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Hotels in Argentina - to pre-pay or not?

Old Jan 12, 20, 11:44 am
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Hotels in Argentina - to pre-pay or not?

Typically when I travel I'll pre-pay some hotel stays for a more preferential rate, fairly normal thing to do.

From what I read of Argentina and the blue dollar, I'm wondering if I'm best just taking USD with me for hotels?

I typically book one of the larger booking sites like Hotels.com and would still plan to book online, just wondering if best pre-paying or not.

Other consideration is timing. Will be travelling around May, so with inflation am I best getting booked now and pre-paying?
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Old Jan 12, 20, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by The doomed View Post
Typically when I travel I'll pre-pay some hotel stays for a more preferential rate, fairly normal thing to do.

From what I read of Argentina and the blue dollar, I'm wondering if I'm best just taking USD with me for hotels?

I typically book one of the larger booking sites like Hotels.com and would still plan to book online, just wondering if best pre-paying or not.

Other consideration is timing. Will be travelling around May, so with inflation am I best getting booked now and pre-paying?

Typically on hotels.com when making a reservation in advance, they will quote your price in your local currency from where you're booking, so if you're in the US it will be in USD. Then they'll have a conversion rate based on their rate of exchange on the date when you're making the booking. That's the rate lwhat you will have to pay at the hotel, if it's not a prepaid rate. If that's the case then the blue will work well for you
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Old Jan 12, 20, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying Machine View Post
Typically on hotels.com when making a reservation in advance, they will quote your price in your local currency from where you're booking, so if you're in the US it will be in USD. Then they'll have a conversion rate based on their rate of exchange on the date when you're making the booking. That's the rate lwhat you will have to pay at the hotel, if it's not a prepaid rate. If that's the case then the blue will work well for you
Um, possibly not so fast. What is the situation with the VAT rebate? Does it not still exist? Do you not have to pay with foreign CC or foreign bank transfer? If so, there's 21% back, and if you pay with cash, you won't get it.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 12:38 pm
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Thanks.

I, like most, probably have the following options:

1. Book via hotels.com, pay with credit card at the time of booking in GBP but of course based on local cost and currency conversion.

2. Book via hotels.com, reserving a rate based in local currency, pay by credit card when I check out.

3. Book via hotels.com, reserving a rate based in local currency, pay by cash when I check out.

If paying at check out is only of marginal benefit I would probably just pay in advance as it's less hassle. But if there's a good benefit to me and/or the local hotels I'm happy to do whatever.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 4:29 pm
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Um, possibly not so fast. What is the situation with the VAT rebate? Does it not still exist? Do you not have to pay with foreign CC or foreign bank transfer? If so, there's 21% back, and if you pay with cash, you won't get it.
Good point I didnít think of that..
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Old Jan 12, 20, 5:57 pm
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Looks like rates via Hotels.com (and i assume other leading sites) already exclude the VAT:

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • The 21% national VAT (value-added tax) is not included in the price, and will be charged at the property upon check-out for all citizens of Argentina. Foreigners on a tourist visa are exempt from this tax. To qualify for a tax exemption, tourists must present a valid passport and pay for the services rendered with a non-Argentine credit card or via bank transfer from another country. This tax exemption does not apply for stays over 90 days. In the case of ca
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Old Jan 12, 20, 6:04 pm
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Looks like rates via Hotels.com (and i assume other leading sites) already exclude the VAT:
What passport do you have? Many countries can enter without a visa.

My understanding is that for a USA passport (no visa required) you must pay hotel room charges at the hotel with a foreign credit card (or foreign debit card) to be exempt from the 21% tax that locals pay.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 6:57 pm
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UK passport.

Might be worth me calling ahead to hotels before booking
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Old Jan 16, 20, 3:04 pm
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It looks as if paying in pesos and using a credit card for a foreign tourist is a close to a wash. Dollar blue seems to be @ 20 % above official rate. That being said , the hotels are always 3-6% higher on their " official " exchange rate. This has been discussed on another thread. If you can get a good blue rate , cash may work the best but may not be worth the effort. I always make the mistake of going home with to many worthless pesos. Have 100k worth from a good session at the casino. Should have converted them before I left and things went south.
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Old Jan 16, 20, 3:09 pm
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It looks as if paying in pesos and using a credit card for a foreign tourist is a close to a wash. Dollar blue seems to be @ 20 % above official rate. That being said , the hotels are always 3-6% higher on their " official " exchange rate. This has been discussed on another thread. If you can get a good blue rate , cash may work the best but may not be worth the effort. I always make the mistake of going home with to many worthless pesos. Have 100k worth from a good session at the casino. Should have converted them before I left and things went south.
You already were south, and that's where the things occurred. So, things might have gone poorly, or in some other manner, but they didn't go further south
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Old Jan 16, 20, 4:28 pm
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