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Old Jan 27, 19, 4:47 pm
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Shortening/Dropping the Last Night from a Reservation?

Wondering if folks have any recent experience or advice for this situation. I have a 3 night stay reserved near DC at the Crystal City Reagan Airport Marriott on a AAA rate (so it's cancellable) in March. For personal reasons I now have to leave after 2 nights. However, the prices have changed now such that modifying the stay online to 2 nights actually costs $100 more than my current cost (and I'm paying out of pocket for this trip). I'm thinking my options are:

1. Call Reservations now (though I'm guessing they'll reprice it the same way as the website though)
2. Wait until I get there and ask at checkin (I've done this once successfully before at a conference hotel, but guessing that's a YMMV approach)
3. Call the property some time between now and March and ask them if I can drop the 3rd night

Any thoughts? I figure that the worst case is that I can keep the current reservation and leave a day early, and do the mobile checkout on the 3rd day - at least I wouldn't be spending any more than I currently am.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 4:52 pm
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Wondering if folks have any recent experience or advice for this situation. I have a 3 night stay reserved near DC at the Crystal City Reagan Airport Marriott on a AAA rate (so it's cancellable) in March. For personal reasons I now have to leave after 2 nights. However, the prices have changed now such that modifying the stay online to 2 nights actually costs $100 more than my current cost (and I'm paying out of pocket for this trip). I'm thinking my options are:

1. Call Reservations now (though I'm guessing they'll reprice it the same way as the website though)
2. Wait until I get there and ask at checkin (I've done this once successfully before at a conference hotel, but guessing that's a YMMV approach)
3. Call the property some time between now and March and ask them if I can drop the 3rd night

Any thoughts? I figure that the worst case is that I can keep the current reservation and leave a day early, and do the mobile checkout on the 3rd day - at least I wouldn't be spending any more than I currently am.
1. Won’t do this because as you said it may reprice.

2. This is what I do most of the time and almost always works. When you check in they will verify checkout date and just say you need to cut short one night.

3. I’ve only done this a few times but confirm with the hotel that the other nights’ rate won’t change, which worries me so I go back to #2
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Old Jan 27, 19, 4:54 pm
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4. Keep checking back on a periodic basis to see if the rate drops/stays the same when you drop the last night, since the trip is in March.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 5:10 pm
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Cancellation penalties are only for the first night of a stay. Just go there; check-in; then after the first night tell them you are leaving a day early. I do that all the time because my work plans change a lot or because I don't like the property.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 6:02 pm
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Originally Posted by ryw View Post
Wondering if folks have any recent experience or advice for this situation. I have a 3 night stay reserved near DC at the Crystal City Reagan Airport Marriott on a AAA rate (so it's cancellable) in March. For personal reasons I now have to leave after 2 nights. However, the prices have changed now such that modifying the stay online to 2 nights actually costs $100 more than my current cost (and I'm paying out of pocket for this trip). I'm thinking my options are:

1. Call Reservations now (though I'm guessing they'll reprice it the same way as the website though)
2. Wait until I get there and ask at checkin (I've done this once successfully before at a conference hotel, but guessing that's a YMMV approach)
3. Call the property some time between now and March and ask them if I can drop the 3rd night

Any thoughts? I figure that the worst case is that I can keep the current reservation and leave a day early, and do the mobile checkout on the 3rd day - at least I wouldn't be spending any more than I currently am.
I've had to do this on numerous occasions in the past, doing it online either the rate was unavailable or it priced higher. Each time I've called reservations and they have dropped off the last night keeping the same rate for the first two nights - without prompting from me. I've had equal success doing so at the property, either shortening on check-in or just checking out on an earlier day.

If you are certain about the change in plans, I would call reservations and ask them to shorten it. If it has to be re-priced they will let you know, at which point you can say "never-mind leave it as it was for now" without having lost anything and can try option 2.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 6:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Typhoonpilot View Post
Cancellation penalties are only for the first night of a stay. Just go there; check-in; then after the first night tell them you are leaving a day early. I do that all the time because my work plans change a lot or because I don't like the property.
He's not worried about cancellation, but the change in rate. Odds are when you've doing it at the hotel they're overriding the change in rate & matching the original rate - but they're not required to do so. But usually a better chance of having it done at the property level.

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Old Jan 27, 19, 8:08 pm
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I usually do it at the hotel itself. I've never had an issue, even when using a 7+ day stay rate.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 8:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Typhoonpilot View Post
Cancellation penalties are only for the first night of a stay. Just go there; check-in; then after the first night tell them you are leaving a day early. I do that all the time because my work plans change a lot or because I don't like the property.
You must tell them you're checking out 1 day earlier during check in. I have done this for the exact same reason, rate change.

If you tell them after the first night, they can impose $50 early departure penalty, not always depends on front desk.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 8:22 pm
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Thanks all! I'll likely to plan to check periodically to see if the prices changes before my stay and if not, deal with it at the property itself.
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