2015 Registration Updates
As referenced in last week's Key Dates newsletter, the Gen Con team has some important announcements regarding housing and badge registration for you today. Gen Con has decided to implement several improvements to the 2015 Housing Registration process with the intention of maximizing the amount of available rooms for customers, smoothing out the housing registration process, and increasing the likelihood of uninterrupted stays. Badge pricing notes for 2015 also are listed below. Additional information regarding housing and registration changes will become available over the coming days, so make sure to keep on the lookout for more Gen Con updates.
Managed Access to Housing Portal
In response to customer requests, Gen Con’s Housing Registration will change from a first-come, first-serve system to a new system that is intended to make the process smoother and more efficient. Customers will access the Housing Portal through the Gen Con website exclusively, and housing reservations will require a valid Gen Con 2015 badge. The new housing registration process will no longer use housing access codes.
When Housing Registration opens at noon (Eastern) on Sunday January 25, all customers who have purchased eligible badges will be randomly entered into a queue and then given access to the Housing Portal, one at a time. This will distribute the high demand on the Housing Portal over approximately one-to-two hours, instead of a minute or two as in previous years.
While the new process may take customers slightly longer, a personal countdown timer will tell your exact entry time to the Housing Portal on your "My Housing" page. Access to the portal does not guarantee a downtown hotel room, but is intended to more smoothly distribute rooms throughout the entire housing block to interested parties.
To create a housing reservation, customers will need an eligible Gen Con 2015 badge. All badges (Child wristbands are not eligible) purchasable through the "Get your Badge" links are eligible for housing registration, as well as Press badges. Customers are allowed one housing reservation per every two badges they have purchased. Customers can make multiple reservations, if they have more than two badges in their account.
Nightly Minimum Stays (NMS)
Nightly Minimum Stays refer to the minimum number of consecutive nights needed to book a reservation through the Housing Portal. Customers of course may stay longer, but NMS increase the likelihood of properties not fracturing room nights,which should result in more uninterrupted stays in housing properties. Reservations for suburban properties will not require a NMS. To see a list of the NMS for each arrival day, click here.
For more updates to the Housing policy, Wait List policy, updates in Housing Terms of Service and more, click here. For a list of participating housing properties, please click here.
Gen Con 2015 Badge Prices
Gen Con badge prices will undergo a year-over-year price increase, the only standard badge price increase in the past three years. 4-Day Badges will increase year-over-year by $10, while single-day badge prices will rise by $5. A 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge now will cost $80 during Badge Pre-Registration, which begins on January 23.
Interested parties can find additional information on Gen Con 2015 at gencon.com or can email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Gen Con will release 2015 shuttle service messaging soon, and will update Gen Con's hotel pages with route maps shortly.