10 APRIL 2014
Hotel email assignments are going out. Did you get yours? Did your heart leap in your chest and the words HOWARD JOHNSON EXPRESS flash before your eyes before you scrolled down and read your real hotel? Because that's how it went for me. (Didn't get my first choice, Marriott, for which I blame them for making me go back and start both email addresses with a capital letter; however I did land at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, so no complaints.)
If you didn't get your email yet, don't panic. I can't stress this enough: the order of email arrival does not correspond to your likelihood of getting one of your choices. Just accept the weirdness that is CCI email delivery, and stay positive.
If you got your hotel and absolutely hate it: don't lose hope. I'll be posting options for you later today or tomorrow. I would suggest going ahead and making your deposit, which you can get back.
If CCI and Travel Planners were open to crowdsourcing our genius, I know some enterprising nerd mind could invent an app allowing people to swap rooms. Or just invent a better system period. But I do have to give props to CCI for speeding up and calming down this process. After years of technical tsunamis, they have really stepped up their game.
I know the system isn't perfect; I know many of you are disappointed right now. Lotteries are our way of life going forward, and until the convention center expands AND new hotels are built OR the Con moves, this is our lot. But at least we've evolved out of the crashes and freezes that used to slaughter so many of us.