San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Early Bird Hotel Sale Now Open

With all the badge sales happening so late this year, one of the biggest questions we’ve gotten has been: When are hotel sales happening?

The Early Bird Hotel Sale is back for 2017, with reservations now open through onPeak.

Just like in previous years, the Early Bird sale is not for downtown hotels, but rather for hotels in further-out areas, like Mission Valley or the airport. These hotels are typically a little cheaper than the downtown offerings (rates run from $181-$219 per night for a single occupancy room), which will be available later this year, but attendees have to use transportation in order to get downtown to the convention center.

In recent years, this has become easier than ever, in part thanks to an improved Shuttle Service offered by CCI. Nothing has changed from last year as the shuttles will run Wednesday from 3PM-10PM, with 24 hour service beginning on Thursday at 7AM and running through Sunday at 7PM. And, several of these hotels offer free parking – so you may not have to pay for parking your entire Comic-Con week.

Also, while CCI cautions, “If you do not currently have a badge, please DO NOT purchase prepaid, non-refundable hotel rooms” – we don’t think that’s a sign that a badge is now required for hotel reservations in the General Hotel Sale. Rather, it’s likely just CCI cautioning folks not to count on Open Registration, as these hotels are non-refundable.

The Early Bird hotels sell out much slower than the regular hotel sale (which we dub Hotelpocalypse), but each room requires full prepayment at the time of booking, and there will be no refunds or exchanges on rooms – so for those even hoping for a downtown hotel room, this might not be the hotel sale for you. There’s also a three-to-four-night minimum stay on each room, which for some hotels must include both Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22.

The Early Bird rates will be available through May 1, 2017 – which, if that’s anything to judge from previous years, means that the General Hotel Sale will be taking place on either Monday, May 1 or Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (typically, the sale starts the day Early Bird ends, which would suggest Monday – but also typically, the sale is on a Tuesday, so both dates seem equally possible).

Here’s a closer look at some of the Early Bird rules:

Hotel rates on their own are exorbitant, which is why one of the biggest sticking points for Comic-Con International to stay in San Diego continues to be the hotel block. These are locked-in, negotiated rates that CCI has secured for attendees, so that you aren’t paying $1,000 per night. That’s why we highly recommend booking within their system for the best rate, even if last year’s General Sale was a mess.

Want to know more about the difference between the Early Bird Hotel Sale and the General Hotel Sale? Check out our simplified comparison. For more information on the sale visit the CCI Early Bird page.

Will you be purchasing a hotel in the Early Bird sale? Let us know in the comments.

About Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site’s resident panel guru.

  • jm5150

    onPeak can blow me. I had a 9:01 time last year and got nothing downtown compared to people with later times who got the same hotels. When i bitched to onpeak WITH PROOF their system must be random and they f’ed me over they f’ed me over more by putting me at the END of the waitlist out of spite. the process of “going” or trying to go to SDCC uttery sucks now and ruins the entire experience… dont get me started on Wristbands that force you to camp 24+ hours as opposed to 5 in years prior to wristbands. it feels like theyre making it a shittier experience so less people go in order to keep the numbers down. the less people who go the easier it is to go in the future, and the more people enjoy it. its my only reasoning. I cant figure out why anyone would make something shittier

  • Investigatin Detective

    I don’t think they’re “actively” trying to make a shittier experience. I think they listen to too many different people and try to please everyone to their own detriment. The wristbands is a good example of this. People complained about the long lines for Hall H so they introduced the wristband system. This didn’t help with the lines at all and in fact may have made them worse. People (originally) were told not to camp out for wristbands, which of course they did. So now there is camping for Hall H and AND wristbands for the following day. I know several people that spend all weekend rotating in and out of the wristband lines (hard to spend the day in H when you have to be in line for tomorrow’s wristbands). I tried to get my friend a wristband last year and they ran out right at the end of the line around 1am. Roughly 30-40 people were sent away yelling and cursing but realistically most (if not all) will be back so none of this keeps the attendance down.

    As for OnPeak…. No defense. It’s just Travel Planners with a shiny new logo. Just as terrible as they’ve always been. I still maintain that the hotel lotto should be tied to registration for first round. The system itself would be the same but with a smaller pool of people. Once the first round of hotel confirmations have gone out then everyone else can be waitlisted for their hotel choice.