Can I use a debit card to hold a hotel room?

We strongly recommend using credit cards over debit cards for all transactions, due to the limitations and complications that can arise from debit card use with travel.

For instance, when checking in to a hotel, even one which is prepaid, you will need to present a valid ID and a credit card for incidentals.  Since the hotel will put a monetary hold on the card based on the duration of your stay, we recommend presenting a credit card. When using a debit card, it can take several weeks for the funds to be released back into your bank account.