Travelodge Pay by Credit Card (via paypal) and avoid the £2 fee
327°Expired

Travelodge Pay by Credit Card (via paypal) and avoid the £2 fee

45
Found 11th Jan 2013
Travelodge impose a £2 fee if you pay with a credit card (debit cards are free)

However they have now added a paypal option.You can fund your paypal payment by card without incurring the charge

45 Comments

Banned

or just go to another hotel and also avoid the £2 fee

Original Poster

Premier inn also charge £2 and if you can find someone to undercut Travelodge I salute you
Edited by: "angst" 11th Jan 2013

I would happily go to another hotel if it was the standard of a TL and cost £16 a night.

or use visa electron etc

Just remember that if you are paying by credit card for a purchase over £100 to gain the protection of the Consumer Credit Act (eg if Travelodge go bust, you have a claim about the credit provider) that you'd lose that by buying PayPal credit and you'd only get a max of 45 days chargeback protection (if any) from PayPal, which as I recall isn't covered by any UK financial regulation, though hopefully my info on that is out of date.
MKD

mk-donald

Just remember that if you are paying by credit card for a purchase over … Just remember that if you are paying by credit card for a purchase over £100 to gain the protection of the Consumer Credit Act (eg if Travelodge go bust, you have a claim about the credit provider) that you'd lose that by buying PayPal credit and you'd only get a max of 45 days chargeback protection (if any) from PayPal, which as I recall isn't covered by any UK financial regulation, though hopefully my info on that is out of date.MKD



Hopefully you would never need to pay over £100 to stay in a travel lodge

mk-donald

Just remember that if you are paying by credit card for a purchase over … Just remember that if you are paying by credit card for a purchase over £100 to gain the protection of the Consumer Credit Act (eg if Travelodge go bust, you have a claim about the credit provider) that you'd lose that by buying PayPal credit and you'd only get a max of 45 days chargeback protection (if any) from PayPal, which as I recall isn't covered by any UK financial regulation, though hopefully my info on that is out of date.MKD



You're right about the protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act if the total contract price is over £100, and yes Paypal offer some protection under their policy. however if paying by VISA debit card you would also get a degree of protection under VISA's "Chargeback scheme".

good to know.
cheers OP.

I always thought they were Travel Lodge --- but did they change their name for web purposes? Travelodge just looks ridiculous!

Not really a deal is it, more a misc topic

You still have *some* protection, but it's much harder.

PayPal's protection covers the hotel (minimal coverage).
Credit card covers paypal's actions.

So if there isn't a problem, and paypal won't refund, you can technically get your card to take it back from paypal. But that's much easier written down than done!!!

Why would you charge customer a fee to GIVE YOU MONEY in the first place? weird stuff. What is management thinking?

I do rate travel lodge for some good cheap rooms. An ex girlfriend of mine worked at my local TL as a cleaner. she told me she was only issued with one cleaning cloth which she had to use to clean the toilets and the cups out with. And thats an honest true story

Just avoid travelodge. Go to premier inn instead. Nice staff. Nice rooms with good fixtures and fittings. They do £19 a night deals every now and then throughout the year and I'd certainly pay the extra for the better service they provide. Voted cold. Sorry OP.

centurion

I do rate travel lodge for some good cheap rooms. An ex girlfriend of … I do rate travel lodge for some good cheap rooms. An ex girlfriend of mine worked at my local TL as a cleaner. she told me she was only issued with one cleaning cloth which she had to use to clean the toilets and the cups out with. And thats an honest true story



Even if she was only issued with one cloth no one in their right mind would do as you say.

Not really a deal, more good advice

Last time we were in London we stayed at Tune hotel, near Kings Cross. Probably the best value for money hotel I've stayed at anywhere

Original Poster

forevermacin

Just avoid travelodge. Go to premier inn instead. Nice staff. Nice rooms … Just avoid travelodge. Go to premier inn instead. Nice staff. Nice rooms with good fixtures and fittings. They do £19 a night deals every now and then throughout the year and I'd certainly pay the extra for the better service they provide. Voted cold. Sorry OP.



Of course you can vote as you please but I'm making no comment one way or the another about Travelodge's rooms or standards.The intention of my post is to show HUKD members how to save when booking.Hopefully it will reach enough members for £000's or more to be saved.For that reason I hope the deal stays nice and hot.

You're hoping that the post will save zero pounds?

Useful

I rate travelodge never had a bad stay in one!

Not a chance in hell I'll stay at a travelodge again. Tune kings cross was awful. Had a mouse in the room.

blue999

You're right about the protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit … You're right about the protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act if the total contract price is over £100, and yes Paypal offer some protection under their policy. however if paying by VISA debit card you would also get a degree of protection under VISA's "Chargeback scheme".


Agreed and Debit card chargeback is apparently 120 days from knowing of the problem - eg of Travelodge going under or refusing you accommodation.
But then paying via a DEBIT card avoids the OP's original idea of not paying Travelodge by credit card (ie to avoid the £2 sting) but using credit to load a PayPal a/c to then pay with PayPal instead which as I say mean NO CCA75 protection for a £100+ transaction.
see eg
http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/sale-of-goods/your-rights-when-paying-by-credit-card/chargeback-on-credit-and-debit-cards/

Personally I've been content to be hit by the £2 charge to GAIN the CCA75 protection eg when booking £300+ of Travelodge sale rooms across half a dozen GOOD Travelodges (they do exist!) over the next n months.

MKD


Edited by: "mk-donald" 12th Jan 2013

Helpful when you want to keep using a cashback credit card for more savings

Original Poster

I hadn't considered that..thanks

An absolute joke. PayPal merchant fees are higher than credit card, so why even charge for credit cards in the first place. Fraudsters.

Paypal the scum of online payment companies and yet like most scum its managed to take over the world

Have only stayed in 2 Travelodges, Bristol Mitchell Lane and Birmingham Bullring, both were modern, very clean and excellent value. Whens the next Sale?

Original Poster

rooo

An absolute joke. PayPal merchant fees are higher than credit card, so … An absolute joke. PayPal merchant fees are higher than credit card, so why even charge for credit cards in the first place. Fraudsters.



I suspect it's more stupidy,in that they have forgotten to add a £2 charge for paypal use.

Have no idea how this has been voted as a hot deal.....

Not arguing that this is a good tip, but saving £2 off booking a room, which only applies IF you are paying by credit card doesn't really justify the heat in my opinion.

Shak,

The credit card fee is in fact charged by the credit card company and travelodge pass the cost to us. I dont blame travelodge for that, but it would be nice if the company which accepts credit card absorbs the fee.

This is exactly the type of little saving, that makes HUKD what it is IMO.
i.e. Some one has taken the time to post what they have found out for the benefit of (some) others. Big or small.

£2 once in a blue moon is not a lot, but when I used to travel, I did it a lot.
£2 saving would have soon mounted up for me. Why should we have to pay it anyway?

Travelodge for me, booked in advance, was an essential and cheap way to get about the country one night at a time before moving on.
Never really had any complaints to be honest. Some are better than others. All are better than sleeping in your car...

Mind you I used to take my own travel kettle/cups and mini bar

Heat Added

We stayed in a travelodge next to the motorway in Birmingham (can't remember which - one of those sad looking ones attached to a Moto or similar with a BP garage in spitting distance from your room window)

No word of a lie, as testament to their level of cleaning skills, when I boiled the kettle to make a brew in the morning, as the steam rose from the kettle, it condensed on the mirror behind it. Slowly but surely, as the mirror fogged up more and more, a giant cock and balls appeared. Clearly, the previous occupant noticed the same effect, and left an amusing image for future room visitors to find.

Okay, maybe cleaning the mirror every day is overkill, but I did wonder how long it had sat there ... and if the mirror was ever cleaned, then you think, what else hasn't been cleaned in a long time ... beuchhhh.

PS Heat ... Good tip on the £2 thing. Aside form the obvious, some may wonder why you'd want to buy on a credit card anyway. Well, unlike a debit card, I use a credit card to buy everything I possibly can, using AMEX if possible, as I get points which turn into vouchers when you've got so many, I certainly don't use it for the "credit" and silly APR lol paid off in full each month, and used in place of my debit card, probably make equivalent of £10 worth of points each month.

Anyway I digress. Point is, I spent £350 on Premier Inn rooms just last week on my CC and they charged £2 the buggers. Luckily, the points gained outweighed the card charge, but only just. Bah.

Original Poster

DeepSeaDozzer

Have no idea how this has been voted as a hot deal..... Not arguing that … Have no idea how this has been voted as a hot deal..... Not arguing that this is a good tip, but saving £2 off booking a room, which only applies IF you are paying by credit card doesn't really justify the heat in my opinion.



Just to help me in the future,how big a saving do I have to find for you before it meets with your approval?

shak

Why would you charge customer a fee to GIVE YOU MONEY in the first place? … Why would you charge customer a fee to GIVE YOU MONEY in the first place? weird stuff. What is management thinking?



It is not crazy if you se how cresit card work. Are you new to credit card ???
They need to pay the fee to Credit Card Provider .....

I stayed in 4 Travelodge locations in September 2012. I have booked a London location staying for 4 days later this month. I booked at the Saver Rate which is supposed to be paid in full on booking and nonrefundable. However my credit was not charged and the £2 booking fee was not added. I paid the room charge in each morning of my stays using my Canadian credit card.

Is the booking fee when using credit card not applicable to non-UK residents?

Travelodge staff in Birmingham once stole my document wallet. Inside it was my marriage certificate, driving licence, mine and all my family's passports plus other valuable documents.

After checking out we walked through the car park, to the car, packed up our luggage and I was about to drive off when it dawned on me that I'd left my document wallet on the dressing table. I went back to the Travelodge reception and explained - no more than 10 minutes after having checked-out. They said "well we've just been to inspect that room and it was empty, but you can go and have a look yourself if you want". They were two young lads and looked quite shifty. I went to the room - it was bare. What more could I do?

I reported the incident to the local police station, who recorded it as lost property since I couldn't prove that the hotel staff had stolen the items.

Two years later, the police contact me to say that my driving licence was confiscated by door staff at a nightclub in Derby from someone using it, posing as me, and handed in to them. God knows where the passports are and in whose hands they are.

Original Poster

ph1981

Not a chance in hell I'll stay at a travelodge again. Tune kings cross … Not a chance in hell I'll stay at a travelodge again. Tune kings cross was awful. Had a mouse in the room.



I didn't know you get a free breakfast there.

We stayed in Hartlepool Marina last week and we thought it was lovely.

Original Poster

Dehumanization

We stayed in Hartlepool Marina last week and we thought it was lovely.



but wet.

Couldn't resist.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text