8 JUNE 2016
Today I awoke to a blessed event: my waitlist email came through! So of course I jumped on, discovered the Hyatt was available and booked the room. Almost.
Right as I got to the name and credit card part, OnPeak said they already had me in the system, was that me? I said sure, but they asked for a password and the one I entered didn't work. Requested a reset, and got taken to a home page that invited me to click on HOTELS. So I did and now all the hotels were grayed out.
I immediately figured out that I had been taken to the regular SDCC hotel page, instead of the Waitlist one. So I did the process again from the start. Hyatt was still available. But once again when they asked if I was me, and I logged in as me, I got a message that said the Hyatt had sold out in the time I was inputting my credit card.
I was semi-livid, but decided those were the breaks and picked the Hilton Gaslamp instead. (I really like that hotel.) Same thing happened - sold out while I was entering my info. At this point, I got suspicious, started the whole process from scratch again, and this time said it was NOT me when they asked. Voila, hotel was available - and the reservation went through.
I was so desperate to lock it down that I confirmed it before I realized the Hyatt might be available too. So I looked and yes, it was. So I called OnPeak with my tale of woe and they started a ticket.
Point being: if this happens to you, be cautious. Your dream room may not be sold out. Maybe this was a singular snafu that happened only to me, but I thought I'd sound the warning.
And since I know you're wondering: yes, there were some great hotels available. I didn't see Hilton Bayfront or Marriot Marquis but pretty much everything else.
ETA: It's been pointed out that the email warns against this. However, I've now heard from 4 other people this happened to - which means that a lot of us are logging in as soon as we come to the link, which is pretty understandable given how quickly rooms sell out. So just be aware of this and click no.