Kumar

Can You Book Hotel & Pay By Cash After Your Stay?

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I am trying to book hotel for my next punt. is there a way to book online and provide CC details but dont want them to charge my CC anything. this is to avoid Mrs K tracing the unexpected payment.

 

Happy to pay by cash when i check out?

 

 

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You can often specify at check in that you wish to pay cash on exit.

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Essentially yes. When you check out just tell them you want to settle with cash. Hotels don't care what you pay with as long as you do!

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Yes you can pay in cash. When you check in, you do have to give your credit card details but just remember to tell them you will be paying in cash when you check out. I always paid cash when I worked in Manchester hotels

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I agree with all that has been said, but would add that you need to check carefully the terms of the site through which you are booking to make sure that you are not paying in advance in which case, of course, the payment would go via your credit card.

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Or get yourself a prepaid credit card

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I agree with all that has been said, but would add that you need to check carefully the terms of the site through which you are booking to make sure that you are not paying in advance in which case, of course, the payment would go via your credit card.

any recommended website through which i can book? I looked at trivago and hotels.com and not sure if they will charge my CC on immediately on my booking online?

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Hotels.com took prepayment when I used them (for business :) )

LateRooms don't always, usually just a pre auth unless the booking terms are non-cancellable

Some hotels require you to present photo ID if you pay cash

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I generally use LateRooms for my adventures. As above, the site makes clear if the terms are pre-payment. If not, you are in the clear.

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Many hotel chains (such as IHG) allow you to book online with plastic and give you the option of paying at hotel with card or cash but be warned that your card may well have a pre-authorisation made on it that will show up on your statement, this will be returned in up to seven days, longer if bank holidays are included and the arse at Ibis is hard of thinking.

You will also need good photo id.

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Many hotel chains (such as IHG) allow you to book online with plastic and give you the option of paying at hotel with card or cash but be warned that your card may well have a pre-authorisation made on it that will show up on your statement, this will be returned in up to seven days, longer if bank holidays are included and the arse at Ibis is hard of thinking.

You will also need good photo id.

IBIS charged my card after I cancelled within cancellation period..............

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I have a credit card with an online only account (no paper statements) and only use it for internet purchases and booking hotels for punting. Of course paying the balance off leaves a potential suspicious trail - not that anyone looks at my bank account as a general rule.

I've decided to scrap the card anyway and am going for a pre pay type of credit card that I can top up with cash. I know it'll probably cost a bit more in charges but less chance of leaving a trail.

If deciding to pay cash at the hotel can you pay when checking in or do you have to pay on check out? Just because sometimes I don't bother checking out, I just leave when the punt has finished. The only problem with that can be the helpful (not!) hotel forwarding your copy of the invoice to your home address - which has happened in the past. :rolleyes:

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Seriously, dont risk it.  You should be able to get away with cash everytime, but hotels screw up.  Just get a Cashplus, or Kalixa or Ffrees. 

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The hotels I have used always let me pay by cash after my stay...

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Days inn - book by credit card and pay cash when you arrive instead of it going on your card and bank statement.  Functional hotel for purpose. Never had a problem of it being charged to a card/bank statement.  Seems to be fine.  If you don't turn up then they will charge the card so then you have a problem.

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I don't have a credit card so when i did need to book a hotel i explained i would be paying cash.They did try the,can you use someone elses card etc.Once it became clear that wasn't an option they agreed i could pay cash.I did however have to pay before 12pm even though i couldn't get into the room until 3.It worked out fine though.

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Thank God you did not tell them you are going to have porn stars over or girls who can turn their heads 180 degrees to look at you as you take them from behind  :D

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They only require credit cards because it's a security issue - it's a) a form of ID and B) in case you trash the room.

 

I think the pre-paid cc is the best option for punting as it's pay as you go, like your punting phone should be hidden carefully!

 

Every time i've booked a hotel - most hotel chains cheekily pre-authorise your cc, then charge you on exit - sometimes meaning you're down double the money in your bank account, at least for a few days until the hotel release the pre-auth. This has caused problems in the past where it's taken me technically over my limit on my business c-card, but luckily I managed to force the auth off via my bank when I moaned about it.

 

Good thing about using credit cards is you get full indemnity.

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This 'security issue' seems to be important mainly in the west.  There are lots of countries in Europe, Asia etc where they are just happy with you paying their overpriced rooms without producing any ID, CC etc: you are going to be in there mainly to sleep not to stay all day long in bed, especially if you are a tourist.

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