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Sending credit card details to hotels

  • meisos

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    Hi there,

    I've been looking at booking hotels online and most only have a form where you can request the nights you require. They then send a follow up email requesting credit card details to confirm the booking.

    Its not really safe to email credit card details around, so I was just wondering what other people out there do to confirm hotel bookings?

    #1 Posted: 5/1/2010 - 18:44

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  • somtam2000

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    If you're dealing direct with a Vietnamese hotel it isn't unusual for them to request the card details along with a photocopy of both sides of your card.

    Another option is to look through the resellers eg www.Agoda.com www.hotels.com www.hostelworld.com www.wotif.com etc

    #2 Posted: 5/1/2010 - 19:16

  • busylizzy

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    Also, try www.asiarooms.com

    If booking reasonably close (eg within 1-3 days) to the time that you plan to show up, I would use stalling tactics (ie to create a delay) by following up with a series of questions about the room, the hotel - or whatever, but still indicating that you are wanting the room.

    I guess it's a bit of a risk (will they give the room away?), but possibly less a risk than emailing your credit card details.

    Most places that I have contacted directly (mainly in Vietnam and Cambodia) have not even asked for a credit card or deposit.

    #3 Posted: 5/1/2010 - 23:22

  • foieslinger

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    I contacted Holidays Hotel in Hanoi directly and booked a room for three nights (also requested a pick up at the airport). No one asked for any credit card info. Hopefully all will go according to plan.

    #4 Posted: 6/1/2010 - 00:47

  • grasshopper-

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    When going thru a booking agency, I gave my CC number, no problems. Printed out the info to take with me just in case but never needed it. Most other places just take your word - if they don't have a room for you when you get there...don't worry, their brother or sister or uncle will have a guest house just down the street. Just take a look at it first and make them keep looking if you don't like it. We really never had a problem.

    #5 Posted: 6/1/2010 - 01:57

  • meisos

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    Thanks for your replies everyone.

    Found the hotel on AsiaRooms.com, so was able to book via them.

    #6 Posted: 6/1/2010 - 03:39

  • hanoimikesh-

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I think they require you just letter of approval to make sure that you will come

    #7 Posted: 7/1/2010 - 13:53

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