Reservation Policies

Read carefully below for cancellation penalty deadlines, hotel payment policies, reservation agreements, and wait list information.

Reservation Policies

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Hotel Requests, Reservation Changes, & Cancellations


Who Can Book?

Confirmed SXSW conference registrants, exhibitors, SXSW official showcasing artists and filmmakers. Registrants include Speakers, Filmmakers, Press, Sales/Trade Clients, Sponsors, Media Partners, and other official conference participants.

How to Change or Cancel a Reservation

Changes and cancellations must be made through SXSW Housing & Travel (not the hotel). This can be done in one of 3 ways

  1. The ‘Request for Change’ link in your reservation confirmation email
  2. Your SXSW Social account
  3. The shopping cart you used to register

Questions? Check out our FAQs.

*Please review all change requests carefully before submitting. Canceled nights will likely not be reinstated.

Penalties, Hotel Tax, & Rates


Cancellation Penalties

All hotels charge penalties for no-shows and cancelations within 7 to 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival date. The cancelation penalty period is dependent on the specific hotel you reserved. Most penalties are equivalent to a 1 or 2 nights stay and are outlined under the reservation agreement section of your reservation confirmation email.

Early Departure

Some hotels charge a penalty for checking out before your schedule departure date. Avoid penalties by changing your checkout date prior to checking in with the hotel. If your hotel requires a 3-night minimum stay, you will be unable to reduce your stay under 3 nights. These penalties are also outlined under the reservation agreement section of your reservation confirmation email.

SXSW 28 Day Processing Fee

SXSW will charge a $50 processing fee to the credit card on file for each reservation that is canceled or reduced in length of stay within 28 days of scheduled check-in. This is in addition to cancelation fees charged by the hotel.

Rates & Tax

SXSW conference rates are only available to confirmed SXSW attendees who book through SXSW Housing & Travel. Room rates are USD per night and may increase based on additional guests in the room. Rates do not include occupancy tax (currently 15%) or personal incidental charges.

Some hotels also add a “State Cost – Recovery Fee” of less than 1% to the total bill. This is an optional fee that some businesses in Texas can charge to offset their franchise taxes but this is not a local tax. The Texas Comptroller’s office has more information if you are curious about this charge on your bill.

Payment & Deposits


Credit Card Guarantee

A valid credit card is required to make a reservation, but is not charged at the time of booking. It is simply used to secure your reservation. Most hotels charge an advance deposit to the credit card when they receive our reservations in mid to late February. Other hotels check the credit card’s creditworthiness and hold it as a guarantee of payment.

If you’d like to change the credit card number on file you must provide that number to SXSW no later than February 15. After the deadline, we cannot guarantee that the new credit card information will be updated by the hotel before the deposit is charged.


Guests are required to present a credit card at check-in for payment of room, tax and incidental charges. If you will be traveling without the credit card to be charged or the credit card is not in your own name, you must supply a credit card pre-authorization form directly with the hotel before arrival. If you must pre-pay for your hotel room, contact for more information.

Credit Card Pre-Authorization

Guests may provide their billing information and authorization to the hotel in advance. Most hotels allow guests to pre-authorize room & tax, incidentals or both.

The hotel does not receive reservations made with SXSW Housing until the end of February. When the hotel processes your reservation you will receive another reservation confirmation containing your confirmation number. Once you receive your confirmation number you are able to provide the hotel with the Pre-Authorization form.

SXSW Housing & Travel has collected the pre-authorization forms from most of our hotels. Download and fill out the form for your hotel and fax it to the hotel after you receive your confirmation number via email. If you do not see your hotel’s pre-authorization form listed below you may reach out to the hotel directly or email us at for further instruction.

Credit Card Authorization Forms

Aloft at the Domain
AT&T Conference Center
Best Western+Austin City Hotel
Candlewood South
Comfort Suites Airport
Country Inn & Suites
Courtyard Marriott Central – Univ
Courtyard Marriott South
Courtyard Marriott-Downtown
Crowne Plaza
Doubletree Hotel Austin
DoubleTree Suites
Drury Inn & Stes – North
Embassy Suites – Central
Embassy Suites – Downtown
Extended Stay Arboretum
Extended Stay Downtown
Extended Stay Townlake
Fairfield Inn Cen/Univ
Fairfield Inn South
Four Seasons
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown
Hampton Inn North
Hampton Inn South
Hampton Inn University
Hilton – Airport
Hilton Garden Inn
Holiday Inn – Town Lake
Holiday Inn Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NW
Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Holiday Inn Express South
Holiday Inn Midtown
Hotel Indigo
Hotel Van Zandt
Hyatt Place – Arboretum
Hyatt Place Downtown
Hyatt Place North Central
Hyatt Regency
Intercontinental S.F.A.
JW Marriott
La Quinta – Airport
La Quinta – Capitol
La Quinta – North Central
La Quinta – Oltorf
Lone Star Court
Marriott Austin South
Omni – Downtown
Omni – South Park
Radisson Hotel & Suites Downtown
Renaissance Austin
Residence Inn Downtown
Residence Inn – Airport
Sheraton Austin Hotel
South Congress Hotel
Springhill Suites – Marriott South
Springhill Suites Arboretum
Staybridge Suites Airport
W Hotel
Westin Domain
Wyndham Garden Hotel
Generic Authorization Form*
*Use this if your hotel is not available

Hilton Austin Downtown & Westin Austin Downtown:
These hotels do not offer a CC Authorization Form. When you receive your confirmation number from the hotel, contact them directly. Their phone number will be located in the same email that will contain your confirmation number.


While credit card pre-authorization is the recommended method, you may also elect to pay room & tax in advance. Please note that the hotel will still require a card to guarantee incidentals at check-in.

If pre-payment of your hotel reservation is necessary, please contact for further instruction.


Most hotels charge a deposit to the card on file when they receive the SXSW reservations from us in late February or early March. This information is outlined under the reservation agreement section of your reservation confirmation email.

If you’d like to change the card number on file you must provide that number to SXSW no later than Feb 15. After the deadline, we cannot guarantee that the new credit card information will be updated by the hotel before the deposit is charged.

You can update your credit card via the link to make changes in your reservation confirmation, your SXSW Social Account, or the same Shopping Cart used to purchase your registration.

Hotel Wait Lists


Who Can Join the Waitlist

If you are unable to find the hotel or room type you’re looking for, if you do not have an existing reservation through SXSW Housing, you can get on the waitlist. Waitlist requests rely entirely on cancellations and do not guarantee a reservation.

Helpful Tip: If you’re flexible with your dates when booking, try a few sets of dates to see different availability. You can always get on the waitlist to extend your stay if you’re able to book most of the nights you need. Just note in the special request field (step 4 of the booking process) your desired dates of stay and that you’d like to be added to the wait list to extend. When processing the reservation, our Housing & Travel team will add you to the waitlist, or communicate with you further about your options.

Waitlist Fulfillment

Most requests are not fulfilled until mid-to-late February because attendees tend to cancel unneeded nights or entire reservations just ahead of their cancellation deadlines. If you need to secure a reservation before February, the wait list may not be the best option for you.

We strive to accommodate all wait list requests until your arrival date. Should a room become available for you, SXSW Housing immediately books your reservation and sends a confirmation email.

Fees & Penalties

If SXSW Housing accommodates your wait list request within 28 days of arrival, you have 24 hours to cancel the reservation without incurring our $50 cancellation penalty.

If your waitlist request is accommodated within the hotel’s cancellation period (usually 7-30 days) you may be responsible for any hotel cancellation fees. It is very important to cancel your waitlist request if you no longer need it.


To cancel your waitlist request, use the link to make changes located at the bottom of your wait list approval confirmation, your shopping cart, or your SXSW Social account.

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