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    Restaurants requiring Credit Card for securing a reservation. Comments?

    As mentioned in other threads in this culinary section...........Some Aruba restaurants require a credit card to secure the reservation. If the party does not show up, the credit card is charged (the amount charged is unknown to me)

    How do you feel about that practice?

    How do you feel about giving a credit card number in an email or on an unsecure reservation web page?


    Personally, I don't like it and would not do it.

    However I see that some restaurants feel that they have the need.
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    I would, never give my credit card info over an insecure site/email.

    But, that is me..........what do you folks think?

    here is one of the threads that i was referring to CC Authorization Form Required?
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 11-06-2013 at 11:07 AM.

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    Doesn't bother me -- plenty of restaurants do it here in the US. I understand it... If people not following up on their reservations has become such a problem - this is sure to solve it.
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    Depends on the restaurant. If it is a place that I've been to before and trust then I have no problem with it. When I made my reservation a MJ's this past August they requested a cc number. Being a party of 13 I completely understood and complied. If I remember correctly, they were very clear on the cancellation policy to avoid any charges to the CC.
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    "...How do you feel about giving a credit card number in an email or on an unsecure reservation web page?..."

    This is probably one the biggest mistake people can make online...

    If a restaurant ever ask you do to this simply skip the place without thinking twice.
    It's an unprofessional and unethical business practice that luckily we don't see much these days.

    Still want to go to that place? Then go in person while in Aruba to make reservation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by qlaval View Post
    "...How do you feel about giving a credit card number in an email or on an unsecure reservation web page?..."

    This is probably one the biggest mistake people can make online...AGREED!!


    Still want to go to that place? Then go in person while in Aruba to make reservation...
    Or call the concierge @ your resort and ask them to make reservation on your behalf

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    Two parts to the question.

    I have refused to give a CC via email to secure a res. I'm pretty conservative with personal info.

    I'm not sure if I'd give one over the phone while in Aruba. Depends on how badly we all wanted to eat there.

    I've had good luck calling for a res on day one for our second week. Usually our concierge gets it done.

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    We absolutely will NOT reserve/confirm with a credit card either in Aruba or here at home. For the most part we tend to dine out early so we don't generally need reservations. I would pass on a restaurant that required it. We have made reservations in the past at MJ's: Amadeus, Gianni's and Barefoot without being asked for a credit card. Barefoot, however, requested our room number for re confirmation and I was not comfortable providing it we were able to confirm without providing that info.

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    I understand the practice and wholly appreciate the need to take the cc number to insure that that people will indeed show up.

    I have no problem giving my credit card number by phone or email to a restaurant which we are familiar with and have dined before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    ...I have no problem giving my credit card number by ... email to a restaurant which we are familiar...
    Lisa are you aware that there are programs that exist that constantly search email communications for key words and number structures related to credit card transactions, including sending the number in parts?

    The same goes for your bank account numbers, social security number, and even your driver's license...

    Also many people will keep a message copy in their "Sent" folder, if your mailbox is ever hacked attacker will have your CC.

    Because nothing bad has never happened in the past doesn't means it's safe...
    Last edited by qlaval; 11-07-2013 at 12:43 PM.
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    Yes, I am too trusting sometimes. BUT my computers each have 3 different anti-virus, anti everything else programs.

    Serious, Dh and I have both had credit card NUMBERS, not cards themselves, just numbers, stolen over the past year. CC company has called us here in Georgia to ask if we were shopping in states where we have never even visited! Where they got the numbers??? Dh and I live 40+ minutes from the nearest shopping mall so shop for most things online. It helps that most of our purchases are from Amazon so the httpS is secure, but there are many that are not. Dh does monitor our cc accounts daily. LOL, that is what happens when you have a teenager with one of your credit cards with her name on it. Days of carrying cash to put gas in the car are long over.

    Believe it or not there have been times when I have sent my cc number via email to say a family member and I send the numbers etc. via a 3 separate emails to break up the info.

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