Sneaky Dynamic Pricing- HI T-4 LHR

Old Jan 24, 20, 9:55 am
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Sneaky Dynamic Pricing- HI T-4 LHR

Sneaky Dynamic Pricing- HI T-4 LHR

Stayed at HI T-4 numerous times. When asked always state will pay in pounds. This time asked to insert my cc and came up showing both GBP and USD BUT If you press "enter" it will automatically charge to USD. Have to press "cancel" to charge in GBP. Desk agent advised there was a 4% fee and I was not the first to make the comment it was a sneaky way to do it.

I still like the hotel for overnight stay - just be careful.
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Old Jan 25, 20, 1:43 pm
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Not "dynamic pricing", DCC - dynamic currency conversion.

Not specific to this hotel.

And although hotels should really do a better job (maybe because they are getting kickbacks either directly or hidden within their credit card fees), it's the bank providing the credit card machine that is doing the scamming.
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Old Jan 25, 20, 2:57 pm
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There is a plan for all machine to clearly tell people the fees or mark up that they paying for using this “service” (scam)

if you use an Amex I don’t believe they can do this either as Amex doesn’t allow DCC.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by TGLoyalty View Post
There is a plan for all machine to clearly tell people the fees or mark up that they paying for using this “service” (scam)

if you use an Amex I don’t believe they can do this either as Amex doesn’t allow DCC.
Correct about AMEX but I use "whatever" hotel cards at their hotels (IHG Chase at IHG, US Bank Radisson,, Chase Hyatt, AMEX Bonbon card, Amex Hilton, etc.).
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Old Jan 26, 20, 1:28 pm
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Beware of prepaid rates then, because they may just apply DCC without asking then you have a fight to get refunded the full amount you were wrongly charged.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 3:06 am
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Beware of prepaid rates then, because they may just apply DCC without asking then you have a fight to get refunded the full amount you were wrongly charged.
This is possibly my number one pet peeve. I rarely book prepaid hotel rates, but whenever a hotel, car rental, etc. applies DCC when the card isn't present (or if the clerk accepts DCC without asking me) it drives me crazy...

I find it especially galling when my USD card attached to a UK address, ends up DCCed into sterling and then converted back into USD by my bank with yet another commission.
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