Ghosting Appointments? That’ll Cost You

More restaurants, barbershops, and beauty salons are charging cancellation fees than ever, even if it means negative reviews or losing some customers.
June 27, 2024
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The price of being a no-show just went up.

More service businesses are charging cancellation fees than ever before:

  • Restaurants on reservation platform Resy that charged at least one cancellation fee 4x’ed from 2019 to 2024
  • Beauty professionals on Square charging cancellation fees reached 16% in 2023, up from 5% in 2021

In the past, it wasn’t worth the effort for businesses to chase down customers who skipped out on their appointments, but it’s now as simple as pushing a button on platforms like Square, Squire, and Resy:

Some businesses are charging as much as 200% for no-shows.

While businesses may receive negative reviews or lose customers for their no-show policies, anecdotal evidence shows that it dramatically reduces no-shows. Since Jan 2020, barbershops on Squire have seen 45% fewer cancellations and 82% fewer no-shows when they charge.

It’s never been more expensive to be flakey.

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