1. How do people usually pay (from overseas) when a deposit is required for accommodation booked?
2. If by credit card, is it usual for the accommodation owner to add a percentage (eg 4%) on to the deposit amount?
3. What is the bank fee in Scotland for a credit card transaction (eg for the accommodation owner)?
I am starting to book for our trip in May but finding paying the deposits is a nightmare I hadn't anticipated! Some places (as in Q1) charge a bank fee at their end and my bank charges a fee also for the credit card transaction. Some places provide only their bank details for a money transfer but I have found that will cost me NZ$25 for one transaction! Realise am asking this at ' point of sale' end but am sure lots of overseas people as well as locals use this wonderful forum. As Kiwi's looking forward to our overseas trip perhaps we will just have to take whatever is on offer for lodgings on the day as the fees seem to defeat the purpose of finding (and booking) affordable but nice accommodation.
Looking forward to any comments / suggestions / thoughts on this.