Credit Card to Hold Block of Hotel Rooms???

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
7290 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Cappugcino:  It sounds like they expect you to pay for any rooms not taken in the block. I would double check that asap.

Post # 4
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

@Cappugcino:  The hotel I just booked with wanted the same thing. It’s just to hold the block. Our contract stated if we canceled at the last minute, our card would be charged.

Post # 5
2687 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@Cappugcino:  That’s pretty common in the hotel room, for a larger amount of rooms. There’s probably a cancellation fee. 

Post # 7
2341 posts
Buzzing bee

All of our hotel blocks required our credit card & would only charge it in the event of a cancellation 24 hours before the arrival date.



Post # 8
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Cappugcino:  I ran into this for some hotels when I was doing a DW.  Other hotels wanted the first nights’ payment up FRONT!  Other places wanted a 3 night minimum and paid in full.

Then your basic run of the mill hotels did not require any credit card number at all.  So I would shop around and see if other places have different requirements.

Post # 9
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Cappugcino:  this site will help you.

from everything i’ve read, unless you are comfortable giving hotels your credit card to cover unbooked rooms–only sign a courtesy contract.  the hotel we’re having our reception at told us that if we didn’t fill 80% of the room block, we would be charged for the rest of the rooms not booked….  i said no thanks!  we can’t afford to take that loss. 

anyhow, i internet browsed, emailed and after much research, i signed a courtesy contract with 3 different hotels for room blocks for our wedding this coming may–no obligations apparently.  if rooms don’t get booked, it goes back in their inventory and i didn’t have to give them any cc information.


Post # 10
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Cappugcino:  I think it’s pretty common. Read the fine print to see how many rooms you’re actually responsible for, or if you can cancel rooms by a certain date and have no obligation. I know with mine as long as we fill 50% of the held rooms were fine. But each is different 

Post # 11
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge

I would definitely ask for and read the full contract before you sign anything. Our says that if we release the rooms to the general public by a certain date, they will not charge us for any unbooked rooms, but use the credit card to hold them in the situation that we do not release.

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