Presenting the Wrong ID at a Hotel and New Credit Card Nightclub Benefit

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  1. I really resent having to provide a drivers license or passport to check into a hotel because based upon all the info they collect they have a ton of personal info. However, after things like the Vegas shooting I am swallowing the idea that things will ever change for the consumers benefit. I still want my damn Do Not Disturb sign honored though just opens the door for more stuff being stolen. Only so much fits in the damn safe.

  2. @8BB8B8:
    I tend to use a passport card for checking into a hotel. It minimizes the amount of information that I’m providing and is more annoying to key to other databases.

    You might also keep in mind that many hotels have real safe deposit boxes available, and that the in-room safe is mostly a convenience. I mostly lock stuff into my hard-shelled bag because it’s about on par with how hard it is to open that one in the room.

  3. I have worked front desk and am now in accounting for a hotel, and the biggest reason for ID is to reduce credit card fraud. It’s simple for people to clone, steal, or otherwise have access to accounts they are not responsible for, unless the ID doesn’t match. Saves us a lot of money and hassle, that’s for sure.

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