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Old 01-06-2015, 01:53 PM   #15
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Last month we made a reservation at Happy Traveler in Tampa for 4 days. At least 45 days before our reservation date, we called and ask to cancel since my husband needed to have eye surgery. They said they would cancel but not refund the money for our stay, but we could come anytime within 12 months. They did not explain the cancellation policy to me when I called and made the reservation, nor did they tell me the whole amount would be charged up front. When I told them that, they said "Well we usually do". We ended up changing the surgery date instead of loosing all that money.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:10 PM   #16
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I have never heard of that either. I'm glad you got to change your surgery date.
I guess I should have called and asked about a different date but I was so bummed out about not going, never thought of that but another posted suggested that..
I hope your surgery goes well and prayers to the surgeons hands, and to you also,
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:30 PM   #17
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There's a trick to this.
When cancelling on short notice, and you are offered a date in the future with no loss/forfieture, go ahead and make the reservation - at least 60 to 90 days out. Then call back week later, and cancel that reservation, without loss, as you are now cancelling with PLENTY of prior notice. ;^)

Love it! Great idea!
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That trick is lying about it and frequently causing a small family business to lose money. We were in the lodging business and lost thousands of dollars due to this type of thing. A reservation is a contract. We promise to show up and they promise to turn away all others for you. They are dealing in a perishable product. When a site is empty, that revenue can never be recouped. We never charged if we rerented, but if a customer caused a room to be empty with a last minute cancellation when I had turned away others, I charged them and had no misgivings at all. There are a small % of folks out there who will lie and cheat about things.
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We had made our reservations, paid full fee on arrival. Had to leave 9 days early, due to family medical crisis at home. As for refund on balance of days, of course the answer was no. Problem for me was that this place is hard to get in, and has a long waiting list. The other couple we were traveling with stayed. We left before 9:00 am. Someone else pulled in our spot by noon. GREED !!!😁. Where you ask? Creede Co. Near the airport.
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Most campgrounds provide their rules either online or when the reservation is made. (And if they DON'T, then be sure you ASK.) Once you agree to those rules, you have no basis to complain when you don't hold up your end of the agreement.
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Old 01-14-2015, 03:21 PM   #21
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That trick is lying about it and frequently causing a small family business to lose money. We were in the lodging business and lost thousands of dollars due to this type of thing. A reservation is a contract. We promise to show up and they promise to turn away all others for you. They are dealing in a perishable product. When a site is empty, that revenue can never be recouped. We never charged if we rerented, but if a customer caused a room to be empty with a last minute cancellation when I had turned away others, I charged them and had no misgivings at all. There are a small % of folks out there who will lie and cheat about things.
There are others that do pretty much the same by renting the campsite out after the cancellation, keeping the reservation money without a second thought. I've never heard of anyone getting a credit when/if their cancelled site is rented again.

Stuff happens on the road, and in life. Plans must often change out of necessity.

Personally, I would never make a reservation if I thought I could get a site without one. I hate the idea of making that commitment. It's completely contrary to my lifestyle since retirement. That means the only time I'm interested in making a reservation is when I expect you're busy. Tough time believing that given several days you can't fill that site when you're busy.

Bottom line, it's a 2 way street...
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Actually, most honest owners will not screw their customers. Credit card processor usually ask the question about rerenting right away if the card holder disputes and will do the refund if it has been rented. Many times we had later reservations after giving a deserved refund. All business is a two way street. We rarely make reservations unless it is on a holiday weekend and have never been left in the lurch.
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When I read some of the above posts.......? ....and some wonder why all the rules and regulations that most places have in place these days..........Most are a full page! Rules and laws are made to correct problems...........
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There's a trick to this.
When cancelling on short notice, and you are offered a date in the future with no loss/forfieture, go ahead and make the reservation - at least 60 to 90 days out. Then call back week later, and cancel that reservation, without loss, as you are now cancelling with PLENTY of prior notice. ;^)
This the "Only" way to handle it! This way you're staying within the rules and everyone gets what they want. Happy Trails Y'all.
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Except potentially the small family business who had an empty site that he had turned away somebody else for. That family is out the money, but don't worry, you are OK.
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Okay last time, I don't care about the 50 bucks. I just found it unprofessional to treat a customer this way. I will bet you the 50 bucks, that they had the spot reserved with in 24 hours.
I didn't nor do I have plans for leaving the S&B this winter. So I didn't go to another CG.
Case closed
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