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13 July 2009 @ 09:47 pm
A travel etiquette question  
Next week I am flying to Minneapolis. I have reserved my flight and my hotel room through Priceline, at the same time. I will not be getting to the hotel until midnight or later.

Should I call the hotel and confirm my reservation and specify that I will be a very late arrival? If so, when should I make the call -- this week, next week, the day before?

ETA: Consensus seems to be that yes, I should call and confirm, with most of the votes for when being "same day or day before". Thanks!
Raoul Dukedrjeff on July 14th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Whenever I've done it, I've done it the day I was due to arrive. I always feared that the information would just get lost otherwise. That way, you can make sure that they are not going to assume that you're not coming.
Nannimuejohn on July 14th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Since it's prepaid they should hold the room for you regardless; but in a similar situation I always call ahead of time. It doesn't matter how far in advance, since at the most they're just putting a note in their record of your reservation. The exception might be if you're booked with a B&B or other small outfit that might still be handling reservations by hand.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippyfatfred on July 14th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)

I usually call to confirm, especially if it is a late arrival.
what doesn't kill me better run: carly: fhm neck tensioncarlyinrome on July 14th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)

Coming from a family of people in the hotel business: call that day.

Have a fun and safe trip.

Stephen Harrissweh on July 14th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
Depends on the size of the hotel. Small hotels, yes, definitely let them know you'll be late. Large hotels and chains typically hold the room for a day and then charge for a no-show.

However, it never hurts to let the hotel know you'll be a late check in. Doing it the day before is safest for all hotel sizes (large hotels will handle it no matter when you call; small hotels might have issues if you call too early). It's not always easy to do it the day before, though, so in my opinion, anytime up to a week before hand is reasonable (and if they mess up then it won't be because of your actions; it would be their mistake).
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on July 14th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I would do the day before or the day of, because (a) you don't want them to let out the room (if they fill up and you don't call, they might consider you a no-show and let out the room) and (b) you never know if your flight will change or something else will come up. Several flights I've done (especially through places like Priceline) have changed the flight time by up to two hours one direction or another, and done so a couple of times before the day of the flight (over a month or so). If you call too early, you may be calling them twelve times to keep up with all the changes.
Maggiesillymagpie on July 14th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I agree with drjeff and bldrnrpdx. I'd call that morning. If you call too far in advance, notes can be lost between shifts.
Barbrahirah on July 14th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I think it would be sufficient to call them the day before.

(How long are you going to be in Minneapolis? I'm going to be there in two and a half weeks for Writercon.)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 14th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
I'm going for the IAAP International Education Forum and Annual Meeting; I'll be there from late Friday night, July 24, through mid-day Thursday, July 31.
Barbrahirah on July 14th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
You're leaving just as I get there, then. Maybe we can wave at the airport. *g*