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Just Some Dude in Jersey
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I'm going to cancel my hotel rezzies due to the virus and because my car isn't ready.

If by some miracle my car starts behaving and I regain my trust in it, I can always day trip up there on Saturday.

Don't count on it.

I'm high risk at age 61 and a smoker and I work around several hundred people a day at the Post Office and we touch everything. Heck, I might catch it at work and infect people at gatherings such as car shows before I show any symptoms.

I'm not normally a chickenshit about stuff like this. But both the governors of NJ and PA are suggesting no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 2 months and I just heard from a fellow worker that there is now an 8pm curfew being instituted to keep people out of bars and they're closing the casinos, schools, everything.

Cancelling gives me a big break from the pressure I'm putting on myself to get this car running properly enough to get to Carlisle. That pressure is multiplying the displeasure I'm having with my car woes. I haven't enjoyed my car hobby for almost a year. Car show season will likely not happen this year, so that takes even more pressure off of me.

Maybe I'll see some of you at OctOpelfest.

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I think Carlisle is on the tail end of when they are hoping to reopen things, and in a way I know they are going to cancel it. It would be weird not going this year, in which I have gone there straight since around 2007-8. I didn't go one year there...but yeah, I always look forward to Carlisle, its the start of our car show year, and I'm always busy right up to it getting ready. This year though I wasn't planning a big to do about it anyways. Maybe bring a couple of things up, and then maybe camp, cause I didn't want to spend money on the Hotel accommodations. If they have it, I'll be there, but not holding my breath
 

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Aaaarrgghh! I just called the hotel to cancel and they said that they won't refund my money. The muthafluffers charged me for the room already almost 6 months in advance! I made the rez on 12/4/19. So, $277.50 for 2 nights down the drain. They told me to call back tomorrow to talk to the manager. :mad:
 

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Aaaarrgghh! I just called the hotel to cancel and they said that they won't refund my money. The muthafluffers charged me for the room already almost 6 months in advance! I made the rez on 12/4/19. So, $277.50 for 2 nights down the drain. They told me to call back tomorrow to talk to the manager. :mad:
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which hotel? My booking says I have up until the day before.

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I think Carlisle is on the tail end of when they are hoping to reopen things, and in a way I know they are going to cancel it. It would be weird not going this year, in which I have gone there straight since around 2007-8. I didn't go one year there...but yeah, I always look forward to Carlisle, its the start of our car show year, and I'm always busy right up to it getting ready. This year though I wasn't planning a big to do about it anyways. Maybe bring a couple of things up, and then maybe camp, cause I didn't want to spend money on the Hotel accommodations. If they have it, I'll be there, but not holding my breath
Call and challenge the charge with your credit card company. They have a lot more leverage with the business than we do.
 

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Call and challenge the charge with your credit card company. They have a lot more leverage with the business than we do.
They will insist to see evidence that you have exhausted options with the vendor first.

So, do talk to the manager and etc first, but when that fails, off to the CC company.
 

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Did you book through the hotel or an online travel site? If the latter, you get charged when you book. It's not the hotel, it's the booking site.
 

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It looks like the Holiday Inn Express charges you the whole amount and calls that a deposit. If you cancel, it says you forfeit your deposit. Thats a scam.

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Lets hope the Carlisle car show does not get cancelled, and this virus whirlwind ceases soon. Though I live too far to attend, its always nice to hear and see the pictures that members post from the event.
Gordo hang in there fellow Opeler :) you will get your Opel going. As far as your refund on the hotel, make sure to tell the manager it is due to the virus. I'm sure you will get refunded especially as a result of the virus issue.
 

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Gordon, pitch a fit and contact the court that oversees that area. Get some names to toss around. Find out if they have a weakness and exploit it. Post on the review sites relentlessly if they don't refund you.
 

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Was the hotel rate a lower, non-refundable rate? If so, that certainly gives you less leverage. I would wait a bit before throwing in the the towel, or a fit. Things are going to be in flux for quite a while.
 

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Sorry. Not watching what I click on, but this was scheduled for April and has been moved. It will be interesting to see how the local hotels deal with the change. They go from being full in April to empty and if they have existing reservations for the May weekend it might not be as simple as just moving all the reservations over.
 

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I haven't pursued the cancellation mentioned in my first post, but I just received the message below from Wyndam/Super 8 hotels:

<<< Our mission is to make hotel travel possible for all, and that becomes especially important during times of uncertainty. In light of COVID‑19, we’re updating our policies in an effort to help guests and offer greater flexibility.

With that in mind, our enhanced cancellation policy is as follows: New or existing direct bookings for stays at any of our hotels through May 31, 2020 will now have cancellation or change penalties waived if the request is received at least 24 hours (or less if permitted by the hotel’s policy) prior to arrival. Plus, for new or existing direct bookings with arrivals after May 31, all of our properties are required to accommodate non-cancelable rate reservation changes if the request is received at least 48 hours prior to arrival and the same number of room nights or more are booked for a future stay.

We know these are challenging times and hope to welcome you back to one of our hotels soon. In the meantime, we encourage you to consider the guidelines provided by the WHO and CDC when making travel decisions for you and your family. For additional information about our updated policies, please visit the link below. >>>


So, it seems that if you reserved a room at the Super 8 you can cancel it with no penalty.
I don't suppose that Wyndam owns Holiday Inn Express, so I guess I'm still out of luck.
 

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I refuse to stay in Wyndam properties. We pre-paid a room six months in advance in Colorado Springs but were told upon arrival they had no room. The big football game at the Academy was allowing them to get $250 a night while we had paid $69. So they got us a room at the Holiday Inn Express. When the staff at the Express called over to the Wyndam, we got to hear them say oh no, the rate isn't $69, we are getting $179. They got the thumbs-up from us as we laughed our way to the room. It has gotten harder as Wyndam has bought up many of the hotel chains.
 

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