hmwsgx wrote: »
*Do you get to choose your hotel or is it basically first come first serve?
For example, I go to GenCon Indy every year and I use their hotel registration system. With their system as soon as they open reservations all of their hotels surrounding their convention are filled within a half hour. Then you have to frantically search for other rooms so you don't end up all the way across town. The only way you can get the hotel you really want is to pay extra money for a "Very Important Gamer" pass and you'll get to choose your hotel early, plus you're guaranteed one of your top 3 hotel choices. Is this similar to how the registration works?
whypick1 wrote: »
They'll have group of hotels available to choose from that will have discounted PAX rates.
No wait list, but you can always try to book directly at the hotel at their normal rates.
Think all of the PAX hotel rooms max out at quad occupancy. If you need more, probably have to book with hotel and not at PAX rate.
Easy enough. Register, pick hotel, pick dates, enter billing, done.
takser wrote: »
As an aside - not sure if you realize or not, but Gen Con's Passkey system has been entirely upgraded this year. No more of the "top three choices" hassle. While I'm sure most of the connected or even remotely close locations are already booked, it was as simple as logging in, choosing your exact room in your exact hotel and reserving instantly. No wait-list (although that is still available due to the simple fact that hotels sold out), but the fear factor of not getting a room in your preferred hotel was pretty much nonexistent.
As for PAX, it's been my experience with conventions that it's always better to go through a convention's hotel registration process if they offer bargains. Sure, something like Hotels.com can get you a room in a "three-star hotel" for under $100, but you won't know where you're staying until you've already been charged, and by then it's too late. As for Expedia... well, coming from someone who's been to my fair share of conventions (Gen Con, E3, CES, PAX, etc.) - I wouldn't even bother looking for hotel rooms. Maybe there's something I'm missing - some secret area of deals, but if it's not a flight, Expedia isn't even on my radar.
Steel Fire wrote: »
To answer some more on the hotel question:
Hotel registration opens right about the same time as passes go on sale, maybe shortly after. Through the registration system you can look at all the hotels participating with the PAX group rate, and who have rooms left, and make your choice as to which one you want to book with. the rates aren't identical at them all, but many folks have their preferences even if it costs a little more. If i recall correctly though, they tend to all be within $10-20/night of each other. Also, some offer the discount for the week, and some just for the Thurs through Sat/Sun time period, so you can pick which one fits to your plans. No one gets any special consideration for booking, when it opens it opens to everyone and it take about as long for the rooms to go as it does the passes. On that note, it's the same as passes, get them both early so you don't have to worry and have all the choices available you want.
Even with the registration system, you can still call the hotel yourself and simply ask them for the PAX rate. If you have 7 people I would recommend using that method and getting two adjacent/adjoined rooms. It will be much more comfortable for everyone, especially if you have anyone else come hang with you.... and considering luggage and swag. I've also seen some people book through the travel discount sites and get better rates, but they know how to work with those systems intimately so i wouldn't recommend that.
hmwsgx wrote: »
Thanks, Steel! Its good to know the registration opens the same time/close to the passes. Less stress on my end! And I'd definitely book early--I'm too much of a worrier to wait it out.
I love that they have the discounts for the week. We're planning to stay about Thurs- Sun. Now, when the hotel registration opens is there any hotel that sells out immediately? I've done some research and we'd like either the Sheraton or Roosevelt hotel. I don't know if they're included in the PAX registration but they seemed to be the closest (as far as I could tell) and I'm concerned about how fast the rooms sell out.
SmallLady wrote: »
ummm PAX will come out with their own hotel rates in a couple months in the $170-90/night range.. You'll save A LOT of money if you wait to book your hotel.
PixelPrime wrote: »
I'm curious to know if there's anybody else on here who's been out to PAX from the UK, and their thoughts and experiences with the whole shebang. Did you have any problems? Were there things you wished you'd known about before you went out there?
I'm not a stranger to the U.S. by any means - but I've only been to Washington (NJ), New York and North Carolina, so Seattle will be another completely new place for me to take in.
Also, if there's anybody from the UK planning on going to PAX Prime this year - do you know of any travel groups etc. that band together when heading out? (i.e. safety in numbers?). I don't really want to do the trip on my own, but I'm probably the only one of my friends that can afford the ludicrous cost of hauling my butt over the atlantic and accomodating myself somewhere for the week, and I've been known to make such trips on my own in desperation before!
SmallLady wrote: »
Hmmm did you pay in advance too? because with the pax rate, you don't pay until you check out (though they do put hold +deposit) on your CC
zezspecs wrote: »
Usually there's an international traveller's guide that gets posted, and that should explain most of what you need to know for coming to PAX from outside the US, though I think it's usually biased towards people coming from the UK. I have no idea if anyone does specific travel groups, but I would recommend joining the PAX UK Facebook group to talk to other PAXers in the UK, and maybe you can try to set something up. If anything else, it's a great way to meet other UK PAXers.
whypick1 wrote: »
Yes, about a month before.
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