People checking into a hotel
This Pricey Hotel Mistake Costs Even The Most Savvy Travelers
By Jen Mallia


While it's tempting to leave your key in your hotel room before heading out instead of going to the front desk to check out, this can result in a pricey extra charge.
If you don't want to wait at the front desk to surrender your key, you can opt for mobile check-out via your phone, the hotel app, or the in-room information system.
Sometimes, you can arrange a late check-out in advance, but the hotel might charge for this convenience. In addition to not being charged, there are other reasons to check out.
Confirming your departure helps the business run smoothly. Notifying the hotel of your departure may allow housekeeping to get into the room early to prepare for the next guest.