When are Early Bird Hotel Sales happening? The answer is right now.
The Early Bird Hotel Sale is back for 2023 (and earlier than ever!), 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 (rates run from $186-$251 per night for a single occupancy room) than the downtown offerings available in the General Hotel Sale, but attendees have to use transportation in order to get downtown to the convention center. Also, remember: these hotels are non-refundable.
In recent years, this has become easier than ever, in part thanks to an improved Shuttle Service offered by CCI. Here are the shuttle hours:
- Wednesday, July 19 3PM-12AM
- Thursday, July 20 5AM-1AM
- Friday, July 21 5AM-1AM
- Saturday, July 22 5AM-1AM
- Sunday, July 23 5AM-7PM
There will be no daily shuttle service between 1AM to 5AM.
Several of these hotels offer free parking though – so you may not have to pay for parking your entire Comic-Con week.
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 or four-night minimum stay on each room, which for some hotels must include both Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22.
You can book stays with check-in as early as Friday, July 14 and check-out as late as Wednesday, July 26.
There is also a non-refundable service fee equal to 3% of each hotel deposit, which will be charged to the credit card provided for each reservation. Any change to a reservation that increases the required hotel deposit amount, such as extending the length of stay, changing to a more expensive room type, changing hotels, etc.; will incur an additional non-refundable service fee in the amount of 3% of the additional deposit amount. All charges will appear as “Comic-Con 2023 Hotels” on the user’s credit card statement.
Name changes and adding nights to your stay will be accepted through onPeak up to May 1, 2023.
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 the General Sale is always a bit of 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.