What does pre- authorization mean?

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Pre-authorisation is a type of credit check. It is used to ensure that the credit card is valid, and that there are sufficient funds to cover all or part of the reservation costs. more
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Before the arrival time, many hotels do a "pre-authorisation" of the credit card. A pre-authorisation is a validity check of your credit card. This "blocks" an amount which could range from one night to the entire cost of a reservation. This is a precaution that the hotel takes in case of no show or late cancellation. The amount should be "unblocked" within 1 or 2 weeks. more

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