Hi, folks--

My experience was very similar to Carol's.  I tried to start the registration process at 11 am EDT but couldn't even get into the AEA website until around noon.  I quickly registered for the conference but found the AEA link to the hotel wasn't working.  It wasn't until I got the confirmation for my conference registration with the link to the hotels that I was able to register for a room--it was now after 12 and I had already spent an hour on this project, and was now late for a meeting.  Nonetheless I took a few more minutes to try to reserve a Loew's room but it was already too late.  At that point I realized I needed to look at the map to figure out the best alternatives, but the hotel info on AEA website didn't clearly indicate which hotels were close and which were not.  This made the hotel selection process more complicated than just pointing and clicking, but rather involved jumping back and forth between the map and the list, a numeric ranking and an alphabetical listing, and I did not have time to study the map until that evening.  By then, all the close and cheaper hotels were booked--seven hours after the registration opened! 

I would be curious to hear from the ASSA organizers if this represents a record, and especially for Philadelphia.  Is AEA no longer able to negotiate lower room rates except for a handful of hotels, even in the cold first week of January?  Does anyone know if the same is happening with MLA?

Jan K


On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM, Carol Petersen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I was able to get a room at Lowe's and I think it was shortly after 12pm--the time stamp on my confirmation was after 12pm. I had been trying to get into the site pretty continuously since 11 AM Eastern time, when the site opened. I actually think there was something wrong with how the hotel information was being presented. Or maybe there was just something wrong with the site. The first time I scrolled down the list I couldn't find the Lowes hotel. Then I scrolled down the list again and suddenly it appeared. I think one of the reasons why Lowes sold out so fast is that the main hotel this year, the Marriott, was $40 more per night than Lowes. 

Carol

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On Sep 12, 2013, at 5:03 PM, "Forstater, Mathew" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Is there one person on this list who did make it in to Lowes?

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Thanks, Eric! Perhaps we could move all of the AFEE sessions and events to the Doubletree.

Dave

David Zalewski
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School of Business
Providence College
Koffler Hall
Providence, RI 02918

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Greetings AFEE,

In response to individual complaints from trustees, I contacted the AEA conference organizers to ask about the availability of rooms in Loews.

I was told

a) Loews was booked within 30 minutes.
b) there are no more blocks of rooms available in Loews
c) We should not expect things to be different next year.

I did ask if there was some method of deciding how many rooms to book in each hotel, and was told the AEA tried to book as many rooms as they could in the main conference hotels, and if necessary, will bring additional hotels into the process on an ongoing basis.

I'm left wondering - how many economists does it take to estimate the number of hotel rooms needed for a conference?

Sincerely,

Eric Hake


On 9/12/2013 1:49 PM, Geoff Schneider wrote:
With more than 10,000 economists (one shudders at the thought) attending, it is now the norm that the hotels near to the main location fill up within an hour or two of registration opening. They will likely open additional hotels, but those will probably be further out and not as cheap. 
-Geoff



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Director, Bucknell University Teaching & Learning Center
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On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM, Carol Scotton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I also booked with Doubletree since Lowes was not listed...


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM, Zalewski, Dave <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I think AFEE should register a complaint about the "bobbles" since neither the Loew's nor any nearby hotels had any rooms available as of last night. I find it hard to believe that all these rooms were gone in less than 24 hours! I ended up booking at the Doubletree, which seems some distance away from Loew's. Anyone else unhappy about this?

Dave

David Zalewski
Professor of Finance
School of Business
Providence College
Koffler Hall
Providence, RI 02918
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This is a great reminder Phil!
I am chiming in to say that while the site had some bobbles when it first went live, it is working smoothly now.  If you tried unsuccessfully to register and reserve a hotel yesterday within the first hour and a half after it opened, I encourage you to give it another go. It's all fixed now.



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