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My Account

I’d like to change the email address I subscribed with/I entered my email address incorrectly.

Go to My Subscriptions and click Change next to your email address. Then enter the new address where you’d like to receive our emails.

What will you do with my email address?

We use your email address to deliver our email publications to your inbox. Your postcode is only used to send deals relevant to your local area. We have over 27 million members worldwide. Please review our Privacy Policy and be assured that we take your privacy and data security very seriously.

What will you do with my credit card and billing information?

We work with CyberSource to process credit card information. CyberSource is owned by Visa International and is one of the largest payment transaction companies on the Internet. Your credit card and billing information is recorded via fully encrypted Secure Socket Layer connection (SSL). This and your other personal information are safe and secure and will only be used for your intended purpose. We comply with industry leading security and privacy standards and are registered with Trustee. For details, see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

I would like to update my postcode to receive travel, entertainment and local deals for my area.

Log into your account, click on My Subscriptions in My Account and enter your new postcode in step 2.

How do I update my credit card/ payment information?

Go to My Payment Methods in My Account and delete any card by clicking the X, or click "Add a New Card". You will have to delete your card and re-add it if the current information is incorrect.

I’ve changed my subscription or account preferences. How long will it take for the changes to take effect?

Please wait 48 hours for any changes made to your account to take effect.

I would like to connect or disconnect my Google+ or Facebook profiles from Travelzoo.

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Pre-Purchase Questions

What are Travelzoo Local Deals?

Local Deals offer you outstanding deals at discounted prices from top-quality businesses, including spas, restaurants and destination hotels.

How do I buy a Local Deal?

Making a purchase is simple. Once you’re ready to purchase a voucher, click on the "Buy Now" button. If you already have an account with Travelzoo, you can purchase with just one click. Or, simply follow the instructions online to My Account and enter your billing details. The charge will appear on your credit card statement as "TRAVELZOO." Once your purchase is complete, we’ll charge your credit/debit card and send you an email confirmation with a link to access your voucher. Vouchers are also stored under "My Account" on the Travelzoo website and can be printed at any time. To redeem your voucher, follow the booking instructions included near the top of the page – remember to check the fine print for special instructions. We recommend you call the merchant as soon as possible to get the dates that you want. In some cases you can just show up whenever you like.

You have 14 days to ask for a refund if you wish to cancel your order. Vouchers noted as non-refundable or for a date-specific event are non refundable. Please read our full Terms of Sale for more information.

Can I purchase over the telephone?

At this time only online ordering is available. If you have a question before you get started, please contact our Customer Support Team at support_uk@travelzoo.com or 020 3564 3000.

Does it cost money to join Travelzoo or to receive Local Deals?

Access to all of Travelzoo’s content is free for members. To become a subscriber, sign up here or just register when you purchase your first Local Deals voucher.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Maestro and PayPal. We do not charge you a fee for debit or credit card use.

I received an error message when trying to purchase a Local Deal. Now what?

Sometimes there is a problem processing your credit card, or the billing address you entered does not match your account details on file with your bank (for instance, have you moved recently or changed marital status?). It could just be a typo, or a number was incorrectly entered (don’t put dashes or spaces when you enter your credit card number). Our system will immediately notify you if there’s a problem at the time of purchase. Re-enter your details (check all the fields carefully) and try again. If it still doesn’t work, send us an email or give us a call.

My Password is not accepted.

If you have forgotten your password, please click on the “Forgot Your Password” link in Sign In/Sign Up and enter the email address you used to subscribe. We will then send you an email with a link to reset your password. If you do not receive your email, please check your spam folder and ensure the email address is spelled exactly as it was as when you subscribed.

What happens if the date I want is not available?

Availability is always subject to change, and is based on the merchant’s availability. We recommend you contact the business as soon as you have purchased your voucher to confirm the dates you want are available and make your reservation.

Can I buy a deal as a gift for someone else?

Yes, subject to the terms and conditions of the offer. You can print a voucher and give it to someone else like a traditional certificate or gift card. Unless the small print specifically states otherwise, feel free to give Travelzoo Local Deals vouchers as gifts, or if you can’t use it before the expiry date, give it to a friend or family member.

General Questions about the deal?

We are often asked questions like whether restaurants have vegetarian or gluten free options or if a hotel accepts pets. We try to disclose as much information on the deal page on our website; if the answer you require is not there, we recommend calling the business for clarification. You’ll find the contact details on the deal page and your voucher.

Post Purchase Questions

Can you book me into the hotel or restaurant?

We are not able to make a booking for you or advise you on availability. We recommend that once you have purchased your Local Deal, you call the business as soon as possible to make a booking. All dates are subject to availability.

Does the Local Deal have to be used the same day I buy it?

Each Local Deal has a limited redemption window (typically six months, but it could be more or less than that). Each deal has an expiration date (listed on the deal page before you buy and on the voucher). We recommend you call the business to make your reservation as soon as possible; for example, weekend dates always go very quickly. Remember you only have 14 days after the date of purchase to ask for a refund in case your desired dates are unavailable.

I’ve lost my voucher!

Vouchers are stored in My Account, My Purchases on the Travelzoo website and as long as your voucher is active (unused, not refunded) it can be printed at any time.

Can I return or get a refund on Travelzoo Local Deals voucher?

We offer full refunds within 14 days of purchase, so if you change your mind and no longer want a voucher, please let us know. Log in to My Account, and if your voucher is eligible for a credit, you can cancel it online. After 14 days, we are not able to offer returns or refunds. On date-specific events, or for those noted as non-refundable, all sales are final, and no returns or exchanges are permitted. Please see our Terms of Sale for more information.

What if the business for my voucher closes down?

If a business closes down before the redemption window for your voucher expires, you will receive a full refund. Travelzoo serves as an agent in recommending the merchant or local business. Travelzoo makes no warrants and does not accept liability for business failure. Please see our full Terms of Sale for more information.

What happens if my Travelzoo Local Deals voucher expires?

You must redeem your voucher before the expiry date specified on the Voucher. No refunds will be issued for expired Vouchers. See our full Terms of Sale.

What if I want to change or cancel my order?

We are not able to change your order once you make a purchase (add or remove vouchers, change the name or dates on a voucher). If you would like to cancel your voucher, please call us within 14 days of making your purchase. After 14 days, no refunds can be issued.

General FAQ

I’d like to change the email address I subscribed with/I entered my email address incorrectly.

Go to My Subscriptions in My Account and click Change to enter the new address where you’d like to receive mail.

Can you tell me exactly what "Small Print" means and why it’s important?

Each deal has unique guidelines, set by the local businesses where you can buy the goods and services. Pay close attention to them before you buy. These little details usually refer to things like dates when the deal is not available, how many deals you are allowed to purchase or redeem and whether or not the deal can be combined with any other offers.

I booked a travel deal that was featured on Travelzoo but am having a problem. Can you help me?

Most travel (holiday, cruise, transport) deals aren’t booked directly through Travelzoo unless you actually purchased a voucher on Travelzoo’s website. A good test is to take a look at the company that actually charged your credit card. If it’s a travel or entertainment company other than Travelzoo, you’ll need to contact them directly. If you see Travelzoo on your bank card statement, then you likely bought one of our Local Deals and we’ll do our very best to help you.

How can I feature my business on Travelzoo Local Deals?

Contact us! We’ll respond to you as soon as possible.

I’m still confused.

If you have a question we haven’t answered or just want to leave a comment, click here to send us an email, or call +44 (0) 20 3564 3000, Monday-Friday, 08:00 - 18:00.

Hotel Bookings

How do I cancel my reservation?

Most reservations can be canceled free of charge up until a few days before check-in. If your reservation is eligible for a cancellation, you can cancel it online. Sign in to My Account, go to My Purchases, and if your reservation is eligible for a cancellation, click the Cancel button. We’ll send you a cancellation email as soon as your cancellation is processed. If you need additional assistance, please call us on +44 (0) 20 3564 9000.

How do I change my reservation?

If you would like to change your reservation (change dates, room type, number of guests or rooms), please check the cancellation policy on your email booking confirmation to make sure it does allow changes, then give us a call on +44 (0) 20 3564 9000. Our hotel travel specialists will be happy to assist you. If you need to change your reservation outside of our business hours, please contact the hotel directly. Note: a change in dates or room types may result in a rate change.

Where can I find my cancellation policy?

You will find the Booking Conditions and Cancellation Policy on the payment page (where you enter your credit card information) during the reservation process. If you have an existing reservation you can find the cancellation policy on your confirmation email.

What does non-refundable mean?

A non-refundable rate is usually a discounted or promotional rate that may be charged in full at the time of purchase and cannot be refunded after it has been booked. (This often includes Advanced Purchase rates.) These rates are clearly labeled and explained during the booking process.

When is my reservation confirmed?

Immediately after you complete the reservation process, you will see the confirmation screen, showing your booking confirmation number and all the details of your stay. We will also immediately send you an email confirmation. Please check to make sure all the details are correct. Although you do not need the email to check-in, we recommend you print a copy for your reference.

I did not receive a confirmation email for my booking. What should I do?

If you have not received a booking confirmation from us, please check your spam or junk mail folders first. If you don’t see it there, please contact us on +44 (0) 20 3564 9000 and we’ll be happy to resend it. You can also print a copy of your hotel reservation online via My Account.

How do I make a special request?

You can enter any special requests during the booking process. We will pass special requests through to the hotel; however we are not able to guarantee the hotel can fulfil your request.

How do I know what dates are available for a specific hotel?

With Travelzoo’s new hotel booking service, all you have to do is enter your desired dates of travel on the search results page and we will show you available rates for your trip! If a rate is not available for your dates then you will see a message telling you that no rates are available for your specific dates. Try different dates or a different hotel.

Why am I seeing a higher rate for my dates than what you advertised?

Different rates are available for different dates. If a deal rate sells out, we will show you other rates that are available for your travel dates. Check the rooms and rates listing carefully before you purchase.

Is the rate shown based on two people?

Most rates shown are based on two people (“double occupancy”). You can find extra person charges in the Policies & Fees section under Children/Extra Guests. Please be sure to select the correct number of adults that will be occupying the room from the “Number of Guests” drop-down box. If a deal does not allow more than two people then rates will not be returned.

Where can I find information about the hotel?

General information about the hotel can be found in the Overview tab, room descriptions are under the Rooms & Rates tab, and specific information about hotel amenities can be found under the Amenities tab. The Policies Tab contains important information about check-in, check-out, children, pet policies and any additional fees.

Where can I find the contact details of my hotel?

You’ll find all the contact details of your hotel, including phone number, address and email on your booking confirmation.

What is included with my room rate?

You can find information on what’s included right on the hotel details page when you select your rate. Some hotels come with “extras” like free breakfast or an upgrade, some offer parking or credit to spend in the restaurant, and some just offer a really great nightly rate.

Do children cost extra?

Information about charges for children and extra guests can be found on the Policies & Fees tab for each hotel. Individual hotel policies vary so be sure to check the hotel’s policy prior to booking.

Is there an additional cost for cots or extra beds in the room? And how do I book this?

Extra bed costs are shown on the Policies& Fees tab for each hotel. Any additional fees for cots or extra beds are not included in the reservation price and are charged at the discretion of the hotel. If you have made a special request for extra bedding, we suggest you contact the hotel directly to confirm that they have the extra bed available.

How do I confirm whether pets are allowed?

You can find out if the hotel is pet-friendly on the Amenities tab and the Policies & Fees section will outline any pet fees and/or restrictions.

What’s the difference between a Double room and a Twin room?

A double room has a double bed, and a twin room has two separate single beds. Some hotels also offer triple rooms.

What are Free Extras?

Free Extras are specially negotiated freebies that our valued members get when they book a select Travelzoo rate on our site. It is our way of saying thanks. The extras may be different for each hotel and may include a combination of benefits, such as free breakfast, room upgrades, attraction tickets or a credit to spend at the hotel. You’ll see these clearly displayed in the hotel search results and the individual hotel page. Free Extras will also be noted on your booking confirmation email.

How do the Free Extra upgrades work? Do I need to select a different room type?

Room upgrades, where offered, are subject to availability and assigned on check-in. When you arrive at the hotel, you will be given a room in the next best available category to the one that you booked, if one is available.

If I book for one person (single occupancy) do I get Free Extras for two?

No. Free Extras are based on the number of people booked on the reservation. So if you book a rate that includes a complimentary drink at the bar, you’ll get two drinks if you have booked a room for two people, and one drink if you are flying solo. Unless otherwise specified, Free Extras are offered once per room, per stay.

How do I know what Free Extras I get with my booking?

They are listed on the hotel search results page and the hotel details page. Individual room rates will also list the Free Extras if they are included. Make sure you select a rate that offers the Free Extras when you book. Please note that early check-in, late checkout and room upgrades to the next category are all offered subject to availability on check-in. In other words, it will depend on how full the hotel is on the dates you have booked. We recommend that you contact the hotel a couple of days in advance to check.

Does every rate come with Free Extras?

Not every rate offers Free Extras. Those that do will clearly list the Free Extras alongside the rate.

Can I earn loyalty points through the hotel’s loyalty program if I book through Travelzoo?

You may be able to earn loyalty and/or rewards points directly through your confirmed hotel. We recommend you provide your loyalty number to the hotel after your reservation has been confirmed. We cannot guarantee that all hotels will award points for stays purchased through Travelzoo.

How are the star ratings determined?

We use a combination of recognised industry standards to assign star ratings, including but not limited to, competitor’s ratings, destination-specific rating guides, site visits, amenities and the hotel’s own rating. We hand-pick all of our hotels carefully, so you can be certain that you are getting a quality hotel at a great rate.

Are group rates offered?

No, at this time we are not able to offer group rates. If you are booking a stay for more than 10 people or more than five rooms, we suggest you contact the hotel you are interested in to see if you may qualify for a group rate.

When will I be charged for my reservation? Who charges my credit or debit card?

Most reservations are paid directly to the hotel, normally upon checkout. Each hotel may have a different policy regarding when and how much your payment card may be charged. Most hotels simply use your card details as a guarantee, some hotels may take a deposit at the time of booking, and non-refundable rates may be charged in full at time of booking. Please review the Booking Conditions, listed on the payment page, to view the details about when and who will charge your card for the selected rate.

What credit cards do you accept?

A valid credit or debit card is required to confirm your reservation. The payment card(s) that will be accepted are dependent on the hotel and rate you book. For specifics, please refer to the room description and forms of payment accepted for the hotel you are interested in. The eligible payment cards are displayed on the booking page when you make your reservation. The card you use for your booking must be valid for the duration of your stay.

Can I use a debit card to reserve a room?

This depends on the policy of the selected hotel. Many hotels do allow debit card bookings, others will only accept credit cards. Keep in mind that if you use a debit card the hotel may pre-authorise your card and/or place a hold on the card at check-in for security purposes.

How do you make sure my payment card details are safe?

Your personal information in your Travelzoo account is kept in a safe and secure environment, and can only be accessed by using the username and password associated with it. Your information is never sold, given away or used without your permission. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information.

Can I book with someone else’s card?

Yes, you can, provided that you have the other person’s permission, but you will need to pay with a card in your own (or one of your party’s) name on checkout.

Can I book a stay for someone else?

Yes, however if you would like to authorise the hotel to charge the card that was entered during the booking process for the stay, you must contact the hotel directly to fill out an authorisation form.

What currency do I pay in?

All payments are made in the hotel’s local currency. If you are booking a hotel outside the UK, we will also show you the estimated conversion in GBP. Remember, this may not exactly match what you will pay on checkout, as currency exchange rates are subject to fluctuation and can change on a daily basis.

The credit card I used to book is no longer valid – what do I do?

Your credit card is used to guarantee your stay, so if the card you used to book is no longer valid, your stay will not be guaranteed. You will need to contact the hotel directly to provide them with the details of your new credit card.

Can I pay for my stay with a different card than the one I used to book?

Yes, you can. The card is used to guarantee your stay but you can use any payment card that the hotel accepts upon checkout.

What should I do if I have questions about any extra charges on my card?

If you have a question about your hotel charges after checkout, please call the hotel directly as we do not have a record of your hotel charges.

Are taxes included in the price I see?

The first price you see is the average room rate per night excluding tax. Taxes and fees are then listed on the booking page and added to the room subtotal so you see the total cost of the reservation.

Are the prices I see per person or per night?

Rates shown are always per room, per night, not per person.

Are there any additional charges?

Some hotels do charge mandatory daily resort fees (or service charges) to cover some services and facilities. There are also some additional services or amenities offered by the hotel that may incur an additional charge, such as daily high-speed Wi-Fi access, additional beds/cots, occupancy fees and spa access. These will be added to your bill on checkout. When known, we will show you the additional charges during the booking process and on the hotel overview page.

I can’t find my destination in your search results. Why?

We launched our hotel service with a limited collection of hand-picked hotels. This initial collection focuses on the most popular destinations and our most popular hotels. Based on your feedback and suggestions, we will continue to add hotels, so please keep checking back. Of course, there are also all the hotel and Getaways deals on our website and in our Top 20® newsletter which may have limited time offers for destinations that are not yet included.

How do I give feedback about my stay?

We’ll email you a short post-stay survey 24 hours after your check-out date. We really want to hear what you loved – or didn’t – about the hotel. Your feedback helps other Travelzoo members make smart choices about where they stay. It will also help us determine what properties stay in our collection.

What are the hotel ratings based on?

The rating represents the aggregate score our members have given the hotel. Unlike some other review sites, we only solicit feedback from guests who have stayed at the specific hotel. This ensures that the ratings we display are a true reflection of the experience Travelzoo members have had at the hotel.

How do I contact Customer Service?

Our award-winning travel specialists are available Monday – Friday from 9am to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 11pm to assist you. Please call us on +44 (0) 20 3564 9000 or send an email to support_uk@travelzoo.com.

When can I check in to my hotel?

Check-in times vary by hotel, so please be sure to check the hotel’s policy listed in the Policies & Fees section, on the payment page and on your confirmation email.

How are hotels selected?

Our Travelzoo Deal Experts across the globe spent months researching a shortlist of over 5000 recommended hotels. We read your first-hand reviews, visited hotels, spoke with industry leaders and tapped into our international pool of knowledge. We then cross-referenced our research with other sources. It was a real labour of love. The toughest part was picking just a handful of properties in each destination that we truly believe will deliver an exceptional experience. We will continue to grow the list based on recommendations from our members and deal experts. Properties can only remain in the program if they consistently achieve an 85% or better user rating.