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    Dorm Rooms for AirVenture 2024

    The University is having money issues and they changed the dorm room reservation process.

    I had my request for reservation in during the first hour that reservation requests were being taken. I and everyone I know got "waitlisted" and are suppose to be contacted in the future. I cannot find anyone that has been confirmed for a room.

    Does anyone know WHEN the University will reach out with confirmation and request for payment?

    I am starting to look at other options and most of them have me by-passing AirVenture 2024. I would spend the time and money flying someplace else. AirVenture 2023 may have been the last one for me.
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    I'm a "motel" attendee, but what did the University say when you called them?
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    I have one AC room. I was looking for a suite.

    The reservation system is terrible. I have complained many times. Service is going to hell.

    Anyway, to answer your question, the waitlist is worked on in June when the payments are due. This is when some people cancel, when the money is due.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJZajkowski View Post
    I have one AC room. I was looking for a suite.

    The reservation system is terrible. I have complained many times. Service is going to hell.

    Anyway, to answer your question, the waitlist is worked on in June when the payments are due. This is when some people cancel, when the money is due.
    You are the first person to report that they actually got a reservation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary.Sobek View Post
    You are the first person to report that they actually got a reservation.
    A friend jumped on the first day and got a confirmed non-AC room. I tried a day or two later and got wait-listed for an AC room. Like you, if the dorm doesn't come through, 2023 may have been my last Oshkosh.
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    I assume you are talking about UW-Oshkosh. The lodging page does show 3 other schools offering dorm rooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary.Sobek View Post
    The University is having money issues and they changed the dorm room reservation process. ...
    Would you expand on this, please. Are they short of employees to process requests, or manage the large number of attendees during the convention...?

    I have used the U of W's dorms on all of the five occasions that I attended (2013, '15, '19, '22 & '23)and found the process to be efficient and hassle-free. I hope that it hasn't been ruined by cost-cutting.

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    I had made my request during the first day. Had an awful time getting on the site. I called and left message asking my standing on the wait list. Below is the email reply I received. Just FYI....

    "You are currently #176 on the A/C waitlist. I would say that there is a low probability of a room opening up. Alternative accommodations that I am aware of are campsites, hotels/motels, other colleges, & Airbnb rentals in cities surrounding the AirVenture site."

    Best,

    Sophia Schneider
    EAA Reservation Manager
    Residence Life Conference Services
    University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    Phone 920.424.3226

    EAA Website: uwosh.edu/go/uwoeaahousin

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeP View Post
    Would you expand on this, please. Are they short of employees to process requests, or manage the large number of attendees during the convention...?

    I have used the U of W's dorms on all of the five occasions that I attended (2013, '15, '19, '22 & '23)and found the process to be efficient and hassle-free. I hope that it hasn't been ruined by cost-cutting.
    I have been staying at the university dorms since 1991 (excluding 2020 of course). Making a reservation for AC rooms or the suites has gotten worse each year. In the last few years I have been making my reservation on the first day, first hour, first minute, first second that they take reservations. Now that does not work either. I need 2 AC rooms or one suite. I have one AC room. This may be my first year missing Airventure since 1988.

    The university says that the problem is a deficit of 18 million for the Oshkosh University and similar deficits for most of the other Wisconsin universities. So providing less rooms with help that!??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJZajkowski View Post

    The university says that the problem is a deficit of 18 million for the Oshkosh University and similar deficits for most of the other Wisconsin universities. So providing less rooms with help that!??
    Depends on the overhead cost of keeping the rooms available for AirVenture. If the university's term ends on the first week of June, it's probably cheaper to mothball the entire buildings for three months than to keep them open enough to accommodate a one-week crush at the end of July.

    Ron Wanttaja

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