Many UK holidaymakers are booking stays at two or more hotels with a view to cancelling all but one at the 11th hour, prompting fears among accommodation businesses of last-minute cancellation “chaos”.
Avvio, a hotel technology provider, said its data showed that UK hotel cancellation rates were running at “scarily low” levels as consumers – some of whom would ideally like to travel abroad – hedged their bets and hoarded bookings.
Consumers are benefiting from the fact that many hotels and holiday firms have had to offer fully flexible cancellation to attract bookings for this summer and beyond, meaning they can be cancelled for free with perhaps just 24 hours’ or two to three days’ notice. Many travel experts have been urging people booking trips to opt for cancellable options if at all possible.
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