I didn’t get a hotel room – Now what?

Many of you have heard of your hotel placement spell at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Many of you…still haven’t, and onPeak has announced that round two of e- emails was over.

Here’s the good news: the waitlist should open on or around Tuesday, May 17, and there’s still options on the waiting list.

However, if you’re already worried about having to sleep on the floor at Comic-Con (and not by choice), fear not. You have other options.

So what are your next moves?

  • Wait for more emails: As we said above, onPeak will open remaining inventory on the waitlist on Tuesday, May 17. These people will have the first chance to access remaining inventory, and trust us, there is always inventory.
  • Chamber trade: One of the good things about onPeak is that attendees have the ability to change names on their hotel reservation, and it’s relatively simple. We recommend calling the original owner of the reservation if possible. But assuming you talk to a willing customer service representative (call them at 312-527-7270), that means you can both give and receive unwanted room reservations to someone who Is want it, making two people happy. There are room swaps everywhere, but the biggest and most reliable is at Friends of CC Forum. Don’t paying someone to “buy” their hotel room reservation, however. Already.
  • Cancellations: Some hotels will put back on sale. Deposits for these Round 2 hotels are due by Friday, May 13, 2022 at 9:59 p.m. PT. Hotels (yes, even downtown hotels!) will be be returned, as often every roommate in a room goes to pick up a hotel, then if the group gets more than one, they can cancel the rest. Most of them will be Mission Valley options, but this is a hotel, and it’s definitely better to sleep on the sidewalk.
  • Pray that the waiting list will be open to all: Every year onPeak eventually opens the waitlist link to anyone with the link – meaning even if you haven’t received a waitlist email, you can still get a hotel. It will likely open May 25 or later.
  • Exit the system: So you didn’t have a hotel. You to have other options that aren’t the Hall H line, we promise. Although downtown hotels basically want attendees to be born in exchange for a room (the Hilton Bayfront has rooms starting at just $1,874 a night, kids!), with a quick search, we were able to find several more remote hotels and motels in San Diego for less than $400 a night. Either way, you won’t spend much time there. However, we urge you to exercise caution if considering a room-sharing system like Airbnb or VRBO – you can read about the good, bad and ugly of Airbnb use during SDCC here.
  • accept your fate: If all else fails, if you have at least one dwelling, take advantage of it. So maybe you’re in Mission Valley instead of the Gaslamp District. There are plenty of Comic-Con shuttles running around, or you can even consider renting a car and buying parking (once available). You now have a quiet hotel room to return to, twice the dining options, and you can still hang out downtown as much or as little as you want. Getting that perfect downtown hotel isn’t the end of the Comic-Con experience, and it only means you won’t have a good time if you let it mean that. Now start planning the fun stuff.

What is your strategy if you don’t get what you wanted in the sale of the hotel? Let us know in the comments.

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