We have read few posts about chargeback attempts and successfuly granted by the banks due to the lack of tick box of asking customers to agree to term and condition of Booking.com
This vulnerability has been viraled in closed community of travelers and obviously more and more join to do chargeback.
Despite the numerous attempts by us as partners to ask Booking.com to add this feature that should just add a small amount to their cost, Booking.com has refused to obliged.
The banks have informed that the lack of the feature is the sole reason why the chargeback is allowed.
Hence it is Booking.com's mistake that we have to endure.
We would like to inform all partners that actually this is the breach of Booking.com contract to us as they made us into believe that they have the necessity legality being online accommodation reservation service as their tag in their profile and an e-commerce business when the lack of the tick box made them actually are not allowed to do so. All the payments (prepayment and postpayment including nonrefundable no show and deposits) can be deemed void and fraud as no customers give them consent and authorize them and us to do so.
This alone is can be consider FRAUD and we all as partners can be liable for that as well as partner in crime.
The chargeback should be reimburised by Booking.com as they have offered as the prepayment, deposit dan non refund policy that are actually not allowed to be offered by them to do as they have not offering customers to authorize them to do so.
We are considering to take legal action against Booking.com as we can have chargeback up to all sales to 120 days since today due to their negligence and also the fact they made us into believe that they are eligible to allow us to do prepayment. The cost for chargeback, for litigation in bank arbitration and so on will be huge and this is just because Booking.com refuses to put a "tick box" that actually a necessity in many countries.
We are looking forward to the feedback of other partners and hopefully since this is the problem for all of us, we should get together and put more pressure on Booking.com to take responsibilities (financially) for all the lost they cost and will cost us due to the lack of this tick box. A class action of all partners will be great.
Again - please note that this is being viralled already in many sites - Amex and Mastercard have been putting hold for hotel chargeback until April 2018 but Visa is still allowing it and all the travelers are strongly advised to use it in this "chargeback" attempts now in this viral messages. The tricks and tips there are quite specified for Booking.com and Visa International customers so we are expecting more and more cases in the future as 100% attempts are successful and more hopeful travelers will do the same to get "free" accommodations all over the world.
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