What is the definition of Cut Off in the hotel industry?
With cut-offs (which are very alike to free dates), a hotel just sets a time limit upon when a reservation is made, and the guest’s real arrival. They will hold a block or allocation in the hotel as per their agreement.
They need to present reservations before a definite date, the cut-off date, otherwise the rooms will be freed back into the common record for the hotel to trade via other channels.
As with most Hospitality Industry language, the most excellent way to clarify a cut-off is to use an definite example…
So, visualize that on a Thursday afternoon, a potential guest rings up Reception at a hotel in Helsinki (Finland), or get in touch with the hotel through their brand website, wishing to make a reservation for the Friday; but Friday’s cut-off days are set to two days. Alas, the reservation would not show on the hotel’s programmed reservation system as being bookable to the prospective guest as it was not booked two days preceding to the coming date.
Cut-offs can be applied all year round, or only for definite periods.