Single parent family with no credit card may be offered a holiday at huge discount to Maldives or China. Havent had a holiday in years. The problem is I don't have a credit card (poor credit unfortunately). I do have a Visa Debit Card. I notice that some hotels ask for deposits for various things (£500) and they ask for a credit card - can anyone advise whether debits cards are just as acceptable as credit cards. I wouldn't want to get stuck!
What sort of things need a 500 pound deposit? I would email them and ask if they'll accept cash. We had a hell of a job hiring a car in Spain with a Thai credit card so goodness knows how you'll get on in China. would your bank give you one for show if you explain it to them?
In the USA the hotels tend to 'block' a sum on your credit card, which is generally more than the stay will cost. When you check out they charge the card and release the block. I don't know if hotels elsewhere do the same, but if they do, that's why they ask for a credit card.
Best to check direct with the hotel.
You can get pre-paid credit cards (have a look here), which don't need a credit rating, but I don't know if the blocking thing would work with them. Possibly the provider would be able to advise, or, again, the hotel.