This year, when Beetle asks how the con can be improved, I'm willing to bet that there's a loud answer waiting for him.
I'm more than willing to pay the $99 for a tcicket, as I did for Shmoocon #1. However, I can't afford much more than that. $300 for a ticket, $300 for two nights in a used-to-be-5-star hotel, and $22/day parking (not to mention food/drink) is much more than I can afford.
Heidi, please knock Bruce's/Don's heads together for doing this.
Update: tickets went on sale a little after noon today. The hotel appears to have raised their discount rate ($169 this year). It may be worthwhile to check out their other vacation packages to see if they have anything cheaper or more attractive. Last year, Derez (I think) got a room under the Spy Museum package at the same rate as Shmoocon and also got a waiver for parking and a free ticket for the Museum.
Update II: Talk about being in the right place at the right time. I called a friend right after I'd bought a $75 ticket to remind him that they were on sale. He got in and there were no more $75 tickets left... Heidi posted the following on the site: 2007-01-01 17:11:55 The $75 tickets sold out in, oh, 3 minutes. Good luck guys. See you in March! - Heidi
The $75 tickets sold out in, oh, 3 minutes.
Good luck guys. See you in March!
Yikes! I'd been dozing in my chair all morning (stayed up late to try to get the tickets at midnight) and had only tried again (at roughly 12:06) after waking up for some unknown reason. I still don't like the new scheme.