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LSCU & Affiliates warns members: Beware of hotel "room block pirates"

The League wants to make sure that attendees registering for the 2014 Southeast Credit Union Conference (SCUCE)--as well as any other league events--are aware of "room block pirates." These pirates are unofficial housing companies that use various tactics to woo meeting attendees to book outside the official room block. The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort & Spa, which is where the official room block is for the SCUCE, does not contact guests in this manner.

According to a recent article by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), "these sham housing companies contact association members and exhibitors after conference registration opens with fraudulent offerings of hotels rooms, requests for credit card information for previously made reservations, or pushes to book through them immediately. Typically the company claims that the meeting’s room block is nearly sold out but they can get the attendee a good rate at an overflow hotel or one outside the room block. These pirated rooms usually come with a large cancellation fee, so even if the attendee or exhibitor figures it out—or the association becomes aware of the scam—it can be too little, too late."

Please be sure to make your hotel reservations through the customized reservation link for the SCUCE created by the JW Marriott or by calling them directly. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult for the League to help an attendee if his or her reservation is lost or if the hotel oversells. If you have any questions, contact LSCU Director, Conferences Julianne Talley at 866.231.0454, ext. 1148.