Every once in a while something unexpected happens. You put yourself in a position where your dream vacation should be canceled. That hotel cancellation fee or the penalty you never thought you would have to pay now seems like a reality. You will find yourself in the 48-hour cancellation policy. You reluctantly cancel your phone so that you can cancel your reservation. The feeling of wasting the hard work and money you have spent on this journey has made you dark. But, hold that phone for a minute, there may be a better solution.
Cancellation fees can range anywhere from $ 10 to more than $ 100. The average cost is about $ 25. Many hotels also charge the first night's room rate as a penalty, especially during peak seasons or during special events. Cancellation fees usually start 48 hours to 7 days before your arrival date. Canceling a reservation due to some unexpected events is always a distraction, but paying extra for a hotel stay you never enjoy is serious.
Here's a way to avoid cancellation costs and penalties I've used multiple times. If you find yourself in a hotel cancellation deadline, just contact the hotel and change your reservation arrival date so that there are enough dates in the future that you are no longer on the hotel cancellation date. For example, if the original booking for arrival was on October 15 and the cut-off date was to avoid cancellation costs on October 13, contact the hotel and change the reservation until October 25. Then wait a day or two and then call and cancel the reservation. Now that you are no longer in violation of the date, you can cancel the reservation at no extra charge.
Are there any conditions that do not work this way? There are a few things to be sure. For the most popular programs, such as Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida, booked months or even a year in advance, hotels are unlikely to make any changes to your main reservation. Also, prepaid hotel prices almost always need to be changed because there is more administrative effort to change the prepaid reservation. The cost of change may be as much as the cost of canceling. But, in general, for most reservations, you should be able to successfully change your arrival date at some point in the future, allowing you to cancel the reservation without paying any cancellation fee.
However, it is a good idea to read the cancellation policy carefully before making any hotel reservations. The website you use for booking your reservation must clearly state the cancellation policy before requesting your credit card information. Keep in mind that the vast majority of hotels have very mild cancellation policies. For example, the cutoff time of 4 pm on the day of arrival is a very common cancellation policy. If the hotel does not have a policy to meet your needs, the hotel on the street is likely to have a softer policy.