Making Vacation Reservations
When you call to reserve a hotel room or rental car (or in some cases, a dinner reservation for more than six people), one of the first things they’ll ask for is a credit card number. Depending on the company’s policy, they may use the number to charge a cancellation fee or security deposit, or simply ask you to hand it over in good faith. But no matter what their policy, things go more smoothly if you have a number to give them.
This isn’t to say that you’ll never be able to make a reservation without a card. If you’re really determined, like this woman who spent six years living without credit, you can usually make a reservation with a debit card by calling with plenty of lead time and asking how they can help make it work.