We wrote earlier about an increasing number of hotels and resorts offering clean-beach guarantees. Now Orbitz, the online travel booking site, is extending an "Open-Beach Guarantee" for any hotel stays through September 30, 2010.
If a government agency closes a beach within 20 miles of a participating* hotel you've booked through Orbitz, you'll be eligable for a full refund on any unused nights. Orbitz will notify you if there's a beach closure or health advisory near your hotel, the company states on its website.
*See the list of 240 participating Gulf of Mexico hotels, and read real-time beach updates, on Orbitz.com/oil.