Last Updated on January 7, 2021
When we book a hotel room, we think twice about the price, and we make sure to settle for the room that fit us the most.
But during that time, we never think that something might happen that will make us cancel our reservations at the very last minute, and due to the hotel policy, we will have to pay for the cancellation fees that we didn’t expect.
Emergencies happen and many things could occur that would lead us to cancel our plans at the very last minute. The disappointment of not going to the trip we longed for will double when we have to pay money for a room we never got to see in the first place. But, did you know that we can save ourselves (and wallets) from paying these fees?
We understand that the hotel policy says that we have to pay if we canceled 24 hours (or 48h) before the day of our reservations, but the hotel also has a lot of secrets, if we used them, we will be saved from the fees, and we are about to spell them out for you. So just relax, and don’t worry about your money anymore.
Book directly through the hotel
©Vail Mountain Lodge
We have all developed this habit of looking and booking hotels on third-party websites like Expedia to guarantee the best prices, which is not a bad idea, but if you needed a last-minute cancellation, then that’s when you will have to pay the fees, and there will be no way out of it for you.
That’s if they didn’t take your money already, which will be hard to restore. So make sure to book through the hotel directly, and try to build a relationship with the employee you are talking to. That way, they will put you in a better favor when you ask for the cancellation.
Ask for the manager
One of the most important steps to save yourself from paying the money is getting the right person to talk to you on the phone. The reason is the person on the front desk or whoever answers you may not have the authority to overlook the cancellation fees. After all, the manager is the one with the final say.