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Hotels tighten cancellation policies

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You made a hotel reservation and now, for one reason or another, you need to cancel. It happens.

At most hotels, you were fairly safe in assuming that you could cancel as late as 24 hours prior to arrival without a penalty or cancellation charge.

But that's not necessarily the case anymore. At some big-name hotels, such as Marriot and Hilton, it's now 48 hours in advance. And at some hotels, it’s 72 hours.

Edgar Dworsky runs the website ConsumerWorld.org. He recently warned readers about the potentially costly cancellation policy changes.

“If you don't give that advance notice, they can charge you for the first night's stay,” Dworsky said. “So be sure to check the hotel website before you make the reservation so you know what the rules are."

Dworsky points out that some hotel chains, such as Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels, just initiated a 24-hour cancellation rule for their properties in the U.S.

Bottom line: Whenever you make travel arrangements that require a credit card number, check the cancellation or refund policy before you confirm that transaction.

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