Hotels already sold out for 2020?
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Posted by sjenks

We love The Hyatt Regency so after getting home today I checked 2020 availability and it is already sold out! So I needed to book out of block sometime last week before I even left for the convention? Do rooms ever open up over the course of the year or is just luck of the housing draw again? 

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Posted by cmegus

There is a number to call. Depending on which DT Hyatt it’s 317-762-8000 or 9000
To guarantee someone stays, they block out most of the rooms not booked by points / value members and anyone booking it must be placed in a queue of some kind.

All Indy DT hotels do this in one way or another to setup the housing lottery as well.

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Posted by selene314

They're not sold out, they haven't been made available yet. Hotels don't tend to make reservations a full year in advance. And they may not have negotiated yet how many rooms to promise to the Gen Con block.
This year's Hyatt rooms went on sale the day after Gen Con's housing lottery.

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Posted by ar6474 selene314

selene314 wrote:
They're not sold out, they haven't been made available yet. Hotels don't tend to make reservations a full year in advance. And they may not have negotiated yet how many rooms to promise to the Gen Con block.
This year's Hyatt rooms went on sale the day after Gen Con's housing lottery.
Most Hotels typically only go about 45 weeks out on their Inventory. Check your favorite hotel in next few weeks . 

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Posted by quarex

I posted about this somewhere else too, but Hilton properties seem to be already gearing up for 2020 in terrifying new ways, like Embassy Suites raising their out-of-block rates to $999/night, which I called to ask about assuming it had to be a mistake, and it was not.

I will definitely check again in a month or so, but I have booked this earlier (or earlier) before with no problems and not nearly such an outlandish rate, haha.

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Posted by fethbone

Yup, most hotels start opening up reservations a little less than a year in advance, but it varies by chain and also by hotel. I reserved my room for 2020 at the Holiday Inn downtown exactly 50 weeks in advance, but the Crowne Plaza did not have those dates open yet and I have yet to see out-of-block availability for the Holiday Inn Express even though the dates were available to select at the same time as the Holiday Inn. It is still somewhat early so things may still pop up. I haven't really been checking as diligently since I have a room now, but last I saw, the out-of-block rate for a standard room at the Holiday Inn started at $360/night and $479/night at the Crowne Plaza without rewards. 

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Posted by brotherbock

RVshare.com is showing Indiana rates of $125/night to rent an RV. Just sayin.

At this point, if you're not wanting to risk the lottery, it might even be cheaper to hire an Uber to drive you around for 6 hours and just sleep in the back :)  (don't do that, no shower)

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Posted by dwe113 fethbone

fethbone wrote:
Yup, most hotels start opening up reservations a little less than a year in advance, but it varies by chain and also by hotel. I reserved my room for 2020 at the Holiday Inn downtown exactly 50 weeks in advance, but the Crowne Plaza did not have those dates open yet and I have yet to see out-of-block availability for the Holiday Inn Express even though the dates were available to select at the same time as the Holiday Inn. It is still somewhat early so things may still pop up. I haven't really been checking as diligently since I have a room now, but last I saw, the out-of-block rate for a standard room at the Holiday Inn started at $360/night and $479/night at the Crowne Plaza without rewards. 
I haven't been able to see rates etc for any of the Holiday Inn related downtown hotels for 2020

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Posted by fethbone dwe113

dwe113 wrote:
fethbone wrote:
Yup, most hotels start opening up reservations a little less than a year in advance, but it varies by chain and also by hotel. I reserved my room for 2020 at the Holiday Inn downtown exactly 50 weeks in advance, but the Crowne Plaza did not have those dates open yet and I have yet to see out-of-block availability for the Holiday Inn Express even though the dates were available to select at the same time as the Holiday Inn. It is still somewhat early so things may still pop up. I haven't really been checking as diligently since I have a room now, but last I saw, the out-of-block rate for a standard room at the Holiday Inn started at $360/night and $479/night at the Crowne Plaza without rewards. 
I haven't been able to see rates etc for any of the Holiday Inn related downtown hotels for 2020
I looked just now and out-of-block rates are still showing up for CP and Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn Express is also now available. Not sure if it makes a difference, but I always log in to the website before looking.

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Posted by dwe113 fethbone

fethbone wrote:
dwe113 wrote:
fethbone wrote:
Yup, most hotels start opening up reservations a little less than a year in advance, but it varies by chain and also by hotel. I reserved my room for 2020 at the Holiday Inn downtown exactly 50 weeks in advance, but the Crowne Plaza did not have those dates open yet and I have yet to see out-of-block availability for the Holiday Inn Express even though the dates were available to select at the same time as the Holiday Inn. It is still somewhat early so things may still pop up. I haven't really been checking as diligently since I have a room now, but last I saw, the out-of-block rate for a standard room at the Holiday Inn started at $360/night and $479/night at the Crowne Plaza without rewards. 
I haven't been able to see rates etc for any of the Holiday Inn related downtown hotels for 2020
I looked just now and out-of-block rates are still showing up for CP and Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn Express is also now available. Not sure if it makes a difference, but I always log in to the website before looking.
yeah I can see them now....I wonder if it was because I was looking through the IHG main site....now the problem is that the selected dates are not available using reward points

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Posted by fethbone dwe113

dwe113 wrote:
fethbone wrote:
dwe113 wrote:
fethbone wrote:
Yup, most hotels start opening up reservations a little less than a year in advance, but it varies by chain and also by hotel. I reserved my room for 2020 at the Holiday Inn downtown exactly 50 weeks in advance, but the Crowne Plaza did not have those dates open yet and I have yet to see out-of-block availability for the Holiday Inn Express even though the dates were available to select at the same time as the Holiday Inn. It is still somewhat early so things may still pop up. I haven't really been checking as diligently since I have a room now, but last I saw, the out-of-block rate for a standard room at the Holiday Inn started at $360/night and $479/night at the Crowne Plaza without rewards. 
I haven't been able to see rates etc for any of the Holiday Inn related downtown hotels for 2020
I looked just now and out-of-block rates are still showing up for CP and Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn Express is also now available. Not sure if it makes a difference, but I always log in to the website before looking.
yeah I can see them now....I wonder if it was because I was looking through the IHG main site....now the problem is that the selected dates are not available using reward points
My hypothesis is that of the small percentage of rooms they offer out of block, they offer an even smaller percentage you can use rewards on, as I was able to book at Holiday Inn with rewards, but when I checked a few days later in hopes of finding something at the Crowne Plaza, the rewards option was gone for that Holiday Inn. If you have the credit card you should at least be able to use your anniversary night for one night. 

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