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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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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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Real prepaid sim card in Britain

I use GiffGaff in the UK for similar reasons. You have to nudge it every six months or so to keep it active: To keep a sim active you need to do one or more of the following things once in any 186 ...
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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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Debit cards in the US

Certainly. They can often be found at grocery and drug stores with the other gift cards. You can find a list of retailers on websites like Visa's locator. You'll probably want one with a Visa or ...
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Host telling me to cancel my booking in exchange for a discount?

The person who has contacted you as "the host" may not be who they say they are. They could be a junior employee who is able to slip you the key to an unbooked room, while pocketing your reservation ...
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Prepaid credit card for Wizzair flight

Depends on the type of prepaid credit card you have. Wizzair accepts these cards: Credit and debit cards (Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro and UATP) (Source) I don't have experience with ...
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Is it possible to pay in advance for hostel booking?

Background: I work at an independently-owned YHA hostel in Australia. YHA is a non-profit organization that owns many but not all YHA-branded hostels in Australia. YHA is the Australian branch of ...
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Hotel asks for credit card and passport through mail for restaurant reservation

Something doesn't feel quite right, although it may be okay. New Years eve is a prime spot for restaurants so it tends to be expensive and the hotels would like to get paid for every seat (and then ...
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Hotel asks for credit card and passport through mail for restaurant reservation

In some countries, it is common for restaurants to ask for a guarantee for some reservations, especially for larger tables or specific events. It is actually very common for New Year's Eve, as on ...
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Prepayment not charged yet

It is quite common for hotels on the booking.com system to charge when you are in the hotel. Mostly they will tell you when they will charge you or whether they prefer payment in the hotel itself. But ...
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Cancelling a Prepaid Contract (US) from Germany

Use Skype, google voice, or another voip app to call the customer service number in the United States. It’ll be a free (or very low-cost) call.
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Prepaid bank card in the UK

You don't mention what country you are in, but Revolut could be an option for you. It works as a pre-paid MasterCard debit card, which you can then recharge using their app (Apple and Android). The ...
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Cheap pre-pay sim in Canada?

First of all, please note that there are 3 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Canada providing services to ~90% of mobile phone users in Canada. Parent companies for these 3 MNOs are: 1- Rogers ...
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Is it possible to reserve a hotel with a credit card with lower credit limit than the hotel expenses?

This answer assumes the 1600$ covers more than a single night. Details depend on the specific situation, but it is rather common that the credit card information is used to charge you for the first ...
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Cancelling a Prepaid Contract (US) from Germany

The best way to cancel the contract is to call them personally from Germany and provide all the related info about your self. There is no any effective way to cancel such a thing rather than calling ...
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Prepaid credit card for Wizzair flight

Don't see why not. As long as Prepaid card is Visa or MasterCard there will be no issues. I used my prepaid Revolut card on multiple occasions for flight, bus or hotel bookings.
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Host telling me to cancel my booking in exchange for a discount?

Other answers have pointed out that the host probably wants to defraud booking.com. They're probably honest to you, but you may not want to count on probably. One similar situation that is probably ...
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Is it possible to reserve a hotel with a credit card with lower credit limit than the hotel expenses?

"Is it possible to reserve a hotel with a credit card with lower credit limit than the hotel expenses?" Yes. The most frequent scenarios are A) the hotel does not put any authorization hold on the ...
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Should I pre-book/prepay for activities before landing in Bali?

In general, in high traffic tourist areas, booking in advance reduce the stress of missing out the activity and/or wait in line for attractions; not really to save some money. I tend to book in ...
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