If you’ve ever traveled outside of the US, you’ve probably had the frustrating of dealing with the in-room electricity turn on where you have to insert your room key to have any power. At many hotels, this shuts the outlets completely, too, so you can’t even charge devices.
I just completed a stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores, and unfortunately, the air conditioning was shut off when leaving the room and taking my key, which was more than frustrating due to the heat outside.
So, here’s a quick tip
If the hotel only gives you one room key (many will only give you 1 key per registered hotel guest, that way you can’t circumvent the electricity…trust me, I’ve had it happen before), consider bringing with you old hotel keys from other hotels, business cards, or other little used cards, and you can stick it in the reader to trick the system.
Be careful, though
If you leave the room and still have a card in the reader, I’ve had multiple issues at other hotels where housekeeping will remove whatever is in there and throw it out, knowing you’re tricking the system. So, only put a card in there you’re willing to lose. Don’t put any credit cards in there. 🙂
Looking for the best way to earn miles and points quickly? Visit the "Credit Cards" drop down on the main menu bar above for the hottest deals! Want to learn more and stay up to date on the latest tips, tricks and deals? Join My Travel Tips Facebook Page! This site is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CreditCards.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.