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Is it legal in California for a hotel to charge you for a weekend stay when the weekend is next weekend?

Asked by sparkky (93points) January 7th, 2008 from iPhone

I booked the hotel room last week for this weekend and was surprised to open my credit card bill this month having been charged already for the full weekend

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sferik's avatar

If the hotel is owned by a publicly traded company, this practice violates GAAP. You could report them to the SEC and BBB. You could also dispute the charge on your credit card with the issuing bank.

artemisdivine's avatar

i am not sure how that works but i CAN tell you one time i went to New Jersey and i was charged TWO MONTHS ahead of time by Days Inn on my credit card (without permission). and then when i showed up they would NOT BELIEVE i had already paid.

depends on for example (and this is a guess) on the policy. for example did you get into a pre-paid arrangement perhaps by booking online? the online booking world seems to do pre-payment a lot of the time. sometimes GREAT RATES etc are only applicable for a pre-payment etc.

i would be SURE to take a copy of the bill in case they dont believe you, is my only advice. but yes that type of thing IS annoying. that is why i HATE when hotels FORCE you to give your credit card number prior to arrival.

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