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Updates to the Starwood Cancellation Policy [eff for bookings from 15 Jan 2015]

Updates to the Starwood Cancellation Policy [eff for bookings from 15 Jan 2015]

 
Old Jan 8, 15, 2:49 pm
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Updates to the Starwood Cancellation Policy [eff for bookings from 15 Jan 2015]

Effective January 15, 2015, Starwood will implement a change to our room cancellation policy, which will be implemented at all Starwood hotels globally that currently offers a same-day-cancellation policy. After this change takes effect, guests must cancel a reservation as of 6:00 pm local time the day before arrival. This change will impact about 35% of our hotels, which currently allow for same day cancellation without penalty. The majority of Starwood hotels already have a cancellation policy of at least one day prior to arrival or greater.

The minimum room cancellation policy will apply to all new reservations made after January 15, 2015.

Starwood will be honoring any negotiated contractual rates. Reservations made under contracts will be governed by their negotiated terms.

If you have any questions about this change, please reach out to us.

Best regards,

Christopher Carman
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

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Old Jan 8, 15, 2:58 pm
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So what is the penalty amount $ ?

Thanks for the heads up!
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Old Jan 8, 15, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by tattikat2 View Post
So what is the penalty amount $ ?

Thanks for the heads up!
As usual, that will be determined by the individual property and cited in the rate terms at the time of booking and in confirmation emails.

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Old Jan 8, 15, 3:14 pm
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Boo. Not a fan.
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Old Jan 8, 15, 3:31 pm
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Bummer! Too many FTers gaming the system. Quite a few threads of booking multiple hotels in the same city and see which one provides the best upgrade on date of check in.
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Old Jan 8, 15, 3:43 pm
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Backwash from the recent Hilton announcement of the exact same policy.
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Old Jan 8, 15, 3:48 pm
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I would like to see airport hotels exempted from this policy. That's the only time I think I ever cancel day of, and it's usually due to circumstances out of my control.

Multiple bookings to see who gives the best upgrade? That is lame.
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Old Jan 8, 15, 4:35 pm
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Terrible stuff. Thanks for improving the BRG percentage, but I'd rather have the cancellation policy.

Sadly, there is no improvement, as "all Starwood hotels globally that currently offers a same-day-cancellation policy" means properties which require even 1 week's* notice beforehand won't have to adhere to this new policy.

* a rarity
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Old Jan 8, 15, 5:53 pm
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Originally Posted by xooz View Post
Backwash from the recent Hilton announcement of the exact same policy.
And Marriott
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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:08 pm
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And Marriott
And likely all the rest of the chains soon enough.

The hotel industry will likely start heading down the airline path; hotel executives have clearly seen the type of revenue that airlines generate via fees (change fees being one example) no matter how much FTer's or the public complain/dislike them.

Anyone that didn't see this coming from a mile away has had their head in the sand. I'm actually surprised it took this long...

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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:13 pm
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Given that Starwood seems to allow the hotel to choose to be quite punitive on "refundable" rates if they want (sometimes requiring cancellation more than a month in advance), allowing hotels to be flexible too would be an easy customer friendly policy that doesn't even require the participation of hotels that don't want to...
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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:46 pm
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I'm not a fan either - but all things considered this isn't the worst. 24 hours prior to arrival isn't a horrible cancel policy and I've also found that my status has enabled me to get the cancel policy waived in unique cases (where an emergency caused me not to be able to show). I can't say how stringent the hotel will be going forward (as this policy seems mandated from *wood rather than by hotel). In the past when I had an emergency, they called the specific hotel and in certain cases the hotel waived the cancellation policy and did not charge me.

Lurkers - will this new policy preclude individual hotels from waiving the fees on a case by case basis within the 24 hr timeframe?
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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelinSperry View Post
...Lurkers - will this new policy preclude individual hotels from waiving the fees on a case by case basis within the 24 hr timeframe?
I seriously doubt that anything will change in that regard.

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Old Jan 8, 15, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by scubadu View Post
The hotel industry will likely start heading down the airline path; hotel executives have clearly seen the type of revenue that airlines generate via fees (change fees being one example) no matter how much FTer's or the public complain/dislike them.
But the airline path allows cancellation up to just before the flight time, and often after the flight time, on refundable tickets.
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Old Jan 8, 15, 7:07 pm
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Occupation is high. They'll try to get whatever they can because if you don't fill the room, someone else will.

Wonder how long it'll last during a recession?


And correct me if I'm wrong but isn't there a legal challenge to the Marriott policy?
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