Question on reserving a room
While I'll be attending Anthrocon this year, I've been given the heads up from my parents that I can also attend next year (2017) as long as I can fully pay for my trip like I did this year. Here's where my question comes in.
This year I'm rooming with my father, who the hotel room is reserved under. I'm currently 17, turning 18 next year on March 17th. I am aware that the hotel reservation minimum age is lowered to 18, however I won't be that age when the room blocks open up but will be when the convention rolls around (and I do believe there is a hotel or two that still has it locked at 21).
Would I still be able to reserve a hotel room under my name or should I have a friend (who I'd be rooming with) do it under their name instead? My parents are not coming with me next year and have given me the okay for me to attend with a well known trusted friend who is over 21.
Sorry if this doesn't fit in here or if it's been answered elsewhere, feel free to remove it.
There should be no problem with reserving a room due to your age next year. As I understand it, as long as you are 18 years old at the time of signing for the room at the convention, you should be okay.
Your problem might come in when you reserve the room on February 2 next year. The hotels usually want a credit card number at that time, and 18 year-olds don't usually have them. You may have to make other payment arrangements... like having your father use his credit card and paying him when the bill arrives.
I have a debit card but I know there's some issues with using that for reserving, I'll see if I can get a credit card or have my roommate use theirs. Thank you!
The hotels have no problem with debit cards. It's just that the "holds" that get put on the card are obnoxious because the banks don't release those holds quickly. The holds limit how much you can spend; that is, how much money is available to you to spend is lowered.
It's not the reservation on a debit card that causes a problem, it's using the debit card at check-in. They put a hold on the card at check-in, while reservation is a simple transaction. So, you can use the debit card for the reservation, but it is STRONGLY recommended to use a credit card to check-in.
L) AnthroCon hotel rooms can be paid for by any standard legal method
of payment (cash, debit, or credit). It is strongly recommended that
a credit card be used when checking in as the "security deposit."
It's good for you and good for the hotel. As for paying for the
hotel stay, all 3 methods will work just fine, and reserving the
room is done with a debit or credit card almost always.
You can pay the first night with debit or credit, or, I imagine,
actually walk in and pay it in cash. (Impractical for nearly everyone,
but POSSIBLE.) You can pay the cost of the room with debit, credit,
or cash at the front desk. (I've done each-not at the same time,
of course.) The hotel likes to get paid, so they make it reasonably
easy to pay them.
The only part with issues is the security deposit, the "hold."
From the same thread, item "X"....
"X) What is a "hold" and why do I have to pay it?
This will take some explaining, but it's not that complicated.
The hotel needs to be paid for all services.
First of all, they need to be paid for the first night.
For AC, that secures your room and you were already advised
that's non-refundable, and why.
(That was paid for by you with some type of card.)
Second of all, when you get to the hotel, you need to pay the rest
of the nights, preferably at check-in. Hotels are happy to take
payment in cash, credit card or debit/check card (so long as it's
a brand of card they accept-don't be surprised if Diner's Club
can't pay for a room).
Third of all, the hotel insists on a charge for "sundries."
That covers a lot-
-hotel room phone use
-paid high-speed internet if available
-minibar charges if available
and is a security deposit in case you damage the room
(that's for ALL guests, not just AC and not just young people.)
Rather than have you march down to the front desk to pay for
every single charge at the time you incur it, they take a
deposit against all of that at the beginning. Any amount you
don't use/need is reversed at the end-so, if you left a cash
deposit, you get your cash back or remaining cash back when you
check out. On a card, that means they contacted the card issuers
and said "I might need this amount of money- "place a hold" on it
until I tell you if I need it or not and make it temporarily
unavailable." The card issuer says "Sure! Let us know when you're
done so we can remove the hold and restore it to regular use!"
Credit cards seem a LOT faster to reverse the charges, and
it's harder to hit your limit if you use the credit card while a
"hold" is on it. So, it's recommended to use a credit card
for the Security Deposit whenever possible.
You can easily pay for the room with cash or a debit card and just
use the credit card for the Security Deposit, or ask the hotel to
use a cash or debit card for the Deposit if that's not practical.
Just don't expect that money to be available for use while it's
"on hold." Young folk who aren't used to allowing for large amounts
of "just in case" for a trip might be surprised if they are careless
and suddenly find themselves out of money or money in their account
or at a credit limit, and then blame the hotel. That's not fair
to the hotel. They're asking this of ALL reservations, not just
young people or AC attendees. So, plan your budget to account for
this as well. It's not permanent-you get all of it back if you
don't incur charges like use up paid room amenities."