Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SDCC '10: Hotel Hell Day Arrvies on the 18th

If you plan on attending Comic-con this July and need a hotel you need to check out the official site before the 18th. Reservations open at 9am PST sharp on Thursday. There is a new process in place for this year's reservation system and in all seriousness, it sounds like they have a better plan in place than in previous years. Certainly less chaotic. Providing of course, it plays out as described and the servers don't crash.

Full Details from Travel Planners:

Given the number of hotel rooms available for the number of participants attending, we know how challenging booking a room for Comic-Con can be. For this reason, we have implemented a new process that we hope will streamline the reservations process.

Comic-Con 2010 Hotel Reservations
- A User's Guide
Our goals for this year's Comic-Con hotel reservations system are to ensure simultaneous accessibility for all, while maintaining genuine first-come, first-served service -- down to the millisecond. In the past 12 months we've worked hard to develop a system to achieve these goals. Thus, we've made changes to the process for this year and we wanted to give all of you an advanced heads up on how to have the best possible reservations experience.

The hotel reservations service will open on March 18th, at exactly 9:00am Pacific Time. Look for the hotel link to be posted on the Comic-Con website at that time. When you click through, you'll be taken to a reservation preference information page. You'll need to enter 12 hotel choices, in order of preference, so please preview the list of hotels and have your choices picked out in advance. Other information needed includes occupant names, arrival & departure dates, and your contact information, including email. When you hit submit, your information will be time stamped and logged into our database.

Within 3-5 hours from the time you hit submit, an email will arrive from "res@tphousing.com" confirming which hotel was available and reserved for you. The email will include instructions on how to provide your credit card deposit to confirm the reservation. For reservations of 10 or more rooms, please allow 3 business days for the email to arrive.

Additional Considerations:
You'll need to provide a deposit equal to one night's room charge plus tax within 5 business days of receiving your confirmation.
Reservations without deposit payment information on file after this time will automatically be cancelled.
This deposit is fully refundable if your reservation is canceled by May 14, 2010.
Reservations canceled May 15th through June 17th will incur a $75 cancel fee.
The entire deposit becomes non-refundable if reservations are canceled on or after June 18, 2010.

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