San Diego Comic-Con Early Bird Hotels Now Open

In Badge/Hotel News by Kerry Dixon19 Comments

Petco Park Hotels Night View - Outside sdcc 2014 Resurrection BannerNow that several thousand attendees have their San Diego Comic-Con badges, we can begin turning our attention toward other aspects involved in the convention, like transportation, or finding a place to sleep. As of this morning, Comic-Con International has unveiled news on at least one of those aspects: Hotels.

The Early Bird Hotel Sale is back for 2015, with reservations now open. 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 cheaper than the downtown offerings, 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, which will be available from Wednesday, July 8 from 3PM-10PM, with 24 hour service beginning on Thursday, July 9 at 7AM and running through Sunday, July 12 at 7PM.

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 two-to-four-night minimum stay on each room, and you can see prices and restrictions on CCI’s Early Bird site page.

The Early Bird rates will be available through 8AM PT on March 24 – which falls in line with what we reported several weeks ago: That the General Hotel Sale will take place on March 24 (last year’s Early Bird Hotel Sale also closed on April 8, 2014, the same date of the General Hotel Sale).

Their site also states this – so we’d be very surprised in general housing wasn’t March 24:

This special Early Bird Hotel Sale is only available BEFORE general housing opens

Will you be buying a hotel in Early Bird, or waiting for the General Housing sale? Let us know in the comments.