San Diego Comic-Con 2015: Downtown Hotel Lottery Video Walkthrough

Try not to panic, because it’s that time again – the Comic-Con 2015 hotel lottery is upon us. On Tuesday, March 24 at 9:00am PDT, the lottery submission form will open for SDCC 2015. For the uninitiated, this is your one and only chance at a downtown San Diego hotel during Comic-Con. And though it’s billed as a lottery, it’s mostly first-come, first-serve – the fastest typists will get a room at one of their top 6 hotels. Begin by reading through the hotel list provided by Comic-Con.

Video Walkthrough

Whether you’re brand new to the Travel Planners system or just looking for a refresher, watch our video guide based on 2014’s downtown hotel sale for a look at the web form in action.

Visual Guide/Screenshots

Check out the 2014 form in detail with our screenshots from last year’s sale. Be sure to read through the waitlist options as well as the general terms and conditions to save yourself time on Tuesday.


The full 2014 web form. Click to view full size.


The 2014 Travel Planners landing page. Click to view full size.


The 2014 submission confirmation form. Click to view full size.

The 2014 web form, without the full hotel list. Click to view full size.

The 2014 web form, without the full hotel list. Click to view full size.


Other Tips

Speed wins: as long as your name and the hotels you’re requesting are correct, submit the form as fast as you can. You can change your room type (number of beds and people per room) once your room is booked, so don’t panic if you make a small mistake (say, requesting a king bed when you need two double beds). A call to Travel Planners can fix any typos in your personal information. (Actually, a call to Travel Planners can even fix a stupid mistake like spelling your own name wrong. Don’t ask how I know this.)

Stay in your hotel Wednesday night: it’s sometimes easier to get a downtown hotel in particular if you’re staying Wednesday through Sunday as opposed to Thursday through Sunday.

Log on early: in 2013, the hotel request form briefly went live about half an hour early. It was deactivated before anyone could submit their forms, but people did get screenshots and share them on Twitter – giving them a slight edge on knowing their way around the site. Since speed counts, even the slightest advantage is beneficial. Hopefully this year’s site will look the same as last year’s, but keep an eye on the site and on Twitter before the sale starts for any potential clues.


Check back soon for a detailed, sortable spreadsheet and tips on finding a roommate (or two)!


Featured photo: “San Diego from Shelter Island” by Justin Brown justininsd on Flickr

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