slow credit card charges in costa rica

Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 07:44 AM
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slow credit card charges in costa rica

Got back from CR about 2 weeks ago and noticed some hotel charges have still not come through, anyone else have similar experiences? Should I just consider myself lucky (don't worry they were overpriced/overcommercialized hotels anyway) or is this standard practice? As in is it normal to wait over 2wks to process a charge/send in documentation? Cheers!
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 08:40 AM
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Usually local banks use what is called in banking a "correspondent bank in the USA", the process is a little slower but surely you will be billed backtracked to the original transaction date.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 09:36 AM
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Tried this on another thread as well, no response yet - anyone have any issues with credit card reservations at hotels? A few people have told me that they have had reservations with CC but arrived at the hotel to find out that they actually did not.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 11:23 AM
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Hi!
Actually we did have this problem!
We were there in August and it we were not charged till...DECEMBER!!! This was from the Belmar hotel in Monteverde..


rdp....sorry, I can't help with your question as we did not have that problem.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 11:48 AM
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MNP: are you serious? That seems crazy! I was told after 30 days it drops off from pending charges, but I guess they process whenever they feel like it. Hmm..makes it hard to budget or figure out how much we spent. thanks for the info though!
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Old Feb 4th, 2005, 07:58 PM
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I think this is pretty common with foreign charges - as described, it goes through corresponding banks and often takes longer. Europe can be the same way. As noted, enjoy the delay but don't try taking that long to pay!
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Old Feb 5th, 2005, 12:56 PM
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I always hope they "got lost" - rarely happens.
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