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Title: Conference website
Post by: Jimmy K on February 01, 2013, 03:25:29 AM
Gee, the description is a little lacking.
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Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: garc_mall on February 01, 2013, 06:59:49 AM
The site says 1pm MST for the conference. 9am EST for the hotel.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: theDarkSide on February 01, 2013, 01:15:10 PM
The site says 1pm MST for the conference. 9am EST for the hotel.

The hotel EST time and the conference MST...someone is going to get this mixed up, I'm sure.

Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: redbeerman on February 01, 2013, 01:48:05 PM
The site says 1pm MST for the conference. 9am EST for the hotel.

The hotel EST time and the conference MST...someone is going to get this mixed up, I'm sure.

My concern is that you can book the hotel (9 a.m.EST) before you can book the conference (3 p.m. EST).  Although there is nothing saying the hotel $ are not refundable explicitly, sometimes when there is a deep discount on the room as there is here, it is NCNR. 
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: Jimmy K on February 01, 2013, 01:49:33 PM
The site says 1pm MST for the conference. 9am EST for the hotel.

The hotel EST time and the conference MST...someone is going to get this mixed up, I'm sure.

My concern is that you can book the hotel (9 a.m.EST) before you can book the conference (3 p.m. EST).  Although there is nothing saying the hotel $ are not refundable explicitly, sometimes when there is a deep discount on the room as there is here, it is NCNR.
Not usually a concern with conferences that are so likely to sell out.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: biervomfass on February 05, 2013, 03:43:08 PM
The Marriott requires a 72 hour notice to cancel a room. I just finished snagging my room.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: a10t2 on February 05, 2013, 05:33:21 PM
I didn't realize hotel registration opened so early in the day. Friday and Saturday are sold out. :(
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: dobe12 on February 05, 2013, 05:44:33 PM
I didn't realize hotel registration opened so early in the day. Friday and Saturday are sold out. :(

There are a LOT of hotels in the area. Check other websites (I use hotwire all the time) for rates that are just as good if not better than the AHA rate at the main hotel. Most will be within walking distance or at worst a short cab ride away.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: tygo on February 05, 2013, 06:11:28 PM
I didn't realize hotel registration opened so early in the day. Friday and Saturday are sold out. :(

I didn't realize it either.  Luckily the guy from my club that I'm sharing a room with was paying closer attention.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: Jimmy K on February 05, 2013, 06:16:26 PM
Word on the street is that the AHA is putting new hotel links on the page very soon.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: a10t2 on February 05, 2013, 06:16:56 PM
There are a LOT of hotels in the area. Check other websites (I use hotwire all the time) for rates that are just as good if not better than the AHA rate at the main hotel. Most will be within walking distance or at worst a short cab ride away.

Yup, I got a room directly across the street (Loews) for just a few bucks more.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: theDarkSide on February 05, 2013, 06:18:36 PM
Word on the street is that the AHA is putting new hotel links on the page very soon.

Tomorrow actually:

Hotel Update: February 5, 2013, 10:45 am MT
Friday and Saturday nights are sold out at the host hotel. We’re in the process of securing more rooms at nearby hotels and will post more information on February 6.

Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: Jimmy K on February 05, 2013, 06:20:26 PM
Never listen to rumors.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: Pinski on February 05, 2013, 06:37:29 PM
Playing with the numbers a bit more... by the time its all said and done, or perhaps bought and paid for is a better term. I'm looking at close to a couple grand to pull this trip off.  Think I'll put that towards a single tier and see you all next year.  Cheers and have fun... now where's my MoreBeer catalogue?
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: jja on February 05, 2013, 06:49:28 PM
Friday and Saturday nights are sold out at the host hotel. We’re in the process of securing more rooms at nearby hotels and will post more information on February 6.

The pre-conference nights (Sat Jun 22 - Tue Jun 25) were also sold out, or not available, and I was in there fairly early. Were those nights limited or were they just never really available?
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: dbeechum on February 05, 2013, 06:54:51 PM
Those were not available from what I understand because we're coming right in on the heels of another convention (that will actually be wrapping up on Thursday - hence the odd "No Thursday" package)
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: Jimmy K on February 05, 2013, 07:07:23 PM
The pre-conference nights (Sat Jun 22 - Tue Jun 25) were also sold out, or not available, and I was in there fairly early. Were those nights limited or were they just never really available?
My confirmation says the dates for the rate are the 25th - 30th.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: jja on February 05, 2013, 07:20:40 PM
My confirmation says the dates for the rate are the 25th - 30th.

My confirmation says the conference is 25-30, but the reservation form indicated the special rate days as starting the 22nd, and it's usual for conferences to extend the rate a bit. But I guess not this time as Drew posted. I was mainly thinking about Tuesday night, to be prepared for any Wed AM tours or activities, so I'll just find another room downtown...
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 05, 2013, 07:42:03 PM
Friday and Saturday nights are sold out at the host hotel. We’re in the process of securing more rooms at nearby hotels and will post more information on February 6.

The pre-conference nights (Sat Jun 22 - Tue Jun 25) were also sold out, or not available, and I was in there fairly early. Were those nights limited or were they just never really available?

I was in early and was told Monday was not on the discount price. Could have booked it for about double the conference rate, but did not. Might check out Delaware that night. I hear there is a little brewery there.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: rob_f on February 05, 2013, 09:06:23 PM
The hotel's 3rd-party registration site began giving the AHA rate a 9am on 2/1.  Several of us from my club got the 26th-30th that morning.  Don't know how widely that was known, but it explains the quick sell-out.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: brewmichigan on February 05, 2013, 09:12:15 PM
The hotel's 3rd-party registration site began giving the AHA rate a 9am on 2/1.  Several of us from my club got the 26th-30th that morning.  Don't know how widely that was known, but it explains the quick sell-out.

Probably not too many knew and it sounds like the Hotel made a mistake. Something the AHA will want to make sure is taken care of in the future.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 05, 2013, 09:13:40 PM
We are in for both the hotel and conference registration. It was a little more effort and excitement this year, if you know what I mean.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: redbeerman on February 05, 2013, 09:16:02 PM
We are in for both the hotel and conference registration. It was a little more effort and excitement this year, if you know what I mean.

Yes, Yes I do. :o
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: brewmichigan on February 05, 2013, 09:18:12 PM
We are in for both the hotel and conference registration. It was a little more effort and excitement this year, if you know what I mean.

I had a an issue registering a guest and had to call and get a 'test' code to register a guest. Lots of excitement this year.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: Jimmy K on February 05, 2013, 10:08:09 PM
Three times I entered my homebrewersassociation.org password as the password instead of my AHA number. That was so frustrating - but it was right there in front of me. Then... I did it again to add my wife to the registration.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: lupulinmax on February 05, 2013, 10:09:51 PM
How did you all get registered???  I've spent the last hour hitting refresh and getting no sever response until an hour later and now full conference is sold out.  Not a very enjoyable process for a long time member, but first timer for conference finally having the time and means.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: Jimmy K on February 05, 2013, 10:12:54 PM
Part of the problem was the registration site could easily handle the traffic, but the AHA's portal to that site was bogged down. For a while you couldn't open homebrewersassociation.org, the forum, anything.  This link was going around, which helped.
 
http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1191982 (http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1191982)
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: lupulinmax on February 05, 2013, 10:16:27 PM
Thanks.  Would have been nice if their register now email had the direct link too.
Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: jeffy on February 05, 2013, 10:26:58 PM
I managed to get a full pass because of a tip to use the facebook link, but then came back ten minutes later and tried to register a guest who was having trouble logging on as an AHA member and the waiting list was already up.  Seems like this took less than an hour to sell out.  I managed to get the Wed, Thurs, Fri hotel, but they were sold out for Sat. night.

It just doesn't seem like a huge improvement from last year even though I know a lot of effort was made to make it work more smoothly.  If it had not been slow at work this afternoon, I'd have been shut out.

Title: Re: Conference website
Post by: tygo on February 06, 2013, 12:43:03 AM
Part of the problem was the registration site could easily handle the traffic, but the AHA's portal to that site was bogged down. For a while you couldn't open homebrewersassociation.org, the forum, anything.  This link was going around, which helped.
 
http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1191982 (http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1191982)

Apparently they tweeted this link as well.  Which wouldn't have helped me.  But it got flipped to me by a club member and that's how I was able to register.