Ask the travel expert: Does the hotel levy a penalty for last minute cancellation?

Ask the travel expert: Does the hotel levy a penalty for last minute cancellation?

By Rakshit Desai

I just got my passport renewed; however my US visa is stamped on the old passport. In my new passport, there is a change in residential address. Can I still use my old passport for US travel or do I need to get the visa stamped again?
You don’t need to get your visa stamped again, just make sure you’re travelling with both passports – old and new. Keep in mind that your name and other personal data must be the same in both passports; change in residential address does not affect validity of visa.

I’m reserving a hotel room online through my credit card. Will the hotel levy a penalty for last minute cancellation on the day of arrival?
Cancellation policies vary from hotel to hotel and also depend on the platform you use for booking. Sometimes hotels offer special discounted rates that come with a strict cancellation policy which means that changes, refunds and cancellations will not be entertained. Generally, a strict cancellation policy means that you could be charged a penalty or might even have to pay for the entire stay (including taxes), in the event of cancellation. If you think last-minute cancellations could arise, look for hotels that offer a flexible cancellation policy. It is likely that their rates will be higher than usual but you may have the option to cancel upto 24 hours prior or even on the day of arrival without incurring a penalty.

My husband and I are travelling to Kuala Lumpur and Penang with our 2 year old kid. Can you suggest some attractions which we can enjoy together as a family.
Malaysia has several indoor and outdoor places that are fun with a toddler. In Kuala Lumpur, visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, Sunway Lagoon, National Zoo of Malaysia and Farm in the City which is a petting zoo. In Penang, Tropical Fruit Farm and Upside Down Museum etc are fun for both children and adults.

Will right-side driving prove difficult for me during a self-drive holiday in Europe?
As far as great holiday experiences go, self-driving in Europe, especially through the countryside, is right up there. Though right-side driving requires some getting used to, most people are able to pick it up soon. Carrental companies will be happy to rent to you on showing a valid Indian license (in English) and credit card. Of course, getting an automatic car helps because you have one less thing to worry about. Make an effort to read up on road signs and driving rules and regulations of the country you will be driving in. Most importantly, enjoy the drive!

Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: [email protected]

Flight Centre Travel Group, headquartered in Australia, is one of the world’s largest travel management companies. In India, the group operates an extensive portfolio of corporate and retail travel brands including FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller (corporate travel management),Travel Tours (leisure travel), FCM MICE (incentive travel and events) Travel Money India (foreign exchange), FCM InComing (inbound travel) and Travel Air Representations (travel wholesalers).