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Sending credit card details to hotels

Posted by meisos on 5/1/2010 at 18:44

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?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 5/1/2010 at 19:16 admin

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

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Posted by busylizzy on 5/1/2010 at 23:22

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.

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Posted by foieslinger on 6/1/2010 at 00:47

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.

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Posted by grasshopper322 on 6/1/2010 at 01:57

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.

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Posted by meisos on 6/1/2010 at 03:39

Thanks for your replies everyone.

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

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Posted by hanoimikeshotel on 7/1/2010 at 13:53

Posted from within Vietnam.

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

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