Superpass: Are they worth it?
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Posted 8/8/14
Anime Matsuri calls it 'Superpass', other cons might call it different.
It is a VIP Pass that lets you like skip long lines for main events. Reserved seating in popular events, etc. Also, you get early access to the dealers room.

Has anyone had it before? And was it worth it?
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Just one person's single experience here, so yours could vary significantly from mine. I've only attended a single anime convention in my life, which was AX 2011, and I bought the VIP pass for my wife and myself. I'd say overall, it was definitely worth it for us. I think it was over $100 each (but a fraction of other costs like hotel and airfare), but it included front-of-the-line privileges, early access to the dealer room on the first day, one included event ticket (Mikunopolis was our choice-- there were other concerts and such as well that could have been chosen), and even discounts at a few nearby restaurants.

If I've any "warning," it's that the actual benefit of the VIP pass might vary depending on how well the event staff are trained to handle it. The AX VIP pass expressly also included expedited registration; however, when I came to the convention center with my paperwork, I was directed to the general line with everyone else, and so we patiently waited for hours in the blazing LA sun to register. At the registration booth, they couldn't quite figure out how to process my registration. It turns out there was a special booth located at a slight distance away for VIP registrations, for which I finally ended up waiting in line (again) in a line of about 3 people, and finally was successfully registered. That was about at least a half day wasted for what should have taken perhaps 10-15 minutes. The left hand didn't seem to know what the right hand was doing, and a lot of the staff on the first day didn't seem to know anything about the VIP passes and how to handle them. That was, though, the only major hiccup I experienced. On subsequent days, staff still fairly often had to ask supervisors how to handle the VIP passes, but it took no more than a few minutes or less to figure it out, and things more or less functioned as expected. Things did tend to go more smoothly as the days passed, presumably due to increased experience of the staff. It was very nice not to have to wait in lines long before the event started (which not uncommonly started late anyway), but instead be ushered in first with a very small group of other pass holders (no more than 20 for events I attended-- some lines less than 5 people even). The line was much longer for early admission to the dealer room on the first day, but it was still nice to wander the hall for an hour before everyone else entered-- not quite as crazy crowded. I ended up buying very little (as others have mentioned on this site, there seems to be considerable mark-ups at cons-- or at least no huge discounts for the most part-- except perhaps for product premiers or exclusives, it seems much cheaper to order online), but it was still nice to look around. All in all, it was worth it, I'd say.
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Posted 8/9/14 , edited 8/9/14

sushipath wrote:


Ok thanks.
I guess it's good to get the VIP pass if I'm going out of state for the con. Especially if they have good guests. Plus I usually buy a lot at the dealers room. Like you said, considering cost for hotel and airfare, it's not even that much. But the one in my town, I don't need airfare so I'll stick to the regular pass. Even though it's a pretty big event. I usually pre-order stuff if I really want it so there won't be much need to get to the dealer's room early. (And pre-ordering is actually the cheapest way to get stuff. Unless it's like used.) I just pick up whatever I like over there
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