It is almost time for this year’s Comic Con. Before it’s impending arrival, I do promise a recap of last year’s awesome event, but today I need to talk about our Hotel…and our budgetary constraints.
As you have probably realized, Mark and I may have over reached ourselves this year, in terms of travel.
I mean, I’m thrilled. I love to travel, and see new places. I love to get out of Los Angeles and try new things. But financially, we are a bit strapped.
So far this year we have already taken an anniversary trip to Santa Barbara, taken a birthday trip to Anaheim for Wondercon, and taken a week off to go to Pennsylvania and plan our wedding.
Still to come, we are going to Las Vegas next month to get hitched, and I am going to Florida in October to help my friend get married.
That is a lot of travel, and the most we have ever traveled together in all of our years together. And while it is a trend that I hope will continue, I have discovered that I need to find ways to see the world on the cheap.
Just this year, I unveiled the magic of Priceline.com. The site has been around for ages, and I am not sure why I had always been gun-shy about checking out the discount site. Maybe I thought the whole, “name your own price” thing was a gimmick or maybe I was concerned about the security of my private information.
Either way, I am glad that I finally took the dive and checked out the site.
We tried the “name your own price” to book out hotel for our Santa Barbara Anniversary Trip (and LOVED it) and found a great deal on a two night stay in Anaheim for Wondercon as well.
The “name your own price” section was not as good to me for this year’s Comic Con, however.
It was our fault, really. We waited way to long to book a hotel (we only booked one two days ago). I stopped trying to “name my own price” when I couldn’t even find a one star hotel within ten miles of the Con that was at 140 per night.
That was more than we could afford…more than we had.
I searched through my email in desperation, just hoping to find a coupon from Priceline that could help lower the cost. It wasn’t until that moment that I noticed Priceline had emailed me a promotion they were running for the summer.
No need to bid, just type in the area you need to travel and the dates, and Priceline shows you five or six deals. Now, similar to name your own price, the website doesn’t show you the name of the hotel, just the general area and the star level of the hotels.
They had good deals on the Gaslamp Quarter (right by the Con), and Hotel Circle (which has a shuttle to the Con), but the prices were still too high.
However, the Old Town area had a promising price. $103 per night…which was by far the lowest I had seen thus far. I Googled Old Town, and saw that the center of that area was 7 miles from the Convention, which is totally manageable.
I called Mark at work to get his opinion, and we both agreed it was probably the best price we would get without waiting until the last minute and maybe not finding anything.
So we booked the place, and revealed the name and location where we would be staying. Nothing special, but we do get a pool and hot tub, which might be nice if we get back early Friday night.
And we are actually only 5 miles from the Convention Center, which is even better.
We are just thrilled to have a place to crash, and grateful to Priceline for making it all possible.