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MinistryTech Colorado Springs Hotel ~$55 per night

ministrytech2009coloradospringsWell there are just 34 days until MinistryTech 2009 in Colorado springs!  If you haven’t registered what are you waiting for?  If the 40% discount on the conference registration wasn’t enough to make attending a reality for you I have some more good news.

The Hampton Inn in Colorado Springs has agreed to give us a rate of $59 per night or even $55 per night if you pre-pay your stay. This rate is for the Church IT Roundtable and will be available until April 1st.  To book a room at this rate you must call the hotel directly and mention “Woodman Valley IT Group”.  We can’t guarantee availability at this rate, but the hotel will offer this rate to as many guests as possible until the deadline or the hotel is full, so don’t delay call them ASAP!  If you have already made reservations at the Hampton please call and move your reservation to “Woodman Valley IT Group” to get the discounted rate.

Hampton Inn Colorado Springs 1-25 North
7245 Commerce Center Dr., Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA 80919
Tel: +1-719-593-9700
$55 per night when you mention “Woodman Valley IT Group”


The Hampton Inn also offers FREE WiFi (bandwidth is a commercial T1 incase you were wondering) as well as free hot breakfast each morning.

If you plan to stay with us at the Hampton Inn leave a comment below so we have an idea of who all will be at the hotel.  Also leave a comment if you want to share rental car, or need to share a rental car with someone and we’ll try to help make those connections.


Airfare rates are dropping out of the sky, we booked our roundtrip tickets for $150 per person from Chicago Midway to Denver… so this trip is affordable even when travel budgets are small!

Join your peers from churches from across the country for this unique peer learning and sharing event!

See you in the Springs!

hotel For ACS Convention ~ ONLY $55 per night



Our team has booked our travel for the ACS National Convention in Jacksonville Florida.  This is my first time to go to convention, but our continuing partnership with ACS made it a must do this year.  This event is in late may, but we have already booked the Airfare and Hotel.  Nothing too exciting about the airfare, but the hotel rate is GREAT!

If you haven’t ever used Priceline.com, Downtown Jacksonville Florida is the place to give it a try.  There is a process of “free rebidding” that can be used on Priceline (documented here) which depending upon the location gives you the ability to bid for hotel a bunch of times without waiting 24 hours between every bid.

What makes Jacksonville so special? There are 7 of 9 zones which don’t have the 3 1/2 star hotel level like the downtown zone.  This gives you almost a possibility of 125 free rebids. In the 3 1/2 star category  bidding for travel notes 3 hotels you might get: The Omni Hotel, The Hyatt or the Crown Plaza Hotel.  All the reviews of each hotel reported good things…So we were willing to stay at any of the 3 hotels.

I started with a ridiculously low bid of $25 and we got the Omni Hotel Jacksonville for $55 per room per night.  Yes, I hear you saying but that isn’t the official convention hotel… but it is only a 10 minute walk or a .7 mile drive. Another note the Omni has Complementary WiFi (very important). Save some cash, give Priceline a try. 

One note: when you are bidding and the site says “your close for $– you can have this hotel.” DON’T do it… all that means is you should start increasing your bids by just $1 until you get your rate (assuming you have enough bids left).  For me this “greeting” started at $47 and they wanted me to pay $65 to lock in the room.. by continuing the bidding process that dropped what we paid by $7 per room per night.

Now if you want to take a chance, my guess would be that you might have a good shot of getting the Hyatt hotel which is the official  convention hotel after the ‘hold’ on the rooms at the $105 rate expires on May 5th.

See you in Jacksonville!