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Know Rules and Restrictions of Your Hotel Reservation

Posted by in Travel: Lodging  ~  May 03, 2012 09:31:54 PM

Planning out a vacation is great, and a good hotel is decidedly a prerequisite. A hotel itself could be the destination of fun for some. Even for a business trip, you still need to have a good hotel to decently gear up and pamper yourself for business.

Going to a hotel is easy, but there are things you need to remember and know before booking one. Sometimes, there are uncontrollable circumstances that we will experience wherein we need to change the location, and you may need to cancel them all completely. In this post, I will give you some tips on common hotel policies regarding rescheduling your reservation.

There are many ways of booking your hotel. You can do it online, or you can do it on the phone or through your local travel agent. When you go online and book the hotel at the website, most policies state that the cancellation and change should be done 24-48 hours before arrival. The earlier would definitely be better. As for the fees, if you made some changes in the reservation at least 48 hours before checking in, there would be no fees. Some premium hotels will charge but only when you check in to the hotel. Booking directly with the hotel creates only a reservation and you are not charged a thing most of the time. Some hotels would require a deposit, but this can be refunded when you cancel them before the required time.

If you do the reservation over the phone, most of the time there would be an additional booking fee. This burden is being charged to encourage people to book online so that the phone could only be used if there are problems such as changes or cancellation in the reservation.

When making your reservations with a travel agent, make sure you ask the following questions: Are you going to be charged upfront for booking fees, or for the cancellation and changes? Since there are thousands of travel agents around the country, the policies could be different for each agent. Be sure to ask the questions to know what to expect.

Lastly, when you book your hotel reservation through an online travel agency, you will be charged for the hotel reservation upfront before you even get it. If you forgot to cancel before the check in date, the money even might not be refunded for you. However, the benefit is that the reservation price might be lower than the price offered by hotel websites. Some online travel websites even guarantee that if you find a lower price within 24 hours after reservation, you will be refunded the difference of the charge.

The best thing to do is to research online. Each chain of hotels has their own website and you can compare their rates with other online travel agencies and with your local travel agency.