THIS GROUP IS FOR EMERGENCY OR LAST MINUTE COUCH REQUESTS FOR TRAVELERS COMING TO SEATTLE. IT WAS CREATED TO DEAL WITH THE LARGE AND EVER-INCREASING NUMBER OF COUCH REQUESTS PUT ON THE MAIN CITY PAGE, WHICH WE'VE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS ABOUT FROM AWESOME HOSTS WHO DON'T WANT IMPERSONAL "FREELOADER" SEEMING MESSAGES COMING TO THEIR INBOXES!PLEASE POST HERE INSTEAD OF THE MAIN GROUP FOR SEATTLE--DO NOT POST TO BOTH! IF YOU ARE WILLING TO CONSIDER HOSTING LAST MINUTE COUCH REQUESTS, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP FOR INSTANT UPDATES IN THIS GROUP SO YOU WILL SEE THE POSTS IN TIME!! YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE YOUR NOTIFICATION STATUS FOR THE GROUP WHEN YOU ARE UNABLE TO HOST.
IF YOU ARE POSTING TO THIS GROUP, PLEASE DO NOT POST IF YOUR STAY IN SEATTLE IS 5 OR MORE DAYS AWAY UNLESS YOU ARE ALREADY ON THE ROAD WITH VERY VERY LIMITED INTERNET ACCESS.
If you're at home or even relaxing in someone else's home while checking your email, you should honestly have time to make some personal requests to people who you would really like to meet. If you sort by last login in your couch search, you will have a better chance of finding a host who will reply soon! REMEMBER THIS IS NOT A FREELOADER SITE AND CSERS RARELY HOST PEOPLE WHO AREN'T INTERESTING, SO MAKE YOURSELF INTERESTING AND TELL US WHY YOU'RE HERE AND WHAT YOU WANT IN A HOST :)... even in an Internet cafe or library (or use the cafe for 5 paid minutes to FIND a free library), you can skip the myspace or facebook or whatever else you do on the web if you really want to connect with a host instead of hitting a hotel or hostel!
I WILL STRESS AGAIN: EVERYONE WHO IS EITHER POSTING TO THIS GROUP OR WILLING TO HOST LAST MINUTE REQUESTS, PLEASE, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR INSTANT UPDATES FOR THE APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD.
VISITOR/SURFER: A HOST MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CALL YOU BUT MIGHT HAVE THE WEB, SO YOU NEED TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT YOUR TRIP--GET UPDATES, CHECK EMAIL, GIVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER OR SECRET DECODER RING CODES (we'll keep them secret, promise)... YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE IT OR LEAVE THE GROUP ONCE YOU ARE NO LONGER SEEKING/OFFERING A COUCH.
POSTING HERE DOES NOT GUARANTEE A RESPONSE (nor does any method, so don't be mad if no one can/will host you). PERSONAL REQUESTS ARE ALWAYS THE BEST WAY TO FIND A CONNECTION
As is mentioned in the guidelines, once your stay is clearly over and you are no longer in Seattle, if you do not opt to remove yourself, you will probably be removed, as this is a task-oriented group only geared at getting in-town visitors a place to sleep during their time in Seattle. The group membership at any time should and, to the best of our abilities, will reflect the hosts and guests who are actively needing or offering a place to stay, not people who used the group a month ago, etc.
Priceline--has an option to "name your own price" that reliably can save 40-60% off retail... BUT be careful and make sure you check the AREAS you are possibly staying in... and the star level, too--2 stars will likely land you in Eighth Avenue Inn, but that said, it's often still better than a hostel, especially with multiple people. I believe it can only be used (the bargaining/negotiator feature, that is) if you have a valid US credit card (others MAY work, no guarantees); otherwise, see if there's something you can afford and get yourself to/from easily enough. Check the main Seattle group's guidelines for valuable links about transit and other information.
LAURAmoderatorTo keep the couch requests off the main board so 1)only interested people will see them as others complain of this often and 2)so those posts do not get buried in case it is truly an emergency