Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Hotel Charges #327220
03/08/09 09:49 AM
03/08/09 09:49 AM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 26
kmahany Offline OP
kmahany  Offline OP
Is it common here for a hotel to swipe your credit card for potential charges you may incur during your stay ie phone calls, bar charges, etc. ? The hotel we are staying at charged my card $500 at check in, which is now in a pending status and has reduced my available credit by $500, at no time did they tell me they were going to swipe the card. We have visited the island 3 other times and the hotel we usually stay in only takes an imprint of the card and charges you upon checkout. We would just like to know if this is common for hotels on the island. Thanks!!

Re: Hotel Charges [Re: kmahany] #327221
03/08/09 09:56 AM
03/08/09 09:56 AM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 3,955
Frigin Cold Columbus, Ohio
Otteralum Offline
Otteralum  Offline
I doubt they "charged" $500. They likely obtained an authorization to ensure proper credit available on the card. It will fall off in about 3-days time. It does hold your credit available during that time, so they should have told you that. Not fair to be surprised like that.

$500 seems a little steep. I'm not aware of anything that big in my travels. Though I may have had one that big and not known it since it does fall off and is eventually replaced by the actual charges upon checkout.

I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.
Re: Hotel Charges [Re: Otteralum] #327227
03/08/09 10:13 AM
03/08/09 10:13 AM
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 3,157
pugwash Offline

pugwash  Offline
$500us or $500bze?

Are you in a full service resort, where you will use the restaurant and bar extensively along with dive or snorkel trips booked through the hotel?

And don't forget the you have direct dial phones where you can call the US or UK without being aware of the horrendous charges laugh

The amount of authorization a hotel obtains will usually be in proportion to the average bill of its guests....would Ramons for instance be justified in authorizing more than say Ruby's? I would say so on first impression, but then again don't have all the facts!

The less concise information you give when asking this sort of question, the greater the likely hood of impassioned responses that are inaccurate smile

It's rarely rocket science, it's usually just math: then again if you can't do the math.......
Re: Hotel Charges [Re: pugwash] #327228
03/08/09 10:20 AM
03/08/09 10:20 AM
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 192
6string Offline
6string  Offline
What hotel/resort are you at? Just curious, I have never heard of this before either.

M. Sjulstad
M&M Trivia - JAMPT UP Band
Re: Hotel Charges [Re: pugwash] #327231
03/08/09 10:23 AM
03/08/09 10:23 AM
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,740
Las Vegas, NV
deadserious Offline
deadserious  Offline
Originally Posted by pugwash
The less concise information you give when asking this sort of question, the greater the likely hood of impassioned responses that are inaccurate smile

Eghads!!!! Seagulls don't poop!

Now back to your regularly scheduled drivel...
Re: Hotel Charges [Re: 6string] #327232
03/08/09 10:25 AM
03/08/09 10:25 AM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,479
SimonB Offline

SimonB  Offline
A hotel in Chicago did that to me once, screwed up the rest of my vacation as the hold didn't come off until I reached Belize.

Re: Hotel Charges [Re: SimonB] #327233
03/08/09 10:36 AM
03/08/09 10:36 AM
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 3,046
Peter Jones Offline
Peter Jones  Offline
Quite improper to do that without your specific authorisation.

Re: Hotel Charges [Re: kmahany] #327248
03/08/09 11:21 AM
03/08/09 11:21 AM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 395
In Transit To Belize From The ...
Moose In Belize Offline
Moose In Belize  Offline
Originally Posted by kmahany
The hotel we are staying at charged my card $500 at check in, which is now in a pending status and has reduced my available credit by $500

This practice isn't common, but not unheard of. I guess this puts the resort ahead of your other charges, at least for $500, in case you exceed your credit limit. Smart business.

Moose Keep an open mind and something good may fall in.
Re: Hotel Charges [Re: Moose In Belize] #327254
03/08/09 11:39 AM
03/08/09 11:39 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 2,133
San Jose, CA USA
Gela Offline
Gela  Offline
I have not experienced this in Belize but did in St. Thomas and even San Francisco. In St. Thomas, the "hold" was released 3 days after I checked out (which I was told upon check in/out). It's a good thing to ask when you are making your reservation so you can plan accordingly.

Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's - Now They Lead to Hurricane's!"
Re: Hotel Charges [Re: Gela] #327273
03/08/09 03:29 PM
03/08/09 03:29 PM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 26
kmahany Offline OP
kmahany  Offline OP
We are staying at Sunbreeze Suites. I do understand why they would want to hold that money for incidental charges, but is $500 for 10 days necessary? And yes that is $500 US, $1000 BZ. They told me when I checked in that they need an imprint of the card for incidental charges, they did not say how much they would hold. We usually stay at Banana Beach, they take an imprint and charge you at the end of your stay. they dont swipe your card. I read in the book in the room that they will take an imprint of your card or $100 cash. they didnt even give us the option to pay the cash. Its not like we are depending on that money for our vacation, we brought cash and other cards. I just want to make everyone else aware that this does happen. It would be terrible if someone staying here only brought one credit card and was depending on that money for their vacation.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do
Specials & Events
SPTB Calendar of Events

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
To Get Your Questions Answered

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We handle all aspects of the purchase of your Real Estate in Belize. From in depth property searches to your final closing.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 96 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online7,413
Nov 7th, 2021 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1