Occasionally, an accident occurs. You come across that dreamy vacation that you have to cancel when planning. The fee or penalty for canceling a hotel you never thought would look like a reality. You are within 48 hours of cancellation policy. You are happy to pick up the phone to cancel many of the bookings you have booked. The sensation of wasting hard money on this trip darkens your mood. But, hold that phone for a minute, it may be a better solution.
Cancellation fees can range from $ 10 to $ 100. The average fee is around $ 25. In addition, many hotels, especially during seasonal or special events, charge the first night’s rate. Cancellation rates typically begin within 48 hours and 7 days of your arrival. You always have to cancel your reservation for an unexpected event, but you will never have to pay extra for your hotel stay.
Here is a technique for avoiding punishments and penalties that I have used more than once. If you find yourself having a cancellation period at a hotel, simply call the hotel and change the booking entry date so that there is no future date to stay inside the hotel. . For example, if the original reservation arrives on October 15 and if the cut-off date is to be canceled on October 13, call the hotel and change it to arrive on October 25. Then wait a day or two and then call and cancel your reservation. Now that you are in violation of the cutoff date, you can cancel your reservation at no charge.
Are there situations in which this technique will not work? There are a few to be sure. For very popular special events, such as Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida, booked a month or one year in advance, hotels may not change their original reservation. Also, prepaid hotel rates almost always require change rates, as there are more administrative efforts to change the pre-booking. The change fee can cost as much as the cancellation rate. But in general, for most bookings, you can change your arrival date in the future, without paying any cancellation fees.
However, it is a good idea to read the cancellation policy before making any hotel reservation. The website you use to reserve your reservation should clearly show the cancellation policy to review before requesting your credit card information. Keep in mind that the vast majority of hotels have very weak cancellation policies. For example, the check-in time is 4:30 pm, which is a very common cancellation time. If a hotel does not have a policy to meet your needs, it is likely that down the street the hotel will have a lighter policy.