A Helpful Trick to Avoid Hotel Cancellation Fees

Avoid Cancellation Fees

I recently booked a romantic getaway for my girlfriend and I for this upcoming weekend – she ended up throwing out her back just a few days before the trip and won’t be able to travel. I wanted to cancel my reservation but the hotel requires a 5 day advance notice to cancel without any fees – otherwise there is a penalty of 1 night stay – approx $200 bucks in my case!

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I kind of figured out this trick on accident – although they charge for cancellations not made in advance, you can change the date of your reservation without a fee. I simply called the hotel and changed my reservation to be a month from now – which was a little more expensive but that didn’t matter. Once the reservation was changed, I went on to their website and cancelled it – since the reservation was further than 5 days out, I was able to cancel it without any fees or penalities – pretty cool trick, huh?

Next time you’re in a bind and need to make a last minute cancellation, try changing the date of your reservation, waiting a few days then cancelling online and let me know if it works for you!

Any readers out there have any other advanced travel tips to cancel a reservation without fees? Let me know in the comments!

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