We have already booked our flights for November to go to HK for a couple of days and then from there with Air Asia to Phuket. Still to decide on hotels but in the meantime with the ash cloud that keeps re-appearing, I'm concerned if we book a hotel and have to pay a hefty deposit or full payment up front, if we never make it abroad, we will lose that money and our insurance won't cover it.
I know from past experience Hotel Travel.com only required payment a week beforehand, but that's not probably of much use. Ideally, if we can give 24 or 48 hours notice to cancel without incurring a fee, that would suit us as we'd know if our longhaul flight was running or not. Does anyone know which websites offer that short a notice period, or if we are better to book direct with hotels?