I had made a booking in Fab Hotel Silver In in Noida, India from 18-2-19 to 21-2-19. I duly checked in hotel & checked out on 21st Feb. While checking out I paid charges due to me & asked for a bill. I was told that it will be sent by email.

When I inquired about my bill from hotel later on, I was told that bill will be given to the booking.com site only as they had booked the hotel. Other sites such as makemytrip never had such issues.

When I logged in to booking.com, I was surprised to see that my hotel bill had been cancelled. I sent complaint to them for sending me my bill but no answer. I submitted complaint in their system but again no response.

When I called them, they said the bill will be sent to me by the hotel itself.

I do not know now how can I get my bill for claiming reimbursement. Is such a simple thing so difficult for them? Is there something I can do to get this bill?

  • I don't understand what question is and how we can help you – Dirty-flow Mar 14 '19 at 6:51
  • I simply do not know now what should I do to get my legitimate bill. Neither hotel is giving it nor the web site I booked from is giving it. Should it be so difficult for them to give my bill? That is the question. – Rajev Naik Mar 14 '19 at 6:54
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    Call the hotel and demand a bill again. They have likely doing a tax evasion. If it doesn't work, threaten to report. – Anish Sheela Mar 14 '19 at 7:41
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    Are you asking for a bill (a statement of how much you owe) or a receipt (a statement of how much you have paid)? Did you actually pay for the room? If you haven't paid, I would ask them once more for a bill and, if they don't send you one, congratulations on your free hotel stay. – David Richerby Mar 14 '19 at 10:34
  • Am I right when guessing that this is in India? You should probably mention that explicitly because so that people can look up the actual law. – pipe Mar 14 '19 at 16:39

In general, there are two options with booking websites:

  • If you paid the room through the website, it is likely that they acted as a travel agent. In this case they have to give you the invoice.
  • If you paid directly at the hotel, it usually means that the website only did the reservation. In this case the hotel needs to give you the invoice.
  • If you paid through the website, but bought extra things from the Hotel like mini bar items or breakfast: The hotel should give you an invoice for those items, even if the booking site gives you the invoice for the rest.

I cannot say if there are any exceptions, but this should be the general rule. I only ever used booking.com for reservations (got the invoice in the hotel) and Expedia for pre-paid stays (got the invoice from them).

If you paid by credit card, you can also check your statement: The company that billed your credit card should be the one giving you the invoice.

I also noted that getting a fiscal invoice from Expedia is still somewhat painful (at least in Europe). While they now have an online tool to request one, it often didn't work and I had to call.

I don't know have reimbursements work in your company, but at my place I could also show the credit card receipt and explain the situation. They wouldn't be happy, but they'd reimburse me.

If they refuse to deal with you, you could also threaten to dispute the charge unless you get an invoice. (Once you dispute a charge, they'd have to produce documentation anyway). There is a chance that disputing the charge will incur additional costs or trouble, but it's an idea.

Addition: As noted in the comments, some of this depends on paying with a credit card (or other electronic payment, like PayPal). If you paid in cash, you usually still have confirmation emails from the booking site as a record of your booking or reservation. And you could still threaten a bad review on TripAdvisor or such...

  • Most of these suggestions only work if you paid with credit card. But very nice explanation about how to know who owes you the receipt/invoice. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Mar 14 '19 at 13:43
  • Noted, added some on that. – averell Mar 15 '19 at 7:18

Call the hotel and demand a bill on strong words.

If it doesn't work, threaten than you will be reporting them to Income Tax Department, as its clear that they are trying to evade tax. Also, contact support of the website you booked and report the matter.

The cancelled booking along with no bill points likely to a tax evasion.


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