It’s scary to think about, but it’s true. By now most airlines have opened their schedules into or past July. Normally we’d be worrying about backup hotels but it seems most if not all of the hotels in San Diego are on “hold” for the event. I know by this time last year I had my room already booked and that was after booking two or three previous hotels. This year? It doesn’t look like it’ll be that easy. I know a few of you out there, myself included, have asked hotels about booking for San Diego Comic Con and have been turned away and told that CCI has a hold on them. Really? I mean, what it for some odd chance you aren’t going to San Diego for SDCC? What then? How do you find a room? Granted, it would be stupid on your part but I’m sure it happens!
Since it seems that hotels are going to be available via lottery only (unless something changes) I know some people have looked into vacation rentals. Just be sure to do your research first! The last thing you want is to get screwed out of money AND a place during SDCC. If you have a large group attending a rental might be the perfect solution for you. It’ll help save money on both accommodations and possibly on dining. You’ll be able to pack your own lunches and cook your own dinners since most rentals, if not all, have full kitchens.
Speaking of your Con buddies, by now you should know who’s in and who’s out. This isn’t the time nor the event to go back and forth on. I shouldn’t be talking really since I’m still going back and forth but I don’t have anyone depending on me for an answer. If you’re part of a group, make sure you’re honest and up front about your plans! Remember, San Diego Comic Con is months away and gives you plenty of time to save up money but if you know now you can’t make it, let them know. That way they can either find a replacement or reevaluate the budget. You might not think it’s a huge difference between 4 people or 5 people but it can be.
Another random piece of advice? With the Holidays coming up it wouldn’t hurt to ask for travel related gift cards to help cover some of the cost. I know I ask for Southwest gift cards every year and they can add up quickly! And be honest with people when they ask what you want. I know asking for money can be boring but if you’re 2012 goal is to attend SDCC, then every nickle and dime will help. Maybe even set up a special account that’s just for SDCC. That way it’ll be easier to save and you won’t be wondering just how much money you have.
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