….“It’s just a swipe of the card, we’re not going to charge anything to it, but it’s more convenient if you want to add any extras to your bill”
There seems to be an increasing trend towards taking a swipe of my card when I check in to hotels, even though I’m not buying anything. Maybe I’ve already paid for the hotel in full in advance, or maybe I’m going to pay for everything when I leave – either way, why do they need my card?
And if you say “It’s OK thanks, I’m not planning to buy any extras (meals, mini-bar) they start to insist on the pre-authorisation.
My fear is that they’ll accidentally charge me for the hotel room twice, or put all sorts of things on it. So I really don’t like giving my card in for “unknown expenditure” at the start. Not to mention the time it takes when I just want to check in and go to bed.
So – why are they doing this?
Is it in case I do a runner? Or damage my room in some way? Seems unlikely – they already know my address etc, and anyway, they claim that they can’t take any money on the card without me signing for it again – in which case, what’s the point?
Does anyone know whether than CAN actually take money from the card without me coming back to sign a second time?
I do agree that it might make charging for extras easier, but then why don’t I just sign receipts with a pen as I go along, like most hotels, and then pay my bill at the end? Especially if I’ve got to come back and do the card a second time anyway, it hasn’t saved me any time at all.