I know the hotel thing was suppose to zap you for one's night and tax for the hotel room you got. Since feb to now, they'll not taken the money out of my bank account. Its still there, and i am worry that they will not take it out till june or so. I am trying to save money but i do tend to burn holes in my pockets and do not want that hotel depoist sitting in my bank account for months.
Are there others with this same problem or am the only one and its just me?
You're not alone.
I actually called visit Pittsburg and they are well aware of this issue. The ball is in the hote's court now but they are doing their best to get the hotels to get the deposit charges done asap.
Our deposit was taken out weeks ago. We're at the Westin.
I'm in the same boat waiting for the payment to go through, this is like murder on my wallet.
Westin took mine a while ago, biut I have waited this long in the past for the money to come out.
Western... the fancy hotel.
Anthrocon has no 'Western' hotel. Do you mean the Westin? The Wyndham Grand?
Westin, don't know why i think western.
Western... the fancy hotel.
Reading that reminded me of an ancient advertising slogan, used by one company in a series of animated TV commercials.
Most folks reading this will never have heard of it:
"Western Airlines - the ONLY way to fly!"
Still waiting on mine for the Courtyard by Marriott, sent them an email today.
frankly I find the Omni the more fancy hotel of the con ones. I like it.
IIRC, the Omni and the Renaissance are the fancier of the AC hotels.
The Westin was specifically constructed as a convention center
hotel, which puts more focus on utility and less on fanciness.
(More focus on substance means less focus on style.)
Not that either makes one hotel or another "better" except in
the opinion of the individual traveler, of course.
Speaking of the Omni, my hotel deposit charge from them went through today. Maybe everyone else's won't be too far behind?
It varies MASSIVELY from hotel to hotel. There have been years when my room charge wasn't processed until June...
As my hotel night's fee burns and keeps burning a hole into my pocket
yeah mine was not too far behind yours. If you have a confirmed reservation then you are good regardelss of when they charge you.
...providing the person has enough self-control to keep that amount
in the account without spending it,
and can keep that amount budgeted as spent/voided even though it
hasn't been deducted yet.
THAT's getting some people nervous.
We're at the Courtyard, still waiting for the deposit to come out.
Pulls money out of my burning pant pocket and pours water on it*
mine went through not long after i booked [marriott]. [1st night deposit]. booked late march, i think deposit went in late april or so.
Reeeeeally should've read directions [walking distance maps] more carefully when i booked though, thats the main reason i was thinking of recently trying to find a closer spot... and looks like renaissance has rooms as 'set aside' so unless something opens up there, im probably staying put.
They still haven't taken the money from me... "Please do not call your hotel "to be sure" until after 17-Jun-2015. Please understand that processing your reservations from the Housing Bureau into the Hotel system will take a few days. Rest assured that if you have received a confirmation number already from the Housing Bureau, the hotel will honor your booking. Thank you for your consideration."
I have gotten my confirmation number and got the hotel room, its just lame how almost 5 months later they still haven't taken the money from me but everyone else got zapped. Next year i think i'll just call the hotel and book a room with them and not go through anthrocon's hotel thingy.
You can certainly do that. You won't be able to get a room in the Westin (Anthrocon gets all available rooms) and whatever other hotel you pick will charge you the rack rate. (That is, full price for the room, not Anthrocon's discounted rate.)
That's not adviseable, not only because you will be paying more (possibly double the AC rate) but it also may not be possible to book a room at all. Given that the Westin sells out within minutes of opening, most of the rooms will be blocked off.
The deposit for my room was taken at the most convenient time, right after FWA, when my bill from that stay had yet to be finalized. Nearly threw me over my limit. It's annoying I know, and how they take these deposits at random times is a bit mind boggling, but I think the benefits outweigh the inconvenience.
Please send an email to and ask them what is going on.
I called them up yesterday evening and i told them my problem ad they assured me that "Our system, will get to you as we are handling A LOT of conventions this summer. You have gotten a room comp number, so YES, you have got a hotel room and some time next week no later then the 15th or so we will hit you for the one nights depoist."
The nice guy on the phone told me there system isn't all that well and is dealing with the 1000's of people one by one and working on it. So i am not worried anymore. ^__^
Which hotel was it, out of curiosity?