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2019 Hotel Incidentals Reminder

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Hey all! So I was reading through the "How was your hotel?" thread from last year and I saw some people surprised at the fact that at check-in they want $150-200 more than the actual reservation and if you can't successfully get that held on your debit/credit card you cannot check in... This is due to incidental insurance, so if you screw anything up in the room besides normal wear and tear for that weekend, the repairs are covered. The $150-200 usually consists of around $50 per night you have booked for your stay. If you booked the room for yourself only, then I can understand the frustration of not realizing that they need that incidental insurance/not realizing you had to budget for that. Please be aware that such a charge is only a HOLD, and will be released/refunded if nothing warrants that kind of repair in your room.

So, I intend this thread to serve as a reminder for everyone to have you / your group budget an additional $200 or so for the incidentals, even if the booking site you're using doesn't mention it, even though they should, but if you're an experienced con-goer/hotel booker you should expect/remember and budget for it....

Thanks for reading,

Shiggitay

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Copy Pasting a reply I made in the Post-2018 section because it will be more visible here:
 

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Never ever ever ever use a Debit Card for any kind of reservation based service.  Credit Cards can get temporary holds to ensure that you have enough available on your credit line to cover the future add-on charges.  However, Debit Cards are tied directly to the funds in your bank account so there is no credit line to "hold" the funds to check your available balance.  Experient does not mention the $200 deposit because it is a standard practice for many reservation systems to charge an amount up front on debit cards.  Hotels require a deposit to ensure you can cover the incidentals, Car Rentals will hold the deposit to cover any overages, even some Gas Stations will hit your bank for $50~$100 dollars before letting you fill up on a debit card.  There are different rules and protections between debit and credit purchases which is why things are more lenient when making credit purchases so always put your hotel on a Credit Card.

That being said, if you are a student with a tight credit limit then OP's suggestion of having an extra $200 available is good advice.

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20 hours ago, DeathJester said:

Copy Pasting a reply I made in the Post-2018 section because it will be more visible here:
 

That being said, if you are a student with a tight credit limit then OP's suggestion of having an extra $200 available is good advice.

Thanks for that input! I'm glad someone actually read and took to heart my advice.

EDIT: w00t for my 1,000th post!

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w00t for my 1,000th post!
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