Yeah I have been stung by this too with a visa debit. Now I have a credit card that I use purely for these sort of scenarios. In my case it was a hire car company, and they 'held' the $250 cash which was my entire budget for my weekend interstate. I was super peeved!
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04-10-2014 13:19 #11
04-10-2014 13:22 #12
It's standard everywhere we stay. If you use a 'real' visa card, rather than your bank card with a visa logo, the money is just held whereas if it's a bank card, the money goes out then back in. Huge pita! Dh got caught out in LA for business once and his work had to send funds to the hotel so they could refund his hold. He usually gets reimbursed for expenses but it was a tight month and a long stay.
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04-10-2014 13:27 #13
Happened to us in St Kilda. They said it's a party town so they have to- but no one told us about it until check in. It was our holiday spending money! They had stuffed is around a little bit (room wasn't ready- shifted twice while waiting in the lobby with two tired kids) so ended up only taking $100. Luckily I had that much on an old card so we were able to still enjoy our holiday. I asked if they could just imprint but they said no really annoying!
04-10-2014 13:28 #14
04-10-2014 14:43 #15Senior Member
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I've never had them take my card and not put a hold on it. It's usually at least $100. I thought that was just normal.
04-10-2014 15:39 #16
Happened to me when i was in Sydney. They didnt actually say they were taking money, just for incidentals incase. I was refunded a few days later but they need to be clear on it. Usually i like to pay cash if they need a bond so i can get it back when i check out. Some hotels will let you do that.
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04-10-2014 16:00 #17
One hotel we stated at was over $300
04-10-2014 16:02 #18
04-10-2014 16:30 #19
Gosh I had no idea about this! We've stayed in motels and apartments a few times recently and haven't noticed this at all. Seems a bit rude to assume everyone knows about it and not be upfront about it happening. I'll be checking next time too. Thanks for the heads up BHers!
04-10-2014 17:17 #20
Yep pretty standard these days! It's taken up a week to get ours back sometimes!
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