But locking them to the badges the way they are doing is the best way. It really did cut down on the room scalping a lot.
They might still have some backdoor way of scalping the rooms, but they still must eat the $110 badge cost to do it.
Doing it this way eats into the profitability of scalping the rooms, by the time they try adding in their gain and taxes, they're asking well over $500/night which is the same as what out of block rooms are going for. So the risk to the people wanting the rooms go way up to the possible gains. Making it better to the buyee to simply book direct from the hotel, then a shady scalper.
Yes, one account buys all the rooms at their allotted time.
It is very easy to get multiple rooms in the same hotel... stay 8-12 miles out. You should not be able to get more than one room at a time... this would make it far worse than it is on balance.
Beyond the fact that I am confused to see anyone saying money solves this problem (it is not like the VIG program has much turnover year-over-year; rich people had to get in a decade+ ago in order to have money solve their problem), I am also confused that nobody seems to be pointing out the other sure-fire way to get a downtown hotel, one I have been using for like 15 years with success: buy your room a year in advance.
Look, there are some places on the Internet where you would get made fun of for suggesting it is reasonable to buy your hotel a year in advance, but like, all of us here are basically fanatics, and I have no idea why my tactic is so uncommon. Other than a couple of years suspiciously overlapping with the time the Moto GP was in Indianapolis at the same time, I have never failed to get a downtown hotel this way, and I believe I only paid about $25/night more than the Gen-Con discount rate (which, sure, that adds up, but particularly if you are splitting the cost of the hotel room it is barely even noticeable).
So no one is getting downtown housing in block for 2 nights, and all 3 night stays are either F/Sa/Su or Th/F/Sa (or, I suppose Sa/Su/M but what kind of maniac would do that...).
I wouldn't object to strengthening this to a 4 night minimum which must include Th/F/Sa night - but I don't think it would change much. If you were able to get Th/F/Sa today you could easily get W out of block somewhere at a reasonable price. Same for Sunday night.
I always go for the Embassy Suites personally, and the handful of times it has been sold out I booked either the Conrad or the admittedly-not-attached-but-still-right-there Homewood Suites.
Yeah looks like my pre-tax rate is $309/night, and my V.I.G. friend said his rate at the Embassy Suites was $280/night?
Or those who have to work on Sundays when most things open up and can't be at a computer.
It is dedication and must be willing to pay upfront. But it is possible
I am glad one of my other annual vacations is a trip to Gatlinburg in May when events usually open up.
I got a 3pm time this year and I still like the lottery better. I booked out of block downtown. Also to anyone who says different staying downtown does make the convention better. How much may vary but it does make it better. When I lived in Indy I still got a hotel room downtown.