If I Pay a Nonrefundable Fee For A Hotel But My Doctor Diagnosed Me As Having A Serious Illness Shouldn’t The Hotel Be Willing To Refund My Money?

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Hotels tend to be relatively rigid about sticking to their rules and are unlikely to refund your money. Some hotels may bend the rule a bit and allow you to reschedule. But, it is safest to buy trip insurance.

However, if this does happen to you, it doesn’t hurt to ask the hotel for a refund – especially if you are a frequent traveler and/or a repeat customer of this hotel or its chain of hotels.

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