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Booking your IDDBA 2020 Hotel Room Safely

11/21/2019
IDDBA has received reports that other companies are posing as official hotel vendors for IDDBA 2020. These unauthorized housing companies (also known as hotel “poachers”) have been contacting IDDBA members offering cheaper rates at hotels in the IDDBA 2020 show hotel block. This practice, also known as “room pirating” is a scam that all convention attendees should be aware of in order to avoid passing along personal and financial information.

How hotel poachers book rooms and attempt to get your money:
Hotel poachers will claim to be an IDDBA show “partner” or the “official housing company” and they often represent themselves as being affiliated with the show through their unauthorized use of IDDBA trademarks. Hotel poachers may require that rooms be fully prepaid, that charges are non-refundable or subject to steep change fees and that room types may not be guaranteed.

Room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to attendees. When guests arrive, the reservations are often non-existent, or the hotels are far from the event location. Sometimes, hefty cancellation charges are billed to your credit card or the vendor has gone out of business after taking reservations, resulting in lost deposits.

How do you avoid hotel poachers?
The one and only official hotel provider of IDDBA 2020 is onPeak
Reserve your hotel within the IDDBA hotel block through onPeak using this link or by calling onPeak directly at 800-297-1601 or 312-527-7300. Hotel reservations made through any company other than onPeak are at the exclusive risk of the individual.

If other companies contact you for hotel/travel bookings, they are not endorsed by IDDBA or IDDBA 2020 and they are NOT authorized to sell guest rooms for the event. If you are ever unsure whether a company is legitimate, contact us first before providing your personal information, company information or any financial information. Scammers and poachers will call and email relentlessly. onPeak will respect your time and reach out to you sparingly. Their relationship with guests is very important to them as well as IDDBA.

Trust your instincts and the adage: If it sounds too good to be true, then it most likely is.