We stay at IHG hotels on a regular basis. Based on our travel style, it’s the chain that most often meets our needs. I also get several free nights every year from our IHG Premier co-brand credit cards.
However, when I made a recent booking, I saw something I’d never seen before.
Payment Card Authorization
Did you book this room on another person’s behalf?
To allow them to use your payment card during their stay, print this form, fill it out and fax it to the hotel. Please allow 3 days for processing before the check-in date. If there are fewer than 3 days until check-in, please call the hotel for instructions.
This was the first time I’d ever seen a hotel accept that I’d be making a reservation for someone else. In this case, they were willing to let the person stay without me being there and charge things to the room, as long as I FAXED a form to them at least 3 days before the stay.
Of course, I had to check out the form.
If I needed to provide this information to the hotel, I’d have to make a photocopy of my credit card and driver license and fax them, along with this form, to the hotel. In addition, is there such a thing as a legible fax of a photocopied picture?
I’d imagine this is needed for small businesses when the owner is booking rooms for employees and wants to pay for the room with their credit card. Having a system in place to do this makes perfect sense.
Now I’m expecting to walk into the business center and see a fax machine with thermal paper that rolls up into a cylinder as soon as it comes out of the machine.
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