this will be my 6th dragon*con, and my 5th using a reservation from the passkey site (still don’t know how i got a room that first D*C because we reserved it in like.. march and got a spot at the hilton, but now that i think about it, i don’t think we were on the con rate), and i’ve never had problems with it. This is the first time seeing the MLOS option, but i think that was just a hyatt thing (the last 4 years i’ve been at the marriott). I think people are still going to try for the marriott, but it will be interesting to see what will happen with their “no transfer” policy this year.
Honestly, besides the panic that comes with possibly not getting a room, I don’t think the system is horrible. But i know a lot of people this year called in to hyatt instead of trying the website and got their rooms that way, so i think there needs to be a better rule on what ways are allowed to get rooms.
For the most part, everyone i’ve talked to that got a room at the hyatt is using it for themselves, though a few got two that I saw. But I did that last year for the marriott - me and a roommate both booked a room, and then we transfered one of them to a friend that didn’t have a room, so it worked out for everyone.
This will be my fifth year at the Hyatt for DragonCon, fourth time using PassKey I think, and I don’t remember the LOS/MLOS options worded that way in previous years. They still had options for 3 nights or 4+ nights, since the rate is higher for just 3 nights, but it was worded differently, and of course no early bird options.
I rarely hear about people grabbing more rooms than they need or think they and their friends will really be able to use, but I suppose if someone was hoarding rooms, they wouldn’t be very likely to talk about it. ;) I also saw a few conspiracy theories this morning that there are fewer con-rate rooms available for Friday and Saturday than for the rest of the weekend, so they can sell more rack-rate rooms to football fans, but I’m not sure I believe that one either way.
Getting a room in the Radius Tower is one of the things that lets me physically handle DragonCon, so I’m not sure what I’d do if I couldn’t get it. Try for rack-rate, I suppose. It seems like there’s a lot of stress and worry for everyone involved, but like I said, I’m not sure what else could be done to fix it. I’m having flashbacks to bad college dorm landrush lotteries. ;P
what i think people forget about is that 300 Hyatt rooms were already booked prior to this morning. this year, the first 300 people to check out got priority reservations. so that’s 300 rooms less that were available to the general public.