Going insane waiting to make reservations - Curt Yeomans

Whoever came up with the idea that we cannot make online hotel or flight reservations more than 11 months in advance was clearly not in their right mind.

My trip to London is less than a year away, and I have still have not made my flight or hotel reservations. It is not because of a lack of desire to get those plans made. It is rather because the travel web sites that I peruse (every single one, in fact) says the time frame for my trip is not yet available for making reservations.

Oh, you have got to be kidding me!

How is a guy supposed to get ahead of the travel rat race when he’s being held back by needless restrictions on when he can make his reservations?

I need to make my plans now, while it’s in the forefront of my mind. There is no sense in making me wait an extra month or two.

Can you see why I say whoever came up with this plan for making reservations was clearly not in his, or her, right mind?

I picture the bird on a cuckoo clock going crazy, like it’s just taken speed or something, when I try to figure out what these people were thinking.

Fortunately, Hotels.com is a little more up to date than other web sites, when it comes to its reservations window. While most web sites still won’t let me make reservations for any time before mid-July 2012, Hotels.com’s reservations window has already moved into the middle of the week when I will be in Europe.

A few more days, and I will be able to make my hotel reservations.

I’ve got my eye on a nice, little $129-per-night hotel that is only a couple of blocks away from Hyde Park, in the Bayswater area of London. It’s also only just around the corner from an Underground Station that is on the city’s main Circle Line.

It’s a lovely white-and black-faced hotel, with Victorian architecture. There’s a little, private garden in a square across the street from the hotel. It’s all very, typically British.

The only problem is the full period of time when I will be in London is not yet available for making reservations. So, I will have to wait until early next week before I can make my reservations for that particular hotel. And don’t you think I won’t be making those reservations the first day I will be eligible to do so. Mark my words, because I will be staying in that hotel.

Is it too much to ask that I can make my flight and hotel reservations a full 12 months in advance? I could live with 12 months being the maximum amount of time available for making reservations, but 11 months? Who picks 11 months as their time frame for anything? Or what about 10-and-a-half months?

When you get to that amount of time, you might as well go for the full year.

There should be limits to what kind of time frames can be put into place. What I mean is, have two options: Six months, and one year. That would be the normal thing to do.

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.