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Hotel trends with advanced bookings

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Hotel trends with advanced bookings
« on: September 01, 2015, 04:50:09 PM »
So, my wife and I were discussing it this weekend.  One of the downsides to being an eternal member is lack of any real guarantee you can get a room from year to year.  I guess technically it isn't a downside to being an EM, just that it might pay itself off less quickly if you couldn't find a room one year.

With some of the hotels allowing you to book a room for the next year it alleviates some of the stress there.  Has anyone else re-considered the EM now when they didn't before simply because room issues?

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Re: Hotel trends with advanced bookings
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2015, 05:09:43 PM »
I have the solution. ;)

Purchase a condo in Peachtree Towers, and rent it out the remainder of the year.  Those guys make great money with all the conventions in town.

Maybe that's just my fantasy, but last time I looked they were only running about 60k. Seems pretty dirt cheap.
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Re: Hotel trends with advanced bookings
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2015, 11:56:33 PM »
I have the solution. ;)

Purchase a condo in Peachtree Towers, and rent it out the remainder of the year.  Those guys make great money with all the conventions in town.

Maybe that's just my fantasy, but last time I looked they were only running about 60k. Seems pretty dirt cheap.

We have friends that stay in the condos diagonal to the Hyatt and they really enjoy it.

Re: Hotel trends with advanced bookings
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2015, 10:53:51 PM »

I was contemplating an eternal membership. How much they were, benefits if any. 
As for hotel rooms. Even if I can get a room, sometimes they're bought from beneath me. Another, a room holder bails out and I'm stuck with a very, very big bill.

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Re: Hotel trends with advanced bookings
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015, 10:14:05 PM »
"Has anyone else re-considered the EM now when they didn't before simply because room issues? "
There doesn't seem to be a problem getting a room in general, just in getting your Plan A room at a host hotel. Supply is greater than demand. Also the way they release host hotel rooms is understandably confusing to most. Dragon Con is pretty hands off about the whole process so social media has stepped in to fill the gap. 

I've never considered not going to DC because I couldn't get my Plan A room at a host hotel. Even when I've failed to get the room I wanted on the official booking day I've been able to get it later in the year. I get a Plan B room and trade it with someone for what I want. It is time consuming but worth it.

Of course there is no guarantee this strategy will always work. Not staying in a host hotel would certainly change my experience but I would still go to DC no matter where I had to stay.
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Re: Hotel trends with advanced bookings
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 10:17:25 PM »

I was contemplating an eternal membership. How much they were, benefits if any. 
As for hotel rooms. Even if I can get a room, sometimes they're bought from beneath me. Another, a room holder bails out and I'm stuck with a very, very big bill.

Eternal Memberships are the same price as last year, $2,500. They can be bought here. http://store.dragoncon.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=26&products_id=821

A larger FAQ about the benefits is here. www.DragonConEternalMembers.com
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