Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov 18-21


The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology.

Registration and Housing


General Information

Employment Center


Program Book

Call for Papers

Additional Meetings

Program Units

Program Unit Chair Resources

Past & Future Meetings

Exhibitors & Advertisers


Hotels and Local Transportation Information

San Antonio Annual Meeting Hotels and Local Transportation

After a long day of attending sessions at the Annual Meeting, it is good to have a haven to relax and recharge for the next day. AAR has negotiated special conference rates at twenty luxurious and convenient hotels for the convenience of meeting attendees. Please note that you can only get the special conference rate by booking through the AAR. Hotel room rates do not include the average of 16.75% hotel room tax. The single/double/triple/quadruple room designation denotes the number of room occupants, not the number of beds. A triple room means three people are sharing two double beds unless a rollaway bed is requested at an extra charge.

Hotel reservations are available from Thursday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 22. Registration, the Exhibit Hall, and the Employment Center will be held in the San Antonio Convention Center. Sessions will be held in the San Antonio Convention Center, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, Hilton Palacio del Rio, Marriott Rivercenter, and the Marriott Riverwalk.

Hotel Locator Map and Rates
Hotel Amenities Chart
Hotels' Firearms Policies

You must be registered to secure housing. Register online here.

There will not be any hotel shuttles this year. If you have difficulty walking long distances, please see our Accessibility Information page in August for information on distances between buildings and on scooter rental.


Delta and United Airlines are the official carriers of the AAR & SBL Annual Meetings and Avis is the preferred rental car supplier. For the benefit of our conference attendees, a discount is available and is valid a few days before and after the Annual Meeting ends, depending on carrier. To take advantage of these special discounted fares, you can call or make reservations directly through their respective websites listed below. Discounts do not apply to certain restricted fares and exclude sale fare inventories.

Carrier Phone Number Website Discount Code
Delta Airlines 1-800-328-1111 NMN2V
United Airlines 1-800-426-1122 ZWCX906920
Avis Car Rental 1-800-331-1600 D424982 (AWD #)*

*Note that this discount does not apply to pre-paid reservations. If you prefer a pre-paid discount, do not use the meeting code. Pre-paid reservations have cancelation penalties, whereas using the discount above does not.

If you book through your own travel agency, be sure to give them the appropriate discount code above.


Metro Bus

Metro bus service is available to go downtown, but your hotel might not be along the direct route. Many passengers may have to walk up to a mile after riding the bus. Passengers will take the bus route 5 for $1.30. More information can be found here:


Taxi cabs are available at the lower level curbside, outside of baggage claim, at Terminal A. Fares to downtown start at $29, plus tip. More information, including taxi companies, can be found here:

Shared-Ride Car Service (such as Uber or Lyft)

San Antonio (SAT) is one of the airports that allows shared-ride services to pick up at the airport. The app will ask which location you’d like to be picked up at – B18, B19, or B20. Feel free to select any of these, as they are very close together. Upon exiting the airport, take a right and note the columns outside with the location on them, starting with A1, continuing past B1, to B20.

Shared-Ride Vans

The AAR and SBL are partnering with GO Airport Shuttle this year. Shared shuttle service is available 7 am–1:30 am daily. They are offering a discount price of $17 per one way trip or $30 per roundtrip. For questions only, you may call 210-281-9900. The discount is only available online or by reserving in person at the SAT airport upon arrival. Reservations can only be made starting in July 2016.

Go to Note that all hotels in the metropolitan area are listed. Use the guide below to get you to AAR and SBL contracted hotels. When you select Roundtrip, the first trip will come up at $17, and then after clicking Continue, the next page will be your outgoing trip for $13.


GO Shuttle

Contessa Hotel


Crockett Hotel


Emily Morgan Hotel

Emily Morgan Doubletree

Grand Hyatt

Hyatt - Grand

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk

Hyatt - Riverwalk

Hampton Inn Downtown

Hampton Inn Downtown-Bowie

Hilton Palacio del Rio

Hilton Palacio del Rio

Homewood Suites Riverwalk

Homewood Suites - Downtown

Indigo Downtown Alamo

Indigo - Alamo Plaza

La Quinta Convention Center

La Quinta Riverwalk

Marriott Plaza

Plaza San Antonio - Marriott

Marriott Rivercenter

Marriott Rivercenter

Marriott Riverwalk

Marriott Riverwalk

Menger Hotel


Staybridge Suites Sunset Station

Staybridge Suites - Sunset Station

Westin Riverwalk

Westin - Riverwalk

Courtyard Riverwalk

Courtyard by Marriott ��_ St. Mary's

Holiday Inn Riverwalk

Holiday Inn - Riverwalk

Omni La Mansión del Rio

Omni - La Mansion Del Rio

Residence Inn Alamo Plaza

Residence Inn - Alamo Plaza


The Convention Center is located at 900 E. Market Street. On-site parking is available for an average daily rate of $10.50, with other garages available nearby. See here for more information:,DirectionsParking.aspx.