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Posted by general lopez

I bet they did not buy up the normal room amounts they usually do. They probably got hammered last year with a lot of unused rooms that they may have been on the hook for. They also condensed the time slots way down which made the times way off from past years. They have never posted about adding more inventory in the past because there was never really any to add so its pretty clear they did not buy the normal amount of rooms. 

You might be surprised how much is added this year over the next so many months. Also I hear people are having good luck going outside the block and calling hotels direct this year, which is normally a rarity to get one that way. Another sign that tells me Gencon did not buy the usual amount.   
 

Posted by brumcg

It takes two to dance.  It's possible the hotels were conservative with their allotments based on the last two years.

Now they'll see the demand is there.  Be patient, be vigilant!  Rooms will open up.

Posted by polyonymous

I guess you either get really lucky, or go to the convention every year for 20 years to improve your odds. 

Posted by funny-shaped dice polyonymous

polyonymous wrote:
I guess you either get really lucky, or go to the convention every year for 20 years to improve your odds. 

How frequently you go makes no difference in your odds in the housing Portal. Your entry time is determined randomly.

It's the only way to keep it fair. (I had 3:07PM...been going to Gen Con since 80s)
 

Posted by polyonymous

But have you gotten a decent time since then? 

Posted by rich funny-shaped dice

funny-shaped dice wrote:
polyonymous wrote:
I guess you either get really lucky, or go to the convention every year for 20 years to improve your odds. 

How frequently you go makes no difference in your odds in the housing Portal. Your entry time is determined randomly.It's the only way to keep it fair. (I had 3:07PM...been going to Gen Con since 80s)
 
I've been attending non stop since 1984. I've not gotten a decent room in housing since 2007. That's why I always try and have a backup room pre-planned. This year is no different. NOTHING available. My backup is set though since last year.

Posted by funny-shaped dice polyonymous

polyonymous wrote:
But have you gotten a decent time since then? 

I've never gotten a time that allowed me to get a downtown hotel without effort.

And Gen Con is always awesome regardless.

I try to get an out of block hotel lined up - but I've never actually had to use it. With persistence and effort, I've always gotten a downtown hotel when I've wanted one 

And some years I've just not put in the effort - or I've traveled with companions with limited budgets - and we've stayed outside of downtown and driven in.

Still a great con.

In the end, if your Gen Con experience requires you to have a downtown hotel, that's unfortunate. There just aren't enough to meet demand and a randomized lottery for entrance to the housing portal is the only way to be fair to everyone - new attendees and old.

Posted by bobvilla polyonymous

polyonymous wrote:
I guess you either get really lucky, or go to the convention every year for 20 years to improve your odds. 
I have gone to the convention every year for the last 20 years barring the last two. Since they started the housing lottery I have never gotten a good time and almost never gotten a downtown hotel room in the initial rush. However except for one year when I couldn't be bothered I have always had a downtown hotel room by lurking the housing portal. And contrary to what some people claim you don't have to 'stay at home 24/7 for months trying' I work every day and usually spend my evenings watching videos and surfing the web every once in a while when I think of it I check the housing portal and it works, like I said barring one year I have had a downtown hotel room every time I went to gencon. you may have to wait till June ( I did once) but people drop out all the time especially when we get closer to the date.

Posted by jimdigris

Is the housing portal working?  I tried checking in using the "Manage Reservation" button, and it takes me to a page that asks for a hotel reservation number and email, but doesn't recognize me.

Posted by austicke jimdigris

jimdigris wrote:Is the housing portal working?

It works fine for me.

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Posted by jimdigris

It seems that I have to copy and paste the reservation number. Manually typing it doesn’t work. 

Posted by squirecam funny-shaped dice

funny-shaped dice wrote:
polyonymous wrote:
But have you gotten a decent time since then? 

I've never gotten a time that allowed me to get a downtown hotel without effort.And Gen Con is always awesome regardless.
I try to get an out of block hotel lined up - but I've never actually had to use it. With persistence and effort, I've always gotten a downtown hotel when I've wanted one 
And some years I've just not put in the effort - or I've traveled with companions with limited budgets - and we've stayed outside of downtown and driven in.
Still a great con.
In the end, if your Gen Con experience requires you to have a downtown hotel, that's unfortunate. There just aren't enough to meet demand and a randomized lottery for entrance to the housing portal is the only way to be fair to everyone - new attendees and old.
For some people staying downtown is a requirement. It is for me. After the disaster shuttle program I will not stay outside of downtown and I’m not taking daily cab/Uber rides.

Ive been able to get a downtown room since then not through the block, but through a hotel loyalty program. That’s the best way to get downtown rooms outside the block.

There were Hilton hotels available at 12:52 today but they were the ones by the circle and I already had an out of block room at the IUIPI hotel so I didn’t use my reservation time because my room has free cancellation till August and I wasn’t much farther.

So whoever got the last Hilton block room, you can thank me. 

Posted by funny-shaped dice squirecam

squirecam wrote:
funny-shaped dice wrote:
polyonymous wrote:But have you gotten a decent time since then? 

I've never gotten a time that allowed me to get a downtown hotel without effort.
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In the end, if your Gen Con experience requires you to have a downtown hotel, that's unfortunate. 
For some people staying downtown is a requirement. It is for me. 

That's totally fair squirecam.  Just my opinion, but I still find it unfortunate that, regardless of reason, anyone needs a downtown hotel in order to attend or have a good time.  That's not a judgment; that's a legitimate "that's too bad and I feel for you" because there just aren't enough rooms to meet the demand. As you are aware, they sell out quickly every year. Glad you're able to make it work for you through a loyalty program; if I traveled for work, I'd definitely go that route.  Seems pretty successful from things I've heard.

If we're honest, most of us probably WANT a downtown hotel because of convenience, the ability to stay out late drinking or partying, etc.  It isn't really a NEED. For people who absolutely NEED a DT hotel - usually for mobility or other medical reasons - don't give up hope yet!  Gen Con is nearly 6 months away and, while it takes effort, it is still possible to get a downtown - even a connected - hotel.  Keep checking the portal!  It's not guaranteed - but its too early to give up on the possibility.

Since I don't travel enough to have the loyalty program option, I usually book an out-of-block room with 100% free cancellation the winter prior to Gen Con.  Its more expensive for sure but its worth it to me, gives my wife some peace of mind and then I do what I can to get us a preferred, lower cost room through the portal.  It's more effort, but so far its paid off every time.  It's about a 10-hour drive for us to get to downtown Indy but we enjoy the roadtrip and then we have our car to haul back any loot; so, while I definitely prefer a DT hotel, if I had to, driving in from a hotel on the outer rim is not the end of the world.  Gen Con is still my favorite time of the year.  When driving in from the outer rim, I always get downtown early (usually around 7 or 7:30AM) and have had great luck with both Gate 10 and with parking in the Pan Am parking lot directly across from the ICC.

Posted by squirecam funny-shaped dice

funny-shaped dice wrote:
squirecam wrote:
funny-shaped dice wrote:
polyonymous wrote:But have you gotten a decent time since then? 

I've never gotten a time that allowed me to get a downtown hotel without effort.
...
In the end, if your Gen Con experience requires you to have a downtown hotel, that's unfortunate. 
For some people staying downtown is a requirement. It is for me. 

That's totally fair squirecam.  Just my opinion, but I still find it unfortunate that, regardless of reason, anyone needs a downtown hotel in order to attend or have a good time.  That's not a judgment; that's a legitimate "that's too bad and I feel for you" because there just aren't enough rooms to meet the demand. As you are aware, they sell out quickly every year. Glad you're able to make it work for you through a loyalty program; if I traveled for work, I'd definitely go that route.  

Since I don't travel enough to have the loyalty program option, I usually book an out-of-block room with 100% free cancellation the winter prior to Gen Con.  Its more expensive for sure but its worth it to me, gives my wife some peace of mind and then I do what I can to get us a preferred, lower cost room through the portal.  

I would get a rewards credit card with your hotel program of choice. Then run all your monthly expenses through the card. For hilton you get points for every dollar spent on their card. No travel necessary. 

Posted by jpederso funny-shaped dice

funny-shaped dice wrote:
squirecam wrote:
funny-shaped dice wrote:
polyonymous wrote:But have you gotten a decent time since then? 

I've never gotten a time that allowed me to get a downtown hotel without effort.
...
In the end, if your Gen Con experience requires you to have a downtown hotel, that's unfortunate. 
For some people staying downtown is a requirement. It is for me. 

That's totally fair squirecam.  Just my opinion, but I still find it unfortunate that, regardless of reason, anyone needs a downtown hotel in order to attend or have a good time.  That's not a judgment; that's a legitimate "that's too bad and I feel for you" because there just aren't enough rooms to meet the demand. As you are aware, they sell out quickly every year. Glad you're able to make it work for you through a loyalty program; if I traveled for work, I'd definitely go that route.  Seems pretty successful from things I've heard.If we're honest, most of us probably WANT a downtown hotel because of convenience, the ability to stay out late drinking or partying, etc.  It isn't really a NEED. For people who absolutely NEED a DT hotel - usually for mobility or other medical reasons - don't give up hope yet!  Gen Con is nearly 6 months away and, while it takes effort, it is still possible to get a downtown - even a connected - hotel.  Keep checking the portal!  It's not guaranteed - but its too early to give up on the possibility.
Since I don't travel enough to have the loyalty program option, I usually book an out-of-block room with 100% free cancellation the winter prior to Gen Con.  Its more expensive for sure but its worth it to me, gives my wife some peace of mind and then I do what I can to get us a preferred, lower cost room through the portal.  It's more effort, but so far its paid off every time.  It's about a 10-hour drive for us to get to downtown Indy but we enjoy the roadtrip and then we have our car to haul back any loot; so, while I definitely prefer a DT hotel, if I had to, driving in from a hotel on the outer rim is not the end of the world.  Gen Con is still my favorite time of the year.  When driving in from the outer rim, I always get downtown early (usually around 7 or 7:30AM) and have had great luck with both Gate 10 and with parking in the Pan Am parking lot directly across from the ICC.
I agree with you - Gen Con is a great time of year.  My experience seems similar to yours.  Since the lottery began (5 years?) I have been able to get a downtown room twice.  Otherwise I go "cheap" at an out-of-block hotel and have a walk with Gate 10 parking.  I love getting down to the con early, a liesurely walk to the con,  and enjoying the early morning sights with a coffee on Georgia street while talking to someone I've just met.  Looking forward to it in 2022

Posted by funny-shaped dice squirecam

squirecam wrote:I would get a rewards credit card with your hotel program of choice. Then run all your monthly expenses through the card. For hilton you get points for every dollar spent on their card. No travel necessary. 

It is a good suggestion.  We already do that - just not for hotels.  :)  We pretty much pay for Christmas using our rewards through a card.

We've discussed changing it a few times - but I've always managed to get a downtown hotel with a little effort on my part and its not the end of the world if we don't so it makes it hard to justify switching.

Posted by brumcg

I posted in the Travel, Housing, and Dining forums...  Rooms started to pop in the portal.  Most are outlier (airport, west, north), but I have seen a few non-connected downtown as well.  (2/14/2022 - about 3:00PM EST)

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