Apr 15, 2020 - 3:41 PM
in reply to mascarenhas
<"By booking directly you did make a mistake.Cause hotels.com would have given you a refund.">>
Your point is well made.
I prefer to book directly with the hotels, because they get more money and they tend to appreciate that. Sometimes a room upgrade or something that costs them nothing....;-)
However, when I do that, I always read the hotel's refund policy. Some of them require substantial advance timing...months...others, 24 hours.
I make my decision based on that information, because saving 5 or 10% is not worth it to me if I don't like the terms. In fact, the reason that I book well ahead is because my trips are planned very tightly, and it is worth it to me to simply not get a small discount if there is uncertainty about the booking.
If I can't find their policy on the website, I don't book.