Express Checkout

Volume 10, Issue 6; 02 Feb 2007; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Proving it's possible to be too early.

Faced with a 6:30am departure this morning and, consequently, the prospect of rising so early that it almost doesn't make any sense to go to bed, I decided to get a copy of my hotel bill yesterday evening. This, I figured, would save me the trouble of rousing some poor night clerk and struggling to get a bill out of him shortly after four in the morning.

When I explained this to the clerk yesterday, he nodded sagely and smiled. Then he asked me if I'd like to simply check out and get a final bill. My first and immediate thought, I am not making this up, was “if I check out now, won't the reservation system think my room is available?” My second thought was along the lines of not being silly, the guy works for the hotel, I'm not the first person masochistic enough to have booked a 6:30am flight, he wouldn't have suggested the idea of it had that sort of consequence.


At 10:00pm and 1:30am. Not simply people banging on my door, mind you, people with keys that opened my door.

Sleep? What sleep? Every shuffling noise from the hallway flooded my system with adrenaline as my brainstem prepared to engage the “fight” branch of the fight-or-flight response.

Maybe I really should have just stayed up. I'm so glad planes put me to sleep.


That's awful. I've always found hotels willing to just charge my credit card and check me out in absentia, but YMMV.

—Posted by Paul Brown on 03 Feb 2007 @ 10:17 UTC #

Yes, me too. And that's what I expected. I just wanted a copy of the bill so that I could submit an expense report without waiting for the hotel to mail me the final statement. The offer to check me out took me completely by surprise.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 04 Feb 2007 @ 03:14 UTC #

I've found that at the places that slide a copy of your bill under the door, they usually do it around midnight the night before your departure.

—Posted by Mark Mascolino on 08 Feb 2007 @ 05:58 UTC #