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Should I use Points or Cash on a reservation I might have to cancel?

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#1 C&O RR


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 10:13 AM

I am planning a trip (RVR to CHI) that I am only 50% sure that I will take.  I feel that I  need to book it now since the price is at low bucket and I want to make sure that I have a sleeper.


I am trying to decide whether it is best to use point or cash.  In the event that I have to cancel which payment option will give me the least grief and loss?

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 12:10 PM

Use your credit card. 


Last year, under the old cancellation/refund policy rules, I unexpectedly had to reschedule everything a week later than originally planned.  I used points going and credit card  returning...roomette both ways.  As it was less than 14 days advance revision, I got a 20% points penalty as it was less than 14 days (10%) AND I had a sleeper (another 10%).  I don't recall any penalty as they simply issued a voucher which was then immediately used.

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 12:40 PM

That refund policy has changed.
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Posted 22 March 2018 - 01:37 PM

The new policy and discussion is here.

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