Travel & Hotel

Travel & Hotel

Hotel Reservations

Housing Alert - Hotel Room Scams
Beware of unscrupulous housing agencies who tell you they represent APhA/JFPS. Expovision is the official hotel reservation office and the only company that can provide you with a guaranteed reservation. No other companies are affiliated in any way with APhA/JFPS and it is highly recommended that you do not use their services. At past events, exhibitors and attendees have used these companies and lost deposits and did not receive hotel rooms. Expovision will never ask for your member ID or password. APhA/JFPS cannot guarantee housing arrangements made with any vendor other than Expovision. If you receive solicitations from other companies, forward them to APhA.

JFPS 2018 Hotels
Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown and the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown place guests a short walk away from the area's premier entertainment, nightlife, and dining destinations as well as mere steps away from the Kansas City Convention Center. In addition to the stunning views of historic downtown Kansas City, both hotels include complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, and various on-site restaurants. Both hotels are 100% nonsmoking. Marriott and IHG rewards members may earn loyalty points at the respective hotels. You may make your reservations online or via the housing form.

  • Crowne Plaza Kansas City (Headquarter Hotel)
    • Military/Federal: $125
    • Civilian/Exhibitor: $149 
  • Kansas City Marriott Downtown
    • Military/Federal: $125
    • Civilian/Exhibitor: $172

*The military/federal rates quoted are the GSA Per Diem Rates for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018. To receive hotel tax exemption, attendees must present the Missouri State tax exemption form with a photo ID and use a GSA Smartpay card. Hotels will collect local tax and a $1.50 per night city fee.

To Make Your Hotel Arrangements
To receive the negotiated group rate, you must make your reservations through the JFPS Hotel Reservation Office. Faxed Hotel Reservation Forms will be accepted when guarantee is made by a valid credit card. Room rates are subject to the state and local taxes (currently 16.85%). To receive hotel tax exemption, attendees must use the GSA Smartpay card with photo ID.

Cancellations and Changes
All cancellations, date and name changes must be made through the JFPS Hotel Reservation Office and must be received by Monday, October 1. After October 1, the JFPS Hotel Reservation Office will continue to process reservations and changes subject to hotel availability. If a guest is called to active duty, notification of cancellation must be made prior to 24 hours of arrival. Failure to check-in on the scheduled date of arrival will result in the loss of first night's lodging plus appropriate taxes, if applicable, and cancellation of room for the remainder of the stay. A fee may be assessed for early departures.

All reservation requests require a per room guarantee. Your credit card may be charged by the hotel on or after Monday, October 1. Reservations cannot be processed without a guarantee. A guarantee may be made by a major credit card, check, or purchase order. American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover are acceptable for guarantee. Checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to the JFPS Hotel Reservation Office for one night's lodging excluding tax. Purchase Orders must be payable to the hotel.
Note that all reservations are guaranteed for late arrival. Rates are extended three days prior to and three days following the official dates of the meeting, based on availability.

Housing Questions?
Contact the JFPS Hotel Reservation Office at 888-876-2742 (toll free) or

Travel Arrangements

If your DTS/SATO travel agency cannot meet your needs, Options Travel is the official travel management company of APhA. Options Travel has negotiated discounted rates with the major airlines and car rental companies. The best discounts are available when booking at least 60 days prior to travel. Call 800-578-2173 Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm (Eastern Time) and identify yourself as a JFPS attendee. Or email Vicki Coleman for more information.

Airport Transportation, Parking, and Directions

  • The Kansas City downtown area is a 20-mile drive from the Kansas City International Airport. 
    • Taxi (one way): $50
    • SuperShuttle (round trip): $18
    • Always confirm prices when enlisting services. Rates subject to change.
  • Maps and Directions
  • Parking
    • Kansas City Marriott Downtown
      • $13 self-parking daily (APhA-negotiated rate; voucher available at front desk)
      • $16 self-parking overnight (APhA-negotiated rate; added to room portfolio)
      • $25 valet overnight
    • Crowne Plaza Kansas City
      • $10 self-parking daily
      • $19 self-parking overnight
      • $14 valet daily
      • $23 valet daily
    • Kansas City Convention Center
      • $12 self-parking daily (maximum height: 6'6")
    • Rates subject to change.