Yes, you absolutely can book a hotel room for someone else using your credit card. It’s best to put the reservation in that person’s name if you can. Not all hotels will allow this, though. For example, you’ll have trouble at Best Western. But if you book a hotel room in your name and someone else shows up to check in, claiming you booked it for them, the hotel will suspect fraud and won’t honor the reservation. So to prevent that from happening, you should fill out a credit card authorization letter for your guest to bring, just to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Here’s how to book a hotel room for someone else using a credit card:
Select your room and the number of nights as you normally would.
Enter your name and card info for the booking information, but the name and information of the person who will be staying under the guest section. A hotel may not always let you make the booking in someone else’s name, but you should always do it if possible.
Create a credit card authorization letter. You can find templates online. You’ll basically need to say that you authorize your guest to pay for their reservation and any incidental charges with your credit card. Include what you agree to pay for, the dates you authorize the other person to use it, the card number and your phone number.
Sign your authorization letter. It won’t have any legal weight otherwise. Give it to the person whose room you’re paying for to present at the front desk when they check in.
As long your guest can prove the booking is legitimate, they should have no problems staying at the hotel. But make sure the hotel can get in touch with you, anyway, in case there’s a misunderstanding and you need to confirm the charge.
Yes, you can. All you have to do is make the reservation in your son’s name. At check-in he will need to present a valid ID, and it’s best if he has a credit card authorization letter from you, just to be on the safe side. The credit card authorization also guarantees payment of any incidental charges that your son may incur during his stay.
Yeah, as long as the name on the reservation matches your son's name. Considering he (probably) has your last name as well, I don't think he'll get into any trouble for it.
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