In 2016, a survey of travelers from 50 countries found that almost half of those surveyed reported not knowing the difference between a hotel reservation and a payment.
So, what’s the difference?
According to a 2016 article by the Travel Industry Alliance, hotel booking and payment history is a complicated subject that many people are still unfamiliar with.
“The best way to understand the different nuances is to first understand the basics of the payment system,” said Travel Industry Association (TIA) CEO and president, Michael O’Donnell.
“We know that if you make a reservation online or in-person, the system will send you an email to confirm your reservation,” O’Connell explained.
“When you make an online reservation, your credit card is automatically charged for the next two hours, but if you call your hotel to confirm the reservation, they’re not charged until you actually call the hotel to make the reservation.
So if you have an appointment with the hotel, and they’re still not charging you for the trip, that’s when you should really look into making a reservation,” he said.
So, if you’re not sure what the difference is, you can look up the difference on the website of the Travel industry alliance.
“You can click the button for the website and go to the website’s home page and look up what the payment systems are, and you can click on the button that says ‘pay in person,'” O’Brien said.
“It’s going to take a few clicks and it’s going a little bit faster than if you just call the hotels and go over and they will charge you,” he added.
“That’s when it really pays to make sure you’re making an appointment or that you’re going to pay when you’re actually coming over.”
O’Donnell said hotels often require more than a phone call to make a booking, so it’s best to book ahead if possible.
“They may have a system that’s more like in-room reservations,” O’,Donnell said.
“It’s usually a $10 deposit that’s going into your credit account, but it’s usually up to $150 for the first night.”
O’Bryan said that you should definitely consider making a deposit before making your reservations, as the payment processing system is not 100% accurate and could not provide exact figures.
“A lot of times, you’ll find that hotels are charging more because of that, and that’s a problem,” OBryan added.
If you want to make your reservations online, check out the website for hotels, and book your reservation online.
Then, make sure to contact the hotel in advance to confirm a booking.
If you do book a reservation, be sure to confirm it within 24 hours of making your reservation.
O’Halloran said that hotels often offer an online form that they can check off, but you can’t be sure whether the booking is accurate until you call.
“They can’t guarantee that a reservation is accurate, but they can guarantee that they have a payment system that is accurate,” OHalloran explained.