wilson115 wrote: »
I recently booked a hotel on olotels.com. The whole way through the booking process I was given the price in GBP and I therefore decided to use my airmiles card to pay. On the payment screen the price was again displayed in GBP but when the confirmation email arrived the total was in EUR.
Needless to say I was pretty angry as the airmiles are certainly not worth the £32.80 "non-sterling transaction fee". Can anyone advise as to whether this is illegal? I certainly feel pretty aggrieved but can't actually find anything to back up my case against Olotels and therefore reclaim my money!
benjus wrote: »
One (rather niche) situation came up recently where I would actually advise paying in GBP if possible. My OH was travelling on business; her employer doesn't issue corporate cards, so she had to pay for everything on her personal card and claim back. Because she paid for everything in EUR and the receipts were in EUR, she entered them into the computer system in EUR, which converted them back to GBP automatically. However, they didn't use the same exchange rate, and she lost out slightly. No big deal, but if she'd paid in GBP she would have received exactly the right amount (although her employer would have paid slightly more). This situation probably doesn't apply to many people though - other employers may have more flexible computer systems to handle this.
Tigermum wrote: »
We are travelling on a cruise with Princess Cruises in February. We have the option to have our "folio" charged in US Dollars or GB pounds (converted by the cruise line) after having registered a credit card with them.
In the past we have paid in pounds, but this thread makes me wonder if we should be asking for the cost to be in dollars and then pay the credit card bill (complete with their conversion costs)? We have a Saga card which we will use for on-shore expenses so that we do not incur charges on that, but would be using another card for the cruise bill itself.
Any advice would be useful - thanks.
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