What does pre- authorization mean?

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What does pre- authorization mean?

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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.

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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.