How to Overcome Hotel Cancellation Fees

Cancellation fees are on the rise, but we tell you how to get around them.

AA026398
(Image credit: This content is subject to copyright.)

The days when most hotels would allow you to cancel a reservation without penalty until 6 p.m. on the day of your scheduled arrival are fading fast. To contend with a growing number of guests who cancel their stays, hotel companies are making it more difficult and costly to back out of a reservation. Most have stiffened their policies to require 24 to 48 hours’ notice and typically charge a flat cancellation fee; resorts or hotels that receive few walk-in guests often require even longer notice and charge a steeper fee or the cost of a one-night or two-night stay. Some hotels offer better rates to travelers who lock in a reservation with a nonrefundable booking.

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/hwgJ7osrMtUWhk5koeVme7-200-80.png

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription


Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.