Doctor of Credit reports a data point from reddit that Hotels.com is offering at least some customers the option to get a 15% bonus when choosing to receive a Hotels.com credit in lieu of a cash refund on cancelled bookings. While cash is king, it might be worth taking a bonus like that in some cases.
We frequently see deals for discounted Hotels.com gift cards. As a couple of examples, there is currently an Amex Offer good for $10 back on $50 that we recently added to our Current Amex Offers and there has been a 10% back offer at Lowe’s (which expires at the end of June) whereby some folks may have purchased Hotels.com gift cards. As we reported a few months ago, those can once again be combined online.
If you’ve been waiting to make a cancellation, now may be a good time to do so especially if you think you’ll book again with Hotels.com in the future. Alternatively, if you’re sitting on some gift cards, now may be a good time to make a future booking. We noted that Hotels.com is currently offering double reward night credit on bookings made for the next few days. It appears that even a booking made with a gift card may be eligible for this type of 15% cancellation bonus if you need to cancel it. That said, I don’t have any Hotels.com bookings and I am not planning to make any, so I can’t confirm for sure that every booking will be offered this type of bonus rather than only being offered a refund. Of course, either is contingent on having booked a refundable reservation.