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what would you do? (advice on cancellation)

 Poster: A snowHead
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as it stands I have a hotel booked through booking.com for mid January 2021, there is free cancellation until November 15th and from the 15th November until December 15th I lose 50% of my money if I cancel

Do I cancel now and then hopefully re-book the same hotel at the last minute?
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NewSki wrote:
as it stands I have a hotel booked through booking.com for mid January 2021, there is free cancellation until November 15th and from the 15th November until December 15th I lose 50% of my money if I cancel

Do I cancel now and then hopefully re-book the same hotel at the last minute?


Sadly I would be very inclined to cancel. Then go last minute if allowed. Even in normal years mid Jan is very low season
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@NewSki, What @NickyJ typed.
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NewSki wrote:
as it stands I have a hotel booked through booking.com for mid January 2021, there is free cancellation until November 15th and from the 15th November until December 15th I lose 50% of my money if I cancel

Do I cancel now and then hopefully re-book the same hotel at the last minute?


Cancelling and re-booking a few days (as late as possible) before travel is the only sensible way to ski this winter.
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Cancel. When you do pay. Pay by credit card. You are far better protected
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@NewSki, certainly, cancel now and if the ski season opens for mid January re-book. Best wait to see exactly what is going to happen.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
We had to cancel by 1st November for full refund and did just that.
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Cancel.
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Cancel, and then email/call the hotel direct and see what their COVID terms are. Many hotels these days are offering very generous terms, even up to full cancellation and refund the day the booking starts; or a pro rata refund if you have to stop your holiday early.

And they may well agree to match the price online, or even better it.
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I'd play it safe and cancel, if it's the only element you booked. Too many downside risks this season to plan anything in advance.

Do you have any other bookings related to this trip...flights, transfers, car hire, channel crossings, etc?
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Another vote to cancel, unfortunately for resorts I can't see any shortage of accommodation this season. We have cancelled our NY trip
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Cancel. There will be a glut of accommodation in January.

Even with a Euro wide vaccine (March at the earliest IMHO for non key workers in good health). Plus a lot of skiers around Europe won't be able to afford it having been on reduced pay.
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You know it makes sense.
I would cancel. Then book directly with the hotel or through a UK tour op in January. you could also try contacting the hotel now and find out their terms if you were to book through them. Eg. they might have a better cancellation policy than booking.com.
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Hold it and hope!







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 Poster: A snowHead
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Quote:

as it stands I have a hotel booked through booking.com for mid January 2021, there is free cancellation until November 15th and from the 15th November until December 15th I lose 50% of my money if I cancel


Imho, it's not worth risking. Either find a location that allows you to do last minute cancellations (think 3 days in advance, or even the day before) or just go ahead and book last minute. I doubt things will be at full capacity even in peak season - plenty of people that will want to stay home or will want to "wait and see".

My trip this week got torpedoed by the light lockdown in Austria. There was a gentleman renting out an apt on Airbnb, and he had similar rules for the cancellation - 100% refund, 50% x days before (it was a 2-weeks before booking). I ask him "What if they announce a lockdown the day before I arrive, will I be able to cancel?". His answer was "of course, but don't worry, everything will stay open". Now here's the kicker - if you read Airbnb's rules, the advertised form of cancellation takes precedence even if you're surprised by a lockdown. So the guy had no reason to refund me, so he was just baiting me into a booking. (By comparison, another owner told me to wait until the last minute so I'm safe)

Point of that story is: plenty of people looking to make money off these changing rules and then shrugging their shoulders if something goes wrong. Take care of yourself, and be cautious with your own money, cause nobody else will be.
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