Housing & Travel Update

If you have booked housing accommodations with FIRST® and Experient for either of the 2020 FIRST Championship events and/or FIRST® Robotics Competition regional or district season events, please follow the instructions below for cancellations.

FIRST Robotics Competition 2020 regional and district events: If you booked your regional event hotel accommodations through the FIRST housing and travel page, or your regional event sites, please follow the instructions on your hotel confirmation to cancel your reservations. Experient will not be cancelling any hotel reservations for these events.

FIRST Championship Houston and/or Detroit: If you booked within the FIRST housing blocks for either of the 2020 FIRST Championship events, Experient is handling all Championship hotel reservation cancellations booked within the FIRST hotel blocks. There is no action required on your part to cancel these reservations, and you will not receive any notifications from the hotel(s).

If you made hotel reservations for any of these events outside the FIRST hotel blocks, please work with those hotels or booking sites directly.

Oh, the places you will go!

FIRST® creates opportunities for teams to explore new destinations, build friendships, and be part of a global movement working towards building a better future.

I’m your Travel Buddy! Take me with you on your FIRST journey; from your team meetings to local events, to the mayor’s office and internships. Show the world all the places FIRST takes you.

Tweet a photo to @FIRSTweets with #FIRSTTravelBuddy so we can follow your FIRST journey through this season and beyond.

Stay With FIRST®

Make your FIRST event experience more memorable and affordable. We've negotiated hotel and travel discounts available exclusively for the FIRST community. Through our housing experts at Experient, we provide you 24/7 access to full hotel descriptions, real-time availability, amenities, and other details allowing you to book quickly and confidently.

Stay close to the venue and other teams.
Rest easy at FIRST-reviewed hotels.
Receive guaranteed low-rates at FIRST-reviewed hotels.
Gain flexibility to make booking adjustments and pay later.
Get reservation protection and assistance before, during, and after your stay if any unexpected challenges occur.
Enjoy convenient FIRST-contracted amenities at most hotels including complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why book with FIRST?
Your support and dedication make FIRST events possible. When you’re choosing your events this season, book your housing with FIRST so you can:
  • Receive guaranteed low-rates
  • Rest easy at FIRST-reviewed hotels
  • Stay close to venue and other teams
  • Enjoy convenient FIRST-contracted amenities at most hotels including complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast
  • Gain flexibility to make booking adjustments and pay later
  • Get reservation protection and assistance before, during, and after your stay if any unexpected challenges occur
  • Earn reward points at your preferred hotels
When does FIRST Championship housing open?
Team housing reservations for the 2020 FIRST Championship events open in December. Housing for spectators will open in early spring. Please complete the form above to receive updates when housing becomes available.
I am a volunteer. Where do I book my housing for FIRST Championship?
All FIRST Championship volunteers will receive an individual link to book their housing and registration within a few days after your event role has been assigned. ​Explore available volunteer roles for FIRST Championship 2020.
How do I modify or cancel my FIRST Championship housing?
For FIRST Championship event housing, please email Experient Customer Service at FIRSTChampHOU@experient-inc.com (Houston) or FIRSTChampDET@experient-inc.com (Detroit).
How do I modify/cancel/add a room to a reservation for a Regional/District event?
For all Regional/District events, please refer to your confirmation via email and follow instructions. To add a room, please book additional room via links provided on the Event Housing page here. If you have any questions, please contact the hotel directly.
How soon should I or my team book housing for our regional or district event?
Most hotels close the blocks 2-3 weeks prior to the event. We strongly encourage teams to book as soon as possible to guarantee housing at a preferred hotel with close proximity to the venue.
Can I still earn hotel loyalty rewards points if I book with FIRST?
Yes! You can usually accrue points for your stay if you belong to your hotel’s frequent guest program. Include your membership number in the "Frequent Travel Number" field when submitting your online hotel request, contact the hotel directly to add your program number or ask the front desk to add your number upon check-in.
How do I get from the hotel to the event venue?
Please contact the hotel directly for shuttle options or recommended local ground transportation for your event. For FIRST Championship, please visit the Houston travel discount page or the Detroit travel discount page for ground transportation, airline, and rental car discounts.

For additional questions, please contact us at hotels@firstinspires.org.