Credit Cards

Can I make a reservation without a credit card?
A valid credit card is needed to guarantee your reservation with most hotels. We do offer a small but growing number of hotels, however, that will guarantee your reservation without a credit card. You can also make a booking using someone else’s card provided you have their permission. In this case please confirm the card holder’s name and that you have permission to use their card, in the ‘Special Requests’ box when making your booking.
Why do I need to give my credit card details?
In most cases, Booking.com requests credit card details to confirm your reservation with the hotel, on your behalf. Your credit card may be checked (pre-authorised) to ensure that it is valid and/or that sufficient funds are available. After the check, the full amount will be available to you again. In some cases, your credit card details will be used to process the payment for the reservation at the time of booking. Your credit card will only be charged if you have requested a pre-paid room or if the cancellation policy, found under ‘Hotel Policies’ and room ‘conditions’ has not been followed.
Does the hotel need a deposit or a payment in advance?
Most hotels do not require an advance payment or deposit. If they do you will find the details under ‘Hotel Policies’ on the hotel’s Booking.com page and in your confirmation email.
Which credit cards can I use to complete my booking?
MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club can be used on our website. However, it is possible that the hotel does not accept one or more of these card types. Before making your reservation, please check at the bottom of the hotel policies section for "Accepted credit cards".
Can I pay for my stay in advance?
It depends on the hotel. Please contact the hotel after your booking to be sure, and to make the necessary arrangements. You can find the hotel’s contact information in your confirmation email or online at My Booking.com.
Can I pay for my stay at the hotel with a different credit card than the one used to make the reservation?
In most cases the hotel will accept payment for the stay on a different card or in cash. Please ensure that the new card or cash is accepted by the hotel.
Can I use a debit card to complete my reservation?
Generally hotels cannot accept a debit card to guarantee a booking. However, there are some exceptions. If your chosen hotel can accept a debit card, you will see this option when making your booking.
Are my credit card details safe?
Your credit card information is sent to us through a secure server. We use the latest, most secure technology available, which encrypts all your personal and credit card details. The encryption method used is the industry standard "Secure Socket Layer" (SSL) technology. Our SSL certificate has been issued by Thawte.