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Most Mexico-bound travelers are always looking to reserve the highest-rated hotel for the least amount of money. To compare rates, travelers can research bidding sites, third-party resellers, fixed-price sites and a Mexican hotel’s direct website. Because collecting reward points is an activity many frequent travelers participate in, those enrolled in reward programs most likely book directly through website.

Once on the website, many Mexican hotels give discounts to program members including those enrolled in AAA, AARP, CAA and the hotel’s rewards program. Because there are a set number of rooms offered for each discounted program, many travelers may find their desired rate program is booked; especially if traveling to Mexico during peak travel times. This means a traveler either has to choose another hotel or select the resort’s “best available” rate.

If opting to select the “best available” “advanced purchase” “online” or “Internet” rates, be careful when booking. Many of these rates require upfront payment and in exchange for a discount of 10 to 20% off, some hotels advertise these prices as being “non-refundable” or “fully pre-paid” with no cancellations or date changes. Whereas most hotels have a three to six day cancellation requirement in order to get a refund, no matter how far in advance a person cancels, the hotel has the option not to adjust or refund your money. Sometimes, in the event of an emergency, calling the hotel directly will allow travelers to plead their cases and get a full or partial refund, but because the no-refund policies were stated and a person booked under those terms, the contract has been entered into and a hotel is not required to refund anything.

For people concerned about travel emergencies, it may be best to book the next discounted price; choosing a rate that allows cancellations or date changes. Another alternative is to look into purchasing comprehensive travel insurance that covers hotel reimbursement and other pre-paid expenditures.