In an attempt to stop folks who book every room they can book when hotel reservations open for the San Diego Comic-Con, convention organizers are trying something different for 2010. In the past, once hotel reservations went online it was a free-for-all with everyone trying to grab as many reservations as possible and then either selling off or simply canceling their excess reservations once they cemented their plans vis-a-vis travel and roommates. This year, once hotel reservations open at their discounted Comic-Con rate on March 18th at 9:00am PST, you will be required to pay one night’s deposit per reservation. So for example, if you wanted to book three rooms for the weekend and each room costs $200 per night, you would need to make a deposit for $600 (plus tax). Now before you freak out, remember that if you cancel a reservation before the deadline of May 14th, you will get your full deposit back on that reservation. If you cancel from May 15th to June 17th, you will be charged $75.00 per cancellation. Starting on June 18th, all deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
It’s an important change but it will unfortunately (as with most things) benefit the wealthy. Those with the most money will buy up the most rooms and those who can’t afford to put a large sum on hold while they firm up their SDCC plans, will have to choose wisely and hope to get lucky. We’ll be sure to let you know how it all works out on March 19, 2010.
Head over to the official Comic-Con website for full details. Comic-Con 2010 will run from July 22-25th.