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.

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Hotels and Local Transportation Information

2017 AAR Annual Meeting • Boston, Massachusetts • November 18–21

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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 twelve 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 14.45% hotel room tax.

Hotel reservations are available from Thursday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 21. Registration, the Exhibit Hall, and the Employment Center will be held in the Hynes Convention Center. Sessions will be held in the Hynes Convention Center, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Hilton Back Bay, Marriott Copley Place, Park Plaza Hotel, Sheraton, and Westin Copley Place.

Hotel Locator Map and Rates
Hotel Amenities Chart

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

There will be a shuttle to and from select hotels: Courtyard Downtown, Doubletree Downtown, Hyatt Regency, Park Plaza, and the Revere Hotel. Attendees who book their hotel through the AAR & SBL registration process will receive a 7-day T (subway) pass on a first-come, first serve basis.

AAR & SBL Shuttle Hours

Date AM Shuttle PM Shuttle
Saturday, 11/18 6 am-10 am 5 pm-9 pm
Sunday, 11/19 6 am-10 am 5 pm-9 pm
Monday, 11/20 6 am-10 am 5 pm-9 pm
Tuesday, 11/21 7:30 am-12:30 pm N/A

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 Budget 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 NMQ4V
United Airlines 1-800-426-1122 ZYBM245272
Budget Car Rental 1-800-842-5628 U022785 (BCD #)*

*Note that this discount does not apply to the "pay now" reservations. If you prefer a pre-paid discount, do not use the meeting code. Pre-paid reservations have cancellation 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.


Rapid Transit Train – The T

There are a few ways to get from the airport on (mostly) the subway. The Silver Line is a bus, but all other colored routes on this page are trains: Please use a mapping program or contact your hotel to determine the best route to get there. A one-way fare is $2.75. More information can be found here:


The Back Bay Logan Express runs from the Hynes Convention Center to the airport every twenty minutes and costs $7.50. It is a blue shuttle with orange accents. More information is here:


Taxis are available at each terminal on Arrivals Level (curbside). Fares to the Hynes average at $33, plus tip, not during rush hour.

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

Boston (BOS) is one of the airports that allows shared-ride services to pick up at the airport. Each of the four terminals has a designated area for pickup. See here for more information: An average fare is $22 not riding during rush hour.

Shared-Ride Vans

Information coming soon.


The Convention Center is located at 900 Boylston Street. Within a three-block walk of the Hynes Convention Center are numerous parking garages totaling over 4,400 spaces. There is also limited meter parking available around the Hynes and adjacent streets. See here for nearby garages.