Travel Troubleshooter: Missed hotel reservation by a month

I made a reservation for two rooms at Cedar Breaks Lodge in Brian Head, Utah, for our family vacation during Christmas break. I made the booking by phone through

I received a confirmation email, but I didn’t check the dates. I failed to notice the reservation was for November, not December.

Today I received an email from asking about my “recent” stay at Cedar Breaks. Suspecting an error had been made, I checked my emails and realized I did not catch the mistake. I called and requested the recording of our phone conversation, and they declined.

I also called Cedar Breaks Lodge, and since my reservation was made on the website, they said they could not refund me, either. I am going to lose $980 for a hotel room I couldn’t use.

Can you please give me advice on how to get a full or partial refund? I am willing to pay for one night, but getting charged for four nights for two rooms is excessive.

– Elise Chon, Fullerton

You’re right, that’s pretty excessive for a “no show.” Normally, you only have to pay for a night. should have reviewed the recordings of your reservation, and when it refused, you were right to contact me.

A miscommunication like this is easy to avoid. If you’re booking by phone, ask the representative to repeat the dates of your stay. Then check the dates on your confirmation, and if they don’t match your itinerary, contact the online agency immediately.

Crossed wires can happen easily when you’re dealing with an offshore call center, so my recommendation is to use the computer to make your booking. After all, a site like is optimized for Internet bookings, and I’m sure if it could avoid having a call center, it would.

Getting a form letter rejecting your request isn’t the end of the line. You can appeal to through its website or directly to the property, and failing that, you can dispute the charges on your credit card. Fortunately, none of that would be necessary.

I contacted on your behalf. It investigated your case and found it made “an error on our side.” changed your reservation, so you’ll be able to stay at Cedar Breaks for Christmas, after all.