At Your Hotel: Request a late checkout, if there’s no extra charge

As a courtesy, most hotels will grant you an extra hour or two to leave your room, especially if it isn’t booked for the upcoming evening. But you must call the front desk in advance and request a late checkout. If not, you’ll likely be billed for additional hours or an entire day. If late checkout isn’t available and you don’t want to deal with your bags, ask to leave your bags with the bellhop.