Flight Cancelled? Don't Pay for Your Already-Booked Hotel

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Besides the fact that you’re feeling completely disoriented and your plans are all out of sorts, one of the worst things about a flight cancellation is the money you’ve wasted on a previously booked hotel upon your arrival. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m a planner, especially when it comes to traveling. I like to have at least the big things ready ahead of time. Knowing I have a place to put down my things and rest my head is crucial! So, I almost always have a room booked at a hotel.

Rather than budget for trips in preparation of the cost of potentially canceled flight and similar unexpected interruptions, I’ve found some ways around the expense of canceling accommodate minute with Lifehacker. 

The Montreal Convention to the Rescue

Of course, a small number of hotels will allow you to cancel at any time for a full refund and even more allow it for up to 48 to 72 hours before your arrival. Oftentimes, however, a flight cancellation typically happens 24 hours or less before the booking.

If this is your situation, don’t just bite the bullet! Call the hotel’s front desk and explain what’s happened; occasionally, they are willing to accommodate you, either with a refund or by giving you a room at a later date for no extra fee. 

They’re especially likely to do this if the reason for your flight cancellation is due to severe weather at the destination.

But hotels aren’t always so accommodating, so if they refuse to refund you or provide a suitable solution, you can go to plan B – the Montreal Convention. 

This international travel treaty states that you can receive pay-out of up to $5870 in certain cases of international flight delays.