If, at check-in, you find your double beds have become one or you were placed in a smoking room, speak to the front-desk agent and request a change—politely.
Also, it's well worth calling the hotel before you arrive to confirm your requests, especially if any were made for medical reasons. Using Incorrect Arrival and Departure Dates Of this travel sin, I am guilty as charged.
Booking a hotel seems pretty straightforward, right?
And most times it is: Pick a destination, choose your dates, enter payment info, and voila, happy travels!
Hotel rates can soar in the days leading up to a particular date, and you could be left without a room if everything books up (or if nothing left is within your budget).
On the other hand, being an advanced planner can have its own disadvantages: Sure, you may want to have all of your travel ducks in a row as soon as possible, but it can actually cost you money to book your hotel room too early.
However, there are some big blunders you could be making when it comes to hotel reservations.
From booking on the wrong sites to forgetting to check some vital information, these mistakes could easily make or break your trip.
: Joining hotel loyalty programs is often free (we rounded up the top loyalty programs for you), and being a member can guarantee better room placement, free nights, or helpful amenities like complimentary breakfast or Wi-Fi. However, in the teeny-tiny fine print, most hotels also say that your requests aren't guaranteed.Also make sure to scope out Tim Winship's Miles & Points column, which we run each week.In it, Winship lists current credit card promotions. Making Reservations for the Wrong Hotel Travelers, beware: A misleading hotel name or location description could lead you to book an airport hotel when you think you're getting centrally located accommodations.Others, like resort fees, are mandatory, so you need to account for the additional cost when you book that hotel.Hotels are expected to display resort fees clearly, but OTAs may not and instead include vague language like "additional fees may apply." So call the resort and ask point-blank about additional resort fees before you book. Much like security lines, you aren't getting out of those. Booking at the Wrong Time As most procrastinators will readily admit, waiting until the last minute to make travel plans can have dire consequences for your credit card balance.: There are no easy answers as to when, exactly, is the best time to book a hotel room.