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I'm Asking: Have You Ever Canceled a Vacation?

I'm Asking: Have You Ever Canceled a Vacation?

After the oft-annoying planning and booking process, the last thing on my mind is canceling a vacation. However, I once preliminarily booked hotel rooms for a pal's birthday with a 24-hour-notice cancellation policy directly from the resort's website. I knew I'd secured something at a good price while I diligently monitored my favorite travel sites to see if a room at a more desirable hotel would significantly drop in price (it did) or if I changed my mind and decided to go a different weekend (did that, too.).

Sadly my parents have to cancel their planned Caribbean vacation next week — however, since the doctor won't let my father fly, he's faxed notes to the hotel and, thankfully, they'll be fully refunded and the card credited for their flights.

Whether intentional or not, have you ever backed out of a trip (and, if so, did you lose any money in the process)?

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twirtygrrl twirtygrrl 7 years
Yes, my husband broke his jaw 5 days before we were supposed to leave for Hawaii. We had purchased our air, hotel & car rental through When I canceled the trip we were refunded approximately half of our money straightaway. The next day CostcoTravel called to say the hotel would refund their portion in full. I had purchased travel insurance (only $54 for both of us) and filed a claim with the insurance company for the rest of the money and received a full refund.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I had to cancel many years ago when my father got sick; it was one of the few times that I bought travel insurance so I got a full refund on everything.
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 7 years
I once booked a fancy hotel room for me and my guy when I was visiting him, and he got really upset that I had spent so much so I canceled the reservation. Luckily I only had to pay the booking fee of $25.
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