Budget, Hotels

“Roomer” Your Non-Refundable Hotel Room

May 16, 2014 by


Book a hotel stay only to find out at the last minute that your plans have changed? Most hotels have strict no-refund policies, but a new site is helping travelers to get back at least some of their money.

Billing themselves as “a Stubhub for hotel rooms,” RoomerTravel.com allows you to list booked hotel rooms for sale on their site. The idea is to put up your room at a discounted rate so you can attract bargain hunters to your listing and at least recoup half of your cost.

Once someone buys your reservation, Roomer takes care of changing the name on the reservation (they also work to verify hotel reservations sent in by sellers to ensure that the listings are legit). Once a reservation is bought by a fellow traveler, sellers can choose to receive their payment via Paypal or a Western Union money payment (the payment will come directly from Roomer since you’re not getting a refund from the hotel).

And best of all, Roomer doesn’t charge anything to create your listing, meaning if your room doesn’t sell, all you’re out is the initial cost of the hotel room, which you would’ve lost anyway. What have you got to lose?

photo credit: RoomerTravel.com

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