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Old 07-23-2011, 10:10 AM   #43
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I've stayed in some nice parks and the price is just enough to cover the cost of the electric I use. I can't believe $10 would hurt anyone. It wasn't their fault you canceled. I'm surprised some parks will reserve you a spot but won't charge you until you get there. I've never run in to a problem. The only problem I ever had was always my fault. I've never had a reservation and got there and they didn't have a spot for me. I can't see how some parks stay in biusness.

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Old 07-23-2011, 12:02 PM   #44
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Just this past winter I reserved a spot in south FL for a month, had to cancell 2 weeks in advance due to a new law inacted in FL for health care workers & the time alotted by FL to do a background check. We were unaware of this policy. We also had just completed the same background check less than a year earlier. In the end we lost our $600 deposit & were cleared to work in the state 30 days later. By this time we already were in Baltimore working. Our fault, our loss. $10, I wish.

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Old 07-23-2011, 12:27 PM   #45
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Almost $300 for a tank of gas makes it hard for me to worry about a $10 cancellation fee. Many upscale hotels are now offering discount rates on reservations which are non-cancellable. Regular price applies to reservations with a cancellation option, and there may still be a fee.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:51 PM   #46
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KOA fee is cheaper than ReserveAmerica. There is a fee to book, a fee to change, a fee to cancel. Sometimes my plans don't work out and I will call and change a reservation. By calling I can cut out one the booking fee by changing my reservation instead of cancelling and booking a complete new reservation.

I know where you are coming from but I hate to say this but I thought you got off cheap with only the $10 charge.

This is not the case with you but it's not uncommon for people to book a range of dates, then later on select the actual dates and cancel the extra dates.

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Old 07-23-2011, 01:07 PM   #47
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I agree,... the KOA in West Yellowstone, I had a reservation for X dollars, when I arrived they charged me more.
Full park, what are you going to do? Avoid them from then on, that's what I do.
Been there once, will never be back! Mosquitoes were so thick you couldn't even stay outside. Friends were charged extra for each child, then the park refused to let them use the swimming pool and kicked them out of the game room.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:26 PM   #48
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Wow. Never thought that KOA had so many issues. But anyway, I made these reservations on May 30, 2011. I cancelled them 42 days later. Ironically, 42 days before the check in date. I didn't block them out a year in advance and tie up their reservation system. I guess shame on me for not really reading the fine print on cancellations. Not that it would have changed my mind, because this particular campground comes highly recommended. The policy was restated in the e-mailed confirmation they sent me after I made the reservation. But what they have inadvertently done, is stop me from recommending the campground at all to anyone because of this policy. Any KOA, in fact. And I'm certainly not going to stand there and recite their cancellation policy to prospective campers.

Look, that time of year up there is peak. If they can't rent out that site during August, they've got some bigger problems. This is all said on a realistic basis. Again, I know shame on me for not reading the fine print, but as another member stated, even most hotels don't charge a cancellation policy that far out.

KOA policy, I guess, but come on....
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We generally prefer to camp at state or Federal parks, but we've camped at private campgrounds, too, including some KOA campgrounds. This summer we made reservations at a State Park, and later decided to extend the stay by one night. All was paid in advance via credit card. After we arrived we found that we had to leave according to the original schedule. The cancellation penalty was one night's fee plus $5.00. We just left according to our original plan. Whether they rented that spot or not was of no concern to us. Had we known a month prior that we wouldn't need that extra night we could have just stuck with the original plan. Oh well, that $20 (or whatever that one night cost) won't break us. Canceling would have cost us more.

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