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How to book a hotel without a credit or debit card

Last Updated on December 8, 2021 by Henry @ The Getaway Lounge

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How to reserve a hotel without a credit or debit card

If you’re looking to reserve a hotel without having to hand over your bank details until later, you might be wondering how you go about doing this online.

Well, luckily for us platforms such as booking.com make the process of checking very easy.

And with competition as fierce as ever there are sometimes hotels allowing you to reserve a room with just a few simple details, and no financial information.

So in this article, we’ll outline the ways in which you can best secure a hotel reservation that doesn’t require you to disclose your credit or debit card information upfront.

In order to reserve a hotel without the need for a credit or debit card, you can take the following steps:

        1. Head to a reputable booking platform such as booking.com
        2. Select your destination, dates and how many people are travelling
        3. Filter your search by “Book without credit card”
        4. Browse accommodation and book your hotel

Head to a reputable booking platform such as booking.com

We recommend booking.com for a whole range of accommodation worldwide to suit any budget.

They also have a tremendous number of hotels on offer – and so if there’s a property that allows you to book without a credit card, it’s likely to be featured here more so than other websites.

What’s more – they’re one of safest and most reliable booking sites in the world, and they are well equipped to safely manage a range of enquiries and potential problems.

Select your destination, dates and how many people are travelling

By selecting your travel preferences first, this will allow the platform to hone in on the hotels that are most relevant to you, before you apply further filters.

And whilst the vast majority of hotels do NOT allow you to book without a credit card, it really depends on your destination, the time of year and the number of guests.

Hit search!

You’ll then be presented with a full list of accommodation that is available to book in your destination of choice on your selected dates, including the most relevant room types depending on the number of guests.

Filter your search by “Book without credit card”

Scroll down the page and you’ll see a list of handy filters.

You’re looking for “Book without credit card” on booking.com – or something similar on other platforms.

If you can’t find it in the filters, there’s a good chance that there aren’t any properties allowing you to book without a credit card.

In fact, when we searched for London over some random dates in April 2022 – it soon became clear that there weren’t any hotels offering this, but it really does depend.

For example – in Rome over the same dates, there are over 3,000 properties available to book, with just 2 of them allowing you to book without a credit card, as illustrated below.

Hotels in Rome you can book without a credit card

If we take another destination over the same dates, for example The Algarve in Portugal – we found that there are 9 properties allowing you to book without a credit card, illustrated below.

So in Europe especially, the overwhelming majority of hotels require you to book with a credit card, albeit not necessarily with any prepayment needed.

Outside of Europe however, you’ll likely find much more choice for booking without credit card.

For example in Bangkok as below, you’ll find over 100 properties.

Simply tick the box for that particular filter to refresh the page and the list will be updated to reflect this.

Browse accommodation and book your hotel

Once you’ve found a hotel you like the look of, and it’s advertised as being able to book without a credit card – you can simply go ahead and book it.

Unless you already have an account with booking.com, you’ll be asked to enter a few details such as your name and email address before reservation, but not your bank details.

Look for the handy icon below which will confirm this.

Conclusion

Follow the simple steps above and you’ll be able to check whether you can reserve a hotel without a credit card in your destination, and if so go ahead and book it.

The property will then likely be in touch closer to the time to confirm that you are still planning on staying, and should you cooperate with them then you’ll be able to hang onto your booking.

We hope you found this useful, and enjoy your stay using booking.com!