American Society of Hematology

Housing Fraud Alert

We have been made aware of "pirate" housing companies or travel agencies that may be aggressively pursuing you to book your guest rooms through their company at supposedly significant discounts. Please note that SPARGO, Inc. is the only official housing provider for the 59th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition. Do not be misled by companies that solicit you over the phone and misrepresent themselves as ASH's official housing provider. If you are contacted by one of these pirate companies, please contact the ASH Housing Center immediately.

Room pirating is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or destination management companies to solicit attendees for room reservations for other organization's meetings. Please be vigilant if approached by any company or service other than SPARGO, Inc.

ASH has NO affiliation with these organizations and does not endorse their services. Additional deceptive tactics by housing "pirates" may include:

  • Informing attendees and exhibitors that the hotel room block is sold-out, and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room.
  • Distribution of forms or promotional materials that appear to be issued by ASH.
  • Non-delivery of promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are sometimes non-existent or the hotels are not conveniently located.
  • Representation of themselves as being affiliated with ASH by illegally using ASH's name or logo.

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, and is not a representative of SPARGO, please get as much information as you can and pass it along to us.

ASH Registration and Housing Center
11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 112
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 888-273-5704 or 703-449-6418
Fax: 703-631-2971

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