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Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

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Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

We have been offered a discount if we pay for our tour by check rather than by credit card. Any thoughts?

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1. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

This seems reasonable, as the tour company will not have to pay a cut to the credit card company. The disadvantage is that you do not have the protection of having paid by card if things go wrong.

If you are convinced that the tour company is reputable, you could save some money by paying by cheque.

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2. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

Hi Nancy..So long as you know and trust the agent and you have a legitimate receipt you should be okay: double-check with your cheque statement.

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3. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

Paying for travel by check and getting a discount instead of paying with a credit card is not typical practice here in the USA. It seems to be more common in Europe. I'd want to know exactly with whom you are dealing for this tour??

It is much safer to use your credit card as that offers some protection if you don't have your own travel insurance.

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4. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

We are dealing with Gate 1 Travel.

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5. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

How much is the discount? Both percent and $ ?

Also what is the cost for booking direct with the company and not through a 3rd party?

They get some bad reviews if you do a search.

Edited: 12 August 2014, 21:00
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6. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

I personally would not be paying for any travel component by cheque. The downside if things were to go wrong, I'm sure would make whatever savings you gain, pale in comparison.

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7. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

>>I personally would not be paying for any travel component by cheque.<<

I would if it were Caravan; they have been around for 50-odd years and have an excellent reputation. Anyone else? Probably not.

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8. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

Gate 1 is a large well known company. I'd want to know how much you are saving?

My credit card offers trip insurance for all purchases so I'd not pay by check no matter how much I am saving UNLESS I had my own trip insurance!

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9. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

In the UK (and I realise that you are not) paying by credit card gives you legal protection if the travel company doesn't deliver what it should, or goes bust.

Some credit cards also have some sort of insurance too.

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10. Re: Paying for a tour by check rather than credit card

I'd use the credit card still. What happens if the airline goes on strike, then what? If you used check they got your money and you may never get it back.