Question Of The Week: If I Don’t Show Up At A Hotel, Do I Still Get Credit?
This week’s question of the week: If I don’t show up at a hotel, do I still get credit for staying there? You’ve got a booking and want to know what happens if you don’t actually show up. Yes, you’ll probably still pay for it, but that’s not what this week’s question is about. Let’s examine paying for a hotel you aren’t going to and if this could work for any benefits.
What Happens If I Don’t Show Up To A Hotel?
Our question of the week comes from James, posted here:
Couple nights short of reaching Wyndham Diamond Status which I plan on status matching to Caesars Diamond. If I purchase a couple of night online with a pay in advance option will it credit the stays if I don’t physically check in?
James is specifically asking about his Wyndham account. However, I’m sure others are wondering about this given all of the Hyatt promotions lately. The question boils down to this:
Can I pay for a super-cheap hotel room somewhere, not go, but still get credit in my account?
It sounds dreamy. Find a super-cheap room on sale in the middle of Kansas and get credit for hotel stays to earn top-tier status with a hotel chain. Unfortunately, it likely won’t work.
Yes, there will be exceptions, but here’s the brass tacks:
Wyndham does not specifically address earning (or not earning) points / stay credits for a no-show. It’s not in their general rewards program terms & conditions. However, all of their promotions have it in the terms of the promotion. You don’t get credit for a stay if you didn’t show up.
I picked a random hotel program and Googled their policy on no-shows. Hilton’s terms & conditions are very clear, specifically saying you don’t get points or stays if you didn’t actually stay at the hotel.
Finding a cheap hotel and booking it online, racking up cheap nights toward elite status via a hotel far away, sounds awesome. However, I think the hotels are smarter than this. Additionally, this presents a liability for them by saying you were there if you weren’t. It could also put their jobs at risk, which isn’t worth it to the employees for the sake of your status-chasing.
There will be exceptions. Yes, you might be able to work something out with the hotel. Maybe the manager will help you out. However, you should expect to not earn stay credits or points if you didn’t set foot in the hotel room. If you’re trying to earn that status, I wouldn’t leave it up to all of the luck needed that I described above. I’d make sure the elements were under my control, not left to chance.