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Tips for Making Internet Hotel Reservations

Getting the Best Rates for Your Stay

BOOK EARLY   Hotel rates are constantly changing in accordance with availability. Booking early is recommended to find the best rates. Once you find a rate you like it is a good idea to book right away.

CHECK FEE AMOUNT   Independent online booking agencies charge small fees for booking online.  The fee is not per day you reserve a room but charged once on the whole transaction.  These fees can differ widely from a few dollars to as much as ten dollars and are non-refundable if you cancel.  If you book through this site the fee is only $1.50.   Book Now

Make sure you understand when your credit card is charged and the hotel's cancellation policy

PREPAY  To get the best internet rate, called Websaver rates, your whole stay will be charged at the time you make your reservation.  This is called prepayment.   Web saver rates are well below the published rates the hotels offer to most customers but require prepayment and are usually non-refundable.

PAY DEPOSIT  Some hotels require a deposit at the time you make the reservation online.   This is an amount to hold your reservation and is often the equivalent of one night's stay.  In most instances, deposits are recoverable if the cancellation is made before the forfeiture deadline.   The forfeiture deadline is usually from 48 to 72 hours before your arrival.   Each hotel has its own policy.

PAY AT TIME OF STAY  Some of the less expensive hotels and motels only require that your credit card be verified.  In this case, you settle up with the hotel at the end of your stay.