Here are ways to save money on your trip to Austin.
NamesCon is not an expensive conference to attend. However, two things give people pause before booking their travel.
First, NamesCon set the bar so low on prices in the past by going to The Tropicana that people are having sticker shock at traveling to Austin. The Trop is a crappy hotel with a commensurate price; it was about $120 or so a night with the “resort fee” before taxes. The Omni is a good hotel that costs about $100 more per night.
Second, as NamesCon CEO Soeren von Varchmin points out on the DNW Podcast airing Monday, many people who go to NamesCon go on their own dime. A company isn’t paying for them to attend, so they need to carefully consider the cost of going and what they get out of it.
Here are some ways you can save money on your accommodations.
As far as event tickets are concerned, there are lots of 30% off coupons out there. The ticket price will be much less than the hotel cost.
So if you’re looking to save money, here are five options for cheaper accommodations.
1. Share a room. That cuts your bill in half. You can even share a two-bedroom apartment.
2. Try The Guild. This Austin, Texas-based company rents apartments by the night. Not only can you “live like a local,” but there are lots of rooms available during the conference for less than $200.
3. Go to another downtown Austin hotel. The savings won’t be significant, but The Wyndham and Hamilton Inn & Suites are less than $200. (The Hamilton is nicer than expected for the brand.)
4. Stay further away from the venue. I don’t love this idea, but if the price is a deciding factor, there are options within a 20-minute drive that cost about $100. Also, take a look at the Extended Stay America just south of Lady Bird Lake. It’s very cheap and walkable to the hotel, although a bit on the far side.
5. Airbnb/HomeAway. You’ll find many options just to the east and south of downtown at low prices.