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Host telling me to cancel my booking in exchange for a discount?

Part of the host's contract with booking.com is that booking.com will take a commission fee of 10-25% out of each booking made through them. So if you cancel your booking.com reservation and pay the ...
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Payment instructions allegedly from HomeAway look fishy to me

Just looking at the domain name: homeaway-eu.com - registered in 2018 registrar: NAMECHEAP INC registered by: information hidden email account hosted by: privateemail.com (which is a product of ...
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Payment instructions allegedly from HomeAway look fishy to me

This is a scam. There are several red flags. With one of them, I'd be highly suspicious. With the trifecta, it's definitely a scam. Using a slightly different domain name which is one of many ...
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Payment instructions allegedly from HomeAway look fishy to me

This situation has a couple strong parallels to common housing scams. Rental scam #1 – the cloned listing This is one of the most popular Craigslist rental scams, perhaps because it’s so cheap to ...
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Host telling me to cancel my booking in exchange for a discount?

TL;DR Keep your original booking. It's possible that the host found out that the demand on accommodation for the period of your booking went up, so they will have no trouble renting the place for ...
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Can we use both cash and card for payments in Iceland as a tourist?

I was in Iceland recently, September 2022, and I neither used nor even saw any cash. Card for everything. This included the bus company Stræto.
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Why do Transit Systems in the US Rarely Accept Direct Credit/Debit Card Payments

Some bus agencies have done as you propose, including, at one point in the past, Valley Metro Three in Phoenix (see page 33-34 for an explanation). Those readers have since been removed. A few points: ...
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Is it possible travelling Sweden WITHOUT credit or debit card?

I'd go to the store Pressbyrån and get a prepaid debit card to use during the stay. Using cash will be hard, many places don't accept cash. It will also be much more expensive. If you only want to ...
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Is it possible travelling Sweden WITHOUT credit or debit card?

Is it possible to travel the country (by public transportation) as tourist (including Stockholm, Gothenburg) WITHOUT a credit and debit card (and no app as well) In Stockholm it is possible. You ...
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How can I pay in Vietnam?

Vietnam remains a cash society, and that cash is Vietnamese dong. US dollars may be accepted for larger purchases and places like airport shops. Credit cards are accepted at hotels and touristy/...
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How do I spend money in Sweden and Denmark?

Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous in Scandinavia. You should have no trouble using a Visa card. Before you travel, you could apply for a credit card that has zero foreign transactions fee. You can ...
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Italy AirBnb host asking for passport info plus two off-the-books payments. Very skeptical

Asking for a copy of a passport is quite common. Whether it's legally required I can't answer, but the more problematic part is asking for the cleaning charge in cash. This is against Airbnb's terms. ...
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Visa application payment declined due to error

But once I open my account it shows the application is complete and the payment is already done. There is no link for payment and the amount is also not credited to my account. Ignore the second ...
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While abroad 2 bank cards suddenly have stopped working. They worked yesterday, in the same country

There are several possible causes for the cards not working: The card issuers refused the transactions. This can be due to a multitude of factors: Transactions abroad triggered security blocks. Note ...
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Is it ok to accept cash payments on Airbnb?

Yes, your account can be closed if you accept cash. Here's what Airbnb has published on this issue: Offline or cash payments are a violation of our Terms of Service, and can result in removal ...
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Can a traveller use Alipay/Tenpay mobile payments in China?

Yes, and you do not necessarily need a Chinese bank account. You have a few options: (1) you could add money into your Alipay account using mobile phone refill cards. These refill cards are ...
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Not all tolls can be paid with cash. What are my options with a rental car?

Road tolling is not standardized in the U.S., and even within the same state there can be multiple tolling authorities, systems, and policies. Therefore, the answer depends on the system. Some ...
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Is it really necessary to pay for another pay card when traveling to a different country?

It is a good idea to have more than one means of payment when traveling. Cards do get shut off sometimes, yes even if you notify them that you're traveling, and the middle of a trip when you urgently ...
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Can we use both cash and card for payments in Iceland as a tourist?

When my wife and I were in Iceland in 2019, credit/debit cards were accepted almost everywhere in the cities. Outside of the cities, card payment was common but not universal. I'd recommend carrying ...
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Will my Wizz Discount Club membership renew automatically?

If I don't unsubscribe, will my membership automatically renew? According to Wizzair's official Twitter, you have to renew it manually: Will "unsubscribing" from the Wizz Air Discount Club cancel ...
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Is it possible to pay in advance for hostel booking?

Regarding Hostelworld their business model is not around getting payments for the hostels. They aren't a payment gateway. They are basically an hostel directory, with some sugar on it (they also ...
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How can I pay tolls on Japanese expressways?

There are two options. The easy way is cash, which is (at time of writing) still accepted by every toll plaza on every Japanese expressway: just collect a chit on entry and pay when you leave. But ...
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Safest ways to pay for a vacation rental?

Answering Question B, to transact safely, use a platform with an escrow system. A reversible payment (credit card, PayPal), especially from someone in another country, brings the merchant a ...
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Best way to pay for airline tickets?

Daily transaction limits are put in place by your card issuer to protect against fraud and credit default. Depending on your credit status, if you call your card provider you should be able to get the ...
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Are MasterCard and Visa accepted by Amsterdam taxis?

I'm not sure about paying the driver directly, but at least TCA and Staxi have an app that supports credit card (and PayPal). https://www.tcataxi.nl/en/tca-app/ https://www.staxi.nl/en/faq/ This one ...
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Are MasterCard and Visa accepted by Amsterdam taxis?

It's a statistical sample of one, but on January 1st 2020, I paid for a taxi from Schiphol to the Amsterdam Marriott with a Visa, and again the next day in the other direction. Apropos of nothing, the ...
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What ways would you recommend for paying for the transportation services in Hong Kong?

Here is what I remember from pre-pandemic times. All of this may be different now Airport Express does accept credit card. You can also buy tickets upfront online. There are a bunch of shuttle busses ...
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Swedish cashless economy for tourism

Sweden is amongst the most cashless countries in the world, but cash is still widely accepted to the degree that coffee-shops or city-buses not excepting cash are exceptions. Very few shops don't ...
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What's the point of having a Good To Go! pass aside from avoiding the extra 25¢USD/trip?

Seattle-area resident (and frequent Good To Go! user) here. Good To Go! works a bit differently depending on the context in which it is used. You can explore each use case here. In summary, there are ...
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