Okay, first off, please just avoid giving the "you're so outdated!" replies because that will not help.
I don't have a credit card. I have lived without one for years and I am perfectly fine. I use my debit card. I don't do online shopping because I'm very wary of giving out personal details like that online.
But I'm trying to book accommodation in Edinburgh for a trip and I'm running into problems. They refuse to accept my reservation without CC details. Of course it's their right not to accept, but I've never had this problem when I booked a room in both Belgium and Sydney. There, they let me make a reservation and allowed me to pay in full once I arrived.
So does anyone know of a way to get around this problem? One hostel suggested I borrow a friend's credit card, but I'm reluctant to put someone else out like this, since it's about CC details.
Thanks in advance.
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 13, 2006 4:56 AM by summer910 ]
You might want to look into getting a prepaid credit card?
i don't have a credit card either, when i run into trouble with reservations i normally ask whether i could send a postal order deposit to secure the booking which i agree is non refundable if i cancel..... its normally the equivalent of one nights accomodation, i've also wired money to the hotels bank account so i had proof of payment...
One of the problems that has grown bigger in recent years is that people do book accommodation and then don't arrive, the hotel or hostel has lost revenue, as this increases they reluctantly now are asking for what is effectively a deposit to secure the room.
The options are to offer sending a direct payment to one of them by cheque or postal orders, they might agree to that.
I would suggest you contact the SYHA (Scottish Youth Hostel Association) http://www.syha.org.uk/SYHA/web/site/home/home.asp
however a look at their site indicates that they also want c.c. payments.
Alternatively you could log into Scotland tourist information and see what comes up.
Regretably I have no contacts in the area that could help.
On the rover ticket idea that is certainly one way of having a more flexible and cheaper travel in the area. Look for a facility to get off one coach at places of interestand pick up on another later.
Thanks for all the helpful responses!!!
Angela: Hmm... that's an option, but I think I'd rather not. Processing time might take a while. I am actually very wary of anything to do with credit cards, to be honest.
Nikki: The postal order sounds like a good idea, because one of the hostels just got back to me and said I could send a cheque the equivalent of one-night's accommodation. I will probably also be calling the hostel to hammer out a deal.
Bob: Yes, I understand that hostels these days are wary of people booking and not turning up. Maybe I should have told them I have the plane & train tickets all booked, so that they know for sure I'm coming! Had a look at the links you provided... seems the hostels the search turned up don't offer rooms in November. I'm not sure what the "rover ticket idea" is???