Roomer is a site that can help travelers unload non-refundable hotel bookings that they can no longer use. Here’s how it works.
If you’re selling:
1. You list
All you have to do is submit a few details about your reservation. They take care of everything else, including adding images and information about your hotel. Listing your reservation on Roomer is free and they charge a 15% service fee if your room sells.
2. They post
When someone books your room, their system contacts the hotel or booking agency in order to transfer the name on the reservation. You don’t have to do a thing.
3. You get paid
Guests pay through Roomer when they book your reservation and their Payment Guarantee ensures direct payment to you through their secure payment platform. You get paid 10 days after the guest checks out. Keep in mind you won’t get the full price back because you need to offer a lower price then what everyone else is selling but at least you can get something back.
If you’re buying:
1. You book
There’s no difference between booking with Roomer and booking somewhere else like Expedia.
2. They transfer
Once they receive your booking details, their system immediately gets to work transferring the reservation from the seller’s name to yours. They’ll notify you as soon as the transfer is complete.
3. You enjoy
The hotel will be waiting for you on the date of check-in just as they would for any customer who booked a room through a third party like Expedia. Just show up and check-in as you normally would.
What’s cool is that the site has an accurate comparison tool that lets you see what your savings are. For example, I put in Honolulu on July 1 and Roomer offered the Park Shore Waikiki for $222, while Expedia and others had it for $269.
In addition to the hotel rooms people are trying to resell, the site also lists about 500,000 rooms that aren’t rebookings. They go for the same prices as you would find on Expedia.com. For example, both Roomer and Expedia were selling the swanky Halekulani room for $825 a night.
Tip: I know people who get out of hotel cancellation fees in a clever way. When they find out they can’t use a hotel reservation after the deadline set in the cancelation policy, they just call the hotel directly and ask to reschedule the date to a week or month later. Later, they call the hotel again and cancel for free, since they’re no longer canceling after the deadline. It’s not the most respectable thing to do, but it works.
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