TLDR: I don't even know anymore, this post sort of spiralled out of control.
By my educated estimations, there was approximately 2000 VIP's at this past RTX Austin, based on the maximum holding for Stubbs outdoor area (2'200). The Con's numbers was about 62000 attendees, for every 1 VIP there was 30 regular attendees, if my proposed numbers are right. That's not a very rewarding ratio, dropping about in half from 2015 based on my proposed numbers (60'000 attendees and approximately 1'000 VIP's based on Speakeasy, 2016 VIP Party Location, Capacity). I'd like to see this trend backwards, and go back to the 60 to 1, 2016 was a great VIP year, but it doesn't really make Business sense to do that unfortunately. They have a large group in the community who are willing to pay the ~$600 to get a VIP pass, and it only makes sense to make that money.
Personally, I actually enjoyed the whole of RTX. Badge collection on the Thursday took about 3 hours, but outside of the escape room, that was the only time I spent in lines. Panels on Friday, I was at Funhaus, in the Hilton, left the Hilton and went to RWBY in the main hall in the ACC, walked right in and got seats up front in the VIP section. VIP party was pretty awesome, from what I can remember of it as copious amounts of "Screwdriver"'s were consumed. Music was great, had awesome conversations with people in the Day 5 cast, a number of the AH support staff, and many other RT Staff/Cast. Saturday was more of a chill day with my friends, mostly recovering from the previous night, and Sunday was have fun on the floor and do the escape room.
I come all the way over from the UK each year, and the VIP Pass is worth it for no reason more than I get to see the friends I have in the US, who I see once, maybe twice a year if I'm lucky enough to go over. I get to have fun and interact with people that I watch on a daily basis in the RT Staff. And unlike the weekend pass, I get to do MORE of it. I was very much heart broken on Sunday, waiting in line for the Escape Room. My total wait time was about 1 Hr 15 Minutes. Started just as Off Topic began queuing around 2pm. Just as I was going in at 3:15/3:30, I heard that they had capped the line, and I heard someone else in the general admission line saying that they had been there since 9, when the ACC opened up. When I added up where they were in line, with the number of turns there was available, I don't think they would have gotten in. Imagine waiting all day, and not getting to do it. If you're ok with that, take the massive discount that the Weekend Pass gives you, but be ready to do 1 thing each day. If you want to hit 5 or 6 panels in a day, then the VIP Pass is the only way to do it.
But, and this is my final point. I believe it was highlighted elsewhere in this post. I have never been more disappointed in a very small section of this community, the disappointed VIP pass holders. I am willing to bet that these pass holders were first timers, expecting it to be an all access pass to anyone they wanted when they wanted. They weren't prepared for being told no. And this vocal minority ruined the image of the VIP pass holder. I can't remember a year were VIP's were "hated" so badly as this last RTX, all because of a selection of entitled members of the group.
If it's possible, I will be going for VIP once again this year, though money is very tough at the moment, with a short term debt situation. But it's not the cost that is the true issue to me, it is whether the right people, the humble people not the arrogant up themselves ones, who buy the badges, and treat it with the respect it deserves. Because I was embarrassed by the behaviour of some of my fellow VIP's, and hope it doesn't happen again.