If you don’t check out your hotel, they will bill your credit card for any charges you didn’t pay. If you still need to provide your billing information, they will call you up for payment or seek help from the police.
We have all had to check into a hotel at least once or twice. For people who don’t travel that frequently, all formalities regarding check-ins and check-outs can be confusing.
If you are someone who has been wondering about the same, you should be reading this article. Here, I will tell you all the reasons for checking out of a hotel and why you should do it.
Is It Necessary To Check Out Of A Hotel?
Yes, it is courteous and sometimes even necessary to check out of a hotel. You need to check out formally to be able to dispute any leftover bills.
Technically, there are no severe consequences for not checking out of a hotel. If all your bills are clear, you can leave the hotel after depositing the key in the room or at the reception.
However, you might want to reconsider the temptation if you have bills pending. I understand that many anxious people may wish to avoid the check-out process.
But hear me out – You must check out formally to contest any unreasonable bills the hotel may charge you. Even if you don’t pay the bill, they have authorized your credit card since they have that information.
If they need your billing info, they might try to contact you through email or mobile. If you refuse to pay, they will file a case at their local police station.
When this happens, you will be in big trouble. The police might visit you or ask you to make an appearance at the station to make you pay the money.
To avoid all these hassles, you should always check out of a hotel before you leave. It is the right thing to do and can be seen as a common courtesy.
Additionally, when you check out in person, you can raise a dispute if you are wrongly billed. I suggest you review all the receipts to ensure they haven’t made mistakes.
If you find mistakes in the bill later, it will be easier to dispute them. You may have to run around to get your money back.
The check-out process is straightforward, so I recommend you do it. It will help you avoid problems and pay all bills in person.
Do Hotels Still Charge You If You Don’t Check-In?
Yes, hotels may charge you even if you don’t check in. However, they may make some considerations if you inform them beforehand.
Most hotels nowadays prefer billing people during the booking process. You won’t get any money back if you don’t attend the hotel even after being billed.
If they haven’t billed you but have your info, you will be charged in case of a no-show. The reason is that they may have turned away customers to keep your room booked.
However, there is one thing you can do to avoid getting billed. You can inform the hotel beforehand that you won’t be coming.
There may be some stipulations, but you may be saved from getting an unnecessary bill. The hotel may charge some cancellation fee but will only take some money.
The policies for cancellation or no-show depend on the hotel, so call them ahead for more info. However, if I were you, I would inform the reception about my canceled stay.
What Happens If You Leave A Hotel Before Checking Out?
If you leave a hotel before checking out, you usually will avoid trouble. However, if you still need to pay your dues, the hotel will charge you money or call the police.
Many people prefer walking away from a hotel after their stay. People with social anxiety especially avoid checking out because they consider this an unnecessary activity.
Now, you must know that if you have pending bills at the hotel, you will get in trouble for this. They might call the police if you don’t pay your dues.
If they have your credit card information, they will charge you those bills on that card. However, if they need your card info, they will contact the police if you respond.
Do You Have To Return the Hotel Keys?
Yes, you have to return the keys of your room to the hotel. They are not your personal property and solely belong to the hotel.
Since hotels provide keys to get into your room, you may think that the key belongs to you. However, this is not the case at all.
The keys are the sole property of the hotel, and you should never take them away. It would help to hand them over at the reception when you check out.
Some people leave the keys in their room before checking out. However, I suggest you hand over the keys to the receptionist.
So, with that, we have reached the end of this article. I hope all the information I have provided about the checking out process has been helpful to you.
Here is a quick recap.
If you don’t check out of a hotel, you may be charged additional fees, considered a “no show”, or have your future reservations canceled. The hotel may charge you a late check-out fee if you stay past the standard check-out time. To avoid any misunderstandings, it’s best to inform the front desk if you need to leave early and settle any outstanding bills before departing.
My name is Jeyn Dashner and I am the founder of WanderFever. I have worked as a travel journalist for many years, and exploring new places is my greatest pleasure in life.