Life happens, and sometimes plans change. But you shouldn’t have to let your hotel reservation, let alone your money, go to waste. We’re here to take the stress out of changing your travel plans, and we take this mission very seriously. Here are four tips for selling your nonrefundable hotel reservation and getting some of your money back.
1. Create a Roomer Listing
Roomer is the secondary marketplace for buying and selling nonrefundable hotel reservations; you can think of us as a StubHub for nonrefundable hotel reservations.
But what makes Roomer special is not necessarily what we do, but how we do it. Unlike other online marketplaces, which tend to be risky–especially for buyers–Roomer validates every single reservation, so buyers can book your room with confidence. And when someone buys your reservation, we take care of everything, from the name change to the money transfer.
2. Price to Sell
Pay attention, folks, this one is very important. For buyers, the appeal of Roomer is the opportunity to pay less for a hotel reservation than they would if they were to book it elsewhere (such as Expedia or Hotels.com). That said, make sure that you price your listing competitively. We recommend listing your room for at least 20% off its market price–meaning the rate at which the room is currently selling, not necessarily the rate at which you originally purchased the room. The larger the discount, the more likely your room will sell.
Remember–recovering a percentage of your money, whether it’s 80% or even 50%, is better than losing all of it!
3. Spread the word!
Share, share, share! We do our part to spread the word about your room, but we’ve done our research and we’ve discovered that the more internet exposure a listing gets, the more likely someone will buy it. Share your listing on your social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to do so as well. Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and with our Share-O-Meter, you have all the resources you need in order to take advantage. We call it “Spreading the Roomer.” Get it??
4. Join the Conversations
Posting a link to your listing in forums such as Craigslist or TripAdvisor is an effective way to get targeted exposure. Keep in mind, people are looking for very specific things on these types of forums, and your listing could be just what the doctor ordered. Joining the conversations taking place in forums around the web is the best way to expose your listing to travelers who are specifically searching for a hotel room, meaning that they’re more likely to purchase yours.