1ac2cba671ae7eaab4afc614971f03ef.jpg)Where it lists the column for “1 Adult/2 Beds (2 beds not guaranteed)”, does this mean you could potentially pay for a more expensive room and still show up at the hotel to find out you only get 1 bed??? Forgive me if this is a silly question to which there is an obvious answer that I am just overlooking


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If you don’t get the two beds at check-in despite having a two bed reservation, they usually drop the rate down to the one bed rate and comp a rollaway... at least that’s what’s supposed to happen.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on March 30, 2019, 09:11:26 AM
Thanks! That’s exactly what I wanted to know!


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hipchick on March 30, 2019, 01:27:39 PM
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There are plenty of jobs that require employees to take their vacation during certain times of year, for example many production facilities in my area shut down for a week at July 4th and a week at Christmas for maintenance repairs. For those who only have two weeks of vacation, that is the only time they get unless they are able to work out another arrangement with the boss (which typically doesn’t get approved ). I used to work at such a place and it sucked!!


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I worked at a network and we couldn’t take vacations in September because of premiers. Same with May and finales.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 01, 2019, 01:42:56 PM
So I called and spoke to onpeak today regarding that my login/password was locked out. They said the login button will only work for people who made early bird hotel registrations. The system won't recognize login information from 2018.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Deathbyjackal on April 02, 2019, 03:21:17 AM
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So We're thinking they'll send the email April 5th and sale goes on April 10th this year.
Wonder Con is March 29th - 31st


Last year they sent the email March 30th and sale was April 4th.
Wonder Con was March 23rd - 25th


A week after WC :)

Those seem like reasonable dates to bet on! It’s gotta be close, right?

Let me start preparing my battlestation and hope that no one bothers me at work for an hour or so!



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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on April 02, 2019, 03:42:46 AM
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Let me start preparing my battlestation and hope that no one bothers me at work for an hour or so.
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 02, 2019, 08:23:04 AM
What time does the sale usually start?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 02, 2019, 08:38:01 AM
It's been 9am PDT for a few years, but when they added the waiting room last year I think that opens at 8?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 02, 2019, 08:42:14 AM
I was considering taking some time off for the sale, but I'm on the east coast and leaving mid-day won't really work, logistically speaking. Oh well. *sigh*
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 02, 2019, 08:43:28 AM
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I was considering taking some time off for the sale, but I'm on the east coast and leaving mid-day won't really work, logistically speaking. Oh well. *sigh*

Maybe an extra long lunch?!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 02, 2019, 08:47:29 AM
Maybe...but then I'll have to find a computer close by. I don't really live near my job. There is a Kinkos around here, but I'm always anxious about using public computers for stuff like this. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 02, 2019, 10:21:43 AM
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Maybe...but then I'll have to find a computer close by. I don't really live near my job. There is a Kinkos around here, but I'm always anxious about using public computers for stuff like this.

So will you try on your phone? 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 02, 2019, 10:57:45 AM
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So will you try on your phone?

I didn't think of that. I'll figure it out. Doing it on the clock isn't completely out of the question. I mean I'm doing this on the clock LOL. It just makes me nervous, and it never fails that people constantly need you when you need a little peace.   
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on April 02, 2019, 11:03:37 AM
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I didn't think of that. I'll figure it out. Doing it on the clock isn't completely out of the question. I mean I'm doing this on the clock LOL. It just makes me nervous, and it never fails that people constantly need you when you need a little peace.
Lunch break?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 02, 2019, 11:16:31 AM
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I didn't think of that. I'll figure it out. Doing it on the clock isn't completely out of the question. I mean I'm doing this on the clock LOL. It just makes me nervous, and it never fails that people constantly need you when you need a little peace.

I get it!  It is nerve wracking enough without the extra pressure of work  ??? 

But I do want to be sure everyone understands that anyone who is participating in the Exchange MUST PARTICIPATE in the sale.  The Exchange is to help those who tried but were unsuccessful in getting a room, or to help facilitate trades for those who would like a different hotel than what they got.  We are NOT here to do it for you.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 02, 2019, 11:29:49 AM
I apologize if that's what it sounded like I was alluding to, but I'm definitely participating in the sale. Just trying to get as much info as I can in order to better plan for the day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 02, 2019, 11:32:45 AM
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I apologize if that's what it sounded like I was alluding to, but I'm definitely participating in the sale. Just trying to get as much info as I can in order to better plan for the day.

Not at all!  Just want to be sure everyone reading is on the same page.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dubb on April 02, 2019, 04:53:07 PM
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to help facilitate trades for those who would like a different hotel than what they got. 

Exactly what I am here for. I ended up with a half dozen rooms at the MMM last year, and either gave them away or swung a three-way trade that got me where I really wanted - the Hard Rock.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 02, 2019, 08:13:23 PM
I'm debating letting my office know that I'll be in late the day of the sale, whenever it's announced (fingers crossed it's soon), or just taking my laptop and going in early to the office to camp out there to do the forms.

Pros of going in late:
- Being at home and comfortable.
- Pajamas
- Access to snacks and the like

Cons of going in late:
- Late to work, probably crazy late going home (at least traffic won't be bad when I'd leave lol)

Pros of going into the office
- Dual monitors at work (I can use my work computer or my laptop)
- Laptop is portable so it can go with me.
- Starbucks
- Office wifi/internet

Cons of going into the office
- basically reverse the pros of going in late.
- Waking up and leaving earlier
- Office wifi
- Getting my laptop onto the wifi (it was pretty painless on my phone but you never know)

I'm currently leaning towards going in early...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on April 02, 2019, 08:46:25 PM
This is the first year that I could be looking to get two rooms in the hotel sale and I just trying to figure out if you can split the group booking so that the deposits can be paid separately and if you can how to do it. I think I remember seeing something about it for last years sale but as it didn't apply to me at the time I didn't pay to much attention if there was.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 02, 2019, 09:15:17 PM
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This is the first year that I could be looking to get two rooms in the hotel sale and I just trying to figure out if you can split the group booking so that the deposits can be paid separately and if you can how to do it. I think I remember seeing something about it for last years sale but as it didn't apply to me at the time I didn't pay to much attention if there was.

So, if you get a block of rooms (more than one room on a single entry into the hotel form), you can then split the individual rooms to different people. That way, they can have their own login and only affect their room. That way, you're able to have people put different cards on different rooms even if they're technically on the same booking.

Did that make sense? I did it last year and it was super easy (never had to call support for help etc.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on April 02, 2019, 10:17:54 PM
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So, if you get a block of rooms (more than one room on a single entry into the hotel form), you can then split the individual rooms to different people. That way, they can have their own login and only affect their room. That way, you're able to have people put different cards on different rooms even if they're technically on the same booking.

Did that make sense? I did it last year and it was super easy (never had to call support for help etc.)

Thanks Iris for the information, I knew someone on the forum would know what to do. Will most likely have a few more questions when we get confirmation of the hotel sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 03, 2019, 06:56:13 AM
For the last three years, we have had 3 computers (3 separate comic con IDs) going to try to get a hotel.   Even when we've been fortunate enough to get at least one in fairly quickly we haven't gotten a hotel after first round.   Does anyone have any "secrets" on how they always get a hotel?    Last year, we ended up with the Hyatt, but that was after weeks and weeks of checking to see if any rooms opened up and the stress of that was a nightmare.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tsnyder on April 03, 2019, 07:28:14 AM
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For the last three years, we have had 3 computers (3 separate comic con IDs) going to try to get a hotel.   Even when we've been fortunate enough to get at least one in fairly quickly we haven't gotten a hotel after first round.   Does anyone have any "secrets" on how they always get a hotel?    Last year, we ended up with the Hyatt, but that was after weeks and weeks of checking to see if any rooms opened up and the stress of that was a nightmare.

With the 3 computers you can also have separate browsers going like Chrome and Firefox to have even more chances for that first hit.  Hotel sale isn't like badge sale that is tied to Member ID so the more the merrier.

I am REALLY hoping we get an email this Friday about the sale being the 10th.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 03, 2019, 07:36:39 AM
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With the 3 computers you can also have separate browsers going like Chrome and Firefox to have even more chances for that first hit.  Hotel sale isn't like badge sale that is tied to Member ID so the more the merrier.

I am REALLY hoping we get an email this Friday about the sale being the 10th.

When you have it on multiple separate browsers, do you have it in private mode? I'm really hoping for the sale to be on the 17th since I'm off that day. Yet, knowing my luck it's going to be on the 10th when I have a 12 hour work day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 03, 2019, 08:19:04 AM
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Thanks Iris for the information, I knew someone on the forum would know what to do. Will most likely have a few more questions when we get confirmation of the hotel sale.

Also to add it has to be within a short window of when you accept the rooms.  You have to put your card on to set everything up, then they need to log on ASAP to change the payment info or you get charged.  Once you are charged OnPEak will not change the payment to another card.  I have seen them process it within 20 ins and other times an hour.  I think they have the system scheduled to run at certain times.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 03, 2019, 08:31:52 AM
I wonder if Star Wars Celebration occurring next weekend will push back the date of the SDCC Hotel Sale, since OnPeak is handling the hotel booking for that event... if it doesn't I imagine the hold times for calling in may be a bit longer than other years.

If I worked at OnPeak I'd avoid that scenario if possible... but they seem to embrace the chaos so who knows.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 03, 2019, 08:43:25 AM
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I wonder if Star Wars Celebration occurring next weekend will push back the date of the SDCC Hotel Sale, since OnPeak is handling the hotel booking for that event... if it doesn't I imagine the hold times for calling in may be a bit longer than other years.

If I worked at OnPeak I'd avoid that scenario if possible... but they seem to embrace the chaos so who knows.

They usually transfer the hotels two weeks or more before the event.  So Onpeak should be wrapped up by now with the SWCC.  I don't think it will impact the sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tsnyder on April 03, 2019, 08:58:12 AM
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When you have it on multiple separate browsers, do you have it in private mode? I'm really hoping for the sale to be on the 17th since I'm off that day. Yet, knowing my luck it's going to be on the 10th when I have a 12 hour work day.

No you don't have to have in private mode.  Since the hotel link isn't associated with any type of ID or code you can use multiple times.  Key is to have open in mutiple browsers and use the first one in as your primary.  Biggest key is watching any type of duplicate entry which might be what has gotten you in the past because they don't let you know about it.  Previous posts here go into quite a bit of detail about duplicates.  I'm pretty sure in the past mine where getting kicked because my son and I would both put in reservations and had the same last name and address and kept getting nothing good.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Darth_Primus on April 03, 2019, 09:07:58 AM
I'm worried the hotel lottery will be on the days I'm traveling for business.   With my luck, that will happen.  IIRC, it usually happens on a Thursday.
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Post by: sessionka on April 03, 2019, 09:40:16 AM
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I'm worried the hotel lottery will be on the days I'm traveling for business.   With my luck, that will happen.  IIRC, it usually happens on a Thursday.



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2012 March 16-18           March 29
2013 March 29-31           February 26
2014 April 18-20             April 8
2015 April 3-5                 March 24
2016 March 25-27           April 5 .   Tuesday
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2018 March 23-25           April 4     Wednesday     
2019 March 29-31            ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Darth_Primus on April 03, 2019, 02:12:06 PM
As long as Hotelpocalypse is not on April 10th, 17th and 18th I should be good.

The email notification for Hotelpocalypse is usually given the week before, right?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darlenealderson on April 03, 2019, 04:33:48 PM
I guess OnPeak is lucky after colossal issues with #AvengersEndgameTickets, the hotel lottery should look like a success in comparison ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on April 03, 2019, 04:38:33 PM
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Also to add it has to be within a short window of when you accept the rooms.  You have to put your card on to set everything up, then they need to log on ASAP to change the payment info or you get charged.  Once you are charged OnPEak will not change the payment to another card.  I have seen them process it within 20 ins and other times an hour.  I think they have the system scheduled to run at certain times.

Thanks for letting me know.
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Post by: Angel_ on April 03, 2019, 04:46:10 PM
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I guess OnPeak is lucky after colossal issues with #AvengersEndgameTickets, the hotel lottery should look like a success in comparison ;)

"I mean, we're bad. But we're not THAT bad." -OnPeak probably
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Post by: Iris on April 03, 2019, 05:42:00 PM
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I guess OnPeak is lucky after colossal issues with #AvengersEndgameTickets, the hotel lottery should look like a success in comparison ;)

I didn't realize there were a ton of issues. I waited in a waiting room on the app for about 7 minutes at 9:10am (pacific) and got through the purchase painlessly. I guess I was incredibly lucky.

Fingers crossed that hotelpocalypse goes smoothly.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 03, 2019, 09:50:23 PM


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As long as Hotelpocalypse is not on April 10th, 17th and 18th I should be good.

The email notification for Hotelpocalypse is usually given the week before, right?

Yes, usually a little under a week ahead of the sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 04, 2019, 07:24:59 AM
I get the part about using different browsers but if my adult daughters and I all have the same last name how do we get around being kicked out because of duplicates
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 04, 2019, 08:12:49 AM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 04, 2019, 12:07:36 PM
Has anyone had luck with requesting multiple rooms in one entry?  This year we have 6 of us going (5 adults and 1 infant), so we would really like to get 2 rooms at the same place if possible. 
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Post by: TardisMom on April 04, 2019, 12:22:49 PM
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Has anyone had luck with requesting multiple rooms in one entry?  This year we have 6 of us going (5 adults and 1 infant), so we would really like to get 2 rooms at the same place if possible.

Yes, I've requested more than one room and been successful each year with OnPeak.  My first choice is MGH which is large, so that helps.
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Post by: ozzz on April 04, 2019, 12:30:03 PM
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My first choice is MGH which is large, so that helps.
I loved the MGH last year! I arrived at 6am and they gave me my room by 9am instead of waiting for the actual check in time :D
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Post by: kihou on April 04, 2019, 01:12:56 PM
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Yes, I've requested more than one room and been successful each year with OnPeak.  My first choice is MGH which is large, so that helps.
Thank you!  I think we are going for MGH or Bayfront as our firsts, I'll have to check which in that area have the most rooms. 

Has anyone gotten a suite otherwise?  I've requested it in the past and never got one, I assume there are just so few of them that they are impossible to get in the lotto.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 04, 2019, 01:33:08 PM
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Thank you!  I think we are going for MGH or Bayfront as our firsts, I'll have to check which in that area have the most rooms. 

Has anyone gotten a suite otherwise?  I've requested it in the past and never got one, I assume there are just so few of them that they are impossible to get in the lotto.

A friend of mine requested a suite at the Hard Rock and got it no problem.  The suites there are weird though.  I do not recommend lol.

If you're aiming for larger hotels for a good shot at rooms, here's a breakdown..

Hilton Bayfront: 1,190
Marriott Marquis & Marina: 1,362
MGH: 1,628

But those three are also the most competitive (except maybe the Hard Rock?) so number of rooms doesn't increase your odds by too much.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 04, 2019, 01:40:54 PM
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Has anyone had luck with requesting multiple rooms in one entry?  This year we have 6 of us going (5 adults and 1 infant), so we would really like to get 2 rooms at the same place if possible.
Another option for you is the Embassy Suites...You could fit 6 people in one room(which is technically 2 rooms). Although you would all have to share one bathroom. It's not as close as the HBF or Hyatt but the walk is doable.
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Post by: kihou on April 04, 2019, 01:45:54 PM
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Another option for you is the Embassy Suites...You could fit 6 people in one room(which is technically 2 rooms). Although you would all have to share one bathroom. It's not as close as the HBF or Hyatt but the walk is doable.
I'll have to look into those as well.  Ideally we would have 2 rooms so that the non-baby people can hide away in case he's cranky ;D but if the suites offer a door or partition as you are suggesting then that might work too!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 04, 2019, 03:05:10 PM
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Another option for you is the Embassy Suites...You could fit 6 people in one room(which is technically 2 rooms). Although you would all have to share one bathroom. It's not as close as the HBF or Hyatt but the walk is doable.

One of my friends always chooses Embassy Suites as their first choice just because they can cram 6-8 in a room. Also, don’t they get free continental breakfast? I believe there’s also a Dunkin’ Donuts in the building.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 04, 2019, 03:24:33 PM
If having two rooms is the goal, the Ramada has that as well.  The bathroom is in one room, though, so that room knows the others bathroom habits lol. But if it's just to separate a baby, I think it'll work great!  They aren't terribly big, but it worked one year pre con with me in one room and my cousin and her son in the other.  The two rooms are individually smaller than an average hotel room, but together about on part or slightly bigger.  So that's an option.

Also it's has a wicked cool elevator that's like oldest in the county or something (there's a little plaque in it that explains it).

Also it's haunted.  wooOOooOoo
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mark on April 04, 2019, 04:13:27 PM
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One of my friends always chooses Embassy Suites as their first choice just because they can cram 6-8 in a room. Also, don’t they get free continental breakfast? I believe there’s also a Dunkin’ Donuts in the building.

It's a full breakfast with omelets and what not. (And there's a Dunks :) )

We're staying at the Homewood Suites in Little Italy this year and will do a review afterwards. One of their options is a suite with 2 separate bedrooms, a sofa bed, free breakfast and a full kitchen.  It's not part of the official sale so they do raise their prices during SDCC but we're using it in lieu of 2 rooms elsewhere and it should work out a bit cheaper.
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Post by: Karilg on April 04, 2019, 06:08:14 PM
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I'll have to look into those as well.  Ideally we would have 2 rooms so that the non-baby people can hide away in case he's cranky ;D but if the suites offer a door or partition as you are suggesting then that might work too!

My sisters and I stayed at the embassy suites for sdcc last year. They do indeed have a door in between the rooms so you can hide from baby if need be. Both rooms also have their own TVs, so you won’t get bored while hiding 😆 distance to the con is a little walk and not too bad but it is the first stop on the bus route back to the hotel(unless it changes this year) from the con. Hope this helps
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: zxcvb531 on April 04, 2019, 09:29:35 PM
checking room at major hotels near convention center $1000 a night right now
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 05, 2019, 07:30:55 AM
I haven't heard many people put Omni on their list of must-have hotels. Is it just too far away when compared to the other Con adjacent hotels?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on April 05, 2019, 07:37:44 AM
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I haven't heard many people put Omni on their list of must-have hotels. Is it just too far away?

It’s my top choice! It’s actually right across the street from the convention center! It’s just really hard to get.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 05, 2019, 08:08:53 AM
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It’s my top choice! It’s actually right across the street from the convention center! It’s just really hard to get.

Thanks!
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Post by: accelerate on April 05, 2019, 09:21:03 AM
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I haven't heard many people put Omni on their list of must-have hotels. Is it just too far away when compared to the other Con adjacent hotels?

I’ve stayed here 3x. I have mixed feelings on it.

Pros
* Right next to Con. So convenient to drop off stuff mid-day or just to go back for a nap.
* Easy access to a ton of food and offsites. I mean, the Game of Thrones off-site is right across the street. And there’s usually a virtual reality offsite in the Omni (at least for past two years).
* If you get the right room, awesome view of the convention center and bay.
* Decent chance of celeb sightings (though nowhere near as good as Hilton Bayfront / Marriott Marquis / Hard Rock)

Cons
* It gets very loud at night since it’s right next to Gaslamp with all the parties and hubbub going on. And strangely enough, it gets loud really early in the morning too.
* WiFi experience has been spotty
* Some of the rooms have bathrooms with sliding doors that leave a gap that you can peer in. Not the best for privacy.

Overall though, I always put Omni as my #1 or #2 pick.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Captain_R on April 05, 2019, 09:56:37 AM
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A friend of mine requested a suite at the Hard Rock and got it no problem.  The suites there are weird though.  I do not recommend lol.

If you're aiming for larger hotels for a good shot at rooms, here's a breakdown..

Hilton Bayfront: 1,190
Marriott Marquis & Marina: 1,362
MGH: 1,628

But those three are also the most competitive (except maybe the Hard Rock?) so number of rooms doesn't increase your odds by too much.

I was planning on getting a suite at the Hard Rock this year. Can you tell me whats weird about it and why you wouldn't recommend it?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Darth_Primus on April 05, 2019, 10:07:32 AM
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It's a full breakfast with omelets and what not. (And there's a Dunks :) )

We're staying at the Homewood Suites in Little Italy this year and will do a review afterwards. One of their options is a suite with 2 separate bedrooms, a sofa bed, free breakfast and a full kitchen.  It's not part of the official sale so they do raise their prices during SDCC but we're using it in lieu of 2 rooms elsewhere and it should work out a bit cheaper.

I love how Little Italy has gone through renovations and upgrades the past few years.  My wife and I prefer to go Little Italy for dinner instead of the Gaslamp now.   There a couple of new hotels in that area, one of which I stayed at a couple of year ago, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront.   It's a nice new hotel and IIRC breakfast is included.  I think some of the suites have fully usable kitchens, a big plus and shuttle is not too bad and there's the train station nearby as an alternative.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 05, 2019, 10:27:16 AM
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checking room at major hotels near convention center $1000 a night right now

Yeah don't buy outside the Hotelpocalypse if you can help it.  The prices are insane.

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I haven't heard many people put Omni on their list of must-have hotels. Is it just too far away when compared to the other Con adjacent hotels?

It's always on my list.  Usually 3-4 on my list of six.  It's good.  It's right at the same intersection as the Hard Rock and Hilton Gaslamp.  Not far at all and the price is right.  With so many hotels right at the same spot at the same price, my deciding factors tend to be extra perks.  I'm a Hilton Honors member so the Hilton's usually jump up my list as a result.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Psylocke16 on April 05, 2019, 10:56:08 AM
Any input/experience staying on Coronado Island?

I know those hotels aren't on the shuttle route but looking at a map it seems Ubering in off peak hours may be an okay alternative?

This is our first year going to SDCC so it's exciting but overwhelming at the same time!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 05, 2019, 11:26:35 AM
Do most people think we will get the hotel email today? I checked last years email & I received it at 2:07pm PT. Seems like we usually hear buzz about it beforehand, though, from SDCC Unofficial Blog. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 05, 2019, 11:31:44 AM
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Do most people think we will get the hotel email today? I checked last years email & I received it at 2:07pm PT. Seems like we usually hear buzz about it beforehand, though, from SDCC Unofficial Blog. Any thoughts?

Any thoughts would be conjecture, but my guess is next week. Say the lottery will be held the 17th.  Though if we go by the early bird, then the lottery will be around the 25th.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 05, 2019, 11:37:11 AM
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Any input/experience staying on Coronado Island?

I know those hotels aren't on the shuttle route but looking at a map it seems Ubering in off peak hours may be an okay alternative?

This is our first year going to SDCC so it's exciting but overwhelming at the same time!

I have no experience staying on Coronado Island, but my first time, I stayed on Shelter Island (missed the hotel sale), and took the shuttle.  The shuttle worked great and is 'free'.  My advice for a first timer...  If you don't get anything downtown, pick a hotel on the shuttle route.
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Post by: Darth_Primus on April 05, 2019, 11:40:25 AM
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Any input/experience staying on Coronado Island?

I know those hotels aren't on the shuttle route but looking at a map it seems Ubering in off peak hours may be an okay alternative?

This is our first year going to SDCC so it's exciting but overwhelming at the same time!

I stayed at the Marriott Coronado a few years ago, but not during SDCC.  The room I stayed in was quite large and it's quiet.   IIRC, there's a market place and restaurants within walking distance along the harbor.  It will be probably be less crowded than the Gaslamp district that's directly across the street from the convention center.   I actually ended up with the Marriott Coronado last year during the hotel lottery, but gave it to a fellow FOCC member who was very happy to have it because of the large room being able to accommodate his family.  I liked staying there.


There is a ferry boat behind the Marriott that will take you across the harbor and will drop you off right behind the convention center.  I think the cost was like $5 per person each way, so the cost can build up for families and couples.   The ferry does change extend it's service schedule for SDCC.  Here's the schedule from 2017.

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Post by: Psylocke16 on April 05, 2019, 11:59:40 AM
Thank you so much!! Very helpful input, I appreciate it    ^-^
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Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 05, 2019, 12:05:56 PM
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I haven't heard many people put Omni on their list of must-have hotels. Is it just too far away when compared to the other Con adjacent hotels?

It's definitely my #1, for one very specific reason: they have the most comfortable mattresses I have ever slept on, no lie. I've stayed at other downtown hotels, MMM and Marriott Gaslamp come to mind, but never have I gotten such a comfortable, GOOD night's sleep at SDCC. One of my group members had a step counter app on her phone, she tracked our miles, and we walked 27 miles in four and a half days that year, but I would wake up feeling brand new every day, and I swear it had to be the mattress.

Seconding what was said about the weird sliding bathroom doors: if you get an Omni room, better hope you're comfortable with the rest of your group, because those doors don't offer much in the way of privacy.
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Post by: SteveD on April 05, 2019, 12:13:06 PM
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It's definitely my #1, for one very specific reason: they have the most comfortable mattresses I have ever slept on, no lie. I've stayed at other downtown hotels, MMM and Marriott Gaslamp come to mind, but never have I gotten such a comfortable, GOOD night's sleep at SDCC. One of my group members had a step counter app on her phone, she tracked our miles, and we walked 27 miles in four and a half days that year, but I would wake up feeling brand new every day, and I swear it had to be the mattress.

Seconding what was said about the weird sliding bathroom doors: if you get an Omni room, better hope you're comfortable with the rest of your group, because those doors don't offer much in the way of privacy.
And you can have one of your own if you want, https://www.omnitoyou.com/omni-suite-pillowtop-bed/ (https://www.omnitoyou.com/omni-suite-pillowtop-bed/).  :)
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Post by: chirigami on April 05, 2019, 12:16:09 PM
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I love how Little Italy has gone through renovations and upgrades the past few years.  My wife and I prefer to go Little Italy for dinner instead of the Gaslamp now.   There a couple of new hotels in that area, one of which I stayed at a couple of year ago, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront.   It's a nice new hotel and IIRC breakfast is included.  I think some of the suites have fully usable kitchens, a big plus and shuttle is not too bad and there's the train station nearby as an alternative.
The suites with the kitchens are actually the Residence Inn portion of the hotel.. its weird, its like two different names in the same building but the same amenities (pool, breakfast... parking).  Just differences in what you get in the room; the RI side also has like a door to the bedroom too, so if someone wants to have some privacy then there you go!  I've stayed in both sides and they're both super nice... the Springhill side fit 6 really well too.

We tend to have Omni on our list, my sister likes the hotel brand and they seem to have a really cool pool (to appease the small child in our group).  HardRock would be awesome to try for with the suites but they close to pool... that would not appease the small child in our group.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 05, 2019, 12:19:27 PM
Haha, first thing I did when I got home was look those up! But my budget was not ready for the extra expense lol. It was either SDCC ‘19 or a new mattress. May later this year...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dubb on April 05, 2019, 01:09:54 PM
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I was planning on getting a suite at the Hard Rock this year. Can you tell me whats weird about it and why you wouldn't recommend it?

It's basically one large room with beds on one side, couches on the other. In the center, on either side, is a small room with glass doors and toilet. Directly across the open floor is a shower with glass doors and glass walls. The sink is in the open area between the "living room" and "bedroom". Not much privacy.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 05, 2019, 01:14:50 PM
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It's basically one large room with beds on one side, couches on the other. In the center, on either side, is a small room with glass doors and toilet. Directly across the open floor is a shower with glass doors and glass walls. The sink is in the open area between the "living room" and "bedroom". Not much privacy.

Oops I missed being asked this question but yes Dubb pretty much nailed it.  The bathrooms are out in the open and it's bizarre.  Like you can hear everyone's business.  The toilet is separated from the living room by a thing frosted glass door that doesn't even go from floor to ceiling.  You can hear EVERYTHING.  My friends developed a "turn the sink on" system when someone needed to use the bathroom just to, like, create an illusion of privacy lol.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angie on April 05, 2019, 02:45:33 PM
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It's definitely my #1, for one very specific reason: they have the most comfortable mattresses I have ever slept on, no lie. I've stayed at other downtown hotels, MMM and Marriott Gaslamp come to mind, but never have I gotten such a comfortable, GOOD night's sleep at SDCC. One of my group members had a step counter app on her phone, she tracked our miles, and we walked 27 miles in four and a half days that year, but I would wake up feeling brand new every day, and I swear it had to be the mattress.

Seconding what was said about the weird sliding bathroom doors: if you get an Omni room, better hope you're comfortable with the rest of your group, because those doors don't offer much in the way of privacy.

I'm in the minority I guess cause the Omni wasn't my favorite. It was fine. Loved the location - but we missed the smaller hotel solamar we have stayed at for several years. Maybe because it was so close it was a lot more chaotic - I won't put it on my list again but it was cool to stay so close.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 05, 2019, 03:04:18 PM
Well, no hotel sale next week.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: IfIWereMagneto on April 05, 2019, 06:16:24 PM
I do hate the bathroom doors of the Omni because how can you be off by over an inch with like 1000 pocket doors?

It is annoying to deal with but my group just knows not to walk past it if someone's in there.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 05, 2019, 07:11:33 PM
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I'm in the minority I guess cause the Omni wasn't my favorite. It was fine. Loved the location - but we missed the smaller hotel solamar we have stayed at for several years. Maybe because it was so close it was a lot more chaotic - I won't put it on my list again but it was cool to stay so close.

No, I think that's a great thing actually! It means we're not all jockeying for the exact same hotels. I have very little interest in say, the Hard Rock, but I know other people who LOVE the Hard Rock--I have one friend who finally got a room there last year, and from her descriptions, it...did not sound awesome. But she's dying to stay there again. Go figure. Different strokes and all that.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: epicskyline on April 05, 2019, 08:01:32 PM
It's either the Omni or the Hilton Gaslamp for my friend and I. That location is perfect to get pretty much anywhere in the convention center or Petco Park. We saw so many celebrities while standing outside of the Omni, but without the frenzied feeling of being at the Hard Rock. We haven't ever gotten the Hilton Bayfront though, so I can't say that the Omni is definitely my favorite of all the BIG downtown hotels, but it's my favorite of the ones I've stayed at.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 05, 2019, 09:58:30 PM
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I do hate the bathroom doors of the Omni because how can you be off by over an inch with like 1000 pocket doors?

It is annoying to deal with but my group just knows not to walk past it if someone's in there.

What I ended up doing is taping some toilet paper down the gap. Of course, house cleaning would remove it, so I’d have to redo it every day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 05, 2019, 11:35:12 PM
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I loved the MGH last year! I arrived at 6am and they gave me my room by 9am instead of waiting for the actual check in time :D

I loved staying at the MGH as well. You can add club level at a later time if you didn't get in via the hotel lottery. That was a nice way of saving in regards to not going to restaurants. They provide breakfast, snacks for lunch, and entree's for dinner when you go back and forth via hotel. Later at night they also do desserts and wines.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on April 06, 2019, 03:00:38 AM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 06, 2019, 09:25:29 AM
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I loved staying at the MGH as well. You can add club level at a later time if you didn't get in via the hotel lottery. That was a nice way of saving in regards to not going to restaurants. They provide breakfast, snacks for lunch, and entree's for dinner when you go back and forth via hotel. Later at night they also do desserts and wines.

I love the MGH!  Plus it helps me get in enough steps to offset my extra eating during the con  ;).  And agreed, Club Level rocks!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 06, 2019, 09:43:21 AM
What are the chances that on peak will send out emails on Monday still saying the sale is going to be on Wednesday, April 10 just to mess with us?

Any other hotels do club level services?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 06, 2019, 09:59:47 AM
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To all those CCI employees who lurk about the FoCC forums snickering to themselves every time someone asks “when the hotel sale is happening?”, because they already know (YOU KNOW THEY KNOW!!)........(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190406/5bc727577b9c4a1cb9b1669ecb58197a.gif)


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The answer is no, most if not almost all do not know. I can't answer why I know that, but I assure you, most do not know. I'm guessing the members of the CCI Committee know or have an idea. But that is about it. The rest are in the dark.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 06, 2019, 10:56:24 AM
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What are the chances that on peak will send out emails on Monday still saying the sale is going to be on Wednesday, April 10 just to mess with us?

Any other hotels do club level services?

I wouldn't put it past them to announce on Monday!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on April 06, 2019, 02:02:22 PM
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The answer is no, most if not almost all do not know. I can't answer why I know that, but I assure you, most do not know. I'm guessing the members of the CCI Committee know or have an idea. But that is about it. The rest are in the dark.
@jonathan, my apologies if my post came across a little aggressive. Not my intent at all, was actually just joking. After reading over it, even I was like, “dang Trav, chill out”. That’s what happens when people use social media on 3 hours of sleep. My bad.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 06, 2019, 02:38:07 PM
I think we're all getting a little on edge with hotels so late. We're getting close to as late in the year as Hotelpocalypse has ever been. :(

I remember it was in February, one golden year long long ago...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 06, 2019, 03:26:22 PM
I know realistically that OnPeak *should* have everything transferred to the hotels two weeks in advance, but it looks like they had some minor hiccups with WonderCon deposits and initially with Star Wars Celebration. With SWC this coming week, it makes more sense to me to wait until that is finished before the massive SDCC sale.

That being said, OnPeak rarely makes sense so a short notice before a same-week-sale wouldn't surprise me. I also wouldn't mind it - I feel like shorter notice may be a slight advantage to [we,] the hyper-planners.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 06, 2019, 03:43:13 PM
OnPeak runs the Celebration hotels too? I was hoping that since ReedPop is for-profit they'd be able to spend more and hire someone marginally competent. :-(

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on April 06, 2019, 03:48:49 PM
@TravT77
Been there and done that in reference to 4 hrs sleep and either posting, making decisions, or worse, buying stuff and then seeing it the next day and praying you can return it, lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 06, 2019, 04:51:10 PM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, my apologies if my post came across a little aggressive. Not my intent at all, was actually just joking. After reading over it, even I was like, “dang Trav, chill out”. That’s what happens when people use social media on 3 hours of sleep. My bad.


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Huh? LOL Who said it was aggressive? If I didn't know what was going on, I'd think the exact same as you! I had to go back and re-read your post, and still see no aggression. So you're all good. I was just letting you know that I'm sure most CCI staffers wish they knew the dates as well.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jamiesugah on April 07, 2019, 01:19:19 PM
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OnPeak runs the Celebration hotels too? I was hoping that since ReedPop is for-profit they'd be able to spend more and hire someone marginally competent. :-(

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OnPeak runs NYCC hotels, too, so I'm not that surprised.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 07, 2019, 10:09:50 PM
According to SDCC Unofficial Blog on twitter -we should hear something about the hotel sale this week.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 08, 2019, 03:13:11 AM
Maybe we will hear today that it will take place on US tax day - April 15th.  Woohooo! ::)  Although we usually get a bit more notice...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sefton42 on April 08, 2019, 03:53:27 AM
And it’s never been on a Monday.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 08, 2019, 05:51:51 AM
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And it’s never been on a Monday.

'tis true...  Anticipation rises...spin the wheel...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 08, 2019, 06:35:59 AM
Does anyone believe the actual sale will be this week?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on April 08, 2019, 06:45:09 AM
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Does anyone believe the actual sale will be this week?
Based on history, there would be some notification the week before the sale, but it seems that anything can happen these days.
I would assume that if we don't hear something today, or tomorrow the latest, it will be highly unlikely they would have the sale this week.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 08, 2019, 07:20:05 AM
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I loved staying at the MGH as well. You can add club level at a later time if you didn't get in via the hotel lottery. That was a nice way of saving in regards to not going to restaurants. They provide breakfast, snacks for lunch, and entree's for dinner when you go back and forth via hotel. Later at night they also do desserts and wines.

That sounds awesome! thanks! :)

But what's club level? I only see they have Member level , Discoverist level, Explorist level, and Globalist level.......
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 08, 2019, 07:49:34 AM
anyone remember what time zone the OnPeak hotel messages originated from?
it's coming on to 8am pt....
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 08, 2019, 07:54:05 AM
Eastern or Central depending on which office has the responsibility of the sale. I’m still guessing April 17.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 08, 2019, 07:54:10 AM
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anyone remember what time zone the OnPeak hotel messages originated from?
it's coming on to 8am pt....

I received mine at 2:07pm PT on the Friday before the sale last year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 08, 2019, 08:34:00 AM
The first email (always in previous years) comes from Comic-Con, not OnPeak, and AFAIK they only have a San Diego office. I received mine around 2pm Pacific last year as well, 5 days before the sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 08, 2019, 08:58:30 AM
I know CCI isn't the most forthcoming with information, but I do think they realize people need time to be able to make arrangments to be a computer that day and will notify the week before.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 08, 2019, 09:26:21 AM
Not that it matters coming from me. I can confirm we should hear stuff this week, maybe as early as today. I will preface everything by saying we will not have a week to prepare. Someone mentioned earlier about the emails being a week earlier. This years sale, we will have a few days to prep once the email arrives like usual.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 08, 2019, 09:37:54 AM
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OnPeak runs NYCC hotels, too, so I'm not that surprised.

I go to NYCC, but I don't do hotels, because I live close, however...

I would think using On Peak to get a hotel for NYCC is not as stressful.

For one thing, there's nothing close to the Javits center, so one hotel is just as good as another.

Another thing, it's NYC...

The hotels don't care about NYCC.  You're going to pay the going rate no matter what, because...well it's NYC .   People come into the city at all times of the year for all kinds of reasons.  The hotels have no problem booking rooms for the prices they want.   :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 08, 2019, 09:37:58 AM
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Not that it matters coming from me. I can confirm we should hear stuff this week, maybe as early as today. I will preface everything by saying we will not have a week to prepare. Someone mentioned earlier about the emails being a week earlier. This years sale, we will have a few days to prep once the email arrives like usual.



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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: justboogie on April 08, 2019, 09:41:26 AM
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Not that it matters coming from me. I can confirm we should hear stuff this week, maybe as early as today. I will preface everything by saying we will not have a week to prepare. Someone mentioned earlier about the emails being a week earlier. This years sale, we will have a few days to prep once the email arrives like usual.

I hope this is true and that it does indeed happen. The anticipation is killing me.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 08, 2019, 09:44:23 AM
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Not that it matters coming from me. I can confirm we should hear stuff this week, maybe as early as today. I will preface everything by saying we will not have a week to prepare. Someone mentioned earlier about the emails being a week earlier. This years sale, we will have a few days to prep once the email arrives like usual.

I mean why be considerate of people who work jobs where they have to rearrange things, that's just silly talk.

I just looked and the past two years we were given 5 days notice.  So if they announce it's this week either today or tomorrow then it's definitely not as usual.  Unless it's now a Friday which would also not be as usual.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 08, 2019, 11:02:36 AM
OnPeak has a history of scheduling things immediately before phone lines/support close for the weekend, I wouldn't be surprised if it the sale was this Friday.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: janray on April 08, 2019, 11:09:55 AM
I don't think it will be this week because of the Early Bird Sale accepting changes and additional nights up to April 25th.
I'm thinking Thursday the 18th and then first wave emails going out the 25th.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 08, 2019, 11:15:04 AM
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I don't think it will be this week because of the Early Bird Sale accepting changes and additional nights up to April 25th.
I'm thinking Thursday the 18th and then first wave emails going out the 25th.

Things change, and I totally could be wrong. But I'm pretty positive it'll be this week. I have a clue as to when it actually will start as well. But am trying to keep some bit of anonymity ;) Not really sure what I can and cannot say.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 08, 2019, 11:15:10 AM
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I don't think it will be this week because of the Early Bird Sale accepting changes and additional nights up to April 25th.
I'm thinking Thursday the 18th and then first wave emails going out the 25th.

I love your theory, mainly because it's better timing for me :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 08, 2019, 11:27:29 AM
If it is this week, I am totally fine with that. But if it’s this weekend or next Monday, then I am screwed, since I’ll be in Boston running the marathon. Marathon is Monday morning.

I’m hoping for Thursday or Friday morning.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 08, 2019, 11:30:08 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I'm 90% sure it's NEVER been a weekend. Among the many, many, many things OnPeak does not do (such as: live-booking, coherent/consistent policy enforcement, effective communication, basic competency) is work on weekends.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OnePromise on April 08, 2019, 11:36:56 AM
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I totally agree! OnPeak’s main office is in Chicago and the staff work regular Monday to Friday business hours. Which explains why all the scheduling occurs according to Central Time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 08, 2019, 01:36:33 PM
I'm really hoping it's not the 17th because I have a work presentation that day and would hate to have to duck out from prepping for it! 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 08, 2019, 04:11:02 PM
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I don't think it will be this week because of the Early Bird Sale accepting changes and additional nights up to April 25th.
I'm thinking Thursday the 18th and then first wave emails going out the 25th.

Looking at sdccblog from last year on early bird sale, they also mentioned that the cut off was April 25th 2018, but we got the email sent out in regards to hotel reservation on 3/30/18 for registration on 4/4/18. So it might not be the case where they have to wait until early bird is done on April 25.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 08, 2019, 04:32:24 PM
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Hilariously true!! ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 09, 2019, 08:38:41 AM
Ostensibly silent today... calm before the storm?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 08:43:42 AM
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Ostensibly silent today... calm before the storm?

I definitely hope so! A corner of my brain has just been chanting "hotel announcement, hotel announcement, hotel announcement" since about a week ago. It's like having a song stuck in my head, but about 1000% more aggravating.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 09, 2019, 09:25:31 AM
So I was looking through past emails and blog postings.  CCI has never given less than 5 days notice.  They have sent emails out the day before with the link but they announced on their blog about 5 days beforehand.  CCI knows we have to rearrange work, test browsers, and organize with the people we are sharing a room with.  I really don't think they are going to spring it on us with days notice.  Also hoping they don't gong to prove me wrong today!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 09, 2019, 09:32:31 AM
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So I was looking through past emails and blog postings.  CCI has never given less than 5 days notice.  They have sent emails out the day before with the link but they announced on their blog about 5 days beforehand.  CCI knows we have to rearrange work, test browsers, and organize with the people we are sharing a room with.  I really don't think they are going to spring it on us with days notice.  Also hoping they don't gong to prove me wrong today!

When CCI shuts down access to logging into their website, that's a signal for open reg.

I forget if they do the same thing for the hotel sale.  I'm sure someone on this forum remembers.   :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 09, 2019, 09:34:59 AM
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When CCI shuts down access to logging into their website, that's a signal for open reg.

I forget if they do the same thing for the hotel sale.  I'm sure someone on this forum remembers.   :) :)

They don't, no warning signs for hotel other than the Toucan blog.  Everything else is guesses and hearsay.

the Unofficial Blog once announced it early and they were wrong on the date so I don't think they will do that again.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 09, 2019, 09:37:00 AM
At this point does anyone believe it will be this week?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 09:39:31 AM
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When CCI shuts down access to logging into their website, that's a signal for open reg.

I forget if they do the same thing for the hotel sale.  I'm sure someone on this forum remembers.   :) :)

The hotel sale isn't run through CCI's systems at all (in past years a member ID hasn't even been required), so there's no reason for them to shut down. I'm sure CCI sets the parameters but in past years the hotel sale has been run 100% through OnPeak, and CCI has no direct involvement.

As You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said, the only announcements/information we've ever received about the sale are via direct email and the Toucan Blog (plus social media posts directing you to the Toucan Blog).

I agree super short notice would be inconsiderate, but pretty much everything about the hotel sale is inconsiderate, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ETA: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I believe it will be this week! But mostly because I will turn into a rage monster if it isn't, and, you know, I have to work and stuff.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kikicon on April 09, 2019, 09:51:34 AM
Hi, does anyone know if the hotel lottery is for badge holders only? It says the email for the link to the lottery will be sent to badge holders but I was always under the impression that it was open to non-badge holders as well?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 09, 2019, 09:52:09 AM
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The hotel sale isn't run through CCI's systems at all (in past years a member ID hasn't even been required), so there's no reason for them to shut down. I'm sure CCI sets the parameters but in past years the hotel sale has been run 100% through OnPeak, and CCI has no direct involvement.

As You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said, the only announcements/information we've ever received about the sale are via direct email and the Toucan Blog (plus social media posts directing you to the Toucan Blog).

I agree super short notice would be inconsiderate, but pretty much everything about the hotel sale is inconsiderate, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ETA: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I believe it will be this week! But mostly because I will turn into a rage monster if it isn't, and, you know, I have to work and stuff.

I just went back to my emails from last year (which i should have done before i asked my question), and I see an email from CCI regarding the hotel sale.  They send a link to onpeak as well as the date and time of the sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 09, 2019, 10:01:39 AM
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I predict we will get info about it this week, but the sale will be next week.  But I could be way off :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 09, 2019, 10:08:45 AM
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Hi, does anyone know if the hotel lottery is for badge holders only? It says the email for the link to the lottery will be sent to badge holders but I was always under the impression that it was open to non-badge holders as well?

Up until now it's always been open to everyone.  But things change and we have no word this year.  I don't THINk they'd change it to badge holders only, but until official stuff comes out about it I can't say one way or another.  Likely it's open to all as it has been in the past.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on April 09, 2019, 10:35:58 AM
I thought the end of the Early Bird sales was the sign of the coming Hotelapocalypse?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 10:40:42 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login It used to be, but last year early bird ended 4/25/18 and we received the email 3/30 for a sale date of 4/4. So it's not a reliable indicator anymore.

Which is good, because if the sale isn't until 4/26 we wouldn't get results until MAY, which would almost certainly result in my demise into a shaking anxiety-ridden pile of goo.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 10:54:38 AM
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So I was looking through past emails and blog postings.  CCI has never given less than 5 days notice.  They have sent emails out the day before with the link but they announced on their blog about 5 days beforehand.  CCI knows we have to rearrange work, test browsers, and organize with the people we are sharing a room with.  I really don't think they are going to spring it on us with days notice.  Also hoping they don't gong to prove me wrong today!

Last year, we got the link to the lottery website on Friday March 30th, 2018 at 2:02pm PST for the sale on Wednesday April 4th, 2018.
For 2017, the email came out Friday April 21st, 2017 at 3:18pm PST for the sale on Wednesday April 26th, 2017.

So if they're consistent (which, given all things Comic-Con would be inconsistent of them), then we'll get an email this Friday.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Darth_Primus on April 09, 2019, 11:08:03 AM
I would so not be good for me if the lottery was next Wednesday as I'll probably be on my way to the airport.  Perhaps, I just show up at the airport earlier and hope there's no problem with the wifi.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 09, 2019, 11:09:56 AM
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Last year, we got the link to the lottery website on Friday March 30th, 2018 at 2:02pm PST for the sale on Wednesday April 4th, 2018.
For 2017, the email came out Friday April 21st, 2017 at 3:18pm PST for the sale on Wednesday April 26th, 2017.

So if they're consistent (which, given all things Comic-Con would be inconsistent of them), then we'll get an email this Friday.

Also, it is posted on the Toucan blog.  Last year it was on the Toucan Blog 3/27/18 and for 2017 4/21/17
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 11:24:02 AM
As of now, the Hotel Sale is the second-latest it's ever been (I think, my personal records only go back to 2011).

2011: 3/9
2012: 3/29
2013: 2/26
2014: 4/8
2015: 3/24
2016: 4/5
2017: 4/26
2018: 4/4

2017 was incredibly late, but IIRC a lot of stuff was late that year? Problems with badge sales, etc. Everything has been incredibly smooth (and, for some things, super early) this year. WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG???  :( >:( :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on April 09, 2019, 11:24:19 AM
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I thought the end of the Early Bird sales was the sign of the coming Hotelapocalypse?
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login It used to be, but last year early bird ended 4/25/18 and we received the email 3/30 for a sale date of 4/4. So it's not a reliable indicator anymore.

Which is good, because if the sale isn't until 4/26 we wouldn't get results until MAY, which would almost certainly result in my demise into a shaking anxiety-ridden pile of goo.
The Early Bird "end date" last year changed from 4/25 to 4/3, to end right before the lottery, once the hotel sale got announced.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 11:26:20 AM
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The Early Bird "end date" last year changed from 4/25 to 4/3, to end right before the lottery, once the hotel sale got announced.

Which is also pretty inconsiderate, especially if anyone was saving up/waiting for payday/etc.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 09, 2019, 11:28:16 AM
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Which is also pretty inconsiderate, especially if anyone was saving up/waiting for payday/etc.
Wow, I didn't know it had such a jump!  That is pretty crazy.  At least typically the Early Bird hotels pop back up after the general sale (either through OnPeak, the hotel itself, or 3rd party sites).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 09, 2019, 11:34:02 AM
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As of now, the Hotel Sale is the second-latest it's ever been (I think, my personal records only go back to 2011).

2011: 3/9
2012: 3/29
2013: 2/26
2014: 4/8
2015: 3/24
2016: 4/5
2017: 4/26
2018: 4/4

2017 was incredibly late, but IIRC a lot of stuff was late that year? Problems with badge sales, etc. Everything has been incredibly smooth (and, for some things, super early) this year. WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG???  :( >:( :(


I wonder if the fact that SWCC is this week is the reason.  Onpeak may want their staff available to work out any problems with people arriving at those hotels.  Especially after the problems during Wondercon.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 11:37:35 AM
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I wonder if the fact that SWCC is this week is the reason.  Onpeak may want their staff available to work out any problems with people arriving at those hotels.  Especially after the problems during Wondercon.

It's possible, although it would require a heretofore unprecedented level of forethought and competence from OnPeak.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 09, 2019, 11:39:15 AM
I’m still voting for notification on Friday for next Wednesday.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 09, 2019, 11:42:10 AM
Although,  I wish they would just do it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Volsspongebob on April 09, 2019, 11:57:13 AM
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This is my vote as well.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NoNoNuni on April 09, 2019, 12:09:35 PM
I find it interesting how late the hotel sale is considering how early all the badge sales were.

Better for my wallet, I suppose.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on April 09, 2019, 12:16:11 PM
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Although,  I wish they would just do it.
I'm with you Michael. Just tell us and put us out of our misery.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 09, 2019, 12:18:12 PM
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I'm with you Michael. Just tell us and put us out of our misery.

Same. The suspense is killing me at this point.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 09, 2019, 12:37:17 PM
I'd settle for an incredibly vague and non-commital tweet at this point. "Hotel information coming soon!" or even "Hey, we haven't forgot that we will eventually need to have the hotel sale!" will do.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 12:47:26 PM
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I'd settle for an incredibly vague and non-commital tweet at this point. "Hotel information coming soon!" or even "Hey, we haven't forgot that we will eventually need to have the hotel sale!" will do.

I'd've settled for that in March... at this point it might cause me to shout profanities and scare my co-workers.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 09, 2019, 12:54:33 PM
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I'd settle for an incredibly vague and non-commital tweet at this point. "Hotel information coming soon!" or even "Hey, we haven't forgot that we will eventually need to have the hotel sale!" will do.
It would be really useful if CCI had a "checklist" of important steps for SDCC.  Like 1. Returning Registration, 2. Open Registration, 3. Hotel Sale, etc.  Add in dates like when the panels are announced and such, and it would be super useful IMHO.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 09, 2019, 12:54:58 PM
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I'd settle for an incredibly vague and non-commital tweet at this point. "Hotel information coming soon!" or even "Hey, we haven't forgot that we will eventually need to have the hotel sale!" will do.

Especially since the Ace Parking Lot lottery just opened up.

I don't need a parking spot.  I NEED A HOTEL ROOM!!!   :) :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 09, 2019, 12:56:49 PM
Every time I get a notification of new messages in this thread, a bit of hope springs up that it's about the sale having been finally announced lol I'm baiting myself :'(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 01:01:35 PM
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Every time I get a notification of new messages in this thread, a bit of hope springs up that it's about the sale having been finally announced lol I'm baiting myself :'(

I'm doing the same thing when "important" gmails pop up. I've been disappointed about 15 times today. :( :( :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 09, 2019, 01:02:53 PM
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Every time I get a notification of new messages in this thread, a bit of hope springs up that it's about the sale having been finally announced lol I'm baiting myself :'(

I have CCI's twitter on notification and it's been super annoying for like 2 months while we've been waiting for news for hotels.  Like I'm glad about ace parking for those that need to park and I'm glad about the special guests for those that care about that but WHERE THE HOTELS AT???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on April 09, 2019, 01:14:01 PM
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I have CCI's twitter on notification and it's been super annoying for like 2 months while we've been waiting for news for hotels.  Like I'm glad about ace parking for those that need to park and I'm glad about the special guests for those that care about that but WHERE THE HOTELS AT???
I know. Some of us would like to know we have a place to stay, or at least have the opportunity to try.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 09, 2019, 01:17:39 PM
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I know. Some of us would like to know we have a place to stay, or at least have the opportunity to try.

Yes.  Please.  The anticipation is worse than waiting for Avengers Endgame.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 01:21:19 PM
If OnPeak does keep with their five day warning, then I actually don’t want an email until Friday, as next Wednesday and onwards works best for me.

So while y’all are anxious to get the email, I’m over here thinking, please no.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 09, 2019, 02:23:31 PM
Sorry guys. I was told this week and even got a date. Not sure why we haven’t heard yet. People who know me know where I get my info. And it’s always good. But again things can change since this is with OnPeak and not CCI per se. I’m hoping it’s still this week just because ;).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 09, 2019, 02:34:17 PM
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Sorry guys. I was told this week and even got a date. Not sure why we haven’t heard yet. People who know me know where I get my info. And it’s always good. But again things can change since this is with OnPeak and not CCI per se. I’m hoping it’s still this week just because ;).

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login - ok then...I am with you.  I am getting myself steeled and ready for this week!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 09, 2019, 02:46:18 PM
Thank you. But at the rate we’re at I can’t  imagine it’ll still be this week. Just so little time left. But eh crazier things have happened before
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sylent_asassin on April 09, 2019, 03:00:33 PM
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Especially since the Ace Parking Lot lottery just opened up.

I don't need a parking spot.  I NEED A HOTEL ROOM!!!   :) :) :)

We can buy the same parking spot for consecutive days, bring camping gear, pitch a tent and stay there during the con. ;D

SAVE MONEY! SLEEP IN A PARKING SPOT!! If the locals can do it, so can we! :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 09, 2019, 03:01:09 PM
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It would be really useful if CCI had a "checklist" of important steps for SDCC.  Like 1. Returning Registration, 2. Open Registration, 3. Hotel Sale, etc.  Add in dates like when the panels are announced and such, and it would be super useful IMHO.
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 09, 2019, 03:14:34 PM
Imagine the chaos of a same-day sale announcement.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 03:33:12 PM
Or imagine if SDCC said, btw, we don’t have an official hotel sale this year. You were supposed to book hotels on your own.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 09, 2019, 03:40:57 PM
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Or imagine if SDCC said, btw, we don’t have an official hotel sale this year. You were supposed to book hotels on your own.



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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 09, 2019, 03:56:00 PM
Wow, I work at a school.   It's going to be real nice going to the Principal and saying "hey, I just got told hotels are opening tomorrow, so I won't be at school until after".   Luckily, he's a good principal and understands.  Of course, I'll never hear the end of it afterwards.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 03:58:23 PM
It's definitely hard for anyone who works 9-5. I usually take a half day and spend vacation, but if we get zero notice I might just have to have a "flat tire" that morning. :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: retired on April 09, 2019, 04:05:38 PM
Just announced. April 11

https://comic-con.org/cci/hotels


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SchoolboyQ on April 09, 2019, 04:10:49 PM
Yep 4/11 at 8AM PDT waiting room and 9AM live
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 09, 2019, 04:11:06 PM
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Just announced. April 11

https://comic-con.org/cci/hotels


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Welp, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login called it. May the odds be ever in our favor...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ombregrey on April 09, 2019, 04:12:10 PM
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Just announced. April 11

https://comic-con.org/cci/hotels


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Welp, 2 day notice lol

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 09, 2019, 04:13:53 PM
Screech! Just got the email. Welp, I know that I'm going to have an early office day and just take my breaks all at once first thing in the morning
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 09, 2019, 04:14:29 PM
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Welp, 2 day notice lol

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 04:14:55 PM
TWO days notice?! WTF. Oh OnPeak, you're... something else.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ombregrey on April 09, 2019, 04:15:53 PM
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Lol, I love how both of our posts started with a resigned “Welp...” You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. There’s no better term to describe the Hotelpocalypse experience imo.
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sefton42 on April 09, 2019, 04:17:31 PM
And it's the first day of Star Wars Celebration
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: westernesse on April 09, 2019, 04:18:06 PM
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Just announced. April 11

https://comic-con.org/cci/hotels


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The anxiety!!   :-[
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 04:19:00 PM
It looks like they added the new Intercontinental and Moxy hotels to the list. Pendry is still there.

Me, I'm avoiding all three on my list.

https://www.comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/CCI%202019%20Hotel%20List%20Final%20Version.pdf
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 09, 2019, 04:20:54 PM
Well, 3 sources said this week but I said no, CCI is not rude to give us no notice.  I take back anything nice I said about them!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 09, 2019, 04:21:05 PM
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Just announced. April 11

https://comic-con.org/cci/hotels


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on April 09, 2019, 04:21:14 PM
Well, I guess that answers that question - as my sister yells to me about the sale from across the house.  Oh look, the wind is picking up outside, will it continue until Thursday?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tt7777 on April 09, 2019, 04:24:37 PM
OK I’m going to get started early this year where do I go on the Google sheets to make sure that I can get a room through friends of Comic Con international the last couple of years it’s been hit and miss for me. Thank you in advance.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jamiesugah on April 09, 2019, 04:25:46 PM
Quote
Once the maximum number of requests have been received, the form will shut down and callers will no longer be able to submit a request.

Uuuuuuhhhhhh, has that always been there? What's the maximum number of requests?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 09, 2019, 04:27:27 PM
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OK I’m going to get started early this year where do I go on the Google sheets to make sure that I can get a room through friends of Comic Con international the last couple of years it’s been hit and miss for me. Thank you in advance.


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Those who qualified have already been added to the sub forum.  Also this isn't quite "getting started early."  It's been open for about a month at this point.  If you are eligible, there is a new forum visible to you.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dolphina on April 09, 2019, 04:28:50 PM
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Sorry guys. I was told this week and even got a date. Not sure why we haven’t heard yet. People who know me know where I get my info. And it’s always good. But again things can change since this is with OnPeak and not CCI per se. I’m hoping it’s still this week just because ;).

Yikes, at this point if it’s this week I’m either going to have to tell work I overslept by 3 hrs or have car issues and still waiting for roadside assistance to show up. Lol


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on April 09, 2019, 04:30:51 PM
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Uuuuuuhhhhhh, has that always been there? What's the maximum number of requests?
I think it has, I remember in the past like at a certain point a few of the downtown hotels vanish from the list because of the number of requests until like the sale kind of just ends.  I don't think I've seen a number per say of how many but at least its within an hour - two hour time frame?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 09, 2019, 04:31:01 PM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 09, 2019, 04:35:19 PM
Is two days notice like the shortest notice ever?  I’m already off on Thursday, but geez.  My email hit my inbox at 6pm central time.  Onpeak gonna Onpeak, I guess.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: F8thful03 on April 09, 2019, 04:35:29 PM
My hubby just sent me an image that the sale is in 2 days, isn't that such short notice?!?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 09, 2019, 04:39:24 PM
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OK I’m going to get started early this year where do I go on the Google sheets to make sure that I can get a room through friends of Comic Con international the last couple of years it’s been hit and miss for me. Thank you in advance.

You should be able to see the FoCC Hotel Exchange 2019 section of the forums if you are eligible.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 09, 2019, 04:39:37 PM
And this forum just lit up like a Christmas tree! lol

I'm ready for Thursday! Good  luck to you all! :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 09, 2019, 04:40:57 PM
A couple of the cheaper hotels dropped out. No Bristol. :( No Four Points.

Everything is getting more expensive too, though I guess that's not a surprise. Most downtown hotels are $300+ now. The place we stayed at last year (Hampton in Little Italy) jumped up from $205 to $235.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: WonderTwin93 on April 09, 2019, 04:43:55 PM
I still haven't received an email. Is the link unique to your badge this year?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ombregrey on April 09, 2019, 04:47:22 PM
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A couple of the cheaper hotels dropped out. No Bristol. :( No Four Points.

Everything is getting more expensive too, though I guess that's not a surprise. Most downtown hotels are $300+ now. The place we stayed at last year (Hampton in Little Italy) jumped up from $205 to $235.
Gone are the days of downtown hotels in the low $200s. I usually stayed at Doubletree Downtown ($209 last yr), now it's $249. This hurts my Canadian wallet...

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 09, 2019, 04:49:33 PM
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I still haven't received an email. Is the link unique to your badge this year?

I haven't gotten it yet either.  I think they go out in batches.  It is NOT unique to your badge.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 09, 2019, 04:53:19 PM
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My hubby just sent me an image that the sale is in 2 days, isn't that such short notice?!?
Last year it was on a Wednesday. It's usually short notice
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2019, 04:54:08 PM
I believe the email IS only sent to badgeholders. So if you don't have a badge you'll need to find the link another way (but the link itself in non-unique and open to all).

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jasperthecactus on April 09, 2019, 04:57:24 PM
Eek! My anxiety is so high right now! Good luck to all in Hotelpocalypse 2019
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on April 09, 2019, 04:58:28 PM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: d00dz on April 09, 2019, 05:04:53 PM
Does anyone know the number of rooms in each hotel that is part of the lottery this year?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 09, 2019, 05:07:09 PM
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I still haven't received an email. Is the link unique to your badge this year?
Go on Comic-con.org website
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 09, 2019, 05:10:22 PM
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Does anyone know the number of rooms in each hotel that is part of the lottery this year?
Here is info from SDCC Unofficial blog for 2018:

https://sdccblog.com/2018/03/hotelpocalypse-2018-san-diego-comic-con-hotel-size-guide/




Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 09, 2019, 05:14:07 PM
New hotel InterContinental is 2 miles away and is asking $329/night?

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 09, 2019, 05:16:39 PM
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New hotel InterContinental is 2 miles away and is asking $329/night?

The Intercontinental is a 5-star brand. Although, this one does not appear to be off to a good start: https://www.yelp.com/biz/intercontinental-san-diego-san-diego-2
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angology on April 09, 2019, 05:16:43 PM
Calendar link added! I used the verbiage from last year, since this is technically not a sale (although that is what CCI calls it).

Let's do this!!! ??? ;D ???  ;D ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 09, 2019, 05:16:59 PM
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New hotel InterContinental is 2 miles away and is asking $329/night?

(https://media.giphy.com/media/Fml0fgAxVx1eM/giphy.gif)

YIKES.  Is it a luxury hotel?  Because Bayfront is super fancy pants and only a bit more expensive but hecka closer.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: bettiebloodshed on April 09, 2019, 05:17:47 PM
Of course they would do this the first day of Star Wars Celebration. UG. At least the con doesnt start til 1pm CST, but just UG. Gonna be spending my first day of con freaking out over this.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: d00dz on April 09, 2019, 05:19:54 PM
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Here is info from SDCC Unofficial blog for 2018:

https://sdccblog.com/2018/03/hotelpocalypse-2018-san-diego-comic-con-hotel-size-guide/

Awesome! Thank you for the link!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 09, 2019, 05:28:53 PM
And here's the recap from last years with a few suggestions :D

https://sdccblog.com/2018/04/hotelpocalypse-recap-round-2-i-dont-want-to-wait/

And for 2019

https://sdccblog.com/2019/04/san-diego-comic-con-2019-general-hotel-sale-set-for-april/
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: foxbatkllr on April 09, 2019, 05:39:09 PM
Talk about short notice!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: epicskyline on April 09, 2019, 05:42:05 PM
I'm not feeling well, so I was going to take tomorrow off of work, but it looks like I'm taking Thursday off instead! I'm so excited that it's FINALLY HERE. Prices have definitely gone up, but that's to be expected. I got shut out completely last year and needed this board to get me anything. Hoping we do better this year!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: F8thful03 on April 09, 2019, 05:48:27 PM
Do you think the pendry will be open to us this year? It's on the list that CCI put out but last year it seems like no one got it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 09, 2019, 05:51:13 PM
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Do you think the pendry will be open to us this year? It's on the list that CCI put out but last year it seems like no one got it.

I wouldn't waste one of my picks on it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 09, 2019, 05:52:25 PM
I’m with 2 other people trying to get a room together.  Can someone outline what Onpeak considers a duplicate entry? Same email address, mailing address , and phone number?  Anything else?  Also if I list their names on my form as “occupants” and they also get in and submit a form, is that considered a duplicate?  Should I just leave “occupants” section blank? Any insight is appreciated.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 09, 2019, 05:54:46 PM
We have never had a definitive explanation of what OnPeak considers a 'duplicate' reservation. My recommendation would be for everyone to have a unique name, email address, mail address and phone number. List fake occupants for the rest of the room. Those can be changed later once the reservation is made.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 09, 2019, 05:56:21 PM
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I’m with 2 other people trying to get a room together.  Can someone outline what Onpeak considers a duplicate entry? Same email address, mailing address , and phone number?  Anything else?  Also if I list their names on my form as “occupants” and they also get in and submit a form, is that considered a duplicate?  Should I just leave “occupants” section blank? Any insight is appreciated.


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Some people have reported addresses being an issue, but I haven't experienced that myself.  For me, I once got flagged as a duplicate based on first and last name.  I responded to the email stating that I was different from the other person with the super common anglo-saxon name and it was fine.  But yes, names will flag it as a duplicate for sure.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Warren on April 09, 2019, 05:56:45 PM
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Talk about short notice!
Exactly ^  Two days seems so short or are they expecting us all to be experts by now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: F8thful03 on April 09, 2019, 05:58:13 PM
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I’m with 2 other people trying to get a room together.  Can someone outline what Onpeak considers a duplicate entry? Same email address, mailing address , and phone number?  Anything else?  Also if I list their names on my form as “occupants” and they also get in and submit a form, is that considered a duplicate?  Should I just leave “occupants” section blank? Any insight is appreciated.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 06:01:27 PM
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We have never had a definitive explanation of what OnPeak considers a 'duplicate' reservation. My recommendation would be for everyone to have a unique name, email address, mail address and phone number. List fake occupants for the rest of the room. Those can be changed later once the reservation is made.

I agree with everything here. Whatever you can make unique, do so. I know married couples who use different addressees on their forms (like their parents' addy). Also, never once has a hotel validated my occupant list. So I always put fake names for those (except for myself, of course).

I even go one extra step (and this is just me being unreasonably paranoid) and make sure if my group is submitting multiple forms, we're all submitting from different IP addresses. So if we're in the same room, one person will be on VPN, while the other won't be.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Miterin on April 09, 2019, 06:07:27 PM
Oh Thank God me and hubby are off on Thursday. Let the SDCC stress/panic attacks resume lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 09, 2019, 06:11:45 PM
For those that believe me. I knew it was April 11. I just couldn’t tell you all. Plus it sounded fake because of the short notice.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Johnc86 on April 09, 2019, 06:13:44 PM
I stayed in The Bristol last year and I wanted to try for it again but since it's not on the list, does anyone know how to see what the prices might be and if you can book it? I just tried to look on The Bristol website but the comic-con days are blocked off.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 09, 2019, 06:16:10 PM
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I stayed in The Bristol last year and I wanted to try for it again but since it's not on the list, does anyone know how to see what the prices might be and if you can book it? I just tried to look on The Bristol website but the comic-con days are blocked off.

It's possible that they may be booked up by a studio.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: bball2026 on April 09, 2019, 06:18:22 PM
Most of my top choices prices haven't changed that much in price, but holy smokes on the prices for the Pendry!  ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: omraged9 on April 09, 2019, 06:19:15 PM
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It's possible that they may be booked up by a studio.

What a bummer. Now even studios are competing for the cheapest closest downtown hotel  ::)

I checked The Bristol hotel's website and there aren't any rooms available for 17th to 21st.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 09, 2019, 06:19:37 PM
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It's possible that they may be booked up by a studio.

I could see that, its a small hotel that it would be easy/smart for a studio to book the entire place.

I'm also going to try to see it as Marvel booking and put that out into the universe.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 09, 2019, 06:20:02 PM
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Well, 3 sources said this week but I said no, CCI is not rude to give us no notice.  I take back anything nice I said about them!

I can’t tell you who my sources are or who I am. But when I post something like this, it’s accurate. I was however starting to lose faith. I knew the April 11 date. But couldn’t believe onpeak would only give everyone two days.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 09, 2019, 06:21:47 PM
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What a bummer. Now even studios are competing for the cheapest closest downtown hotel  ::)

I checked The Bristol hotel's website and there aren't any rooms available for 17th to 21st.

Yeah, I stayed at the Bristol first year I went, it was the perfect combination of price/distance and easy to plan around.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 09, 2019, 06:22:23 PM
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I can’t tell you who my sources are or who I am. But when I post something like this, it’s accurate. I was however starting to lose faith. I knew the April 11 date. But couldn’t believe onpeak would only give everyone two days.

We appreciate any info we can get, Jonathan!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tiffanysml on April 09, 2019, 06:25:01 PM
Can anyone tell if the email was just sending a general link to the page for hotel registration? I just realized I screwed up and opted out of some mail but it happened to be the situation where I didn't receive the hotel registration link. Is it the same link for everyone or can you guys tell it has a unique identifier to it? Please and thank you for helping out!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 09, 2019, 06:25:14 PM
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I can’t tell you who my sources are or who I am. But when I post something like this, it’s accurate. I was however starting to lose faith. I knew the April 11 date. But couldn’t believe onpeak would only give everyone two days.

Ohhhh mysterious. Are you Batman?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Johnc86 on April 09, 2019, 06:27:14 PM
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It's possible that they may be booked up by a studio.

Thanks. I'm so disappointed, I really enjoyed staying there last year. I know I wasn't guaranteed it but I would have loved to give it a try.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 09, 2019, 06:29:51 PM
iPhone: “you have 70 new posts in FOCC”

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 09, 2019, 06:31:40 PM
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It looks like they added the new Intercontinental and Moxy hotels to the list. Pendry is still there.

Me, I'm avoiding all three on my list.

https://www.comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/CCI%202019%20Hotel%20List%20Final%20Version.pdf

Definitely not trying for the Pendry, but the other 2 could be an option.  They're not convention center adjacent, so I could see people getting rooms there.

I stayed at the Spring Hill Suites last year, and that's right next door to the Intercontinental. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 09, 2019, 06:33:16 PM
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I agree with everything here. Whatever you can make unique, do so. I know married couples who use different addressees on their forms (like their parents' addy). Also, never once has a hotel validated my occupant list. So I always put fake names for those (except for myself, of course).

I even go one extra step (and this is just me being unreasonably paranoid) and make sure if my group is submitting multiple forms, we're all submitting from different IP addresses. So if we're in the same room, one person will be on VPN, while the other won't be.
I usually have multiple browsers open on several devices(desktop, laptop, iPad) for hotel lottery. I can use VPN, but should I not use more than one browser per device? I thought was only an issue with the badge sale, not hotel lottery?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jazzyj on April 09, 2019, 06:36:15 PM
How suiting that Hotelpocalypse occurs a few days before the Game of Thrones premiere.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 06:38:17 PM
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I usually have multiple browsers open on several devices(desktop, laptop, iPad) for hotel lottery. I can use VPN, but should I not use more than one browser per device? I thought was only an issue with the badge sale, not hotel lottery?

Well, like I said, I use different IPs mainly out of paranoia, and also because like others have said, we simply do not know how OnPeak detects duplicate entries nor what they consider duplicates. It could be as basic as phone number, or it could be IP addresses or email addresses or physical addresses or some combination.

So to answer your question, no one knows for 100% certainty if it is an issue or not. If I had to guess, it's not an issue, but I wouldn't bet my savings on it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dville on April 09, 2019, 06:43:36 PM
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I wouldn't waste one of my picks on it.

I was thinking the same thing about the Pendry.  I felt cheated last year.  I will not waste a pick this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Automatic7 on April 09, 2019, 06:46:40 PM
So who else is looking for a paper bag to breathe into?!?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on April 09, 2019, 06:47:20 PM
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I still haven't received an email. Is the link unique to your badge this year?

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I believe the email IS only sent to badgeholders. So if you don't have a badge you'll need to find the link another way (but the link itself in non-unique and open to all).

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Last Year, CCI sent out the link on their social media channels and posted the url on the main CCI home page on the day of sale after 8am. 

see archive post https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=8591.msg232543#msg232543
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Automatic7 on April 09, 2019, 06:47:36 PM
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How suiting that Hotelpocalypse occurs a few days before the Game of Thrones premiere.
  :D that’s right!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Warren on April 09, 2019, 06:51:50 PM
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Well, like I said, I use different IPs mainly out of paranoia, and also because like others have said, we simply do not know how OnPeak detects duplicate entries nor what they consider duplicates. It could be as basic as phone number, or it could be IP addresses or email addresses or physical addresses or some combination.

So to answer your question, no one knows for 100% certainty if it is an issue or not. If I had to guess, it's not an issue, but I wouldn't bet my savings on it.

The waiting room link seems to have identifying info.  Would they be using something from that to check for dupes?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on April 09, 2019, 06:53:43 PM
Why does the waiting room open at 8am?  That's inhumane.  Why not at a civilized hour?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 09, 2019, 06:57:41 PM
The Guild is a new hotel, but it's not on the list and when I check availability, there are no rooms available.

I wonder if studios are booking rooms there.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 09, 2019, 06:57:44 PM
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Why at does the waiting room open at 8am?  That's inhumane.  Why not at a civilized hour?

That's 5am my time and 3am for one of my roommates, so consider yourself lucky.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on April 09, 2019, 07:00:22 PM
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The waiting room link seems to have identifying info.  Would they be using something from that to check for dupes?

It's really easy to track someone through their browser even when on a different IP address.  IP's aren't really used to track people anymore.  That's why streaming services can geoblock even when you use a VPN.  The way most people leave their browsers configured, they are broadcasting who they are whenever they open up a page.  So if people are really worried about this, then they have to sanitize their browsers.  It's more complicated than just removing cookies.  It really depends on serious onpeak is about dups.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 09, 2019, 07:08:29 PM
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The Guild is a new hotel, but it's not on the list and when I check availability, there are no rooms available.

I wonder if studios are booking rooms there.

That's funny that The Guild isn't on the list. They even posted on this site a few months back supposedly welcoming Comic Con attendees before they opened.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 07:18:42 PM
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It's really easy to track someone through their browser even when on a different IP address.  IP's aren't really used to track people anymore.  That's why streaming services can geoblock even when you use a VPN.  The way most people leave their browsers configured, they are broadcasting who they are whenever they open up a page.  So if people are really worried about this, then they have to sanitize their browsers.  It's more complicated than just removing cookies.  It really depends on serious onpeak is about dups.

Incognito mode for the win!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on April 09, 2019, 07:31:39 PM
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Incognito mode for the win!

Incognito mode doesn't help.  It doesn't do what people think it does.  Primarily, what it does is that it won't keep records of activity while in incognito mode.  So it won't save any cookies picked up or  browser history while incognito.  Those things aren't relied on anymore to identify a browser.  They basically do nothing to prevent someone from identifying your browser and thus anyone associated with that browser.  What incognito mode does is make it difficult for anyone else that uses your computer to see what you've been doing.  It doesn't keep websites from identifying you.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 09, 2019, 07:34:55 PM
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Incognito mode doesn't help.  It doesn't do what people think it does.  Primarily, what it does is that it won't keep records of activity while in incognito mode.  So it won't save any cookies picked up or  browser history while incognito.  Those things aren't relied on anymore to identify a browser.  They basically do nothing to prevent someone from identifying your browser and thus anyone associated with that browser.

So, say in the case of OnPeak, if they're not using IP addresses to track, but instead using the newer methods you referenced before, how does one go about sanitizing their browser?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 09, 2019, 07:35:34 PM
What info are you required to enter when you first go in the waiting room I can’t remember
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 09, 2019, 07:38:02 PM
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What info are you required to enter when you first go in the waiting room I can’t remember

IIRC, until you are actually let through into the form itself, there isn't actually any info required to get into the waiting room. Click the link and you're in.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 09, 2019, 07:38:09 PM
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So, say in the case of OnPeak, if they're not using IP addresses to track, but instead using the newer methods you referenced before, how does one go about sanitizing their browser?

Use a different browser. Just like the in badge sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: themulkeys on April 09, 2019, 07:46:04 PM
I also realized that I opted out on my ID for emails and did not receive the link.  Can anyone provide a contact who I can reach out tomorrow for link for the hotel lottery?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 07:50:11 PM
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Incognito mode doesn't help.  It doesn't do what people think it does.  Primarily, what it does is that it won't keep records of activity while in incognito mode.  So it won't save any cookies picked up or  browser history while incognito.  Those things aren't relied on anymore to identify a browser.  They basically do nothing to prevent someone from identifying your browser and thus anyone associated with that browser.  What incognito mode does is make it difficult for anyone else that uses your computer to see what you've been doing.  It doesn't keep websites from identifying you.

Your comment led me to do some googling. According to https://panopticlick.eff.org/, my protection against tracking fails mainly on fingerprinting, which led me down the rabbit hole of learning what fingerprinting is (mostly HTML Canvas tricks, but other things like screen resolution and even battery level).

I'd be VERY impressed if OnPeak has that level of sophistication.



Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ripresa on April 09, 2019, 08:10:08 PM
The hotel stuff is so stressful.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OnePromise on April 09, 2019, 08:15:30 PM
In my experience with OnPeak, it seems like they simply cross check information entered into their system forms (i.e. names, emails and addresses) to check for duplicates. It did not seem to be very sophisticated. The emails I have received in the past were basically screen shots of a database system emailed to me to clarify seeming duplicates. I highly doubt that they use IP addresses or anything of that specificity to screen for duplicates. OnPeak does not seem that high tech. Just my take on it though. I could be wrong.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: darqamin on April 09, 2019, 08:19:50 PM
Are we 100% sure the link emailed to us is non-unique and can be shared? Did two people who got it compare it?

Thanks, just want to make sure.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 09, 2019, 08:21:50 PM
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Your comment led me to do some googling. According to https://panopticlick.eff.org/, my protection against tracking fails mainly on fingerprinting, which led me down the rabbit hole of learning what fingerprinting is (mostly HTML Canvas tricks, but other things like screen resolution and even battery level).

I'd be VERY impressed if OnPeak has that level of sophistication.
Sophistication is definitely not a word I’d use to describe Onpeak.  Perhaps we’re over analyzing it.  I’m going to take the suggestions from here and make sure to use different emails, mailing addresses and fake occupant names.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 09, 2019, 08:29:14 PM
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For those that believe me. I knew it was April 11. I just couldn’t tell you all. Plus it sounded fake because of the short notice.
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ripresa on April 09, 2019, 08:33:47 PM
Help me fill the non-downtown hotel entries. Are y’all keeping it blank or are you filling in with some place from Coronado? Not even sure where that is.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 09, 2019, 08:36:01 PM
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Ohhhh mysterious. Are you Batman?

Haha, actually I don't like Batman or Ironman ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 09, 2019, 08:36:53 PM
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TWO days notice?! WTF. Oh OnPeak, you're... something else.

Don't forget changing the date on us too. I was expecting a Wednesday from all the previous dates, so happy that I'm off Thursday from work to do this! That means next year anything can happen, and we can't rely on WonderCon's convention dates.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: codeviolet on April 09, 2019, 08:50:24 PM
I'm luckily off thur as well! random stroke of luck...this is getting so real!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 09, 2019, 08:55:05 PM
I'm also lucky. A few hours after the sale was announced, I realized that I'm going into the office late on Thursday. I have a doctor's appointment at 10:00am pacific and it's only 15 minutes away from home, so I'm going into the office after the appointment.

This means I'm going to be home for the sale. RIP the starbucks, unless I get off my butt in the morning (unlikely) to go get it.

I'm feeling oddly zen, I'm sure in a day I'll be a high-strung mess of not sleeping.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: twiley79 on April 09, 2019, 08:55:52 PM
If one of my friends gets the hotel we want from their submission, how hard is it to switch it to my name and credit card when we are booking it? Or can we keep it in their name but place it on my card anyway?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 09, 2019, 09:08:19 PM
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If one of my friends gets the hotel we want from their submission, how hard is it to switch it to my name and credit card when we are booking it? Or can we keep it in their name but place it on my card anyway?

It's very easy. You can either change it to your name or leave it in another name and add your card.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 09, 2019, 09:40:44 PM
Uh, so, Minor panic, but did anyone notice the hotel form now says for a 2 bed room - ONE person, two beds?

Is this a typo or does that mean they are charging for the person as well as the room?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 09, 2019, 09:45:49 PM
What are the best chances in getting 2 rooms with 2 beds when you fill out the form. I know the best odds are doing 4 names for each room, but is there an easier way?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 09, 2019, 09:49:32 PM
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Uh, so, Minor panic, but did anyone notice the hotel form now says for a 2 bed room - ONE person, two beds?

Is this a typo or does that mean they are charging for the person as well as the room?

Where do you see that?  I can't find it.  But yes, if you have more than one person there is usually a charge for each additional person in the room.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 09:49:45 PM
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Uh, so, Minor panic, but did anyone notice the hotel form now says for a 2 bed room - ONE person, two beds?

Is this a typo or does that mean they are charging for the person as well as the room?

Where are you seeing that? On the sample form I’m looking at, it says two person, two beds

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 09, 2019, 09:56:39 PM
it says it on the PDF form with the hotel list
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 09, 2019, 10:01:09 PM
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Uh, so, Minor panic, but did anyone notice the hotel form now says for a 2 bed room - ONE person, two beds?

Is this a typo or does that mean they are charging for the person as well as the room?

It's a typo I think.  I'm guessing it should say 2 people
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 09, 2019, 10:04:47 PM
What I'm thinking too, but why be rational when you can panic! :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: brand4d2 on April 09, 2019, 10:14:18 PM
I was totally expecting a Wednesday as well and thought that I'd be covered if all my work shifts on Wednesdays were after 10.   

I got extremely lucky though as shortly after the sale was announced, someone asked me to switch schedules and that I could get Thursday off - needless to say I agreed wholeheartedly!   

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 09, 2019, 10:39:06 PM
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Are we 100% sure the link emailed to us is non-unique and can be shared? Did two people who got it compare it?

Thanks, just want to make sure.

So if you click the link in the email, that link is NOT unique. If you hover over that link, you'll see it goes to another site that redirects you to the URL displayed. That redirect link looks something like  h**ps://comic-con.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c375adfe78gyi34d6hh9368psf&id=4y6h58ddk1&e=u83hf54dfg (Don't bother trying to use that URL... I made up those random string of letters + numbers).

So they can track you if you click the link directly from the email.

BUT... there's nothing stopping you from manually typing in the actual URL that's displayed in the email into your browser (it should be a very short URL), completely bypassing the redirect link. So I'd say if you want to ensure they can't track you just from the email link, don't click the email link... manually type it in the address displayed.

EDIT: Also, the displayed email link actually redirects you to another domain (a Cloudfront page). That URL, as far as I'm aware, is the same for everyone.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jnyama on April 09, 2019, 11:37:02 PM
So awesome. I'm supposed to be on a plane to Star Wars Celebration taking off at 8am on Thursday.  This will surely go well ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on April 09, 2019, 11:55:24 PM
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Your comment led me to do some googling. According to https://panopticlick.eff.org/, my protection against tracking fails mainly on fingerprinting, which led me down the rabbit hole of learning what fingerprinting is (mostly HTML Canvas tricks, but other things like screen resolution and even battery level).

I'd be VERY impressed if OnPeak has that level of sophistication.

A browser gives out a lot of information.  For example, it can give out at least 3 IP addresses.  That will come as a surprise to people using VPNs to spoof IP addresses.  The default configuration for most browsers will defeat that.  The browser will give a web server the VPN IP address, the real IP address and the local IP address.  In order for a VPN to hide your IP address you have to disable the feature that sends the real IP address.  Another thing the browser sends out is your time zone.  Which makes it easy to geo block for streaming services.  Since if your IP address is in London but your computer is set to US Pacific Time, a streaming service can deduce you aren't really in London.

In a nutshell, what happens is that a hash is computed using all the information the browser makes available.  This hash, a number, is pretty unique.  It is used as a unique identifier.  It's your ID online.  OnPeak or anyone else wouldn't have to be sophisticated to be able to do this.  There are libraries that do it.  They could just compute a hash for anyone using their website.  They can then store this number in a user record just like a phone number to use as an identifier.  It's easy for them to do but whether they bother is the question.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Requia on April 10, 2019, 12:20:05 AM
Might have to just sleep at the office to get my form submitted, haha. Hope I'll have some luck this year. Last couple of times I got in at 9:00 and didn't get any of the hotel picks.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TravT77 on April 10, 2019, 02:29:27 AM
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It's a typo I think.  I'm guessing it should say 2 people
This is a screenshot from last years sale.....(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190410/c1102437fef289cb5e13b15ada0cb71f.jpg)Seems to be intentional, but I too am puzzled by it.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: d00dz on April 10, 2019, 02:53:42 AM
Out of curiosity, what happened with Pendry last year that people feel that its a waste of slots this year?

Sorry, first time SDCC attendee here :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 10, 2019, 03:21:15 AM
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I can’t tell you who my sources are or who I am. But when I post something like this, it’s accurate. I was however starting to lose faith. I knew the April 11 date. But couldn’t believe onpeak would only give everyone two days.

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login - Thank you for being persistently secretive.  It helped me prepare my heart for the event...and :o 2 days?? Wow...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 10, 2019, 03:38:18 AM
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Out of curiosity, what happened with Pendry last year that people feel that its a waste of slots this year?

Sorry, first time SDCC attendee here :)

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login - As far as we could tell not one person received a room from the lottery at the Pendry.  It was a frustrating turn of events for those who in effect, wasted one of their picks on a hotel that turned out to be unavailable.  And if I remember correctly, it never even showed up as available in the days leading up to SDCC.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: d00dz on April 10, 2019, 03:40:07 AM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login - As far as we could tell not one person received a room from the lottery at the Pendry.  It was a frustrating turn of events for those who in effect, wasted one of their picks on a hotel that turned out to be unavailable.  And if I remember correctly, it never even showed up as available in the days leading up to SDCC.

Oh that's horrible. It sucks to hear that.

Thank you for taking the time to explain to me. Looks like its one off my list!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 10, 2019, 03:44:36 AM
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Oh that's horrible. It sucks to hear that.

Thank you for taking the time to explain to me. Looks like its one off my list!

My pleasure.  The Pendry sounded like a nice pick.  It may be available this year, but there is no way to tell.  Best of luck!!! No matter what, enjoy the con! We're all in this together  :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dollar2k3 on April 10, 2019, 05:12:01 AM
The two day turn around got me sweating   :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ripresa on April 10, 2019, 05:26:02 AM
Yeah two days is ridiculous. I have work meetings scheduled. And the guy I'm sharing a room with is not answering my texts. Grrr.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 10, 2019, 05:37:16 AM
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Some people have reported addresses being an issue, but I haven't experienced that myself.  For me, I once got flagged as a duplicate based on first and last name.  I responded to the email stating that I was different from the other person with the super common anglo-saxon name and it was fine.  But yes, names will flag it as a duplicate for sure.
Question: If we ask for five rooms and list five people, should we use fictitious names instead of the names of people in our group or should we use the real names? Would the real names be flagged as duplicate requests?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 10, 2019, 05:44:30 AM
one primary name for each room.... fake names for the rest of the people in each room
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Bionic 7 on April 10, 2019, 06:20:39 AM
Well, this is the last hurdle to clear before my hype train can officially start.  Best of luck to everyone tomorrow!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 10, 2019, 07:01:58 AM
Regarding multiple room requests on the same form...Has anyone who requested multiple rooms on the form, gotten only 1 room? Or gotten rooms at different hotels through the same submission form?  In other words, does OnPeak place folk in varying hotels if they run out of a higher choice when asking for multiple rooms on the same form?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 10, 2019, 07:24:44 AM
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Well, like I said, I use different IPs mainly out of paranoia, and also because like others have said, we simply do not know how OnPeak detects duplicate entries nor what they consider duplicates. It could be as basic as phone number, or it could be IP addresses or email addresses or physical addresses or some combination.

So to answer your question, no one knows for 100% certainty if it is an issue or not. If I had to guess, it's not an issue, but I wouldn't bet my savings on it.

This is what the SDCC Blog said about duplicates
"In 2016, we confirmed with onPeak that duplicate submissions were based on three factors: phone number, e-mail address, or a unique identifier associated with the user’s queue/waiting room session (likely the QueueID at the bottom of the waiting room). So if you have multiple roommates working together to try to secure a room, make sure you’re using unique information."


Hope this helps! :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: twiley79 on April 10, 2019, 07:34:54 AM
I have someone in my group who can't get time off with such short notice. If I fill out a form for him myself, using a different computer but from my same location, will that be different enough that I won't show as a duplicate? Or should I just skip making a request for that person to be safe?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Javier on April 10, 2019, 07:39:31 AM
These prices are getting crazier and crazier every year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: twiley79 on April 10, 2019, 07:51:21 AM
On the room request sample form, I don't see anything about requesting a quad or listing roommates. I thought that was part of the form? How does that work if you request a hotel that doesn't specify number of beds?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 10, 2019, 07:52:06 AM
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On the room request sample form, I don't see anything about requesting a quad or listing roommates. I thought that was part of the form? How does that work if you request a hotel that doesn't specify number of beds?

It's there, below the section where you request the hotels.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 10, 2019, 07:53:30 AM
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These prices are getting crazier and crazier every year.

I think one of CCI's biggest bargaining chips in negotiating with the hotels was that they could potentially* move the entire convention to another city or state at their will.

When CCI announced and broke ground on their new museum it was probably much easier for the hotels to call their bluff once it was time to renew the contract.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 10, 2019, 08:10:02 AM
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Regarding multiple room requests on the same form...Has anyone who requested multiple rooms on the form, gotten only 1 room? Or gotten rooms at different hotels through the same submission form?  In other words, does OnPeak place folk in varying hotels if they run out of a higher choice when asking for multiple rooms on the same form?

I've always gotten the # of rooms I requested, all at the same hotel.  Others I've talked to have had the same result.  So no "variety of hotels" placement.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mark on April 10, 2019, 08:17:09 AM
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I have someone in my group who can't get time off with such short notice. If I fill out a form for him myself, using a different computer but from my same location, will that be different enough that I won't show as a duplicate? Or should I just skip making a request for that person to be safe?

The post right above yours has it right, just use your friend's name, address, email, and phone.  Using a different computer is fine.

Regarding the Pendry, it messed up a lot of people last year, some people wasted 2  of their choices on it since they have it broken out by room type. We couldn't even find anyone on social media saying that they got it in the sale. I personally wouldn't try a small hotel like that until I've at least heard of it being attainable.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 10, 2019, 08:21:36 AM
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I've always gotten the # of rooms I requested, all at the same hotel.  Others I've talked to have had the same result.  So no "variety of hotels" placement.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 08:28:03 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I agree with You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login . In years where I've requested multiple rooms they've always been together. From what we can tell from the results the past few years, you either get all your rooms together or no rooms at all if they can't fulfill your entire request at the same hotel. It's why requesting more than one is somewhat higher risk of striking out.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 10, 2019, 08:31:11 AM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I agree with You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login . In years where I've requested multiple rooms they've always been together. From what we can tell from the results the past few years, you either get all your rooms together or no rooms at all if they can't fulfill your entire request at the same hotel. It's why requesting more than one is somewhat higher risk of striking out.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 10, 2019, 08:36:48 AM
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I think one of CCI's biggest bargaining chips in negotiating with the hotels was that they could potentially* move the entire convention to another city or state at their will.

When CCI announced and broke ground on their new museum it was probably much easier for the hotels to call their bluff once it was time to renew the contract.

Interesting theory.  Something to think about.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 10, 2019, 08:47:20 AM
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I can’t tell you who my sources are or who I am. But when I post something like this, it’s accurate. I was however starting to lose faith. I knew the April 11 date. But couldn’t believe onpeak would only give everyone two days.

I was right there with you.  For weeks I believed my source was solid until the week of.   I really thought CCI was getting better about respecting people's time and giving them notice.  Guess I was wrong :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 08:57:18 AM
Yeah. We're not discussing it much here, with the focus (as it should be) on getting everyone prepped and ready, but it is incredibly inconsiderate and disrespectful to attendees to announce the hotel sale (and all the pages and pages of accompanying information) less than two days before it happens (which is also in the middle of a workday for probably the majority of people). And, also, to have that sale occur DURING one of the other top-tier geek conventions in the US.

It's borderline incompetent at best and actively cruel at worst, and I for one am deeply disappointed in CCI as an organization.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dville on April 10, 2019, 09:00:56 AM
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Yeah. We're not discussing it much here, with the focus (as it should be) on getting everyone prepped and ready, but it is incredibly inconsiderate and disrespectful to attendees to announce the hotel sale (and all the pages and pages of accompanying information) less than two days before it happens (which is also in the middle of a workday for probably the majority of people). And, also, to have that sale occur DURING one of the other top-tier geek conventions in the US.

It's borderline incompetent at best and actively cruel at worst, and I for one am deeply disappointed in CCI as an organization.

Yeah, this threw me off.  We weren't really even given a full forty-eight (48) hours to turn this around.  I know alot of us on here have a bit of an obsession and have been planning and worrying about this for weeks now, but it's like they ripped the bandaid off.  This time was swift and without mercy.  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ALF on April 10, 2019, 09:04:48 AM
I think the fast turnaround and during the Star War Celebration is to discourage a mass turn out for the Hotel Sales.... at least for the general non comic con attending public.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: nightwing23lg on April 10, 2019, 09:13:15 AM
can someone PM the link for the waiting room? I did not get the email and going solo this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 09:17:55 AM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 10, 2019, 09:36:05 AM
I'm a little torn.

It's no problem for me to do the hotel sale from my job, and the timing is right around lunch time, but my challenge is reminding myself.  I can get distracted...Especially around lunch time.

However, I have the option to work from home.  Since that's out of the norm for my routine, it will be a lot easier to remember.

What to do,....what to do???

 :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: QTkeylala on April 10, 2019, 09:37:41 AM
I'm scared this year for hotels....I normally have a back up hotel already set in place before Hotelmaggedden, but this year I have nothing.  And we have NEVER got anything from this.  I have only gotten hotels from by back ups, or from the gracious people of FOCCI.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: QTkeylala on April 10, 2019, 09:39:24 AM
I always have a theory why they do it this way...especially on crappy work days...because just that...it really screws those that can't do it while working and not everyone will try, and less people, means less people to crash their servers.  LOL

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I'm a little torn.

It's no problem for me to do the hotel sale from my job, and the timing is right around lunch time, but my challenge is reminding myself.  I can get distracted...Especially around lunch time.

However, I have the option to work from home.  Since that's out of the norm for my routine, it will be a lot easier to remember.

What to do,....what to do???

 :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 10, 2019, 09:41:37 AM
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I'm a little torn.

It's no problem for me to do the hotel sale from my job, and the timing is right around lunch time, but my challenge is reminding myself.  I can get distracted...Especially around lunch time.

However, I have the option to work from home.  Since that's out of the norm for my routine, it will be a lot easier to remember.

What to do,....what to do???

 :) :)
I'm in a similar boat, and I opted to block off my calendar for working from home that morning!  It will be easier for me to make sure no one drops by last minute to chat lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 10, 2019, 09:43:57 AM
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I'm scared this year for hotels....I normally have a back up hotel already set in place before Hotelmaggedden, but this year I have nothing.  And we have NEVER got anything from this.  I have only gotten hotels from by back ups, or from the gracious people of FOCCI.

It may not be your most desirable option as a 'backup', but it's been my experience that there is always availability at the non-downtown hotels on the shuttle route after the hotel sale.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 09:57:55 AM
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It's borderline incompetent at best and actively cruel at worst, and I for one am deeply disappointed in CCI as an organization.

I can’t help but wonder if this kind of thing would’ve happened had John Rogers still been alive. To be fair, there’s been screwups under his watch, but this feels almost intentional.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 10:03:02 AM
Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but it mostly seems incompetent to me. Although, they MUST have known the date for weeks if not months. I have no idea why they wouldn't at least put up the hotel list sooner.

Also, as always, at least some of the blame lies with OnPeak. In what world does it make ANY SENSE AT ALL to hold one of the biggest, messiest hotel sales of the year ON THE SAME DAY many people are checking into their hotels at another major event you ALSO run? And OnPeak must have had input on the date.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 10, 2019, 10:07:04 AM
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Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but it mostly seems incompetent to me. Although, they MUST have known the date for weeks if not months. I have no idea why they wouldn't at least put up the hotel list sooner.

Also, as always, at least some of the blame lies with OnPeak. In what world does it make ANY SENSE AT ALL to hold one of the biggest, messiest hotel sales of the year ON THE SAME DAY many people are checking into their hotels at another major event you ALSO run? And OnPeak must have had input on the date.
Overheard at CCI headquarters:
Person 1: Weird, Twitter doesn't seem to have much buzz about Thursday's hotel sale.  You'd think more people would be excited!
Person 2: Yeah, maybe the email you sent went to their spam boxes or something.
Person 1: I thought YOU sent the email!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 10, 2019, 10:10:19 AM
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Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but it mostly seems incompetent to me. Although, they MUST have known the date for weeks if not months. I have no idea why they wouldn't at least put up the hotel list sooner.

Also, as always, at least some of the blame lies with OnPeak. In what world does it make ANY SENSE AT ALL to hold one of the biggest, messiest hotel sales of the year ON THE SAME DAY many people are checking into their hotels at another major event you ALSO run? And OnPeak must have had input on the date.

The answer is simple.... they don't give a hoot about the atendees!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 10:13:34 AM
I think they care.  I also think they're just incredibly disorganized.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on April 10, 2019, 10:14:45 AM
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The answer is simple.... they don't give a hoot about the atendees!

Also, they tend not to get any hotel complaints at the official SDCC Talkback.  By then, most of the complaints are about lines for Hall H, and such.

I've always found that odd, but I think it's because the furor about the hotel sale really dies down by the time everyone actually gets to the convention (and has their hotel).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 10:16:30 AM
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Also, they tend not to get any hotel complaints at the official SDCC Talkback.  By then, most of the complaints are about lines for Hall H, and such.

I've always found that odd, but I think it's because the furor about the hotel sale really dies down by the time everyone actually gets to the convention (and has their hotel).

Maybe someone who attends the Talk Back should make it a point this year to mention it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 10:22:02 AM
Apparently the hotel lottery finally got to me. I had a dream last night about it. Sheesh!  And what was crazy about the dream, I started seeing names of people joining in group buys to try and help one another. I had to beg people to try and join their group. (I woke-up, so I don't have an ending to my dream) But yes, I guess it finally hit me. Crazy
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 10:27:00 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Every year I want to go to the talk back and rail at them about it... and every year I decide it's not worth the extra 90-120 minutes in back-to-LA traffic. :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: karli2067 on April 10, 2019, 10:46:18 AM
Im glad I'm not the only one that dreamt about the hotel sale.  I dreamt that early this morning they announced the sale would be today and that I had slept through it! I am stressing so hard that I'm sure my coworkers/family/friends are tired of listening to me.  This forum is my favorite place to be right now since it makes me feel surrounded by like minded people! I've been begging for this sale to just happen already so I guess I got what I asked for
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 11:08:20 AM
I had a dream that the hotel I got was here in my home state and I had to fly 5 hours to the con each day.  This was like last week tho lol. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 11:28:55 AM
Just think, by this time tomorrow we'll be all done and into the 5-day (MINIMUM) waiting period to find out your results!

I hate OnPeak so, so, so, so, so very much.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: janray on April 10, 2019, 11:40:42 AM
I don't think it's fully hit me yet that it's TOMORROW!
I was so tuned in to it being next week that I'm a deer in the headlights right now.
So tonight after work and tomorrow morning I'll be full in manic mode.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 11:44:08 AM
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Just think, by this time tomorrow we'll be all done and into the 5-day (MINIMUM) waiting period to find out your results!

I hate OnPeak so, so, so, so, so very much.

Come tomorrow we’ll be complaining and some of us dreaming about the wait LOL. I know I shouldn’t be, but I succumbed to the idea that I’ll have someone here helping me in the exchange. I don’t know why, but that’s how I feel this time around.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 10, 2019, 11:44:54 AM
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Just think, by this time tomorrow we'll be all done and into the 5-day (MINIMUM) waiting period to find out your results!

I hate OnPeak so, so, so, so, so very much.
I'm just glad it will be done on my end either way.  But the wait period feels so long!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NCDS on April 10, 2019, 11:45:33 AM
I had a dream about Fundays tickets, so apparently, I'm further along.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 10, 2019, 11:47:23 AM
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I had a dream about Fundays tickets, so apparently, I'm further along.
Oh man, I hope that goes well too!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 10, 2019, 11:48:49 AM
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Just think, by this time tomorrow we'll be all done and into the 5-day (MINIMUM) waiting period to find out your results!

I hate OnPeak so, so, so, so, so very much.

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Come tomorrow we’ll be complaining and some of us dreaming about the wait LOL. I know I shouldn’t be, but I succumbed to the idea that I’ll have someone here helping me in the exchange. I don’t know why, but that’s how I feel this time around.

Followed by this weekend when all the casual attendees check their e-mail to discover the hotel sale has already come and gone. I mean, we the technology obsessed got the memo but I'd be curious to see OnPeaks analytics for how many of the e-mails they sent were actually opened as compared previous years.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rabbitwarren on April 10, 2019, 11:50:57 AM
I also dreamt a week ago I was 5 minutes late to the sale  ???

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 11:51:39 AM
I dream about SDCC in general often.  Usually Hall H line in my every day life.  Need to wait in a Hall H type line to get on the bus or get groceries or whatever lmao.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 10, 2019, 11:51:54 AM
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Followed by this weekend when all the casual attendees check their e-mail to discover the hotel sale has already come and gone. I mean, we the technology obsessed got the memo but I'd be curious to see OnPeaks analytics for how many of the e-mails they sent were actually opened as compared previous years.
My mom deleted the email by accident since she thought it was just saying that they're going to announce it soon, not that it's happening in two days.  If you're not super familiar with the process, I could see where someone would think that there isn't anything actionable from just the subject line.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 11:53:26 AM
The worst part about this whole process is the wait between submitting the form and actually getting an email with your hotel (or lack of). It's going to be at least four days (they've always started handing them out on a Monday, if I recall), but it could be 11-15 days. And the stupid part is, they don't even send you a confirmation email saying, yes, we got your request, and here's what you entered.

Back when it was TP Housing (before they merged with OnPeak) that handled hotels, they at least gave you that "we got your request" email.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 12:01:08 PM
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The worst part about this whole process is the wait between submitting the form and actually getting an email with your hotel (or lack of). It's going to be at least four days (they've always started handing them out on a Monday, if I recall), but it could be 11-15 days. And the stupid part is, they don't even send you a confirmation email saying, yes, we got your request, and here's what you entered.

Back when it was TP Housing (before they merged with OnPeak) that handled hotels, they at least gave you that "we got your request" email.

The hotels page says the first round of placements will go out Tuesday 4/16  this year. So on top of everything else we have to wait an extra day.

Sure is nice that OnPeak gets an extra day to work on things. ::sarcasm::
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on April 10, 2019, 12:02:10 PM
4/16 might be cause 4/15 is Tax Day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 10, 2019, 12:05:16 PM
Star Wars Celebration, Coachella, Gallifrey One Tickets, Tax Day... how can we make a busier week even busier?

Let's give them just two days!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on April 10, 2019, 12:08:27 PM
I'm oddly calm about this one.  I even forgot about it this morning, only to be reminded by a friend's email.

Maybe it's because there seemed to be opportunities last year to get something downtown in the waiting list period.  Maybe it's because I got one of my top six last year.  Maybe it's just because I know that if I fail it won't be for lack of trying and luck just wasn't with me.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 12:12:01 PM
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Star Wars Celebration, Coachella, Gallifrey One Tickets, Tax Day... how can we make a busier week even busier?

Let's give them just two days!

Game of Thrones this weekend too.  So people finishing their marathons and hosting parties hahaha.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on April 10, 2019, 12:12:26 PM
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I think one of CCI's biggest bargaining chips in negotiating with the hotels was that they could potentially* move the entire convention to another city or state at their will.

When CCI announced and broke ground on their new museum it was probably much easier for the hotels to call their bluff once it was time to renew the contract.

I don't think that has anything to do with it.  Just because the museum is here doesn't mean that comic-con has to be here.  The museum has to be somewhere.  Even if comic-con moves somewhere in the future, the fact that most of the people that run comic-con live here makes San Diego CCI's home base.

The prices are higher because the prices are higher.  It's not like less people are coming to comic-con every year.  There's also the people that come only for the offsites.  Demand far outstrips supply.  If anything, they could charge more and still sell out.  San Diego is in demand.  Comic-con is not the only convention there is in San Diego.  I've seen the convention that follows comic-con setting up Sunday afternoon before comic-con has fully wound down.  Also there are just tourists that keep coming here driving up hotel prices.  Even 4 years ago, I was able to stay in a hotel for $29/night
while getting my house fumigated.  I never see that hotel for less than $100/night now regardless of the season.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 12:16:01 PM
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Game of Thrones this weekend too.  So people finishing their marathons and hosting parties hahaha.

I’m running a literal marathon this Monday. The Boston Marathon to be specific. Which means I have to hold off on watching GoT until after.

Also, I’ll probably be on a plane when the first round of hotel emails go out. That could be a good thing or bad thing.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 12:19:09 PM
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I'm oddly calm about this one.  I even forgot about it this morning, only to be reminded by a friend's email.

Maybe it's because there seemed to be opportunities last year to get something downtown in the waiting list period.  Maybe it's because I got one of my top six last year.  Maybe it's just because I know that if I fail it won't be for lack of trying and luck just wasn't with me.

Please pass over whatever it is you're drinking. I want to be "oddly calm." Plus for me, it's also about making sure my lady friend is happy too. So I gotta get a place she's good with as well. When it was just me, I would have settled for like Best Western Bayside. Now? We're like the Jeffersons, movin' on up! (I wonder how many people here are old enough to get my reference?)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 12:22:33 PM
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Please pass over whatever it is you're drinking. I want to be "oddly calm." Plus for me, it's also about making sure my lady friend is happy too. So I gotta get a place she's good with as well. When it was just me, I would have settled for like Best Western Bayside. Now? We're like the Jeffersons, movin' on up! (I wonder how many people here are old enough to get my reference?)

We established down in the Shuttle Info thread that I am the one with the good drinks.   ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on April 10, 2019, 12:28:25 PM
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We established down in the Shuttle Info thread that I am the one with the good drinks.   ;)
Good drinks...
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on April 10, 2019, 12:35:23 PM
I think I'm a little calmer this year 'cause of the short notice and the years of failure, so I'm not expecting much (and I want to say in advance that I appreciate all of you because I'm sure my group will have to rely on someone once again).  Also maybe less stress, 'cause less people to have to shuffle about this time around.

There's also a lot of potential Star Wars stuff coming out this weekend and that's eeexcciiiittiiiing ~
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 10, 2019, 12:40:12 PM
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Please pass over whatever it is you're drinking. I want to be "oddly calm." Plus for me, it's also about making sure my lady friend is happy too. So I gotta get a place she's good with as well. When it was just me, I would have settled for like Best Western Bayside. Now? We're like the Jeffersons, movin' on up! (I wonder how many people here are old enough to get my reference?)

(https://i.imgur.com/4prrgem.jpg)

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We established down in the Shuttle Info thread that I am the one with the good drinks.   ;)

I knew there was a reason why I liked you.  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rodneytfreeman on April 10, 2019, 01:00:56 PM
Our first SDCC experience (2016) went perfectly. 4 day tickets, Conan on Wednesday, Our #1 hotel, with a number of hotels to give away to this forum, got into all of the panels we wanted to, and NerdHQ. It was too good to be true.

There is absolutely no way that this year is going to match that experience. Only got Thursday and Sunday tickets. We're just happy to get back this year, for the 50th! I'm cautiously optimistic, because it's my nature. I'm hoping to be able to provide hotel rooms to the forum because our group has expanded from 2 to 3. I guess we'll find out in a little under a week (minimum.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 10, 2019, 01:02:42 PM
The timing does not bother me. 2 days notice or a 2 week's notice...everything good is going to be taken right away regardless. It being right before Celebration starting does not bother me either...honestly, there are so many major conventions now that it's going to be very difficult to have every day associated with SDCC mutually exclusive from every day associated with every other major convention.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 10, 2019, 01:06:12 PM
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These prices are getting crazier and crazier every year.

One thing I'm noticing this year is that there's a noticeably bigger gap between downtown and Mission Valley prices. (The past few years, I was actually surprised that the gap wasn't wider.) Downtown prices are going up at a faster rate and some of the cheaper hotels dropped out. The demand has obviously always been higher for downtown hotels, but for whatever reasons the price is finally starting to show that.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 01:08:29 PM
That makes me curious about the Bristol.  Why drop out?  Unless it's being used for a big block.  No offense to the Bristol, I LOVE it, but it doesn't feel like a VIP block kinda place. IDK man.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 10, 2019, 01:10:44 PM
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That makes me curious about the Bristol.  Why drop out?  Unless it's being used for a big block.  No offense to the Bristol, I LOVE it, but it doesn't feel like a VIP block kinda place. IDK man.

Not VIP at all but with only 100 rooms a studio/network could book the entire place and guarantee complete privacy for talent. And, its still not available on their own site. I would think that if the truly dropped out to raise rates they'd list them not at peak hotel buyin' time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 10, 2019, 01:12:38 PM
I'm pretty calm too, but I think it's because I'm really just happy to be able to participate this year. I know that may sound corny, but I feel lucky just to get the badges. It's my first time, and I'm of the mind that whatever happens happens. Regardless, it doesn't sound as though anyone will be homeless.

Plus, I kind of have a knack for making things work. Very few worthwhile things in life are without at least a little struggle.  ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 01:14:32 PM
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That makes me curious about the Bristol.  Why drop out?  Unless it's being used for a big block.  No offense to the Bristol, I LOVE it, but it doesn't feel like a VIP block kinda place. IDK man.

I've stayed at the Bristol once in my many years of attending. It's a VERY nice Boutique hotel.  Their prices seem to suggest they're a cheap hotel, but really far from it. I even enjoyed the restaurant in which I ordered a steak (though I know they've since changed it.) I can totally see what You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said, and a studio rented the entire place out. Studios have money, but doesn't mean they will just toss it away. Though, this is all guesses. We may not know till next year and see if the Bristol is back on the list.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 01:17:55 PM
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I've stayed at the Bristol once in my many years of attending. It's a VERY nice Boutique hotel.  Their prices seem to suggest they're a cheap hotel, but really far from it. I even enjoyed the restaurant in which I ordered a steak (though I know they've since changed it.) I can totally see what You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said, and a studio rented the entire place out. Studios have money, but doesn't mean they will just toss it away. Though, this is all guesses. We may not know till next year and see if the Bristol is back on the list.

I've stayed at the Bristol too but I have a different impression.  It's not high end. It's a small boutique hotel.  Fairly average with average to small rooms at a good price.  It's not like Hilton Bayfront, where everything is on the lower part of high end.  So yeah I'm not just talking based on price or outside appearance.  I have experience.  I've stayed at Bristol, MMM, Hilton Gaslamp, and Hilton Bayfront (and a random Mission Valley hotel once).  I've been around.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rickythump on April 10, 2019, 01:22:41 PM
I've stayed there as well the first time I went to Comic Con. I think it's easy to think of a studio booking it and immediately think of HBO or Disney who have stars that are accustomed to higher end hotels - but there are also places like CBS/The CW that bring a huge amount of stuff every year and the talent probably don't need the same kind of experience a Disney headliner might.

I just checked and realized I had a backup bookend date for the Bristol reserved for Monday thru Wednesday of the con, maybe I'll stay there for the first two days and see if I can investigate, haha.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 01:23:35 PM
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I've stayed there as well the first time I went to Comic Con. I think it's easy to think of a studio booking it an immediately think of like HBO or Disney who have stars that are accustomed to higher end hotels - but there is also places like CBS/The CW that bring a huge amount of stuff every year and probably don't need the same kind of experience a Disney headliner might.

I just checked and realized I had a backup bookend date for the Bristol reserved for Monday and Wednesday of the con, maybe I'll stay there for the first two days and see if I can investigate, haha.

This is a very very good point.  I can see the CW or CBS booking a mid range block.  Makes sense.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 01:25:26 PM
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I've stayed at the Bristol too but I have a different impression.  It's not high end. It's a small boutique hotel.  Fairly average with average to small rooms at a good price.  It's not like Hilton Bayfront, where everything is on the lower part of high end.  So yeah I'm not just talking based on price or outside appearance.  I have experience.  I've stayed at Bristol, MMM, Hilton Gaslamp, and Hilton Bayfront (and a random Mission Valley hotel once).  I've been around.

Oh that's not what I was saying at all, I was taking it for what it is. Obviously I would not compare the Bristol with a 4* or 5*. I shouldn't have stereotyped it, but from the years I've been attending, many people (not you) seem to think the Bristol is bad due to their lower price. I thought for what you get, and their price, it was much nicer than I expected. Though the one year I stayed there, they upgraded me to the suite/studio whatever it was for free. So that also factored into why I enjoyed the place I'm sure. Only thing I didn't like was the stupid A/C that acted really funny.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 01:47:09 PM
I’m not calm at all. Last time I was calm was Returning Registration, and I ended up getting almost completely shut out (was one of the last people to snag Sunday). So for Open Reg, I went full panic mode, made connections with several groups, sacrificed my future first born (who needs those anyway?), and had sleepless nights worrying, and it paid off with 4 day + preview

So the lesson, in the immortal words of Not Douglas Adams: PANIC!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Johnc86 on April 10, 2019, 02:00:18 PM
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Please pass over whatever it is you're drinking. I want to be "oddly calm." Plus for me, it's also about making sure my lady friend is happy too. So I gotta get a place she's good with as well. When it was just me, I would have settled for like Best Western Bayside. Now? We're like the Jeffersons, movin' on up! (I wonder how many people here are old enough to get my reference?)

What's wrong with Best Western Bayside? I'm thinking about including it in one of my slots just cause of the price. But like you, I also need to think about my lady friend. It is far from the con which is a negative for me.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 02:02:12 PM
Ok why is the term "lady friend" becoming a thing here.  :o  Is "friend" or "girlfriend" depending on the relationship not good enough? lol forgive me it just feels weird reading "lady friend."  Not sure why it's suddenly A Thing.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dollar2k3 on April 10, 2019, 02:04:03 PM
I'm calm on the surface like a duck, but best believe my legs are kicking like mad under the surface!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rabbitwarren on April 10, 2019, 02:07:54 PM
At least this year I did my international travel in the winter so I am in the country and same time zone for anything. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 02:09:21 PM
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What's wrong with Best Western Bayside? I'm thinking about including it in one of my slots just cause of the price. But like you, I also need to think about my lady friend. It is far from the con which is a negative for me.

Absolutely nothing wrong with Best Western Bayside. I actually have it in my six. I just meant my lady friend likes to be a bit closer, and also likes higher-end hotels.

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Ok why is the term "lady friend" becoming a thing here.  :o  Is "friend" or "girlfriend" depending on the relationship not good enough? lol forgive me it just feels weird reading "lady friend."  Not sure why it's suddenly A Thing.

I've ALWAYS called her my lady friend. Just a force of habit. I actually had a guy at a watch store comment that he loved that I called her that LOL. And that it needed to be used more often. I think she likes that term more as well, so I've been going with it for years now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 10, 2019, 02:09:36 PM
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I’m not calm at all. Last time I was calm was Returning Registration, and I ended up getting almost completely shut out (was one of the last people to snag Sunday). So for Open Reg, I went full panic mode, made connections with several groups, sacrificed my future first born (who needs those anyway?), and had sleepless nights worrying, and it paid off with 4 day + preview

So the lesson, in the immortal words of Not Douglas Adams: PANIC!

Totally understandable to panic over registration (returning and/or open)!!!

I'm not saying there's no anxiety for me over the hotel sale.  It's just that my level of anxiety is not nearly as high as it is for the badge sale.   :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Berts on April 10, 2019, 02:36:34 PM
Oh my gosh darn goodness I am gall dern nervous! Last year was my first year participating in Hotelpocalypse and I snagged the Marriott Marquis. That happens every year, right? RIGHT!?

Anyway, come on one of...

-Omni
-Hard Rock
-Moxy
-Hotel Solamar
-Marriott Marquis
-Hilton Bayfront

What's everyone else's top-6? Or are you keeping it a secret?....
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 02:44:35 PM
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Ok why is the term "lady friend" becoming a thing here.  :o  Is "friend" or "girlfriend" depending on the relationship not good enough? lol forgive me it just feels weird reading "lady friend."  Not sure why it's suddenly A Thing.

I have no problems telling anyone my Top 6. Why? Because there's going to be tens of thousands of people trying for every hotel. It's not going to matter if I tell people my choices.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2019, 02:46:35 PM
True. And if you're really trying to use that to game the system, SDCC Blog did a poll a couple years back that's probably more helpful than random responses in here (because bigger sample size).

Mine are MMM, MGH, HBF, HGaslamp, MGaslamp, and Omni, but the order fluctuates often.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 02:47:02 PM
I'm disappointed we can't pick IMDB Boat as one of our choices.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kihou on April 10, 2019, 02:49:18 PM
Here's my list:
San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Manchester Grand Hyatt
Omni San Diego Hotel
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

We have stayed at Bayfront and MGH before, so we're hoping to try MMM but we'll take anything nearby at this point!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 03:05:56 PM
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I have no problems telling anyone my Top 6. Why? Because there's going to be tens of thousands of people trying for every hotel. It's not going to matter if I tell people my choices.

Did you quote the wrong post my dude?  Seems like you quoted my lady friend post but were responding to something completely different.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 10, 2019, 03:28:32 PM
A PSA for anyone considering the Moxy -- it looks cool, but just be aware the rooms are all 140 square feet.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ToryRoxx on April 10, 2019, 03:29:56 PM
what qualifies as a duplicate form?If you and a roommate submit a form and use the same occupant names and address do those count toward a duplicate form ?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 03:34:36 PM
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A PSA for anyone considering the Moxy -- it looks cool, but just be aware the rooms are all 140 square feet.

In my head that doesn't feel that small. But I googled it and yikes that is astronomically tiny.  How do they even fit a bed in that  ???

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what qualifies as a duplicate form?If you and a roommate submit a form and use the same occupant names and address do those count toward a duplicate form ?

We don't know for sure.  We believe it's names, addresses, possibly phone numbers.  I've been flagged for first and last name before.  Others have been flagged for other things.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 10, 2019, 03:35:09 PM
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One of my friends who usually goes to SDCC with me has to cancel this year because there's a vacation freeze at her work because of the timing of a big project she's involved with - I feel really bad for her.

My work freeze (approx. the third week of July every year) supersedes any sort of vacation freeze that might happen at my work place during that time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 10, 2019, 03:40:07 PM
Question:

I haven't registered for my badge yet because I'm paying this year and i'm waiting on my mother to confirm if she can go by May 1st. I should still be able to reserve a room, right? i didn't get the link but i clicked on it from the old page. It still works..
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 03:42:10 PM
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Did you quote the wrong post my dude?  Seems like you quoted my lady friend post but were responding to something completely different.

I don't even know what happened? Yeah just disregard it. If you ask me what happened, I have zero clue.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 10, 2019, 03:42:25 PM
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In my head that doesn't feel that small. But I googled it and yikes that is astronomically tiny.  How do they even fit a bed in that  ???

I'm not sure either. :o It might work for people who are just going to look around, but not for anyone who plans to bring stuff back. One year for ECCC I stayed in a room that was 190 sq feet, and that was bad enough. There wasn't even enough space to open up a suitcase on the floor...I had to sit it on the bed in order to open it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2019, 03:45:17 PM
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I'm not sure either. :o It might work for people who are just going to look around, but not for anyone who plans to bring stuff back. One year for ECCC I stayed in a room that was 190 sq feet, and that was bad enough. There wasn't even enough space to open up a suitcase on the floor...I had to sit it on the bed in order to open it.

I'm headed to Europe in June. Most of the hotels and the rooms they offer are in the 140 sq ft range. I think we're lucky and I guess it's a first world problem that here in America, we expect larger rooms. But yeah, no clue how ANYONE in America, Europe or elsewhere can fit multiple people in a 140 sq ft room.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 10, 2019, 04:01:49 PM
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A PSA for anyone considering the Moxy -- it looks cool, but just be aware the rooms are all 140 square feet.

I just checked it out yeah it looks very hip there's even a DJ playing at the lobby but yeah such small rooms lol

Oh the other new one intercontinental the rooms are 465 square feet!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 04:02:18 PM
Having just gone to London and Paris late last year, I now know all about tiny hotel rooms. Normally, I don't really care how small or big the room is (though big is a nice perk), but this is SDCC, and usually I'll be picking up a ton of swag, which I usually have laid out all over the place and only organize / stow away right before packing up to leave.

That actually makes Marriott Gaslamp & Westin Gaslamp two of my top choices, since the rooms I've stayed in at both have been very spacious with enough room to spread out the swag all over the place.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hipchick on April 10, 2019, 04:13:58 PM
Good luck tomorrow everyone! I'm late to the hotel-thread party. Naturally my anxiety level has increased about a zillion percent since receiving the hotel email. I'm a believer in repeating the juju (which tends to work for me in hotel sales) however this year I am working in LA this week so I'm without my natural surroundings nor internet meaning I'm probably getting assigned a hotel room somewhere in Tijuana or the 3rd tent to the left by the train tracks haha.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 10, 2019, 04:22:57 PM
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Having just gone to London and Paris late last year, I now know all about tiny hotel rooms. Normally, I don't really care how small or big the room is (though big is a nice perk), but this is SDCC, and usually I'll be picking up a ton of swag, which I usually have laid out all over the place and only organize / stow away right before packing up to leave.


I googled it and there's a ton of pictures of micro homes this size.  My dorm room was bigger than this. For serious.  This is microscopic.

That said, I've done my fair share of hosteling and I've slept in what basically amounts to a bunk bed in a closet.  But yeah, SDCC is a different beast.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Cajnca559 on April 10, 2019, 04:23:55 PM
Boy oh boy can’t believe it’s that time of the year again. Love this forum and have for many years. Good luck to all my fellow forum members and hope we corner the market and all get the rooms we are hoping for.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rabbitwarren on April 10, 2019, 05:09:54 PM
If it was just me, the room size would be fine, but two people plus all the stuff we buy.  Nah, not gonna work.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mellyreid on April 10, 2019, 05:24:43 PM
I was just looking at the form and wondering if anyone had any insight....
1. How do you usually answer the "If none of my preferred hotel choices are available..." and why? Do you think it makes it less likely you get what you want if you choose an answer that you'll take anything?
2. I will be attending with my husband and 2 year old but we would prefer a king bed. Do other people who travel with kids just count the adults? I know there is no guarantee of what kind of bed you get, but how likely is it that we would get a king?
3. When we fill out the form will we be flagged as duplicated since we live in the same house? Should we not have the same address if we get in twice?
4. Anyone else traveling with little ones in tow?
5. We are actually going to be flying in on Tuesday and leaving the following Tuesday. Do you think having to have a hotel that long will decrease our chances of getting a place to stay during the hotelpocalypse?
We are super excited about getting to go to SDCC. Its been on my bucket list for years and I can't believe we are going. 8)

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 05:26:45 PM
I found this Reddit post from a few months back that went into the technical aspects of the queuing system that On Peak uses, and running some tests to get some numbers on chances of getting downtown hotels. The TL;DR is the simulated results fall in line with pretty much what most of us know here: you get in before 9:02am, you have a good to great chance of getting a downtown hotel or at least one on your list.

https://www.reddit.com/r/comiccon/comments/9srdmy/sdcc_hotel_lottery_technical_brief_odds/

It's interesting, but there's nothing actionable given this knowledge. Blood sacrifices are still probably necessary.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: True Romance on April 10, 2019, 05:26:58 PM
This might have already been asked, but is it worth it to choose two different room types at the same hotel? I know this limits your actual hotel choices down to say 5 per category. 

Also, any hotels in the Downtown area seem to have been easier to get in years past?

Thanks,
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 05:32:19 PM
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I was just looking at the form and wondering if anyone had any insight....
1. How do you usually answer the "If none of my preferred hotel choices are available..." and why? Do you think it makes it less likely you get what you want if you choose an answer that you'll take anything?
2. I will be attending with my husband and 2 year old but we would prefer a king bed. Do other people who travel with kids just count the adults? I know there is no guarantee of what kind of bed you get, but how likely is it that we would get a king?
3. When we fill out the form will we be flagged as duplicated since we live in the same house? Should we not have the same address if we get in twice?
4. Anyone else traveling with little ones in tow?
5. We are actually going to be flying in on Tuesday and leaving the following Tuesday. Do you think having to have a hotel that long will decrease our chances of getting a place to stay during the hotelpocalypse?
We are super excited about getting to go to SDCC. Its been on my bucket list for years and I can't believe we are going. 8)

1. I always pick the first option, which I believe is "Book me at a hotel that is closest to the convention center, regardless of rate and shuttle availability." From wording alone, that probably gives the greatest chance of a hotel.
2. My friends who have brought newborns / toddlers exclude them from the form.
3. I would use different addresses just in case. Like perhaps use a parents' addy.
4. Does food baby count? *burp*
5. I would book only Wed -> Sunday through OnPeak and the rest of the days through the hotel directly. In my experience, it's been cheaper that way, and rooms are generally very much available, even a month before the con. I've done this with Omni and Westin Gaslamp. Also, it's been my experience that hotels have no problem combining reservations and generally will let you stay in the same room across the entire stay.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 10, 2019, 05:38:38 PM
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Question:

I haven't registered for my badge yet because I'm paying this year and i'm waiting on my mother to confirm if she can go by May 1st. I should still be able to reserve a room, right? i didn't get the link but i clicked on it from the old page. It still works..
Pretty sure you don’t have to have a badge to reserve a room, but you do need a Comic-Con memberid.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: scottydizzy on April 10, 2019, 05:40:39 PM
Trying to recall from last year, but does anyone have any data or feelings about selecting the waitlist option?

I have a memory of that backfiring as OnPeak would see that and think "oh, they are cool with being on the waitlist, let's just give them that"

But it also seems like giving yourself the most avenues of possibilities should be good too.

Thoughts?

~S

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mark on April 10, 2019, 05:47:23 PM
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Pretty sure you don’t have to have a badge to reserve a room, but you do need a Comic-Con memberid.

There is a field for a member id, but it hasn't been required in the past and this year's sample form doesn't have it as a required field.

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I was just looking at the form and wondering if anyone had any insight....
1. How do you usually answer the "If none of my preferred hotel choices are available..." and why? Do you think it makes it less likely you get what you want if you choose an answer that you'll take anything?
2. I will be attending with my husband and 2 year old but we would prefer a king bed. Do other people who travel with kids just count the adults? I know there is no guarantee of what kind of bed you get, but how likely is it that we would get a king?
3. When we fill out the form will we be flagged as duplicated since we live in the same house? Should we not have the same address if we get in twice?
4. Anyone else traveling with little ones in tow?
5. We are actually going to be flying in on Tuesday and leaving the following Tuesday. Do you think having to have a hotel that long will decrease our chances of getting a place to stay during the hotelpocalypse?
We are super excited about getting to go to SDCC. Its been on my bucket list for years and I can't believe we are going. 8)

Building on what You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login posted (1) most people choose the closest to the convention option, some choose the shuttle route option and very few choose the lowest price option. As far as we know, these options do not affect at all the chance that you get a hotel on your list and work pretty much as they are described. How they choose your hotel if you end up relying on the shuttle list option is one of the great mysteries.

(2) We've been able in the past to change the room type, for example last year we were given 2 doubles and were able to change it to a queen, but I would spend some time looking at what hotels actually have kings.

(3) Our kids are going but pretty much grown up now, no longer clear who is towing whom. There are a number of people on the forum who have attended with little ones in case you have questions.

 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mark on April 10, 2019, 05:55:48 PM
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Trying to recall from last year, but does anyone have any data or feelings about selecting the waitlist option?

I have a memory of that backfiring as OnPeak would see that and think "oh, they are cool with being on the waitlist, let's just give them that"

But it also seems like giving yourself the most avenues of possibilities should be good too.

Thoughts?

~S

That's a good question, and people have similar ones about specifying backup options, or even if you should list as many hotels as you can. The general idea being that maybe if the ways your request could be satisfied are more limited then that would increase your chances.

We've never been able to see anything like that in action and the process seems to work in a really simple manner. When your request gets its turn they will go through your downtown list in order, your non-downtown list in order, then if you have a default option they will see if anything is available and assign it accordingly.

One thing that is good to keep in mind is that if you do list non-downtown hotels and pick the closest to the convention option, they will prioritize your non-downtown hotels over any available downtown hotels that were not on your list. So I would be careful using that list unless you end up getting a pretty late form access time and there are some non-downtown hotels you have a strong preference for.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Kylo on April 10, 2019, 06:28:23 PM
Thanks Mark.
I am along time lurker posting for the first time to say I appreciate all the information.
Good luck tomorrow everyone.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: rodneytfreeman on April 10, 2019, 06:52:35 PM
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I was just looking at the form and wondering if anyone had any insight....
1. How do you usually answer the "If none of my preferred hotel choices are available..." and why? Do you think it makes it less likely you get what you want if you choose an answer that you'll take anything?
2. I will be attending with my husband and 2 year old but we would prefer a king bed. Do other people who travel with kids just count the adults? I know there is no guarantee of what kind of bed you get, but how likely is it that we would get a king?
3. When we fill out the form will we be flagged as duplicated since we live in the same house? Should we not have the same address if we get in twice?
4. Anyone else traveling with little ones in tow?
5. We are actually going to be flying in on Tuesday and leaving the following Tuesday. Do you think having to have a hotel that long will decrease our chances of getting a place to stay during the hotelpocalypse?
We are super excited about getting to go to SDCC. Its been on my bucket list for years and I can't believe we are going. 8)

2. I would just count the adults. I believe, based purely on my own logic, that you’d have a better chance at getting a good room if you’re selecting 1 bed. The hotel has one bed rooms, and a lot of people are going to be requesting multiple beds. I know a lot of people will be requesting singles too, but I would think it would be less than doubles.

3. I wouldn’t chance it. Put separate addresses, if you can.

5. I would also think that the hotels would prefer people who are staying longer. Less turnover, etc. Anecdotally, our first con we stayed Monday-Following Tuesday, and we booked the days allowed through onpeak, and added days outside of what was allowed. Then we combined our reservations. We got a king bed at our #1 choice, Omni. It could be complete luck though.

Congrats and good luck!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 10, 2019, 06:57:42 PM
Another issue with listing the kids is that they will charge you for them. Any adults over 2 in the room cost extra, but kids under 18 do not.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 10, 2019, 07:40:49 PM
Just in case I'm too panicked to say it tomorrow, good luck to everyone! May your hotelpocalypse best dreams come to fruition.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mellyreid on April 10, 2019, 08:16:40 PM
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Another issue with listing the kids is that they will charge you for them. Any adults over 2 in the room cost extra, but kids under 18 do not.

Good point! 😊
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: themulkeys on April 10, 2019, 08:22:16 PM
Did anyone not list kids on form and have an issue at the hotel?  Also, if you select 2 people 2 twin - have you got 2 beds in the past.  I have a 10 year old and 15 year old so definitely need 2 beds or pull out sofa.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 10, 2019, 08:23:46 PM
Has anyone gotten 2 beds by putting in the entry 2 people 2 beds at hotels like Bayfront, MMM, Hyatt? Or is better to do three people to make sure you get 2 beds?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 10, 2019, 08:30:05 PM
Good luck to everyone.   I'm getting more and more nervous.   I appreciate all of the suggestions.   Hopefully we get in.   We'll know tomorrow and then if we do get in, it's the wait for the email showing if we got a room.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Thereisanother on April 10, 2019, 08:38:51 PM
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Has anyone gotten 2 beds by putting in the entry 2 people 2 beds at hotels like Bayfront, MMM, Hyatt? Or is better to do three people to make sure you get 2 beds?

2016: requested Twin(2people/2beds) got 2 bed at MMM
2018: requested Twin(2people/2beds) got 1 bed at MMM, checked in early Wed morning and got it switched to 2 beds
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 10, 2019, 08:49:04 PM
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Pretty sure you don’t have to have a badge to reserve a room, but you do need a Comic-Con memberid.


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Thank you so much! I went ahead and registed mine tonight! Just to be on the safe side! i've never saw anywhere in the FAQs where you had to have already registered before booking, but i don't want any drama from OnPeak and CCI! Im just going to register mi madre by May 1st and call it a day!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 10, 2019, 08:51:41 PM
So... anyone notices how the prices have all went up about $20-$60!!

The Doubletree Downtown San Diego was $219 last year and is $249 this year! Thats been my spot for the last two years! :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tt7777 on April 10, 2019, 09:08:54 PM
 I can’t remember if I asked this or not, but has anyone who is a volunteer and not an attendee but still has also a member ID gotten the link for the hotel lottery tomorrow?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 10, 2019, 09:23:17 PM
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I can’t remember if I asked this or not, but has anyone who is a volunteer and not an attendee but still has also a member ID gotten the link for the hotel lottery tomorrow?

Yes. I am a volunteer and have NO paid badge or otherwise and I got the email.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 10, 2019, 09:43:19 PM
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So... anyone notices how the prices have all went up about $20-$60!!

The Doubletree Downtown San Diego was $219 last year and is $249 this year! Thats been my spot for the last two years! :(

I counted $10-40...but yes, some of those increases really look painful especially since the lower-priced DT hotels seemed to be the ones with the biggest increases (i.e. Doubletree, Courtyard, Hampton). But it looks like most of the closest, already high ones went up "only" $13.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tt7777 on April 10, 2019, 09:51:38 PM
Interesting, I am a staff department volunteer and I didn’t get the email I wonder if it’s just the random or depends on the department.🤔🤔🤔🤔
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 10, 2019, 09:59:48 PM
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Interesting, I am a staff department volunteer and I didn’t get the email I wonder if it’s just the random or depends on the department.🤔🤔🤔🤔

Did you check your spam/trash folder? Or maybe check your member ID isn't opted out of emails
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: BlueSnaggletooth on April 10, 2019, 10:01:02 PM
Has anyone made a correlation between what time you get in the waiting room and what time you’re chosen to check out? Wondering if getting to the waiting room at 8am sharp makes a difference.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jaymzangel on April 10, 2019, 10:01:44 PM
Nothing like a day and a half notice for Hotelpocalypse! Panicked group texting confirming details and strategies at 1am is totally normal behavior.

I've been shut out for hotels every single year except my very first year at SDCC (2010) but it's been the same for Returning & Open Registration. This year I was the 1st person in our group that got in for both & fingers crossed that luck continues for tomorrow!

Good luck to all!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 10, 2019, 10:05:23 PM
Does anyone know, can I use the untracked link on both my iPad and my laptop to open  multiple sessions of the queue?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 10, 2019, 10:08:46 PM
Man, you know I never sleep before a successful SDCC venture (badges, hotels, parking, etc.) so I'm afraid to sleep in case it is the sacrifice of my sleep to the SDCC gods that give me my luck.

I might just stay up late tonight, the nerves ARE setting in...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dville on April 10, 2019, 10:18:11 PM
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Man, you know I never sleep before a successful SDCC venture (badges, hotels, parking, etc.) so I'm afraid to sleep in case it is the sacrifice of my sleep to the SDCC gods that give me my luck.

I might just stay up late tonight, the nerves ARE setting in...

Yep!  I'm still up.  I wonder who else is still burning the midnight oil! 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: squirrels17 on April 10, 2019, 10:27:12 PM
From what I've read, it seems like it would be possible to later remove dates from a reservation (e.g., change from Thurs-Sun to Fri-Sun), but would be difficult to do the reverse and add days to a reservation. Can anyone else confirm this? Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 10, 2019, 10:28:40 PM
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From what I've read, it seems like it would be possible to later remove dates from a reservation (e.g., change from Thurs-Sun to Fri-Sun), but would be difficult to do the reverse and add days to a reservation. Can anyone else confirm this? Thanks in advance!

I can confirm, you're easily able to drop dates; however, adding dates, especially certain days are difficult. The main con days are unlikely to be able to be added.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 10:30:12 PM
Yeah, adding days between Wednesday and Sunday is pretty difficult but not impossible. Between when the final emails go out and when SDCC happens, random rooms on random days do open up (but rarely all four days for downtown), so your best bet is to constantly scour the OnPeak website, and if you see a room on the day you want at the hotel you want, jump on it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 10, 2019, 10:31:19 PM
Less than 12 hours, we... won't know our fates, but that won't stop us from feeling elated or crushed or ambivalent by our prospects.

I'm taking my mind off things by doing my taxes. Never thought I'd be thankful for such a distraction!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: grbggrl on April 10, 2019, 10:31:42 PM
I'm about to pass out, and hope I don't have dreams of not getting a room. Wishing everyone luck tomorrow!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 10, 2019, 10:41:11 PM
Just wanted to make sure but it's based on time you get into the form and not when you complete and submit the form.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: squirrels17 on April 10, 2019, 10:41:40 PM
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I can confirm, you're easily able to drop dates; however, adding dates, especially certain days are difficult. The main con days are unlikely to be able to be added.

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Yeah, adding days between Wednesday and Sunday is pretty difficult but not impossible. Between when the final emails go out and when SDCC happens, random rooms on random days do open up (but rarely all four days for downtown), so your best bet is to constantly scour the OnPeak website, and if you see a room on the day you want at the hotel you want, jump on it.

Great, thanks so much!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: squirrels17 on April 10, 2019, 10:45:20 PM
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Just wanted to make sure but it's based on time you get into the form and not when you complete and submit the form.

Per Comic-Con's FAQ at https://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels: "The order in which requests are processed will be based on the time a guest was granted access to the form, not the time they completed it."
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 10, 2019, 10:49:16 PM
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Just wanted to make sure but it's based on time you get into the form and not when you complete and submit the form.

Yes, it's based on when you get into the form. I got 5 rooms at MGH (not on my list but welcome) last year and it took me ages to fill out the form (I shake a lot sometimes, especially when anxious, because of a neurological issue.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: codeviolet on April 10, 2019, 11:56:54 PM
Super anxious ahaha even though its random selection from the waiting room...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 11, 2019, 12:03:24 AM
I'm playing video games late in the night to keep my mind off it. Nothing like a highly competitive MOBA to distract you (you know, because you're mentally cussing out your teammates instead.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 11, 2019, 12:17:01 AM
It’s only 9:16pm here lol.  God I hate my timezone.  I’ll be up at 5am to get ready for this.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chocolateshake on April 11, 2019, 12:21:44 AM
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Interesting, I am a staff department volunteer and I didn’t get the email I wonder if it’s just the random or depends on the department.🤔🤔🤔🤔

I am also only a volunteer and got the email.  I don't think you have to be anything to get that email.  You just have to be in the CCI mailing database.  People who only come for the offsites also take part.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 11, 2019, 02:36:53 AM
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From what I've read, it seems like it would be possible to later remove dates from a reservation (e.g., change from Thurs-Sun to Fri-Sun), but would be difficult to do the reverse and add days to a reservation. Can anyone else confirm this? Thanks in advance!
You can remove dates. I did it last year right before i checked in. i had to change my leave date from Monday to Sunday due to school, so maybe a week before i checked in, i let them know and they changed it. when i got there, i reconfirmed it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 11, 2019, 02:38:33 AM
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You can remove dates. I did it last year right before i checked in. i had to change my leave date from Monday to Sunday due to school, so maybe a week before i checked in, i let them know and they changed it. when i got there, i reconfirmed it.

the hotel link?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jnyama on April 11, 2019, 03:48:28 AM
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So... anyone notices how the prices have all went up about $20-$60!!

The Doubletree Downtown San Diego was $219 last year and is $249 this year! Thats been my spot for the last two years! :(

Yeah, really disappointing.  I've been at the Hampton Downtown the last couple years and I think it was around $215 last year, up to $245 this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tt7777 on April 11, 2019, 03:53:34 AM
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Did you check your spam/trash folder? Or maybe check your member ID isn't opted out of emails
Both of those are as they should be. Thanks anyway for the help, I appreciate it. I think I just got overlooked or I just didn’t get it obviously but as throughout the other years there are other ways. So to everyone who will be in the waiting room and in the lottery good luck and may the hotel gods smile upon you. :-)


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: debster on April 11, 2019, 04:06:56 AM
Good luck to everyone today! I hope we all get the rooms we want!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: vegasndn on April 11, 2019, 04:42:20 AM
Good luck to all and my family decided to enter hotelpocalypse so I will get up in a couple of hours while wife n daughter are at work and school. I’m ready I’ve got pc, phone and ipad 1st gen ready to get them rooms


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 05:49:26 AM
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Please pass over whatever it is you're drinking. I want to be "oddly calm." Plus for me, it's also about making sure my lady friend is happy too. So I gotta get a place she's good with as well. When it was just me, I would have settled for like Best Western Bayside. Now? We're like the Jeffersons, movin' on up! (I wonder how many people here are old enough to get my reference?)

raises hand, i do LOL

it's sweet that want your girl friend to be comfy ;) It *is* a **long** hard week of pure enjoyment.
We all seemed to think it was going to be last week or this week, thx for keeping the faith.

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and yes, i do remember your help with a certain poster that caused the moderating team difficulties last year ...... ;) If i didn't say it then, thanks for your help!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 11, 2019, 05:57:08 AM
Good luck to everyone participating in the hotel lottery! May we all get downtown hotels with ease!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: CptMyCpt24 on April 11, 2019, 05:59:34 AM
Is the link unique to your email or will they put it on the website? I’ve got time blocked on my calendar and a meeting at the same time today. Of course not going to pay attention for a bit or going to walk out.

Good luck everyone!


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 11, 2019, 06:00:35 AM
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Is the link unique to your email or will they put it on the website? I’ve got time blocked on my calendar and a meeting at the same time today. Of course not going to pay attention for a bit or going to walk out.

Good luck everyone!

The link in the email has embedded tracking, I believe. But you can just copy/paste the link and avoid that. The 'base' link is the same for everyone.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 11, 2019, 06:02:37 AM
Is the link live now?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 11, 2019, 06:06:15 AM
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Is the link live now?

Weird! I just went to it and got the Queue-It man! But that's not supposed to happen until 9 am. They must be testing it?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Johnc86 on April 11, 2019, 06:11:00 AM
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Weird! I just went to it and got the Queue-It man! But that's not supposed to happen until 9 am. They must be testing it?

Same here. "Waiting room is paused and should resume shortly." I'm wondering if I stay in will it auto-refresh or if I should play it safe and just click the link again when it's time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 11, 2019, 06:13:13 AM
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Yes, it's based on when you get into the form. I got 5 rooms at MGH (not on my list but welcome) last year and it took me ages to fill out the form (I shake a lot sometimes, especially when anxious, because of a neurological issue.)

Dang you must have gotten into the form early. Last year that was my number one pick and I striked out and the lottery gave me Hilton airport. Though I did pick club level so I don't know if that's the reason why I didn't get MGH.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: superkatchick on April 11, 2019, 06:25:24 AM
Anyone else getting a HTTP ERROR 503 when they try the link? I got the "Waiting room is paused" page but my boyfriend can't get the link to work  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OnePromise on April 11, 2019, 06:28:46 AM
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Anyone else getting a HTTP ERROR 503 when they try the link? I got the "Waiting room is paused" page but my boyfriend can't get the link to work  :(

Me! They must be testing/prepping for today.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: L3g3nd33 on April 11, 2019, 06:32:35 AM
I just freaked out because the link isn't working
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 11, 2019, 06:33:32 AM
They're just testing. I don't know if I should be glad that they're up this early working on it, or scared that they're working on it this close to the wire...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on April 11, 2019, 06:35:32 AM
The latter...ugh...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 06:38:24 AM
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The latter...ugh...
agree
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Virgo911 on April 11, 2019, 06:40:42 AM
The link isn't working for me. Should I be freaking out now?

Edit - I just read the testing posts. I truly hope that's what it is.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 11, 2019, 06:44:34 AM
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The link isn't working for me. Should I be freaking out now?

Yes, you should be freaking out, but I wouldn't worry about the link until 8 am. ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mark on April 11, 2019, 07:09:22 AM
While we are all calmly waiting :) A quick note to jot down when you get access to the hotel reservation form so we can try to figure out results later on.

Some details here https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0) Thanks!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: L3g3nd33 on April 11, 2019, 07:17:29 AM
Link is working again
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 11, 2019, 07:23:02 AM
Is it best to stagger times when entering into the waiting room if using multiple devices?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: miclpea on April 11, 2019, 07:23:20 AM
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Yes, you should be freaking out, but I wouldn't worry about the link until 8 am. ;)
TJ, if we request 5 rooms, do we use actual or fictitious names for the other 4?



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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 11, 2019, 07:26:32 AM
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TJ, if we request 5 rooms, do we use actual or fictitious names for the other 4?

You can use whatever names you want for the other 4.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TheNeck on April 11, 2019, 07:31:05 AM
good luck to everyone this morning!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 11, 2019, 07:31:52 AM
Did anyone else see the post on Twitter? Someone was able to access the site early & complete the form.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 07:34:11 AM
Go back one or two pages it was posted here as well.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dville on April 11, 2019, 07:35:43 AM
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Did anyone else see the post on Twitter? Someone was able to access the site early & complete the form.

Sample Form?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 07:36:31 AM
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While we are all calmly waiting :) A quick note to jot down when you get access to the hotel reservation form so we can try to figure out results later on.

Some details here https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0) Thanks!

thanks for putting this together again. it's nice to understand the process!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 11, 2019, 07:36:47 AM
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Is it best to stagger times when entering into the waiting room if using multiple devices?
Not sure what you mean by staggering times, but if you're using multiple devices, I would say use the one that gets in first.  I'll have 3 devices going, and that's my plan. 

 :) :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 11, 2019, 07:38:05 AM
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Not sure what you mean by staggering times, but if you're using multiple devices, I would say use the one that gets in first.  I'll have 3 devices going, and that's my plan. 

 :) :)

Like are you going to log into waiting room on all your devices at exactly 8 am PDT, or separate by 5 to 10 minute intervals?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 11, 2019, 07:41:38 AM
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Like are you going to log into waiting room on all your devices at exactly 8 am PDT, or separate by 5 to 10 minute intervals?

Supposedly it doesn't matter, so I just log in one right after another.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: thawk on April 11, 2019, 07:47:15 AM
Good Luck to Everyone!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 11, 2019, 07:49:33 AM
I cannot believe I am STILL trying to figure out which hotels I want to select.  I know most people choose the big 6, but for some reason, this year, they're not my priority. 

What is wrong with me?!!!   :) ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 07:52:26 AM
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I cannot believe I am STILL trying to figure out which hotels I want to select.  I know most people choose the big 6, but for some reason, this year, they're not my priority. 

What is wrong with me?!!!   :) ???
sounds like you'll enjoy wherever as long as it's close and decent ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: madfly on April 11, 2019, 07:53:36 AM
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Did anyone else see the post on Twitter? Someone was able to access the site early & complete the form.

It wasn't the test form...there was a screen shot of the page that says "Form Successfully Submitted".
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Miterin on April 11, 2019, 07:55:24 AM
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It wasn't the test form...there was a screen shot of the page that says "Form Successfully Submitted".
I’m sure those forms will be thrown out
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 11, 2019, 08:00:56 AM
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I am also only a volunteer and got the email.  I don't think you have to be anything to get that email.  You just have to be in the CCI mailing database.  People who only come for the offsites also take part.

I wonder if your registration was done early, most people I know who are staffers and certain others did not receive the email. For the record, I also did not receive the email.

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I’m sure those forms will be thrown out

OnPeak tweeted those will not count :) So indeed, they will be thrown out.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: EscoBlades on April 11, 2019, 08:05:03 AM
I look away for one sec and all hell breaks loose.

Good luck today all of you :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 08:06:22 AM
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OnPeak tweeted those will not count :) So indeed, they will be thrown out.

thx, i would have put money on OnPeak throwing them out - and i do not bet.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:06:36 AM
Once more into the breach we go!  Flexing typing fingers...  Best to us all!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 08:09:05 AM
OH GREAT AND NOW I NEED TO PEE
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 11, 2019, 08:09:25 AM
Now, the long wait...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on April 11, 2019, 08:10:10 AM
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Did anyone else see the post on Twitter? Someone was able to access the site early & complete the form.

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thx, i would have put money on OnPeak throwing them out - and i do not bet.

https://twitter.com/onPeak/status/1116351260788174848

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We're aware that some people stumbled upon our @Comic_Con test environment this morning. The waiting room will still open as planned at 8AM PDT/10AM CDT and the form will open at 9AM PDT/11AM CDT. Only form entries submitted at that time will be eligible for the #SDCC hotel sale


sdccblog-"By "stumbled upon", I think you mean, "We accidentally redirected to". But thank you for clarifying!"

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 08:14:39 AM
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OH GREAT AND NOW I NEED TO PEE
one the way to the bathroom dont' forget to pick up the credit card

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 08:16:34 AM
It's prefilled in the browser. Also I don't think the form has a field for the card at this point? Nevertheless, there is heaps of room on the card
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 11, 2019, 08:17:03 AM
Everyone sees the “unique que id” at the bottom of the screen right?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 08:19:00 AM
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Everyone sees the “unique que id” at the bottom of the screen right?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 11, 2019, 08:19:31 AM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 08:20:31 AM
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It's prefilled in the browser. Also I don't think the form has a field for the card at this point? Nevertheless, there is heaps of room on the card
you're right sorry, i'm thinking of parking
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:20:46 AM
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Everyone sees the “unique que id” at the bottom of the screen right?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 11, 2019, 08:21:53 AM
I’ve got different browsers open and each one has a different ID number


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Nimitz on April 11, 2019, 08:22:04 AM
2 computers 3 diffrent browsers each and one iPad i hope i get one of my 6 choices all as close to con as I can get. hehe this will be my last year for a bit i think. 2 babbies and a days worth of flying not a good mix. Only going this year because it is the 50th
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:24:13 AM
Took a screenshot of the unique ID, just in case...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 08:26:00 AM
Do you need to fill both downtown and non downtown hotels to complete the form?
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Post by: Darth_Primus on April 11, 2019, 08:27:15 AM
Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:28:09 AM
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Do you need to fill both downtown and non downtown hotels to complete the form?

The sample form notes that only 1 hotel selection is required to submit the form.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Pyramid on April 11, 2019, 08:31:29 AM
Good luck!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dune930 on April 11, 2019, 08:32:58 AM
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Do you need to fill both downtown and non downtown hotels to complete the form?

No, you can just list ONE hotel, period. You have the option to select 6 downtown, and 6 non-downtown.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: True Romance on April 11, 2019, 08:34:13 AM
How long does this process normally take after 9am? Can we be waiting for the form for an hour?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on April 11, 2019, 08:34:50 AM
Good luck everyone. And may the Schwartz be with you!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: puppy on April 11, 2019, 08:35:09 AM
So people were able to get in last year by using multiple browsers on the same PC?  I don't want to mess this up.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hipchick on April 11, 2019, 08:36:18 AM
me right now

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 08:37:39 AM
once in the waiting room, can i suggest a little 'go to the happy place'

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:39:18 AM
I miss seeing the spinning blue wheel.  This tiny green blinkin' dot thingy ain't about nothin'...I need some flash!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 08:39:32 AM
Did anyone get a Captcha (click squares with vehicles) when navigating to the waiting room?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SGormley on April 11, 2019, 08:40:25 AM
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Did anyone get a Captcha (click squares with vehicles) when navigating to the waiting room?

Yep. Both my husband and I did.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:40:43 AM
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Did anyone get a Captcha (click squares with vehicles) when navigating to the waiting room?

I didn't see one...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 08:40:57 AM
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me right now

LOL
I'll see your cat & raise you a bird
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Miterin on April 11, 2019, 08:41:11 AM
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Did anyone get a Captcha (click squares with vehicles) when navigating to the waiting room?

None of mine did and we have 11 devices up and running
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on April 11, 2019, 08:41:35 AM
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Did anyone get a Captcha (click squares with vehicles) when navigating to the waiting room?

Yep wasnt fun as I have three computers going with 4 browses each on them
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 08:41:54 AM
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None of mine did and we have 11 devices up and running

Weird, only one of my computers got it. It's also the one on company VPN.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hipchick on April 11, 2019, 08:42:44 AM
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LOL
I'll see your cat & raise you a bird
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this is very soothing!  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 08:43:02 AM
Those of you posting animal gifs. It's 1.42am and I'm eating biltong (dried meat sticks) and my cat us just BEGGING me for them
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 11, 2019, 08:43:59 AM
I have been Ignoring my work emails for the past hour lol  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Nicodimas on April 11, 2019, 08:44:45 AM
Good luck Everyone!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Miterin on April 11, 2019, 08:47:46 AM
Ok now randomly most devices got the I’m not a robot box with one asking for select the buses lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: eek on April 11, 2019, 08:47:55 AM
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Did anyone get a Captcha (click squares with vehicles) when navigating to the waiting room?

We did not see any captchas. Entered the room around 8.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: cbaggs on April 11, 2019, 08:48:45 AM
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How long does this process normally take after 9am? Can we be waiting for the form for an hour?

It depends on where you're placed in the queue at 9am.  If you're near the front, you'll be done in under 5 minutes (or if you want one of your top pick downtown hotels, you hope to be in before 9:02), but I certainly know of situations where people have had to sit for a really long time to even get into the hotel selection page.  I can't recall if anyone ever had to wait an hour, though.  I think it all goes rather quickly.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on April 11, 2019, 08:49:14 AM
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How long does this process normally take after 9am? Can we be waiting for the form for an hour?

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It depends on where you're placed in the queue at 9am.  If you're near the front, you'll be done in under 5 minutes (or if you want one of your top pick downtown hotels, you hope to be in before 9:02), but I certainly know of situations where people have had to sit for a really long time to even get into the hotel selection page.  I can't recall if anyone ever had to wait an hour, though.  I think it all goes rather quickly.

The sale seemed to cycle in sessions faster last year IIRC.


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April 04, 2018, 09:52:45 AM
OnPeak tweeted that they reached the maximum number of hotel requests @ 9:34am. I should check what time they made that announcement last year, but i relaly need to go pack for my trip lol


edit:  Any CCI didn't post the url on any of their social channels this year :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 08:49:17 AM
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Ok now randomly most devices got the I’m not a robot box with one asking for select the buses lol

Yeah, one of my browsers had the captcha pop up like 15 min after I had already logged in.

It better not pop up when the actual queue starts!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: cbaggs on April 11, 2019, 08:50:57 AM
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Ok now randomly most devices got the I’m not a robot box with one asking for select the buses lol

I just had the exact same thing happen.  Glad I didn't walk to the kitchen to get coffee in case it would have booted me out if no response....
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on April 11, 2019, 08:53:26 AM
Wondering how many people are using multiple browsers/devices.  What started out as an advantage appears to be an equalizer now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: codeviolet on April 11, 2019, 08:53:48 AM
ugh dying
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 08:54:09 AM
7 mins
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 11, 2019, 08:54:38 AM
Good luck to all.  Fingers crossed
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 08:55:40 AM
5 mins (am I helping?)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:56:27 AM
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5 mins (am I helping?)

Sulu... :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OyaIsMe on April 11, 2019, 08:57:25 AM
Is it considered crazy to check in on Wednesday if you have preview night? Or should they come in on Tuesday?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lliving on April 11, 2019, 08:58:31 AM
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Is it considered crazy to check in on Wednesday if you have preview night? Or should they come in on Tuesday?


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: justboogie on April 11, 2019, 08:58:41 AM
It's the final countdown...ner ner ner nerrrrr...ner ner ner ner nerrrr...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 08:58:51 AM
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Is it considered crazy to check in on Wednesday if you have preview night? Or should they come in on Tuesday?


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My choice would be Tuesday...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 08:59:14 AM
deep breaths...

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 11, 2019, 08:59:19 AM
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5 mins (am I helping?)

No!!!    :) :) ;D ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Pyramid on April 11, 2019, 08:59:26 AM
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Is it considered crazy to check in on Wednesday if you have preview night? Or should they come in on Tuesday?


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If you can afford the extra night go for Tuesday.



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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chemgear on April 11, 2019, 09:00:18 AM
Hmmm, is this new? I guess the pace of filling out the form itself does not matter?

This randomization process will determine the order in which you have access to the form. All successfully submitted forms will then be processed in the order in which the user accessed the form.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:01:27 AM
and we have walking men
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OyaIsMe on April 11, 2019, 09:01:38 AM
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My choice would be Tuesday...
Ok, Thanks for the advice.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 09:02:19 AM
don;t forget to make screenshots
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OyaIsMe on April 11, 2019, 09:02:51 AM
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If you can afford the extra night go for Tuesday.



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Ok that’s 2 votes for Tuesday, I’ll bite the bullet and do it, thank you.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OyaIsMe on April 11, 2019, 09:04:02 AM
My walking man is so close


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Automatic7 on April 11, 2019, 09:04:21 AM
Someone please tell my little guy to walk faster!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 09:04:38 AM
anyone in?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:04:50 AM
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While we are all calmly waiting :) A quick note to jot down when you get access to the hotel reservation form so we can try to figure out results later on.

Some details here https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0) Thanks!

quick reminder to jot down your time when you get into the lottery
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 11, 2019, 09:04:55 AM
Done!  Got in near instantly at 9......hoping for my first choice!  Good luck all!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Dune930 on April 11, 2019, 09:05:20 AM
I'm Done. Whew!

Pretty easy. Two browsers open.

In at 9:03, done by 9:05.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 09:05:33 AM
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Someone please tell my little guy to walk faster!
he is on my laptop
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: cbaggs on April 11, 2019, 09:05:38 AM
I got in IMMEDIATELY on my phone which was SO STRESSFUL because it's SO SMALL why is it so small?!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: brand4d2 on April 11, 2019, 09:05:46 AM
Got in at 9:02, done at 9:04.

good luck to everyone! 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Automatic7 on April 11, 2019, 09:06:49 AM
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he is on my laptop
nooooooooo
Still waiting =\
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Nicodimas on April 11, 2019, 09:07:17 AM
in about 9:02 done at 9:04
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:07:27 AM
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Done!  Got in near instantly at 9......hoping for my first choice!  Good luck all!
fingers crossed for you!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 09:07:34 AM
Got in at 9:01, done at 9:03

Another one got in at 9:02, done at 9:06

I'm feeling... good?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: cbaggs on April 11, 2019, 09:09:00 AM
Anybody know how to check the cache on Safari on an iPhone to see exact time of access to the form?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Totorozzz on April 11, 2019, 09:09:44 AM
Got in pretty much instantly at 9:00 AM and completed the form by 9:03 AM. Going to try to see if I can get the cache info in Edge to submit for the survey.

Good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: bettiebloodshed on April 11, 2019, 09:09:52 AM
got in around 9.04
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: tragedys on April 11, 2019, 09:10:15 AM
I got in at 9:00:48 and was done by 9:02:30 (got so flustered I forgot to add dates).  Good luck to you all
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hikanteki on April 11, 2019, 09:10:41 AM
In at 9:02 and about 30 seconds, done at 9:06.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dianosaurus on April 11, 2019, 09:10:53 AM
Of course the first device in was my phone. We'll see if my fat fingers did a good enough job!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: indiglow on April 11, 2019, 09:11:10 AM
In at 9:02 and done at 9:05. Good luck all!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Antisocial on April 11, 2019, 09:11:45 AM
Two of my browsers went over quickly so I had to guess which one was first  ??? 09:01 according to my Chrome history; submitted 9:04 as I changed my preference at the last minute since thought with that time I might have a chance to get one of the high-demand hotels.

A few other devices had the forms come-up shortly after that. Closing them all down after I submitted there were only a few left with the walking man.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Bionic 7 on April 11, 2019, 09:11:51 AM
In at 9:05 am sharp...out at about 9:09 am.  Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DaveG on April 11, 2019, 09:12:03 AM
Got in around 11:00:35 give or take a second.  Hoping that is good enough.  Now I'm waiting for my heart rate to come down, still at 88, but dropping.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 09:12:15 AM
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I got in at 9:00:48 and was done by 9:02:30 (got so flustered I forgot to add dates).  Good luck to you all

Damn, you got in quick.

I am fairly certain most of my browsers hadn't even gotten to the running man screen until at least 9:01am.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sondra17 on April 11, 2019, 09:12:20 AM
In by 601 (Hawaii time), done by 603. So we will see!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 11, 2019, 09:12:27 AM
Got in at 9:03  on my ipad, which i only signed in on at the last moment.

done by 9:08  (no keyboard)

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: blusurfer on April 11, 2019, 09:12:32 AM
Got in at 9:03 (which was way better than last year), but likely not good enough.

Looking at responses here, maybe I should have used my phone!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Roo_bear on April 11, 2019, 09:12:38 AM
In at 9:04...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: gestes64 on April 11, 2019, 09:12:53 AM
Got in at 9:02, finished at 9:04

FWIW, in my experience if you get in right away, you should be fine.  I think this year my luck ran out.  >:(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: janray on April 11, 2019, 09:13:07 AM
In before 9:01 out at 9:04, fingers crossed !
Good luck everyone !
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 09:13:24 AM
got in at 9:05 finished at 9:08
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 11, 2019, 09:13:27 AM
Got in pretty much instantly, finished form by 9:04ish (would have been faster but my dogs were being difficult lol).
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Deathbyjackal on April 11, 2019, 09:13:36 AM
In at 9:01, but whew, did I have some shaky fingers!

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: thawk on April 11, 2019, 09:13:46 AM
Made it in at 9:00:55 PT

We'll see!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: CaseyJones14 on April 11, 2019, 09:13:57 AM
Got in just before 9:02 hit - not the fastest, but could have been worse!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Forge on April 11, 2019, 09:14:00 AM
In at 9:02:18, out at 9:04:01

I have zero confidence though, a few years ago I was in a few seconds before 9:02 and got nothing, not even mission valley.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: The Mighty Jerd on April 11, 2019, 09:14:15 AM
Didn't get in until 9:09. Submitted by 9:12.

I have a feeling that once again I am going to strike out... 5th year in a row. *sigh*
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 11, 2019, 09:14:21 AM
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Of course the first device in was my phone. We'll see if my fat fingers did a good enough job!

Ditto, my phone was the first device and of course that's the one I logged in with 10 minutes before the sale starts. Got in at 11:02 and then 2 laptops got in at 11:07. Gonna be worried with those times.
My phone auto filled info so now I'm paranoid that some info got left out, but wouldn't it error saying incomplete when submitted?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sisustylegirl on April 11, 2019, 09:14:32 AM
According to my browser I was in at 9:01 and out at 9:03.  I think the times are pretty accurate.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DaveG on April 11, 2019, 09:14:51 AM
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Got in around 11:00:35 give or take a second.  Hoping that is good enough.  Now I'm waiting for my heart rate to come down, still at 88, but dropping.

If not apparent, should clarify that was 11am Central Time, 9am Pacific.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dollar2k3 on April 11, 2019, 09:15:03 AM
I feel like two of my computers got in right away but it was such a whirlwind. How do you find the official access time in Chrome?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: foxbatkllr on April 11, 2019, 09:15:26 AM
I got in at 9:01:01 on one computer but I was in about 1 or 2 seconds faster on my phone.  I think thats my fastest entry time since they started doing the randomized entry.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 11, 2019, 09:15:36 AM
Mine got in about 9:02 /sigh one of my friends got in almost immediately though, so I'm hoping she gets the Bayfront for us.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: frgx on April 11, 2019, 09:16:05 AM
Got in instantly with no walking man.

Submitted at 9:05. Was using someone else's computer, so no auto-fill.  :(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: DianaOfThemyscira on April 11, 2019, 09:16:59 AM
In at 9.06 and a bit, out at 9.10.

Just waiting on browser history for two more people
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: gobbieboom on April 11, 2019, 09:17:26 AM
In at 9:00:49, submitted at 9:03:21!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Thereisanother on April 11, 2019, 09:17:42 AM
Got in 9:00, submitted 9:03 from my history, but if anyone has instructions for how to pull cache for more accurate times(chrome on iPad) I’ll update.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Evilregal30 on April 11, 2019, 09:18:23 AM
I got in at 9:03ish on the last browser I opened. Hopefully the wait list will help me 😳. I didn't go last year and can't remember, do they send a confirmation email or is it just wait until they send out the hotel placements?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jekecy on April 11, 2019, 09:18:58 AM
Were we supposed to get a confirmation email, or is that only when we're confirmed one of our slots?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RustyPonds on April 11, 2019, 09:19:46 AM
Yeah, I wasn't instant, but quicker than last year. About 49 seconds.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Antisocial on April 11, 2019, 09:19:57 AM
Looks like I chose the wrong browser - according to their histories Chrome went through at 17:01 and Firefox at 17:00; as I missed which one went first I just grabbed one and finished it there, but that was Chrome not Firefox  >:(
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: justboogie on April 11, 2019, 09:20:06 AM
Wife got in at 9am and done by 9:04
Friend got in by 9:03 and done by 9:09
I got in at 9:08 and done by 9:13

And we still won't get a DARN thing.  :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: puppy on April 11, 2019, 09:20:38 AM
I got in at 9:07.  Feeling anxious that everyone got in so early.  Anyone get in later?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: d00dz on April 11, 2019, 09:22:20 AM
I got in before 9:01 and finished around 9:05 as I had to type in everything on my phone.

In my panic, I forgot to enter my Badge ID... did I screw up?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Islander009 on April 11, 2019, 09:22:21 AM
Got in at 903 and out by 907. Received my form successfully submitted. Anyone receive any confirmation in their email? Sorry new guy here for hotelpocalypse.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Miterin on April 11, 2019, 09:22:34 AM
got in clicked the form then tried to see the time it said 12:01 but it went in pretty right away then another device for in right after. Anyone no how to get an accurate time stamp from safari?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: robertee on April 11, 2019, 09:22:43 AM
Got in at 9:02 via my phone
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sonic77 on April 11, 2019, 09:23:15 AM
got in at:
Me - 9:04:59
Gf - 9:12:14

Lol only time I've beat the 9:05 window but doubt it'll help.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:23:19 AM
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While we are all calmly waiting :) A quick note to jot down when you get access to the hotel reservation form so we can try to figure out results later on.

Some details here https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0) Thanks!

reminder while it's still fresh, post your entry time and remember to post your results next week!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: CptMyCpt24 on April 11, 2019, 09:23:29 AM
Got in before 901 but it got an error. Refreshed and I was in. Fingers crossed.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: OyaIsMe on April 11, 2019, 09:23:33 AM
I got in on my Chrome Desktop at 9:05, and my Chrome Laptop at 9:08. Glad I have a back up already booked, I’m not confident with my times compared to others.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chirigami on April 11, 2019, 09:24:44 AM
Got in about 9:09 and finished at 9:11.  Of course my friend got in at like 9:03 and done at 9:07.  My sister got in at 9:10 and finished around 9:15 ~

My timestamp doesn't give me confidence, lol

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: handelacruz on April 11, 2019, 09:25:33 AM
Got in around 9:05. Oof, not expecting much.

I'm just hoping I get an answer the first Tuesday!  :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: codeviolet on April 11, 2019, 09:25:46 AM
My browser history wont tell me the time i got in....
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: F8thful03 on April 11, 2019, 09:26:55 AM
crap, I think I put the wrong zip code because I was using my dad's address on one form, do they check to make sure addresses are correct or can we correct them at the time of confirming hotel reservations?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 11, 2019, 09:27:06 AM
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I got in at 9:07.  Feeling anxious that everyone got in so early.  Anyone get in later?

I got in at either 9:08 or 9:09. Was in and out pretty fast.. but dammit! I overslept my alarm :( (I work overnight, had to catch some sleep!) and missed my "log into the waiting room window at 11" alarm..  :( but i got in before 9:10.... and I'm still anxious and feeling like i may not get my usual spot at the Doubletree Downtown. Thats my spot. I better get that!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 09:27:09 AM
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Done!  Got in near instantly at 9......hoping for my first choice!  Good luck all!

Wow...nice!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: AlaskaRainbow on April 11, 2019, 09:27:40 AM
Got in immediately at 8:00 and submitted at 8:05

First time that I ever got in at all - every other year I was shut out.

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mellyreid on April 11, 2019, 09:27:50 AM
In by 904 out by 908. Ugh. On firefox. I am very happy that a lot of y'all were so quick but a bit jealous! Although now we have to wait some more to find out results.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:28:33 AM
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Got in immediately at 8:00 and submitted at 8:05

First time that I ever got in at all - every other year I was shut out.


YAY!! so happy for u.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on April 11, 2019, 09:28:45 AM
None of the running men started on any of my browsers until 12:01.

The first browser to get it was IE.  I thought it was late in the 12:03 minute, but IE says 12:04.  If there is a way to see the seconds in IE, I can't figure it out.

I finished by 12:07 and my other browsers were in at that time.  So, I closed them.

Not feeling good about my chances for a downtown hotel.  Last year, I was in during the first minute and got one of my 6 choices.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 11, 2019, 09:29:24 AM
got in at 12:02:15  (eastern time), not sure when I got out
about what I did last year.... and got nothing till the 2nd go around

got in on 2nd browser but not sure of the time
after 12:05
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dollar2k3 on April 11, 2019, 09:29:33 AM
Ok found it. Got access at 12:00:48 EDT. Submitted at 12:03:37  Now the real sweating begins lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:29:46 AM
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crap, I think I put the wrong zip code because I was using my dad's address on one form, do they check to make sure addresses are correct or can we correct them at the time of confirming hotel reservations?

you should be fine- seriously, i would not worry abt a zip code problem
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ozzz on April 11, 2019, 09:30:57 AM
I got in on my phone 9:00:47   submitted by 9:05

On my computer in at 9:07:17  submitted by 9:13

I'm putting all my money on my phone entry :D lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: comicconfamily on April 11, 2019, 09:31:05 AM
That was stressful!!  :o

Got in instantly on our 1st computer, finished at 9:03
2nd computer: in at 9:03, out at 9:09
3rd computer: in at 9:04, out at 9:09
4th computer: not sure yet, but got in after 9:10
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ombregrey on April 11, 2019, 09:33:07 AM
Got in at 12:01 EST on Chrome. Submitted at 12:05 EST.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: twiley79 on April 11, 2019, 09:33:38 AM
Got in just before 9:03, forgot to look at finish time but it was quick! Now I am second guessing--did I put in all my roommates?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 09:33:46 AM
In at 9:00:15 on first browser.

In at 9:00:40 on second browser

In at 09:02:10on third browser

Lost track after that since I was busy filling out forms.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hipchick on April 11, 2019, 09:33:55 AM
I shouldn’t have joked about getting a room in TJ because I didn’t get in until 9:08, ugh!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TheNeck on April 11, 2019, 09:34:12 AM
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None of the running men started on any of my browsers until 12:01.

The first browser to get it was IE.  I thought it was late in the 12:03 minute, but IE says 12:04.  If there is a way to see the seconds in IE, I can't figure it out.

I finished by 12:07 and my other browsers were in at that time.  So, I closed them.

Not feeling good about my chances for a downtown hotel.  Last year, I was in during the first minute and got one of my 6 choices.

download this program it will tell you exactly, i got in at 9:02:16. the url for the line will say cci.onpeak.info/addrequest for the exact time you got in
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ie_cache_viewer.html
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on April 11, 2019, 09:34:23 AM
saw tweet at 9:25

hotel link says

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Hotel rooms for Comic-Con 2019 are fully committed at this time. However, as Comic-Con gets closer, hotel rooms do free up! We urge everyone who still needs a hotel reservation to check www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels regularly for updated room availability. If you haven't been able to secure a room yet, check back later to see if rooms have become available.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sndoming on April 11, 2019, 09:35:22 AM
Don't feel great about our chances! Our earliest computer got in at 9:04. Oh well! The con will be great regardless.

A few people have asked, but has anyone received a confirmation email that their request was submitted?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jnyama on April 11, 2019, 09:36:03 AM
I feel like the waiting room page didn’t change for a minute, but then just went straight to the form with no running man. An improvement over last year when I didn’t get in for like ten minutes, so I guess it justified the $16 I spent on airline Wi-Fi.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on April 11, 2019, 09:36:09 AM
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That was stressful!!  :o

Got in instantly on our 1st computer, finished at 9:03
2nd computer: in at 9:03, out at 9:09
3rd computer: in at 9:04, out at 9:09
4th computer: not sure yet, but got in after 9:10

Out of curiosity, why did you put in multiple requests if you already got in during the first minute?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: hipchick on April 11, 2019, 09:36:29 AM
I don't think you get one. The confirmation screen says they'll email on the 16th, the 23rd or the 29th.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Shadows on April 11, 2019, 09:36:37 AM
I'm sure I didn't get in early enough for anything downtown this year... so if by any chance anyone here can pull some sort of Christmas Miracle and ends up with an extra room at Hard Rock or Bayfront - please think of me...
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: NoNoNuni on April 11, 2019, 09:36:43 AM
Took awhile to have the running man pop up. I was working on two laptops and a phone, and I still didn't get in till 9:05.

Wait till next year  :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:38:18 AM
Crashed out budlet, oblivious to mom's anxiety

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: eek on April 11, 2019, 09:39:27 AM
And now we wait for OnPeak to assign our hotels by throwing darts at a board, blindfolded.  :-X
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 11, 2019, 09:39:33 AM
ugh...
the running man didnt start for me at 9:00! (does that count, then??)
but i finally got in at 9:08 or 9:09. and was out within a few minutes! I'm so mad for oversleeping both my alarms, but glad i made it in before 9:10 and so glad i made it in to be able to select what i did!

I'm crossing my fingers that i get my usual spot this year!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: comicconfamily on April 11, 2019, 09:39:55 AM
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Out of curiosity, why did you put in multiple requests if you already got in during the first minute?

To possibly help out others here.  :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:40:04 AM
please don't forget to give mark the data ...... when approx you got in & what you were given

https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: handelacruz on April 11, 2019, 09:40:29 AM
Forgot I could have used my phone and ipads! Darn, I might have got in faster than my laptops.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 09:40:43 AM
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To possibly help out others here.  :)

Bingo! That’s what this place is all about.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: marcia29 on April 11, 2019, 09:41:13 AM
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saw tweet at 9:25

hotel link says


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Hmmm....maybe that means that everyone who got in has a room of some kind and OnPeak was counting rooms ::)....NOT!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Nimitz on April 11, 2019, 09:41:21 AM
I think I got in at 9:02 around but when I tried to check what time I got in on my pads history it send me back to the click here page to enter the form. I hope I did not mess my self up.

I wonder if they will use the time you where given accestt to the click here page or the page that let you choose the hotel. I had one computer in the other room that got in soon after my pad but i did not click on the link until I had finished the application on my pad.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MsButtaskotch on April 11, 2019, 09:41:44 AM
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And now we wait for OnPeak to assign our hotels by throwing darts at a board, blindfolded.  :-X

I think its more like how they chose the monsters in that cabin fever movie! :-)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: waltbionik on April 11, 2019, 09:42:38 AM
I got in at 12:10 (EST) AGAIN...FOR THE 3RD YEAR! I was waitlisted the first year and got nothing last year (but was able to get a room from a forum member). I wasn't stressed and am not even worried or stressed this year. It is what it is. However, good luck to everyone and I hope everyone gets what they want or something comparable.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:44:35 AM
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it's all about being nice and paying it forward
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 09:45:06 AM
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Hmmm....maybe that means that everyone who got in has a room of some kind and OnPeak was counting rooms ::)....NOT!!!

Haha! I still don’t understand why they can’t do a real time inventory hotel sale.

While it would require some kind of infrastructure/IT investment up front, I’d think would be less expensive than paying people to sift through an ungodly amount of forms and crosscheck hotel picks with inventory available.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 09:46:06 AM
in case folks need a reference


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Comic-Con 2019

Form Successfully Submitted
Your Comic-Con 2019 Official Hotel Request Form has been received and will be processed shortly. As a reminder, all requests are processed based on the order in which you were granted access to the form.
Next Steps

If we are able to accommodate your request, you will receive a confirmation email on either April 16 or April 23. This email will contain instructions on how to submit your deposit, as well as other important deadline information. Your hotel reservation will not be confirmed until the full deposit is received. If your request cannot be accommodated, you will be notified no later than April 29, 2019. At that time you will be able to book any available room. Please note, a deposit will be required at the time of booking.

Deposit Policy

A deposit equal to two (2) night’s room rate plus tax must be provided in order to confirm your reservation.
For reservations confirmed on April 16 the required deposit must be provided by Friday, April 19 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
For reservations confirmed on April 23 the required deposit must be provided by Friday, April 26 at 11:59 (PDT).
Reservations without deposit will be cancelled and will not be re-instated for any reason.
Deposits are fully refundable if your reservation is cancelled on or before May 10, 2019.
Cancellation Policy

Reservations cancelled between the dates of May 11, 2019 through May 31, 2019 will incur a one night's room rate plus tax and cancellation fee deducted from the deposit provided.
Reservations cancelled on or after June 1, 2019 will result in a fully non-refundable deposit.
Special Requests

ADA requests are based on availability and have no bearing on your assigned hotel's proximity to the Convention Center.
Thank you for being a part of this year’s hotel reservation request process. We hope to see you see you in San Diego this summer.

onPeak

Copyright ©2019 onPeak. All Rights Reserved.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Islander009 on April 11, 2019, 09:46:41 AM
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Got in about 9:09 and finished at 9:11.  Of course my friend got in at like 9:03 and done at 9:07.  My sister got in at 9:10 and finished around 9:15 ~

My timestamp doesn't give me confidence, lol

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: grbggrl on April 11, 2019, 09:47:11 AM
 After crappy luck last year, we got 4 forms within the first 2 min. So hopefully we got something?! O.o
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 09:47:51 AM
I don’t remember the captcha type stuff last year, but then again I only had one browser going.

I didn’t appreciate having to dance like a monkey doing their bot tests on 8 browsers, 5 minutes before the sale


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Kmd2103 on April 11, 2019, 09:48:36 AM
Does anyone happen to know if it's a 2-night minimum across the board? I didn't see anything other than when it was a 4-night minimum stay. TIA!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: L3g3nd33 on April 11, 2019, 09:49:19 AM
In right around 12:01, out by 12:04.  Second form in around 12:04, out by 12:09.  Fingers crossed for something good.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SGormley on April 11, 2019, 09:49:50 AM
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it's all about being nice and paying it forward

Exactly. My husband and I always fill out separate forms because of that very reason. :)


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Antisocial on April 11, 2019, 09:52:12 AM
Upon further review it seems my Firefox got in 11 seconds before Chrome, so it could've been worse. Still annoyed that I chose the wrong one to submit, but 17:01:09 UK time for the form I submitted should give me a bit of a chance.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SamTurtledove on April 11, 2019, 09:53:18 AM
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Hmmm....maybe that means that everyone who got in has a room of some kind and OnPeak was counting rooms ::)....NOT!!!


We love consistency!

from the Thanks Page https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=9848.msg266729#msg266729

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If your request cannot be accommodated, you will be notified no later than April 29, 2019. At that time you will be able to book any available room

from CCI Hotel page

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Hotel rooms for Comic-Con 2019 are fully committed at this time. However, as Comic-Con gets closer, hotel rooms do free up! We urge everyone who still needs a hotel reservation to this check page sometime after May 6, 2019 for updated room availability. All rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis at that time.

and CCI Tweet

https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1116378926329151493



OnPeak

https://twitter.com/onPeak/status/1116378195857674240

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: grbggrl on April 11, 2019, 09:54:30 AM
There's always horror stories about them canceling forms because of multiple entries. Do we actually know what their criteria are for that kind of thing? Or at least, what they claim they are? We've submitted multiple forms in the past, even with different info, and still had some of the earlier ones apparently negated.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: MarvelGurl on April 11, 2019, 09:55:29 AM
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Haha! I still don’t understand why they can’t do a real time inventory hotel sale.

While it would require some kind of infrastructure/IT investment up front, I’d think would be less expensive than paying people to sift through an ungodly amount of forms and crosscheck hotel picks with inventory available.


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Seriously....I know it's not as big as SDCC...but still pretty big, but I was able to book a hotel room for Twitch Con 2019 (which is in SD this year) at the Hotel Indigo with zero deposit and none of this dog and pony show. They have live inventory on their event hotel site.

I can't believe it seems like everyone here got in almost immediately. This year I got in at 9:06 :( and then my Firefox glitched so i had to reload the page. Didn't seem to lose my spot though. My other browsers got in a couple minutes after that. Kicking myself for not using my sister's computer, and my phone to help my chances. Thanks to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I was able to get my #1 choice last year. Between the generosity of people and the fact that downtown hotels appear on the onpeak hotel site a month or two before the con I'm keeping the faith. Who knows? 9:06 might just be early enough for certain hotels.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: L3g3nd33 on April 11, 2019, 10:01:38 AM
I was worried about using my phone, then thought what if I don't use my phone and its the first one to get in?  And of course my phone was first to get in... worked fine thankfully just everything was really small.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Berts on April 11, 2019, 10:01:42 AM
Did anyone else have to prove you weren't a robot by continuously clicking on pictures? That cost me some time and was very frustrating.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on April 11, 2019, 10:01:50 AM
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download this program it will tell you exactly, i got in at 9:02:16. the url for the line will say cci.onpeak.info/addrequest for the exact time you got in
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ie_cache_viewer.html

Thanks for the suggestion.  It didn't work.  I don't like having strange software on my work computer.  So, I'm deleting it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: omraged9 on April 11, 2019, 10:02:50 AM
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There's always horror stories about them canceling forms because of multiple entries. Do we actually know what their criteria are for that kind of thing? Or at least, what they claim they are? We've submitted multiple forms in the past, even with different info, and still had some of the earlier ones apparently negated.

Yeah I've had my previous entries cancelled because of multiple entries (2). I decided this year to just submit one. I don't think it's worth it to submit more than one if I only need one room if the second one is after 9:03 or 9:04. From my previous years' experiences, I never get any of my top six choices after 9:03.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: d00dz on April 11, 2019, 10:03:10 AM
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Did anyone else have to prove you weren't a robot by continuously clicking on pictures? That cost me some time and was very frustrating.

Yes every single one of my browsers had a captcha check.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 10:07:05 AM
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Did anyone else have to prove you weren't a robot by continuously clicking on pictures? That cost me some time and was very frustrating.
Not me
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 10:10:20 AM
reminder to add your 'got in time' to the data thread. AND to COME BACK and modify your post to include what you got...

link to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login 's thread
https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 11, 2019, 10:12:10 AM
I can't remember but do they flag address as a duplicate submission?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dville on April 11, 2019, 10:12:19 AM
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I was worried about using my phone, then thought what if I don't use my phone and its the first one to get in?  And of course my phone was first to get in... worked fine thankfully just everything was really small.

I had the same experience.  I added my phone into the mix last minute and thankfully I did as it was the first to get in (I didn't even use my computer), but yeah, it was extremely small and now I am going to spend a week worried that I typed everything correctly because the print was so small and hard to read.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Antisocial on April 11, 2019, 10:12:38 AM
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Did anyone else have to prove you weren't a robot by continuously clicking on pictures? That cost me some time and was very frustrating.

Yes most of my laptop browsers had that in the last 10 minutes - was going mad trying to find the ones that needed it, maximising the browser, completing the clicks, and then minimising again to jump onto the next one.

Got them all done in time but wasn't a pleasant five minutes   :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: handelacruz on April 11, 2019, 10:13:00 AM
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reminder to add your 'got in time' to the data thread. AND to COME BACK and modify your post to include what you got...

link to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login 's thread
https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10361.0

Is there a discussion for last years hotel results? Curious to see what everyone got.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 10:13:15 AM
hey You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login can you add the date's for notification to the calendar? or does someone else need to do that?

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For reservations confirmed on April 16 the required deposit must be provided by Friday, April 19 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
For reservations confirmed on April 23 the required deposit must be provided by Friday, April 26 at 11:59 (PDT).
Reservations without deposit will be cancelled and will not be re-instated for any reason.
Deposits are fully refundable if your reservation is cancelled on or before May 10, 2019.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 10:14:41 AM
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Is there a discussion for last years hotel results? Curious to see what everyone got.

yes, there is ..... hummmm .... looking for it
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Forge on April 11, 2019, 10:16:39 AM
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Did anyone else have to prove you weren't a robot by continuously clicking on pictures? That cost me some time and was very frustrating.

I just had to do the check box while in the waiting room
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dkd on April 11, 2019, 10:17:16 AM
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it's all about being nice and paying it forward

I have mixed feelings about it, though.

On the one hand, I have been the recipient of someone's extra rooms when I was shut out.  That is fantastic.

On the other hand, if someone's second or third request essentially pushed my first request back in the queue, isn't that essentially blocking me from getting a room on my own so that they can be the gatekeeper?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 10:17:48 AM
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Is there a discussion for last years hotel results? Curious to see what everyone got.

here's the 2018 submission data thread
https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=9170.0
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: cbaggs on April 11, 2019, 10:20:34 AM
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I had the same experience.  I added my phone into the mix last minute and thankfully I did as it was the first to get in (I didn't even use my computer), but yeah, it was extremely small and now I am going to spend a week worried that I typed everything correctly because the print was so small and hard to read.

The only positive of using my phone (aside from it being the one that got me in immediately) was that I remembered to take screenshots of everything before I submitted!  That was a lifesaver for my anxiety. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 10:20:51 AM
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I have mixed feelings about it, though.

On the one hand, I have been the recipient of someone's extra rooms when I was shut out.  That is fantastic.

On the other hand, if someone's second or third request essentially pushed my first request back in the queue, isn't that essentially blocking me from getting a room on my own so that they can be the gatekeeper?

Sure, but our collectively larger group increases the odds, no?

It’s the same for badge sales. The idea is to form a large enough group so that the number of successful purchasers approaches the mean. Otherwise, you risk being the outlier (good or bad).


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 10:23:31 AM
So this happens every post-lottery: I start thinking, did I fill out the form correctly? Did I put in my actual email addy? Did I choose the right days? Right room type? DID I HIT SUBMIT??

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Berts on April 11, 2019, 10:26:39 AM
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Yes most of my laptop browsers had that in the last 10 minutes - was going mad trying to find the ones that needed it, maximising the browser, completing the clicks, and then minimising again to jump onto the next one.

Got them all done in time but wasn't a pleasant five minutes   :D

I had 4 sessions going and I had to do a CAPTCHA check on all of them right after 9AM. I'm not thrilled about it because I think it impacted how quickly I was sorted into a group. The first session I did the CAPTCHA was furthest along (on the running man bar), the second session I did the CAPTCHA was the next furthest and so on.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: mellyreid on April 11, 2019, 10:27:32 AM
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So this happens every post-lottery: I start thinking, did I fill out the form correctly? Did I put in my actual email addy? Did I choose the right days? Right room type? DID I HIT SUBMIT??



I was just wondering the sameness thing! I don’t even know what my number one hotel was 😳

Did anyone try making the request via the phone??
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 10:31:05 AM
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So this happens every post-lottery: I start thinking, did I fill out the form correctly? Did I put in my actual email addy? Did I choose the right days? Right room type? DID I HIT SUBMIT??

Same! I really wish we could get a confirmation email when it’s submitted!


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Darth_Primus on April 11, 2019, 10:31:56 AM
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So this happens every post-lottery: I start thinking, did I fill out the form correctly? Did I put in my actual email addy? Did I choose the right days? Right room type? DID I HIT SUBMIT??

I totally feel the same way, especially about the email address when notifications start to go out.

I also think, I should have taken screenshots for myself of almost everything I entered.   

Now the waiting game, and the waiting is the hardest part.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 10:32:15 AM
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I was just wondering the sameness thing! I don’t even know what my number one hotel was

Did anyone try making the request via the phone??

Yes, right after I churned my butter and arrived at work by horse and buggy.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 10:32:41 AM
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I have mixed feelings about it, though.

On the one hand, I have been the recipient of someone's extra rooms when I was shut out.  That is fantastic.

On the other hand, if someone's second or third request essentially pushed my first request back in the queue, isn't that essentially blocking me from getting a room on my own so that they can be the gatekeeper?

it's a site philosophy and as with all ethical decisions there is the time for 'sausage to be made'. Your point is a good one but with the advent of multiple browsers to get insure the original person has a 'good time stamp', it means the subsequent browsers that get in, may not yield as good a result as the first browser. What should be done with those 2nd browsers results? it is the individual's choice as to what to do.

we come down on the side of community building.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: chungerrr on April 11, 2019, 10:32:53 AM
I'm worried that I screwed up. I got in and filled out my form first at 9:06. Then my wife got in at around 9:12 and filled out her form. Is my original submittal now eliminated and replaced with my wifes? We both listed the same people in our parties.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Antisocial on April 11, 2019, 10:33:56 AM
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I had 4 sessions going and I had to do a CAPTCHA check on all of them right after 9AM. I'm not thrilled about it because I think it impacted how quickly I was sorted into a group. The first session I did the CAPTCHA was furthest along (on the running man bar), the second session I did the CAPTCHA was the next furthest and so on.

That's crazy; I was cursing them for doing it in the last few minutes but nothing after sorting began.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 10:35:09 AM
Hotel rooms for Comic-Con 2019 are fully committed at this time. However, as Comic-Con gets closer, hotel rooms do free up!

We urge everyone who still needs a hotel reservation to this check http://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels  sometime after May 6, 2019 for updated room availability. All rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis at that time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 10:36:08 AM
Looks like some people got CAPTCHA and some didn't.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Sakura17 on April 11, 2019, 10:36:33 AM
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Hotel rooms for Comic-Con 2019 are fully committed at this time. However, as Comic-Con gets closer, hotel rooms do free up!

We urge everyone who still needs a hotel reservation to this check http://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels  sometime after May 6, 2019 for updated room availability. All rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis at that time.

Wonderful! Another date I need to either request off or change shifts.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ratcub on April 11, 2019, 10:38:11 AM
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Haha! I still don’t understand why they can’t do a real time inventory hotel sale.

While it would require some kind of infrastructure/IT investment up front, I’d think would be less expensive than paying people to sift through an ungodly amount of forms and crosscheck hotel picks with inventory available.

I'd think onpeak would have a computer program that sifts thru the applications, and places people into hotels. And be able to check applications for multiple email, name, address, phone number, blood type, etc, for duplicate entries.   

Has anyone recieved a confirmation email from onpeak that the submitted form was received ?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 10:39:40 AM
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I totally feel the same way, especially about the email address when notifications start to go out.

I also think, I should have taken screenshots for myself of almost everything I entered.   

Now the waiting game, and the waiting is the hardest part.

In my case, I have a reason to be paranoid. One year I selected Double thinking that meant two beds. In another year, before OnPeak took over, I selected dates for the FOLLOWING week.

I totally forgot to take screenshots. I’m usually diligent about that.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: eek on April 11, 2019, 10:51:36 AM
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Has anyone recieved a confirmation email from onpeak that the submitted form was received ?

No, OnPeak doesn't send submission confirmation emails, unfortunately.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angology on April 11, 2019, 10:53:38 AM
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hey You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login can you add the date's for notification to the calendar? or does someone else need to do that?
I have that on my to do list. I will add them this evening.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 10:53:49 AM
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Looks like some people got CAPTCHA and some didn't.
any idea what the parameters were? iow, any common approaches- browsers-tabs-devices etc all?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 10:54:34 AM
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I have that on my to do list. I will add them this evening.
is it possible to 'luv' this more then once LOL?
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: kranston on April 11, 2019, 10:56:35 AM
Yikes. Based on the responses so far looks like we won't be getting any hotel this year. First entry to the form at 9:05.59, second at 9:06.20. Finished at 9:10 & 9:12.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dville on April 11, 2019, 10:56:42 AM
The waiting is always the hardest.  Until next week, I will be constantly agonizing on why I didn't do screen shots, wondering if I misspelled my email address and how late I got in to the site.  At the end of the day, the only comfort I have is this community.  <Reaching for paper bag for deep breaths> 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: eek on April 11, 2019, 11:00:32 AM
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Looks like some people got CAPTCHA and some didn't.
any idea what the parameters were? iow, any common approaches- browsers-tabs-devices etc all?

Maybe it's a new effort to sniff out those using multiple browsers/windows/sessions on the same machine.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 11:02:32 AM
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any idea what the parameters were? iow, any common approaches- browsers-tabs-devices etc all?

I had three computers between my sister and I. The two that were on VPN both got captcha'd, one just seconds before 9:00.

The only computer that didn't get captcha'd was non-VPN.

It didn't seem to affect things because the one that captcha'd just before 9:00am was the first one in (9:01:30 or so), and my non-VPN session got in maybe 30sec later.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ALF on April 11, 2019, 11:03:48 AM
And that concludes the 2019 Hotelpocalypse....Thank You All for participating.  :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: ALF on April 11, 2019, 11:09:47 AM
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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: alyssa on April 11, 2019, 11:13:01 AM
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Mother of Dragon?

hehe
yeah he hasnt got his wings yet--- i was thinking of about a mash up cosplay with a baby dragon ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on April 11, 2019, 11:17:26 AM
So, can anyone tell me if it is after 5PM where they are, I could really use a drink right now.  :P
It's got to be 5 o'clock somewhere.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 11, 2019, 11:17:34 AM
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And that concludes the 2019 Hotelpocalypse....Thank You All for participating.  :P

thanks. i hated it  ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on April 11, 2019, 11:18:04 AM
Next up: SDCC 2019 Exclusives Lottery!! :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 11, 2019, 11:19:11 AM
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Next up: SDCC 2019 Exclusives Lottery!! :)

So glad I am very rarely interested in exclusives :D

Good luck to those who are tho.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: foxbatkllr on April 11, 2019, 11:23:40 AM
I had 5 total devices/browsers accessing the sale.  None of them received Captcha.  That includes Safari on iPhone as well as Chrome, Firefox, and IE on various PC's.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Antisocial on April 11, 2019, 11:24:35 AM
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So, can anyone tell me if it is after 5PM where they are, I could really use a drink right now.  :P
It's got to be 5 o'clock somewhere.

07:22 pm here - and you're welcome to have my units for the day :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on April 11, 2019, 11:25:55 AM
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So, can anyone tell me if it is after 5PM where they are, I could really use a drink right now.  :P
It's got to be 5 o'clock somewhere.
Haven't had a drink since March 31, so, you are more than welcome to take my credits too :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: cbaggs on April 11, 2019, 11:30:43 AM
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Anybody know how to check the cache on Safari on an iPhone to see exact time of access to the form?

Posting this again since I think it got lost in the excitement.  Anyone know if it's possible to get exact times from Safari on iPhone? 
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 11:33:05 AM
Man, I haven't gotten any work done. I've just been reading through everyone's experiences on Hotelpocalypse on here, Reddit, Twitter...

Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 11, 2019, 11:34:53 AM
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and CCI Tweet

https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1116378926329151493


Is this new?  I don't remember ever seeing this before
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 11, 2019, 11:36:47 AM
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Man, I haven't gotten any work done. I've just been reading through everyone's experiences on Hotelpocalypse on here, Reddit, Twitter...

lol same. I'm useless today.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: TardisMom on April 11, 2019, 11:38:19 AM
I need a nap.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Javier on April 11, 2019, 11:38:32 AM
Was it just me or did your browser not turn into a running man right away? Once 9AM hit it took it a little bit for my browsers to switch, and when they switched to the running man it was at different times.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: RighteousRita on April 11, 2019, 11:39:48 AM
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Is this new?  I don't remember ever seeing this before
I think it is.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 11, 2019, 11:40:04 AM
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I need a nap.

I just clocked into work 40 minutes ago so my day has just begun.  Send halp plz
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: SteveD on April 11, 2019, 11:40:18 AM
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Posting this again since I think it got lost in the excitement.  Anyone know if it's possible to get exact times from Safari on iPhone?
I tried to find any info I could, but I'm not sure how much cache a mobile browser keeps.  If the history doesn't give you the info, I'm not sure what else to check.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: eek on April 11, 2019, 11:40:43 AM
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Was it just me or did your browser not turn into a running man right away? Once 9AM hit it took it a little bit for my browsers to switch, and when they switched to the running man it was at different times.

My browser didn't immediately flip to running man at 9:00. It took at least another minute.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: accelerate on April 11, 2019, 11:40:45 AM
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Was it just me or did your browser not turn into a running man right away? Once 9AM hit it took it a little bit for my browsers to switch, and when they switched to the running man it was at different times.

The quickest any of my sessions turned to running man was either right at 9:01 or maybe a touch after that. Which is odd considering some people have said they got in at 9:00:45 or so.


(Also, side note, just realized in my second session, I forgot to insert CCI Member ID. Oh well.)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: oneroomdisco on April 11, 2019, 11:41:08 AM
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Was it just me or did your browser not turn into a running man right away? Once 9AM hit it took it a little bit for my browsers to switch, and when they switched to the running man it was at different times.
My browsers did the same thing, although my first session to get in (just before 9:01) loaded with almost completely green running man bar.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sessionka on April 11, 2019, 11:45:05 AM
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I need a nap.

So It's not just me.

I'm exhausted, and it's only 2:45 pm for me.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 11, 2019, 11:50:25 AM
So I'm accustom to Queue-It, and can sort of explain what's going on. So some of you mentioned it didn't go to the running man at exactly 9:00. For the record, it did not happen for me as well. So how the system works, once you get into the waiting room, Queue-It is set to automatically refresh at certain intervals. I've never studied it close enough, but I'll guess around a minute.

So not everybody will be on the same interval schedule. Chances are, at 9:00 even, your interval hasn't finished yet, so the running man won't start until the full 1 minute (or whatever its set to) interval finishes.

So thus everyone will have the running man showing at a different time. However, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume Queue-It's system will account for the various different intervals, and will not start everything until it knows everybody in the waiting room has been randomized.

I know this is confusing, and I'm sorry. I can try and clarify more later. I hope those that do understand what I said, will understand how it works.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: eek on April 11, 2019, 11:52:24 AM
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So I'm accustom to Queue-It, and can sort of explain what's going on. So some of you mentioned it didn't go to the running man at exactly 9:00. For the record, it did not happen for me as well. So how the system works, once you get into the waiting room, Queue-It is set to automatically refresh at certain intervals. I've never studied it close enough, but I'll guess around a minute.

So not everybody will be on the same interval schedule. So say you got in at 8:45:15 seconds, someone else got into the waiting room at 8:45:20 seconds. There will be a 5 second difference between the both of you and when it refreshes. So at 9:00 even, your interval hasn't finished yet, so the running man won't start until the full 1 minute (or whatever its set to) interval finishes. So thus everyone will have the running man showing at a different time. However, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume Queue-It's system will account for the various different intervals, and will not start everything until it knows everybody in the waiting room has been randomized.

I know this is confusing, and I'm sorry. I can try and clarify more later. I hope those that do understand what I said, will understand how it works.

Thanks for the explanation. I figured it had something to do with the refresh interval.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 11:52:37 AM
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any idea what the parameters were? iow, any common approaches- browsers-tabs-devices etc all?

I was captcha’d on all 8. They were captcha’d in exactly the order I opened them. However, I opened them throughout the hour, but all were captcha’d around 8:50-8:56.

All were open on the same computer.

Let’s see how many more times I can say captcha’d.




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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: sylent_asassin on April 11, 2019, 11:54:27 AM
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Next up: SDCC 2019 Exclusives Lottery!! :)

HOLD ON!! One thing at a time here! I just caught my breath from Hotelpocalypse! :D

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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: dville on April 11, 2019, 11:54:49 AM
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I was captcha’d on all 8. They were captcha’d in exactly the order I opened them. However, I opened them throughout the hour, but all were captcha’d around 8:50-8:56.

All were open on the same computer.

Let’s see how many more times I can say captcha’d.




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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: lilredrubi74 on April 11, 2019, 11:54:56 AM
Wow, I feel like I got run through a washing machine. I’m so worn out from anxiety
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Jonathan on April 11, 2019, 11:55:26 AM
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HOLD ON!! One thing at a time here! I just caught my breath from Hotelpocalypse! :D

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Correct!  We can't think exclusives until we have a place to sleep....one in which we'll probably all pay nearly $300 a night, and only maybe spend 5 hours in it each day......I love Comic-Con, don't you?! ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 11:55:57 AM
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You may be the winner!

Always knew I’d be good at something


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 11, 2019, 12:00:58 PM
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HOLD ON!! One thing at a time here! I just caught my breath from Hotelpocalypse! :D

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NO CATCHING YOUR BREATH

THIS IS SDCC

You must be in a constant state of panic  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: eek on April 11, 2019, 12:02:07 PM
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Correct!  We can't think exclusives until we have a place to sleep....one in which we'll probably all pay nearly $300 a night, and only maybe spend 5 hours in it each day......I love Comic-Con, don't you?! ;)

Or in some cases, $300 for a daily place to shower   ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: clarrkkent on April 11, 2019, 12:02:34 PM
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So I'm accustom to Queue-It, and can sort of explain what's going on. So some of you mentioned it didn't go to the running man at exactly 9:00. For the record, it did not happen for me as well. So how the system works, once you get into the waiting room, Queue-It is set to automatically refresh at certain intervals. I've never studied it close enough, but I'll guess around a minute.

So not everybody will be on the same interval schedule. Chances are, at 9:00 even, your interval hasn't finished yet, so the running man won't start until the full 1 minute (or whatever its set to) interval finishes.

So thus everyone will have the running man showing at a different time. However, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume Queue-It's system will account for the various different intervals, and will not start everything until it knows everybody in the waiting room has been randomized.

I know this is confusing, and I'm sorry. I can try and clarify more later. I hope those that do understand what I said, will understand how it works.

I did notice the refresh interval creeped while in the waiting room as well. Not by much. Refresh was every 30 seconds, say 8:15:15 so next was 8:15:45, eventually became 8:25:16 to 8:25:46. I was looking for any patterns I could find.

I read somewhere, can’t remember where (reddit maybe), but the refresh interval does have a part to play in our places in line.


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Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: jazzyj on April 11, 2019, 12:41:09 PM
Me and my friend got in at around the 9:01 mark and my friend's brother got in around 9. Hoping that we at least get something good.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Angel_ on April 11, 2019, 12:47:44 PM
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I did notice the refresh interval creeped while in the waiting room as well. Not by much. Refresh was every 30 seconds, say 8:15:15 so next was 8:15:45, eventually became 8:25:16 to 8:25:46. I was looking for any patterns I could find.

I read somewhere, can’t remember where (reddit maybe), but the refresh interval does have a part to play in our places in line.


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I'm not entirely sure on that?  Though it's possible.  I didn't open my computer until about 5:20am (8:20 pacific) and I was the first one in my team that go in.  Almost everyone else was in at 5:01-5:02.  They all got into the form after me.  I was late because of the RIDICULOUS timezone I'm in.  Yeesh.
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Iris on April 11, 2019, 12:48:46 PM
I'm so distracted at work right now, can't stop thinking about hotels
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Michael M on April 11, 2019, 12:54:09 PM
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I'm so distracted at work right now, can't stop thinking about hotels
I still have to go back home and figure out My exact times.  I left the machines running and I've visions of laptops smoking, my dogs ripping into them, or that I read the numbers wrong and picked super late...I can't think!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2019 Hotel Discussion
Post by: Webdude007 on April 11, 2019, 12:54:28 PM
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