Nonrefundable booking on booking.com

Qualcomm gtFV83
Jul 11 53 Comments

Hello Blind team

By mistake I ended up booking a non refundable hotel worth 3000usd on booking.Com for Paris. It was solely meant for visa application purposes so I m not actually planning to visit on those days. Is there anyway I can still get refund? The reservation is one month apart from now but still Hyatt hotel and booking.com is not very keen to help. I purchased this with amex platinum card which do not offer any travel insurance. Is there any way I can buy a third party insurance now and claim it on some medical ground last minute?

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  • Expedia e2t2
    Ignore the moral and ethics lecture being given in comments above. People, companies cheat and do fraud to the tune of millions and billions. Govt. is giving away your medical deducted from paycheck to leechers.

    Yes you can buy third party insurance within even a week before flying. Claim medical ground. Just visit a doctor with twisted ankle few days prior with unable to fly.
    I know my comment will get backlash. But we are being cheated everyday by ins. companies all the time. In a bigger picture it all evens out.

    Next time buy free cancellation booking. If you can afford 3000USd nonrefund..you can afford few hundred more
    Jul 11 7
    • Hurrr durrr they do bad so we do bad durrr
      Jul 11
    • Expedia e2t2
      OP, dont listen to ethics and moral professors here. You dont know what really they do when they get in similar situations. Who knows....
      Jul 11
    • Google duper
      That is some dumb advice. The way you dismiss people is also equally stupid.

      You cant justify immoral behavior by showing immoral thinngs done by others. That leads to never ending corruption.
      Jul 11
    • Google duper
      Are you us born?
      Jul 11
    • Booking.com S8n
      if the reservation is non refundable I'm not sure a basic insurance will cover that
      Jul 11
  • Amazon ijustcant
    Insurance fraud is always a great idea!
    Jul 11 1
    • Google duper
      Yeah dont do this, it would be a lame move.
      Jul 11
  • Carvana WingItMan
    Looks like you’re going on a trip
    Jul 11 0
  • You did something to help you lie, and now you want help lying more?
    Jul 11 0
  • Booking.com / Mgmt uxui
    Claim to Booking CS that you had the filter free cancellation on when you did the booking and it was never stated that it was non refundable during the check out, or at least it was not visible enough for you, so you booked believing (mislead by the site) that was free cancellation. With all experiments they run all time they can not prove how was the site looking for you at that moment. Tell them that you will do a chargeback if they don't cancel it, and do the chargeback with your credit card immediately if they reject your petition to cancel. You will win the chargeback and chargebacks are very bad for them.
    7d 2
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Either you’re trolling or.....
    Jul 11 1
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      I am not trolling.
      Jul 11
  • Google helllooooo
    maybe you should just take the trip and something magical will happen with your partner OR you will meet someone. and then it will turn into a lovely story and be a hilarious memory to retell to your grandchildren.
    Jul 11 0
  • Booking.com LEjx03
    Give me res #
    Jul 11 1
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      Sent you the private message
      Jul 11
  • Google duper
    Call booking support, they call the property and do some form of negotiation. They might talk down that 3k to somethibg like 200$ or 0, depending on what the property says
    Jul 11 2
    • Oracle pzd
      To negotiate, you need leverage. What's OPs leverage?
      Jul 11
    • Google duper
      Leverage is not always necessary. Op said there is 1month still, hotel can cancel and book it for someone else.

      I know because i had to do similar thing for some reservation i could not use just last week.
      Jul 11
  • Comcast dontdie
    If you can’t get a refund, actually go and stay there lol. Looks like an awesome place. It won’t feel like a waste
    Jul 11 0
  • Booking.com FXtf26
    Make the card linked to reservation impossible to charge in any way (block, close, drain of funds).

    Sometimes it’s possible to update card details after booking. Try putting some useless card instead.
    Jul 11 1
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      They have already charged 2900 4 days back
      Jul 11
  • Oracle / Eng sofakinghi
    You are SOL. Had this happen once. Was careless on the date I booked and submitted the wrong dates. Noticed as soon as it processed and tried to call them two seconds later. They refused to do anything and blamed the hotel. Hotel was kind enough to credit it and use the dates we needed. Will never use booking. Com again
    Jul 11 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    You thought you found some loophole, cheaped out by using booking.com, now you have to pay the price for trying to cheat.
    Jul 11 11
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      I could have booked booking with 3 days prior cancellation even if I don't plan to travel. But I booked by mistake a non refundable.. I hope you take oath now to shut your mouth and open your brain..
      Jul 12
    • Oath Atinlay2
      Nothing in the official documentation tells you to book a fake trip. You’re trying to cheat the system and you got caught. Plain and simple. I hope you never get a refund.
      Jul 12
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      Have you ever applied for schenghen visa in your whole sucked up life.. You must be sitting in rat holes while life..
      Jul 13
    • Oath Atinlay2
      What? Is that English?
      Jul 13
    • Oracle pzd
      Yes. Auto-corrected for your reading pleasure.
      Jul 13
  • Booking.com S8n
    tldr: afraid it's time to start saving again

    1.don't book for visa
    2. not sure a basic insurance will cover the cost of a non refundable reservation
    3. reselling the reservation implies changing guest names: the properties have the right to refuse >any< modification on non-refundables

    respectfully, in case you plan to use b.com again, I advise you to check if you're really ok with the conditions, then you shouldn't have surprises.
    hope it helps
    Jul 11 2
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      Even after selecting filter for free cancellation booking.com still shows other options which are not refundable. This led to the confusion in this booking..
      Jul 11
    • Booking.com S8n
      the filter only exists in the search page; it removes all the properties that do not have >any< free cancellation room on sale.
      Once you make your choice and click on one among the properties, all its offers (non-ref included) are listed again.
      Jul 11
  • Facebook public2
    Rofl
    Jul 11 0
  • Mr. Cooper kvGG03
    Literally had the same thing happen, we booked refundable hotel then modified dates to make sure it was ok for the visa. It turned into nonrefundable. We did not see it say it would be come nonrefundable. Disputed it with credit card and won. $1500.

    Just file a dispute and thats pretty much all you can do
    Jul 11 0
  • Oracle pzd
    Maybe check out https://www.roomertravel.com/. Idk if you can sell your booking, but worth a shot.
    Jul 11 0
  • Google / Data noobler
    Auction the room
    Jul 11 2
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      Any website you know
      Jul 11
    • Google / Data noobler
      eBay lol. Or maybe Reddit.
      Jul 11
  • Booking.com b.yzantine
    Sorry, but you got defeated by enemy within. Call Hotel directly and negotiate.
    Jul 11 1
    • Qualcomm gtFV83
      OP
      I offered to change the date or give hotel specific credit and still they deny... So you know now who is having enemy inside..
      Jul 11
  • Booking.com B.Ram
    Sell the booking on FB, Craigslist or something similar if you’ve paid for it.
    Jul 12 0